The third and final Wellness Workshop of the semester was presented Nov. 20 in the Joseph Fielding Smith Building.
The topic was “Going the Extra Mile,” according to BYU-Idaho’s website.
Kenny Ricks, a freshman studying exercise physiology, spoke at the workshop. He told those attending to think of a goal they wanted to complete within the next year. Ricks said the goal could concern stress, family, school, work or church.
Ricks presented himself as an example of someone who has faced weight challenges and has changed. During high school, he weighed 210 pounds and wore size 38 pants and extra-large size T-shirts.
He now weighs 150 pounds and wears size 30 pants .
“Don’t run from your goals, run towards them,” Ricks said.
Ricks said he has not stopped working on his health, even though he is at a healthy weight.
“I am constantly continuing to better myself and make new goals,” Ricks said.
Natalie Halle, a senior studying exercise physiology, attended the wellness workshop.
“I love wellness and learning about people’s stories of how they are making their lives healthier, and it gives me ideas of how to improve physical, mental, spiritual or emotional health,” Daley said.
Halle said she likes that you can apply the principles of physical goals into other aspects of your life.
“I’ve never thought of taking something like losing weight, and taking those principals and applying them to other parts of my life,” Halle said.
Emily Daley, a senior studying health science, also spoke at the workshop. She said she was making poor decisions for her health and knew she needed to turn her life around. She said that at age 17, she knew she needed to make a lifestyle change.
“At a BMI of 41.1 I was tired, miserable, held back, sick and distant from God,” Daley said.
According to Mayo Clinic, for females, a BMI lower than 18.5 is underweight, over 25 is overweight and higher than 30 is obese.
Daley said she had tried to lose weight before, but that the diets, pills and negativity did not work.
“What did work was deciding on life-long change, positive thinking and visualization,” Daley said.
Daley said will power was the most influential driving force in her lifestyle change.
“Being positive and open minded — power of the mind is the most powerful thing,” Daley said. “Think, ‘I am a healthy person.’”
Daley said telling yourself these positive affirmations, like “I am a healthy person,” are called the evolution of thinking. The evolution of thinking is telling yourself, “I want. I will. I am.”
Daley would think and act as a healthy person would, so her thoughts would lead to actions.
“I would ask myself, ‘What would a healthy person do?’” Daley said.
Daley said to write down three ways to achieve a goal and to follow them in order to reach it. She said she had a goal to lose 100 pounds.
She met her goal by exercising at least 30 minutes most days, tracking what she was consuming, more fruits and vegetables, and being more active.
“You have the power to complete your goal,” Daley said. “It’s not a one-day decision. Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.”
Recently, Daley ran her first half-marathon. Her friend encouraged her to run the race with her.
“I thought my friend was crazy that she wanted me to run a half-marathon with her,” Daley said. “I wasn’t even cleared to exercise after giving birth. I hadn’t even run in a 5K.”
Getting back into shape was especially hard for Daley after pregnancy.
“The first time I ran training for the race, I got cramps in weird places, places I didn’t even know I could have cramps,” Daley said. She said it took her 13 minutes to complete one mile.
Although she had a rough start, she set a goal to run the entire race.
She accomplished her goal of running all 13.1 miles of the marathon and even finished before her friend.
“I earned a medal and T-shirt with the race, but I won that pride,” Daley said.
Daley said that although the Wellness Workshop was focused on physical goals, the attitude of goal setting can be used in emotional, spiritual, social and mental goals.
Daley said only an individual can accomplish the goals they set for themselves. The individual is the one who has the power to make a change. Others cannot make the change.
“Change your mind; be who you want to be; be who your Heavenly Father wants you to be because eventually you will,” Daley said.