Mario Falcon grew up in Yuma, Arizona and has been a resident of Las Vegas for the last nine years. He graduated from Northern Arizona University in 2004 with a bachelor degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management. He is currently employed as the VP of Data Management at Best Rate Referrals. He married his beautiful wife Gina this past February. He currently enjoys coaching U12 girls’ soccer, where they just finished their season undefeated.
LVAC: What was the last straw that motivated you to begin your weight loss journey?
Mario: “Where do I begin? I was always the fat kid. Growing up I was always eating and always overweight. When my mother passed away in February of 2012, I hit rock bottom. I ballooned up to 575 pounds, and I didn’t care about life anymore. One night I had a dream, which was very real, where my mom came and told me that I needed to do something about my health, or I would soon be joining her. I woke up in a cold sweat. That dream was very powerful, and it motivated me to begin changing my life.”
LVAC: How does the Las Vegas Athletic Clubs factor into your story?
Mario: “Once I made the decision to begin to change, I joined LVAC and began going to the Eastern location. I did what I could, light weights and some walking. At that time, just going up a flight of stairs was a challenge. In January of 2014 I tried stepping on a scale and to my great joy, it read 477 pounds. I had lost my first 100 pounds, my first official weigh-in was a success!
I felt that my journey back to health had begun.” “Around that time, I discovered the pool at LVAC and began to swim. At first, I could barely swim a single lap. But, I continued to push myself for over eight months, until I was able to swim a full mile (32 laps) without stopping. I then added more aggressive weight training to my workout and began walking, then jogging and then running on the track. I am at LVAC on Eastern every morning at 4 a.m. until about 6:30 a.m., when I leave for work.”
“Around that time, I discovered the pool at LVAC and began to swim. At first, I could barely swim a single lap. But, I continued to push myself for over eight months, until I was able to swim a full mile (32 laps) without stopping. “
“I used to eat everything I could get my hands on. I actually hold the record at a local sushi restaurant for eating 17 rolls in one sitting! I have worked hard at changing my eating habits, little by little. I love to cook for myself, so I began focusing on eating fresh, wholesome foods-chicken breast, turkey and lots of greens and vegetables. Don’t get me wrong, I still have a sweet treat once a month, but that’s about it. Being motivated and energized by my healthy food choices and the weight loss I am experiencing, I feel like I have started to find myself for the first time in my life.”
LVAC: What are some of your future goals?
Mario: “Today, I weigh 271 pounds, and my goal is to reach 235 pounds. I am training to run my first half marathon, and I want to smash my 5K run times and help inspire and motivate others to start their own journey. Every day I look into the mirror and find something new that I like about myself. That has never happened to me before, I could never find anything about myself that was good. I have a long way to go, a journey like this is never really over, but I know I’m on the right path.”
LVAC: What message would you like to share with other LVAC members?
Mario: “We all have adversity and tough times. Whether you have 5 or 150 pounds to lose, your journey is no easier than anyone else’s. At LVAC, we all come together to motivate and inspire one another daily. We are all a family no matter the color of our skin, our gender or our size. Losing my mother was one of the hardest experiences I have had, but I am very grateful she instilled in me her positive outlook on life. We are all strong and can do whatever we put our minds to. The support of my family and friends carried me throughout my journey and I am grateful. I also feel blessed to have found LVAC-it’s my second home. I have been going for over two years now and everyone has been so helpful and friendly. I consider everyone at LVAC my family.” You can read more about Mario’s inspiring story and follow his updates on his website at PUROPOSITIVE.com