Monday, January 21, 2019
by Patty Johnson • firstname.lastname@example.org
BJC | Early last year, BJC Medical Group employee Ashley Fox noticed a friend making successful life changes with Weight Watchers (now WW).
At about the same time, Fox was exploring BJC’s YouDecide employee discount site while planning a trip, and she discovered the BJC employee subsidy and discount for WW. (See more about the subsidy and discount in the box below.)
“Initially, I had noticed my friend’s success with the program,” she says. “And then I came across the discount — so I joined.”
In March, Fox joined WW’s online-only Digital program, which includes:
Since then, she’s lost 96 pounds, run three 5Ks and one 6K, and met every goal that she’s set for herself along the way.
“The app makes it so easy,” says Fox, who works as a lead patient service representative at Breast Care Consultants on the campus of Missouri Baptist Medical Center. “There’s a virtual coach, instructions and how-to’s. And when you input your information, it gives you a step-by-step plan. There are also Facebook and Instagram groups where members share recipes, inspiration, non-scale victories and other positive and motivating information.”
On the way to reaching her ultimate goals, her smaller goals have sustained her. “I wanted to lose 30 pounds by Memorial Day,” she says. “Then, I was traveling to California in July, so I wanted to lose 50 pounds by then. And then it was 60 pounds by Labor Day. Every time I hit a goal, I set a new one.”
Fox also set running goals and started training by running up and down her street. “We live on a tiny street that’s one-tenth of a mile, so I have to run it five times, down and back, to make a mile.”
She set a goal of 45 minutes for her first 5K and finished in 38 minutes. Her time for her second 5K was almost identical, and she finished her third 5K in 36 minutes. Her fourth race, a 6K, was the Snowball Series run at Creve Coeur Park, Jan. 19.
“I’m a runner now,” she says with pride.
‘It’s a lifestyle change’
Fox says she closely follows the WW points plan and structures her meals and snacks around the list of more than 100 foods that are worth zero points. She also eats ice cream every night, so she doesn’t feel deprived.
“It’s a lifestyle change,” she says. “I’d rather pick the zero-points fruits and veggies as snacks and have points to use on ice cream as a treat. To me, it’s a good balance to remind myself of what I should be eating.”
Since losing 96 pounds, Fox says she feels great. “I feel so much better, and I have so much more energy,” she says. “Now, when I get home from work, I run, make dinner and play with my daughter, instead of just watching TV.”
She’s also setting a good example for her daughter, who turns 3 next month. “Now I’m so much more involved with play time and activities. I used to be the one standing back taking the pictures, not being involved,” Fox says. “And my daughter loves to go on my runs. I just put her in her stroller and we go.”
Fox’s love of fruits and veggies is also rubbing off on her daughter. “Broccoli and apple slices are her favorite foods,” she says.
Her success has also been a topic of conversation at work, as she and her co-workers share recipes, exercise tips and other motivational ideas. She’s even inspired some of her friends to join WW, too — in much the same way that her friend’s success initially inspired her to join.
Start the New Year with WW
BJC, in partnership with WW (formerly Weight Watchers) provides a discount and 50 percent subsidy for employees. The WW Digital + Workshops option (previously called Meetings and Online Plus), which costs $44.95 per month for the public, is available to BJC employees for just $19.11 per month. The Digital option (previously called Online Plus), which costs $19.95 per month for the public, is available to BJC employees for just $8.48 per month.
For more information, go to BJCtotalrewards.org> Work-Life> Well-Being and then scroll down to WW, formerly Weight Watchers.
Those who purchase a new membership by Jan. 25 will get a free WW Jumpstarter Kit. The kit — a $50 value — includes a WW “Best of Pasta” mini cookbook, tote bag, water bottle, resistance band and journal. The offer is for new members only.
To purchase a membership, call 866-204-2885 or visit https://wellness.weightwatchers.com. You’ll need to provide BJC’s Employer ID: 11040533 and Employer Passcode: ww11040533 to enroll.
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1/22/2019 12:28 PM
We are very proud and inspired by our colleague! She continues to encourage the entire staff daily and is such a wonderful inspiration to all of us.