Did you ever wonder why the flight attendant always says to put the oxygen mask on yourself first before assisting others? I guess that means we are supposed to take care of ourselves so we are able to take care of others, especially children. Being a mother and working full time, I tend to forget to put on my own mask first and take care of my own health and fitness. I get up in the morning, get everyone else ready to go, work all day, and then take care of my family after work, feed the kids and get them into bed. That has been my life for a long time.

But a few weeks ago I began having dizzy spells. It was really scary. I didn’t know what was going on. I never go to the doctor for myself, but I figured I better get this figured out. At the doctor I was told my blood pressure was "through the roof." She said if I dropped some weight it would help with the blood pressure. I was shocked. I never have high blood pressure. It was time for a change.

I called the insurance company and found out that with the high blood pressure and my current BMI percentage I qualified for weight loss surgery. For this to happen, I have to see my doctor regularly for six months and have a psychiatric evaluation. Then I meet with the surgeons and decide which route to go. So this is the path I have taken.

In the meantime, my doctor said I need to exercise and eat right, too. So I met a staff member from Heritage Park Fitness at a Chamber of Commerce event for work and she told me about their  Biggest Loser competition. I thought it would be a good opportunity to get excited about working out again, and they have daycare right next door. I really had no excuses not to join the competition, so I signed up.

How did I do on my first week? Check out my next post!

​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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