OK, so who likes to exercise? 

I don't think too many people will raise their hands. There are millions of excuses why we don't exercise.  I think I used them all.  I hated to exercise.  My exercise consisted on raising my arm and putting food in my mouth.

I knew I had to incorporate some movement when I made the decision to start my weight loss journey. Gyms were not unfamiliar to me, but I always had an excuse NOT to go.

 I found a gym (The Whitehall Health Club) four blocks away from my house so I really didn't have an excuse not to go.  I started slow because that's how I moved-- Just walking 15 minutes on the treadmill used to take my breath away.

I must confess that realizing how "out of shape" I was, made me want to quit before I even started, but I stayed in the game.   Patience---Rome was not build in a day.  I did whatever I could, and little by little I challenged myself to do a little more.  When I least expected it, I was walking 30 minutes. Consistency - don't give up just because you might have a bad day or because you don't see results fast enough. Don't let bad days dictate your tomorrows. Don't get discourage!!!

The body needs a chance to accept the change.  I started doing my walks 3 times a week and as time went by I added more days.

Now, I workout every day. It has become part of my daily routine like taking a shower or brushing my teeth. Perhaps, a little bit obsessive on my part, but I like to think of it as me being dedicated.

  My Workouts are as follows:

  **Plus I run 3-5 miles once or twice a week

 I'm not suggesting that you have to use or keep up with my workout regimens, but I cannot emphasize enough that you have to MOVE.

When it comes to workouts and diet plans,-- it is a $40 billion dollars industry-- so I am sure you can  find something you like-- this will allow you to stick to it.  After awhile, believe it or not, you will want to do it.

 Make small changes like going up the stairs instead of taking the elevator, park you car as far as you can when you go to the mall or supermarket.   Remember, small changes make big differences.

Find support and exercise with a friend or group.  Make it a date. It will help you keep accountable.  Make it fun!!! You will get back what you put in.

My Different Workouts
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My Classes

Hope to see you in one of my classes.  If you have any questions about the classes, send me an email at

 My Instructors' Links 

Michelle Bernard, MS Ed -  Body Sculpting
Lynn Crimando, MA, Certified Instructor- American Viniyoga Therapist

Ylca Arelis Ramirez - Licensed Zumba Instructor  / Group Exercise Fitness Instructor

Ketsy Santiago - Certified Fitness Trainer Specialist in Performance Nutrition


One of my Favorite Workout - Total Body Workout

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My Motto:

"Movement is a medicine for creating change in a person's physical, and mental states" ~ Carol Welch 




  1. hey my lady! you look fabulous and you make me feel fabulous. so grateful i met you. your path has inspired mine!
    keep lovin' yourself and helping others love themselves, too.

    michelle bernard!!

    1. Michelle you have shown me to "STRONG". I'm glad I met you too. xoxo

  2. You are such an inspiration! Enhorabuena por todos tus triunfos. I am on a weight loss journey as well, trying to beat obesity, lost 30 pounds last year and have 70 more to go, I had a close brush with cervical cancer myself, it was pretty scary. Also I am food addict, in rehabilitation!!! I am reading for encouragement, you rock!!!!

    1. Thank you so much Vanessa for your kind words. So happy for you on your accomplishment. Keep Strong and continue the journey. I'm no expert, but I'm here for you if you need that little extra push. Don't give up!!! It's all worth it. Cervical Cancer is scary. I'm glad you are OK, so please continue to have those annual pap test. Prevention and early detection saves lives. All the best to you. God Bless....

  3. Your welcome, yes will definitely continue with those Pap tests. I liked your page on FB, and please keep coming all of that positivity and motivation coming,I do need that extra push when the road gets harder. :)

    1. Anytime you need a push Vanessa come and visit the page or send me a message. I will be here for you. We ALL have bad days, but don't let them dictate your tomorrows. We can do this!!! Thank you for LIKING my page and following my journey. xoxo Patti