Heritage Park Fitness "Biggest Loser" contestant and blogger Kristen Carmona poses for a "before" photo on the first night of the competition.

Even though it has been a hard week with the kids I have made it to the gym every day. I really like my partner. She is amazing. There are a lot of people in this competition. I have been at it for eight days so far and have lost 3 lbs! That’s a good start. Enough to stay motivated. I am trying to stay focused on this competition and make my health a priority. Even though it has been hard with the kids, everyone loves to come to the gym. It gets us out of the house and socializing.

I haven’t cheated at all on the diet. I went to Sam’s Club and bought lots of chicken, hamburger and veggies. In the morning I have my protein shake in my coffee (instead of the creamer and sugar). I have stayed full and satisfied all day and no cravings to cheat. I guess when you really want to do something you dedicate yourself. But to be honest with you, you have to want it to make it work. See ya next week!

​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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