FIT FOR A queen

FREEGO’S #SUPERSHAPEME FIT­NESS CHAL­LENGE: SEE HOW LIFE CHANGED FOR ALEXIS PIN­GOL WHO WON FREEGO’S #SUPERSHAPEME FIT­NESS CHAL­LENGE AND TOOK ON A HEALTHY LIFE­STYLE.

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Two months ago, jeans were not a part of Alexis Pin­gol’s wardrobe. At 222 lbs., she had trou­ble find­ing den­ims that fit and flat­tered her heavy-set fig­ure. But now, as the win­ner of FREEGO’S #Supershapeme 2015 Fit­ness Chal­lenge, Pin­gol took home the denim brand’s en­tire Su­per Shaper Col­lec­tion, as well as the grand prize—an all-ex­penses-paid trip for two to Coron, Palawan. Beat­ing nine other fe­male hope­fuls by drop­ping 27 lbs. through a su­per­vised diet and ex­er­cise plan, Pin­gol, a 26-year-old mo­bile and web app de­signer, swears that win­ning was not her main agenda. “I just wanted to be healthy,” she says.

THE WEIGHT GAME

The youngest of three, Pin­gol strug­gled with her weight since third grade. Like most un­suc­cess­ful di­eters, she ate a lot and rarely ex­er­cised. When her older sib­lings put her in charge of look­ing af­ter their ag­ing par­ents, Pin­gol re­al­ized that she had to be healthy to do so. A video on Face­book caught her eye. Af­ter a suc­cess­ful run in 2014, FREEGO’S 2015 # Supershapeme Chal­lenge trans­formed into a na­tion­wide search. Over 1,000 hope­fuls from all over the coun­try ap­plied for the con­test, and af­ter care­ful screen­ing, Anna was cho­sen as one of the 10 fe­male fi­nal­ists. For the next two months, she and her fel­low con­tes­tants geared up for ex­er­cise and healthy eat­ing, care of the con­test’s fit­ness coach, pro­fes­sional bas­ket­ball player Chris Tiu, and food blog­ger and nu­tri­tion ex­pert Er­wan Heussaff. Both Tiu and Heussaff fol­lowed con­tes­tants’ progress through group work­outs and the fit­ness and health pub­lic chat on Viber.

FIND­ING MO­TI­VA­TION

Sixty days can go by fast, but they can be really slow too—es­pe­cially when it in­volves making a 180-de­gree change in your life­style. “The hard­est part of the work­out was keep­ing it con­sis­tent,” says Pin­gol, who man­aged to squeeze in ex­er­cise even af­ter com­ing home from work at the crack of dawn. “But our bod­ies crave con­sis­tency and that really helps with weight loss.”

Lov­ing your con­fi­dence, Alexis! Still, that was noth­ing com­pared to the chal­lenge of eat­ing right. Com­ing from a food-lov­ing fam­ily, Pin­gol “…felt de­pressed and de­prived. There was a time when I really wanted to give up,” she con­fesses, but she re­mained mo­ti­vated to stay on track. Pin­gol has learned to eat in mod­er­a­tion and com­ple­ment her healthy meals with run­ning, swim­ming, and prac­tic­ing yoga. True to what her fit­ness fam­ily told her, Pin­gol is an ab­so­lute in­spi­ra­tion. By forming the Viber group #in­spire­to­b­e­fit­stronghealthy, she’s do­ing ex­actly that: re­mind­ing oth­ers who were once in her shoes—and her but­ton­pop­ping jeans—that they can achieve any­thing they put their minds to.

The hard­est part of the work­out was keep­ing it con­sis­tent. I am more than just a win­ner now. My goal is to in­spire and in­flu­ence peo­ple to live health­ier the fun way, with­out feel­ing de­prived or de­pressed. And I want th­ese peo­ple to pass on what they learned from me to oth­ers.

Alexis Pin­gol with coaches Er­wan Heussaff and Chris Tiu and FREEGO VP for Mar­ket­ing Marty Tio.

This year’s #Supershapeme chal­lengers and coaches.

Alexis lost 27 lbs. with the help of proper diet and ex­er­cise.

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