veronica coverVeronica, like many of us, had all but given up on losing weight.  She was heavy and overwieght for her entire life and was just watching weight loss shows thinking that if only she had a chance, maybe she would be able to lose weight too. But instead of trying out for a weight loss show, Veronica took a different route.

“When is the last time you looked in a mirror and really liked what you saw?” asks Veronica. “Three years ago I avoided mirrors at all costs because I absolutely hated what I saw.”

“I did not set out to become a Beachbody Challenge Winner. In fact I had serious doubts I would even get goal.

Facing insurmountable odds my one goal at the time was just try, try my hardest to lose 50 pounds. I never even dreamed of becoming a Beachbody Challenge Grand Prize Finalist Winner. In fact I had no idea such a thing even existed.”

“We are truly living in a time when hard work and success is greatly rewarded. I remember being 457 pounds and watching shows like The Biggest Loser and hoping and praying I could receive the help those contestants were getting.”

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My friends, hoping and praying simply is not enough. You have to take action. Who knows had I actually applied to The Biggest Loser perhaps I might have been selected. Instead I did nothing but sit and wallow in my own self misery.

“Until one day I said NO MORE.”

“For far too long the black community has taken a base approach to health and fitness. Somehow it became acceptable and almost preferred for black women to be overweight. Words like “thick”, “phat” and even “healthy” were commonly used to describe overweight black women.”

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“I want to inspire and help black women who want to change their lives and reach for better health and fitness,” Veronica testifies. “Years of fat acceptance can make it very difficult to even know…

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