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I Did It!

Recognizing State employees and their families who have made lifestyle improvements or achieved a personal success.

About the Program

The I Did It! program recognizes State employees and their families who have made significant lifestyle improvements, achieved personal success, or have had a positive experience from participation in the program. 

 

 

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Matthew M.  |  Employee  | Department of Labor  |  Albany

I completed 100 miles running in March of 2023 with a long run of nearly a marathon. Aside from completing my MBA in just two years, this is right up there with one of my biggest accomplishments.

 

Juan J.  |  Employee |  Department of Labor |  Elmira

I learned to dance! This month, I have completed a year of weekly dance classes. I had many fears; of being judged, of what people would think and the fear of one's own worst critic, oneself. So, last year, without a dance partner, I decided to take the leap and sign-up. Now, I can hear the beat and move in sync with the music. Just that alone was a burning desire for me to know. In addition to that throughout this year, I have learned Salsa, Merengue, Cha-Cha, and Jive; the best part is the social confidence that it has instilled in me. To fellow people seeking to dance but have a fear of doing it, just sign-up and take it one step at a time.

 

Andrea R. | Employee | Office of the Medicaid Inspector General | New York

I maintained patience and found a peace of mind. There is nothing more powerful than having a workspace suitable for you. New beginnings are wonderful, and I highly recommend you take the necessary time to find yours. With so many opportunities in place, there is no need to remain stagnant. It's your time as it was mine.

 

Jose B. | Employee  |  Office of Information Technology Services  |  Rochester

My wife and I became vegans due to several serious health issues. I still have lingering health issues (some will never go away) but the good news is taking less medications per doctor's advice. Also, exercising more now per doctor's encouragement. Nothing is perfect but being on a vegan diet is helping me.

 

Ester R. |  Employee | SUNY Maritime College | Bronx

In the fall 0f 2021, as I approached my 60th year of life, I sought a connection with myself that had eluded me for decades. I enrolled in a Mindful Leadership Certificate Program, one of many excellent programs in the SUNY's Center for Professional Development. As I learned mindfulness and meditation, I ended 2021 with a sense of wellness and self-confidence I never felt before. Now I manage whatever life sends my way by breathing deep and going within. I am so grateful!

 

Brittni Y. | Employee | Office of the Attorney General | Albany

Since the beginning of the month, I have used smaller plates to portion out food and have filled most of my plates with veggies, fruits, and less carbs. I have also set goals to walk and hit at least 10,000 steps and use the stairs more often than usual. I can say I have lost 10 lbs. and feel better every day.

 
EAP Coordinator | Employee |  Department of Motor Vehicles  |  Statewide

NYS DMV hosted a "Move the Scale Monday" eight-week weigh-in program. We had participants from the Capital Region, Long Island, Hudson Valley, and Metro offices participate in this spring program. They received weekly emails and handouts, the option to weigh-in in person or remotely and were rewarded with some great giveaway items for participating. We had a great turnout with great feedback for future offerings. NYS DMV will be hosting another wellness program in the early fall.

 

Karin H. | Employee | Office of Mental Health | Utica

Accomplishment:
I have been going to a 30 minute fit boot camp 3-4 days a week to work on bettering myself. I also walk up 3 flights of stairs every day. I can feel myself getting stronger and stronger.

 

Anand B. | Employee | Office of Information Technology Services | Albany

Accomplishment:
I walked to office 3.5 Mile and back to home 3.5 Miles daily (Menands to Albany) for this entire week. I would like to continue the same through our summer.

 

Lynette | Employee | Office of Mental Health | Albany

Accomplishment:
In the spring of 2013 I set a goal to run a marathon. The journey has been challenging, taking pauses many times. I never ran more than 5K at one time, and couldn't complete that without walking portions of the runs. In early 2020 I signed up for a half marathon, and started training. When COVID hit, i stopped all physical exercise and found myself in worse physical shape than ever. Spring 2021 I received an email that my half marathon registration was credited, and I signed up. I started my training, telling myself and family I didn't think I could do it but since I already paid, I might as well try. Thanks to many people changing the way I talked to myself, I was able to not only complete my training, but I also completed a few smaller races (getting my 5K time down to just over 30 minutes), and finally the half marathon in October 2021. This was a great milestone on my way to the marathon, fall 2022, which I am registering for now. Never give up on those dreams!

 

Lori M. | Employee | Office for People with Developmental Disabilities | Norwich

Accomplishment:
Walked 20 minutes on a treadmill every day last week!

 

Kevin M. | Employee | Office for People with Developmental Disabilities | POK

Accomplishment:
The goal I set for myself was to 1) be off medications, 2) develop healthy eating style, 3) lose weight ,and 4) purge all negativity from my surroundings (work, private and leisure) that may cause disruptions for me. DONE...!

 

Beryl J. | Employee | SUNY | Albany

Accomplishment:
During the continuing global pandemic and the actualization on our campuses for the calls of racial justice, I started writing in a Gratitude Journal. Gratitude and Thanks are two of my favorite words. Writing every day at the same time has allowed me to reflect on my day and give thanks for the small and big wins. I am also on a healthy life style journey...so far, 10 pounds and looking forward to more.

 

Samantha S. | Employee | Department of Motor Vehicles | Syracuse

Accomplishment:
I ran my first 5K back on July 24th 2021 after giving birth to my son in April 2021! Ran the Chocolate Challenge with both my of children! Ran it in 49.51! Not bad at all! Walking/running almost everyday to get ready for the next 5K with my kids!

