Gloria Carter didn’t want to take the road most traveled.

Carter, who has struggled with high blood pressure as an adult, received news from her doctor that her blood pressure numbers weren’t improving and without a change, she would have to up her dosage.

“I didn’t want to be on more medication so I decided to make some changes,” Carter said.


Gloria Carter didn’t want to take the road most traveled.
Carter, who has struggled with high blood pressure as an adult, received news from her doctor that her blood pressure numbers weren’t improving and without a change, she would have to up her dosage.
“I didn’t want to be on more medication so I decided to make some changes,” Carter said.
That decision has become what Carter would call a complete lifestyle change and has landed her among the top point-earners in the Commit To Get Fit Community Fitness Challenge. During the first week of the challenge, Carter earned 107 points through exercise and healthy eating and now ranks in the top five of individual point earns through the second week of the challenge.
The mother of three- you might remember her children from their time on the McPherson High School basketball court- said she started her exercise routine slowly, logging only 15 minutes a day at first and building as she gained strength and stamina. It took her six months to work up to an hour of continuous activity, but now, she runs about an hour to an hour-and-a-half in the morning and walks another hour in the evening after work.
During the hot summer months, Carter said she would wake up at 4 a.m. just to beat the heat. And often uses her evening walks to catch up with co-workers or help motivate others to get out and exercise.
Carter admits her routine is at times difficult to stick to but says she stays motivated by reminding herself of the benefits of physical activity.
In addition to exercise, Carter said she also cut out French fries, candy and sweets from her diet and incorporated more fruits and vegetables. She does allow herself diet sodas but drinks an ounce of water for each ounce of soda.
“I do still drink pop but I did make the switch from regular to diet,” Carter said. “I won’t give that up. That’s the one thing I allow myself.”
Carter admits the lifestyle change has become easier without kids at home because she can cook what she likes and since making the changes about two years ago has become more knowledgeable in healthy eating habits and food choices.
Looking at pictures of herself from two years ago, Carter said she notices the changes not only in her weight but also in her energy level. She hopes to lose another 15 pounds and then maintain that weight. She’s also thinking about entering a couple of road races.
“I haven’t talked myself into that yet,” Carter said.
While changing her own lifestyle, Carter said she’s tried to help others find ways to make healthier choices. Carter offers the following tips for a healthier lifestyle:
•Everything in moderation. If you want a piece of cake, have a small slice, not the whole thing.
•Chose restaurants with healthy options such as Wendy’s, which allows customers to substitute a side salad for French fries.
•And when ordering from a sit-down restaurant, always ask for a to-go box when you order. Box up half of the food immediately. Having only half of your food on your plates keeps portions under control.