Sandy has been a Bellin Health Fitness member for many years. She is very motivated and enjoys coming in during the early morning hours. She likes to visit with the other early birds as she gets a good workout in; her really good friend Jan is her motivational workout buddy. Sandy loves spending her spare time with her three grandchildren and three grown adults. Outside of the fitness center, her other favorite activities include gardening, sewing, making crafts, cake decorating, taking walks, and bike rides. Sandy has a heart of gold, she is always willing to lend a helping hand and serve by making crafts for others. She has been asked by many relatives to make cupcakes and cakes for weddings and other specials occasions.
Sandy is retired from Crystal Bay Seafood where she worked as an Associate Account. Working and calculating numbers has always been a big part of her life, but since retirement, she now is counting steps and calories.
Sandy’s primary care physician is Dr. Mead at Bellin. Sandy was in pain for many years due to her knees and arthritis. She had waited five years before having two knee replacements under the care of Dr. McKenzie & Dr. Linehan with Bellin Health and OSMS; she credits the fitness center for helping her realize a knee replacement was needed and helped her get moving again. She is also very grateful for the work she did in Physical Therapy with Eric for helping her to recover and be able to move more efficiently. Besides working out five days a week at the fitness center, Sandy has been walking the Lambeau Laps sponsored by Dr. Verma. It is a fun way to get people involved in cardio workouts by walking laps around the Great Lambeau Stadium. Some of Sandy’s fitness goals since the knee replacements are to keep moving daily and continuing to say “use it or lose it” for motivation.
Sandy has experienced many fitness successes since having that mentality. She wasn’t able to walk on the treadmill for 6-7 years and struggled to do many other exercises. Sandy’s ability to keep moving since the knee replacements has made her fitness goals possible and allowed her to workout on the treadmill again. Her life has changed in other ways by having more energy and feeling healthier overall. Some key advice Sandy has for others is to take care of your body and only you can make the changes you desire. Sandy’s favorite quote is “As long as you feel pain, you’re still alive. As long as you make mistakes, you’re still human. And as long as you keep trying, there’s still hope.” – Susan Gale