“The victory is not always to the swift, but to those who keep moving.”
Meet Lois Wille, a 38-year Crouse Hospital employee who’s a member of our CT team in Medical Imaging. Last year, she joined our Weight Watchers at Work group and, in one year, Lois has shed 20 pounds, reached her goal weight and is now a Lifetime Member of Weight Watchers.
As if that isn’t accomplishment enough, Lois, who turns 60 this Monday, will mark her milestone birthday the day before in accompanying milestone fashion. With family and friends, she’ll hike up Wright Peak and, upon reaching the summit, will become a member of the famed Adirondack 46ers Club.
She started hiking in 2008 with a single climb, followed by another one in 2009. She completed 10 climbs in 2010 and again in 2011. In 2012, Lois reached the top of seven of the High Peaks, followed by 14 climbs in 2013. Her venture on Sunday will mark her third — and final — climb in her quest to become a 46er. Hiking challenges run in the family: Her niece, Renee Melfi, MD, became a 46er last year.
What’s the secret of Lois’ wellness success? “My advice to others is that being well is a lifestyle change and you have to be dedicated to the change,” she says. “There is no time off and if you do take a day off, you have to promise yourself to get right back to it. I feel great and I'm the most active I've ever been. Turning 60 is the new 40 in my life!”
Lois’ wellness objective was to lose 20 pounds. “I accomplished my goal by making the decision to exercise everyday or at least five times a week,” she said. “Right now I really like doing workout videos at home, but I also go on walks and to the gym.”
In fact, it was by walking the stairs at Crouse that Lois discovered an inspirational phrase that kept her focused. A sign on the 4th floor landing in the Memorial building reads, “The victory is not always to the swift, but to those who keep moving.”
Happy Birthday, Lois, and enjoy being “the new 40.” With your attitude, motivation and perseverance, we’re sure you’ll be moving much in the years to come!
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