We’d like to recognize our Lemoine Wellness Champion of the Month for May – Jennifer Castille!
For those of you who don’t know, Jennifer worked with Lemoine from 2011 to 2014 as an Accounts Payable Clerk. During that time, she transitioned into the Project Management Assistant role for Lemoine’s Healthcare Business Unit until her family relocated to Beaumont, Texas for her husband’s job.
Jennifer return to the Lemoine family in December of 2019 as a Senior Staff Accountant and says, “I am SO glad to be back on the team!”
To stay healthy, Jennifer exercises each morning to start her day, which consists of stretching, core workouts, walking, and combat/flow classes once a week. She prioritizes eating a healthy breakfast and drinking water in the morning and throughout the day. She consistently takes a 15-20 minute walk at lunch as a source of exercise but also to give her mind a break, get some sunshine, and re-charge for the afternoon. Jennifer enjoys meal prepping every weekend to have a healthy lunch option along with fruit for an afternoon snack and she limits carbs at dinner. Jennifer shares “I function better in every aspect when I’m consistent and on schedule”.
When asking Jennifer what motivates her to stay active and healthy, she says “As a working wife and mother, I recognize how important it is to take care of myself so that I can be the best version of myself for my family and fulfill my obligations at the workplace. I have been very blessed with health. However, I don’t expect my body to be good to me if I’m not good to it in return. I keep my health at the forefront of several decisions that I make daily in hopes that it will continue to carry me happily and healthily for many years to come!”
Jennifer says she always been active but has had to get more and more creative as life happened. “Being sedentary is terrible for your health and before coming back to Lemoine, I was working 10-hour shifts with a 2-hour daily commute. At least 12 hours of my day was spent sitting down. So, I started parking a ½ mile from the site office to get as many steps in to and from my car, then I would walk to and from my car during lunch to get 2 miles of walking a day. I’ve kept up the walking at lunch and replaced the time I used to spend commuting in the morning with exercise.”
Jennifer’s advice about living a healthy lifestyle is to adjust your perspective. “Don’t look at it as a chore. The benefits of a healthy lifestyle outweigh every reason or ‘excuse’ that may get in your way! We are all guilty of it, but at the end of the day – I assure that you will never regret the decisions that you make with your health in mind.”
Awesome job, Jennifer! We are so proud of you and are lucky to have you back on the Lemoine team!