Exercise, Health & Wellness, Inspiration, Uncategorized, Weight Loss

If You Don’t Quit, You’ll Win

I have been on my fitness journey for a little over 5 months now and I am so very proud of myself. I cannot even remember a time when I’ve stayed on a fitness program or weight loss attempt for an entire month, and here I am 5 months in and counting. I have lost 20 pounds as well as several inches and even better, I’m stronger, I’m faster, and most importantly I’m NOT a quitter! I’ve even gained muscle! I can jog a mile and a half without stopping (and counting), which is great because I’ve never been more than a walker. I’m growing mentally and shrinking physically! I’m making better choices for myself and my family and I’m happier all around. I’m confronting the reasons why I’ve been overeating and binge eating all of these years and learning other ways to cope with stress and emotions. I am leaning on God to give me strength especially in those times when I feel like I can’t or don’t want to continue with this process. I can finally look into the mirror without turning away in disgust or just imagining that I look the same way I looked before the babies came or even high school and I can actually see my body changing. My waist is shrinking and my curves are reappearing. I am changing from the inside out and that my friends is the way to permanently make a lifestyle change. Lifestyle is so important to me because once I release the desired amount of weight, I will NOT be gaining it back. I am learning to deal with my emotions and stress in ways that do not include food and I am ready to add supplements to my routine to enhance my results. As always I will keep you guys updated! 

-LR

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Exercise, Food, Health & Wellness, Uncategorized, Weight Loss

Moving Forward

I have been on my weight release (you don’t lose weight because what you lose you will find) journey for four months and have lost a total of 17 pounds. By now I wanted to be at least 50 pounds lighter but everyone’s journey is different. I hired a trainer and I even had 12 sessions of laser-like liposuction, which gave me results but they were pretty minor. I struggle with emotional eating, compulsive overeating and to be honest sometimes just plain ole lack of discipline. The main lesson that I have learned during this journey is that you CANNOT out exercise a bad diet. Believe me I have tried. I have went to the gym and worked my butt off and rewarded myself with crinkle fries from Zaxby’s with Zax sauce (you can’t forget the Zax sauce) and a milkshake. I’ve had cheat weekends full of Pizza Hut pizza and Sonic milkshakes and I’ve even snuck into my Dad’s snack cabinet a time or two. Now that I know that my eating is the problem, I have decided to do something about it. Not to long ago, I met Sedrek “the inner” Trainer. Unlike most trainers, Sedrek is a certified nutritionist and designs custom meal plans for his clients based on foods they like to eat. Sedrek holds you accountable and measures your weekly progress. He is also there for counseling. It is good to know that when I’m having a meltdown and I’m about to pick up that honeybun, I can call him and say, “Hey brother Sed I am having a meltdown over here and I need your encouragement”. After our first conversation, I was shocked to find out that a lot of things that I was eating and thought were healthy were not and that I was overeating a lot of foods that are good for me like nuts but only if I eat the correct amount. I also found out that I wasn’t eating as much as I should be and a lot of foods that I cut out of my diet, I can actually eat! He is known for getting off an average of 5-7 pounds a week and has assured me that through his program he can help this nursing mom lose at least 60 pounds by May. I’m definitely holding him to that because I don’t want to be on the beautiful beaches of Jamaica this summer with a swimsuit cover on. I have a few more sessions with my current trainer and I plan on continuing to work with her once a week for strength training to keep from having loose skin. I’m definitely looking forward to working with Sedrek and saying goodbye to this weight forever!

-LR

Exercise, Health & Wellness, Uncategorized, Weight Loss

Bae Waters Challenge Results 

Drumroll please……After the 30 Days Bae Waters Challenge, I am proud to announce that I have lost 8lbs! I’m excited about my results. They definitely could have been better. I did not stick to the plan exactly but I am proud that I finished. This journey has definitely been a challenging one for me and I am determined to keep moving and finish strong no matter what. I’m getting stronger physically and mentally and I’m continuing to preserve. I will win if I don’t quit! 

I have lost a total of 14 pounds to date.  

-LR

 

Exercise, Health & Wellness, Product Reviews, Weight Loss

Bae Waters

There are so many benefits of drinking water such as aiding weight loss, boosting metabolism, keeping skin healthy, more energy, staying regular, and so much more. Drinking half of your body weight in ounces of water daily is very effective while losing weight, but I know what some of you may be thinking, water is so boring.

The creators of Bae Waters have found a fun and entertaining way to drink your water. Bae by urban definition means baby, sweetie, boo, etc. Your water is your bae so you have to keep it close to you and spend quality time with your bae. Bae Waters is currently doing a 30 Day water challenge, which started on October 19th and ends on November 19th. You must drink a gallon of water a day, post your progress, your meals, your workouts, eat clean, and you’re allowed one cheat meal per week. For more information about the challenge and Bae Waters visit Bae Waters facebook page by clicking the link or visit them on Instagram @baewaters.

I am participating in the challenge myself and things have gotten off to a great start! I will blog about my progress and post pictures once the challenge is complete!

-Lindsey R.

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Exercise, Health & Wellness, Weight Loss

In the Beginning

Well, I have been on my journey to a healthier me for about four weeks now. It has been full of challenges, joy, loneliness, and so much more. I have been working with a trainer and I am seeing progress. New challenges come every workout and I am getting stronger day by day. Most days I go to the gym ready to work and others I don’t want to be there but I just say my affirmations and continue moving forward anyway. At the end of the workout, I am proud that I completed it. Now lets talk about food. Food is the hard part for me. Every now and again I get a milkshake or something of that sort about twice a week. Once of week is considered a cheat meal but more than that is pushing it. I also have moments when I emotionally eat or am tempted to emotionally eat especially when I really really miss my husband, but instead of eating sweets, I reach for nuts or fruit and I go take a walk. Lastly, I would like to address the scale. To date, I have lost six pounds. Am I happy with my six pound weight loss? No, not really, but I am learning that the scale is not my friend. The scale cannot measure muscle and muscle weighs more than fat, and since I’m lifting, there is a really good chance that I am gaining muscle; therefore, I am going to start weighing myself less and taking measurements and pictures more. There will be more updates and photos as time goes along. Until next time…Agape

-Lindsey R.

Exercise, Health & Wellness, Product Reviews

Fitbit Charge

fitbit

A few week ago I purchased my Fitbit Charge. If you are not familiar with fitbit, it is a device that you wear on your arm to track your steps, calories burned, stairs climbed, and distance traveled throughout the day. I absolutely LOVE my fitbit because it keeps me on track with how active I am throughout the day and I have fun competing in challenges with friends and friends of friends. I am very competitive so the challenges keep me on top of my game. Speaking of fitness, I have been working out with my trainer for the past two weeks for two days a week and working out on my own on days I am now with her. I either take a class such as Zumba or I spend they day on cardio machines. My trainer is working with me on toning and strength training. Some days are tough but I push through and become stronger and faster day by day. I have lost a total of four pounds so far and I don’t plan on getting back on the scale until the end of the month. So, if you have a fitbit, add me via email at lmichelle2007@gmail.com and lets reach our fitness goals together. 🙂

-Lindsey R.