Its been awhile since I have written and yes I am still at it. Getting stronger and stronger every day. In fact I went to work out with my husband and he was surprised! It really makes you feel good to keep progressing. I have found my niche in the gym. I am fully aware that I am not a runner, and that's ok. But what I do love is weights. And this is where I am focusing on. Sometime people feel that if they fall behind in something that they just aren't good enough but that is not true. Find what your good at and stick with it. I will leave the marathons to the runners and I will just keep adding weights to my bar. I am currently down almost 30 lbs off the scale and 4 pants sizes. I hit a goal of dead-lifting 200lbs last week which was really exciting to hit over the 200lbs mark.

The Training for Warriors challenge is over and I placed 3rd. I’m still very excited that I placed because people worked really hard and I have to congratulate the 1st and second place winners! Everyone did amazing. After the weigh ins last Saturday I ran/walked my first 5k. I took my 9 year old step daughter with me and we had a great time. It wasn’t as hard as I thought. I think I was more intimidated by the term “5k” more then anything. I am excited to do it again. I never thought in a million years that I would like a 5k. It was fun but I will stick with the weight lifting.

I am still eating lots of meats and veggies. I was getting so tired of my same food and I found out from a friend about a website: You can pick what kind of diet that you want to follow and they will send you weekly recipes and a shopping list via email. There is a cost but there are different packages. Its really a cool service. You don’t have to even think about what to buy or how to cook it. It will give you all of that and they come up with great ideas!

This journey has been amazing. I love to work out and I never did before.I go to some kind of class or work out 1-2 times a day. You have to get to point where you get in the flow of things and find what you enjoy. But get out there and start moving. It takes about 3 months to get where it’s a habit and exercise and healthy eating becomes a part of your life not a chore. You will start to surround yourself with other people that are working towards the same goals and you will support each other. Eating fattening processed food will start to be so unappealing that you will stay away from them because your body will no longer crave those things. All you have to do is stick with it and start moving!

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Kristen Carmona, 35, entered The Biggest Loser contest through her local gym. Follow along as she shares the struggles and victories of her weight loss journey.

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