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Living the Cause for Life

Elaine Ellis

If you knew Elaine Ellis in 2011, you might not recognize her today.  Over the past 6 years, Elaine has lost over 150 pounds and dropped from a size 26 to a size 8.  She credits her amazing transformation to a combination of physical activity, proper nutrition, a series of healthy lifestyle choices, and the unwavering support of her family and doctors.  Today, Elaine uses her life-changing transformation to assist others on their journey to better health, as a Lifestyle Coach in the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program.

Elaine now uses her own personal journey to help educate others in the community.  “When you show someone what you were, and what you are now, a couple of things happen.  First, they are curious and want to know “What did you do?”  But more importantly, it puts people at ease knowing that somebody understands their journey.  I’m not someone who has been thin all their life trying to tell others what they should do.  I know there will be slips; I know that some days will be better than others because I’ve lived it.”    

If Elaine had one piece of information for someone who is struggling to make lifestyle changes, it would be to put their health first.  “A lot of people know what to do, but they haven’t gotten to the point where it’s important enough for them to actually do it.   We have to get education out to the community; we have to let people know “Your health is important!” 

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