Healthy Families Challenge: Meet the Quintanas

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I've always made one comment when a celebrity would lose her baby fat right away: "I would be able to lose the weight, too, if I had a trainer and a nutritionist!"

It's been nine years since my youngest was born, but I guess it's time to put my money where my mouth is.

I am Victoria Michelle, a 32-year-old mother and wife, known to many of my friends as Michi. My goals for the Healthy Families Challenge are to lose all the baby and stress weight I have gained over the years, and to feel better than ever.

I do not exercise. I eat a vegan diet, but I struggle with my sweet tooth. I have a wonderful, loving and supportive family that consists of four beautiful children and a wonderful hubby.

We live in Doral, Florida, a suburb of Miami, capital of fun and FOOD! We never went after the fun too much, just the food. We are excited to have you follow us as we embark on this adventure that we hope will lead to great things.

David, he is 35, my hubby and the kids' daddy, an artist/musician, a pastor. He has a special connection with teenagers where they actually want to hear what he has to say. It's amazing to watch him work. His goals include weight loss, getting in shape and toning. He currently exercises whenever he has the time and has lost 60 pounds in the past year. But, like me, David just has a love of food. He is a vegetarian, mostly in support of me, and makes cooking in our home very easy. He's not picky.

Aaron is my 16-year-old, a chef and a runner. He aspires to go to culinary school. Aaron will try any food once and will even eat something that does not thrill him. He loves a challenge and is very competitive, especially with his brother. He recently ran a 5k in 19:50 and would love to be the fastest runner in his school. He'd like to excel in other sports, too, including martial arts.

Beth is my 14-year-old, my helper, and a swimmer and runner. She is not actively participating in any sports this year, but rather concentrating on her first year of high school. However, she runs the Doral 5k every year, and came in first place in her division last year. She would love to cut her time and maybe even come in first overall this year. She will try any food and eats things that most people wouldn't. She once ate a fish eye just to prove she would eat anything! She has a great and crazy personality, mixed with a special level of sensitivity for people, especially children.

Christian is my 13-year-old, a comedian, an athlete. He will make you laugh when you least expect it. He masters any sport he participates in, but would like everything in life to center around skateboarding. He loathes most foods. There is very little he will try, but he loves junk food -- especially chips and cookies. I would love to see him eat things that are better for him so that it his hatred of vegetables does not catch up to him later.

Chloe is my 9-year-old, a sweet forgiving soul and a girly girl. She epitomizes that impossible-to-attribute Internet quote that says, "Sing like no one's listening, love like you've never been hurt, dance like nobody's watching, and live like it's heaven on earth." I would love to see Chloe eat foods that strengthen her. She eats very few things, and, like Christian, she loves junk food. The other night she actually spit out peppers onto her plate because, "They were not the colors of the food I normally like." Green is a tough sell with her -- but then again, so are red and yellow. I would also like to see her find something she likes to do that gets her moving, so she will increase her overall activity and confidence levels.

That's us, the Quintanas, in a nutshell, a very small piece of the nutshell, as you will soon discover. We hope that we will inspire the folks who follow our journey to grow or shrink and just feel healthier along with us.

Who's the rest of the competition? Check out all the challengers' latest updates here.

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AdviceMama Says:
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.