Obera C.

Lakewood Family YMCA

Obera knew it was time to start making healthier choices when she stepped on the scale and saw that she weighed more than she had at any other point in her life. She started taking her nephew to swim at the Lakewood Family YMCA and finally decided it was time to start exercising.

"Pepsi was my best friend," she said with a chuckle.

Eventually, Obera cut out soda completely and reduced her portion sizes. She started working out slowly with low-impact classes like Aqua Dance. Then, a friend convinced her to try a MixxedFit class. She instantly fell in love with the class, felt supported by the instructors, and made friends with her classmates. Over the course of four months, she lost over 30 pounds. Now, she comes to the Y four or five times a week for water aerobics, MixxedFit, or to take her nephew to his swim lessons.

"I love it! I feel a lot better and my friends and family are noticing the change."