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.