For some, dropping pounds is not any straightforward feat, however it’s much more tough to change your mentality. Stephanie Santos was a kind of individuals who needed to introduce a wholesome way of life in her routine and located extra objective alongside the way in which — discovering confidence and wanting to assist others going by means of the identical factor.
The Bakersfield native is an East Excessive College alumna who graduated from Fresno Pacific College. She stated her educational achievements have been the one approach she might stand out from the group. Centered on academia, Santos by no means noticed her well being as a difficulty however as she obtained older, she realized she wanted one thing extra in her life aside from her profession.
“I used to be doing loads of private growth, like studying loads of books. I joined ebook golf equipment, mastermind teams and attended management conferences. I attempted to be one of the best model of myself, however my profession can solely take me to this point,” she stated.
Santos started her life from a special perspective. She needed to take her bodily and psychological well being significantly, so she started her weight reduction journey in 2018, when she would lose 13 kilos. Much like others who undergo their health journeys and are not constant, Santos gained again these 13 kilos.
She started investing her time into working and ultimately ran a half-marathon in Ventura. In whole, Santos has tackled 13 races. And generally, she’s created her personal races and end strains.
“It was so scary for me to try this as a result of it was such an enormous objective. I realized a lot about myself in that coaching course of. After the marathon, I believed that this was nice and I did it for myself, however I needed to assist different folks do what I did,” she stated.
Going by means of her weight reduction journey made her understand she needed to assist different folks attain their objectives. Santos now coaches ladies of their wellness journeys to change their psychological and bodily well being.
“This isn’t nearly me anymore. I’ve a duty to come back alongside different ladies and assist them do the identical factor,” she stated. “It began with a small seed of ‘what would occur if I misplaced 10 kilos?’ and it has developed to 40 and 50 kilos. How can I assist different folks do the identical factor?”
She admits that exercising was difficult, to start with, however studying the way to overcome the ache would assist her develop mentally and bodily.
“There was a coach I appreciated and he would discuss if in case you have rigidity and strain, lean into it. I took that as a mantra in my life. If I’ve ache, I lean into it as a result of that is the place you develop and develop into a greater individual for your self,” she stated.
One of many greatest challenges Santos wanted to overcome was evaluating herself to others. For folks experiencing their weight reduction journeys, she recommends discovering exercises that one would get pleasure from, like dancing, strolling or working.
“Be reasonable along with your objectives, too. I knew I solely had half-hour within the morning and I might try this every single day,” she stated. “You do not have to check your journey to anybody else’s. That is your personal journey. Present up each single day, even when you do not wish to and belief the method.”
Santos stated her husband, Daryl Dean Santos, has been supportive and has at all times impressed her to be one of the best model of herself.
“He would learn lots and he at all times needed to be one of the best model of himself. Now I need all of that. He challenges me to do the marathons. He is my greatest cheerleader. He is assured in who he’s that he permits me to step out and offers me that self-assurance,” she stated.
Wanting towards the longer term, Santos is fascinated by doing extra races in locations akin to Hawaii, Southern California and San Diego. For now, her objective is to proceed serving to different folks attain their health objectives.
“I discover a lot pleasure in serving to different folks do it for themselves by altering their mindset and get them on a plan that works for them. That is what I am enthusiastic about — giving again and constructing confidence and self-worth for these folks,” she stated.
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