LIVESMART SPOTLIGHT

Welcome to the real life successes of your fellow LIVESMART participants. We hope you find their stories engaging, motivating,

and inspirational in your journey to better health and wellness.

AFTER

BEFORE

GREGORY & GENEVIEVE ANDERSON
O’Neal Manufacturing Services  |  Ambridge, PA

What was your motivation to join Scale Back | Give Back 2019?

We both wanted to lose around 50 pounds. The campaign provided an incentive to help us meet our goals and provided us with tools and resources.

 

How did you achieve your wellness and weight goals?

We started to write down everything with ate which was very helpful. We also had the support of our family members along the way. We focused on eating healthy and exercising - we tried to remember it is a lifestyle and not a diet.

 

What success have you seen so far and what are your goals moving forward?

During the campaign, we lost more than 75 pounds. We have seen a major change in our bodies and we love the healthy food we are continuing to eat! We have so much more energy and are able to keep up with our 4 grandchildren. We, also, had to buy smaller clothes for the first time in a long time. We are looking forward to continuing our journey to better health and hope to inspire others along the way!

AFTER

BEFORE

WILLIAM "JEFF" BECKNER
O'Neal Manufacturing Services  |  Indianapolis, IN
 

What was your motivation to join Scale Back | Give Back?

 

After experiencing a heart attack in 2016 and my cardiologist discussing the possibility of weight-loss surgery, I decided it was time for a change. LIVESMART’s Scale Back | Give Back campaign came at the perfect time for me to start my weight loss journey.

 

How did you achieve your wellness and weight loss goal?

 

Participating in Scale Back | Give Back encouraged me to create new habits. The Give Back portion of the campaign helped me keep my journey moving forward. I try to prepare my meals for the week each Sunday, controls my portions and drink more water. In addition to diet changes, I also swims three to four times a week. Support from those around me was very important to keep me going. My daughter was my initial support system, but then the entire Indy plant became my second support group.

 

What success have you seen so far and what are your goals moving forward?

 

My initial goal was to lose about 25 pounds by the end of the year. By the end of the Give Back campaign in September, I had lost over 70 pounds and 5 pants sizes. My cardiologist has taken me off of two medications as a result of my weight loss, and I feel tremendously better. I plan to continue my weight loss this year and have new goals set moving forward.

JENNIFER ELROD
O'NEAL STEEL  |  BIRMINGHAM, AL
 

What was your motivation to join Scale Back | Give Back?

Scale Back | Give Back complimented the weight loss goals I had set for myself in 2018 and gave me more motivation to continue. I had already lost about 10 pounds but was excited to continue with weight loss. My husband was on a similar health journey so it became a something we did as a whole family.

 

How did you achieve your wellness and weight loss goal?

Staying determined was the biggest lifestyle change I made. I reduced the amount of carbohydrates and sugar that I ate and changed my grocery shopping habits to stay along the perimeter for most of my food. Seeing the pounds come off on the scale and the change in the way my clothes fit was the biggest motivation.

 

What success have you seen so far and what are your goals moving forward?

Overall, I lost over 60 pounds and 12 pants sizes by the end of the campaign. Even more important though, I gained confidence and have more energy than I have in years! I was able to take a trip to South America with my family and participate in activities I wouldn’t normally have had the energy to do. My whole family has seen a change for the better through this journey and we are looking forward to continuing with our healthy lifestyle!

MARJORIE MENDOZA
TW METALS  |  LOS ANGELES, CA
 

What was your motivation to join Scale Back | Give Back?

Timing was everything for me. After the loss of my daughter, I realized I was relying on food as emotional support. I had reached my heaviest weight and was ready to make a change. I really liked the idea that my weight loss would contribute to the food donation if I was successful with the campaign.

 

How did you achieve your wellness and weight loss goal?

