Great new changes for 2015!! This is what we can look forward to:- HOPE will no longer be on Tuesday’s starting January we will meet on Wednesday’s from 12:00 – 1:00. We also have Thursday as well 6:00 – 7:00 pm.
- We are adding an additional hour called HOPE Lifestyle. Just like it sounds all the tools to help with lifestyle change, fitness, food and nutrition. Lifestyle will follow HOPE group on Wednesday’s from 1:00-2:00 pm in the conference room.
- Starting January 1st dues will be on auto withdrawal per the YMCA’s programming policies. For the first time in 13 years the dues will increase. It will be $30.00 a month for members and $60.00 a month for non-members. This fee includes any and all attendances of HOPE and HOPE Lifestyle.
- As always we welcome past participants and new comers to our group. We have a lot of exciting things happening at HOPE.
Let me take this opportunity to introduce you to Christiane Matey who will be leading out HOPE Lifestyle program. Some of you may have already had the pleasure to get to know her. But, for those of you who have not, I strongly encourage you to meet this wonderful blessing that fell on our lap. Here is a something to whet you whistle until you can experience some of her genuine warmness, compassion for others and her incredible talent regarding food and nutrition for yourself;
Julie: I understand you too have struggled with emotional overeating and obesity. Tell me a bit about that.
Christiane: I started to overeat emotionally after several traumatic events happened when I was 8. I always loved food but it became unhealthy at that time. I didn’t realize I had an issue until I stepped on the scales at 12 and discovered I was 220 pounds and a size 18. I went on Weight Watchers with my Aunt and lost 140 pounds. That began my roller coaster ride of emotional over eating. I would lose 40 pounds then gain 60 pounds and on and on.
Julie: What finally turned things around for you?
Christiane: I got tired of the ride. I went to therapy and a nutritionist who set me on the right path and taught me lifestyle change.
Julie: What is your intention for HOPE Lifestyle?
Christiane: I want to give people the tools to create lasting lifestyle change.
Julie: What are a few examples of what one would see in HOPE Lifestyle?
Christiane: We are starting off the year talking about New Year’s resolutions. Then we will talk about nutrition, some fun personal fitness classes for us as a group and food tastings.
As you can tell the New Year holds much for us to look forward to. We HOPE that you will be a part of our new year!
Blessings and a wonderful Christmas season!