Stepping to Success
Therese May, an enterprise PeopleSoft analyst with the Student PeopleSoft team, made a commitment to change her lifestyle in September 2017 and has been stepping her way to success ever since. For the past three months, she has incorporated more physical activity into her life by walking to work 3 days per week, 3 miles each way, for six miles round trip!
An eighteen-year veteran of Emory, Therese had been trying to find a way to work more movement into her life for years but never could quite find a way that would stick. While on a family vacation to Disney World last fall, she discovered that she walked seven miles in one day without even trying! And, because she was having fun at the same time, she didn’t even realize that she was also racking up a lot of steps until she looked at her fitness tracker. It was after that realization that she said to herself, “If I can walk that far on vacation, I can walk that far at home.” And she’s been doing it ever since!
Therese explains that having the right tools in place and a support system at Emory has helped to ensure her continued success. She makes sure to have everything she needs in her locker at work, so she is always prepared. She bought herself a warm coat, new gloves, and a digital radio to listen to the news while walking. Access to a shower at work has also been important to her success. She says she really appreciates having a shower in her building and doesn’t think she could have been successful without that amenity. She also acknowledged the support of her supervisor, Beth Broyles, and the friendly “nudges” from Healthy Emory over the years.
In addition to her walking routine, Therese also attends Weight Watchers meetings near her home and has lost 20 pounds. She knows that this would not have been possible without her walks. Beside the physical changes, Therese has noted that she feels better on the days she walks. Through this journey, she has realized that she can do more than she often gives herself credit for and says, “I turned 50 last year...and plan to live 50 more!”