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August Wellness Champion - Sara Judice

We’d like to recognize our Lemoine Wellness Champion of the Month for August- Sara Judice!

For those of you who don’t know, Sara began working with us in April 2016 as a receptionist and transitioned into the Project Management Assistant role by October of that year. Sara is currently working on the following projects: Nicholson Gateway, Lafayette Airport, Lake Charles Verandah, and Comeaux High School.

Here is Sara’s motivation:

“What motivates me is simple… I don’t like when my pants are tight. I don’t like feeling tired all the time or out of breath coming up the two flights of stairs at work. I want to be someone my kids and other young people can look up to.

Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE food, but I had to come to grips with portioning how much I eat, along with exercise or I was going to continually feel bad about myself. I was one to never eat breakfast, but I started eating at least a granola bar or crackers late morning now. Then, I rotate how big or small my dinner is from what I had at lunch. (if I had a big lunch I’ll eat small for dinner and vice versa).

 Last year I decided I needed a goal in my life, something different. I’ve never been a long-distance runner so in May of last year, when Kim brought up Lemoine sponsoring the Jazz Half Marathon and possibly running in it, I finally decided on a goal. Something to train for, something to look forward to, something I had never ever done or thought of doing. When that was over and done with I needed another goal then another. I ended up with a half marathon, a 10K, a 5K, and a mini triathlon under my belt in less than a year, and more to come!”

Sara has lost 10 pounds in the last month and says, “tightening just one belt loop is one of the greatest feelings!”

Sara’s best advice about living a healthy lifestyle is “to have a goal, attain it and have another. It’s all a part of life’s progression, but always be moving forward.”

Here is more information about the importance of eating a health breakfast from rush.edu:

  • It jump-starts your metabolism – helping you burn more calories throughout the day!
  • Those who skip breakfast have a higher body mass index (BMI)
    • BMI measurement -> the ratio of a person's weight compared to height, as an easy measure of whether someone is in the range of his or her healthy weight or not
  • Advantages:
    • Lower BMI
    • Meeting recommended amounts of fruits, vegetables, calcium, fiber, and consuming less fat throughout the day
    • Better performance - memory & attention
  • Disadvantages:
    • More likely to be overweight
    • More likely to consume unhealthy snacks

Congratulations, Sara, on achieving your goal and striving every day to be a healthier you!