They say when someone is truly happy; their smile can light up a room. In Becky Jacobson’s case it may be a room, or a gym, or a Wellness Center where she spends a lot of time these days. But you can definitely tell she’s happy. Happiness has been one of the many side effects of Becky’s journey back into health and wellness at the YMCA.
Becky would be the first to tell you that she’s a typical busy family woman. Married and the mother of 3 great kids, Joey 12, Martina 11 and Nikki 21 it was hard to find time for herself. But she and her husband Greg decided to join the YMCA back in January to try to get healthier. She never looked back. “I started to look into the different classes that the YMCA offered and found that there was so much to do. I tried Zumba (and loved it) Spin, Express Body Combat, P90X, Kettlebell…you name it!” Becky stated. Becky also joined in the 150 Days to Wellness program. Before long, the pounds started peeling away, and she had lost 24.8 pounds! “Everyone at the YMCA has been so friendly and helpful. Never once did I feel out of place or that I couldn’t do it” said Becky.
One of the things that has made a big contribution to Becky’s success has been weight training. She had heard for years that you have to lift to lose. She found out it really helps. She said her trainer showed her how to use the machines and walked her through the proper technique. Now she gets to the Y as early as 5:30 a.m. to get her workouts in.
Becky found that the YMCA Mission fits right with her personal philosophy too. “One of my personal outlooks in life is that I want to teach my kids how important it is to stay active and eat well. I want them to start a good lifestyle at a young age so that it will help them as they grow and become an adult.”
Becky would recommend the YMCA to just about anyone saying: “If someone asked me if they should join the YMCA, I would tell them that it’s the best thing I did for my family and myself. The support from the staff is amazing and there are plenty of opportunities to get involved and find out what you enjoy.”
And who knows, if you’re like Becky, you might start lighting up rooms!