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I don’t think I’ve ever posted before and after pictures of myself on here… I’m still losing weight now, but I used to weigh 401 pounds!!!! I have lost  over 70 pounds in less than a year and I am so proud of my progress that I will share some with you now. Before I lost weight I would rarely take pictures below the neck so I’m hoping you can still see the difference and the progress that I have made.  THE LAST FOUR PHOTOS ARE ME CURRENTLY STARTING WITH THE ONE IN THE BLACK DRESS!!!! 

From 405 to 225 in a little over a year. today is my #surgiversary and I am so proud of myself! I feel like a brand new woman and I am so happy to receive so much encouragement from all of you! The fact that sharing my story has inspired some of you to get healthier is worth every private word I share. Latinas: it’s ok to not sacrifice your life for the familia and put yourself first for once. We rob our families when we don’t treat our bodies as temples. Like me on FB to hear more about my goals this year and to read a more thorough reflection! Facebook. Thank you for being a part of this story and it is far from over!
#weightloss #weightlossjourney #weightlosssurgery #gastricsleeve #postop #sidebyside #beforandduring #beforeandafter #weightlossmotivation #fitspo #fitfam #eatclean #trainmean #inspiration #dedication #plussize #plusfashion #curvy #fullfigured #latina #boricua #fat2flaca

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Zumba and such #zumba #Chicago #fat2flaca #saturday

211 lbs today. Unbelievable.
In 6 more lbs, I will have lost 200-lbs. I never get a chance to just let that marinate, but right now I feel a little shock. I’m feeling so strong, but I still feel a little extra weight on my knees that have taken so much abusers these past few years having to support over 400-lbs. I’m almost in maintenance mode. Time to start seeing plastic surgeons in Chicago for consultations because (as of now) after 6 months to a year of maintaining my goal weight, the first reconstructive surgery I will undergo is a tummy tuck. I’m only swing doctors in my city, do if you know any in #Chicago feel free to comment their name. #plastics #plasticsurgery #wls #vsg #gastricsleeve #fat2flaca #progress

So, I usually think #weightloss photos of people standing in a pant leg of formerly huuuuuge pants are pretty lame, BUT I CAN FIT IN ONE MOTHAFUCKIN’ PANT LEG! I’ll be reflecting more about this on Facebook, so make sure you like my page to keep up with my #postop life #weightlossjourney #fitspo #fitness #fitfluential #fitfemme #fitfam #fat2flaca #progress #inspiration #dedication #vsg #wls #gastricsleeve #bariatricsurgery #beforeandduring #beforeandafter

Felt stronger by the minute. Even wore it without the shirt for a while. You are all so strong and beautiful and it reminds me that We’re in this together. That we’re not just showing off clothes (even though we do it well, lol) we are conquering all of these smaller battles, 1 at a time. We are better women each day and one day the insecurities lessen because we get stronger. All of us at different shapes, sizes, ages- we all are growing everyday.

Beach Bum #ootd
Bikini top-Walmart
Striped Skirt-H&M
Sheer Black Lace Back Top- @blairchic boutique.
Black Glitter Sandals-Targét
#summertimechi #chicago #montrosebeach #plusfashion #plussize #plusstyle #fatkini #nsv #weightlossjourney #weighloss #fatshion #fashionista #fat2flaca #honormycurves #teamhealthycurves

#SAVETHEDATE: I’m hosting a simple meet and greet event on Thursday, March 20th in Chicago! I will be making an interactive presentation about my weight loss journey followed by a question & answer session and we will conclude the night with a 45 minute Zumba class led by ME and a special guest instructor. I will be providing light healthy snacks and water bottles for all participants. Tickets will be available online for $10 starting next week, as I am just finalizing the location. I’m so excited! Make sure to leave your email for the official INVITATION. :) #fat2flacafitness #fat2flaca

Plus Fashion Week Chicago Event: Plus is Beautiful!

Plus Fashion Week Chicago knows how to show a lady a good time! Oh and me too!

Tonight’s event, “Plus is Beautiful”, was hosted by Plus Fashion Week Chicago at a gorgeous venue, Ai Japanese Restaurant & Lounge, a sexy Japanese Restaurant and lounge that I will definitely be going back to. Lush Cosmetics-Water Tower location was on site doing product demonstrations including hand treatments with all of their products made from fresh, organic, fruits and vegetables, the finest essential oils and safe synthetics. Then, there were the women! I say this not in the usual perverted, “hot damn they were all GORGEOUS” kind of way, (well not completely at least), but I left in awe of the powerful presence at this chic event. The private lounge in the rear of Ai lounge, was filled with strong women entrepreneurs, models, photographers, Make-up artists, stylists, designers, boutique owners, and of course bloggers! 

