We have had the pleasure of working with Enia for over 4 years now and, in that time, she has become a walking example of how important it is to approach your goals with the right mindset and to never give up on yourself.
When Enia first approached us, her focus was to lose around 60lbs; an intention that would become a source of frustration and a challenge for a number of years. As many of us fall into, Enia was motivated by specific weight-loss goals that, on paper, should be attainable through a simple mix of diet and exercise; however, after a long road of ups and downs, Enia was disappointed with her progress. Though she had gained real benefits in the form of overall strength and fitness, the weight just wasn’t coming off and this was incredibly disheartening.
After a few discussions focused on valuing the activity itself rather than thinking of it as a tool to achieve her weight-loss goals (and with a bit of coaxing to see our registered dietitian), Enia realized that it wasn’t all about restrictive consumption and regimented activity, but rather that she could enjoy her workouts and still have dessert and a few drinks, so long as she balanced things out through other areas of her eating and fitness.
Fast forward a few years and Enia has an enthusiastic attitude towards her healthy lifestyle. She is every bit an inspiration to us and, though there have been ups and downs along the way, Enia keeps working at it because deep down she knows she needs to keep herself on the top of her priority list. She is down to her goal weight now, but most importantly, we get to see a big smile on her face far more often.
When did you realize it was important to take care of your health?
I have always struggled with my weight and not being fit. When the scale reached 200 and I couldn’t look in the mirror anymore…mentally I was beaten, and that wasn’t good for myself or my family.
What keeps you going?
What keeps me going is my grandson – I want to be able to do things with him, not just sit on the park bench and watch. I want to climb the acitivity centers with him, go on the monkey bars and show him how it’s done. I want to jump in the pool with him and teach him how to swim.
What do you find yourself doing now that you thought you’d never be able to do?
I find myself going for really long walks and really enjoying them. I enjoy going to the sea wall and actually being able to walk all the way around.
What is something that you are really proud of and why?
I am proud that I have lost all my extra weight and have dropped 3 dress sizes, and I can finally look in the mirror and say to myself – you DO look great!
What goals you are still working toward?
I think I am ready to try and climb the chief with my sons.
Who is your fitspiration and why?
My mom – who at age 78 is still instructing stroke patients to move their bodies even while sitting in a wheelchair, and still attends her weekly Zumba Class.
What would be impossible for you to give up?
SUGAR! I JUST LOVE MY DESSERTS.
What is the best advice you have ever been given?
Take every day as it comes, if you indulge one day- it’s ok. don’t beat yourself up about it! Live life ! Thank you Kelly & Janet!
What is your favorite quote?
You are far too smart to be the only thing standing in your way.
What’s your favorite way to spend a weekend or a Sunday afternoon?
Walking along the boardwalk in Steveston or floating on our boat taking in our beautiful Gulf Islands.