Faces of Fearless winner - Regence BlueShield of Idaho
Earlier this year, we invited members to share their personal stories that inspire and embody the joy and possibility of what it means to Live Fearless in an effort to celebrate our members and the many Faces of Fearless who are overcoming challenges each and every day. We received many outstanding submissions about stepping outside of a comfort zone to embrace a new possibility, overcoming an obstacle, or honoring personal truth. Below is the winning submission from Regence BlueShield of Idaho member Lesa Becker.
Nature Calls: Walking my Way to Wellness
Both of my grandmothers suffered heart attacks. One died in her 50’s and the other survived. When I started to have shortness of breath and irregular heartbeats while skiing and hiking, I knew I needed to do something different. I was in my 50’s and wanted to make sure I was still around when I had grandchildren.
Taming the Beast
A visit to my cardiologist assured me I could tame the beast (my raging heart). My health plan provided me with encouragement through their on-line wellness challenges. In August of 2014, I started to walk my way to wellness. I purchased a step tracker watch, started a wellness journal and tracked my progress. Here’s a journal entry in September: New personal best! 16,886 steps, 7.5 miles. Took Shirley’s Trail and the logging road to the mailbox. Then, took Three Point Trail to home. Sleeping well, wellness feels good!!
My Magic Formula
In addition to being passionate about walking, hiking, skiing and snowshoeing, I changed my diet. I started drinking more water and reduced my caffeine intake. My magic formula also included good old fashioned oatmeal with blueberries. Whole fruits and whole grains = yummy. It’s nice to know you really can make a difference in your own wellness. The rewarding part of my walk to wellness is that it’s taken me back to nature. I enjoy beautiful scenery and have encounters with wildlife along the way. It’s as if the wildlife is there to cheer me on. Keep going, Lesa. You can do it!