Sylvia Grimes


As a child, I struggled with obesity. Every doctor’s visit would always result in visiting the nutritionist/dietician. At the age of 20, I decided to lose weight for my 21st birthday outfit. I lost 16 pounds and for the first time I was successful at losing weight. It encouraged me to keep going. By the age of 22, I lost 100 pounds. That was when I decided that I wanted to help others who struggled with obesity. At that time, I wanted to help children. I decided to go back to college and I gained a lot of my weight back from stress, binge eating, and dealing with a life changing event. After graduation, I struggled with finding a good job and my living environment was not pleasant. On top of that, I was really struggling with losing my weight. It was easier to lose my weight when I was 20/21 years old versus 28 years. I continued to work out but I was living and working in a stressful environment, so my eating was not ideal.  At that point of my life, I believe I was suffering with depression. The only thing that kept me going was my belief in God and exercising.

Once I moved, things began to turn around. My perspective started to change and I started to develop a more positive outlook. My weight slowly began to come off. Within a few months I met a Zumba Instructor who inspired me to become one. Becoming a Zumba Instructor has given me so much confidence that I didn’t know I had in myself. I started lifting and that took my confidence to another level. I’m at a point in my life where I’m happy being the person that I am, inside and out. I just want to spread the energy. I’m currently working on my AFAA certification now.  Back when I was struggling with my weight loss, I made the decision to pursue the fitness industry. That’s all I think about. I believe that everyone should have a healthy body, mind, and soul.  That’s why health and fitness is very important to me.