Emmy Horstkamp, asked if I would interview my sister, Sharon Henneman, who lives in rural Minnesota about her metabolic balance journey. Sharon and I have always been close and she is my inspiration for being on the Metabolic Balance® nutrition plan.
Sharon Henneman (S) Interview by Barbara La Valleur (B)
B: What was your incentive for going on the Metabolic Balance® plan?
S My incentive was to be able to go on Mission Trips and not slow the team down; to be able to ride a horse again; to get my health and strength back, lose weight, have better sex and all kinds of stuff.
B: Who was your inspiration?
S: Carol Ulrich, who is 80 years old and is a friend who was able to go to India because she had lost over 30 lbs. on metabolic balance®and was able to walk. Carol kept the weight off and has actually lost more weight.
B: What were your biggest challenges in the metabolic balance® program?
S: The biggest challenges were not eating the kinds of bread I enjoy and drinking enough water.
B: Who was your biggest supporter?
S: No question about it, my Metabolic Balance® coach, Christine Lindell Detweiler in Minneapolis. She was completely available to me on every level. I couldn’t have done it without her.
B: What has been your biggest reward?
S: A sense of accomplishment of succeeding with the plan.
B: What was your favorite meal?
S: Yogurt, apple and cinnamon. I’ve eaten this every day since I started the plan and it’s amazing to me that I’ve never gotten tired of it. I also enjoy the rye bread that my coach’s husband makes.
B: Were there any new foods or spices you tried on the Metabolic Balance plan?
S: Yes! Turmeric! Also, portobello mushrooms. I had never eaten them because they are more expensive.
B: Has being on the Metabolic Balance® plan impacted your family? If so, in what way?
S: I brought it up to my family when I first started and answered questions but didn’t push. My sisters also struggle with their weight, and they were both very dubious about the plan but Barbara joined Metabolic Balance this year. Barbara saw it work for me and wanted it for herself. My struggle has been with my husband and keeping my mouth shut. Seeing him with his own health issues… I want to see him healthy.
B: What has been the emotional impact on you?
S: I have more self confidence. I am learning to take compliments. I enjoy clothing and getting dressed up and looking good.
B: Have you taken on any new practices as a result of Metabolic Balance®?
S: Being more mindful when and how I eat.
B: When I told our Metabolic Balance® coach, Christine, that I was going to interview you for this blog, she suggested the following questions: How do you keep yourself going when you know you have a long way to go?
S: I keep myself going by constantly looking at the goal, a healthy body and losing 105 lbs. I started in 2015 at 265 lbs. and I believe my healthy weight is 160 lbs. I was 140 lbs. when I got married 43 years ago and was very thin.
I keep a journal and review my reasons for losing weight and getting healthy. I have a long list but I have to laugh because Barbara’s list is even longer! I have to say that God has been helping me all the way through, I use scriptures and Biblical principles to stay the course.
B: How does losing a significant amount of weight change both you and those around you?
S: The biggest change that I have seen for myself since I lost 80 lbs. is my sense of wellbeing and confidence. I have learned to accept compliments. Again, I enjoy shopping for clothes and getting dressed up and wearing makeup. Now, my idea of getting dressed up is different than most women. I am a very casual dresser, so for me, putting on a new top and jeans is “dressing up”. Most of my clothes are “new” now. It’s fun.
The biggest affect I have seen on those around me is being able to physically help my husband, Don, with our business. We operate an Adult Foster Care program in our home. We have five clients and three floors with many stairs. Prior to entering the Metabolic Balance® program I had been incapacitated with a bad back. I went through a program to strengthen and straighten my back at the same time I was losing weight. About a month ago, one of our residents made the comment: “you are running up and down the stairs like a kid!” I realized how much change had happened to my body in the last year.
B: What is your Metabolic Balance® goal?
S: My goal with Metabolic Balance® was to loose 100 lbs., but it’s more about being healthy. Our family went through many storms last year. 2015 was one of the most difficult years in my life. Being on this program has made me be able to look at last year with with balance.
- Results: After six weeks, I’m down one dress size.
- Tip: Ask a relative or friend to support you on your Metabolic Balance® journey.