Celebrating Small Goals and Achievements is Important; Pink and White Striped Skirt Flash Back To Our Engagement Party

Pink Striped Skirt When I found this pink striped skirt in the store I almost broke down. I had to get it because it was a great reminder to celebrate reaching small goals.  On Christmas Eve, 2013, Kevin and I got engaged in front of the Disneyland castle.  It was such a special and magical moment that I will never forget.  At that time I had already lost over 100 pounds but was still struggling with my body image and still had more than 200 pounds to lose.  I had never felt more determined to reach my goals and I promised myself that I would have the wedding of my dreams and NOT have to have a wedding dress custom made for me because I could not find one that fit.  We went home and immediately started planning our engagement party.  I was so excited to be engaged to my best friend and celebrate with my loved ones this special moment in our lives. Engagement Party Planning When we were planning our engagement party, I found super cute invitations.  It showed a man in a suit and bow tie, and the girl in a pink and white striped skirt.  I thought it would be so cute to have Kevin and I dress to look like the invites.  Kevin found a light blue jacket and pants that matched perfectly.  I, on the other hand, could not find a pink and white stripe skirt that fit me.  It felt like I looked everywhere and was…

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10 Things I Wish I knew Before Losing Weight

  There is so much that goes into losing weight. I wish it were just as simple as getting started and, just lose the weight.  For me, I have always struggled with my weight and at one point, a few years ago, I found myself weighing over 500 pounds.  I set a goal to lose over 300 pounds, and I thought all I have to do is lose weight and all of my problems will go away.  It is, just losing weight right? Well, it started off as just losing weight, and I quickly found myself becoming a slave to the scale, letting my own self-worth be determined by what the number was on the scale.  I found myself taking 2 steps forward and 10 steps back.  I thought losing weight was all about that…losing weight.  What I did not realize is how much more goes into it.  How it was so much more than just losing weight.  I came up with my top 10 tips that have been helpful for me on my journey and things that I wish I knew before I started my weight loss journey.  I want to share these tips with you too so hopefully you can be successful on this journey of life and help you set yourself up to succeed. 10 Things I Wish I knew Before Losing Weight 1. It Will Be Hard Realizing and understanding that weight loss is hard and will not come easy, is huge.  Hard does not mean…

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Recommendations for Getting Started, Being a Female in the Fitness World; a Q&A session with Helene one of my Basecamp Instructors

I met Helene about a year ago.  It was right when I joined Basecamp Fitness and I felt like I had an instant connection with her.  She has only shown me love and support.  We met at a time where I was recovering from my first skin removal surgeries and then taking time off to have more surgeries.  It was a lot of coming and going and me making a lot more modifications and taking things easy but none of this changed how Helene treated me. Never did she ever make me feel weak, that I should not be there or make me feel bad about all of my modifications.  I feel like it would have been so easy for me to take the time off from surgery, and come back and feel insecure and out of place.  Helene is great with helping me, pushing me and supporting me and for that, I am so grateful!!! Helene is not only serious body goals, but she is strong, loving and a great instructor.  She has her own fitness goals and pushes herself to the max to be the best she can be, but she also does the same for everyone in her classes.  She only wants the best for you, and for that, I am so thankful. Basecamp has quickly become my home away from home, and the perfect place for me to continue on with my own fitness goals.  I feel like I am there for a while, then away…

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Self-Love and Body Shaming; All In a Trip to See My Doctor

Self Love and Body Shaming A while back, I shared a picture on Instagram of me in a bathing suit from my trip to Mexico. I talked about how I was body shamed by a couple sitting at the pool who was laughing at me and making fun of my body. I talked about how other people who do not know you or what you have been through have no right to sit there and judge you. When we were on vacation in Mexico a few weeks ago, it was the first time I had worn a bathing suit in a long time, and it had been even longer since I wore a bathing suit without a cover up. I was nervous to take my cover up off and to walk into the pool or walk on the beach. I still felt like that same 500 pound girl…then it happened. A couple sitting by the pool started laughing and pointing at me and making fun of me as soon as I took my cover up off. So what did I do? I took a deep breath, smiled and walked into the pool. That was a huge moment for me. I had changed. I was not the same girl anymore. Yes I still have a lot of loose skin, I may still feel insecure at times, and yes I may still get made fun of. To be honest, yes it bothered me. But I was not going to let people like…

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