How Upper Valley Aquatic Center Changed My Life

How Upper Valley Aquatic Center Changed My Life

Here are the inspiring stories of four Upper Valley Aquatic Center members who have found real change here in our facility with our trainers and staff. We are a home away from home and a moral support to them all and we are PROUD to have them as our members.
Natalie Thompson
Natalie Thompson
“For my entire adult life I have always been obese. Before moving to Vermont for a travel nursing assignment in August I had given up on weigh loss all together and decided that I just needed to accept that this was who I was. A couple of weeks after the move I did decide to join the Upper Valley Aquatic Center and try to start working out. I went to my free first personal training session with no intent of getting a personal trainer, however even though I was completely out of shape John never made me feel like I was the fat girl or make me feel out of place. John has not only helped me lose the weight but has been there for me every step of the way on this physically and emotionally trying journey. With his encouragement I am pursuing new goals that I could had never imagined 6 months ago!”
       
Lester Dropkin

 

Lester Dropkin
When I turned 40, I weighed 265 and decided it was time to lose weight.  I went on a diabetic diet (low salt and fat) and exercised.  I lost 85 pounds in 9 months.  For the next two decades I have tried to keep the weight off.  With the help of Katherine MacPherson and john Grainger of Uvac, I have adjusted my exercises due to the aches and pains of getting old and have kept 60 off. “

 

 

 

Maria Borowy
“I was 238 pounds at my heaviest by the fall of 2010. My annual visit a year earlier in 2009, showed my Blood Sugars were getting in a pre-diabetic range, and by early 2011 my attending physician called me a well-controlled Type II diabetic.
Maria Borowy

Needless to say, I was in denial from day one and very concerned about this diagnosis. I did not accept the diabetic label and started my turn around on January 27, 2011. I joined the Points Plus program of Weight Watchers International and have not looked back.
I argued with my AP about whether I was ever in fact a “diabetic”, because the parameters of this diagnosis were changed during the period affecting me and that in fact that I was only pre-diabetic and not ever a confirmed diabetic at all. I am happy to report my AP has agreed to my point at issue and has taken diabetes type II off my record. I have had normal blood sugar since early spring 2011.

I joined the Upper Valley Aquatic Center in the Spring of 2011. I started with Evelyn in Zumba and then decided to re-try the Spinning Program at UVAC. I soon became a regular at Deb and Corey sessions, and I braved Jen’s now and again. I take a Spinning class at least 4 days a week, and I do two of these sessions with Deb’s Spin/Kinesis, I down hill ski, enjoy gardening and a good political novel. I am married to the Principle Engineer at Hypertherm and have two beautiful daughters both attending University in Canada.

I have lost a total of 70 pounds and I am up or down 5 pounds because life has its moments. I have changed my life style and have made exercise and eating healthy top priorities.

I am 55 years old and want women and men my age, younger, and older to know that Diabetes is a killer. It wreaks havoc on the Heart, Eyes, and immune system. And frankly, limb amputations are not anything a person should bring on themselves.”

Kathleen Danforth

 

Kathleen Danforth

“After smoking for 35 years and trying to quit millions of times, I tried something different and joined UVAC. The instructors cared about my success and helped me tremendously.  I have met a whole new circle if friends.  Uvac is now one of the most important points of my life and this year I am learning to swim laps!”

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