Mystic Forces
By Nicole Toro | 07/16/2009 - 18:00

No matter how badly I want to cheat on my diet, something (a spirit, the universe, a diet ghost?) stops me from committing the dirty deed. It’s the weirdest thing. For example,  one day I was talking to a friend and co-worker, and I suddenly shared with her that I wanted Oreo cookies. She told me not to do it. But I’m pig-headed and went for them anyway. Wouldn’t you know it, a Special K Cereal Bar came out of the machine instead. It’s not exactly what I wanted, but I had no choice but to eat it because we’re in a recession and everything costs money!

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Blast from the Past
By Nicole Toro | 07/09/2009 - 15:00

Over the Fourth of July weekend, as I was picking up my godsister to go to dinner, my ex-boyfriend unexpectedly strolled by. Normally, this would have been pure hell in the middle of paradise. But not on this day. I was looking and feeling more beautiful than ever before. I had on a nice long maxidress, tight on the waist, but still very flowy. I felt confident and proud. He noticed I was losing weight, and that I had kept my promise to myself to concentrate on the three most important people in my life: me, myself and I.

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I Think I Can, I Think I Can
By Nicole Toro | 07/01/2009 - 14:55

Yesterday was one of those days that not only did I not want to go to the gym, but also working my legs was out of the question. My two PICs (Partners In Crime for the gym), Jessy and Ray, weren’t around, so I had no choice but to work out alone. I walk upstairs to where all the machines are in the gym, get overwhelmed and take a deep breath. You must’ve thought someone was asking me to run a marathon!

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Staying on Track in the Face of Emotional Pain
By Nicole Toro | 06/24/2009 - 18:00

Has the loss of a loved one ever triggered thoughts in your mind about food, causing you to gain weight? I recently lost my godmother and started noticing that I wanted to eat everything in sight. I felt so hungry all of the time. But then I began thinking about my godmother and one of the last things she ever said to me. “Wow,” she nearly shouted. “You’re losing weight!” And that—coming from my godmother—was one of the most special things she could have said. (Of course, she also took the time to remind me how I enjoyed eating butter as a child.

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The Scary Scale
By Nicole Toro | 06/11/2009 - 09:20

Who likes to get weighed in? I know I am terrorized of getting on the scale. Going down in weight is great, but seeing that number go up is depressing. But I recently stumbled upon a solution.

I was doing what I do every day, which is weigh myself at the gym and rarely see results. I noticed my trainer weighing in one of my workout buddies, and he mentioned that he only did it about once a month. It was a major “A-ha!” moment.

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Conquering Fears
By Nicole Toro | 06/03/2009 - 18:00

For once I decided to step out of my voluptuous women clothing sections to hit up the Macy’s JUNIORS department. I know summer is right around the corner, so I’ve been hitting the gym extra hard and trying not to give in to my cravings! I must admit, it’s pretty tough, but I felt ready enough to test the junior department waters.

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A Letter from the Heart
By Nicole Toro | 05/27/2009 - 16:45

Dearest Friends, Family, and Readers,

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Dance It Off
By Nicole Toro | 05/20/2009 - 18:00

As you all may have read in the May 2009 issue of Latina, I have always struggled with my weight, even as an adolescent. One thing that has always helped me shed some pounds (that I would eventually gain back) was dancing. Who doesn’t like to dance? Every Latin family has house parties for just about any occasion you can imagine, right? And doesn't everyone dance while doing chores? My wonderful mother would buy me VHS tapes featuring my favorite activity. I danced with Paula Abdul and threw in a little Richard Simmons.

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Just Add Water
By Nicole Toro | 05/13/2009 - 16:07

Some experts say we're supposed to drink 74 ounces of water every single day. I know that sounds like a lot, and while I can't promise that I always consume the full amount, I can assure you that I do try.

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Emotional Eating
By Nicole Toro | 05/06/2009 - 16:39

Do you find yourself eating a bucket of Cookies and Cream Edy’s Ice Cream out of boredom? Or maybe you eat potato chips and chocolate because you feel lonely or stressed? If the answer is yes, then you, like me, are an emotional eater. At least I can FINALLY admit it. I eat when I’m bored, depressed, angry, and stressed from work. Many people are overweight because of this. I've learned to write down every thing I eat and why I ate it as a way to combat this particular problem. That way, I can recognize what sets me off so that I can change my reactions.

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