Kathleen Boyd lives across the street from the YMCA at the Athenaeum. Before she became a member, she used to watch her friends coming and going from the Y.
“I used to wish I could go to the YMCA,” she recalled. Her health issues and the fear of how she would look in front of other people kept her away.
Kathleen suffers from severe vertigo, a disorder that causes extreme dizziness and imbalance. Her primary care doctor also told her that she needed to lose 20 pounds.
Kathleen saw the Y as part of the solution. She prayed hard about mustering up the courage to go. One day, she shed off enough self-consciousness and finally decided it was time to get a membership.
Through financial assistance that the Y provides, Kathleen became a member, and because she would need some help on her fitness journey, she signed up for an appointment with Peyton, a Wellness Coach.
Together, they devised a program that would work for Kathleen.
With the support of her family and friends and sheer tenacity, Kathleen began to see improvements in her health. In three short months, Kathleen lost 20 pounds and then some. She is also more balanced and enjoys her weekly meetings with Peyton.
“I move more freely now,” she said. “I walk livelier, and I am happier.” She even saw improvements in her confidence. “I can now see my body as beautiful,” she said.
“I love helping Kathleen with her fitness goals,” Peyton said. “She’s the reason that I love my job.”
“Kathleen is a totally different woman today,” said Crystal Pippins, her pastor and friend. “The YMCA has taught her discipline and stability, and it’s translating into all aspects of her life. When I see her in church, she’s swinging her hips down the aisle.”
Kathleen’s joy has spread within the walls of the YMCA at the Athenaeum. She is rarely without a smile on her face.