Alicia who was born in Honduras, and immigrated to Florida, used to weigh 232 pounds. Now, she lives happily in a little suburb north of Downtown Dallas with her fiance Aaron and has lost almost 80 pounds. After losing the weight Alicia felt a big sense of relief and happiness. “I am for once happy with the way I look and the way I feel about myself,” she said, speaking with POPSUGAR.
When she realized that her weight was a problem, she decided to get vertical sleeve gastrectomy (VSG), a popular surgery that speeds up weight loss. But Alicia realized that the surgery wasn’t enough. “Although I had surgery to help me with weight loss, I know it wasn’t a magic solution. It only got me from 232 to 185 pounds,” she said.
Alica knew that the solution for getting her desired weigh was rigorous training sessions. “I had to up my workouts from walking to rigorous daily training,” she said. Sometimes she was even taking two cycling classes in one day. That shows determination and dedication, and of course amazing results. She has lost 80 pounds!
She admits she “pushed myself to become fit,” and the results didn’t show up overnight. “I didn’t have fast results,” Alicia said.
She explained her dedication, by stating that she works out six days a week without a fail. “I mentally wake up and remind myself about all the times I quit before, and how I am never going to be a quitter again.”
Alicia is even training for a double weekend series race where she runs a half marathon and a 10K. “I am running about 15 to 20 miles a week,” she said. Furthermore, she always had a dream to do her favorite workout, Pilates but she couldn’t because of her weight. “I couldn’t have done it at my heaviest,” she recalls.
It’s pretty clear to her that working out is not enough for getting the body she wanted. She also made sure to change her eating habits and to implement healthy food choices in her diet.
Alicia is encouraging anyone else who might be struggling on their own weight-loss journey by saying:
“Stay positive, put your tunnel vision glasses on and only see the best version of yourself with every drop of sweat and every clean meal you consume.”