Loree Walden – Q&A

Loree Walden, Marketing Manager, Yavapai Humane Society

How did you come to practice in your career field?
My friends and family told me I had a knack for expressing my feelings through words. When I was much younger, I used to write stories about my loved ones for them as birthday and anniversary gifts, and I was always so amazed at how much they loved it.

Life had other plans. I spent over 20 years crunching numbers and tackling taxes. I finally came to the decision it was time to follow my dream. I stumbled upon a job in radio, once I moved from Hawaii to Prescott 13 years ago. That allowed me to try my hand at using my creativity and let it shine.

That was the steppingstone to my position at Yavapai Humane Society. Every day is filled with moments that have changed my life.

How do you define self-care; what is your go-to way of practicing it?
It’s all about treating myself like the deserving person I truly am.

It means indulging in things that make me feel amazing, getting a mani/pedi, singing in the car at the top of my lungs, enjoying a treat of my favorite comfort food without feeling guilty, or simply spending quality time with my furry family.

I put faith in the power of prayer and make it a point to spend time each day reflecting on and thanking God for all I have been blessed with.

How do you define a healthy lifestyle?
I used to weigh over 420 pounds, and after a four-year journey that started over 20 years ago I’ve lost over half of my body weight.

During my marriage that ended over four years ago, I gained a lot of weight back. It was devastating to look in the mirror. Since the divorce, I’ve lost almost 80 pounds.

Vitamins and protein drinks are an essential part of my daily routine. All I have are my fur-babies, and I want to be around to take care of them.

What is your biggest health, wellness tip?
Get a dog! Cassidy Roo, my precious pup adopted from Yavapai Humane Society in 2016, showers me with unconditional love and keeps me active.

Our daily adventures, from walks to play time, are the secret to my happiness. Who knew having a dog could be the most fun and easiest path to getting and staying healthy?