Face of FITNESS Contest Finalists
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- GRAND-PRIZE WINNER: Phylicia Jackson, 27, Los Angeles
- READERS' CHOICE FINALIST: Melissa Bender, 30, Pittsburgh
- Trinity Salazar, 28, Spring Lake, North Carolina
- Sunita Goldstein, 43, Foster City, California
- Jessica Mason, 27, San Diego
Sunita Goldstein, 43, Foster City, California
A recent fitness accomplishment: I just got certified in Yoga, which is great because it's great to be able to offer that to my students and clients who already take my other classes.
Personal "I Did It" moment: When I switched careers to start my Shapin' with Sunita fitness business, seven years ago, it was a very risky decision. But now I have a thriving business and feel very proud of how far I've come!
A health challenge she's had to overcome: Not long ago, I had two major surgeries done at the same time: a hysterectomy and colon recession. It was one of the most challenging moments of my life. My doctors had to make an urgent decision to have both surgeries at the same time. I've had many side effects since the surgeries and the only way I was able to overcome them was exercising every day.
Favorite (healthy) things to eat: Fruits like papaya, mango, and watermelon.
Personal fitness motto: "A fit healthy self is not ready made, it comes from taking action!"
How she stays motivated: I visualize teaching one of my high-intensity fitness classes with 50 to 60 dedicated students. I imagine hearing the awesome music and how energetic I feel at that moment.
On her fitness bucket list: Trek the Himalayas!
How she's evolved her passions: Before I started my fitness career, I was a first-grade teacher. I eventually put the classroom on hold to raise my twins, but then combined my love of teaching and fitness when I started my Shapin' with Sunita business. As a mother, teacher and fitness instructor, I instill the importance of fitness and a healthy lifestyle to my kids, students, and clients alike -- while keeping the workouts as positive and enjoyable as possible.
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