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Mind, Body, Me Wellness Program

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Success stories from people who participate in the Mind, Body, Me Wellness Program

Do you have a success story you'd like to share with us? If so, e-mail mindbodyme@ithaca.edu or click here to share with us. Stories will remain anonymous unless you specify you'd like to share your name. We have a sample template to help you best tell your story or share your experiences available here.

Want to hear about why our participants are in Mind, Body, Me and what it has done for them? Read on...

Anonymous: "Thanks for a great program. I believe that MBM provides a life altering opportunity and we, as employees of Ithaca College, are very lucky to have access to such an uplifting experience."

Donna Eaton - Residential Life: "Through the Mind Body & Me program, I learned to meditate which has had a measurable impact on my life.  Not only have I improved how I manage stress, but  my blood pressure is lower than it used to be.  How cool is that!? I am very thankful that the Mind Body & Me program exists and that I was able to participate."

Anonymous: "It was a slow start but I have made some progress with my weight and health goals. I have lost 22lbs and several inches off my waist. my blood pressure has come down and I fully expect that my cholesterol has come down too. the Mind, Body, Me program has allowed me to look at my goals more realistically and in a different way. I now look at my total health and wellness and not specific results such as my weight as the end goal. I would like to point out that the staff at the Wellness Clinic have been a great resource with exercise and nutrition guidance. It is great to have all of the positive feedback from everyone involved in the program. Thank you for all of the support and encouragement!"

Pete Schlough - Mail Services: "My decision to join was motivated entirely by the access to personal fitness training. Prior to this I had worked out alone almost daily for several months. But I felt increasingly bored and undisciplined in my solo workouts. I had no guidance, no encouragement, and no motivation to push myself. Not surprisingly, I was perpetually frustrated by the lack of results. I needed a trainer who would educate me, would fashion a program for me based on my goals, and would push me when I needed it. My overall everyday fitness has gone up terrifically. Basic stamina and endurance in my work and personal life is greatly improved. My emotional health feels more stable; less prone to being affected by high work-induced stress. Most importantly, my endurance for long and demanding drum playing has gone way up, making my live performances both more energetic and less exhausting." 

Mark Coldren - Human Resources: "We all go through those rationalizations about how the clothes we have are brands that 'run smaller', that we will start being more active when 'things calm down', the list goes on for each of us", "A lot of my friends and colleagues were in it.", "10 months later, I lowered my bad cholesterol, lowered my blood pressure, improved my BMI, lost about 25 pounds!", "Knowing my job expects me to be healthy to be productive - that really gets me going every day."

Nancy Pierce - Biology: "I feel healthier, have more energy, more fit, and I sleep better too!", "I make the extra effort to do stairs and take a longer route if time permits. I also find myself wanting to exercise and feel guilty on the day I can't"

Deborah Merriman - Human Resources: "Spouse had a heart attack a few years ago which changed our focus to a healthier lifestyle.", "Exercise has become more like a habit than a task to cross off our list.", "People around me helped keep me motivated; different types of activities and workshops."

Anonymous: "I kept myself motivated once I started feeling better after every workout and the fact that I was finally losing weight.", "I find myself not minding if I have to park far from where I need to be; before I'd wait for a spot, now I just park where there is a spot and walk.", "My helpings and servings are now cut down by 1/3 of what they were.", I have lost over 29.5 pounds to date and I have gone down 3.07 points on my BMI and I am getting stronger."

Jim Mica - Admission: "MBM gives me the chance to do something about my health on campus.", " I've been able to take care of some long standing muscle strains without doing PT. And my blood glucose levels improved.", "I've actually noticed less muscle pain which has kept up with the motivation.", "Eating habits have changed - I've gone from slogging my way over to the fitness center and performing pretty desultory workouts to looking forward to exercise."

Ian Woods - Biology: "My eating habits have changed: no more red meat or cheese, strong reduction in cookies!", "I've lost about 8lbs or so since starting in January"

Robin Rogers - Marketing Communications: "I've been a long-distance runner for nearly two decades, but I was getting bored with my DIY workouts. I paired up with a personal trainer, and now I'm working on building strength, as well as endurance. Mixing it up has helped renew my enthusiasm for exercise, and I can see a bicep for the first time in my life! Plus it's easier to pick up my nieces and nephews."