“In June of 2016, my health care provider told me I was pre-diabetic, my vitamin D levels were too low, and my triglycerides were well out of range. She told me I had six months to work on my health or else I would have to go on long-term medications. I had been overweight since I was a teenager, but this was the first time I felt that my health was in jeopardy because of it.
I was scared and had no energy, but decided to fight for my health. I started working on my nutrition right away, but knew I also needed to start exercising; my mostly sedentary desk job had left me in horrible physical shape. I started with deep-water Aqua Jog classes at the YMCA a few times per week. As time went on, I began walking and then eventually training for a 5K race. After the 5K, I decided to start lifting weights and taking a variety of group exercise classes at the Y. Over the last 18 months I have competed in 5K and 10K races, a few triathlons, and the weight lifting challenge at the YMCA.
I visit the YMCA 5-6 days per week and it has saved my life. In total, I’ve lost 150 pounds and all of my blood work is normal. I love the variety of classes, equipment and resources that the Y has to offer. It’s such a positive environment where I always feel welcomed and encouraged by the staff and other members.”
In addition to being an active Y member, Alison recently joined our Fort Meigs YMCA Board.