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The next 30 Day Challenge starts January 1st 2014! — December 31, 2013

The next 30 Day Challenge starts January 1st 2014!


Happy New Year’s Eve Everyone! I hope you ALL had a great Christmas & are looking forward to having an awesome, prosperous & productive 2014! I’m excited to announce the winner of the 30 Day Challenge that concluded on last week! Coming in 3rd with a 4 pound loss was Shayla Scott, 2nd with a 4.2 pound loss was Nicole McClintock & finally the winner of the 30 Day Challenge Antidote Creative Group Photo Shoot is Crystal Stewart with an 8 pound weight loss! Congrats Crystal for being the biggest weight loss achiever on this challenge!

To learn more about Antidote Creative Group photography, video, website & graphic design services go to: Antidote Creative Group Website


Congrats to everyone who participated in this challenge! I know it was particularly more challenging to do because of the holidays.  But you have an amazing opportunity to join the next challenge starting on January 1st 2014! That’s right the next challenge begins tomorrow, New Year’s day!

The goals for this challenge is to eat clean that means no processed foods. Here are the acceptable foods:  Lean meats including chicken, turkey & lean cuts of beef and pork, vegetables, fruit, beans, nuts, water, unsweetened almond milk, whey or soy protein for a breakfast shake or smoothie, coffee & hot tea. You can drink coffee or tea without a sweetener or you can use 1-2 teaspoons of honey as your sweetener. But limit it to once per day. On this challenge I really want to eliminate all artificial sweeteners as studies suggest that they are more harmful to your health as originally suspected. Strive to drink at least 1 gallon of water per day, sleep at least 6-8 hours per day & to exercise at least 3-5 days per week for 45-75 minutes! I know this may sound overwhelming but it has truly been the key to my weight loss success! I’ve lost 63 pounds in 6 months by implementing these processes. Let me know what questions you have! If you would like to take this challenge with me email me

Let’s go!
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I lost 63 pounds in 6 months! You’ve got next! — December 27, 2013

I lost 63 pounds in 6 months! You’ve got next!


Amazing Success
Wow these last 6 months have been amazing!  It’s hard to believe that I’ve gotten to this point! The good news is I am not done! I’m on a mission to losing 100 pounds in 1 year or less! With 37 pounds left to go I’m very hopeful that I will be able to step up to the challenge to get it done! My goal for my last challenge that I completed was to work on tightening up and not gaining any weight during the holidays!  So by that standard this was a successful challenge! 

My Secret To Weight Loss
The secret to my weight loss is really simple in theory actually. I eat clean with a diet that consists of only lean meat, vegetables, fruit, nuts, unsweetened almond milk, water,  mean green juice (occasionally) & beans. No processed foods & no added sugars. I pretty much eat nothing out of a box or a fast food drive through.  In addition to that I exercise at least 5 days a week for 45-75 minutes per day depending on my schedule.

2 Essential Elements Of My Success
The other essential keys to my success has been prayer & accountability! After years of trying to lose weight and failing miserably each time I knew I had to do things differently this time.  So I enlisted the help of the one who holds the blueprint of my design…God. The Bible says that “With God nothing is impossible” So I prayed for his help to strengthen me for this weight loss journey and He has in fact done that & has blessed me with a support team consisting of my husband Stephen Akerele & my mentors Brigida Mack, Gregory (at Planet Fitness) & Melanie Scott. As well as accountability partners Shayla Scott, Stacey Joseph & 250+ people taking the challenge with me on Facebook,  My Family, Instagram,  MyFitnessPal and at Christian Faith Assembly Church I couldn’t ask for more & it’s been a blessing to hear all of  the praise reports of weight loss transformations,  healthy habits being formed, health improvements & Higher Self Esteem that has come about through the implementation of this process.

The Next Challenge Begins January 1st
With the new year approaching I thought it would be awesome to start on New Years Day! Not for new year’s resolution sake but because it symbolizes a new start, new possibilities,  & a new year. The theme for this year’s challenge is Getting Fit & Eating Clean in 2014.  Do you want to transform your health picture for the better in 2014? Well I urge you to join me on this next challenge. Believe me you can do this! If I can do it you can too! If you are interested in being a part of this next challenge send me an email at:

*Stay tuned for news regarding the winner of the last challenge! They will be winning a free photo shoot that will be taken in Charlotte NC by Antidote Creative Group. To learn more about their services check them out at:

Let’s go!
30 Day Challenge

Final Weigh In Day! — December 25, 2013

Final Weigh In Day!

Hello Everyone! I hope your Christmas is going great! We are officially finished with our 30 day challenge for the month of December!!! Before you dig into that delicious and fattening Christmas meal/dessert you should go ahead and weigh yourself! Please send me an email to with the pounds you have lost during this challenge. I’m going to give you a deadline of Friday to report how many pounds you have lost. Then I will make the grand announcement of who won the Antidote Creative Group photo-shoot that will take place in Charlotte, NC! Love you guys! Now you can go back to your regularly scheduled Christmas Day program! 🙂

30 Day Challenge
Monica Hawthorne-Akerele


Merry Christmas From Me To You! —
It’s The Final Day of Our 30 Day Challenge! — December 24, 2013

It’s The Final Day of Our 30 Day Challenge!


