The pounds are dropping from our team members. As News 11's Melissa Voetsch shows us, this journey is about more than just the scale.
Weigh In To Win team member Rodney is losing big time. But this is one contest where that makes him a winner.
YMCA trainers Becky and Renee are rechecking Rodney's fitness level. "He was at 15. He lost two more inches off his flexibility. He started at 13, so we're seeing some improvement with Rodney."
Benchmarks include how fast his heart recovers from cardiovascular activity, measuring up how many inches he's lost, testing muscle strength and endurance as well as sit-ups and push-ups.
Rodney has improved in every category. He tells us, "I can breath easier. I can get up easier. I can move easier."
It's been a challenge, but Rodney says, "It gives me the encouragement and the motivation to know that if I've made it this 3 months, I can do the next three months to the next six months with no problem."
A 36-pound weight loss helps, too. Congratulations Rodney!
Rodney is also getting stronger. Three months ago he could only do four push-ups. Now he's up to 16, and he's started to jog. That's something his trainer, Renee, is happy to see.
"I would like to see him run a little bit more," Renee says, "hopefully his knee will let us do that. But that's pretty much what I would like him to do... and to do more push-ups."
Rodney's goals are to run a 5k by the Fall and to impress his grandson, who hasn't seen him since January. "Hopefully when he does see me," Rodney tells us, "He won't be worried that something's wrong with granddad."
That will spur him on to his ultimate goal of losing 100 pounds. "Hey, if I can do it, everybody can do it," he says.
To check out all our team members progress and to check out our YMCA workouts and Weight Watcher recipes, visit the Weigh In To Win section our site.