We're so excited to share with you the personal story about this months' spotlight member of our tribe, Alda Aguirre. We love having her as apart of our tribe, her dedication with living a healthier lifestyle is encouraging! Here is our December 2017 Spotlight Tribe Member: Compassionate, Intuitive, and Gracious; Alda Aguirre!
" I was born and raised in San Bernardino, Ca. When I was 17, I started working for the State of California in one of the workers’ compensation insurance legal offices. I majored in English at Cal State Fullerton and then went to Pacific Coast University School of Law where I graduated with a Juris Doctor. While I went to school, I continued to work for the State, moving up from the mailroom to legal secretary, then becoming a trainer that allowed me to travel throughout the state. I eventually became an underwriter for the State, writing workers’ compensation policies for large companies. I enjoyed what I did but did not feel like what I was doing was making a difference. After 17 years of being in the Insurance Industry, I decided to make a change and I transferred to Social Services for the State of California. At first, I conducted inspections and monitored daycare centers and homes but found that investigating incidents was what I enjoyed the most. I am a Complaint Specialist for Community Care Licensing for the State of California. I investigate incidents and complaints of daycare. I find it rewarding to ensure the health and safety of children in care at the facilities that provide care to the children of working parents.
At the end of the day I come home to a loving husband, who is very supportive of my career. We have a 14-year-old son who keeps us busy. Most of our family time is spent at the gym, supporting my husband coaching and my son playing basketball. We have two beautiful dogs, Iggy and Bailey who keep us busy when we are home."
Did you Play Sports Growing up?
"As a child I was a fast runner however my parents’ traditional beliefs were that sports were for boys and dancing was for girls so I grew up dancing. I was a Hawaiian Dancer for 5 years and then a Folkloric Mexican Dancer for 4 years. Some of those years I danced both and we performed at fairs and participated in parades."
What is Your Motivation to Workout?
"My motivation to work out is that I want to be healthy. In 2016, I realized that I was unhealthy and unhappy, I was broken… June 24, 2010, my father, was diagnosed with AML (Acute Myeloid Leukemia). He was an amazing athlete, and he never got sick! We fought, we fought hard, but lost the fight on November 2, 2010. When I lost my dad when he was only 66, I never saw it coming. I was a daddy’s girl and he was my best friend. After losing my dad, I changed. I was very guarded and sad. Even when I was happy, I was sad. Rather than deal with my pain, I focused on taking care of my family, doing for others, but ignoring myself and my needs. Eventually, who I saw in the mirror was not me."
How Did You Decide to Start Your Fitness Career?
" On the 6th year anniversary of my father’s diagnosis, I was at a basketball game attending a game my husband was coaching and Coach Fatimat was there. I had only met her once before that, but instantly felt a connection to her. I’m not sure how I got the courage, but I walked up to her and told her that I needed help. Coach Fatimat reached out and grabbed my arm and told me to come see her at the Village. The first time I met her was like a therapy session, I unloaded a lot of the emotional baggage I had been carrying for 6 years. Coach made me feel welcome and eased me into eating well, cooking healthy delicious meals, and taking care of my body.
Now, what keeps me motivated is my family and the Village. If I am having a stressful day at work or when I get sad missing my dad, I sign up for an extra class, choose a heavier weight to lift, or I sign up for another run. These are the things that now bring me peace and joy. "
How Does Working Out Make You Feel?
" Working out makes me feel energized and strong. I feel like when I am at the Village this is 'me time' and it is my opportunity to focus on my body and my health. I drive 20-30 minutes each way to work out. During my drive, I do not talk on the phone, or text. I use my drive to relax and get into my work out mode. During my workouts I have to focus on every part of my body, that I am using, so I can’t think about work, groceries, or what’s for dinner. When I am done with my workout, I feel relieved, relaxed, and ready to take on my day. "
What Are Your Goals?
" My goals are to lose weight and get stronger. Although I would like to see a much smaller number on the scale, my goal is actually to look and feel strong and healthy. I would like to see definition in my arms and legs, and a much smaller mid-section. I also would like to feel good about the meals I cook for my family, I want to learn to appreciate and enjoy the healthy meals as much as I do the cheat meals. I have daily struggles with eating the proper amounts of food and because most my time with family involves gatherings with lots of food, making the right choices are challenging."
What Do You Do To Ensure Time For Your Workouts?
" In order to make sure that I have time for my workouts, I have given up my weekday late night binge TV watching. I work out first thing in the morning so I wake up 1 hour before class, no snooze on workout days! That means I have to go to bed early, my family knows, Mama has to be in bed around 9:00 p.m. and asleep by 10:00 p.m. I schedule 30 minutes of time to get ready in the morning and I am out the door by 4:30 a.m. which allows me 30-45 minutes of drive time. Working out first thing in the morning allows me the opportunity to take care of me before my family even wakes up. "
What Would You Say to Someone On The Fence About Joining The Village?
" For anybody who is on the fence about joining, I say, 'come in and meet our Coaches'. Open your heart and open your mind. This is not a diet program and there are no gimmicks. Joining VCF is not a membership or a club, it is about allowing others to help you make a commitment to yourself to be healthier. "
What Type of Milestone Have You Accomplished Since Joining The Village?
" My biggest milestones were running and completing Coaches Kettlebell Challenge. When I started working out at VCF, I had never done a snatch or a swing. Now, I am able to snatch two kettlebells at once! I have also been able to run two 5ks, two 10ks, and one 15k with my fellow tribe members joining the runs!"
We LOVE you Alda! We're so grateful to have you be apart of our Village Tribe! Thank you for sharing your story with us all! Don't forget to show Alda some love by leaving a comment below!
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