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Faith Marie Perez 

I AM ALFA because I am strong, resilient, determined and a hard-working mom. Inspiring my children is my fire. Fitness gives me confidence and drive to keep grinding.

Photography by: ALI SOHRAB

Tan: @jacquilyn_hanna

Makeup: @jasminehoffman

Hair: @denisec89

A little bio about your background and your journey, and where you are today.

I am from Houston, Texas and have lived in Canada for 16 years. My fitness journey began in 2015. A little of my background, in 2012, my 2-year-old son went for a nap and never opened his eyes again. He passed away in 2012 at the tender age of 2. Before my son passing, I used to be a avid runner. I wasn’t super fit just basically treading water and maintaining. Then my son passed away and I got pregnant 6 weeks after Hayden died. It was a extremely tough pregnancy, my grief was intense and the weight gain was real. However, I allowed myself to grieve and enjoy all the foods I love. It was my therapy and after my daughter was born, I thought I could put some attention to my body but mentally I wasn’t there. So, 18 months went by, the pounds came fast and I was up to 172 pounds after my daughter was 18 months. I was offered a childcare job at Goodlife fitness and a free membership. I didn’t use the membership till after my daughters 2nd birthday, I looked at myself in the mirror and saw the fit women at the gym and at that moment, a fire lit in me and that’s all she wrote.

I was determined to be in the best shape of my life by my 40th birthday. I lost 32 pounds in 1 year, I was so proud of myself. I kind of did my own thing for a few years and lost more and then maintained. In 2018, I lost my stepfather and then my incredibly sweet mother 8 weeks after, both to cancer. I was lost and heart broken. I took care of her solid for those two months and enjoyed life and ate the food, cherished our time together. I put more weight on, I was not happy with my body again. I decided I was going to really change things up. I got an incredible coach and signed up for my first fitness competition at 42 years old. It was life changing, my lifestyle has changed, my body has changed. I am now prepping for number 2 and I can’t wait. I am now 44 years old and feel the best I have ever felt. My life is fitness. I stay strong and fit for my family.

I AM ALFA because I am strong, resilient, determined and a hard-working mom. My children are my world and I want to be the best role model for them. I want to show my children you can do and be anything you want to, the sky’s the limit. Inspiring my children is my fire. Fitness gives me confidence and drive to keep grinding.

What are the most rewarding things that Fitness has brought you? The most rewarding thing that fitness has brought me is my impact on my daughters’ confidence and her telling me “she wants to be strong like mom”. For instance, during the Covid lock down, my husband set up an awesome garage gym for me and every day at