Healthy Directions

Deb Murphy's Success Story

Fifteen years in a John Deere desk job had left Deb Murphy with a weighty problem. "I gained a substantial amount, to the point where I was just miserable," she says.

When she transferred to a new position at the Cary, N.C., John Deere office in January, the onsite fitness center was a major perk. "It's a longer drive [into Cary], but the trade off is being able to work out and still be at my desk by 8 a.m. It's been a huge, huge benefit," says Deb.

"The hardest thing is just to walk into that gym for the first time," she adds. "You think everybody is going to be in great shape already. If you can get past that, it's self-motivating to continue."

In reality, she found a great deal of encouragement from her morning workout partners, including product manager Mike Ballou. "He's had us running stairs just recently, and that's something I would never have done on my own," she notes, adding that eight months ago it was hard for her to complete 20 minutes on a treadmill.

Deb's goal is to lose 75 pounds, but pounds alone are not the main measure of success. "I've gone from just sitting at a desk to being able to complete a 5K," she says, adding that, "The real motivation is in the way I feel, and the difference in my energy level. I can get a lot done in a day, and I still have energy when I get home.