"I’ve always been curvy, but when I moved to Philly for college, I gained more than just the freshman 15. I cut out meat in an attempt to drop the extra 25 pounds I’d put on, and it worked. By the time I started dating a trainer in 2012, I was back to my usual 190 pounds. Sadly, he constantly criticized my size, saying things like, "You could be a 10 if you were less lazy and exercised." At the time, I laughed off his remarks, though I should have known not to stay with someone who didn’t appreciate me. Eventually, I found out he was cheating on me. Devastated, I moved out. I was determined to show him just how strong—and slim—I could be.
I hit the ground running in the new year, jogging two miles and completing a 45-minute outdoor HIIT workout four days a week. Finally, I was putting myself first. I also followed meal plans from magazines, loading up on proteins and veggies. By the time my girls’ trip to Vegas rolled around that May, I had lost 30 pounds.
I was so proud of my new frame that I wore a bikini for the first time ever on that trip—and felt amazing in it. When I returned home, my newfound confidence gave me the courage to join a gym, where I started doing weight-training workouts. Strength exercises like squats and a vegan diet packed with veggie soups and salads helped me ditch the last 15 pounds, and I hit my goal of 145 pounds. And while I initially got fit to get even with my ex, making healthy choices made me realize that my body and I deserve better. Today I’m happier than ever and engaged to my best friend. Even better: I’ve learned to look to myself for approval—and I definitely think I’m a 10!
Throw a sweat party: In 2016, I founded StripN’Fitness, which is a high-intensity cardio workout program that feels like a party, thanks to live music, special guests, and healthy giveaways, proving fitness can be fun!"
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Before breast cancer happened to me, I have to admit I just didn’t think about it. With no family history and living what I believed was a very healthy lifestyle, it wasn’t part of my thoughts or worries. I look back on that time of innocence as a blessing. Ignorance was bliss, and I didn’t even know it.
I was living the happiest days of my life Memorial Day Weekend 2017, when I found out I was pregnant. In the week leading up to my first OB appointment at 7 weeks, I had been feeling around as my breasts were changing rapidly and becoming sore, when suddenly I felt a lump on the left side. It didn’t strike fear in my heart, but it registered as, “I’ll have my OB appointment next week, and if it’s anything concerning, they will point it out to me.” I chocked it up to pregnancy and continued feeling excitement about our family becoming a party of 3.
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