Weight Loss Success

Congrats to Frank Eveland on losing over 100 lbs!

Setting Goals Leads to Success

Surrounded by people working out, fitness equipment, gyms and a swimming pool at the YMCA helped motivate YMCA Sports Director Frank Eveland to make better health his focus. He had wanted to lose weight and get back into shape, and the YMCA’s environment helped him form a goal and realize it. Now, after 2 years of hard work, he is proud to say he reached his goal of losing 100 lbs.

“It’s motivating to see other people working out around you,” he said. “It’s also nice to have the facility, equipment, and races we have at the Y.”

He started in January 2017, by just trying to establish a new routine. At first, he alternated walking and jogging. First he would walk around the block, then jog around the block. Before long, he was jogging the whole workout. Then, he began to mix in weight training and other cardio. Now he gets up and runs every morning at 5 am, then heads to the Y to work out for 1-2 hours. He does everything from weight lifting to swimming to a little more running or walking. He uses a fitness watch to track each day’s activities and make sure he reaches his quota of steps taken and calories burned. But Eveland said it wasn’t always easy.

“Getting started is the hardest. There are mornings I wake up and I don’t want to do it, but I do it anyway. I know if I don’t, one day will turn into 2, then 3, than a month,” he said

Eveland fits in exercise whenever possible. For instance, he walks or takes a bike ride at night instead of watching TV. Even when he does watch TV, he does sit ups and push-ups during commercial breaks. “The important thing for me is to move more than I sit,” he explained.

To keep himself motivated, he signed up for a variety of races throughout the year, including 5Ks, 10ks, half marathons, and a Tough Mudder. Eveland lost 60 lbs in his first year, and then decided to join the YMCA’s Fall Weight Loss Challenge. By watching his diet more carefully, he was able to lose an additional 45 lbs.

“I cut back on sweets and other treats,” he said. “It’s not that I don’t have any; I just have one instead of 3 now.”

Since he reached his goal of losing 100 lbs, Eveland said there are many improvements to his life. “Everything is better,“ he said. “I gave away old clothes that don’t fit any more, I feel better about myself, and I have more energy. At a certain point, you feel like there’s nothing you can’t do. It feels good to achieve a goal.”

The New Year is a time when many people take a closer look at making changes for better health. For those who are considering getting started on a new fitness routine this year, Eveland says, “Everyone has a start. It doesn’t matter if you have done it before or never have done it before. Don’t be ashamed of where you are now. Also, set goals and reward yourself for your hard work when you meet them.”

To help others get started running, Eveland was instrumental in planning several new races at the YMCA over the past year, including a Resolution Run 5K, the Superbowl Shuffle 5K and the Leprechaun Loop 5K/10K/1 Mile. He also helps plan and lead a Couch to 5K in the spring and fall.

For more information on how to take part of these events, or to join, individuals can visit the Y website at www.cantonfamilyymca.org. A new session of classes begins January 7, and the YMCA has programs and memberships available for all ages and fitness levels. Upcoming races hosted by the YMCA include the Superbowl Shuffle 5K on February 3, and the Leprechaun Loop 5K/10K/1 Mile on March 16.