Ai lounge offered some delicious signature cocktails and I highly recommend having a Pamapolitan and the scrumptious Chicken Katsu. The bartenders were all extremely welcoming and friendly and the service was fast. I definitely may have to have a date night at Ai Japanese lounge this year (hint, hint hubby)! 

The lounge was relaxing and allowed for the women attending to sit around and really get to mingle and network. Being a relatively new blogger and having done my research about the local Plus Fashion community, I recognized many faces from my facebook friends list. I was able to actually connect with other women involved in the plus fashion industry in one way or another and discuss our vision for a vibrant and thriving Chicago Plus community and industry. Blair from Blair Chic Boutique was in attendance and very excited for the opening of her new plus size fashion boutique this weekend! I can not wait to attend the store opening and blog about it! Plus Fashion Week Chicago will also be hosting a ladies night with clothes available for sale by Blair Chic Boutique on July 19th 2012 and you can RSVP here. Stephanie Sack (Owner) and Perry were in the house from Plus Boutique Vive La Femme, I love that their shop is stocked with SWAK, Igigi and kiyonna goods! Check it out especially on July 6th 2012 for their 20% off Styling event with LUSH cosmetics! I met the Owner of Khavoni’s Mane Studio and Spa located on the south side where we discussed my new hair adventure, FUSIONS! I’m convinced that i need to get these asap! She was very informative and kind, plus her salon offers line dancing classes! One of my favorite local Plus models Jessica Milagros, who is also a Plus Fashion Week Chicago was at the event as were several more of Thyck Troup Chicago’s Sisters, including MUA, D Renee Moss and Plus Model, Shannon Holbert. It was truly beautiful to see the connections formed at this event. In an industry where independent, beautiful, business women who are usually deemed as territorial pirhanna’s, Plus Fashion week created a space for those myths to be debunked, as our curvy guests warmly greeted each other and engaged in an organic process of community building. I can’t wait to meet with even more Curvy Queens at the upcoming Plus Fashion Week Chicago events, including the upcoming Plus Fashion Week Chicago Ladie’s Night!

Fat2Flaca testing out the Solid Lotion with a lovely LUSH Cosmetics associate. 

I had to support this awesome company. Well informed associates, quality products and the testing was definitely the proof in the pudding!

OOTN: White Linen Blouse-Rainbow Shop, Electric Blue Jeggings-Ashey Stewart, Leopard Flats-Payless Shoe Source, Spiked Necklace-Torrid

Donisha and a LUSH employee sampling Lotions

Jessica Milagros Guzman (Model) and D Renee Moss (MUA) of Thyck Troupe Chicago Strike a pose. 

Met New Friends like beautiful pierced and tatted beauty to the left and Jaime of StrangeFate Photography/ Plus Fashion Week Chicago (Right).

Blogger & Model, Perri Fish (left) Michelle of Plus Fashion Week Chicago and Affairs Magazine (center) and Model, Sara Noori (right)

Model, Shannon Holbert of Thyck Troupe Chicago (left) and her beautiful friend Vero (right)

and then there was a pamapolitan at the end of the night to toast to new friendships, cosmetics and plus women and fashion!

XOXO,

Fat2Flaca

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Who’s coming to Zumba tonight to put in work with me?! I LOVE the class and how everyone does their best and hype eachother up.
My introductory rates for the first 12 weeks are recession friendly: $7 drop in, 4 classes for $25,
8 classes for $45 and 12 classes for $65 at Africaribe Cultural Center - 2547 W. Division St. (cash & credit accepted for your convenience.) #fat2flaca #fat2flacazumba #fitspo #fitlatina #fitness #chicagofitness #chicagozumba #danceaerobics #fitfemme #cardio #fitchick

Last year my office had to special order my Xmas sweater size 4x men’s. I wore it today to be warm since I’m at the front desk near the door and its freezing in Chicago! I didn’t realize how tight this fit me before until a coworker commented, how snug it used to be. These are he best moments! #weightlossjourney #weightloss #exercise #wls #vsg #gastricsleeve #fat2flaca #nsv #dropitlikeitshot

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