Y Story of the Week

My journey to a healthier and happier me started close to six months ago.


My journey to a healthier and happier me started close to six months ago. During those six months, I received an abundance of support from my family, friends, and co-workers alike. Without their continuous support in encouraging me to consistently become a better person each and every day, I may not have made it as far as I have today or as far as I will make it in the future.

I found the continuous external support in both the TOPS (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly) group that I attend every Monday evening and in Robin Leigh Chapman’s HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) classes. Her classes have helped me slowly become a stronger person physically and mentally. They are both challenging and rewarding and when I walk away from her class at the end of each session, I feel a sense of accomplishment every time. She is an amazing instructor who pushes me to be my best while at the same time understands my limits. When necessary, she helps modify certain exercises to help me ease my way through each routine while still helping me build strength and endurance. It has been this class that has produced the biggest results in my weight loss journey.

Six months ago, I was 205 pounds with a size 20 waist. Now, I am 175 pounds with a size 14 waist. HIIT is proven to be one of the best ways to lose abdominal fat at a healthy pace. I whole heartedly recommend this class! I will continue to take her classes in the future because they are fun, challenging, and rewarding. If you have hesitated in the past to try her class, do not hesitate any longer! Come in and see how far you can go!

Amberle is a great example of the many success stories at the Y.  As leader of T.O.P.S. and an active member at the Y, she provides encouragement to others through her determination.  She’s also a familiar face in the Child Watch room as a YMCA staff member.  Way to shine Amberle!