By Robert Rodriguez
The Fresno Bee
WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Dina Juve who was able to drop 90 pounds through proper diet and exercise, shares a few of her top tips on how you too can lead a healthy lifestyle
Dina Juve, a rising star in Fresno’s health and fitness community, didn’t always have a sculpted body, a taste for healthy foods or a positive attitude.
At one time, she was known as the fast food queen, weighed 202 pounds, and was an 18-year-old single mom. She suffered from juvenile arthritis and autoimmune disease. She was in physical pain most of the time, depressed and had little energy to keep up with a toddler.
“I sat on the couch on day, looked at him and just started crying,” says Juve. “I didn’t want him to see me like this, I wanted him to be healthy and happy.”
It was a low point for Juve, but also the beginning of what would become her new life. She gave up sugary soda and eating fast food. She focused on healthier, minimally processed food. After a while, she also began to exercise. She stayed out of the health clubs in favor of her VCR at home and exercise tapes of Buns of Steel and Tae Bo.
“I was too embarrassed to go to a gym; I did not want people to see me trying,” she says. “What if I failed?”
Except Juve didn’t fail. She got stronger, she got healthier and she became a new person.
She immersed herself in the study of nutrition and exercise, earning certifications in kettle bells and TRX, a band resistance program. She’s a battling ropes coach, Barre instructor and a weight-loss specialist, counseling clients on how to live and maintain a healthier lifestyle. She dropped 90 pounds and her weight these days ranges between 110-114.