Joy W.

Tom Taylor Family YMCA

For years as a nurse in Gig Harbor, Joy had seen back surgery patients, but it wasn’t until her brother went in for surgery that she realized it could happen to her, too. Like her brother, Joy was overweight, and she knew that it was time to get serious about her health.

“I started just by deciding one day that I didn’t need to sit on my break for an hour and look at my phone,” Joy says. So, she started taking the stairs and walking the halls when she was on a break. She also bought a fitness tracker and joined an online weight loss group to help give her some extra motivation.

Joy used to bring her kids to the Y for swim lessons and other programs, so it was her first choice when she started looking for a place to focus on her own health. After becoming a member at the Tom Taylor Family YMCA, she started out by walking the track. What started out as 15-20 minute walks turned into four miles a day, five or six days a week.

“The track has been a good resource for those rainy, blustery, snowy days when I can’t get out and walk in my neighborhood,” Joy says. Over time, though, she felt that she needed a new challenge. “So, I started walking and got really good at that – making myself get up and do it every day. But I needed something more. Walking that track, I’d see those classes going on and I thought, ‘What looks like I could do it?’ and the TRX class looked fun.”

TRX is a strength training class that uses straps hung from the ceiling and body weight to build strength, flexibility, balance, and endurance. The instructor, Katrina, and the participants in the class helped Joy use the equipment safely and effectively. Four months later, she still attends every week and has lost over 60 pounds so far. With encouragement from her friends and family, as well as her TRX classmates, Joy is looking forward to her next challenge.

“It’s been really good to work at my own pace and work up to a place where I feel comfortable and throw in a challenge here and there. I feel good, I feel strong, and I feel a lot more confident than I used to.”

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