Losing It at the Y

Name: 
Jamie Slater

I'm part of: 
The YMCA of Greater Toronto

#1 Health Goal: 
To feel and look healthier, and to lose weight so that I can have reparatory surgery on two hernias in my abdomen.

Biggest Challenge: 
I hated working out! I enjoyed playing sports when I was younger, but gyms held no appeal for me and frankly, were a little intimidating.

Biggest Accomplishment: 
Losing nearly 30 pounds over 12 weeks through healthy eating and four hours of weekly workouts -- two hours of strength training with my YMCA trainer Dan Cardoza, and two hours of cardio (usually an hour of team dodgeball at the Toronto Sport and Social Club, and another hour of stationary biking or a YMCA fitness class).

I will continue to Live Right Now by: 
Continuing to ramp up my workouts to challenge myself, and to further improve my overall fitness and health.

Personal Tips for Canadians:
1. Make yourself accountable in your goals. I started a blog to track my progress with friends and family, and also to report what I've learned along the way. 

2. Don't diet. Do focus on nutritious food eaten in small meals every three to four hours to keep your metabolism up. And do drink lots of water!

3. Keep it interesting. I've been getting together with friends on the weekends to try out new recipes -- a lot of them are from the YMCA's Hospitality Training Program and you can find them here.

4. Stay active. Even if you can't get to the gym (or even if you did get there) you can take the stairs or take a walk. Find little ways, fun ways to make being active part of your everyday life.

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