Chicago, IL

The most valuable lesson I’ve learned from life’s journey is that with a determined mindset, you can achieve heights you never thought possible. A few years ago, I walked into the doctor’s office with a smile, only to walk out in tears. I had just been informed that I was morbidly obese, and on top of that, I was at risk for high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol. As someone who had battled asthma for most of my life, the thought of adding more medication to my regimen was unbearable. I promised myself and my doctor that I would lose enough weight to ensure a healthy life. And that marked the first day of my new life!

I felt a resurgence of a new "me," with a profound sense of gratitude for another shot at life. With God's blessing, I embarked on a transformative journey, losing over 100 pounds—50 of those within the first two months. This monumental shift wasn’t just about shedding weight; it was about a complete change in mindset. I began to realize the paramount importance of health and wellness. While proper nutrition and a solid exercise program are crucial, they are just pieces of the larger health puzzle. Mental and emotional health are equally important. Our thoughts and feelings manifest into actions, which then create our habits. Hence, it’s essential to learn how to think and feel healthy.

Fast forward to today, I am the CEO and Founder of “Stevo Gym & Juze.” I’ve become a certified fitness instructor, certified nutritionist, mental health advocate, and author. My purpose now is to create an environment conducive to an individual’s physical and mental growth. I am forever grateful for the opportunity to help others achieve their health goals.

Looking back, my journey from tears in the doctor’s office to triumph in the fitness world has taught me that true health encompasses body, mind, and spirit. It’s not just about losing weight; it’s about gaining a new perspective on life and well-being. Through “Stevo Gym & Juze,” I strive to share this holistic approach, fostering an environment where everyone can achieve their best selves. I am living proof that with determination, faith, and a supportive community, anything is possible.

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