Diabetes Awareness Month: Derrell D. Down Pounds and Diabetes Free

When Derrell D. walked through the doors of the D. Bradley McWilliams YMCA at Cypress Creek, he was 340 pounds, diabetic and suffering from high blood pressure.

A fall left him with torn quadriceps tendons, and he relied on a wheelchair and a walker before re-learning to walk after tendon surgery.

derrell-dunn-maria-mcnabb-web.jpgThe accident was a wake up call. After struggling with his weight his entire life, Derrell knew it was time to listen to his doctor and finally take his health seriously. He had his daughters to think about. They were the inspiration he needed to change his life.

Derrell began working out and losing some weight, but he soon hit a weight loss plateau. To overcome it, he enlisted the help of YMCA trainer Maria McNabb who helped him kick-start a new routine. She also gave him advice on healthy eating habits and alternative exercises to keep his workouts interesting. The weight melted off.

Derrell now weighs 220 pounds and he’s no longer diabetic. He works out almost daily and has become an inspiration to his doctors and his family. “The YMCA saved my life,” he said. Derrell’s weight loss has also inspired his daughter, Danielle, to lose weight. “I am so proud of my father and thank God every day for what the Y has done and continues to do for my father and for us,” said Danielle.

For more information on the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program, click here.

For more information on Personal Training, click here.

To read more stories like Derrell’s, click here.

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