I was at my heaviest. I hated how I felt and it was hard to do the things I loved.

In 2016, Marathon Health started the Maintain Don’t Gain challenge that focused on healthy eating over the holiday season. Thanks to Marathon Health’s support, I was able to lose weight without feeling deprived. When the challenge ended, I joined another weight-loss support group in the spring. I worked with Nicole Stalter, NP and Lauren Gueriera, NP at the CEBT Health & Wellness Center at Glenwood Springs each week to keep me on track.

With their help, I’ve changed my relationship with food. I’m not on a diet, I’m now mindful of what I eat. Since the challenge, I have lost 38 pounds and can do the things I love again, including exercise. This Thanksgiving, I ran my first 5K. I quit smoking in 2016, and exercising has helped me remain smoke-free. My journey has even encouraged my family to exercise!