Glendora Chamber of Commerce
Cynthia Aguirre

Fitness saved my life in so many ways.

Woman are often seen as caretakers. We are consistently expected to care for the well-being and happiness of others, many times at the expense of our own happiness.

My fitness journey began when I turned 36 years old. I had just given birth to my 3rd and 4th babies, twins. My life was perfect. I had 4 beautiful, healthy children, a loving husband, a gorgeous home in a quiet, family-oriented neighborhood, and a comfortable lifestyle. Yet I was extremely depressed. My self-esteem and confidence were nonexistent. I constantly felt hatred for myself and a type of anger towards others that I perceived to have a “perfect” life. Anytime I thought of changing my life for the better, I would just convince myself that it was simply too late, that I was too old and my body was too messed up from years of neglect. I finally woke up one day and realized it was time I started to take care of myself. I had been so focused on caring for my husband, children and pets that I forgot I needed some tender loving care as well. So instead of putting myself down every morning, I decided to change the things that I was feeling bad about like my weight, my health, my inner, negative thoughts, and my actions towards myself and others.

My goal is to spread awareness, especially to women, that it is not selfish to decide to put yourself as a priority. That it is okay to love and care for yourself through health, fitness and positive thoughts. I want to serve as an inspiration to others and encourage both men and women to believe they are important enough to seek self-improvement. Life is too short to feel unhappy with your life. It is never too late to start caring about yourself and becoming the person you always dreamed of being. I want to motivate others that now is the time to make that commitment of happiness to themselves…carpe diem.