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Almost 9 hours working out to get my Zumba certification and totally proud of it :) (March 2012)

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January 2012 and 182 pounds. (San Juan, Puerto Rico)

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2014 UPDATE:

I'm a 30 y/o latin girl who moved to USA in 2007 and gained about 65 pounds in 5-6 years. In 2011 I lost 15 pounds by taking Zumba, doing a bootcamp and being more active, but gained it back due to a heavy workload and lack of time/motivation. I'm planning to lose those 40-50 pounds by the beginning of 2015!

1.20.215: I like reading this. As of October 2014, I had lost 21 pounds of those 65 I describe above. My plan is to lose 15 or 19 more. While I haven't made major progress in the last 3 months, I've managed to keep the weight off which I think is a huge achievement because it has involved traveling, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years. Luckily, the Holidays are over and hopefully I can focus on my goal again.

Also, I am getting married! We got engaged last April, 2014 and are beyond excited to celebrate our love with friends and family next year with a destination wedding.

With the engagement, I revised my weight loss goals and began this journey to be a better version of myself when I walk down the aisle next year (now this year!). I'm excited and motivated!

My wedding is in April, I've got some time to make more changes!


UDPATE 2012: Happy New Year

I got my workout gear and I should be getting on the mail an Ipod Nano with Nike+ Technology. Looking forward to running and exercising with it. (These were my words in January 2012, it is good to read how you used to feel/think.)

[My first goal in 2012 was the following:] ----Ideally I'd like to lose 20 pounds by June 16 to fit in a dress for my best friend's wedding in Panama. I have a long way to go. I love to dance and eat healthy but wasn't working out enough. I'm loving this new lifestyle and hope I can keep it forever! ----- I didn't lose those 20 pounds but only 5 and over the last semester of 2012 gained even more weight. Therefore I'm starting 2013 all over with a new goal !!

[This was Summer of 2012] I'm looking forward to enjoying more walks and fun activities now that the weather is nice! I recently got certified to teach Zumba but haven't had time to practice enough to be able to teach! I joined the ZIN network and love being part of it.

My dad still holds a 100 metres record in South America and he also went to the Munich Olympic Games representing my country. I believe I must have it in me and I just have to find it! I am a lawyer and work long hours at a law firm.

Member Since: 4/5/2011

Fitness Minutes: 4,092

My Goals:
Lose 40 pounds and keep them off! (NOW 45!)

Fit in a dress I wore last year for a wedding. (Achieved! Although it didn't look as nice as it did the first time)

Be able to teach a whole Zumba Class (1 hour)

Fit in my own jeans again!

Drink more than 1 glass of water daily. I know, I know, I have issues!

Get more than 4-5 hours of sleep per day.

My Program:
Ideally Zumba 3 times a week, most weeks I do it once or twice. Dance as much as possible since it not only helps with my weight but also makes me happy!

Take walks depending on the weather. Start running on the treadmill. I'm loving an intervals program on the treadmill where I run for 10 seconds, slow down, run for other 20 and slow down and repeat this until I reach 100 seconds running and then decrease by doing 90 seconds, 80 seconds and so on...

Maximize my workout by using 2 pound dumbbells when walking.

Personal Information:
I'm originally from Ecuador but grew up in Panama. I lived in NYC for a couple of year and now I live in Atlanta, GA. I don't have kids and I work an average of 10 hours daily.

Other Information:
One of the biggest challenges for me is to stop eating out. I enjoy watching movies, listening to music and traveling.

I've been losing and gaining weight back. For example one week I gained 3 pounds and lost 2 the week after that. It can get really frustrating!

I joined Weight Watchers on May 13/2012 but it hasn't really worked for me that well. The back and forth game continues. I was doing better when I was doing Sparkpeople only. I've considered other meal plans. I am now considering detoxing options or fasting with juice.

I'm now trying Herbalife and so far believe it works.

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  • v JILLYBEAN3492
    Hi there! When I put "TOM" on my weight diary on my page it means during that lovely "time of the month" AKA my period. I do it so I know that maybe a gain or little progress was related to that instead of actual weight gain, etc, so I do don't beat myself up so badly about it. Don't be afraid of losing nothing this week, sometimes our bodies just don't like to follow all of our orders in our time, just keep doing what you're doing or shake it up a little if your body maybe needs a change to start dropping the weight again. But losing 3-4 lbs a week only lasts for a while then the weight comes off more slowly unfortunately. So don't be too hard on yourself if you see just 1-2lbs off every week. That's healthy and great progress! : )
    2605 days ago
  • v STEVENK87
    emoticon Thanks for comments on my page. It is super hot in Sacramento I think it is going to be 104 today. Right I moving into my new place so once I am settled in my new place I will work out more.
    2607 days ago
  • v STEVENK87
    On Saturday morning I went to my Zumba class and I enjoyed it. emoticon
    2613 days ago
  • v STEVENK87
    I did not make to Zumba class :( I have the worst cramps when it is my time of the month...I am starting to feel better. Maybe next time
    2620 days ago
  • v STEVENK87
    August 30th is our wedding date :) That is weird that you can not comment on post but some of my spark friends can. well you can email too. Well I know we can make our health goals we just have to stay positive. Well enjoy your memorial day weekend. tomorrow I am going to do ZUMBA. Ok ttyl Kam emoticon
    2624 days ago
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