The YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program
helped Karyn. She says, "a disappointing MD appointment in March prompted me to join the YMCA. What prompted me was the fact that I had, once again, gained weight. In addition, my doctor scolded me on my Hgb A1C
, as well as, my weight gain. My A1C was 7.9. I weighed in at 183 pounds. I had received 2 steroid injections and 2 rounds of oral steroids for a hip injury since my last MD appointment. My last A1C was 5.5 a year prior, my weight about 170 pounds. I blamed it on the steroids; my doctor blamed me. She wanted to put me on diabetic medication right away. I told her “NO WAY!” I asked her to allow me to prove to her that I did not need diabetic medication and that I would bring both weight and A1C down to better numbers. She reluctantly agreed and scheduled a next appointment for 3 month later.
Hip injury leads to personal training
When I joined the YMCA, I did not really know what I was doing, but I was determined to follow through with my plan to lower my numbers. I had injured my hip while painting my apartment because I was out of shape. I noticed a personal trainer one day as I was on a treadmill. I decided to hire a personal trainer
, mostly because I did not want to re-injure my hip and needed motivation to get into a healthy regimen of exercise. Terry Zoubul became my trainer and introduced me to the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program
. Terry introduced me to Cody Martin and signed me up for the program.
Terry had already helped motivate me and I had started to notice some weight loss. The prevention program started to motivate me even more. As a home health nurse and director, I teach patients and staff diabetes prevention and management strategies, dietary guidance, and medication management. Honestly, I needed to become more of a role model for my patients instead of a hypocrite. I needed to learn more!
Learned from others
I am delighted with my progress. I really thank Cody and my fellow program attenders for sharing ideas and stories that motivated me even more. I looked forward to meeting every week for more team motivation. We all shared ups and downs and tended to focus on the positives rather than the negatives. I believe it was week 14 when I reach my 7% weight loss goal. Again, another motivator to keep this up. I was learning things from others that made this journey much more bearable and, believe it or not, fun!
My MD appointment in June showed my doctor a loss of 13 pounds and A1C 6.7 (out of the danger zone). My doctor still was not pleased and tried to force me to take a diabetes class offered by their medical group. I told my doctor about the YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program and she stated it was not the same. I begged to differ and stated it is working for me and that I intended on continuing it. The medical group program was going to be costly, not free. My insurance does not cover their program. At this point, I still had a lot to prove to her. My next appointment was scheduled for 3 more months.
Quit smoking and lost weight
I have enjoyed these classes very much. When people notice the change and ask what I am doing, I tell them about the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program. The program has also motivated me to quit smoking! I have established a routine of exercise and activity, as well as, adherence to watching caloric and fat consumption. Thus far, I have been able to maintain my weight loss even as I have quit smoking. My plan is to lose a little more weight and maintain it for life. No more yoyo weight or elevated A1C! No more injuries! I enjoy my exercise and continue to try new activities to keep me motivated.
Slow and steady
To date, I have lost a total of 18 pounds and have been able to maintain the loss since starting the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program (24 pounds lost since I joined the YMCA). Even as I have quit smoking, I have not seen any weight gain! Slow and steady has been the key for me. Knowing I can manage this healthy life style change keeps me motivated to continue, especially when the program ends. I have made new relationships with some group members and am hopeful that I have helped motivate them to continue, also. Kudos to Cody for facilitating YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program in such a positive, supportive, and motivating way!
Thank you, YMCA, for creating and sustaining such a great program."