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May 19, 201401:07 PMOpen Mic

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Dean Clinic employee embarks on new fitness journey

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Ten professionals and 10 teams are competing in the 2014 Get Fit Challenge, a spinoff of IB’s popular Fittest Executive Challenge. Who will earn the healthiest marks? Follow along on Facebook and then find out at the In Business Expo & Conference on Oct. 22. This week, IB checks in with Jamie Hinman, quality improvement specialist for Dean Clinic, who is competing in the individual challenge.

When I completed the application for the Get Fit Challenge, I never thought I would be chosen. When I got the email telling me that I had been picked, it came at a great time in my life. I was in the middle of switching jobs (something MUCH better!), had just finalized my divorce, and had the mindset to start a new path in my life. My hope is that the Get Fit Challenge will keep me accountable and instill healthy habits.

I have always been athletic — in sports in high school, active in college. At the same time, I’ve always been “big-boned.” As I got older, I have grown to accept that “big-boned” descriptor, but now my goal is just to be healthy and happy and accept me for me.

Even since having my son, who is now 7 years old, my outlook on life has changed. Now I know I must be healthy to keep up with him and live a long life so I can enjoy his as he grows up. I have another person I am responsible for and he looks up to me, so I need to create healthy habits for him to follow.

So my fitness goal is to be healthy and happy in my own skin. I know it sounds broad, but it’s hard for me to quantify a fitness goal. I know my BMI will never be under 25. Given my body type, it’s not healthy for me to have a BMI of 25. I want to feel healthy, have greater confidence (especially since I’m entering the dating world again after 10 years!), have my clothes fit just right, and have a glow on my face because I’m truly happy.

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