FROM THE GROUND UP
Aubrey Lewis joined the Maquoketa YMCA in July of 2012. When Aubrey joined she weighed 280 lbs. and had a goal, she wanted to get in shape so she could join the Marines. Another driving factor for her wanting to get in shape was the fact her mother passed away from complications of diabetes and being overweight.
I’ve gotten to know Aubrey pretty well because she comes into the Y every day. She was very quiet and admitted to being somewhat of an introvert when she first began coming. Not only has Aubrey gotten to know the YMCA Staff but she has also formed friendships with quite a few members. The one thing Aubrey always has, no matter what her day is like, is a bright smile on her face and a friendly “hello” when she comes in and “have a nice day” when she leaves.
It probably took me 8 months to notice her weight was falling off. When you see someone every day you tend not to notice those changes like you would if you didn’t see them quite as often. The first thing I noticed was how her face had thinned out. I asked her if she had lost weight and she said yes, about 100 pounds!
Aubrey comes to the Y every day except Sunday, although, if she misses a day during the week she will make it up on Sunday. Aubrey does Les Mills Body Pump two days a week, circuit weights, cardio every day (elliptical, bike and rower) and she runs to and from the Y no matter what the weather is like.
While exercise is very important in attaining her weight loss goals her eating habits had to change along with it. Aubrey found counting calories worked for her. Originally she cut back to 1400 calories a day but was not feeling well after working out so she increased her intake to around 1800 calories a day. She cut out sugar and eats a lot of vegetables, fish and spicy foods which she loves.
Aubrie met up with a Marine recruiter here at the Y for a preliminary written test and passed. Her next step was a physical practice test, which she decided was a little more intense than what she was used to. Her next step was the real testing in Des Moines. She came back with a smile on her face, and informed us she passed the ASVAB test but not the medical part. Believe it or not they want her to lose 10 more pounds. They gave her 40 days to accomplish this to which Aubrie says, “No problem”. Aubrie is one of the most dedicated people I have met and I am confident she will accomplish her goal of joining the Marines. We will miss seeing her at the Y every day but it has been great being a part of her journey.
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