My Weight Loss Journey

Hi Dolls so I get asked all the time how I lost all the weight. Well I am ready to give you guys the whole scoop. So lets start from childhood growing up in the 80’s in a Latino family there wasn’t much emphasis on fruits and vegetables. The big things is make sure that baby eats all of their food. When I was four months I had four teeth which made my parents think it was ok to put rice, beans, and ribs in my mouth. I am sure after that there was no way in hell I was going to be eating carrots or squash after tasting some delicious Spanish food. So I grew up a big kid. I remember as a little girl being the biggest in the class. In junior high I had to shop in woman stores because kids clothes did not fit me . I was never passed down clothes because I couldn’t fit anyone else clothes. When I went in to highschool I had to get my school uniform skirts specially made because they were not big enough for me . I remember all the girls in high school when it would get warm would wear knee highs but not Dana . My legs were just too big the knee highs would roll right down. Growing up as the big girl in the crew you get to watch everyone else have their boyfriends here and there while your always the wing man . I was always the girl who got can you hook me up with your friend . Of course just wanting to be wanted I always did the hook up. Being the “FAT” girl in school none of the boys want to date you but they all want you behind classroom doors or behind the bleachers or at night when no one else can see. Believe me I had my fair share of all these plus 50 more. When I finished high school I was a size 26/28. When you go away to college all bets are off the food is horrible you are constantly eating junk and you for sure gain that freshman 10. In my junior year of college I felt like enough was enough and I wanted to take a semester off and get healthy . I went on weight watchers and got a trainer I lost a total of 90 pounds but unfortunately in the my quest for a healthy life I became pregnant with twins and that weight came straight back at the end of my pregnancy I was in a size 30-32 jeans that couldn’t even close on me. Now lets fast forward 4 years and my babies are now in pre-k and all the kids are looking at me like I was an alien. Kids were making fun of me and I knew eventually this would start to hurt my kids. I decide needed to look into the idea of weight loss surgery . I went to different places to hear all of my options. When I heard of the gastric sleeve I decided that was the surgery I felt would work best for me but can you believe I was to big to have surgery . I had to lose weight in order to have this surgery. I was a whopping 490 pounds. I decided I was going to go to do this. I cut out all soda and carbonation beverages from my life immediately COLD TURKEY. Anyone who knew me knew I was obsessed with diet pepsi. I could drink a 2liter or more a day. My next biggest vice was Spanish rice now this I couldn’t let go of so easily. I started cutting it out of my diet . Then I decided nothing but browns, brown rice , wheat bread, and wheat pasta. I was able to loose 60lbs before my surgery as well as prep my body for life after surgery. People think surgery is the easy way out. WELL I can tell you that couldn’t be farther from the truth. I had to make sure that I knew mentally that I was not going to be able to eat the same things again. I really didn’t know what the physical part of me was going to feel yet. My surgery was done but here came the real test life after surgery. Could I really withstand all the urges and temptations around me? My determination was so strong I knew there was no stopping me. I completely changed the way I ate and my mentality about food . I now knew that I wasnt living to eat anymore I was eating to live . I can tell you it has not been easy . My first experience going out with my then boyfriend and friends to eat was horrible I couldn’t eat what they were eating and I left that restaurant in tears mid meal. When my first holidays rolled around and once again being latino we eat nothing but carbs and huge plates. I couldn’t do that nor did I even want to . I had already lost a great amount of weight . I was now able to work out and not feel like I was going to die in a matter of ten minutes. I had completely changed the way I ate. I was eating salads and veggies and drinking only water and counting calories. Now people think that when you get this surgery you cant eat certain things anymore well that’s not true. I know plenty of people who have had the surgery and they eat what they want. They may not be able to eat it in the huge portions they used to but they still eat the bad things .People also think that weight loss surgery is a solution its not its a tool but you choose what you do with that tool. For me I felt like I fought too hard my whole life to reintroduce the bad things back into my body.I NEVER want to go back to what I used to be. I eat healthy i am conscience of what goes in my mouth. I struggle everyday but I refuse to give up.I never want to feel the burning sensation in my thighs from walking one block. I never want to go to a theme park and get turned away from a ride because I am too big. Im not going to say im perfect and I never slip up because that is far from the truth but I can tell you that if I cheat once a blue its not rice or bread or pasta or soda. I have never touched a glass a soda since I let it go. I want to live for my kids. I want to let everyone know it is possible. My body isn’t perfect and it will never be but I do know that I extended my life and I Dont plan on going back. I’m too determined and focused on my future to slip back into old ways. I hope you guys understand where I can from, who I was, and who I am now. Love you dolls 💋
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Affordable alternative to Monif C. Swimsuit

