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MAC Schedule: June 24, 2017

MAC Member Spotlight - Liz D.

Tell us about yourself?

My name is Liz Dominguez. I am 29 years old with a loving husband and two beautiful daughters; Karina, 10 and Jessenia, 4.  My youngest is special needs.  Therefore, I am a stay at home mommy. 

What led you to join the MAC?

I was previously a MAC member years ago, but had tried many other gyms before deciding that MAC was the one for me. It feels like home here, especially with the friendly staff and members that MAC has. 

Personal success story?

After seeing a picture of myself on social media posted by a family friend, I realized that I was not happy with my weight gain. I weighed 182 lbs, only standing at 5’1’’.  Having a special needs daughter and staying at home had made me turn to unhealthy food for comfort, despite a family history of diabetes.   When I saw the picture of myself, I broke down and I let my family know that I was unhappy with my image.  My oldest sister, Cindy, stepped up and took charge of making sure that something needed to change.  She made motivational posters to help us reach our goals.  She held me accountable and made sure I kept coming to MAC. She would come over and babysit my daughters when I needed help. She would even buy us matching outfits to work out in together to keep me motivated. 

Every time we would reach a goal, we would make another.  Although there were many ups and downs, I did not lose sight of my goal, which was, and still is, to be healthy and physically fit to care for my special needs daughter, who depends on me.  My daughters are my motivation.  I am now proud to say that I have reached my ultimate goal and feel like I can conquer the world. Although, I do know that staying healthy is a lifestyle, not a diet. 

Words of Advice?

  • Join a class/program. Don’t knock it until you try it (I joined WOW (Women on Weights) and because of this class I now enjoy lifting weights! This program has also helped me with my fitness journey.  I absolutely love Carol!)
  • Accountability. This may sound silly but my sisters and I have a weekly fitness goal that we all must accomplish. Once we reach our fitness goal we add a paperclip to our “paperclip chain” that is hanging from the ceiling.  Our ultimate goal is to have the paperclip chain reach the floor.
  • Make realistic goals. Start small, crush it, then make another.  Be a goal getter.
  • Reward yourself for reaching goals; Ex: new outfit, take yourself on a date, etc...
  • Plan ahead. “Failing to prepare, is preparing to fail”
  • Stay competitive. “Your only competition is YOU”
  • 80/20 Rule. Be active and eat healthy 80% of the time. 
  • BE BROKE mindset. “If you act like you’re broke, you’ll eat like you’re broke.”  Limit fast food and junk food.
  • Water and Sleep; having enough rest and hydration is vital
  • NEVER lose sight of your goal and believe that you can do it

Anything Else You Would Like to Share About Your Journey

It was not easy, but it was definitely worth it.  I changed my mindset and learned to love the gym and look forward to going, rather than looking at the gym as a “have” to.  Stay positive, strong, and like Nike, “just do it.”

Tell us about yourself?

My name is Liz Dominguez. I am 29 years old with a loving husband and two beautiful daughters; Karina, 10 and Jessenia, 4.  My youngest is special needs.  Therefore, I am a stay at home mommy. 

What led you to join the MAC?

I was previously a MAC member years ago, but had tried many other gyms before deciding that MAC was the one for me. It feels like home here, especially with the friendly staff and members that MAC has. 

Personal success story?

After seeing a picture of myself on social media posted by a family friend, I realized that I was not happy with my weight gain. I weighed 182 lbs, only standing at 5’1’’.  Having a special needs daughter and staying at home had made me turn to unhealthy food for comfort, despite a family history of diabetes.   When I saw the picture of myself, I broke down and I let my family know that I was unhappy with my image.  My oldest sister, Cindy, stepped up and took charge of making sure that something needed to change.  She made motivational posters to help us reach our goals.  She held me accountable and made sure I kept coming to MAC. She would come over and babysit my daughters when I needed help. She would even buy us matching outfits to work out in together to keep me motivated. 

Every time we would reach a goal, we would make another.  Although there were many ups and downs, I did not lose sight of my goal, which was, and still is, to be healthy and physically fit to care for my special needs daughter, who depends on me.  My daughters are my motivation.  I am now proud to say that I have reached my ultimate goal and feel like I can conquer the world. Although, I do know that staying healthy is a lifestyle, not a diet. 

Words of Advice?

  • Join a class/program. Don’t knock it until you try it (I joined WOW (Women on Weights) and because of this class I now enjoy lifting weights! This program has also helped me with my fitness journey.  I absolutely love Carol!)
  • Accountability. This may sound silly but my sisters and I have a weekly fitness goal that we all must accomplish. Once we reach our fitness goal we add a paperclip to our “paperclip chain” that is hanging from the ceiling.  Our ultimate goal is to have the paperclip chain reach the floor.
  • Make realistic goals. Start small, crush it, then make another.  Be a goal getter.
  • Reward yourself for reaching goals; Ex: new outfit, take yourself on a date, etc...
  • Plan ahead. “Failing to prepare, is preparing to fail”
  • Stay competitive. “Your only competition is YOU”
  • 80/20 Rule. Be active and eat healthy 80% of the time. 
  • BE BROKE mindset. “If you act like you’re broke, you’ll eat like you’re broke.”  Limit fast food and junk food.
  • Water and Sleep; having enough rest and hydration is vital
  • NEVER lose sight of your goal and believe that you can do it

Anything Else You Would Like to Share About Your Journey

It was not easy, but it was definitely worth it.  I changed my mindset and learned to love the gym and look forward to going, rather than looking at the gym as a “have” to.  Stay positive, strong, and like Nike, “just do it.”

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