diet · Exercise · faith · fitness · Goal Setting · health · Lose Weight · weight loss

I Won’t Go Back & Neither Will You! Throwback Thursday!

20131031-143444.jpg

Happy Thursday! It’s Day 18 of our challenge! It’s also “Throwback Thursday” and I thought I would do something a little different today. Here is a picture that is a complete throwback for me. This was me 5 months ago… I refuse to get back to this person that I used to be. This person was 100 pounds overweight, always tired, in pain, borderline depressed with low energy & low self-esteem. I made the decision 5 months ago to leave that person behind & as one of my favorite worship Artists William McDowell stated in his song “ I won’t go back”, the lyrics ring true today that “I won’t go back, can’t go back to the way it used to be before…” Today is a new day & it all began with a desire to change, a made up mind, faith in God’s ability to strengthen me through this process, a plan, execution of that plan and here I am 5 months later, I am leaner, more energetic, healthier, stronger, & more confident. God is ABLE! Hang in there my friends & don’t stop until you reach your goals! Feel free to post some of your throwback pictures. Let it remind you why you started this in the first place and to celebrate how far you have come. God bless!

Let’s Go!
#30 Day Challenge #TBT
http://www.monicaakerele.com

diet · Exercise · fitness · health · Lose Weight · weight loss

Don’t quit! You can do this!

image

It’s Day 15 of our 30 day challenge & it’s our weekly weigh in day! How are things going? We have 2 weeks left on this challenge so I would encourage you to make these last 2 weeks count. For those of you who have stopped get back in the game, it’s not over for you. Never give up on yourself. You can do this by the grace of God. Change your mind concerning eating clean & exercising on a consistent basis & I promise you that your health picture will change for the better. Let’s knock these last 2 weeks of the challenge out of the park! Much love!

Let’s go! 🙂

#30DayChallenge
http://www.monicaakerele.com

diet · Exercise · fitness · Goal Setting · Lose Weight · weight loss

Don’t Be Defeated! You Are A Winner!

NoOneCanBeatMeButMe

We are in the thick of our 30 Day challenge now! How are things going for you on your weight loss journey? Is everyone getting your workout in daily? I don’t know about you but this has been the toughest month for me thus far. I’m not going to make excuses but I am going to blame it on the weather change LOL! Just Kidding… This cold weather has made me want to stay in bed longer than normal when I should be out of the bed for my morning workout by 5am! However I made a decision that I’m not going to succumb to these cold temperatures nor any other obstacles that may come my way! I’m going to get up and fight! As this picture states no one can beat me but me. So I refuse to give up, give in, let go, or surrender! I have goals to meet and I will be victorious. What about you? What is your declaration today? Make sure it goes beyond a declaration, let it spring you forth into action.

Let’s Go!

30 Day Challenge – Day 11!
http://www.monicaakerele.com

diet · Exercise · fitness · health · Lose Weight · planning · weight loss

Don’t Let Anything Get You Off Track!

excuses

HAPPY FRIDAY! It’s day 5 of our 30 Day diet & exercise challenge! How are things going? Well for me things were going so well until I overslept this morning & missed my opportunity to workout today! But no worries I will still get it in! When things like this & more happen to derail you don’t let it discourage you just get back on track & plan on scheduling a new time to workout. Make this weekend count! Get your exercise in & plan in advance to make sure you have healthy snacks on hand that you can take on the road with you in case you get hungry while you are out & about. Make the decision to stay on the plan, just say no to temptations & accept no excuses even from yourself!

Let’s Go!
30 Day Challenge
http://www.monicaakerele.com

diet · Exercise · fitness · health · Lose Weight · weight loss

Tips For Your Weight Loss Journey

Portion Control!
Portion Control!

It’s Day 2 of our challenge! How are things going for you today? Today is Knowledge Sharing day and I really need everyone’s participation on this. What is a tip, a recipe, an exercise class/video/youtube channel or a website that you think could help us on our journey? I will share my favorite snacks & my website pick of the week. One of my favorite snacks is a brown rice cake with a teaspoon of peanut butter spread across it. That is about 100 calories. I also like to eat a whole cucumber cut up with about 2 tablespoons of garlic hummus, then I sprinkle salt & pepper on it to taste. That is around 100 calories as well. My website pick of the week is http://www.webmd.com/diet/healthtool-portion-size-plate
This website gives you a guide on how much a serving should be. I don’t know about you but in my house 2-3 cups of rice or pasta was the serving size I was used to! Now I know that ½ to 1 cup of rice is the max I should have per meal. Portion control is a big issue in today’s culture where you have a choice between Small, Medium, Large or SUPER SIZED portions. I grew up going to buffets and I had no frame of reference of what an appropriate portion size was. But I always found out after I ate that I definitely was eating way too much! My Dad loved to say “It looks like your eyes are bigger than your stomach Monica.” LOL yes that was pretty much my story but now I have learned restraint and the role & importance of portion control in weight loss. If you go to this website it has a refrigerator and a travel size portion size reference guide that you can print so you will have the tools you need to make better choices.

So what tips do you have?

Let’s Go!
#30DayChallenge #EatClean #Exercise #Sleep
http://www.monicaakerele.com

Exercise · fitness · Goal Setting · health · weight loss

The 30 Day Challenge (#5) Start’s today!

Fitness-Motivation-Quotes-Fitness-Motivational-Quote-5

Welcome to the 1st day of our challenge! I hope you guys are just excited as I am. I want to 1st give you All kudos for the last challenge. The top 3 biggest weight loss achievers were Sha-Kia with a 10 pounds loss, Jasmine with an 8 pound loss and 3rd place was Niecee with a 7 pound loss. Congrats to you and everyone else with the progress you made during the last challenge. I encourage each of you to do your best to be consistent with eating clean (No processed food), getting in 5 days of exercise and getting at least 6-8 hours of sleep daily. If you are going to eat starches (pasta, bread, rice or potatoes) make sure it is whole wheat, whole grain or brown. The bulk of your meals and snacks should include lean meats, vegetables and fruit. If you are going to have a starch try to limit it to once per day and let the serving size be no more than ½ cup to 1 cup max. You are free to eat nuts(preferably almonds) and beans as well. Please don’t forget to download the MyFitnessPal app and track your food and exercise in it daily. Remember do not eat the calories you have earned through exercise! Tomorrow will be what I call knowledge sharing Tuesday. It’s where we all will share any tips, meal ideas, website links or anything you think would help us all out on our journey. Feel free to post motivational pictures, quotes etc that you feel will help motivate us. We are in this together and I am so blessed to be a part of your journey to wellness!

Let’s Go!
#30DayChallenge
http://www.monicaakerele.com

Exercise · faith · fitness · health · weight loss

The Secret to Successful Weight Loss!

The Secret to Successful Weight Loss!.

If you would like to join my next challenge please contact me below. The next challenge begins on Monday October 14, 2013! Let’s go!