 

Rochelle F. | Employee | Department of Corrections and Community Supervision | Auburn

Accomplishment:
I had a baby in October 2020 and sticking to a good diet while exercising at least 3-4 times a week I am almost back to my pre-pregnancy weight. I feel overall better and have so much more energy when I eat good food. It's not easy to try and find time to exercise when you have little ones, so I use babe to help me work out and she loves it. Holding her while doing squats, doing arm extensions, and over head press. And now that it's getting nicer outside I strap her to my chest and walk outside with her. It hasn't been easy but if you stick to it you will see results and feel great!

 

Jeanne L. | Employee | Department of Labor | Poughkeepsie

Accomplishment:
Ran the 2021 West Point Fallen Comrades half marathon on March 27, 2021

 

Andrew D. | Employee | Office for People with Developmental Disabilities | Tupper Lake

Accomplishment:
I like to believe that there really is a silver lining in every cloud, sometimes you just have to look a little harder to find it. COVID has brought many changes to our workplace and our society. Some of these changes will no doubt be permanent, while others we are waiting for them to fade away, allowing us to return to some sense of "normal". I made a choice to use the time away from family, friends, travel, dining out, and other things that make up my "normal" to address a long standing problem...weight loss. This journey began at 426 lbs., type two diabetes, and a fairly sedentary lifestyle. I started with a plan that included portion awareness and food tracking for accountability. I slowly added exercise to my daily routine and read the daily message from NYSWellness everyday to help start my day with positive thinking. Gradually I increased my exercise and the pounds began to drop. Soon my clothes were fitting loosely and my blood sugar level was below the diabetic threshold. To date I have lost about 100 lbs., about halfway through this journey, with about 100 lbs. yet to go. I am confident that I will reach this goal and look forward to taking back even more of my life that was lost to obesity. So far I am back to playing golf, even walking the course most of the time, kayaking, and I have begun hiking with my Welsh Pembroke Corgi puppy. The silver lining in this cloud was there, I just had to look a little harder to find it.

 

Jaime | Employee | Transportation, Department of | Syracuse

Accomplishment:
Over the course of the last year, 2020, I was able to lose about 90 pounds. Going from 265 to 175 while working from home during COVID. I built a desk in my spare time to sit over top of my treadmill and worked while walking for a few hours each day and watched what I was eating and the pounds just shed away.

 

Margaret B. | Employee | SUNY | Buffalo

Accomplishment:
I did my first Buffalo Turkey Trot and did it virtual during COVID19 so I was away from everyone and safe. I wanted to stop so many times but I finished. I did the first mile in 18 minutes but leveled off to about a 20 minute mile. Not bad for a pacer dependent, overweight person who didn't train. Next year I will do better!

 

Amanda R. | Employee | SUNY | Canton

Accomplishment:
My family and I completed the Tupper Lake Triad this past summer and the Saranac 6er Hiking Challenge in October! My children are 9 and 14; we were so proud of this accomplishment for our whole family!

 

Kory W. | Employee | Office of Mental Health | Albany

Accomplishment:
I built a raised loose stone patio with around 4 yards of crusher run for a base, 4 yards of size 2 marble rock for decoration, and 3 pallets of flat stone for the retaining wall. I then built a 55 inch fire pit out brick. For seating I put together 2 Adirondack swinging chairs and stained them. It is a small Oasis.

 

Melinda F. | Employee | Office for People with Developmental Disabilities | Syracuse

Accomplishment:
I have quit smoking and lost 8 pounds since starting at OPWDD in August of 2018! I have started eating better and exercising and have 60 more pounds to go to get to my weight loss goals and maintenance. The daily emails help me to stay on track and think about and/or do things to help me stay and be healthy!

 

Melinda F. | Employee | People with Developmental Disabilities, Office for | Syracuse

Accomplishment:
My co-worker, Thomas lost over 100 lbs and is going to run the NYC Marathon! He has a GoFund Me page to help him raise the money for the registration. We are so proud of his accomplishments and want to share his success!

 

Rob F. | Employee | Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation | Trumansburg

Accomplishment:
In July of 2019, I spent a week with a small group bicycling in the French Alps. We tackled a number of the famous Tour de France climbs; including the Col de la Colombiere, Col des Aravis, Col des Saisies, Col de la Madeleine, Col du Télégraphe, the mighty Galibier pass and finishing on the famous Alpe d’Huez. By the end of the week, I had cycled nearly 300 miles and climbed 45,000 ft of vertical gain. I felt so fit upon my return to the USA, that I entered and completed 3 bicycle races later in the summer and finished top 3 in my age group in two of the races!

 

Anjuli | Employee | Department of Labor | Albany

Accomplishment:
Since I volunteer as a firefighter in my spare time I have made fitness a priority. This year I ran a "duty gear challenge" and ran 4 miles of hilly terrain in Sharon Springs with my full set of firefighting gear on. The gear adds approximately 30 lbs reduces mobility and holds in heat and sweat but I made it without having to stop and rest.

 

Emelina G. | Employee | Department of Labor | New York City

Accomplishment:
I ran the NYC half marathon in March 2019 and on Saturday June 29, 2019, I ran 5 miles at the Front runners Pride run.

 

Suzanne B. | Employee | SUNY | Syracuse

Accomplishment:
Team Upstate - Lee B., Jacob P., Christine P., Amanda B .came in first place for the 2019 JP Morgan Corporate Challenge Syracuse! Whooo!

 

Dawn G. | Employee | Office of Mental Health | Binghamton

Accomplishment:
The end of February I had set a goal of loosing 12 pounds by my next Doctor's appointment. My appointment is tomorrow and I have succeeded. I have been walking a few days a week and planning all my meals and snacks.