My initial goal was to lose 10 pounds. I started to be more aware of portion sizes especially when eating out. My husband would help me look at the menus ahead of time so I was prepared to make a healthy choice. I, also, found support in my neighbor who is a cancer survivor and would go on hiking adventure with her. I increased my exercise and incorporated yoga and daily walking into my routine.

 

What success have you seen so far and what are your goals moving forward?

I ended up dropping 35 pounds by the end of the campaign. I have more energy and was able to hike for 2 hours to reach the top of a mountain! My emotional state has improved and my doctor was very pleased with my blood work numbers at my last visit. My goal moving forward is to continue to be active and maintain all of the positive lifestyle changes I have adopted.

MARY McCUBBINS
O'Neal Manufacturing Services  |  Louisville, KY
 

What was your motivation to join Scale Back | Give Back?

I joined Scale Back | Give Back campaign to improve my overall health and be a good example for my children and grandchildren. My husband was ready to make similar health changes too so we were able to support each other throughout the campaign.

 

How did you achieve your wellness and weight loss goals?

We started by cleaning out our kitchen cabinets to get rid of chips, sweets or anything we felt was not healthy for us. We started eating more fruits and vegetables and drank water instead of sugary beverages. It was pretty hard at first and we slipped up a few times but would always get back on track. We learned portion control was really important and that it is ok to have a dessert every now and then.

 

What success have you seen so far and what are your goals moving forward?

My ultimate success is that I feel so much better! I lost over 20 pounds during the program and it has made a big difference in the way I feel. I have more energy and am able to focus better. I would recommend this wonderful campaign to anyone who wants to improve their health!

DON RILEY
O'NEAL MANUFACTURING SERVICES | LOUSIVILLE, KY
 

What was your motivation to join Scale Back | Give Back?

My interest in participating in Scale Back | Give Back came from wanting to improve my overall health by losing weight and being more active.

 

How did you achieve your wellness and weight loss goal?

I joined Weight Watchers to help me with my weight loss goal. I enjoyed using their point system to keep up with what I was eating each day. I, also, found it helpful to reduce my caffeine and sugar intake. My wife was a big support through this process because she had similar goals.

 

What success have you seen so far and what are your goals moving forward?

I was able to lose 26 pounds by the end of the campaign. My blood pressure and heart rate both improved as well. I plan to continue with my weight loss journey with a goal of losing another five pounds.

DANNY NGUYEN
O'Neal Manufacturing Services, Houston, TX
 

MORE THAN A WEIGHT LOSS STORY

Danny enrolled in Scale Back, a LIVESMART weight management program, in January 2018 with goals to lose weight and improve his health. His family was his inspiration for making these changes and helped him practice habits that would ultimately lead to his success.

 

Losing weight and keeping it off is difficult.  

How were you successful?

My inspiration came from my son who recently lost significant weight by following a healthy eating and physical activity plan. I began practicing similar habits with him including more activity. In addition to being very active on my job, I use the treadmill up to five days a week for at least 30 minutes. I have also reduced my less fried food and have increased my vegetable intake. As a result, I lost 15 pounds during the initial two months of Scale Back

 

Moving forward, what are your plans?

I am proud of the healthy changes our family has been focusing on and want to be their inspiration. As a role model, I want to continue to practice healthy habits to maintain my weight loss, while also preventing future health complications.  I want to continue creating more memories with the ones I love and motivate them to do the same.

ROBERTA ZARANSKY
United Performance Metals, Chicago, IL
 

A PICTURE OF GOOD HEALTH 


Roberta Zaransky of United Performance Metals in Chicago, IL decided it was time to make a change after seeing a picture of herself from a party. Her motivation was improved health and to feel better about herself.


What plan did you follow to accomplish your goals?
My LIVESMART Health Coaching really helped to motivate me to change. When I saw the number on the scale it hit home and I knew it was time to change. I joined Weight Watchers and changed my food choices. I increased the amount of water I was drinking and chose more fruits, vegetables and protein-rich foods.

