White persistent on maintaining healthy lifestyle
Cherokee Nation citizen Jamie White deadlifts at her gym CrossFit Push the Limits in Pryor. White has been a CrossFit member for two years and is a level one trainer. COURTESY
Cherokee Nation citizen Jamie White upkeeps a health regimen of healthy eating and workouts four to six days a week. She was motivated to stay healthy after witnessing the health decline of a family member. COURTESY
SALINA – After seeing a family member decline in health when she was younger, Cherokee Nation citizen Jamie White was motivated to live a long and healthy life.
Being an athlete for most of her life, White played sports and lifted weights in high school as well as in college. She has since continued her journey to be healthy and active.
“When I was young, my grandfather had a stroke and he had some paralysis,” White said. “And I never knew what that was from as a young person. But the older I got and that fact that I went into the medical field, it made me very aware of what a poor lifestyle can do to a person’s body. I did not want that to be me. I want to age and I want to age well.”
After having her first child, White said she slowed down on fitness, putting herself “on the backburner.” After her second child was born, she was motivated to start back.
For the past five years, she has been using a health and wellness system called Xyngular, started working out again at her local recreation center, joined a CrossFit gym two years ago and has been on a plant-based diet for the past five months.
“I am actually a member of CrossFit Push the Limits in Pryor,” she said. “I am also a level one CrossFit (CFL1) trainer. I get to help people in their fitness journeys now. I workout anywhere from four to six days a week and changed over to a plant-based diet five months ago. I really, really like that aspect of it. It’s not been as challenging to transition over to being no meat athlete than I thought it would.”
Being on Xyngular, she said she has lost 40 pounds and 20 inches in her waist. As an independent distributor, she has had more than 540 people in her network over the past year and help people get jumpstarts on their health journeys.
“Changes that I’ve noticed were increases in my energy and a better overall outlook. I think if you’ll focus on yourself and your health that it can give you a mental boost just as well as a physical boost,” she said.
Since switching to the plant-based diet, she has also noticed more changes in her body.
“I’ve noticed a big difference in my physique. The biggest aspect I have noticed is a lot less joint pain and a lot less bloating. I’ve noticed a big difference in my physique pictures. That plant-based diet goes really well, hand in hand, with my Xyngular system,” White said.
She encourages those who want to start their health journeys to focus on themselves, be consistent and commit to being active.
“The first choice is just making sure you’re doing it for you, concentrating on you and being OK with focusing on yourself,” she said. “It takes just as much time to cook a healthy meal as it does to cook an unhealthy meal. So making the simple choices is what it’s really all about being consistent. I think if people will just make a commitment, do 30 minutes a day focusing on being active, even if its out walking around in your yard or down the street, that is going to be a big turning point for them because they’re focusing on themselves and on their health.”