Success Story

Ronda Netzke

How she overcame barriers to lose 45 pounds

Life can be a rollercoaster. As a mom, a wife and an employee, I play all those roles that can add stressors to a woman’s daily life: grocery shopper, housekeeper, laundress, etc., etc. Take all that, throw in a little extra stress here and there, and it’s easy to see how maintaining a healthy eating plan and exercising regularly can be a challenge for anyone.

When I started down my journey to better health in November 2010, one of the first things I did was to monitor my portion sizes. Today, that’s become such an ingrained habit that I rarely think about it anymore. So, despite having difficulty with keeping up an exercise routine in recent months, I’ve managed to keep off the 45 pounds that I lost.

Many of the things I changed a year and a half ago are now firmly in place as part of my daily life. For example, the way you cook things is important. We adore fish at our house, but I always used to fry it. I’ve found some really good fish recipes that don’t include frying that even Megan, my 11-year-old daughter, likes. And my daughter’s endorsement is important. I’ve noticed a little ripple effect in some of the choices that Megan makes. I know that my positive choices affect her.

Other things that have become habit for me are simple choices like choosing a lettuce salad instead of a potato salad or French fries as a side dish. That’s the easy part for me. I always make a vegetable with every meal. That makes it easy to remember to get enough vegetables every day.

I feel awesome. People have commented on old pictures of me that it doesn’t even look like me anymore. That’s motivational for me. I know I’m heading in the right direction.

And that motivation breeds enthusiasm for new goals and recognition of all those I’ve already reached.