Let’s talk about your passion for fitness and healthy eating – what was the driving force behind your weight loss? Did you always battle with the highs and lows of weight gain and weigh loss?
I’ve had eating disorders my entire life. They began in my teenage years and went into adulthood. I suffered from bulimia nervosa, body dysmorphia, anorexia and I was addicted to laxatives. At one point, I would take over 20 a night, and I wouldn’t eat. It has been the most difficult battle I have fought and continue to fight in my life. Due to this, I decided to document my weight loss journey publicly and it developed an intensely large interest with my fans. That was the beginning and of the birth of my fitness brand. It developed organically.
How much weight have you lost since leaving Love & Hip Hop New York, and what were some of the challenges that you faced to get to your current size?
I honestly am not sure how much weight I lost because I stopped counting. Having eating disorders makes the scale become an addiction, so it’s best I stay off of it. Last I checked I was 60 pounds down. I am a size 8/10, medium. The challenges I now face is I get people that say I’m getting too skinny, but in reality, I am back to my normal size. I haven’t lost my womanly curves, they just got tighter and more muscular.
Are you at your goal weight? And most importantly, how do you keep the weight off?
I never wanted to lose a particular amount of weight. My visual test, as weird as this sounds, was to wear white. White is not forgiving at all. So, I was really happy the day I was able to wear a plain fitted white t-shirt and jeans comfortably. One thing I want people to know is that keeping it off is something that is much easier than putting it on when you think of it as a “lifestyle” change. I changed my entire mind set on fitness, weight loss, and turning this into a life-long health journey. I workout and I eat the things I like but I make healthier versions of them, and I keep my goals in order.
Do you ever cheat with fast food? If so, what kinds of tempting foods do you eat?
I have never been a fan of fast food. I can count on one hand how many times I have had fast food in my life. I have certain cheat things I like: I love Mexican food, Italian food, foods from my country, El Salvador, and little goodies here and there. Cheating is a great thing to do when you are on your fitness and health journey. If you restrict everything and never enjoy a cheat meal, you’re setting yourself up for failure. You should never deprive yourself to that extreme. Just learn moderation.
Are you still totally vested in being a recording artist? What fitness projects are you working on?
Music never stopped for me. My current Tropical Hip Hop single “Descontrol” is doing well, it’s on MTV Latin America–all the Latin channels–and radio. Music isn’t a game to me, this is my passion. I’m working on my first EP to add to my workouts with Fitness With Friends, a DVD, and my book “30 Day To Fabulous” due out this summer. I own two booming fitness companies, This Fits Me and Fitness With Friends. I have six paid employees, with growing numbers of readers and followers on the brands. I am happy to announce that my fitness website, This FitsMe.com, has become the number-one source for health and fitness for a “realistic approach to fitness” and I’m very blessed to have done this all by myself. I am getting ready to launch a new fashion company that I haven’t announced yet. I am very focused and what I love most is that my music is involved in my businesses.
What can readers expect from ThisFitsMe.com?
They can always expect the REAL! My entire approach to health and fitness is keeping it real with the people and being gimmick-free. That is why I call it a realistic approach to fitness, because we don’t give you BS–you get real answers and real information. This Fits Me is currently being developed to be a large company brand with corporate structure. The posts are realistic and easy to understand. I make a huge effort to make the posts relatable as well. Nobody wants to read unrealistic information. Due to that alone, the fans have helped it organically grow. My brand has to continue to have high integrity and it must be honest for the people.
What can moms expect from your column on Mommynoire?
I know how hard it is to never have time, to be on a strict budget, to have a family that takes up all your time, kids driving you crazy, to have two, four, six jobs that keep you tired, failing relationships, and just life taking over in general. I can relate to many out there going through obstacles that are preventing them from achieving their health and fitness goals. This is for everyone who wants to begin their journey to greater things in life. This is not just about fitness, this is about helping lift the spirits of those who need a little push. I too have walked in those shoes. I just want to help others become a better them! I want to help them get to a better place. You are in control of your own destiny, make it a journey worth remembering.