 

Mickey H. | Employee | Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance | Brooklyn, NY

Accomplishment:
Joined Weight Watchers on April 2, 2019. As of June 18th, I have shed 65.6 pounds all through basically following the plan, tracking my food, and walking. I do a minimum of 10,000 steps per day, but try for 13,000 - 20,000. I have been tracking my eating for over 75 days and the change has been remarkable.

 

Linda E. | Employee | Office of Employee Relations | Albany

Accomplishment:
Every year my daughter and I participate in the Freihofer's Race for Women 5K in Albany. She's 24 years year's old and lives in Colorado now, but is committed to running this event with her mom. We also have my step daughter doing it as well. It's a wonderful event for women! It's empowering for women of all ages. The best was watching the daughter, mother, grandmother and the 88 year old great-grandmother take part.

 

Valerie R. | Employee | Department of Motor Vehicles | Albany

Accomplishment:
On May 4th I ran my first 5K of 2019, the Have a Drink on Me 5k (previously the Shmaltz 5K). This was my 3rd year in a row running this course!

 

Gabriel H. | Employee | Department of  Financial Services | New York City

Accomplishment:
I did the Great Saunter, a 32 mile trek around the perimeter of Manhattan. It was amazing and I can't recommend it enough. Well worth the aches the next day.

 

Yolanda B. | Employee | Department of Motor Vehicles | Syracuse

Accomplishment:
I completed the runDisney 2019 Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend Feb 22-24 which consisted of a 5K, 10K and a 1/2 Marathon all in one weekend. In total is was 21.4 miles completed in 3 days. I didn't think I could do it but I kept at it and what an accomplishment.

 

Bonnie M. | Employee | Workers' Compensation Board | Hauppauge

Accomplishment:
Ran my third NYC Marathon on November 4, 2019. This was my four marathon! I ran a 5K two weeks ago and will continue to keep running racing in 2019! Running gives me so much energy and will never stop running.

 

Lleda M. | Employee | SUNY | Syracuse

Accomplishment:
I set my Fitbit to 7,100 steps per day which is approximately 3 miles for me. I've hit this goal at least 4 days per week and would like to hit it 7 days. It's a great way to motivate me to move.

 

Patti B. | Employee | Department of Financial Services | Albany

Accomplishment:
I am carefully watching my carbs intake, have a light yogurt, and piece of fruit with lunch daily. I also include a 100 calorie snack for that afternoon slump time - such as raisins, granola bar, apple or a halo mini orange. Doing this all the time has now become a habit. I rescued a dog last July, so I'm out walking our dog a lot on weekends and evenings.

 

Amy N. | Employee | Office for People with Developmental Disabilities | Perrysburg

Accomplishment:
I am a new employee and wanted to share that I have been making healthy lifestyle changes since November, 2018. Part of that change was to find employment with an agency that really cares about its people. I have found it with 'the state.' Since joining OPWDD I have started to realize how stressed out I was working at my other job as a school bus driver. I am thrilled to learn that this program is available to me as an employee and for my family. I will continue to monitor my stress and health as I embark on my new career as an OA1; I have lost nearly 50 lbs since November 21, 2018 and I plan to take full advantage of the motivational and fitness opportunities offered on this page. 

 

Heather | Employee | SUNY | Potsdam

Accomplishment:
In 2018 I lost a total of 25 pounds! I have cut down on the amount of food I eat at each meal and switching to the right portion sizes has improved my weight loss goals. We are now in 2019 and I am still actively loosing the weight and may eventually reach the size I was way back in high school!

 

Linda E. | Employee | Office of Employee Relations | Albany

Accomplishment:
I participated in the Runner's World Running Streak from Thanksgiving 2018 - New Years Day 2019 with my son. The streak was to run one mile per day. I've run for over 35 years, but never ran every single day. I truly enjoyed it and will continue this into 2019! Here are a few things that changed: I looked forward to doing it daily, it only took between 9 - 11 minutes, so there was no excuse not to do it. I got in shape and am able to run easier than when I wasn't running every day. My 20 year old son and I did it together, he completed it too!

 

Linda C. | Employee | SUNY | Syracuse

Accomplishment:
Congratulations to the following employees from Upstate Medical Center for completing the November Monthly Challenge. 14 registered and 14 completed the challenge. Jarod B., Suzanne B., Tree C., Brittanee C., Vicki C., Sharon E., Maureen F., Pamela G., Patty G., Shayna G., Karen H., Kelly D., Lisa K., and Anne P.

 

Sandy | Employee | Office of the State Comptroller | Albany

Accomplishment:
I joined the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program offered through my job. It is a partnership to support locally grown farm fresh produce. What I get in return is the excitement of new and different produce each week, trying new delicious recipes offered by email, and the satisfaction that I am eating more vegetables, and trying a larger variety of vegetables. This is the first time I've cooked and enjoyed swiss chard, okra, and tomatillos. As an added bonus, I am seeing some weight loss by eating healthier.

 

Jody W. | Employee | Office for People with Developmental Disabilities  | Gorham

Accomplishment:
Since last July, I have been making more healthy eating choices, exercising more and drinking more water. I have lost a total of 43 lbs. and I feel great!

 

Linda C. | Employee | Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation | New Windsor

Accomplishment:
Became consistent with a pre-work morning exercise routine including keeping up with my knee exercises (physical therapy from an old meniscus tear). Started working on a couple of items on my bucket list - working on my axel and starting double jumps (figure skating).

 

Marian T. | Employee | Department of Transportation, | Albany

Accomplishment:
I have stopped using the elevator. This doesn't seem like much, but I think I am in much better shape.

 

Terri R. | Employee | Office for People with Developmental Disabilities | Phelps

Accomplishment:
My dog and I have been walking more. I lost 10 lbs. so far and very pleased that my canine friend has also improved his weight along with strength in his hind legs.

