The New Year is a time for new beginnings. However, something cannot take place without the proper actions and motivations. This rings especially true for Fernando Gonzalez. At 25 years old, Fernando has realized the dream that many wish to do so: to get in better shape. Formerly weighing up to 348 lbs, he shares his experience throughout his weight loss challenge.

“I started following Gaby Cadena on Facebook and Snapchat; saw the challenges and decided to give it a shot,” he states. “I used to work out, but never knew what I was doing. I would lose some weight, but after a while, I would rebound and gain it back. Thanks to Gaby, I feel motivated to keep it lost and lose more.”

Gaby’s challenge is no walk in the park, but it certainly bears results. Additionally, Fernando has not only completed the challenge once, but thrice, and is on his way to complete it a fourth time as of this month. “When I stuck to the challenge, I first got to the 250’s, then the second time, I got to the 220’s. I had never been more fit, and never in my life did I think I would reach this point.”

Fernando describes how, prior to the challenge, he led a very “heavy” lifestyle. “I used to love going out with my friends and drinking, going to parties, and to cookouts,” he confesses. “This meant probably eating at two in the morning, and finally getting home and sleeping around four. Now it has flipped. Now I wake up at 4:30 so I can be at the gym by 5 and start warming up and then go to the class.”

Fernando advises to stick to the regimen and to not give up hope. “A lot of people try it but don’t give it their 100%. I guarantee that if you give it your all, you’ll see the changes. ‘Cambias porque cambias,’” he says. For his hard work and dedication, and for showing us that “Si se puede,” Fernando is our person of the month.

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