Kevin Fricke, IT Services
Tell us about your Wellness Superhero journey.
Last January, I was in a bad place. The stress from ending a 25-year relationship caused me to gain over 50 pounds. I was lost and struggling, which caused me to have ever-increasing health issues. I decided to save myself and after researching different food plans, I found one that worked for me. I have stuck to it since and lost over 90 lbs. Although I only have 10 lbs. to go to reach my original target, I will continue with this plan and allow my body to return back to its natural weight. I have also started working out and feel like I have regained my life by taking control of my health.
What inspired you to get healthy and stay healthy?
A desire to save me from myself. A bad diet, bad decisions, and bad relationships all led to me not taking care of my body. We only get one life and one body, and we can choose to live it however we like. I didn't like where I was or where I was heading. Instead of letting life happen to me, I took control of my health and now my choices are my own.
Which Cone Health Wellness program did you participate in?
I participated in the Live Life Well Healthy Rewards Program.
Are there activities or hobbies you now participate in that you didn’t before?
I participate in regular weight-training exercise and daily walks.
Have your doctor, family, friends, and co-workers provided support along the way? If so, how?
My sons and my co-workers have been very supportive. When we have gone out to eat, they understand and keep the chips and salsa away from me!
If you could say one thing to other employees to inspire them, what would you say?
Never give up on yourself! This is your only life and it is never too late to save yourself!