One day a coworker asked me if I was interested in the YMCA of Midland’s Diabetes Prevention Program and gave me a business card for a Y staff member. Little did I know that this was the beginning of my journey to a healthier lifestyle and most definitely the change my life needed! When I was given the card, I was on Metformin and taking three insulin injections per day. I knew I needed to change, but as we all know, it’s always easier said than done. I had been on a rollercoaster with my diabetes battle, being as low as spending a couple of days in the ICU due to my glucose levels being too elevated. Of course, it was corrected during my hospital stay, only to slip back into the same condition as before.
At one point my weight was as high as 263lbs. When I started the class, I was 241lbs with horrible eating habits, making poor food choices; I had little to no confidence. I was in bad shape and I was on pills and injections.
From day one of class, Sara, my Lifestyle Coach, made it very comfortable. Sara was very open to us – the students set the rules and tone of the class. The class was a “no judgement zone” for all. It was free space for those of us looking to make a serious change in our lives.
I fell in love with the process, seeking as much knowledge as possible on weight loss, how to cook healthy meals, and even trying to develop an app with a coworker to help others along in their journey for a healthier lifestyle. I never referred to this process as a diet because in my opinion, a diet signals a starting and stopping point and so many times after we diet, we return to old habits. I prefer the term lifestyle change. Fast forwards 8 months, I now weigh 180lbs. I feel great!
I want to give special thanks to the staff at the YMCA for guiding me through my journey. I think it’s safe to say that this process has changed my entire way of thinking when it comes to taking care of my body.
So, do I think the YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program is worth it? Absolutely! I would recommend it to anyone ready and willing to make a change. Remember, it all starts with you.