WAYNESBORO, Pa. — Losing weight and getting in shape is typically at the top of most people’s New Year’s resolution list. But in most cases, that promise gets broken by the end of January.
That’s just not acceptable for the Choose 2 Lose, or C2L, team at the Waynesboro YMCA.
“A lot of people have the New Year’s resolution to exercise or lose weight. They usually lose motivation, but hopefully by participating in a program like this with a teammate will help them stick with it a little longer,” said James Bailes, the Waynesboro YMCA’s director of sports and fitness.
On Monday, more than 100 people attended the kickoff of the C2L program created by four members of the Y staff, a Summit Health nutritionist and the Waynesboro Country Club’s executive chef.
The unique approach to weight loss was created by Waynesboro YMCA’s staff and volunteers, according to Bailes.
This is the first year the 12-week weight-loss challenge will be offered at the Waynesboro YMCA.
Bailes said the Choose 2 Lose Weight Loss Challenge provides the tools and education for healthful living by combining exercise, nutrition and healthful eating.
“We wanted to do something that’s really comprehensive, not just promoting people to come in and exercise; but begin to develop good habits with their diet as well,” Bailes said. “Both of them are integral to losing weight and maintaining your health.”
The cost to participate in C2L is $25 per person and is open to those ages 13 and older.
In addition to the exercise portion of the program, Bailes said Summit Health Nutritionist Kristan Eddy-Thorne will conduct three nutritional seminars.
“I’d like to see people develop some habits that they can maintain for the rest of their life — new exercise habits, new dietary habits. Small changes over time can make a big difference,” Bailes said.
To ensure accountability, the program features a “couples or buddy” format.
Choose 2 Lose buddies Jennifer Zimmermann, 27, of Hagerstown, and Rachel Amsler, 35, of Smithsburg, hope 2012 is their year to lose weight and become healthier.
“We really wanted to do something that we could live by and not be so strict. This program seems like just a way of life rather than a quick fix,” Amsler said.
Not only are both women excited about the possibility of losing weight, but they also like the cost.
“It’s only $25, and you can’t beat that,” Amsler said.
A.J. Benchoff, 34, and his wife, Katie, of Waynesboro have teamed up to live a healthier lifestyle.
“This is the first time I’ve ever done something like this,” Benchoff said.
The Benchoffs have a 4-year-old son who is part of their motivation.
“I want to get into this now so I can stay ahead of it,” Benchoff said.
Eric Leaper, also of Waynesboro, joked that his wife, Melissa Leaper, made him join the C2L challenge.
But, the 53-year-old is pretty excited about the possibility of losing weight, gaining muscle mass and toning up his body.
“I used to exercise kind of regularly, but it’s a seasonal thing with me,” he said. “Right now, it’s deer season and exercise kind of goes by the wayside.”
Melissa Leaper, 48, works at the Y and knows the importance of staying fit.
“Exercise just makes you feel so much better,” she said.