My journey at the YMCA
I still remember the first time I went to register at the Y, I was so shy that my brother was talking for me. Now I’m a wellness coach here at the Y and recently became an American citizen.
I initially chose to make health changes because of unforeseen food allergies. I struggled to stay compliant for the first few years, but then was determined to make a change. In July 2016, I made up my mind to lose the weight that had been holding me back my entire life.
In the beginning, losing weight seemed simple enough – burn more calories than you consume. However making it happen can be tricky, which is why I turned to the Y and hired a personal trainer to get a jump on shedding the pounds.
The YMCA is one of the best places I have experienced because the people there are social, helpful, and friendly. To be honest, I’ve been to so many gyms but none of them gave me the self-confidence I needed to continue my journey. At the Y, I didn’t feel as if anyone was mocking me or making fun of what I was doing. Lifting weights was the biggest struggle for me, and where the Y has helped me most. When I started working out, I had so many questions about how to do the exercises properly so that I wouldn’t get injured. I counted on the wellness staff and trainers to show me the correct techniques and they were always there to help me if I were doing it incorrectly.
To me, trainers are inspiring for so many reasons. They’re already in great shape, for one. They’re knowledgeable and can help you find the exact workout strategies that work for your body and lifestyle. Some have even battled weight issues themselves, and know firsthand what it’s like to not only lose weight, but to keep it off.
The YMCA helped me to reach my goal but just as important, they helped me to become more social.
Stay tuned for the next part of Sally’s journey…coming soon!