Hi Dolls so I am completely obsessed with Monif C. Plus size line period. Her style is so innovative and flattering for curvy woman. She gives us what we want as far as style and up-to-date looks. I wish I could order from her all the time . Unfortunately I’m a mom on a budget. I can’t always get the clothing I want because I simply can’t afford it. I can’t justify spending 150$ on a dress when I know I can do a little more research and find something similar and affordable. Once again I’m not saying don’t shop at Monif C to me this a go to boutique for special occasions. I went to the Monif C. New York location for my birthday outfit last year which I got a great jumper on sale actually. The staff was great and they really treat you like VIP. Well yesterday Monif C released this absolutely dreamy swimsuit line . I coin myself as the plus size barbie so this bubble gum pink bathing suit was made for me but I really couldn’t afford it. I drooled all night over these pictures knowing how bad I was longing for this 50’s inspired Gidget looking swimsuits.

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You can find these gorge swimsuits at http:// http://monifc.com/swimwear.html

So today I decided to do a little searching for anything similar at a fraction of the cost……… Wait for it I totally found a similar style at an affordable price.

Good old Forever 21 put up this suit. I can guarantee this will sell out due to the fact it looks just like the Monif C. Collection. Since I already ordered a forever 21 suit earlier this spring I knew exactly what size to get. I was so excited to see this. This has a similar vibe to the Monif C. Suit but affordable for the moms, students, or the girls out there who want to look good on a budget.

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http:// http://www.forever21.com/Product/Category.aspx?br=plus&category=plus_size-swimwear&pagesize=60

I already ordered mine plus right now on the site free shipping… Both pieces all together with tax it was $35.00 .

So Dolls which ever swim suit you choose make sure you rock it with confidence. I know I will.
Till next time dolls  💋💋

90’s Grunge

Hi Dolls 💋So people who know me know I’m a total girly girl. I typically tend to wear my clothes more fitted. A reason for this is I feel that if I’m wearing things too loose I look bigger than what I am. I usually like to do one article of clothing loose and the other tight meaning if my top is loose my bottom is fitted or vice versa . I would much rather showcase my curves than hide them but sometimes I just want to throw on a pair of jeans and tee and keep it moving . Well dolls I finally found the perfect White tee and Boyfriend Jeans that works for me. I totes felt like I was channeling (for all my 90’s teens Dylan Mckay from 90210). I love when I see a woman in jeans and tee and they look so beautiful and effortless. I never feel like I can pull this off. Well I was pretty pleased at the look I achieved. What I did to make myself feel more girly was OVER ACCESSORIZE. I am ok with over accessorizing if your working with a clean canvas to build on.
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Jacket : Forever 21 two seasons ago
White Tee: H&M $9.95 size medium
Boyfriend Jeans : Torrid $59.50 size 16
Booties: Forever 21 two seasons ago
Bracelet : @hrhcollection $39.00
Ear Cuff: H&M $4.95
Necklace : H&M three seasons ago

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Till next time Dolls 💋💋

Denim inspired by Queen Bey

So I love taking inspiration from all over . We live in a world where its celebrity driven. Celebs and what they are wearing is constantly in our face. So its only natural to be inspired by what we see on magazine covers, TV, and internet. I have been beaten down by cyber bullies when I have said I’m inspired by a celebs look. Just because I’m inspired by a look doesn’t mean I am trying to be that celeb or compare myself to them. What I love about myself is my original style. I have influences from all over that I love combining. I’m just truely digging what they are wearing. So a while back I saw this picture of Beyonce in this denim outfit and I was like “it’s so plain yet so cute”. So one day I was browsing the wetseal plus website and they had a high waisted Denim skirt which I totally needed to get. When I recieved it i was super satisfied and I knew it would be a key piece in my wardrobe this summer. So here is my take on my Beyonce inspired look.

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Skirt is Wet seal plus size 1x
Shirt is H&M crop basic size large
Denim Jacket is H&M size 12
Shoes are Old Navy

So then I decided to take off my jacket throw on some different heels for a slightly different look.

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Shoes are from Rue21.com

So this was my take on a simple denim outfit …. See you soon Dolls 💋💋💋