Muskegon’s Rick Versalle: “I’ve Realized I Don’t Have to Give In to Old Age. This Has Changed My Life.”

Thrive ZP winner Rick Versalle says he has a new lease on life, all from making better choices.

I first heard about Thrive ZP from a flyer my supervisor passed out at work. When my work partner and I saw it, we knew we had to get into it! We enjoy challenging each other and feeding off each other’s energy. We’re doing it together. I had already been focusing on my fitness, but my son, who is a wellness coach and trainer, told me you can’t out-exercise bad eating. I make smoothies every day for breakfast with fresh fruit, and sometimes I pair it with an egg. A big step has been cutting out sugar and starches and focusing on a plant-based diet with some chicken and fish. I’m drinking lots of water, too — so much so that I actually crave it! I plan meals on Saturdays and cook on Sundays, which makes the rest of the week a breeze and stress-free. My son inspires me to exercise and I’ve shown him that there’s more to wellness than the food and fitness components — family is a part of it, too.

  • Now that I’m eating right and exercising regularly, I’ve lost almost 20 pounds.
  • I’ve increased my daily step goal from 7K to 10K; in July, I’m hoping to get up to 12K!
  • Since starting this journey, I’m sleeping great and getting eight hours each night.
  • Going forward, I want to save and spend smarter to give back to my grandchildren.

I feel healthier, not just because my clothes fit better, but my self-confidence is up, too. I work with kids and they’ve been telling me, “Mr. Rick, you’re losing weight!” I love that I’m able to share my ideas and healthy choices with them. For a while, I was settling. I’m in my 60s and I thought as I got older, I would slow down. But after starting the Thrive ZP journey and seeing other peoples’ stories, I had a wake-up call. I’ve realized I don’t have to give in to old age and can keep improving. This has changed my life. 

The Thrive ZP Challenge is returning to Muskegon County! Committing to building healthy habits is more important than ever, so Thrive Global and ZP have joined forces to make it easier for you to improve your overall well-being in a time when it matters most. The Thrive ZP Challenge in Muskegon County runs from June 1, 2020 to August 31, 2020, and you can win up to $15,000! Download the app here to start making better choices today and win big!

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