Hey Doyennes,

About six years ago today, I began practicing Pilates for weightloss. Talk about an extremely challenging exercise. I was 240lbs and did not realize how unhealthy I was. I consumed unhealthy foods, alcohol, and smoked cigarettes (pictured). The moment life hit me I decided to do something about it. I was depressed, unhappy, fat; but the one thing I always had was confidence. For some reason confidence as always remained inside of me. I thank God for that feeling everyday. Ladies never let anyone still your confidence, it will allow you to love yourself no matter your size, shape or style. We are all unique in our own way and we should embrace every bit of it. I started practicing Mari Winsor Pilates from a home DVD. It was too difficult and I gave up. Do you ever find yourself giving up or wanting to give up when work gets hard, life? Well, I am here to tell you DO NOT GIVE UP! God does not give up on us. I played around on and off with Pilates for two years. Once I noticed results after the 50th time giving up, I finally committed to it, yay me! Along with walking five days a week for cardio, Brooke Siler’s Pilates Weightloss for Beginners at home DVD, I felt stronger than ever. Within the first year I lost 30lbs and the second, an additional 30lbs. Here I am three point five years later and I have lost a total of 100lbs. My pants size dropped tremendously (20 to 4)!!!

I give all praises to God for keeping me strong and never giving up on me. Am I perfect? NO, and I do not wish to be. Was it hard? Yes. Did I feel like quitting? YES, YES! Did I ever feel like I was alone? Yes! Did I have to stop eating crap? A billion times YES! I changed my LIFESTYLE in order to gain permanent results. One of my favorite quotes I live by is I CAN DO ANYTHING THROUGH JESUS CHRIST WHO STRENGTHENS ME (Phil 4:13).

If this sounds like you know that you are not alone. I am here for you. Let’s work together to become the best version of ourselves. If you know someone who is struggling currently weightloss, give them a hug and encourage them along the way.

As always be you.