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Food & Health MEDIA VERSION »

A Journey To Health

Bloomington, Illinois
5:55PM    July 24, 2017    Janelle
MEDIA VERSION » Food & Health

A Journey To Health

His goal is to lose 100 pounds.

He’s at 90 percent of his goal.

P.J. Marshall, manager of perishables at the Bloomington, Illinois, Hy-Vee, said he “hit a point where he was tired of being unhealthy.” He knew he wanted to have more energy and long-term health for his wife and daughters. That decision was his turning point.

“I’d been a heavier person most of my adult life,” Marshall said. “But my yearly biometric screening revealed some issues I knew were there but I was avoiding. It was just time.”

The time was February 2017. Marshall used to drink at least a 12-pack of soda per day. Since Feb. 11, he’s not had one soda. Zero. He now drinks 1.5 to 2 gallons of water per day and aims for 1,800 calories of healthy foods. He also does 40 to 60 minutes of cardio exercise each day. He tracks his food and exercise – meticulously – on the MyFitnessPal app on his phone.

“I am an ‘all or nothing’ person. For me, I had to drastically change everything I did. So I guess the key for me is commitment,” Marshall said. “It also helps when you see results. The scale going down, my biometrics being in much better shape, and customers even comment on my success. That’s motivating.”

He’s received support from his Hy-Vee family, too. Dawn Blocklinger, dietitian at the Bloomington Hy-Vee, has supported Marshall along the way through encouragement, suggestions and keeping him accountable.

Since February, Marshall has lost 90 pounds but also has resolved his diagnosis of metabolic syndrome, decreased his cholesterol by 31 percent, cut his triglycerides in half, returned his glucose level to the “normal” range, reduced his percentage of body fat and resolved his hypertension.

“He’s an inspiration to so many friends, coworkers, family and even strangers,” Blocklinger said. “All of us at the Bloomington store are thrilled for P.J. and his success story.”