I had come to a point in my life where I was just tired of being tired! Since I can remember, I have always been overweight. I was always told “Being big runs in the family.”, “You were born chubby.”, “Don’t try to change what’s already in you.” It wasn’t until the summer of 2013 when I had decided that enough was enough! I was topping the scale at 263 pounds, fitting into a very tight size 20, sick and super miserable.
In September 2014, I signed up to participate in a weight loss challenge with my daughter. That is where I met Jesica. The workouts we did were ones I had never done before. I remember going home crying sometimes thinking I was not going to be able to finish.The accountability from the program and motivation and push I got from Jesica was what I needed at that time to finish successfully.
I lost a total of 42 pounds with those challenges andhave kept going since. To this date, I have lost a total of 66 lbs. and fit into a size 12. I’ve had my ups and downs along my journey, but one thing for sure is I have not given up. I’m still a work in progress and continue chipping away at my body. I have done many “firsts” along the way: completed numerous obstacle course races, half-marathons and, OMG, even got certified to teach Strong by Zumba! Never did I ever imagine I would be considered an athlete, even more so, a certified fitness instructor.
I’m happy to be part of the Happy Thoughts Fitness Team! This has been a life changing experience for me. The best part is being able to share my experience, motivate others to reach their goals and assure them that with hard work and patience, anything is attainable in life; personal and professional!
– Certified Strong by Zumba Instructor