Success Story: Katie Lomas
About two and a half years ago, Katie Lomas—manager at the Laker Store—was inspired by one of her students to begin working out again, and has been dedicated to leading a healthy lifestyle ever since. She had not been involved with fitness for nearly seven or eight years prior, but now says that working out is one of her favorite parts of the day.
Being a morning person, Katie goes to the GVSU Recreation Center at 6am every morning before work. One of her students typically joins in her the gym, which helps to keep her motivated. Katie says she enjoys participating in yoga classes on campus when she can, and recently signed up with a Priority Health wellness coach to expand her health and wellness efforts.
Bringing fitness back into her life and eating healthy has helped Katie to regain her energy throughout the day. She meal preps on Sunday’s to prepare for the week, and has worked to eliminate processed foods from her diet. Katie also does “time-restricted eating” from 8am-4pm each day, which she says has been an adjustment, but has also improved her energy levels and quality of sleep.
“The more healthy activities I partake in, the better I feel both physically and mentally, so I use it as a reward system.”
To stay motivated, Katie likes to keep the future in mind. She says, “The days that I don’t want to go are the days that I have to go, because that makes all the rest of it so easy.” One of the things people get wrong about exercise and eating right is they punish themselves when they fall off, but Katie maintains a positive attitude, which makes all the difference.
Throughout her journey, Katie says that changing her mindset has been one of the most important parts of improving her wellness. For those looking to make a change, she suggests changing your perspective from "I have to do this," to "I'm so fortunate to be able to do these things." She also recommends having someone to help you along your wellness journey and says, "Finding someone to remain motivated with you is helpful. They hold you accountable, and it's fun being able to challenge each other!"