Love Fits Me

Success Stories

arlinbefaftI have been working out with Stephanie for over a year now. It started with Zumba and quickly grew to so much more. Not only has Stephanie helped me lose weight, but she has also helped my wellness improve. My priority was to make Zumba a part of my daily routine, and with Stephanie that wasn’t difficult to do at all. Stephanie is an incredible person who’s own weight loss journey has inspired and motivated me. After Stephanie’s Zumba became an essential part of my everyday routine, I noticed my clothing fitting more loosely and the numbers on the scale decreasing. I was extremely hopeful that I could continue to lose more weight, so I took on the challenge of participating in her Insanity Live classes, which I was terrified to participate in. However, with Stephanie’s support and patience I was able to overcome my insecurity and fear about not being able to handle an Insanity Workout. January 2016 was the official beginning of my weight loss journey, and that was when  I purchased Stephanie’s Weight Loss Program. Incorporating Zumba, Insanity, the weight loss program, and Stephanie’s coaching I’ve lost 44 pounds and went from wearing a size 16 down to a size 7. Working with Stephanie, my levels of stress have decreased. As a person who suffers from insomnia I was only sleeping for 3-4 hours and I’m now able to sleep for 6-7 hours a night. I have also noticed a decrease in my level of anxiety. I suffer from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and used to experiencing high levels of anxiety, stress, and frustration. Not anymore. My journey with Stephanie has allowed me to learn to love and embrace my imperfections and focus on where I am right now and embrace the difficult challenges I have overcome. – Arlin Salazar

Overall, I’m in such a happier place in my life. After having my two kids back to back, I was at the heaviest weight I had ever been in my life  and I was really depressed about my baby weight. Since working out with Stephanie and following her nutrition plans I have lost all the baby weight and more. I have lost about 60 pounds in the two years that I have started working out with Stephanie. I have become so much more confident and comfortable in my own skin. I feel like a new person and it’s been so rewarding to buy smaller clothing sizes! I really love all the classes that Stephanie’s teaches and look forward to every sweat session.  I never thought that sweating and pushing myself so hard at the gym would become an important part of who I am. Zumba was an instant hit for me, it’s like having a sweaty dance party. Stephanie’s classes are so exhilarating, filled with high energy dance work outs, and the music was very catchy.. The way everyone was dancing along, laughing and completely drenched in sweat – it’s hard not to come back for more.  Then I started taking Insanity Live class, and oh my goodness – I remember hating it, crying, making excuses why I couldn’t do it, and cursing at myself, saying this is the worst torture ever. But you know what, it wasn’t so bad and I kept coming back for more.  Insanity Live truly helped me start shedding the excess weight and helped slim me down. Adding Turbokick is such a great full body workout because it incorporates a broad range of punches and athletic drills. I can’t thank Stephanie enough for all that she has done for me. She has motivated me to work harder, push me to my true limits of exercise and has been such a wonderful support system that I can voice my weight loss concerns and victories!! – Krystal Regueiro

nataliebefaftI’ve been overweight pretty much my entire life. It was something I just learned to accept because I couldn’t imagine ever being any other size. Well that changed the day I took a Zumba class with Stephanie. Determined to find a “hobby” and having enjoyed dancing, I thought why not? Stephanie has this radiating energy that’s so contagious, I knew I was hooked after that first class. Through her classes, not only did I start to shed some pounds, but it was something that made me truly happy! Her kind words of encouragement, her desire to push us to limits we hadn’t been to, was the reason I kept going back to her classes, and her classes only!  I knew she didn’t only have this affect on me because her classes were always full! Stephanie also encouraged me to step out of my comfort zone and try her Insanity Live class. Initially I was scared and had no idea what I had got myself into and trust me, there were so many things in that class that I never thought I’d be able to do. Therefore, it boggles my mind to see how far she’s pushed and has forced me to see what I am truly capable of. Now that class tends to be a priority in my week which I never thought I’d say. For the first time in my life, I saw a true change in not only my body, but in my mind and how I saw and felt about myself. That’s the part I’m truly grateful to Stephanie for. Yes it’s nice to be lighter and wear a smaller size, but that doesn’t beat the feeling of truly loving yourself and who you are. This has all came about when I started my journey with Stephanie. I will forever be grateful to her hard work and passion! -Natalie Alcaraz

