Alison Salvucci | The Fitness Asylum

Alison Salvucci

I have always been self conscious about my weight. I was never skinny and that is okay. I just wanted to be comfortable. After gaining 46 lbs with my now 8 year old, I struggled with losing the weight. I lost some of it, then gained it back with my second. I just couldn’t get the weight down. I competed in the biggest loser at the school where I teach. I would get down about 15 lbs and then it would slowly creep back on when the competition was over. My husband kept telling me that he could help me, but I guess I just wasn’t ready for what I needed to do to get where I wanted to be. For me, I needed motivation. I HAD TO WANT IT!!

I have always been very competitive. I have been playing soccer my whole life. After playing in college, I went on to play in a women’s league, playing in and around Boston in the Spring, Summer, and Fall. I have been active! This past September, I met Angelica Tinio Vlahos and began playing indoor soccer with her too. As she kept shedding the pounds, my interest was peaked, but I never actually thought that I would sign up to do THE CHALLENGE.

Shortly before the Winter Challenge began, I saw posts on facebook that Angelica was tagged in. Of course, they were of her accomplishments in the Fall Challenge. I called Angelica up to get some more information. She was so excited to talk to me about joining! I started to cry. Something just clicked with me. I knew that I HAD to do this for ME!!! I needed to do this for my family. I needed to lose weight, feel good about myself, and just be healthy. The crazy part was that I was so nervous about the food. I know that I am generally athletic, although overweight. I wasn’t worried about the work out, I was worried about the food. I am not a huge veggie person, but fine with protein. The funny thing is that the food wasn’t a problem at all.

So, after a week or two into the Challenge, I had severe knee pain and swelling that lasted much longer than it was welcomed! This brought my workouts to a halt. I tried to modify working out, but that just didn’t work. I had a major meltdown. For the first time in my life I was taking control of my life and now I felt like I wasn’t in control. I was so angry. But, I just stuck to the food religiously!! And, the weight kept on coming off WITHOUT working out!! I started to feel like I CAN do this. I am now protrayed as the poster child for the food… 80% food, 20% exercise. And, I went on to win the Winter Challenge, losing 31 pounds in 12 weeks!!

I was on the fence about doing the challenge again because I knew I had the food part down. I do not have the okay to ‘workout’ yet from my doctor. After much thought, I decided I NEED this. I need the constant support and motivation from Bonnie Lefrak, Lydia Deranian-george, and the rest of my TEAM. It feels like a family, everyone is there to support each other.

I signed up for the Spring Challenge. I want to lose at least 25 more pounds. I am determined. I am going to STAY IN CONTROL OF MY LIFE!!!!

Disclaimer: Weight loss results will vary from person to person. No individual result should be seen as typical. This training is not intended to treat, cure or prevent any disease. Seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care provider before undertaking rigorous physical training.