When you’re juggling work life, social life, and everything in between, it’s just a little too easy to push off that eating plan or workout regimen until the next day… and the next day… until it never happens at all.

But when you make wellness a priority, the impact extends far beyond seeing a lower number on the scale.

We asked our Ally teammates how they’ve found success in living healthier. Here’s what they had to say and how the employer-sponsored well-being program at Ally helped them on a journey to healthier living.

Have an accountability coach

One of the hardest parts about improving your diet and fitness is holding yourself accountable. But if you’re involved in a wellness program, typically that’s taken care of for you.

For Nate Berger, Ally since 2013, the challenge came in the form of lacking the accountability to take on healthy activities. Joining the employer-sponsored well-being program at Ally helped him in several ways.

According to Nate, the well-being program at Ally “encouraged me to get out of my seat, burn extra calories, and stretch my achy shoulders and neck from sitting at my desk.” It also added the accountability he needed to avoid caffeinated beverages and other stimulants before bed.

Do It Right: If your employer doesn’t offer a wellness program, find an independent one or download an app that allows you to set goals and document your progress with constant reminders to stay on track.

Set small, attainable goals.

At dinner, you’ve probably heard someone forgo the bread basket because they’re “not eating any carbs.” But there’s a different — and healthier — way to achieve better wellness than eliminating things from your diet.

One Ally employee lost 80 pounds, all by taking it slow.

How did he do it? First, by cutting back on food portions. Then by choosing the lower calorie option out of the food choices he liked.

For others aiming for the same goals, don’t try to lose 50 pounds at once. Make small, but better choices, and you’ll be on your way.

Do It Right: Make a long-term wellness plan, but divide it up into short-term goals. Instead of, “lose 20 pounds before Christmas,” try, “lose two pounds each week for 10 weeks” to make it less daunting.

Don’t try to go it alone.

Nancy Hannan, Ally since 2010, wasn’t happy and knew she needed to make a change in her professional life, but didn’t know where to start. So she went back to a health assessment she received through the well-being program at Ally and followed through on its recommendation to look outside herself for help.

“I found a mentor. I looked at open positions within Ally where I could better use my skills and make a difference. And I took a few minutes each week to reach out to someone in my network,” Nancy shares.

As a result of her actions, she’s now in a new role at Ally that she loves.

Do It Right: Find a support system that consists of more than just your own pep talks. Reach out to family and friends or on social media and inform people of your goals. It’s never a bad thing to have a helping hand — or a few.

Don’t shy away from competition.

Sonothyia Blakesleay, Ally since 2013, has a competitive spirit, and she knew that participating in the well-being program at Ally that earned her points for completing activities would be an incentive.

In addition to weight loss, the well-being program has helped Sonothyia enhance her lifestyle. She’s hooked on the results. “I’m much more aware and accountable for my food intake, my stress levels and how I spend my money,” she says.

Do It Right: Embrace competitive programs if that’s what motivates you. Seek out workouts such as Orange Theory or Flywheel, or challenge yourself to beat the previous day’s results on your own fitness tracker.

Many roads can lead to a healthy lifestyle, and it’s all about finding the path that works best for you. Incorporating even just one of these tactics into your daily life can make a meaningful difference in your wellness.

Discussion questions:

  • How have you improved your wellness?
  • Do you participate in an employer-sponsored wellness program?
  • How has technology helped you improve your wellness?

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