Lifestyle coach opens up about losing 240 pounds

Latina author Rosie Mercado’s tips on boosting self-esteem and avoiding self-destructive behavior during this challenging time.
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We have celebrating hispanic heritage month. Our next guest has been paving the way for women, spreading positivity and shattering outdated fashion and beauty standards. Here to share tips on how to take control of your life is Latina model, life coach and author of the new memoire "The girl with the self-esteem issues," rosy murcado. Thank you for being here. You tell a powerful, honest, raw story in this book you went through. It's called "The girl with the self-esteem issues." Now, are you still a girl with self-esteem issues? I think I'm a constant student. I'm constantly in growth. Constantly growing. That's just part of life. As long as you're acknowledging what you feel and validate what you're feeling, it's okay to feel what you're feeling. Grow from that. Don't stay there. That's the most important part. That's what this book is about. I love that, rosy. This is a personal and powerful you go through your extreme lows and your highs. Among part of your story, which is probably one of the most visual ones we see, you went from weighing 400 pounds to less than half of that. Talk about that transformation and what you hope readers take away from it. I hope you can see your moments of adversity as a stepping stone to step into your greatness. The most difficult part about this was really the healing. It was forgiving myself for my past mistakes, for what I tolerated and accepted in my life and using that as a stepping stone to transform not only my psychology, but my mind, body and soul. I hope they get inspired to tap into their own greatness and understand you're loveable. You are worthy. It's your responsibility to create and do the work. You talk about helping people through some of those dark times and suffering. If anybody is wondering why they should listen to you, you sure have credentials when it comes to dark times and suffering. You talk about it in the book. 19, married, husband leaves you. Have a newborn baby. Three husbands, three divorces, three kids, years of abuse. You talk about all that. What advice do you have for people to get through some really, really dark moments? I think the most important learning lesson for me is walking my authentic truth, the power of my story, exposing who I am. Failure is not a bad thing in life. It's just a guiding point directing you on what's not working. For me I found that walking my authentic truth and sharing this and opening up and exposing those scars that not everybody sees and talking about those moments, it allows me to connect with other human beings. It allows me to be human. It allows me to grow from that place and take strength and power and use it to move forward and inspire others. It's okay to go through those I'm not ashamed of it. Other people's story about me doesn't define my potential or my future or who I am as a woman. What a journey you have been on to get to this point to get that set-up behind you. Let the viewers know you were very excited. Thank you. I'm so excited. It manifested everything I've been working for so many years. It's so exciting, not only as a woman, as a mom, as someone who has gone through so much. To be able to just -- it's so nice to be vulnerable and open up. This is who I am. This is the life I've lived. I've been able to transform and take those dark moments and manifest it into something powerful and good. I'm excited because -- my book that's what it's about, leaving the imprint of what I've gone through and the lessons I learned and the gratitude that comes with it. Not only I'm excited to have my book, by I'm excited to be a voice. Sharing things that moved people forward. I'm always growing. Give me the podcast title one more time. The girl with self-esteem issues. Yeah, what she said. That's right. Rosy, yes! Rosy, it's a pleasure to see you. I think that authenticity, that joy comes through right now. Congratulations on everything. We hope to see you again down the road. Thank you so much. If you're watching, you're powerful. You're loveable and worthy of your heart's desires. I'm powerful and grateful for thank you so much. How do we follow that, T.J.? I'm not sure. What an amazing young woman. I can't wait to read that book. And listen to her podcast. All right. It's available on October 13th.

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