In February of 2018, Aracely Morales stumbled across X3 Sports and joined to just start going back to the gym. Little did she know that 3 months later, in May, she would start a journey that would change her life. Through hard work, consistency, and dedication, Aracely changed her lifestyle completely. The path wasn’t exactly easy though. With road bumps along the way, Aracely overcame obstacles to reach her ultimate goal; a healthier life.
Aracely started taking classes at X3 Sports and the first one she tried was Kickboxing with Mo Sadiq. Within 30 seconds of starting the class she was out of breath and from there on, Aracely knew that something had to change.
“It was tough, but I still came the next day. I knew something needed to change, I needed to do better for myself and for my daughter.”
And that’s exactly what she did, she showed up the next day and every day after that for the next four weeks. Once her four weeks were up in kickboxing, she knew what class she wanted to take on next; Fast Track. She took Fast Track with Bryon Bloodworth every day and after about a month, she noticed that everyone else in the class was still finishing the workout before her. “During one of the circuits I told Bryon that everyone was finishing before me and he told me don’t focus on who finishes first and who finishes last, you need to focus on yourself, that you get to finish your workout properly and you get to finish the workout completely. Before you know it, you’re going to be finishing before everybody.” She knew she couldn’t give up. Giving up was not an option any more. Excuses were not an option anymore.
She took Fast Track with Bryon Bloodworth every day and after about a month, she noticed that everyone else in the class was still finishing the workout before her. “During one of the circuits I told Bryon that everyone was finishing before me and he told me don’t focus on who finishes first and who finishes last, you need to focus on yourself, that you get to finish your workout properly and you get to finish the workout completely. Before you know it, you’re going to be finishing before everybody.” She knew she couldn’t give up. Giving up was not an option any more. Excuses were not an option anymore.
“I was really close to walking away but something in me was saying ‘no stick it out and keep going. Don’t quit you have to keep going.’ I couldn’t tell you exactly when it happened, but I started finishing before everybody. I was able to build endurance and finish.”
From there on out, Aracely knew the changes she needed to make in order to reach her goal. She started changing her diet; eating more vegetables, choosing healthier snacks, drinking lots of water and eating small meals throughout the day that helped boost her metabolism. She also stayed consistent with her workouts and made sure to find time to get to X3.
“I work a full-time job, I’m a full-time single mom, life is hectic, but I still make time. I made excuses but that was just me wanting to sit on the couch and eat popcorn and candy. Get your butt up, go work out and stop feeling sorry for yourself.”
Just by making these changes to her diet and being consistent in her workouts, Aracely was losing 3 to 4 pounds a week.“I was drinking a lot of water. I was adding vegetables to my meals, adding healthier snacks throughout the day and I was eating constantly and that’s when my endurance started getting better. That’s when I started dropping 3-4 pounds a week. But it was the consistency that was the key to everything. And by August I had lost 60 pounds.”
With the help of her trainers and other X3 members, she was able to push herself even more during training. “You get to know the people here when we come to class, and we start pushing each other. I have made great friends here. I would not be able to do it without the trainers and the people here.” By the beginning of August, Aracely had lost 60 pounds. “I’m not done. I’m going to continue working out, might not be as structed as it was because I have reached my goal but I’m going to continue to work out. Why? I need that in my life as in health wise. I still need my heart to keep pumping and going to be healthy. I’m still going to keep coming because first of all it’s such a stress reliver. The classes we do here, kickboxing, Muay Thai, fast track, power track, it makes you feel like you are in power and you can just take the world especially when you lift those weights, as a woman, it does. It makes you feel like you can overcome anything, and I did overcome my weight, I have overcome personal issues and I’m still pushing though it because I know I can do it. This is part of me, I can’t stop, I’m not going to stop.” Within a year, she was at her goal and feeling super proud of that accomplishment too.
“Don’t be afraid, just do it. Don’t be afraid to try new things. At the end of the day, you’re the one that is working out for yourself. You are doing this for you. Don’t be afraid of what everyone else is going to say, you are doing this for you and your family. Keep going, don’t give up, and keep wiping those tears away.”
By being consistent, making time to work out, changing her daily eating habits, and eliminating daily excuses, Aracely Morales has changed her mind set and lifestyle to a much healthier and a happier one. Thank you, Aracely for choosing X3 Sports to help you reach your goals. If you or anyone you know are looking for a facility the thrives on delivering real results, sign up today, try a free class and bring out the warrior within!