Basin Electric’s Intranet features several blogs written by employees. One, called “Energize,” is written by Nicole Perreault, graphic designer and multimedia specialist II.
In May, she featured Jeremy and Roxanne Woeste. Jeremy is a communications and media specialist and Roxanne is a senior financial planning analyst. Read about Jeremy’s fitness success and watch the married couple talk about including wellness in their family life.
See the YouTube playlist with more videos of employees: Basin Electric employees Get Energized
Check out Jeremy’s Facebook page dedicated to wellness: Get Fit with Jeremy
When did you start incorporating wellness into your life?
I have tried off and on over the years to eat better and get more exercise, but would always fall off the train. May 2012 is when it finally clicked for me and I made a real lifestyle change. It helped that my wife, Roxanne Woeste was willing to jump on board immediately to improve her life as well. We started to workout daily on separate programs, and began incorporating better eating habits.
What motivated you to make your health a priority in your life?
My family was and continues to be my motivation. I want to be there to share their life milestones and accomplishments. My wife and kids deserve to have me there when they need me the most. I have a family history of heart disease, and my cholesterol levels were elevated, and my triglycerides were literally through the roof. I was on the wrong path and didn’t have the energy I felt I should have. I was getting headaches on a regular basis and knew they were likely a direct result of my unhealthy lifestyle choices and consuming the poisons in diet soda. I didn’t want to end up on medications for things in life I have the ability to control. I knew medications would not lead to a good lifestyle because they generally treat only symptoms and fail to get to the root cause of the problem. In my case, the problem was me and the three friends I was hanging out with way too much: soda, recliner and TV.
How has your health, weight, energy level, etc. changed since you started living a healthier life style?
I lost nearly 60 pounds in 2012 and I continue to see improvements. My energy level is up and I am never tired during the day, and my overall health has improved dramatically! I have corrected my cholesterol and my triglycerides are now within the healthy range. My shoulder, knee, chest and elbow pains are a thing of the past. I am in much better shape today than I was at the completion of four months of basic training for the U.S Army in 1993. To top it off, I was recently notified that I am being considered for use as a testimonial/success story for “Insanity” promotional materials. It’s crazy to think that I said “no” so many times to improving my health. I let my ego and excuses get in the way. The truth is, I was scared of change and afraid of failure. Getting caught up in excuses could have prevented me from achieving the most success I have ever had with a program, not to mention how it completely transformed my life. Who knew a simple home DVD program would be such a catalyst to a lifestyle change. It is silly to think I wasn’t going to give it a chance.
What was the most difficult part of changing your lifestyle?
djusting my sleeping habits was my biggest challenge. We generally workout in the morning before our kids wake up, so we don’t take precious time away from them. Going to bed early in order to get up early while still getting enough sleep was my biggest adjustment. All other adjustments have been welcomed and have been fun to incorporate into our lives. The change in eating habits has led to the discovery of new foods and a renewed enjoyment of food overall.
Why do you feel it is important to eat healthy and workout?
Eating right and working out are vital components to a good quality of life. Our quality of life has improved so much, I feel as though I have a new life. For me, it’s about everything I have gained; I have not given up anything except some very bad habits, an unhealthy lifestyle and low energy. This process has taught my wife and I just how simple and easy it really is to live a healthy life. The combination of healthy eating and exercise creates the “magic pill” our society is searching for.
Describe your weekly workout routine.
We both work out at home in the garage or basement storage room. I am currently doing “P90X” which is a mix of strength training and cardio and is 6 days on with one rest day each week. I rotate back to “Insanity” which is a cardio workout program with six days on and one day off each week. I also make sure to walk 10,000 to 20,000 steps per day. Then, when time and weather allows, I also enjoy some light running (four-to-five miles) and biking. My wife is currently doing TurboFire which is a cardio workout with six days on and one day off each week. She has also done Insanity, ChaLEAN Extreme, Hip Hop Abs and walks between 15,000 – 25,000 steps per day.
What is your favorite workout?
Since it is where I started and the program that helped me achieve such amazing results, I am very fond of “Insanity”. It’s very intense and fast paced so the workouts go by very quickly. Insanity builds up your confidence level to the point of where you know you can do anything after that. It is hard to explain the feeling of success and accomplishment that the Insanity workouts provide. My wife really enjoys the TurboFire and Insanity workouts.
How have they responded to your healthier lifestyle?
My wife jumped on board right away which made the transition much easier. She lost more than 25 pounds and is also in the best shape of her life. We are eating better as a family and our kids are starting to make good choices as well and asking a lot of questions about food and exercise. This may be one of the greatest gifts we pass along to them, that will hopefully lead them to being healthy adults one day without the bad habits we picked up throughout our lives.
How did you find time to incorporate exercise into your schedule?
We simply make time in our schedules. It really isn’t that difficult once you have created and adjusted to a routine. A person only needs 30-60 minutes a day to achieve results. Like most people, I wasted more time than that in front of the TV or computer every day while making up excuses why I shouldn’t work out. On weekdays, we work out early so I can get our workouts in before our kids wake up. This also helps to start the day off right and on a positive note. On weekends, we normally sleep in a little and workout around 7:30 a.m. We both feel great all day when we make our workouts the first thing we do each day.
What is your advice for others looking to improve their overall health and wellness?
To improve your overall health and wellness you have to start with baby steps. Don’t expect to go from the couch to running a marathon in two weeks. Set realistic goals and commit to being active every day. You have to start somewhere, you cannot just wish it to happen. Start by getting up and moving more than you are now. Try something you think you might enjoy and can stick with in the future. There are so many different ways to achieve results. Put your fears and excuses away, step out of your comfort zone and just get moving and you will succeed! Reach out to others for support and encouragement. My wife and I would be happy to offer this level of support and help you set and achieve your goals. Tell everyone you know that you are changing your lifestyle. It will add accountability and motivation to your life. Who knows, you may even motivate others to change their lives for the better. Nutrition is the foundation for a healthy lifestyle, everything else builds upon that foundation.