Eileen Sokolovic is a shining example of how Owning Your Health can drastically improve your quality of life. She credits the YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program, led by Keri-Ann Parodi, as a life-saving support group for her. “I am a 67-year-old woman, who through 9Health Fair was put in touch with this program.” She says her A1c level was elevated and her weight was on the obese end. She says she was starting to feel depressed. But now, Sokolovic says, “I’ve gained my life back, lost double the amount of goal weight loss, I’ve been taken off of several medications and have become a more healthy active person, feeling good about myself.” Here’s how she did it.
Commitment and Determination
Eileen says once the YMCA sessions started, she dedicated herself to learning and attending all the classes. “The learning curve for “Lifestyle Balance” as one shares with others what you eat and how you implement physical activity, totally pays off to reduce the risk of developing diabetes.”
For Sokolovic, one of the most difficult chores has been tracking fat grams and calories on a daily basis. However, she’s one very determined woman and she has her “bible” as she calls it – The Cal-Fat Book. She considers that book as a guiding resource for success.
She notes that grocery shopping used to be a challenge for her. “However, at the weekly meetings, the program supplied us with examples of healthy eating habits. I quickly found out that self-discipline and the support of others in the group is like any other new learning experience – the more you do it, the more natural it becomes.” If you feel like you may be facing a similar journey as Sokolovic, she would remind you of what’s most important – you. And like anything else in life that will make you healthy and happy – it takes work.
So far, she has achieved her goal of seven percent weight loss. She’s committed to doing a daily activity and healthy eating. She also notes one small habit that she feels is important to her success – her intake of water each day. She drinks eight eight-ounce glasses per day and continues to track fat grams and calories, along with being active each day.
Sokolovic says her 16 weekly YMCA meetings have proven to be the most rewarding experience for her success. “To date, my A1c number has dropped (no longer pre-diabetic), BMI has dropped (no longer considered obese), I’ve gained my life back, lost double the amount of goal weight loss, I’ve been taken off of several medications and have become a more healthy active person, feeling good about myself,” and she says that it’s all made her a better person to be around.
Her story began with a trip to 9Health Fair, and it’s been a journey that has drastically improved her quality of life. We hope it will inspire you to Own Your Health too, and begin a similar journey of self-discovery and good health.