We had the good fortune of connecting with Doreen Alvarez and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Doreen, have you ever found yourself in a spot where you had to decide whether to give up or keep going? How did you make the choice?
Sometimes the road gets bumpy and the tools we’ve been navigating with become inert in what feels like a flash. Sometimes all the mechanisms we’ve been using to advance the game break down and we have to make a choice: flight or fold. At this point, the initial response is to give up. However, when this happens, I focus on my “why.” Why do I keep going? If I give up, how will it affect my “why?” If giving up affects my “why” greatly in a detrimental way, then I have no choice but to keep going.

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
It all started a few years ago when I discovered that I had a hypothyroid. I was not too overweight, nor did I have many symptoms until I started losing my hair. I had bald patches throughout my scalp. I refused to follow my doctor’s advice and take synthetic medications. I thought if I worked out every day, did cardio and ate clean, I would lose the excess weight and become fit. The weight never dropped, nor did my hair return. I tried every kind of diet out there. None worked. I cut out sugar. I cut out carbs. I even cut out meat and tried a raw, vegan diet. Still, nothing. I became depressed and resigned to the fact that perhaps I did have a hypothyroid and I would never be lean again. In my last attempt to figure out how to lose the excess weight, I was referred to a holistic doctor who specialized in bone testing. I had never seen anything like this! I had given her my blood test results for her to review. Her method is something you have to see to believe. I can only describe it as a mixture of energy and magic. While on her table, I felt this intense urge to cry. I had no idea where these feelings were coming from and I kind of joked about it and asked her “Dr., why do I suddenly feel like I have to cry?” She simply said, “Because you need to release your tears.” Suddenly, it was like a dam had busted and overflowed… tears flowed from my eyes like hard rain. I could not stop crying. I was lamenting as if I had lost a loved one. I cried that ugly cry… the kind where you hiccup and snot runs down your nose, cry. Once, my crying stopped, my doctor simply said “Doreen, you do not have a hypothyroid. You have adrenal fatigue. You are stressed out. You are not healthy from within. You need to release that stress and let that pain go. Once you do that, you will feel better.” I thought about what she said and it all made sense. My life was in turmoil. I had spent a decade taking care of others and managing everyone else. The person I neglected to take care of, was myself. On the outside, I thought I looked okay, but inside I was dying. I am not exaggerating. The stress of my life was making me sick. Though on the outside, I looked quite normal to others, on the inside, I was falling apart. After my consultation, with my doctor, I made some changes in my personal life. I knew exactly what it was that was making me sick. Once I decided what was holding me back personally, miraculously, my hypothyroid disappeared, my hair grew back and I lost 15lbs in a month. I fit into a size 1, again. My transformation began when I made a decision to change from the inside out. I let go of my fears. Fears many of us women have. I let go of a relationship that no longer made me happy. I said yes to me. I said yes to a new life. I said yes to inner peace. I learned to trust my intuition. I learned to love myself. In the end, I realized was that fitness is only skin deep. What we look like on the outside does not necessarily indicate how fit we are on the inside. We have to transform from within, first, before we can see any changes on the outside. It has become my calling and blessing to empower others in transforming their bodies from the inside out. While I work with both men and women, I am an advocate of women’s femininity specifically as it relates to their fitness and inner being. I have a passion for helping people arise from what stops them from achieving their fitness goals. My transformation began when I made a decision to change from the inside out. I let go of my fears. Fears many of us women have. I let go of a relationship that no longer made me happy. I said yes to me. I said yes to a new life. I said yes to inner peace. I learned to trust my intuition. I learned to love myself. In the end, I realized was that fitness is only skin deep. What we look like on the outside does not necessarily indicate how fit we are on the inside. We have to transform from within before we can see any lasting changes on the outside. While I work with both men and women, I am an advocate of women’s femininity specifically as it relates to their fitness and inner being. I have a passion for helping people arise from what stops them from achieving their fitness goals. I have a passion-driven force to help my clients arise from what stops them from achieving their fitness goals.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If my best friend is coming to visit for a week, I would first take her to Glen Ivy Hot Springs Day Spa the day after she arrives where she can detox and relax. Next, I’d book a trip and visit the various wineries in Temecula, one of which is South Coast Winery. We’d stay at the winery’s hotel where we can also enjoy fine dining and great wine. In the next few days, I would take her to the beautiful beaches in Laguna, specifically, Thousand Steps Beach where we can get some exercise in and some sun. I’d also make it a point to show her Crystal Cove which is not too far away from Thousand Steps Beach. I would also take her to my favorite little town near my area called Claremont where we can enjoy some shopping and great food.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Gabby Canedo, Personal Trainer, Owner of Revamp Fitness Gary Smith, Coda Cross Media, branding and marketing agency Roland Martinez, Personal Trainer, Owner of Symmetry In Motion Heidi Anderson, Personal Trainer, Owner and founder of Blue Llama Yoga & Fitness Tiffany Johnson, Owner of The Crumb Inez Coffman, Realtor, PLG Estates Iris Munoz, Realtor Remax Nikki Vitale McJunkin, Personal Trainer Elaine Critzer, Realtor Seanah Owen, Owner of Yoga Funk Andy Mock, Blackthorn Leather

Website: arisenfitness.com
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Image Credits
Doreen Alvarez Photography