I've been asked to share a little bit about my 3 year weight loss journey and how my daily workout routine at my local YMCA has helped me along the way. At the age of 30 I weighed in at 240 lbs. and had recently been diagnosed with high blood pressure. I knew my health was in the danger zone so I had to make a change...a BIG change! I decided to cut out all fast food, junk food and I gave up my Coke Cola habit cold turkey...not the hardest thing I ever had to do but it was a close second...the hardest thing I ever had to do was to learn how to walk again. In August of 2004 I was in a car accident that left me with a shattered femur, severed artery, a right broken ankle along with several cuts and bruises. At just 20 years old it felt like my world had come to an end but little did I know it was just beginning. After 4 months of being hospitalized, 15 surgeries later to save my leg along with 9 long months of therapy I was back in action! I knew I had a purpose and I knew there was a reason that I got to keep this leg of mine...my reason came in early January of 2015...I became a runner! My good friend Meghan Weller got me into the whole running business! I've ran multiple 5k races and a 14k in Cincinnati and even though I was a little slow I always finished! There's no feeling quite like crossing that finish line! I can remember being at the Y doing these brutal workouts with Weller and I would actually get sick but that soon passed. As of right now I've lost 80 lbs. and counting! There was a time when I couldn't even bench press the weight of the bar but now I can bench 70 lbs. and deadlift 120 lbs. This journey I'm on is no longer a diet but a lifestyle change. I can't imagine NOT being at the YMCA at least 5 days a week joining in Group Power taught by Tina and Tara along with strength training in the weight room with my best friend Megan Reese...she pushes me to the limit! I've gotten so much stronger and I can see and feel a difference in my body...I'm in better shape at the age of 33 than I was at 23 thanks to the YMCA, the awesome instructors and my determination. As long as I'm able the YMCA will always be a part of my daily routine...it really is like my second home!
As a working mother, it’s hard to find a place that can provide a comfortable and secure environment. To be honest, I had “Grandma” childcare that I knew and loved but a change in my job situation forced me to find an alternative. Frankly, I found the idea of sending him to the Y very “institutional”. Boy was I wrong. It is the best thing I ever could have done.
I know “Grandma” loved him and kept him safe but he wasn’t learning anything. The Y creates an environment where children have fun as well as develop wonderful relationships with learning and with each other.
The Y has become such an intricate part of our lives. He has made lasting relationships and learned valuable lessons. For example, without the programs offered through the Y, I am not sure that my son would have learned how to swim. Not only did he learn but now he is on the swim team and LOVES it. It is very comforting to know that not only are they caring for my child but they are also teaching him skills that will benefit him for the rest of his life.
I attribute so much of my son’s growth and excelled development to staff at Limestone YMCA. The love and patience provided makes me realize how lucky we are to have this organization in our community.
The YMCA has been a big part of my life the past 4 1/2 years. I had cancer, lost my husband(Of 65 years), and was in a wreck within a period of six months. I joined early part of 2013 to build up my strength and it had been a big part of my life. I love the people here and claim them as my second family.
I'm Thea Quire. I'll be 82 years old in April. I've been coming to the YMCA for almost 12 years. I try to come a couple times a week. It helped me when I first started. I was going through a divorce. I walk and do SilverSneakers class. Ive met a lot of good people and made a lot of friends. I enjoy their picnics and Christmas time also. Thank you to Dan, Mary Jane, and all the others who teach the classes for a job. WELL DONE!!