Looking back and forging forward

If you are new to this site , here is a little about where I have been and where I am going. I’m a former dancer, a current poet,  a mostly-poor philanthropist,  a fitness enthusiast and a yogi.  I started this blog in 2013 when I realized how much weight I gained when I quit dancing, and it never occurred to me how much I gained until my photo was taken at an open mic in Los Angeles.  I soon weighed myself, and to my dismay my weight topped over 210 lbs.
As a poet, I wanted to start a blog for some time but I did not want a poetry blog since my first book is to be published by an independent press. I needed something to write about, but it had to be something I was passionate about.
At the same time I wanted to get fit and make all of my fitness goals a reality, including giving back to others and making a difference. I realized when I help others I follow through — but I was not following through for myself. I decided to combine my love of giving back with my weight loss journey and My Change For A Ten (the site you’re currently on) was born. I began my blog to sponsor a charity with every ten pounds I lost — I would then contact the charities before the weight loss to be held accountable. My project began on an exciting note when I was picked to be in a Richard Simmons video and my co-worker Mike offered to be my personal trainer.
In the time since I have lost almost 50 lbs, changed my body and my life and at the same time giving back to numerous charities in Los Angeles. I have done things I would have never dreamed of doing. I ran a 5k and missed the turn and completed the 10k. I now feel fearless and ageless.
I now find myself with a new backdrop of the Golden Gate Bridge and continuing my journey here in the San Francisco Bay area. I am now a fitness ambassador for Melissa Bender Fitness and I plan to tackle one of the items on my fitness bucket list: trapeze classes. I am also going to appear in one of Melissa Bender Fitness Videos in three months. Never one to give up, I am reaching for the stars I so love to gaze at.
Starting over in a new city, with lots of new goals and weight loss/ fitness bucket list items to accomplish, as well as new charities to assist. I am looking into doing a raffle and raising money for a local non-profit who desperately needs funds and raffling off something very exciting. Continuing to make a difference in my own life as well as the lives of others. I have never walked alone on this path of mine, and I am eternally grateful to the people I have encountered along the way and the support that was granted to me.  Life is truly a gift and I am so happy I have opened myself up to experiencing the best days of my life.

2 thoughts on “Looking back and forging forward

  1. Jenni

    Thanks for taking time to write your blog. I stumbled acrossed it a few weeks ago and I appreciate the hard work you are doing that attributed to your weight loss. It’s inspiring to see and has given me some hope that, maybe I’ll be able to lose the 30 I need to lose! Thanks again and please keep writing!


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