From the series “My health story.” Sharing my path. I’ve always struggled with my weight. And as I got older, the weight just started coming on. A friend of mine took a full-length picture of me, and I said do I really look that bad?
That was kind of the motivation that got me to call Aetna. And they paired me with Ricky, who became my health coach. He would ask me each week what my goals were. It doesn’t matter how big the goal is. Set the goal and then do it. And I thought he’s holding me accountable!
I started walking as my form of exercise. I walked to the end of my street, and I was completely out of breath. I feel like I’ve let myself down. Kyle, my husband, knew that I needed that push. He would be the one that would say, Let’s go out walking.
So I started videotaping myself, to have fun with it and making it like a talk show. And we would call it, “Walking and Talking with Kyle and Larry.” And I started posting the videos and getting all these comments on how the videos were actually inspiring them to walk. I never would have expected that kind of reaction. But I haven’t reached my destination yet. I want to push harder, push further. It’s an ongoing journey. And that’s what life is about.