 

Lisa P. | Employee | Office of Mental Health | Middletown

Accomplishment:
I have lost 10lbs since 12/27/17 with help of my Fitbit (Christmas gift) and the fitness pal app on my phone! I had to plan meals and choose healthier snacks. My goal is to lose 10-15 more lbs. before summer...its a slow process, but worth the challenge. #lifestylechange

 

Jane P. | Employee | Office for People with Developmental Disabilities | Queens Village

Accomplishment:
I was out for a few weeks in Jan. 2018 due to hammer toe surgery. But, since I've been back (almost three weeks now) I've increased my walking to over 6 miles a day!

 

Michelle R. | Employee | Office for People with Developmental Disabilities | Hauppauge

Accomplishment:
Walked with my kids around the block.

 

Rob D. | Employee | Department of Taxation and Finance | Albany

Accomplishment:

In 2016 I weighed in at 326.7 lbs. after seeing myself in a less than flattering picture, I decided not to continue being fat. I started walking on my breaks, tracking my intake, increasing my water intake (no soda!!!) and even worked up to jogging during my lunches. Since then I have run my first 5K, donated my entire wardrobe to charity and dropped over 100 lbs!!! Working to lose another 20 or so pounds but with God's help I will achieve my goal.

 

Margaret B. | Employee | SUNY | Buffalo

Accomplishment:
Since 4/1/2017 - Still going strong with no sugar, high glycemic vegetables or pastas. 40 lbs down, 92 to go! Praying to maintain the course and workouts as well! I thank God for the stamina. If I can do it, anyone can.

 

Eric S. | Employee | Workers' Compensation Board | Buffalo

Accomplishment:
Completed Ride For Roswell Metric Century (100km/65.6 miles) and crushed my previous best time by more than 50 minutes.

 

Shakur S. | Employee | Office of Mental Health | Brentwood

Accomplishment:
The May 2017 Engage in (17) minutes of physical activity. I walked for (17) minutes for over (17) days. I have lost weight, eat healthier and have more energy. I will continue this activity and will make it part of my regular practice. All thanks to the May 2017 Monthly Challenge... P.S. I am a EAP Coordinator for the OMH at Pilgrim Psych. Center in Brentwood, NY.

 

Suzanne B. | Employee | SUNY | Syracuse

Accomplishment:
Everyone went for a walk today to celebrate Nurses Week, Hospital Week and National Employee Health and Fitness Month! Even Florence Nightingale was there! President and the director of Nursing.

 

Margaret B. | Employee | SUNY | Buffalo

Accomplishment:
I have been sugar free for 30 days! No pastas, breads or carbs high in sugar. Very liberating with no cravings. An update will follow on loss of weight because I am sure that it will have a great impact there as well!

 

Maureen K. | Employee | Department of Financial Services | New York City

Accomplishment:
I completed the NYC half marathon on March 19, 2017. This was something that was on my 'bucket list'. In 10 weeks I put in the work to go from 0 miles to 13.1 miles. Feeling very proud.

 

Vanessa W. | Employee | Department of Transportation | Buffalo

Accomplishment:
For the month of February 2017 Challenge, my work group of two other women and I stretched several times a day. It felt good to stop and get up from our desks and stretch our limbs. We all agreed we did feel better as a result, and so we decided to continue a group daily stretch past the Challenge Month.

 

Catherine M. | Employee | Office of Addiction Services and Support | Queens Village

Accomplishment:
As our program was changing. I volunteered to take on a task I knew nothing about.........ask me how?............I did it!!

 

Liz W. | Employee | Department of Corrections and Community Supervision | Ogdensburg

Accomplishment:
Riverview C.F. offered a free "Yoga for Stress Relief" program on 2/9/17. A total of 8 employees attended the event and requested another class! Emphasis was placed on stretching, especially during the work day while sitting at the computer, and being mindful of posture.

 

Cynthia J. | Employee | Workers' Compensation Board | Brooklyn

Accomplishment:
I had to lose 30lb to be at the weight that I should be so I did the daily task I now walk 5 miles every day I walk up the stairs instead of taking the elevator when getting on and off the trains. I just did the October challenge and I really enjoy apples more than ever.

 

Heather L. | Employee | Education Department | Albany

Accomplishment:
In just under a year, I was able to lose 44 pounds to get back down to the weight that I was when I first began working for the state. The WellNYS monthly challenges really helped me reach my goal.

 

Heidi | Employee | Department of Health | Albany

Accomplishment:
I managed to lose both enough weight and enough inches around my waist to wear the same skirt I interviewed in on my anniversary day. I am nearly at the right weight for my height and am feeling healthier than I have in years.

 

Angela D. | Employee | Department of Taxation and Finance | Albany

Accomplishment:
Joined the elite club of those who have reached all 46 Adirondack high peaks. Making it to the top of Saddleback was one of the best feelings! The hundreds of hours and miles spent hiking were all worth it for that moment.

 

Nanette B. | Employee | Department of Taxation and Finance | Albany

Accomplishment:
I was happy to complete the GOLD medal! I loved the challenges and looked forward to achieving a new goal each day, including the weekends. On one challenge, I cleaned up an area around my home (which is out in the beautiful countryside surrounding our state's capital). There was a hamper of clean linens that my son had brought back from college. As I was sorting through the nicely-folded towels and sheets, I was startled to see a little twitchy nose, and then 2 more... I'd discovered a nest of 3 baby mice snuggled into the nice, warm linens...I was (proudly) restrained and "enlisted" my husband's aid in dispatching the family to the far-away, outdoors. Needless to say, all of the linens have been disposed of - I could NOT use "the mouse-house" linens in my home! With that experience alone, I am THRILLED that I took the challenge and was challenged each day to better myself and my surroundings. I am looking forward to our next challenge, too!