Happy Christmas Eve Everyone! It is the last day of our 30 day challenge! Tomorrow morning you will want to weigh in and get me your final numbers! I can’t wait to see what progress you have made!

Remember this no matter what the scale ends up saying You are beautiful, handsome (if you are a man lol), you are fearfully and wonderfully made by God & every journey begins with one step. Look at this challenge as one step. The fact that you have taken this step is a testament to the fact that you are making progress. Never underestimate the power of small beginnings! 

You have 1 week to prepare for the next challenge so enjoy yourself over the holidays and get ready to work starting January 1st, 2014!

Let’s go! ‬

30 Day Challenge Update – Let’s Finish Strong! — December 23, 2013

30 Day Challenge Update – Let’s Finish Strong!


Happy Monday Everyone! It’s Day 29 of our 30 day challenge! I can’t believe we only have 2 more days left! I don’t know about you but it seems that this challenge has flown by! The goal with this challenge was to prevent weight gain during the holidays. I hope each of you were able to accomplish that & then some! Remember the person who has lost the most weight will receive a free photo shoot in Charlotte NC by Antidote Creative Group For the next 2 days stick to the plan. You are in the homestretch so let’s finish strong together!

***MARK YOUR CALENDERS! The next challenge starts on January 1st – So get ready to Get Fit & Go Clean in 2014!
Let’s Go!

It’s Knowledge Sharing Day – What has worked for you? — December 17, 2013

It’s Knowledge Sharing Day – What has worked for you?


Good morning Everyone! It is Day 23 of our challenge & its weigh in day as well as knowledge sharing day! Weigh yourself this morning or first thing Wednesday morning & let me know how you are doing on the challenge so far!

What tips, meal ideas, healthy websites or exercise routines have you implemented that has been working effectively for you? I personally have been doing a 10 minute warm up either on a treadmill or elliptical trainer,  then doing strength training anywhere from 12-30 mins targeting a different body area each day. Then I exercise on an elliptical trainer for 30-60 mins. It just depends on the day & how much time I have to work with. What about you? I wonder who will win the photo shoot prize from the Antidote Creative Group? Check out Emmanuel Threatt & Adrienne Threatt photography work at

Work hard these next 7 days and the winner could be you! Let’s go!!!

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Don’t Give Up! Don’t Let Life Derail You! — December 14, 2013

Don’t Give Up! Don’t Let Life Derail You!


TGIF Everyone! It’s Day 19 of our challenge & I can’t believe how fast this challenge seems to be going! I hope you guys are still getting your exercise in and eating clean. The word for today is Don’t give up! I know it may be a literal challenge to stay consistent with this but I promise you that you will see results if you will just hang in there! I am a witness to that!

There may be times when life may present unique challenges that may try to derail you but you can control your response to it. If you have gone off track it’s time to get back on course toward your goals again. I know some of you are waiting on the new year to come before you start getting serious about losing weight and getting fit again but I would encourage you to finish this year off strong so you will be ahead of the game when the next challenge begins on January 1st 2014.

Don’t give up! You are in this to win this! Much love!

Let’s go!
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My TV interview with Brigida Mack – Join The Movement & Change Your Life! — December 12, 2013

My TV interview with Brigida Mack – Join The Movement & Change Your Life!


Happy Thursday! It’s day 18 of our challenge & I hope things are going well for you! In case you missed the interview I had on WBTV news with Brigida Mack you can watch it online. If you are using a mobile device to access this link you will need to scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the deskstop version or you can paste the following in the search field on Team No Sugar Holiday Challenge success story. For those of you who are interested in taking the next challenge there will be a new one starting on January 1st so get ready so we can start the new year off strong & get fit together! Let’s go!

30 Day Challenge
Monica Hawthorne-Akerele

Accountability is an important key to your success! — December 11, 2013

Accountability is an important key to your success!


Happy Wednesday Everyone!  It’s Day 17 of our challenge! Today I would like to stress you the importance of having a support team that can help you to stay on track. One support person needs to actually be a workout partner.  This will help keep you accountable to someone regarding your workouts and diet. I have a team of about 4 people  who hold me accountable in some way. This has gone a long way in my success so far. Find someone asap to do this with and if any of you are Planet Fitness members in Charlotte NC we can definitely arrange a meet up to workout. 

Also I will be interviewing with Brigida Mack today on First at 4 on WBTV news. This picture of me & Brigida is from my last interview with her at 40 pounds lost. I’m excited to share with her my journey thus far & hopefully motivate others to join the movement with us as well. Tune in to Channel 3 WBTV news from 4-5 today to see my interview! Remember this It’s never too late to get fit! You can do it!

Let’s go!

30 Day Challenge
Monica Hawthorne-Akerele

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