Diane Flores is a single mother of three, a business owner, and an NPC figure competitor. She could easily make excuses about being too busy and let herself go, but she has worked hard and made raising a healthy family a priority. An avid Oxygen reader, Diane credits, Monica Brant, Jennifer Hendershot, and Davana Medina for enabling her to make her dream to compete come true. Diane is now giving back by educating and inspiring the women she trains. Join me in celebrating Diane, and make sure to Share your Fit Mom Inspirational Story!

Kim: Share a little about you.

Diane: Hi everyone! I am Diane Flores and I’m from Modesto, California. I am a single mom of 3 beautiful and loving children. My oldest, devilishly handsome son Stephen who is 16, my driven and gorgeous daughter Alysha who is going to be 15 soon and my sweet, cuddly son Tyson who is 6.

Kim: Have you gone through a transformation?

Diane: YES! In my younger teen years I was very shy, meek, timid and never wanted to be the center of attention. I had a short stint in cheerleading in middle school and that’s about the extent of any sports or activity that I was involved in.

My sophomore and junior year in high school I took “weight training” for my PE class. My best friend and I were the only girls. I was instantly in love with weight training and how strong I felt. I was always known as the “thick” or “big-boned” girl in high school. I was determined to change that. But, at the tender age of 16, I got pregnant. I finished high school and then shifted gears to mom-hood. I then became pregnant soon after with my daughter at the age of 18.

I hated waking up and looking at myself in the mirror. I felt hopeless. I was young, out of shape, had tons of ambition and drive but felt lost. I put wheels in motion and went to a trade school. Soon after obtaining a job in the medical field, I decided I needed to start working on myself. I moved out from my parents home, got and apartment and worked 2 jobs to support myself and my 2 little ones. My second job is what inspired me to become VERY interested in health and fitness.

As different chapters of my life began to close and open I found myself being inconsistent with either the work-outs or the nutrition. I was always really good with one or the other, but not both.

When I finally implemented the nutrition along with the consistent work-outs I was blown away at what muscle and shape I had created over the years.

 Kim: How did you get your body back post-baby? 

Diane: As I mentioned above, I had to take a 2nd job alongside my primary job to make ends meet. I joined our local Gold’s Gym and was offered a job in the daycare. This was great! I could take my little ones with me to work, I could work out while they were on site and I got to meet some really inspiring people. I remember pulling my work-outs out of Oxygen magazines and taping them into my journal and viewing Monica Brant, Jen Hendershott, Davana Medina and so many other fitness icons as inspiration.  Every time I would get a new issue of Oxygen I would always first flip to the very back to check out the figure competitions. I told myself that someday I was going to attempt the stage if it killed me! I wanted my kids to be proud of a mom that set goals and stuck to them!

Before I knew it, I had total strangers asking me for advice and help with their work-outs. This is when I decided that I needed to make fitness my lifestyle to share with others. It would keep me accountable for myself and I always got this really great natural boost of confidence helping others and seeing them try new work-out techniques.

This may sound so very silly but I actually attribute my post-baby body success to Oxygen Magazine. I still have every issue since I subscribed back in the late 90’s. I had no one around me in my circle of friends to turn to for health and fitness advice. I was the only young mom! Everyone else was either in college or living the single life. I turned to Oxygen and the forums for motivation, support and guidance.

I learned early on through the articles in Oxygen that I needed to not be afraid of the weight room to see the most dramatic results I was hoping for. So, headphones engaged with my CD player (yes, it was a long time ago!) I elbowed my way through the muscle men and joined them in their grunting. I feel like it served me well!

Kim: Anything you’ve accomplished you would like to share?

Diane: Well, fast forward many years and I decided to take the plunge on the figure competition goal. I found an amazing trainer in my city who has a lot of experience in training athletes in bodybuilding and figure competition. He has been a godsend. I have learned so much from him in the ways of nutritions effects on our appearance and proper supplementation.

I competed in my first NPC Figure Competition in March and I was stoked. The competition was surreal. An experience I will never forget. My goal had been finally achieved and the icing on the cake was taking home a 5th place trophy. I hung in there for 2 more weeks and competed again in another NPC Show and now I officially have the “competition bug”. I’m taking a few months off and plan to start back up again this fall with 3 more shows!

Kim: What is your favorite fit-mom, fit-family meal? Snack? Any go to items?

Diane: Since contest dieting I’ve become somewhat obsessed with nutrition and transforming not-so-healthy meals into clean ones. I’m also a fitness trainer and own my own fitness studio, helping women transform their lives. So I’m always creating and posting new recipes to Facebook and via my newsletters.

I almost always have berries washed and ready to go in the fridge. My kids are constantly snacking on the fresh fruit that’s at eye level so I try to keep it handy. I have a daily routine and that includes making them each a hot bowl of old-fashioned oatmeal. They don’t know it but I sneak flax meal in their bowls and sometimes protein powder to give them the added nutrition.

Kim: Favorite Fit-Family activity?

Diane: We LOVE to bike ride. During the summer 2-3 nights a week you can find me and the kiddos biking around the neighborhood. Otherwise we also love to go bowling and have some great laughs.

Kim: How do you stay fit amidst a hectic schedule and manage to do it all?

Diane: Plan, plan, plan! Running my own business, having 3 very busy kids and regular day-to-day errands and chores can be stressful if things aren’t planned and in order. I plan out everything! From my meals the next day to what I’m wearing and what my kids are doing every night before bed.

It frustrates me to no end when my clients tell me they don’t have time to exercise or eat healthy. We ALL have the same 24 hours in one day. It’s what you do with them that counts.

Kim: Words of motivation and inspiration for other moms?

Diane: My best advice is to surround yourself with like-minded people. Or those who inspire you. Try your hardest to remove the negative in your life. It’s so easy to get sucked into gossip, drama and people trying to bring you down when you start living a fit and healthy lifestyle. Those who love you will support you and be excited for your changes. Those that don’t are often unhappy with themselves and try to deflect that onto others.

When you start making little changes that lead to life long habits it will become second nature. My favorite quote is one that my trainer uses often “don’t talk about it, be about it”. I am a big believer envisioning what you want. I do this daily! Setting goals is also very important. If you don’t know where your going how will you ever get there!!??? Everything is Figure-out-able!

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