Many people are inspired to get in shape by pictures of magazine models or celebrities and their super physiques, but sometimes inspiration comes from something more personal and serious. This was the case for one of EP Fitness’s inspiring members, Elisa Holguin.
In 2010, native El Pasoan, Elisa found herself in the ER and the diagnosis was grim. Never thinking anything can hurt her, Elisa was diagnosed with Diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol and was told she would have to begin medication. Not wanting to be insulin dependent at the age of 40, Elisa made a decision that day. A week after her birthday, she decided to change her lifestyle beginning with her diet.
Elisa immediately began monitoring her nutritional intake, she cut fats, processed foods and carbohydrates. Right off the bat she began to see a change, she lost 15 lbs on nutritional changes alone. Elisa then sought out support of places like the El Paso Diabetes Association and researched books on on the subject. Elisa found that there are so many healthy replacements for the foods she used to love like flour tortillas. It has been a little easier to make nutritional sacrifices and finds solace in new favorite snacks like popcorn and flavored water drinks that have no sugars/calories. While the substitutes for breads, pasta and cakes are a little more pricey, in her eyes they are definitely worth it. Again, Elisa stresses that it is all about just making the conscious decision of what you are eating.
After a few months and with her nutrition in check, she decided to begin exercising and joined EP Fitness. Elisa said that she chose EP fitness because of its convenient location and the corporate discount she received through her company. She felt that EP Fitness was a more friendly environment for everyday people interested in health and working out rather than a type of gym where people go to show off and hang out, which was important to her.
Elisa started off slowly with 30 minutes of cardio and 30 minutes of weights, then steadily increasing the intensity, speed and time as she progressed. Elisa admitted it was hard at first and was very tired but staying consistent and working out 4 days a week helped her from being sore.
Now Elisa feels that she is comfortable enough with her endurance level that she is now branching out and joining some group fitness classes at EP Fitness. “I am very competitive” she says, and feels that working alongside other members in a class setting will help motivate her workouts. She recently joined the EP Fitness Interstate’s Boot Camp group fitness class and it has definitely increased the intensity. Despite having knee problems she says that staying consistent with working out keeps them from becoming sore.
Elisa is now free of medication and has dropped four dress sizes. Finding her new lease on life, she is able to enjoy the activities like zip-lining and repelling that the weight had prevented her from attempting. Additionally, she had always enjoyed hiking and now looks forward to doing more of that as well. She added that one day when she is older she may need medications but she is determined to do all that she can to prevent it now and enjoy her health as long as she can.
Now Elisa feels very strongly about getting in shape and controlling her diet because of all the benefits she has experienced. In addition to being medication free and all her vitals in check, she felt a change in mood and outlook on life, a new vitality. She really wanted to make sure that other people see this story and find the same happier and healthier lifestyle she is now enjoying.
Elisa recommends to anyone finding themselves in her position two years ago, “just start off slow and make conscious [food] decisions, just put your mind to it” and a healthy diet “controls so much overall.”