What success have you seen during your journey?
I have gained my self-confidence back and I feel so good each day. Nothing I ate made me feel as good as slipping into a pair of jeans in a size I could never have imagined.


What is your goal moving forward?
I want to keep the weight off that I have lost. I plan on doing this by continuing to walk and move more. I, also, love to eat so I don’t deny myself but will continue to be careful about my portion sizes and quality of food. 

Keep up the healthy eating & walking, Roberta!

ROBERT HUFF
United Performance Metals, Hamilton, Ohio
 

HEALTHY LIVING IS A FAMILY AFFAIR

Robert Huff, an employee of United Performance Metals, Hamilton, OH, was interested in improving his health - not only for his personal benefit, but for the benefit of his family.  

 

What plan did you follow throughout your journey of health improvement?

After reviewing my LIVESMART screening results, my wife, who has a background in nutrition, encouraged and guided me on how to improve my eating habits as well as continuing to eat healthier as a family.

 

What success did you see during Scale Back | Give Back?

Through my participation in Scale Back | Give Back 2017, coupled with the  encouragement from my coworkers and family, I lost 40 pounds during the year. We implemented healthy eating by cooking more at home and eating less fast food.  I am feeling better and have more energy to play with my kids.

 

What are your goals for moving forward?

I will focus on continuing to maintain and lose weight and improve my overall health - while enjoying time with my family including our new baby. My motivation to continue to improve my health is a family affair.  

So excited for you and your family, Robert!

LARRY MERCHANT
O'Neal Manufacturing Services, Houston, Texas
 

A SCALE BACK  |  GIVE BACK SUCCESS STORY

Larry Merchant of O’Neal Manufacturing Services in Houston, TX decided he wanted to take weight loss seriously this year during

Scale Back | Give Back.

What plan did you follow throughout your weight loss journey?
I started documenting everything I ate in an application called myfitnesspal. I changed my diet by trying to cut back on the amount of carbohydrates I was eating. I, also, have been walking more for exercise.


What success did you see during Scale Back | Give Back?
I have lost about 75 pounds and 6 inches off my waist and it’s made a big difference in my daily life. Little things like putting my socks and shoes on are much easier to do. My walking has gotten easier and I am sleeping better, which give me more energy throughout the day.


What is your goal for moving forward?
I definitely want to continue to lose weight and improve my blood pressure. My motivation to continue with this goal is to improve my club status with LIVESMART and show my LIVESMART coaches my progress. I plan to continue with my healthy diet and am going to start adding weight training to my exercise plan.

Keep up the great work, Larry!

TODD & CHRIS LINDSEY
O'Neal Steel, Evansville, Indiana
 

Better Life with Better Health ... Together

Chris and Todd Lindsey began their journey to better health in 2016 and have since lost a combined 95 pounds and over 18 inches! They both were motivated to lose weight in order to improve their health, have more energy, be able to be more active with their family and grandchild.

 

What tools did you use to lose the weight?  Todd used an app for tracking his nutrition and I (Chris) joined Weight Watchers. We worked on meal planning together and helped to motivate each other.

 

How did you stay motivated and continue to lose weight?  Our LIVESMART coaching sessions and programs helped to keep us challenged and tracked the progress we were making. I (Chris) enjoy the treadmill and hiking for exercise and Todd likes to use the elliptical and lift weights. Now, we are focused on maintaining our weight loss, increasing muscle mass and improving fitness level.

What healthy snacks do you recommend? 

Chris  - Greek yogurt with strawberries and dark chocolate chips

Todd – Oranges, string cheese and habanero flavored almonds

Great job Chris and Todd!

LUIS HEREDIA
O'Neal Manufacturing Services, Indianapolis, Indiana
 

 Staying Healthy Together with the

SUMMER FAMILY CHALLENGE (SFC)

Luis and his family love to stay active by riding bicycles, playing at the park, visiting the zoo and participating in 5K races. Staying active is important to the Heredia family to help them relax, keep their routine interesting, and encourage healthy development for their kids. 

