I shared with you many times why and when I decided to start my weight loss journey but I never shared my aha moment!
I know the best part of attending conferences is meeting people we work with and admire! I never imagined Ana Flores would make such a huge impression on me, since I did not know I would have the privilege of watching her speak. I watched her presentation on a panel, when she shared her journey to become who she is and I had tears in my eyes, when I went to give her a hug!
She represented a lot of what I aspired to conquer in the blogging business and being a member of Latina Bloggers Connect, I couldn’t ask for for a stronger, yet down to earth, nice and sweet role model!
We sat in the same area on the last day and I approached her and asked if she would take a picture with me, she smiled and said sure!
This is the picture:
I met some other amazing people I so admire like Ted Rubin, Angelita Sustaita-Ruiz, Rachel Matos, Isidra Mencos; so many I could not possibly mention them all in one blog post! But after looking at the picture later on FB, I was shocked by how heavy I looked, despite my efforts to lose weight!
That night, looking at how slim and chic Ana looked and how heavy I looked beside her, I decided not only to follow her business steps, but also work to get healthier and really reach my weight loss goals! It totally changed my life and my business!
Now at 126 pounds, almost 19 pounds less than when we took that picture and just 5 months later, I wanted to share my story and encourage you. If you are trying to reach a goal, find a role model, find a real person who has achieved what you are looking for and stay on track. Trust me, after 14 months of frustration without losing a pound, I’m hoping to give her a hug at Latism in three weeks and share my victory with her and with you in the form of a new picture! A new chapter in my life and in my business.
My weight loss has not only empowered my self esteem, but has also caused my friends to tell me lately: “Claudia, you are on fire! ”
I want to encourage you and tell you that you can also find your own fire – your motivation – your role model! You can!
I can’t wait to hear your story!