Making A Change for the Better
Monica never thought she would be registered to participate in the upcoming Ramblin’ Rose Women’s Triathlon. She was a self-proclaimed “coach potato” over-eating to cope with a painful past. Her beauty pageant title in high school was a distant memory.
When she looked in the mirror before work one morning last March, she didn’t like what she saw. Tipping the scales at more than 260 pounds, she was miserable. Out of breath when she wanted to play with her grandchildren, struggling to have a positive attitude at work and at home, she knew she needed a change. The first step was changing her outlook. The next step was a weight loss program* that helped her build healthier habits.
A long-time member and occasional visitor of the Yadkin Family YMCA, Monica began to use her membership to its fullest capacity. “The trainers at the Y were just so helpful and encouraging,” she shared. “The people believing in me helped me believe in myself.”
Pushing herself just a bit farther each workout, embracing healthier eating habits, and trying new exercises was what she needed to change. Today, she is down 42 pounds and armed with a sunnier outlook. “Even my coworkers notice my attitude is a total change from this time last year.”
“The [Y trainers] told me I was stronger than I thought I was,” Monica said. That encouragement helped her feel confident enough to start training with Fleet Feet Sports for the Ramblin’ Rose Women’s Triathlon, which trains for the swimming portion of the event at the William G. White, Jr. Family YMCA.
“If I can do this, anyone can do it,” Monica says of her transformation. She wants other women who may be feeling the same sense of hopelessness she did just a few short months ago that change truly is possible and the Y can help you get there.
*Note, Monica’s journey first began with the Move it Lose It Challenge with Forsyth Woman Magazine and her trainer April Hartsook.