As a businesswoman, owner of a Mexican bakery and single mother, Maria Teresa (or “Tere”) is no stranger to challenges. Eight years from her third pregnancy, however, Tere found herself up against what seemed an insurmountable challenge: how to lose the weight she’d unsuspectingly gained in those years?

This was especially daunting as a host of personal problems sent her self-esteem plummeting during that time. There was no way around it…she had to start from the bottom.

“I would lose a little weight but then gain it right back because I had no interest in my health due to my low self-esteem.”

Hope Appears

Sullen and sorry, Tere finally discovered the Body by Vi Challenge. She immediately loved it and was especially pleased at how easy breakfast became with the Nutritional Shake.

“It’s true that it tastes like cake,” she said. “I would know because I own a bakery. Vi-Shape helped me change my eating habits. I actually started sitting down to eat. I would have another shake in the evening and that helped me avoid spending hours without food.”

Getting Started

Like so many others, Tere found that losing weight is not simply a matter of eating the right foods. It has to start with the right mindset—knowing exactly what you want, why you want it, and not being afraid to go after it.

Having started her Challenge, Tere was surprised to find how much she enjoyed it and how easy it all was. She enrolled in a gym to further support her effort to lose weight and live a healthy life.

Setting Goals

“My goal was to lose a minimum of 20 lbs. Honestly, I never believed I would look the way I look now, the way I used to. My new goal is to drop down to 150 lbs. and build muscle.”

The Shape Kit, Summer Shape Kit and CLA+ (and occasionally Nutra-Cookie and Nutra-Bar) became an essential part of her weight-loss journey.

The Journey to Self-Discovery

It was on this journey that Tere learned, perhaps for the first time, about her true self-worth. She discovered that there truly are no limits to what she can achieve and has made up her mind to always seek new Challenges.

“I learned that my self-esteem and my health are the most valuable things I have. I’ve made peace with the mirror and everyone has noticed!”


Over the course of multiple 90-Day Challenges, Tere has lost over 35 lbs and 3 dress sizes! One of her favorite moments is when she was able to confidently sport a bikini in Cancun.

What’s Next?

Tere is now a firm believer that you can achieve any goal you set for yourself.

“People don’t believe me that I am 45 years old and have three children. I’ve been able to share my story with many others and inspire them. I want them to know that it’s not a matter of age, but instead it’s about loving and challenging yourself.”

We really couldn’t have put it better ourselves, Tere. We’re proud of everything you’ve accomplished and we want all of you to know that THIS COULD BE YOU!

So then…are YOU ready for the Challenge?