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My Weight Loss Journey


My Weight Loss Journey

final collageWelcome to Add a Little Dazzle Wellness! My name is Monica Cruz-Weaver and if you are like me, you have tried all kinds of diets and exercise programs in an effort to lose weight. Unfortunately, every time I ended up back at square one feeling defeated and hopeless. Growing up I was always told that losing weight involved eating less (AKA starvation and deprivation), exercising more, and eliminating anything that tasted good.

Act of Desperation

I have been on a weight loss for over 20+ years. You know how it goes. You go on a diet, starve, lose weight, and promise never to gain the weight back. Then, before you know it the weight piles back on and more. That’s my life story ALWAYS living on a “diet”  and feeling like a FAILURE ONCE AGAIN.

In January 2002, I took the most drastic measure to lose weight. I had RNY Gastric Bypass Surgery. I would have never considered this option BUT I was desperate.  I became infertile weighing in at 278 lbs. and had two ex-boyfriends who told me ONLY they could love somebody that looked like me.     

Gastric Bypass promised that I would never feel STARVATION AGAIN.  I could eat small amounts and feel full.   The truth is that surgery was NOT an easy fix and the weight DID NOT fall off. This surgery taught me NOTHING about eating or how to live a healthy life.  Yes, I lost the weight BUT I was NOT HEALTHY.

500Not this Time

After the birth of my son, I joined Weight Watchers to take off the pregnancy weight. At this point, Gastric Bypass didn’t work because I knew NOTHING about how to lose weight on my own. Surgery FORCED me eat less but that was it. 

Thankfully, I was able to take off all the weight and even became a Weight Watcher’s leader. Then when I was at my lowest weight, I became pregnant with my oldest daughter and “knew” I could take it off just like I did with my son. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case and my body wouldn’t work with me.  

I had done so much hormonal damage to my body with 20+ years of “yo-yo dieting” and Gastric Bypass Surgery that my body shut down. It didn’t matter what I did the weight would not come off instead it started piling on again.  

before and after 2Starting All Over Again

Reality hit when I was diagnosed pre-diabetic and I was getting closer to being at my beginning weight of 278 lbs. My children were getting older and I couldn’t enjoy being active with them. Getting on an amusement park ride was no longer possible. I didn’t fit. 

Thankfully, I found an endocrinologist that listened to me and started by helping me control my sugar spikes and lows with medication. Even though I lost weight following the Weight Watchers program, my health DID NOT improve.  I was eating less and losing weight BUT I wasn’t eating fueling my body with the proper nutrients.

In my search for an answer, I discovered Beyond Fit Mom and joined her community to learn about eating. I FINALLY discovered what the problem was. The food we were eating was not only destroying my health but that of my entire family.  As soon as I made the necessary changes, my body started healing and I continued losing weight.

closeup 2New Life and New Direction

Throughout my journey, I have received lots of emails from women who are struggling with their weight and have lost hope.  Many told me the day they received my email they had just told God they were giving up and then my email came and gave them a glimmer of hope. 

Nobody understands the struggle.  It wasn’t from a lack of trying. The problem was that it wasn’t a sustainable way of life. Food was always bland, tasteless, and not filling. I have finally learned the secret to losing weight without starvation and deprivation. In the process, I have regained my health and our family hasn’t been to the doctor in a VERY LONG TIME.



It doesn’t matter if you have 50 or 150+ pounds to lose, I understand the struggle.  I have been on the “weight loss roller coaster” for all of my life. For the first time, I am able to keep off my 133 lb. weight loss without starvation and deprivation.

This is NOT another diet, it’s a totally different approach that will not only help you lose weight but help you regain your health from the inside out.

I invite you to join me and let me walk hand in hand with you to help you fight and win this battle.  I am committed to helping you succeed and providing you with the necessary tools and support.  


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