Name: Cynthia Gonzales
Why I Got Started
I've been a track & field/cross country runner/competitor since the age of 4. I took it into my high school career where I did very well. I gave everything up to work three jobs to be able to provide for my family, having kids and being a single parent at a young age, which was tough to balance.
I let my job, relationships and life just run me, and I lost myself somewhere along the lines which in turn reflected in my appearance. After losing my job of 10 years, I found myself trying to figure out what to do next. I did battle depression during this time which also contributed to the weight gain (max weight 175 lbs).
After a few months I knew I had to figure out what I was going to do next with my life, my family and my job. I started doing what I knew how to do best and that was running, which is something I always felt kept me balanced on and off. I have put 18 years worth of miles on these wheels, so getting back into it was like "riding a bike." My body responded quickly and the more I saw changes the more I wanted to keep going, I started working out because it was time to get my body back!
How I Did It
In order to stay motivated, I started working out with friends and family. My friend Kerry started training with me after I challenged her, which helped her to lose over 40 pounds. My next challenge to her was to run a 5k ... she did. When she was done she handed me an OXYGEN magazine and said "My challenge to you is to pick a competition!"
It was after June 25th 2010 where I saw my girlfriend from childhood Elena Andrade and my friend Raymond Querido compete in The West Coast Classic where I got the bug to get serious about competing. So I went for it. I competed in 5 competitions last year and placed 5th, 7th, 3rd, 7th and 4th! I work with Kim Oddo, he is my Nutrionist/Trainer/Coach.
Suggestions for Others
Diet and nutrition has been 80% of my success, so if you're looking for results you have to CHANGE the way you eat. Always train hard don't cheat yourself!