 

Marion | Employee | Office of Children and Family Services | Rensselaer

Accomplishment:
I enjoyed the Olympic Experience and some of them were challenging but I tried it anyway and was a good learning experience of what I can accomplish if I put my mind to it. Some of points I can also use in the future.

 

Francesca R. | Employee | Department of Labor | Albany

Accomplishment:
I accomplished the Bronze medal. I wore a suit to work everyday for one week (including Friday); I told myself I could do anything because it is God who strengthens. I gave sincere compliments to my friends and family while at the Gospel Jubilee. I haven't stopped; I finished making all of the mini tissue holders for the women in my Bible Book Study; I started a bucket list; I worked on a few activities and didn't let anything distract me during that time (closing the door to my home office helped); Found really nice quotes and poetry that make me feel good about if I danced all night at a friend's wedding; I've been drinking my Sassy Water every day; I cleaned, and waxed my car; and I helped out at a church activity (Vacation Bible School). Looking back, much was accomplished, and I'm proud of myself, and I thank God for giving me the strength to do them.

 

Sharon W. | Employee | Department of Taxation and Finance | Albany

Accomplishment:
Watching the Olympians and with your encouragement, it got easier to avoid unhealthy snacking; I've dropped 5 lbs. during August 2016 and gotten outside to be busy far more. Most of all, have been inspired by the joyous, peaceful and Beautiful diversity exhibited at the Olympic Games!

 

Patti B. | Employee | Office for People with Developmental Disabilities | New Berlin

Accomplishment:
I walked a 5K for the first time ever on August 13.

 

Carolyn B. | Employee | Homes and Community Renewal | Jamaica Queens

Accomplishment:
Believe in yourself, develop discipline, stay strong, hydrate your body, dress for success, think positively, be mentally tough, dream big, think strategy, organize your life, commit to your community. I enjoy all the challenge with the Olympic experience. I will keep doing the challenge. I feel good about myself.

 

Joann D. | Employee | Office for People with Developmental Disabilities | Fredonia

Accomplishment:
I love all of the monthly challenges. The 100 times a day was actually a lot of fun. My family thought I was crazy doing this months Olympic challenge but now I have a bucket list! LOL!!

 

Heidi M. | Employee | Department of Health | Albany

Accomplishment:
I got the gold in the Olympic Experience and I've managed to lose 8 lbs. in the last two months.

 

Tammara W. | Employee | Education Department | Albany

Accomplishment:
Started weight training and circuit training. Each morning, I feel fantastic.

 

Quran H. | Employee | State Insurance Fund  | New York

Accomplishment:
I utilize Circuit training, Bicycling, Yoga, and a plant based diet in order to look and most importantly feel good about myself. I also encourage others to employ a healthy lifestyle.

 

Robin I. | Employee | Office for People with Developmental Disabilities | Rochester

Accomplishment:
I joined the Adirondack Hiking Club; now to prepare to hike one of the Mountains. Bought my first pair of hiking shoes

 

Amy B. | Employee | Department of Taxation and Finance | Albany

Accomplishment:
Started walking at least one mile, everyday.

 

Darcy R. | Employee | Office of Mental Health | Albany

Accomplishment:
I am training for a marathon (October). I ran the farthest I have EVER run this past Sunday- I ran 15 miles without stopping! That's 2 hours and 40 minutes of running.

 

Donna Z. | Employee | Office of Mental Health | Brentwood

Accomplishment:
Accomplished the world team sports faces of America ride 110 miles.

 

Amy B. | Employee | Department of Taxation and Finance | Waterford

Accomplishment:
I have lost 75 pounds in just over a year. I am walking every day and eating better.

 

Dan M. | Employee | Department of Motor Vehicles | Albany

Accomplishment:
From April-July 2016 I climbed the first and second tallest mountains in New York state, and five additional 4000+ footers in the Adirondack High Peaks Region. Not bad for being 46 yrs old, diabetic and weighing over 250 pounds! One step at a time.

 

Darcy R. | Employee | Office of Mental Health | Albany

Accomplishment:
I am training for a marathon (Rochester, September 2016). This past weekend, I ran the farthest distance I have ever gone- 14 miles.

 

Lori M. | Employee | Office for People with Developmental Disabilities | Norwich

Accomplishment:
Months ago had switched to decaf coffee, now have given coffee up totally! I now drink a beverage made from grain and it is delicious and healthier!

 

Casey K. | Employee | SUNY | Albany, NY

Accomplishment:
I challenged myself in June 2015 to complete 30 road races before my 30th birthday. On June 4, 2016 I completed race #30 at the Freihofer's Run for Women.

 

Fil L. | Employee | SUNY | Syracuse

Accomplishment:
March Catskills Madness: Hiked Overlook MT on the 18 of March, 5 miles round trip. Balsam Lake MT 3.4 miles RT, Hunter MT (4040') 6.8 miles RT on March 19. Tremper Mt 6 miles RT, Red Hill 2.8 mile RT on Sunday, to complete the ADK Fire Tower Challenge.

 

Lori M. | Employee | Office for People with Developmental Disabilities | Norwich

Accomplishment:
Switched from soda to water and salads at lunch.

 

Kristine L. | Employee | SUNY | Syracuse

Accomplishment:
Everyday I walk 10,000 steps or more and have been doing this since January 2015. I have lost more than 50 pounds and I am counting on this weight loss/health journey in the future.

 

Steve D. | Employee | Office of the State Comptroller | Albany

Accomplishment:
I'm seven sessions into a twelve session introduction to boxing at a local boxing gym. It's a lot of fun, and I'm feeling more energetic as a result. I didn't realize how challenging a jump rope could be!

