Employees get Energized: Angie Misek

Basin Electric’s Intranet features several blogs written by employees. One, called “Energize,” is written by Nicole Perreault, graphic designer and multimedia specialist II.

She just featured Angie Misek. She is a distributed generation/service dispatcher at Basin Electric Headquarters. Read about what is motivating her to lose weight, and watch the video.

Angie Misek

Angie Misek bikes at the Missouri Valley Family YMCA.

When did you start incorporating wellness into your life?

I started the first of the year. It was a part of my new year’s resolution.

What motivated you to make your health a priority in your life?

I was looking at pictures from our Christmas 2012 gathering and I had to do a double-take. I thought to myself, ‘Who have I turned into?’ I knew I had gained some weight, but never thought about it until I saw the results in color. So then I ran to the scale. I got off it and then had a good cry. I made the decision right then and there that something had to change. I had gained 70 pounds in the five years I had been at Basin.

How has your health, weight, energy level, etc., changed since you started living a healthier life style?

I am happy to say that nine months after starting my weight loss challenge, I have lost 40 pounds. My energy is through the roof. I work nights in our distributed generation dispatch center and my hours are 6 p.m. until 2 a.m. Monday – Friday. I was literally sleeping my days away and getting up and coming into work. I never thought about my sleep pattern until I started to workout and then I was up earlier getting so much accomplished around the house and in the community before I had to be into work.

What was the most difficult part of changing your lifestyle?

The most difficult part has been changing my cooking methods. I really enjoy baking and cooking for my husband, but with baking comes sugar. I don’t ‘starve’ myself. I still indulge in a sweet now and then. I try and follow the 80/20 rule. When I do have that sweet though, I make sure it is on an active day, so I can keep the weight going down.

Why do you feel it is important to eat healthy and workout?

I think it goes hand-in-hand. When I have a good, hard workout I feel great. I love the workout endorphins. Plus, after I work my tail off I will not want to go out and eat high calorie foods full of preservatives and fat, because I know if I do, I will need to be back in doing another workout.

Describe your weekly workout routine.

Mondays and Wednesdays I do body pump classes at the YMCA. Tuesday and Thursdays I do pilates and either cycle express or double step. Weekends are usually decided on by what family and friends have going with me.

What is your favorite workout?

I love cycle classes at the YMCA.

Do you have a family? Any children? Pets?

I have a husband of 12 years (Stan), a step son Jeremy who is 24 and a financial planner at Gate City Bank, and a red healer dog, named Foxie. Foxie was also a driving force this winter when it was cold out, because she encouraged me to walk everyday. If we did not go for our walk by 1:30 p.m. she would bark and carry on until we went out. I started to call her Jillian.

How have they responded to your healthier lifestyle?

They have all been great about my healthier lifestyle and they are actually working on losing weight themselves. Instead of movie nights, now we have yard game nights where Jeremy and friends come over. We are all working on being active.

Are you involved in the community, hobbies, clubs, etc.?

In the winter I enjoy sewing and crafting. I enjoy gardening and taking care of my flower gardens in the summer.

How did you find time to incorporate exercise into your schedule?

I ink in my time slot for exercise everyday. When I first began exercising I walked every day, building up to five miles a day. I put it on the fridge that 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. was my time to walk. Then April rolled around and bootcamp became a part of my routine every Tuesday 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. Then I got into the YMCA, because I was looking for a change. I started penciling in two hours a day for exercise wherever I was. I figured I give eight hours to the job and the rest of the day to my husband, family, community, neighbors, and the house/yard and I deserve two hours for myself. I choose to use it to exercise.

What is your advice for other employees looking to improve their overall health and wellness?

If I can do it, so can you. Get a support team. If it’s a close friend, spouse, a workout buddy, or a pet. Just make sure they are positive and help you push out that voice in your head that says, ‘No I don’t want to do it today, I’ll do it tomorrow.’ A little change goes a long way down the road. I started out walking a mile a day because it was free and something I could do anywhere. The only thing I had invested in was a pedometer. I recommend a pedometer to keep track of your steps. If you get moving the weight will also get moving off.

My husband and I have a competition to see who loses the most weight this year. If I win I get to get another dog to keep me walking. If he wins he doesn’t know what he wants, but he said there is not going to be another dog!

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