Meet Mary Erickson, Wife, Mother, Grandmother and Wave employee.
Where are you from?
I was born and raised in Butte, Montana. In 2003, I moved to the Flathead Valley with my husband. I have 4 daughters and 5 grandchildren; number six is due in December!
What does your husband do?
John is a family nurse practitioner at KRMC at Brendan House
What inspired you to lose weight?
I had been unhappy with the way I looked for about 2-3 years. I went to the doctor to get a physical and it began there. I explained to my doctor that I wanted to change and lose weight. She suggested a modified paleo diet – eating clean, whole foods. This was June 2013. My weight loss began in July 2013. My doctor also mentioned a condition called “wheat belly” which can cause bloating around your middle from eating processed wheat.
Next I began shopping for whole foods. From diet alone I lost 15 pounds! Then I added in personal training with Rachel and am doing Inches A Way with Michaelann. Overall I have lost 21 ½ pounds. I have gone from size 12 to 4! This has been a gradual change within the last 9 months.
What are your current fitness goals?
I am a ½ pound from my weight loss goal of losing 22 pounds. I have had back issues for years and now that I am working out my back is much stronger. I am happier and healthier. I feel like I have a new life from my change in lifestyle. Overall, I want to stay healthy and keep exercising, keep toning. That is my fitness goal.
How has your diet changed?
I have eliminated wheat and dairy for the most part. I try to eat simply: Meat, fruit, veggies and eggs. Weight loss/body shape goals are not reached by a “diet.” Diet is short term – you have to change your lifestyle. I also realized you have to eat enough food so your body doesn’t think you are starving. I am really pleased with my success. Every day is not a red letter day but I am so happy! I sleep better at night.
I am using myfitnesspal.com to track calories; I have an app I use on my Ipod. I track my eating, exercise and measurements. My goal is to stay within a certain amount of calories at least 4-5 days a week.
Your husband has begun to work out as well. You have inspired him!
My husband received his masters in October. During his 3 years in school he was so busy he hardly had any time to work out and he began to gain weight. He is now beginning to work out, has started Inches A Way and lost 13 pounds! We are both eating the same foods as well. But this was a decision he had to make on his own.
What advice would you give someone who is looking to make a lifestyle change?
- Start with a physical from your medical provider
- Make food changes
- Get help with an exercise program
- Cardio, cardio, cardio!
Also, it is helpful to have a partner – someone to keep you committed and accountable. I really enjoy working with Personal Trainers Rachel Gibb and Michaelann Lee. Personal trainers can help you push yourself harder.
Mary has signed up for a Mother’s Day 5k run in Bozeman with 3 of her 4 daughters and 3 of her grandkids. This will be her first 5k! Mary’s favorite quote is “Life is the story you tell yourself.”