Seth Beatty

As we recognize Men’s Health Month, we share the empowering story of Seth Beatty, medical assistant with Quincy Medical Group (QMG). Motivated to make a change in his health, Beatty embarked on a path that changed his life.

His decision to prioritize his health was sparked by an ongoing feeling of fatigue that made everyday activities more difficult.

“I knew this should not be an issue in my twenties, and I needed to do something about it. I was always a little bit on the heavier side and I needed a big change in my life,” Beatty said.

One of the most difficult hurdles Beatty encountered was time. Losing weight takes a dedicated investment of time, regular exercise, and mindful eating habits. Beatty acknowledged this challenge but emphasized the importance of making even small commitments.

“The biggest challenge is certainly time management. Losing weight is a time commitment and you have to set time aside to exercise. Even if you’re busy, a 15-minute walk is better than no walk,” he shared. “Also all of the little snacks do add up over time. So it can be a challenge to fight the urge for them, even when it sounds so good.”

By prioritizing his health amidst a busy schedule, Beatty confronted the time management obstacle head on. He attributed much of his success to cultivating a strong mindset. His dedication resulted in losing 50 pounds.

“It was a lot of work. Mentality is certainly the biggest drive for weight loss. You have to keep your mind on the goal, despite cravings, and even when you are tired,” he said. “It is ok to have an easygoing day or a treat every so often, but you have to stay focused to avoid turning that into a habit.”

Although he acknowledges it took work, Beatty’s commitment to his health paid off with a noticeable improvement how he feels.

“I feel tremendously better throughout my day-to-day life. It is not an easy road to get there, but you only live once, so it is best to take care of your body early and consistently,” he shared.

Beatty’s experience underscores the importance of recognizing and addressing both your physical and mental health. If you have questions or concerns about your health, speaking to your primary care provider is a good place to start. If you need to establish with a primary care provider, visit our or call the QMG Primary Care Access Line at (217) 222-6550, ext. 3325.