 

Fil L. | Employee | SUNY | Syracuse

Accomplishment:
Hiked ST Regis Mountain on Feb-22-6.6 round trip. Poke-O-Moonshine Mountain on Feb-23-4 miles round trip and Hurricane Mountain on Feb-24 6.8 milers round trip.

 

Cynthia C. | Employee | Department of State | Buffalo

Accomplishment:
Since April 2014,I have committed to a daily walking program and have shed 64 pounds. I have participated by walking in 2 5K's in 2015 and look forward to participating in the Ride for Roswell in 2016. I plan to achieve my goal of shedding another 49 pounds this year.

 

Pam G. | Employee | SUNY | Syracuse

Accomplishment:
I completed my first 5k this October just 4 1/2 months after I had bilateral knee replacements.

 

Starlet L. | Family Member | SUNY | Liverpool

Accomplishment:
Ran her second 5K on the 22nd of August at Turning Stone Casino. She plans to participate Turkey Trot this Thanksgiving and will be promoting Fibromyalgia Awareness.

 

Joe N. | Family Member | SUNY | Syracuse

Accomplishment:
My husband completed his first 5K!!!

 

Amanda A. | Employee | SUNY | Franklin

Accomplishment:
Tuff Enuf 5K July 4, 2015

 

Joan D. | Employee | Office for People with Developmental Disabilities | Middletown

Accomplishment:
Completed Girls on the Run 5K.

 

Naresh E. | Employee | IOffice of Information Technology Services | Menands

Accomplishment:
This is the first 5K I participated and enjoyed the run. I came to know my strength.

 

Joel and Gladys S. | Employee | Office of Mental Health | Brooklyn

Accomplishment:
My wife and I were both recently diagnosed as pre-diabetic. We changed our diet radically and increased our activity level. We together have lost over 40 pounds in three months. We look better; feel better; appreciate food better; and have so much more energy.

 

Rita G. | Employee | Office for People with Developmental Disabilities | Wassaic

Accomplishment:
I started walking again a little everyday and have increased my fruit and vegetable intake and decreased my carbs and I'm seeing great results.

 

Summer P. | Employee | Department of Labor  | Buffalo

Accomplishment:
I DID IT! since the new year, I have worked out 5 days a week, cardio 20 plus minutes 5 days a week and drank at least 3 bottles of water daily. With the help of my work out buddies, this is possible and motivates me to work out. All this equals better sleep and eats for this woman!

 

Heidi M. | Employee | Department of Health | Albany

Accomplishment:
I've been drinking more water and less soda and have noticed a difference in my overall health. It's also been 1 year since I started listening to uplifting music everyday on my way to and from work and I've noticed a difference in my overall attitude.

 

Hope J. | Employee | Department of Labor | Albany

Accomplishment:
I have lost 194 lbs. I started going to Weight Watchers and then EAP offered Zumba classes at work so I joined those. They were so much fun they did not feel like exercise at all. (Well, ok maybe a little LOL) Then joined a gym. After I lost most of the weight the Olympic Experience came out and I love it. It reminds me what my goals are and I am pretty sure I have done every month since the beginning. It helps me stay on track and stay fit. In March it will be a year since I met my weight loss goal and the Olympic Experience and Zumba classes at work is a big part of what helps me stay at my goal weight. I really appreciate the work that our EAP staff (DEB) does to offer this to us! It literally changed my life and gave me more years to live.

 

KIM W. | Employee | Office for People with Developmental Disabilities | Poughkeepsie

Accomplishment:

I accomplished that little things a more noticeable then I thought.

 

Shelley S. | Employee | Department of Corrections and Community Supervision | Watertown

Accomplishment:
A co-worker and I began a weekly weight in at the beginning of the summer. I've lost 10 pounds. My best tip - put cucumber in your Watertown (along with lemons if you have them). Helps with the bloating feeling. We've got two of our co-workers to join in too and they are losing!

 

John | Employee | Department of Corrections and Community Supervision | Albany

Accomplishment:
I began walking to work instead of driving. It puts me in such a good mood! Being able to enjoy the blue skies and being grateful that I live close enough to walk in about 35 minutes is such a pleasure. Drinking more water also helps me!

 

Sue D. | Employee | Office for People with Developmental Disabilities | Poughkeepsie

Accomplishment:
I have not had a soft drink for many months now. Drinking more water and seltzer flavor water. Feel great.

 

Rita G. | Employee | Office for People with Developmental Disabilities | Wassaic

Accomplishment:
I have been out since May 9 due to a couple of surgeries, but while I was out I did complete the May challenge, June challenge, and July challenge. I am looking forward to complete August.

 

Nicole W. | Employee | Office of the State Comptroller | Albany

Accomplishment:
I take the stairs more often!

 

Lori M. | Employee | Office for People with Developmental Disabilities | Norwich

Accomplishment:
35 POUNDS!

 

Viola A. | Employee | Homes and Community Renewal | Jamaica

Accomplishment:
I accomplish walking, and dancing and drinking green juice, three a day. I feel I lost weight. I feel much better and sleeping good.

 

Peggy O. | Employee | SUNY | Binghamton

Accomplishment:
Walked twice a day six days a week sometimes 7.

 

Rachelle S. | Employee | Office of Children and Family Services | Buffalo

Accomplishment:
I expanded my days at the gym from 3 days to 5 and I feel great!

 

Juanita G. | Employee | Department of Corrections and Community Supervision | New York

Accomplishment:
Lost ten pounds from walking and drinking only water no meat, carbs or breads.

 

Vernell M. | Employee | Department of Corrections and Community Supervision | New York

Accomplishment:
Lost the most weight in the biggest loser club in my jail from eating right no meat only veggies, water, fish and fruit. Also walked morning and night.