kathrynbefaftEvery since my first pregnancy in 1985 and again in 1988, weight loss has been a struggle. That was until I found Stephanie’s help. I started working out in gyms in 1996 but didn’t change my eating habits. Yes, I would lose weight but still didn’t feel good and healthy even being at the gym at 4am for 2 hours, 5 days a week. Since then I’ve tried several diets, all of which would require you to cut out all of a specific food group, such as no fruit or no carbs, and none of those kept my weight off. So fast forward to 2015. This is when I met Stephanie at the fitness studio where she taught classes. It started with Zumba and I also took a Turbokick class the studio offered as well. I then started taking Insanity Classes with Stephanie to add to her Zumba classes. But I was starting to reach a plateau which was discouraging. Then Stephanie told me about her Weight Loss Program, so I purchased it and immediately began following it. After just a few weeks I broke that plateau and haven’t looked back! I still stumble here and there, but her program is something I can go back to whenever I do. Thank you Stephanie for caring about people and for reminding us to love ourselves no matter what shape or size we are! – Kathyrn Davis-Royal

MAvalos2015Stephanie is one of the kindest people that I have ever known.  When I first met her I was going through some tough times and was lacking motivation. She has helped me with my low self esteem and I feel confident again.  I now have increased energy, I’m physically and mentally stronger. I love me all over again. She has taught me to approach life with new optimism, confidence and self-belief. She teaches with love and compassion and does everything she can to help you reach your goal-not only physically but emotionally. She is always there encouraging me, answering any questions or concerns that I may have, and listens to me when I need someone.  She is a good friend to me as she is to every person she works with. I feel extremely fortunate to have found Stephanie. She has so much passion for her work and it shows! I began taking Zumba classes with her in January 2015. After taking her first class I was hooked! Her incredible dance moves and upbeat personality makes each class so enjoyable and motivating and the music she plays gives me energy to push myself to the end. It’s like a party and I love it, she makes it fun. Stephanie has been a blessing in disguise and I thank God for her. She is my “Angel”!  – Mary Avalos

Mavis2I am 57 years old and have had a burning desire to dance my whole life. So I brought my desire to Stephanie and she helped me see my vision and make it come true.  A lot of people think dancing is for the “young” and not the “young at heart”, so a lot of “seasoned” people with dreams to dance often get cut off at the knees. This is not Stephanie’s philosophy! No, if you have a dream she supports it.  She created choreography for a song I had been dreaming of dancing to for over 10 years. Not only did her vision for the dance match mine, it exceeded my expectations! In addition, what she did for me helped to boost my self-confidence and gave me a renewed commitment to continue dancing. She is extremely gifted, skilled, and insightful but what touched me the most was her patience, positive attitude, and belief in me! What a winning combination! If you are ready to put in the work and you have Stephanie on your side, there’s no goal you won’t be able to reach! Thank you Stephanie for making my dream come true! -Mavis McKnight

darla Stephanie has made such an incredible difference in my life.  She has a genuine love for people and you can’t help but smiling back when she smiles that gorgeous smile. Her words of wisdom are far beyond her age. She is one of the reasons why I teach Zumba. She is both mentor and friend, and I am so very proud to know her. My journey as an instructor remains to be new, I look to her for guidance, and she always has the answer. I joined Stephanie’s Zumba class several years ago after a search for a new Zumba studio. From the first time I saw her, I thought to myself, this has to be a professional dancer, and how fortunate we as a class were to have her as an instructor! Her positive nature and ready smile shows the love she has for her class and how she enjoys the dance, all while exercising and creating a healthy body and mind. Whether it be fitness or a positive role model, she continues to expand her knowledge. Stephanie touches every single life she comes across, a true blessing, and I am blessed to know her.  -Darla Block