UCSF Employee Shed 86 Pounds With Regular Morning Workouts

Published on February 01, 2017


In 2014, Maria Guerra weighed 234 pounds. Her knees and back constantly ached. She was lethargic. Then, one day, she woke up and decided she didn’t want to live the rest of her life overweight.

As a UCSF employee, Maria found herself constantly at her desk or in meetings. She knew she had to find time to exercise. “I started with water aerobics because it was low impact. I took two classes per week at Parnassus until I lost 15 pounds. Then I switched to Spin® classes.”

Maria said spinning launched her workout routine into another realm.

“In the beginning, I could only go 20 minutes, but I did that three times a week, building up to 50 minutes. Now, 86 pounds later, I attend Spin class regularly.”

She also ran her first 5K with her nephew and daughter, and enjoys exercise. She also bought a stationary bike for her house.

“I’ll be honest, I’ve been a UC employee for 21 years and I was a gym member for 10 years, but I never came,” Maria said. “We are so fortunate to have these fabulous workout facilities at UCSF. I find that when I get up and exercise in the morning, I don’t feel lethargic in my meetings. It’s worth a short shuttle ride to get to the gym. We really are blessed to work here at UC.”