Hi everyone. My name is Maritza Rivera and if you are reading my testimonial then like me, weight and losing weight has always been an issue. Being extremely overweight is not something new to me. All my life, I had some serious issues with my weight and it has been a constant struggle. I was raised in a typical Hispanic low income family where we didn’t have much but for some reason everyone in my family struggled with being overweight. We didn’t have those luxuries of eating out, getting fast food or splurging for candy so I constantly ask myself “how the heck did we all get so heavy?” As a typical Hispanic family, I remember being served large portions of rice and beans and being told that I had to finish eating everything on my plate. Although growing up I was very athletic, my weight continued to increase. I think it was around age 13 that I knew that my weight could no longer be seen as “baby fat”. I dealt with the teasing and the name calling in stride as I took everything as a joke as well as the fact that I was very rebellious and headstrong. By high school, I was weighing 200 pounds and started my first bouts of dieting. I tried every crash diet available and lots of those over the counter diet pills that supposedly curves one’s appetite. Yes, they did work but I was unhealthy, sick for the majority of the time and unhappy. I became anemic. I started having heart palpitation because a lot of the products I was using were loaded with an unhealthy amount of caffeine. I did not have the energy to do anything. All I wanted to do is sleep. One thing that these crash diets never mention is that once you stop using the product, you quickly gain the weight back plus some, which I did. I just never realized how heavy I was and no one really told me that I was gaining weight or maybe I was just in denial. I enjoyed eating out; I partied a lot and smoked cigarettes. I had borderline cholesterol problems, high blood pressure and I felt unhappy with myself. One day, I just woke up feeling so sluggish, breathing heavy and unhappy that I decided enough was enough and changed my whole lifestyle. First, I stopped smoking cold turkey. Next I did the hardest thing imaginable for me, I weighed myself. I cried for days when I read the scale that said I weighed 253 pounds. After a few days of crying and eating for comfort, I gathered myself together and mentally and emotionally shook myself out of the stupor I was in and decided I was not going to be like the typical person who quits smoking and gains a lot more weight. I was going to be different! I was determined to be different!
In 2009, I set a goal for myself – to lose 40 pounds by the end of year by eating healthy and exercising. I cut from my diet: bread, rice, beans, red meat, and became very conscious of the nutritional value of the foods I was eating. I decided to join a gym and exercised for 20 minutes twice a week. I slowly increased my exercise routine to 3-4 times a week after a few months. I noticed a difference in my appearance and in my stamina. At the gym, I meet great people that were very encouraging. YES! Slowly and with lots of determination, by the end of the year, I weighed 204 pounds (size 14). All my hard work was paying off but then for the next 6 months I lost nothing. No matter what I did, what I ate and how much I exercised, I could not lose any more weight.
I didn’t let the fact that I was not losing any more weight deter me. I continue going to the gym religiously and joined cardio classes. I realized that in my goal to lose weight, I was actually enjoying exercising and my body was craving it. My determination to lose weight and get myself into shape was noticed by Reno “The Body”Benitez. One day, he took me aside and spoke to me very honestly about my efforts. He congratulated me on my success but also pointed out that my body needed a change and that I plateau in my weight loss mission. He was very honest and candid about me needing to “shock” my body and change my routine. I started thinking about getting a personal trainer. I knew that I needed someone that would not let me get away with any nonsense but in the same time was understanding and patient and I knew that the right person that met those qualifications was/is…RENO! Reno has a great personality which is very open, honest and mixed in is a genuine passion to promote healthy living and a healthy body. I knew that if anyone could help me in my mission to lose weight and get into shape, it would be him. I felt he really understood my struggle. So, I began my training session with Reno.
Throughout training withReno, I kept thinking to myself “what the hell did I get myself into?” After surviving the first session, I realized thatRenowas very understanding with me as well as patient, encouraging and when it called for it, a little tough. Just what I needed. He has helped me realize that I was unconsciously giving myself limitation of what I can and cannot do without even trying. Throughout my training sessions, he kept the sessions intense but fun. He listened to me whine about my aches and pains, but challenged me to try new intense routines. I have to honestly say that I consider him a great trainer as well as a great person and an awesome friend.
It was during my training session with Reno that he recommended that I try “Flawless Science”. As my trainer and as a friend, I knew that he would not recommend anything that would cause me harm or that was unhealthy. I was sold when he said that the products sold through Flawless Science (family-owned nutraceutical website: www.flawlessscience.com) was all natural and that he too uses the items. I started using Acai 1200 Supreme and Hoodia Max 2000 twice a day. I quickly noticed a few things: 1) had a lot more energy, 2) it curved my appetite 3) I was losing weight and 4) I was not feeling any side effects. Remember, I tried everything and used every product before trying Flawless Science. I was training withReno once a week, taking the Acai and Hoodia twice a day and doing some cardio during the week. By the summer 2011, I was down to 184 pounds. WOW! I remember being so proud of myself because it was the first time that I was doing something for myself that made me feel great!
Enjoying the results of my weight loss and how my body was really toning, I decided to increase my training sessions withRenoto twice a week. He makes the training sessions challenging, helping me develop and tone my body, but in the same aspect really listening to my needs and the “problem areas” that I wanted to focus on. I also started added to my dietary supplements Ultimate African Mango 1200 and I started drinking the No Whey! Flawless Egg White Protein Powder after my workouts. After an intense training session, I drink The No Whey! Egg White Protein Powder. It provides me with 23 grams of protein including the amino acids that my body needs after a hard workout and it tastes really good. By November 2011, I lost an additional 13 pounds and I was down to 171 pounds.
Now, I can honestly say that I have so much energy and my body is really taking a different shape, one that I never experienced before that I look forward to continuing my experiences with training and in life. Overall, my heartfelt gratitude goes to my fabulous trainer and great friend,Reno, the wonderful products of Flawless Science and ME!