Seminole Heights Retiree Sheds 60 Pounds Through YMCA Program
Diana Diggs is part of the YMCA's Silver Sneakers program, which encourages older adults to stay healthy.
After Diana Diggs retired from St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa in 2006, her health took a turn for the worse.
She was diagnosed with high blood pressure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and was placed on disability.
Diggs, 55, was also overweight.
When a friend told her about the YMCA's Silver Sneakers program - which encourages older adults to stay active and healthy - Diggs jumped at the chance to re-charge her life.
We recently talked to her about what keeps her motivated and advice she has for others her age who want to get back in shape.
Patch: What made you want to join the YMCA?
Diggs: My main reason was for health. I been there now a little over a year. A friend told me about Silver Sneakers, so I figured I'd join. I figured it would give me a better outlook on myself, and not sit at home become a couch potato.
Patch: What does your workout consist of with Silver Sneakers?
Diggs: With Silvers Sneakers, what I do is, in the morning, I get up and walk my dog. I go to the 9 o'clock class and take aerobics Monday through Thursday. I'm building up for Friday and Saturday.
Patch: What is your weight loss goal?
Diggs: My goal is 130 pounds. So far, I've lost 60.
Patch: What keeps you motivated?
Diggs: I stand about six feet tall, and my health is the best it's ever been. The blood pressure is good. The numbers with my doctor are good. It wasn't good until I started to exercise.
Patch: What advice do you have for people your age who want to lose weight?
Diggs: Turn that television off, take a good look in the mirror, get up and get with people in your age group. Start one day at a time. Don't look back. Keep going forward.
For more information on Diggs and the Silver Sneakers program, click the YMCA's newsletter here.