Sunday, September 23, 2012


“The greatest barrier to success is the fear of failure.” – Sven Goran Eriksson

Weight loss this week - 2 lbs.
Weight loss total = 40 lbs.

This past weekend my uncle celebrated his 65th birthday. Seeing family members that I haven't seen in almost a year was nice. A bunch of them who live in the city of Chicago are the ones I only see a few times a year. I live in the suburbs. Having them tell me that I've changed so much since the last time they saw me made me feel accomplished.

 My change made a difference and it shows. Do you know how great that feels. Having my family members tell them they were proud of me and how far I've come made me happy. But then most of them would do the usual line.. "Tell me your secret.. I wish I could do what you've done." I always answer with the same line.. "You can do it too." They always walk away shaking their head saying they can't, It's not that easy.

Funny how that was me a year ago. I always would complain of how I needed to change and lose weight. Then my wake up call came knocking. My cousin passed away. Dying at the age of 37 and leaving a wife and daughter behind is not where I want to be too. I didn't want to leave my husband and two children behind. So I took my first step. With the help of my lifelong best friend Shannon, I joined the mamavation community.

August 2011

September 2012

With this community they have been with me through my ups and my downs of losing weight and changing for the better. I went from 168 lbs. to 128 lbs. in a year. I went from using insulin shots three times a day to take a diabetic pill twice a day. What a difference a year can make. So when someone tells me that they can't do it I always say yes you can. You just have to take that first step. My first step was frightening but I did it. I can still remember doing my first 2 week challenge and having finished doing the first week of workouts I thought I died. Those jump squats, lunges, and burpees nearly killed me. But every day after that was so much easier. So you see looking back makes me realize how far I've come.

So when someone tells you you're getting so tiny, you're looking so good, keep it up. That's the motivation you need to keep going and also know that you're doing something right.

I hope everyone has a great week. Happy Monday everyone :)

This post is sponsored by Beanitos and hosted by Mamavation – a community dedicated to obesity prevention &weight loss for women and I’m writing this to be entered into a giveaway


  1. Looking good girlie :) Cute pic of you and your fam! Have a great week!

  2. You look awesome. Glad you got to spend some time with your family.

  3. You are beautiful, my friend. :) So proud of you!