If you recognize the face in this story, you have probably been in one of her awesome MIXXEDFIT classes. Anyika’s fitness journey landed her at LVAC where she has become a valued member of the LVAC group fitness team. She is a Las Vegas native, works in computer graphics and is currently attending the University of Phoenix. She is also a busy single mom with a 17-year-old son.
LVAC: What were the experiences that brought you to the healthy lifestyle you now lead?
ANYIKA: I am the youngest in a family of three kids. I have an amazing and supportive mom, but my dad passed away from heart issues when I was just 16. When I found my weight had reached almost 200 pounds and I began struggling with my own health issues, I knew that I needed to make some changes. I was tired of trying all the quick fixes and decided that this time, I would do it the right way.
LVAC: What changes did you make to your lifestyle?
ANYIKA: The first thing I did was was clean up my diet. Then I hit the gym. I started eating three to four small, healthy meals a day and increased my water intake. I began having success fairly quickly, but when I hit my first plateau it was very frustrating for me. For an entire month, I experienced no weight loss at all. I had already lost 20 pounds though, so I was not going to give up. I began taking different group fitness classes, and changed my diet to include six small meals a day. I continued to be consistent and disciplined, and within five more months I was down to 130 pounds.
LVAC: How have you been able to maintain your weight and your workout routine?
ANYIKA: I have had some ups and downs, but my weight has remained fairly stable for about seven years. Being consistent is the one thing that has really helped me. I have to stick to my plan every day and when I don’t, I get right back on track, ASAP. I also stopped eating late at night and cut out a lot of the junk food.
LVAC: How has LVAC helped you to reach your fitness goals?
ANYIKA: Since becoming a group fitness instructor at LVAC, I have made so many amazing friends who keep me committed to my personal fitness goals. To be honest, my comfort zone is dance- I love, love, love MIXXEDFIT, but I have also been trying other group fitness formats, like H.E.A.T, Kettle Bell, and Body Pump. LVAC has so many great classes and participating in a variety of different classes has taken my fitness journey to a whole new level. Because of all the classes LVAC offers, it’s easy to fit one into my busy schedule. Now I can’t make any excuses for not going!
LVAC: How is your life different now that you have lost weight and improved your level of fitness?
ANYIKA: I feel great. Since losing the weight and being consistent with my workouts, I’m no longer on any medication. When I’m in the gym, I feel so happy and stress free. Being fit has made me much more confident. I am even thinking about entering a fitness competition one day.