 

Lori C. | Employee | Office of Information Technology Services | Albany

Accomplishment:
I participated in all of the Weigh in on Wednesday programs held so far at the Department of Labor and had perfect attendance at the last two. I managed to lose 17 lbs and am maintaining the loss and wearing clothing that is a size or two smaller.

 

Lauri | Employee | Office of Information Technology Services | Albany

Accomplishment:
I participated in the Spring 2014 Weigh in on Wednesday program, organized by the DOL EAP Coordinator, Debbie. I learned new tips on healthy eating and exercise, and was motivated by the other people who joined the program. The best part is that I lost weight and feel better than before.

 

Shayna G. | Employee | SUNY | Syracuse

Accomplishment:
I've lost a total of 94 lbs. so far. I drastically changed my diet and I do 30-120 mins of exercise a day. I use stairs always, walk during my breaks at work, elliptical at home or go hiking. I choose standing over sitting whenever I can. My new lifestyle has positively inspired my dad and sister-in-law to take charge of their personal health. My dad has lost 80+ lbs. and my sister-in-law has lost 120+ lbs. I am very proud of them!

 

Francesca R. | Employee | Department of Labor | Albany

Accomplishment:
I am part of the "Weigh-In-Wednesday" (WIW) group, held at the Labor Department. I get encouraged, each time, to lead a healthier lifestyle through eating, exercising, meditation, etc. I have also formed great friendships with folks I normally would not have spoken with. We all have a common goal...to be healthy. I hope this program continues because it is makes us accountable for our actions, is empowering, and, guest what??? It's only $10 for 10 weeks. The WIW is a WOW!!!

 

Danielle H. | Employee | Department of Labor | Albany

Accomplishment:
Participated in a 10 week "Weigh In On Wednesday" contest. Ended up with most weight lost...30 lbs.!!!

 

Joan | Employee | Department of Labor | Albany

Accomplishment: I joined Weigh-in on Wednesdays and lost 6 pounds in 10 weeks in addition to the 20 pounds I've lost since joining Weight Watchers at Work. I looked forward to weighing in each week and am proud of myself for sticking with it. As an added bonus, I'm walking more often and walking farther in the same amount of time. Thanks to our EAP Coordinator for making it fun!!

 

Dan P | Employee | Office of Information Technology Services | Albany

Accomplishment:
The Weigh-In-On-Wednesday program at the Department of Labor is a great program. I started my weight loss journey prior to the beginning of this program but during the most recent program I lost 29.5 pounds bringing my total weight loss to 66 pounds. Deb did a great job organizing this program. It was a lot of fun and helped keep me motivated.

 

Marcia Z. | Employee | Department of Labor  | Albany

Accomplishment:
I participated in the "Weigh in Wednesday" program since it began at labor. the info was useful & the various books we were given helped a great deal in eating right, how to prepare various foods, etc. Deb (our EAP rep.) even brought in foods so we could taste them. I tried, but I still don't like hummus. I lost about 43 pounds since the program started and I did it because this program was easy to follow and got my competitive drive going since I was competing for prizes. this is the most weight I ever lost.

 

Amanda R. | Employee | SUNY | Canton

Accomplishment:
We just finished a 10-week weight loss program at work. Our biggest "loser" Michelle O. lost 22.6 pounds in 10 weeks!

 

Anne W. | Employee | SUNY | Syracuse

Accomplishment:
I've lost over 100 pounds and am still losing! What a huge different in my life in so many ways. Even better than looking better and new clothes is feeling healthy again and being able to do activities that my weight prevented me from doing before.

 

Kimlee M. | Employee |  Office of Employee Relations | Albany

Accomplishment:
Three months ago my blood sugars were in the diabetic range, my cholesterol and triglycerides were too high. I eat healthy and have never been a soda drinker but...I wasn't exercising. Over the winter I got a used treadmill and started walking. I could only do a few minutes at a time but eventually increased to 30 minutes. Not a marathon but a big success for me. This week when I went for a follow up with my doctor the test results showed that my sugars are back in the normal range, my cholesterol is 169, and triglycerides 83! I've lost about 20 pounds. The weight loss is great but the healthy test results are even better!

 

Linda C. | Family Member | Office of Employee Relations | Albany

Accomplishment:
Signed up for workforce Team Challenge

 

J A. | Employee | Department of Corrections and Community Supervision | Otisville

Accomplishment:
Completed a 20 mile bike ride in 1 hour and 45 minutes.

 

Linda C. | Employee | Office of Employee Relations | Albany

Accomplishment:
Placed 3rd in my age group at Bacon Hill Bonanza 10K

 

Lori | Employee | Office for People with Developmental Disabilities | Norwich

Accomplishment:
20 pounds lost...............so far!

 

Annette | Employee | SUNY | Potsdam

Accomplishment:
I quit beating myself up for the weight I put on last year after dropping 63 pounds over three years. I started exercising again between 20 - 30 minutes after dinner daily and walking my dogs every morning before work. I can't wait to get outside more this spring and summer! I am concentrating more on feeling better and eating healthy foods rather than unhealthy sugary foods.

 

Patricia | Employee | Department of Labor | Kingston

Accomplishment:
I accomplished all of it! (Keeping away from sweets/sugar for a day was quite the challenge!!)! 

 

Juanita G. | Employee | Department of Corrections and Community Supervision | Bronx

Accomplishment:
Stop eating meats, drinking more water. By replacing sodas, juices and ice tea for water.

