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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True Beauty is Found Within Yourself || Gal Meets Glam Collection Launch

    I know I always say, losing weight is so much more than just losing weight.  I say it all the time because it is so true for me.  Losing over 300 pounds has taught me a lot about myself.  It has taught me not only healthy habits and how to live a healthier lifestyle, but it also taught me just that…that losing weight is so much more than just losing weight. When I was on my journey, I used to only focus on the number.  I used to be so obsessed with how much weight I lost, and how low the number was getting.  I depended on that number in order to determine my weight loss success and happiness. But what I did not realize, is that while I was transforming on the outside, a bigger transformation was happening on the inside.  A transformation that I would not fully learn or appreciate until I stopped depending on what that number said. I eventually realized that my weight loss journey was more than just about losing weight.  It changed from wanting to lose weight, to wanting to have a better relationship with my body, myself and with food.  It turned into not depending on the number on the scale to determine how I felt about myself.  All of the decisions I was making were to better improve my overall mental and physical wellbeing and getting me towards living a life that was my own, a life I had always…

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Woman Crush Wednesday || Q & A Featuring; Jocelyn of Dress Me Blonde

I believe that along this journey called life, we sometimes meet people who are placed in our path for a reason.  They are either meant to be in our lives to help us, guide us and in some capacity make us stronger. I am so grateful for everything and everyone who I have crossed paths with on my journey.  Some I would not like to pass by again, but others I feel so thankful that for whatever reason they are in my life and a part of my journey. With all of that being said, I would like to share with you my Woman Crush Wednesday, or just crush every day to be honest.  I have NO IDEA how we found each other in this huge World, but I remember when Dress Me Blonde (Jocelyn)  started showing me support on my Instagram.  I remember she stood out because of the amount of love she was showing me.  When I went her page, I was shocked. This may make me sound crazy but she was one of the first “fashion bloggers” to follow me and at the time, me only being a weight loss page I was blown away that someone like her found inspiration and motivation from me…ME!  I used to look up to fashion bloggers and hope to someday be able to not only buy their clothes but eventually share with the world my love for fashion too.  Being over 500 pounds, I never thought that fashion blogging would…

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