 

How did SFC impact your family?  It encouraged us to try different wellness activities like eating healthier, going offline to spend time together, drinking more water and staying active. The SFC guide really helps to keep track of our progress & challenges us to try different things.

 

What was special about the SFC for you and your family? During the challenge, we completed the Bubble Run, an event that benefited children’s cancer research. We will continue to live healthy as a family.  We are looking forward to the 2017 Summer Family Challenge this year! 

Congratulations to Luis and his family on living healthy

at work, at home and at play!

ANGEL GUTIERREZ
Spring 2017
 

Angel Gutierrez of TW Metals in Seattle, WA had used tobacco for 32 years when he decided to quit. He had started using tobacco at a very young age. 

 

With the help of LIVESMART and his own self-determination, he committed to quitting for good in September 2014. He said knowing that TW Metals and LIVESMART cared about him made it that much easier to quit! He used exercise, hobbies, and faith to help him along the way.

 

Today, Angel says he doesn’t even think about tobacco anymore and it is the best feeling. He says, “My attitude is changed and I am more productive at work and outside of work”. He makes an effort everyday to help others around him, friends, co-workers and strangers and is very active in charities throughout the year.

 

Great job Angel on your continued success at living tobacco free!

LANCE IRELAND
Winter 2016
 

Lance Ireland from O’Neal Birmingham, AL inspires his coworkers, family, and friends with his amazing transformation. A LIVESMART participant since 2015, Lance has lost an incredible 58 pounds and 11.5 inches off his waist! 

 

Not only has he changed his diet by including more vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and lean meats, but he regularly practices a combination of cardio and weight lifting up to 6 days per week. He has stopped using tobacco and no longer has to take blood pressure medication. His wife, Christy, has been very supportive in his journey. They enjoy working out together and eating for better health!

LENNY EDELEN
Fall 2016

Congratulations to Lenny Edelen from O'Neal Manufacturing Services in Louisville, KY for completing an IRONMAN competition on October 9th! He swam 2.4 miles in the Ohio River, biked 112 miles, and ran 26.2 miles for a total of 140.6 miles in 14.58 hours. He placed in the top 20% of the competition out of 2000 people.

Great job Lenny!

PAUL SMITH
Spring 2016
 

Paul Smith of Plus Ten in Benicia, CA lost 43 pounds after enrolling in LIVESMART by improving his diet and increasing exercise.

PATIN FAMILY
Fall 2015
 
A SUMMER FAMILY MAKEOVER STORY

During the Summer Family Makeover program, Keith and Bridget Patin’s family enjoyed the beaches of Gulf Shores, AL. They participated in activities together, including rafting, kayaking, pontoon boating, shelling, and enjoying the fresh seafood. During their summer beach time, they unplugged from television, newspapers, and the radio to enjoy quality time together.

 

The Patins achieved their goals of reducing screen time to less than 2 hours per day, consuming no sugary beverages, getting at least an hour of physical activity and eating 5 servings of fruits and vegetables per day. Bridget states she “loves the LIVESMART programs and appreciates the fun ways of being challenged for better health.

CLAYTON DAWSON
Fall 2015
 

Clayton has been a LIVESMART participant since 2011, and has lost 33 pounds and 5 inches off his waist.

 

In addition to making healthier food choices, Clayton joined a gym andhas been exercising 4-5 days every week. Most importantly, he is now maintaining better control of his Diabetes, and has improved his Hgb A1c level from 9.1% to 6.4%. Clayton says, “With all the positive changes I’ve made through the LIVESMART program, I can climb the hills more easily during hunting season and have more energy to cheer on the University of Kentucky Wildcats!”

CALVIN JOURNET
Summer 2015
 

Calvin Journet of O’Neal Steel in Lafayette, LA quit smoking after 40 years and moved up to the Platinum club!

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