International Transformation Of The Month: Silvana Pacheco

Tired of the extra 20 pounds on her frame, Silvana signed up for a bikini competition, hired a personal trainer, and turned herself into an inspirational athlete!

Why I Got Started

I started practicing sports when I was 13 years old. My sister motivated me to go to the gym for aerobics classes for the first time. Since that day, I committed myself to belly dancing, hip hop dancing, aerobics competitions, and pole dancing.

I majored in physical education and physical therapy. Over the years, physical therapy has been my principal vocation. My education also led me to working in spas across the world. In order to concentrate on work, I had to set sports aside for almost four years.

During my travels, I met a lot of nice people and saw many beautiful places. Unfortunately, however, I gained 30 pounds (14 kilograms) and weighed up to 163 pounds (74 kg).

How I Did It

When I came back home, I started working out again. My weight yo-yoed for a year. I was still unhappy with my weight, so on December 1, 2011, I decided to take part in a fitness competition in August of 2012. I promised myself to give my best on stage. I started training and dieting.

I went to the gym and talked to my personal trainer. I asked for a routine and a diet, suggesting that I wanted to compete in the bikini fitness category. He looked at me and said, "It won't be easy, it will be hard, but you have the body shape to do it. The only way to achieve this is with discipline, sacrifice, and full dedication. You won't only be losing weight, but you'll be building lean muscle, shaping your body, and melting fat."