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The Secret to Successful Weight Loss!

After 4 - 30 Day Challenges!
After 4 – 30 Day Challenges!

The end of my 4th 30 Day challenge has come and now I have lost a grand total 54 pounds! As you can see from my before, middle and after picture I have come a long way with my weight loss results. The funny thing is I can’t even take the credit for it. Sure I played a part but I have a great support team! My absolute #1 is God. He has strengthened me for my journey. Each day I draw on the Grace of God to enable me to say no to foods that are not healthy for me and to say yes to exercise & yes to fresh fruit and vegetables! I also have a very supportive husband Stephen Akerele who has given me space to work out each morning and on the weekends. He also has gladly switched to eating clean without any protest! With his support and his gentle push I have been motivated to continue.

I also have an awesome personal trainer Michelle(MJ) @juiceoutnc on Twitter who has helped to take my work out to the next level. Her website is http://www.maxxout.biz . I have 2 great workout partners who have been in the thick of it with me in the gym – Stacey Joseph Harris & Maceo Harris. You guys are absolutely awesome! My Sister & Friend Melanie Scott helped to keep me accountable & motivated when I first started this journey, that alone helped tremendously to help create disciplines that have helped to sustain me to this day. Brigida Mack’s weight loss journey has also inspired me on my journey. She has a great TeamNoSugar challenge that helped to jumpstart me on my path to wellness. Check out her #TeamNoSugar blog at http://www.wbtv.com/30days. Last but definitely not least I have had a group of over 170 determined men & women taking the 30 Day challenge with me, this also includes my Mom & my Sister Eula Hawthorne & Sharolyn Rainey! This group also includes the WGIV Shake It Up show listeners that have been following & joining me on my weight loss journey for the last 2 challenges. I give a weekly 30 day challenge update on the show on Mondays. This show regularly airs Monday, Tuesday & Friday from 9-10am weekly with one of the hardest working female Radio Show Hosts S.P. Gallman. This show airs in Charlotte & surrounding areas on 103.3FM & 1370AM. http://www.facebook.com/WGIVShakeItUp. This group also includes my Blog following on WordPress at http://www.monicaakerele.wordpress.com They Rock! My Group’s dedication to walking on this journey with me has been beyond spectacular & awe-inspiring. The steps they have taken to get in control of their diet and to implement exercise on a consistent basis is mind blowing. They have had individual successes of losing 3-23 pounds in a 30 day period. Their success is my success & I could not be any prouder. I provide them with support, motivation, resources & accountability to help them on their journey, but they in turn push me to stay in this fitness race and to continue to walk out this healthy lifestyle.

This in a nutshell is the secret to my success thus far. I still have 46 more pounds to go so this journey to lose 100 pounds is not over! What I know for a fact is it takes prayer. It takes faith. It takes God’s grace. It takes the renewing of your mind. It takes a village. It takes support. It takes accountability. It takes consistency. It takes hard work. There are no short cuts… I encourage you to take care of your body, to take proactive control of your health, to eat clean, to exercise & to get at least 6-8 hours of sleep daily. You have only one body on this earth that you receive at birth and will leave at death but what you do with it while you are here is up to you. I hope you will choose life, a healthy one that is…

If you are interested in joining me on my next 30 Day challenge of which starts on Monday October 14, 2013 email me at info@monicaakerele.com and reference the 30 Day Challenge in the Subject Line. Please also follow me on my blog at http://www.monicaakerele.wordpress.com to keep up-to-date with my weight loss journey and to help give you motivation for your own journey to great health. Let’s Go!

Much Love!
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Is Your Exercise Routine Boring? Switch It Up!

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I’m coming to the end of my 4th 30 day challenge and I decided that I am going to try something different for my 5th challenge starting next week. I have been a little hesitant about getting a gym membership at a local gym because in the past I would spend a lot of money on a membership but I would never show up. Most of the time it was because I was not motivated completely about working out but today I am completely different. I am oozing with motivation & passion about working out on a consistent basis! I know “this” time I will get full use of my membership and then some! Is your workout getting boring? Do you need a different environment or new scenery? Well my dear switch it up!

Change the place you are working out at and maybe go outside and walk, jog & run instead of going to the gym. Since we are in the fall season take advantage of the mild days we have ahead of us and get some Vitamin D from the sun while you are out there! If you have access to a gym with a swimming pool go get some laps in or go out on a basketball court & get a game going. There are plenty of group exercise classes that are available from Zumba to Pilates, Abs, Weights or a Cycling class. There are plenty of opportunities out here in order for you to make your workout regimen more exciting. Or if you want to workout at home or on your own Get-Fit Guy has a lot of great ideas for taking your workout to the next level. Go to http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/get-fit-guy

I’m looking forward to my “Switch Up” to Planet Fitness, I am sure it will be a good change. They have resistance training equipment, arc trainers, elliptical trainers and treadmills beyond measure. They even have several circuit training sections that I am going to get involved in. There is also a personal trainer on deck to help you by creating a specific workout plan for you based on your goals. The other thing I am excited about with this Planet Fitness membership is that I can bring a guest with me every time I work out! How awesome is that? I give Planet Fitness a thumbs up for that and I look forward to inviting several of the people on my next 30 Day challenge to come workout with me for free! If you are interested in learning more about Planet Fitness and the promotions they are running go to http://planetfitness.com/

Let’s Go!
#30DayChallenge
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Don’t Get Off Track! Stay On Course!

Make getting fit & staying fit one of your priorities! Go get it! 🙂

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StayTheCourse
Sometimes on your journey to weight loss you encounter detours on the road that unexpectedly either gets you off course or delays your progress. Can I get a witness? (LOL) Yes I know there are many that can attest to this! This week has been an interesting one for me & probably my most challenging week to date. I have been running into the challenge of time or the lack thereof that is. Each day this week I have had a full & relentless schedule, thus the time I would have spent working out or planning has been sucked up by activities! I am not making excuses I am just telling it like it is. So now I am making the decision to take my time back!

What can we do to successfully manage & prioritize our time in such a way that we don’t put ourselves last?

1) Start…

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fitness · Goal Setting · planning · Uncategorized · weight loss

Don’t Get Off Track! Stay On Course!

StayTheCourse
Sometimes on your journey to weight loss you encounter detours on the road that unexpectedly either gets you off course or delays your progress. Can I get a witness? (LOL) Yes I know there are many that can attest to this! This week has been an interesting one for me & probably my most challenging week to date. I have been running into the challenge of time or the lack thereof that is. Each day this week I have had a full & relentless schedule, thus the time I would have spent working out or planning has been sucked up by activities! I am not making excuses I am just telling it like it is. So now I am making the decision to take my time back!

What can we do to successfully manage & prioritize our time in such a way that we don’t put ourselves last?

1) Start each day with prayer – Ask God to help you prioritize your day so you can get it all done.

2) Write down or type in your plan for today – Use a day planner with hour slots or your Smartphone/Tablet/Google Calendar etc… & Set Reminders!

3) Execute the plan – Flex in case roadblocks come in your way & re-schedule it in a different slot

4) Reflect on your day at the end of it & see what you can do to manage your time better the next day.

5) If your day does not go as expected Never Give-up! Try again the next day!

The most important take away from this is to make your time to exercise, juice, plan meals etc. a priority. You have set goals to meet & in order for you to meet them you have to work towards it. Take this time for yourself, YOU ARE WORTH IT!

Let’s Go!
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