This is the first blog of a many part series called Heroes in Health. Each series episode will be composed of two parts. In the first part, I will introduce a person that I and others consider a hero in health. Someone whose life, teaching and inspiration drives us forward to a healthier living and a better life. The second part will be an actual interview with the person. I am going to start off with a blog/transcript but hope to change it overtime to a podcast. The subjects that I hope to include are everyday heroes in health like spin instructors, football coaches, chiropractors, and health care practitioners.
I telegraphed this blog series a few weeks back in this blog when I mentioned one of the top ten influences in my life Julie Faircloth (see here The Why’s of Weight Watchers! ). Julie is the Weight Watchers coach/facilitator for me and hundreds of other team members in Round Rock/Central Texas area (WWW Round Rock ) She has been a Weight Watchers leader for many years and a member for even longer. We will get to more on that in Episode 1b.
By way of introduction, I would like to use an appropriate acronym for this Mother’s Day, 2018 – MOTHER in Weight Loss and a Freestyle Life. I use Mother not in a chronological way – Julie is more like a sister in that respect – but rather in terms of the way she guides both me and others in our Saturday class. Her teachings and inspiration have nurtured me and countless others during her career to our weight loss goals (she was my coach through my entire 170+ weight loss journey). In addition, she leads us not through a fad diet or intense Biggest Loser like competition, but an inclusive, instruction-based program at Weight Watcher’s called Freestyle. Unlike other programs based on the whim of the day, Freestyle focuses on the latest learning on the three pillars of health: Nutrition, Exercise, and Joyful living. The program uses weekly lessons on these pillars to provide team members the Freedom to Style their own, lifelong path to health living!
Mother both as a concept and an acronym is a good way of explaining why Julie is my and other’s hero in health. A mother teaches and nurtures her family to be the best rendition of themselves. Julie does this in her vocation as Weight Watcher’s leader daily. MOTHER also serves as a useful acronym to further expound on this concept.
Makes us better! – Julie makes us better through weekly lessons on the three pillars of the Weight Watcher’s program. I have learned so many things that have helped me change my life to be a better person. Here are just a few. I now use mindfulness and meditation to remove stress. I have transitioned from peanut M&M’s, pizza and chicken nuggets to apples, grilled chicken and other healthy staples. Indeed, I can now call up Smart Point and nutritional content for foods like a pastor can quote chapter and verse! Finally, I have rediscovered that exercise and fun are not antonyms!
Other Focused. Julie conducts her classes in an other-focused manor. She does not lecture but calls on all to participate with inciteful questions and empathy. Unlike coaches on shows like Biggest Loser, Julie does not cajole or berate, but instead provides a shoulder to lean on and an ear to listen. She provides guidance in a non-judgmental manner and allows the team to teach each other
Teacher. Julie is a teacher at heart. She is always prepared with the latest information and is patient in helping others learn the ways of healthy living and a health life.
Helpful and Hopeful. You cannot force someone to change through cajoling or force of will. Instead, like a mother you need to help them to learn on their own. Julie provides guidance in a helpful manner. A mother also inspires hope in her children and is always hopeful of their success. On several occasions, Julie inspired me to hope for a healthier life even when I was stuck on a plateau. I see her do this for others at each meeting.
Everyday Living. The Weight Watcher’s Freestyle program and Julie’s teaching is focused on everyday living. You are given the tools to make healthy choices and when you on occasion decide to deviate (which you are free to do) to get back on track. You learn how to get healthy and lose weight using the style that is best for you!
Renew and Rejoice. Each week I attend Weight Watchers even though I have reached my Weight Loss goal. I go there because of the environment that Julie fosters among our team members. We are renewed through sharing lessons and trials of the week and rejoice in seeing our friends reach their goals! I love the awards and seeing people rejoice in their new health!
To close, Julie is a true Hero in Health. Like a MOTHER, she nurtures and leads her team to a better life and healthy living! Thank you, Julie!