Team Carpe Diem’s Warrior For December 2017!

This month, and holiday season, we want to put the spotlight on our own Junior Gabriel! We officially met him in the middle of a Spartan Race in Las Vegas, when he stuck by one of our teammates THE ENTIRE race. I believe our exact message to him was “YOU HAVE BEEN ADOPTED INTO TEAM CARPE DIEM!” Since then he has been one of the most supportive members, not to just us, but everyone on the team. Offering his time to workout, his ear to listen, and more importantly a motivational word here and there when we really needed to hear it. We asked him if he would be a participant in our pilot program for Chasing Greatness, and requested a short story of why he started this journey… and we wanted to share this with you all.

“My name is Joaquin “JR” Gabriel. My fitness journey started February of 2016. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think that I would be at the fitness level that I am at right now. It took me hitting rock bottom to realize that I was wasting my life away.

Ever since I could remember, I have always been a big guy. I never thought of myself as fat because I was always active in some type of sport. I was always the “fast” big guy. I wore clothes that were always a size bigger so I never knew what tight clothes felt like. I mainly ate fast food and always had soda nearby. I had no idea what meal prepping was and to be honest I didn’t care to know.

My rock bottom came in early February, when I decided to take my nieces to Sea World since we had just purchased passes. There was a new roller coaster that had opened not too long before and my nieces were tall enough to get on. As our turn to get on the ride came, we sat down, pulled the overhead safety bar down and it wouldn’t lock. The ride attendant tried a couple times, but no luck. I had seen this happen to other people and always said to myself “how could they let themselves get to that point?” This time, I was that person. Years of neglecting my body had finally turned into one of my worst nightmares.

I tried a few more times to force it to click, but the harness wouldn’t budge. The ride attendant then proceeded to ask me politely to step off the ride. It was the most embarrassing moment of my life. I had hundreds of eyes on me, laughing, talking, and probably feeling sorry for me just like I did when I saw it happening. It was a feeling that I wish on no one. The walk of shame stuck with me and I can still remember it as if it happened yesterday. That was the moment I decided that I needed to make a change in my life.

That same week, I went to orientation at the camp and signed up for a challenge that started that very same week. This meant I had to go cold turkey and give up fast food, alcohol, and soda. The first two weeks were horrible. I had the worse sugar withdrawals and Cravings and I thought about giving up so many times but I didn’t. I stuck with the program and ended up losing 30lbs. 3 Challenges (5 months) later I was down 75lbs. I was hooked. I was hooked with the working out and I was hooked with eating healthy. No longer did I crave the fast food, soda or alcohol. I was a completely new person.

Fast forward to a year and a half later, I am down 110lbs and trying to get under 200lbs since I was a teenager. I am part of a great Carpe Diem Team that took me in and continues to push me everyday. I finally feel that I belong to something greater than myself. Rock and Karma Fitness has given me the confidence that I can achieve anything I set my mind too. They have become my family. The love and support this family gives is indescribable. They will not let anyone fail. I still have a long road ahead of me and am nowhere near where I want to be, but with the support of my trainers and teammates I have no doubt that I will reach my goals.”

Thank you Junior, you are an asset to our team and a great friend to us all. You deserve to be recognized as The Team Warrior for this holiday season!



Team Carpe Diem’s Warrior of the month of October 2017!

In honor of Breast Cancer awareness month we want to share the message of one of our very own teammates… and our very first TEAM CARPE DIEM warrior of the month! An amazingly strong woman who radiates positivity in all aspects of her life. Here is her message to you!

“My name is Dora Pacheco, I am 45 years old and I am a mother of 3 kids and 1 grandbaby, I also have 2 step kids and 2 step grand babies, I am a Wife, daughter and sister. I have been on this healthy journey since 2010, I have lost 50 pounds in total. I am a Cancer Survivor in remission for 2 years. After being diagnosed with Breast Cancer in 2013 is when I really took control of my life. The Biggest trial in my Life was my battle with Breast Cancer it was bigger than I could imagine, going through 6 months of chemo therapy, 6 weeks of radiation, losing my hair and losing one breast was the most devastating feeling I have ever experience, but that did not stop me because I never lost hope I always kept my spirit positive with my faith on top, God gave me strength to fight. I look at my Cancer Journey as a challenge, It made me slow down and realize the important things in life and taught me to not sweat the small things , to appreciate and live life abundantly. As I continue with my journey I have found my therapy to be challenging myself in working out, running marathons, challenging Spartan races, YMCA stair climb, hiking with a group called the 213 Hikers, running with the Boyle Height bridge runners, taking care of my body, Loving myself means changing oneself, it also means embracing the things you cannot change. Being who YOU are. Keep working hard and stick to your goals, never give up because of the time it will take, you are stronger than you think .Stay consistent, stay positive, go for what YOU want!!! Don’t let anything or anyone stop you from achieving your goals ️ Sisepuede

I have met so many Beautiful people along the way and I am truly blessed!!

I am braver because I fought a giant and Won!

I am stronger because I had to be.

I am happier because I’ve learned what matters

I stand taller because I am a SURVIVOR!!