My name is Laura and I'm a member of the South Suburban Y. I live on East 14th and every day I commute to Redfield Iowa to manage an organic farm that employs persons with disabilties. I love my job so much. Like the plants we tend we help people grow.
This past year, I began a disciplined weight loss journey that resulted in me losing 85 pounds! I still have twenty more to go to reach goal weight. I was at the point where my doctor was recommending weight lifting to help tone and reshape my new body and to rebuild lost muscle fromm years of obesity.
As a farmer, I make very little during the winter. I get all I want of fresh food but gym memberships are far out of my price range. On top of that, I had no weight lifting experience and was so intimidated of exercise.
When I found out the Y could help me get a membership I was ecstatic! Everyone has been so supportive of my weight loss. Legrand gave me weight room orientation so that I could familiarize myself with the equipment. He signed me up for Activ Trax so I could see my improvements as I went along.
It's only been a couple of weeks but I see real improvement! The staff is always there to help me if I have questions. Going to the Y every day before work is giving me more energy for the farm and my workers. Waterers feel much lighter and at the end of the day I still have the spring in my step.
I'm so grateful for my Y membership. It has really changed my ideas about exercising as a part of daily life.