Issue 448: 2 / 4 / 2013

Employee Wellness Fitness Challenge First-Place Winner Profile

Irina Alekseyeva-Logsdon

Irina Alekseyeva-Logsdon

Irina Alekseyeva-Logsdon: Mother of two sons lost 10 pounds during four weeks of the Southwest Employee Fitness Program.

This is the second installment of the four-part Southwest Employee Wellness Program Holiday Fitness Challenge series featuring a profile on first-place winner, Irina Alekseyeva-Logsdon. 

The Southwest Employee Fitness Program gave me great motivation to reach my goal of losing those extra pounds that I gained after I gave birth to my second son, John, who is almost five-years old now. I have been trying to lose “baby weight” and inches off my waist for about four years. Actually, I have been fluctuating (five pounds) back and forth by dieting and exercising. But the key things to success are dieting and exercising on a regular basis; a lifestyle change to better health.

For four weeks our Southwest team of participating employees and especially our energetic fitness instructor, Cheryl Green, helped me to jump-start my motivation and shed stubborn pounds and inches. During those four weeks, I exercised at least 30 minutes almost every day, remained committed to my diet and tried not to eat after 6 p.m. at all – a style of life I wish I can keep up daily.

Thanksgiving was a big challenge. I focused on my goal, tried to stay away from food, and did not gain any weight during the Thanksgiving holiday. It motivated me to continue and, I think, gave me a chance to win. It was easier after Thanksgiving, because our instructor, Cheryl, offered fitness classes every day, sent reminders by email, and encouraged us with her enthusiasm and energy teaching classes. I appreciate her dedication to fitness, her vigor to help others to be healthier. Her enthusiasm stimulated me to succeed. And ... it feels good when your workout pants become unusually loose and your husband looks at you a little bit differently!

Now that the program is over, I am trying to maintain my new weight. It’s hard, and the only thing I know for sure is that Southwest's bookstore lost me as a “chips" customer.

Words from Employee Wellness Coordinator Cheryl Green

"Irina's success should encourage every mother with young children under 5 years old that you can have adorable children AND NO BABY WEIGHT! The photo of Irina sitting on one of the machines shows off her flat abs. I recently saw a copy of a Vogue Magazine with the popular and beautiful singer, Gwen Stefani, on the cover. The side bar stated something like: 'Husband, Career, Baby, and Six-Pack Abs!' This cover story reminds me of Irina's success, and is a shining example that you can be a busy working wife with young children, and still take great care of yourself!'