Meet Denise Torres


MEET DENISE TORRES

THROUGHOUT HER LIFE, DENISE HAD KNOWN ONE BATTLE. IT WAS A BATTLE THAT SLOWLY CHIPPED AWAY AT HER MENTAL, EMOTIONAL, AND PHYSICAL HEALTH. YEARS LATER, DENISE WOULD FACE HER SECOND BIGGEST BATTLE, HEARING AND WATCHING HER FATHER FIGHT (AND BEAT) STAGE 3 CANCER.

IT WAS THIS MOMENT IN HER LIFE WHEN DENISE DECIDED TO NO LONGER ALLOW HER LIFE TO POSSIBLY BE AT STAKE AS WELL.

 

WHILE HER FATHER WAS SICK, HE SAT HER DOWN AND OPENED UP TO HER ABOUT HIS CONCERNS FOR HIS DAUGHTER’S HEALTH, AS HIS OWN DETERIORATED.

“THE BEST AND WORST DECISION OF MY LIFE WAS ALLOWING MYSELF TO NEGLECT MY BODY AND TREAT IT IN UNHEALTHY WAYS. AT ONE POINT IN MY LIFE I WAS 309 POUNDS (I NEVER TELL PEOPLE MY STARTING WEIGHT). IT REALLY HURT ME PHYSICALLY, EMOTIONALLY, AND MENTALLY. I’M STILL WORKING ON LOVING MYSELF 100% OF THE TIME. I AM NOW 150 POUNDS AND WORK OUT FOUR TO FIVE TIMES A WEEK.”

TODAY DUE TO HER POSITIVITY, HUMOR, AND CONFIDENCE, YOU WOULD HAVE NEVER GUESSED THAT SHE ONCE WEIGHED 309 POUNDS. NOW, DENISE IS A FIT 150 POUNDS AND LEADS A FIT LIFESTYLE. HER MENTAL HEALTH HAS TURNED AROUND, HER EMOTIONAL HEALTH IS STRONGER, AND HER PHYSICAL HEALTH IS INCREDIBLE. HER SELF-LOVE IS AT A HIGH PEAK, NO LONGER PRETENDING BUT ACTUALLY BEING A CONFIDENT WOMAN IN HER OWN SKIN. AS SHE PUTS IT, “I REALLY AM THAT PERSON!”

BOUNCING BETWEEN CREATING HER DREAM JOB AND COMPLETING HER CREDENTIAL TO TEACH HISTORY TO HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS, DENISE IS ALL ABOUT HELPING EVERYONE BUILD UP THEIR CONFIDENCE.

“I EAT VERY HEALTHY AND WOULD LOVE TO ONE DAY OPEN UP MY OWN GYM AND HELP PEOPLE WITH THE SAME PROBLEM. IF I DIDN’T GO THROUGH ALL THAT SELF-HATE AND THE EMOTIONAL AND PHYSICAL PAIN, I WOULDN’T BE THE PERSON I AM TODAY. AND I REALLY FUCKING LOVE WHO I AM TODAY. I’M A FUCKING WARRIOR AND I HAVE ALL THE SCARS IN THE WORLD TO PROVE IT.”

“I JUST WANT TO SHOW PEOPLE THAT IT IS NOT IMPOSSIBLE AND THAT IT TAKES YEARS OF HARD WORK AND DEDICATION. MY LIFE IS SO DIFFERENT NOW. I DON’T WAKE UP EVERYDAY THINKING ABOUT HOW UGLY AND FAT I AM ANYMORE. I CAN ONLY IMAGINE HOW MANY OTHER WOMEN ARE GOING THROUGH THE SAME THING.

DENISE REALIZES THE IMPORTANCE OF HAVING ROLE MODELS TO LOOK UP TO, WISHING SHE HAD ONE HERSELF, ONE OF HER BIGGEST REASONS FOR WORKING WITH HIGH SCHOOL TEENS IS AS FOLLOWS: 

“WORKING WITH TEENS AT THE HIGH SCHOOL LEVEL REALLY HELPS BECAUSE I WISH I HAD A SUPPORTIVE ADULT THAT SHOWED ME HOW TO BE CONFIDENT IN MY OWN SKIN.

WHEN ASKED WHAT HER BIGGEST CHALLENGE HAS BEEN DENISE LET US IN,

“MY BIGGEST CHALLENGE WAS MY MIND! I WOULD GET STUCK IN THIS DEPRESSIVE STATE AND THINK THAT I WASN’T LOSING ANY WEIGHT. SOMETIMES I STILL FEEL THAT WAY. THE MIND IS A CRAZY THING. THERE ARE BOTH ISSUES THAT I’M STILL TRYING TO WORK THROUGH BUT THEY ALSO KEEP ME MOTIVATED.”

ON TIPS AND ADVICE FOR YOU, THE READER:

“BE SELFISH. TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF FIRST. I PROMISE YOU, YOUR FRIENDS DON’T LOVE YOU LIKE YOU LOVE YOU. YOU ARE NUMBER ONE. MAKE YOURSELF A PRIORITY, ALWAYS. YOU HAVE ONE BODY SO TAKE CARE FIT. HONESTLY BEING FIT AND IN LOVE WITH YOURSELF FEELS AMAZING. I JUST WANT EVERYONE TO FEEL THE WAY I FEEL."