Spotlight: Ruby Peel
Ruby is a Program Coordinator, and will be celebrating her one-year anniversary with RIHEL in January 2018.
What are the things that you do to improve your health?
As I’ve gotten older I’ve realized how important it is to me, and more importantly, my loved ones that I take care of myself. I am busy, have a lot of responsibility, and people depend on me; I am on the RIHEL staff, co-owner of a demanding local business, mom to the most amazing toddler, a wife, and I volunteer my time to the veteran community. For a long time, I neglected my health because I thought I was too busy and honestly had little motivation to be on a “health conscious kick.” I realized however, that when I make bad health choices I am sluggish, moody, less confident and it shows in my production levels. In addition, I am a combat veteran with PTSD, and regular exercise helps with decreasing my symptoms.
Recently I decided enough was enough, I was going to stop with the excuses and make time for myself. I joined a local kickboxing gym and reduced processed foods and sugar from my diet. It also has helped to surround myself with my fellow RIHEL team who make it a point to promote overall wellness. Since I’ve made these changes, the number on the scale has gone down and my stamina has gone up! I have more energy, greater mental clarity, I’m able to tackle daily tasks and I’m a happier person for it.
The bottom line is of all the hats I wear being a mom is the most important. I know that my daughter is watching me, and being a bad role model for her is just not an option so I must continue to show her that in order to successfully take care of others, you must first take care of yourself.
What is one of your favorite quotes?
“Let us make our future now, and let us make our dreams tomorrow’s reality.”- Malala Yousafzai