 

Kimlee | Employee | Office of Employee Relations | Albany

Accomplishment:
Challenged myself to adopt a new eating lifestyle. I started with a plan of 2 weeks no carbs and very limited natural sugars (Stevia in the raw, honey, or agave) today is day 14 and I am so proud of myself! I stuck with it and even managed to pack healthy no-carb meals while being on the road for my job. A little challenging but manageable. My clothes are so lose that I had to move buttons over and take seams in. I was even able to pull out some of my clothes from the back of the closet...you know, the ones you save in hopes of getting into them "someday". And it sure feels great to be able to move without having lots of pain!

 

Lynn G. | Employee | Department of Transportation | Watertown

Accomplishment:
On my "Make it a Brain Teasing Day", for the first time in several months, I used my favorite brain games website. Our whole family has an account and we enjoy challenging each other to the next level. Since then I have logged in several times a week to train my brain and I have already felt an improvement in my attention and focus. And I feel more productive at work.

 

Mary Beth P. | Employee | Office of the State Comptroller | Albany

Accomplishment:
I gave up artificial sweeteners!

 

John C. | Employee | State Insurance Fund | New York

Accomplishment:
My wife and I started doing 10 or more minutes of dancing in our living room on Friday nights as part of the Olympic Experience. We've committed to doing it every Friday going forward!

 

Lynn G. | Employee | Department of Transportation | Watertown

Accomplishment:
For the "Make it a brain teasing day" I logged on to my Lumosity family account for the first time in several months and ever since I've been logging in several times a week to train my brain. I've noticed an improvement with my attention span and memory and I've felt more productive at work. I highly recommend Lumosity.

 

Mary | Employee | Education Department | Albany

Accomplishment:
I have been working on changing my life style, more activity and eat healthier. I've lost weight (41 lbs.) and I am no longer diabetic, cholesterol is now perfect and my blood pressured has lowered. My goal is to get off of all medication and not be a diabetic. I have reached one goal, and now working on the BP goal. I want to live longer and be healthier to be here for my family and my friends.

 

Terri Z. | Employee | SUNY | Albany

Accomplishment:
I made a list of 5 people I am grateful for and I let them know why. Thank you for encouraging us to do this; the responses I received let me know how much it meant to them. I will incorporate this activity into my routine more often; it costs me only a few minutes of thought & typing to pour out blessing into the lives of others.

 

Traci P. | Employee | SUNY | Geneseo

Accomplishment:
My children are now asking to exercise during the commercials when we watch TV together. They loved doing it with me the one day and are hooked. It's been fun to do this activity together.

 

Barbara | Employee | SUNY | Syracuse

Accomplishment:
I continue to walk over a half a mile during my lunch at work, no matter what the weather is. I started back to the gym at least 2 - 3 times a week.

 

Mayra | Employee | Office of Mental Health | Orangeburg

Accomplishment:
I bring healthy choices to eat everyday at work. This method to healthy eating has not only allowed me to lose unwanted weight but to improve my digestive system. Having healthy choices at work keeps me from eating unhealthy snacks and meals.

 

Lori M. | Employee | Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence | Norwich

Accomplishment:
I started a walking program and monitor my daily carb intake for a healthier lifestyle...and it feels GREAT!

 

Edgar D. | Employee | State Insurance Fund | White Plains

Accomplishment:
Drank 64 ozs of water everyday. On the weekends more.

 

Carmen | Employee | Office of Addiction Services and Support | Albany

Accomplishment:
Registered to Bike from Buffalo to Albany, NY. This is a 400 mile bike ride. Started my exercise program and hoping to lose 20 pounds before the trip in July 2014.

 

Erin M. | Employee | Department of Labor | Buffalo

Accomplishment:
I ran at 7:30am for 4.9 miles in 18 degree weather!

 

Maureen T. | Employee | SUNY | Binghamton

Accomplishment:
I started walking at lunchtime the beginning of February before the Olympic Challenge started and now I do it every day. Even in the nasty weather I'm out walking at lunch time.

 

Lelia N. | Employee | Department of State | Buffalo

Accomplishment:
I quit smoking as did my husband.

 

FERN | Employee | State Insurance Fund | New York, NY

Accomplishment:
Did mind puzzles instead of watching TV or being on the internet search or chat lines for at least 3 hours a day. Mainly ate one serving of meat a day. Did more walking when it was just as easy to catch the bus. Supportive to co-workers and friends when I could.

 

Lee Grace C. | Employee | SUNY | Stony Brook

Accomplishment:
Walking, taking the stairs, and getting a good night’s sleep. I make sure to take my supplements daily, eat healthy food, and watch my intake of sugar. Even though I have always been aware of healthy living, this experience has heightened my desire to continue to strive for wellness.

 

Amanda R. | Employee | SUNY | Canton

Accomplishment:
7 co-workers gathered and did Zumba for 1 hour during our lunch break! Way to go Teresa, Erin, Carol, Tina, Beth, Terry and Amanda!

 

Amanda R. | Employee | SUNY | Canton

Accomplishment:
Today, 5 co-workers got together on our lunch break and did yoga for 1/2 hour! Way to go Terry, Marcie, Tina, Beth, and Amanda!

 

Laura S. | Employee | Department of Health | New York, NY

Accomplishment:
Lost 64.6 pounds via "Weight Watchers At Work" program and exercising 4-7 days per week.

 

Marcie M. | Employee | SUNY | Canton

Accomplishment:
I have been exclusively taking the stairs every day since Jan 6th. Sometimes it is only once or twice a day; other times it is 7-8 times a day. It is getting easier to take them.

 

Cheryl P. | Employee | Homes and Community Renewal | Queens, NY

Accomplishment:
walking

 

Linda C. | Employee | Office of Employee Relations | Albany

Accomplishment:
Ran the Surf City Half marathon on Super Bowl Sunday