Markie R.

Haselwood Family YMCA

Easter Monday marks a day of joy, and signals the dawn of spring, for many. For Markie, it became the dawn of a new era in her life as her parents started her membership at the Y.

"I was back that night. And I was hooked!" she says.

She has lost 50 pounds in less than six months. Now down below 200 pounds for the first time in years, she says she's become more confident, and she's no longer terrified of people's reactions to her body because she knows she is making the effort to change. An avid gamer, and online magazine promotions manger, Markie refuses to let her gaming lifestyle get in the way of coming to the Y.

"I still come. No matter what, at least I still show up," she says. "You create bonds here. It attracts a different kind of person (than other facilities) and I've made friends who help support me."