A key aspect for Sue’s success was having three major supporters behind her. Mayo Clinic Health System provided Sue with her medical health status, education on healthy weight loss and development of a personal fitness plan.
In the workplace, Sue stated that by being surrounded by people, especially leaders, who “walk the walk,” along with their encouraging words, she felt inspired every day. Sue is a law enforcement clerk dispatcher in Mower County, she credits her co-workers for creating a team environment that encourages wellness.
Lastly, Sue’s employer offers a discounted membership to the YMCA of Austin based on her use of the facility, which directly impacts her motivation to be active.
“It’s a whole new way of life where I feel good, and I feel better about myself; I have more confidence,” says Severson.
Sue is 15 pounds away from her initial weight-loss goal, but how she feels now outweighs the visual number. “I don’t worry about the number on the scale; it’s not important like it used to be.” What keeps her fueled to make healthy lifestyle changes is the idea that you’re only given one life, and she wants to live it well; be healthy, feel good, and live longer.
Sue’s experience aligns with the local research that Mower Refreshed is based on. After having gone through it herself, Sue can empathize with people who struggle with trying to get weight off and keep it off. Her best advice for those in a similar situation is, “ You’ve got to keep making baby steps and not get down about what other people say; don’t get discouraged.”
This month’s County Connections was submitted by Rachel Holst, Mower Refreshed Intern. Rachel is a
student at University Of MN, pursing a Bachelor's of Science degree in Health & Wellness.
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