We're so excited to share with you the personal story about this months' spotlight member of our tribe, Alicia Loc. We love having her as apart of our tribe, her dedication with living a healthier lifestyle is encouraging! Here is our November 2017 Spotlight Tribe Member: Admiring, Ambitious, and Strong; Alicia Loc!
"I was born in Guatemala and moved to the United States in my early 20s. I have 3 children and 3 grandkids. They are my reason for everything I do. My mother and brothers live in Albuquerque, NM. My dad went to be with the Lord a few years ago. I work for Ross Distribution Centers and oversee their West Coast Training Department. I have been working for them for over 10 years. I also worked for Disney for 20 years, in the training and development field as well. Yes, leaving ‘Mickey’ was a hard decision to make but the right one."
Did you play sports growing up?
"In Guatemala, I was on my school’s basketball and swimming teams. I also played the drums in our marching band…wow, I had forgotten about that. I loved playing drums. I think I was good at it but not so much at sports…but I certainly tried."
How did you first decide to start your fitness career?
"I have been a gym member for years. At one point I belonged to 3 gyms at the same time because of how much traveling I was doing for work and wanted to always have one available in the city I was in. I wasn’t seeing the results I wanted but I kept going anyways. I always found myself working out alone and not really knowing what the right thing to do was, but something is better than nothing and that kept me going."
How does working out make you feel?
"Working out makes me feel good and gives me a sense of accomplishment."
What are your fitness goals & how will you work towards them?
"The older I get, the more I need it and I can’t think of being without it. I would hurt myself more in the long run. My goal is to continue to attend bootcamp at least 3 times a week and if for whatever reason I don’t make it, I am committed to not making myself feel guilty about it but just re-focusing and continuing when I can. Guilt trips don’t help you get there."
What do you do to make sure you have time for your workouts?
"Now that I moved, I work out in the evenings vs. mornings, I make sure that I have everything I need with me before I leave home and also make sure that I don’t get ‘stuck’ in any meetings late in the day that will force me to cancel my class. Even when I’ve had long days and I don’t feel the energy, I commit to going because I know it will make me feel that much better afterwards. It never fails."
What kind of milestones have you accomplished & what were the results?
"This year I was able to run my very first 5K, Chocolate Run in San Diego…ouch, I still remember those hills!!! Since then, I have ran 3 more times. I never thought I would be able to do anything like that. Huge accomplishment for me. I have lost over 15 lbs and I’m working on toning and building strong muscles vs. losing weight."
What would you say to someone on the fence about joining the Village?
"I would tell them to get off the fence and get on the Village side 'pronto!’ They will have no regrets. I talked my sister-in-law Maria and my niece Tatiana into joining with me and they got hooked on day one! They have thanked me for ‘influencing’ their decision. They have seen great results. Those two ladies are looking better and better every day. But it is not just about how you look but also how you feel and how you learn to make the right choices that will impact you the rest of your life. I cancelled my membership for the other 3 gyms I used to go to and only come to The Village now and I have seen much more results in one year here than I’ve seen in my entire life. Thank you to my great coaches!!!