Success Story: Ashley Javar Aguilera

LVAC success story Ashley Aguilara

Ashley Aguilera LVAC Success StoryAshley was born in California, but she has lived in Las Vegas since she was five months old, so Las Vegas has always been home to her. A licensed cosmetologist, she is currently a stay at home mom with her five-year-old daughter, Hazel. She and her husband Nicolas celebrated their fifth wedding anniversary in December. When we asked her about her hobbies outside the club, she enthusiastically replied, “Shopping! I absolutely love shopping. I don’t care what it’s for or where I shop. As long as I can scan each aisle for the newest clothes or nut butters, count me in!”

LVAC: What was the catalyst, or ‘last straw’ that motivated you to change your diet and lifestyle?

Ashley: In November of 2013 I injured my back while cleaning my house and the injury required that I be hospitalized. Because of my weight, I had to have multiple hospital staff members help me while in the hospital. When I got home, I had to sleep on the couch because my husband couldn’t carry me up the stairs. Once I was able to walk, I got on the scale and I was in complete shock. I actually weighed 287 pounds. In that moment I knew I needed to change my life.

LVAC: What type of exercise and workout routine has helped you to succeed?

Ashley: Let’s be honest here. I am not a fan of exercise and never really have been. But I know that it’s crucial to having a long and healthy life. I walked as much as possible in the beginning and am now in a love/hate relationship with the StairMill! I follow a weight training routine and make sure to get cardio in 3-4 times a week.

LVAC: What types of foods did you eat before, and what specific changes have you made to your diet?

Ashley: Before embarking on this weight loss journey I had a bad relationship with food. Whatever I wanted to eat, I would eat. I ate out of sadness and happiness. I craved processed carbohydrate foods and ate them at virtually every meal. I then made a complete 180° turn in my eating habits. Now my daily calories come from lean meats, veggies, complex carbohydrates, healthy fats, and fruit. I cut out all sodas and I try to drink a gallon of water daily.

Ashley Aguilera Success StoryLVAC: Tell us about the benefits you have experienced because of your lifestyle changes.

Ashley: I have so much more drive in life. I used to merely exist, almost waiting for my life to pass. Now, I fill my days with healthy activities and I am excited to go out and enjoy each and every day. I used to live in constant pain and discomfort and now I feel so light and free. My back and knees haven’t ached in months and I have the energy to stay active without reaching for Tylenol every 4 hours. My life has changed for the better in so many ways. I have the stamina to keep up with my very active daughter. I am able to pick up and go to the park on a whim without having to plan my day around when I would have enough energy to get out of bed.

The relationship between my husband and I is the best it’s ever been and he has recently started on his own journey towards a healthier life. I am so proud of him, and so grateful we are able to instill a desire for a healthy lifestyle in our daughter. Life is so good. I have lost a total of 137 pounds, and I will never allow obesity to take over my life again.

LVAC: What are your favorite things about being a member at LVAC?

Ashley: My favorite thing about LVAC is the people. Gyms and active people have always intimidated me, but I have yet to meet someone at LVAC that makes me feel uncomfortable. Everyone is so caring and approachable that it makes you feel like you’re working out with friends. I also love the pool and spa. Nothing like relaxing those muscles after a hard workout!