My Y Story: Shanna

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Shanna with her husband

“The Y has had such a great impact on our family.”

Shanna first started coming to the YMCA after deciding it was time to get serious about her and her family’s overall health and well-being. For her, it was all about getting healthy and losing weight. “The Y has had such a great impact on our family,” she says. Shanna says the Y has helped her completely change her lifestyle by adding healthy habits into her daily routine. “Going to the gym, swimming with the kids, and learning to change the foods that we eat has been very effective for our entire family.”

Now on any given day, you may see Shanna and her husband lifting weights or doing cardio in the Wellness Center, swimming laps in the pool, or spending quality time with their children in the Adventure Center. Shanna says she is grateful for the important resources the YMCA provides her and her family. “It means giving me and my kids a chance at living a healthy life and winning the fight against obesity. Our motto is: we are not on a diet. We just hit the edit button on our lives.”

Shanna’s journey to a healthier lifestyle is far from over. She is happy to report that she and her husband have lost a combined total of 55 pounds, and they have no plans on slowing down anytime soon.

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