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Weekend Prep For New 30 Day Challenge Starting On Monday! — January 30, 2016

Weekend Prep For New 30 Day Challenge Starting On Monday!

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Happy Saturday Everyone! We have reached the 30th day of our January 30 day challenge! Tomorrow you can take a break but don’t over do it! Use tomorrow to get prepared for our February #30DayChallenge! So how did you do on the January challenge? Let me know how it went through responding to this post or by sending me a personal message. Are you ready to eat clean and exercise consistently during the month  of February? Well I am! I challenge you to eat clean with no processed foods during the month of February and to exercise at least 3-5 days per week! Lastly don’t forget to get at least 8 hours of sleep per day. Getting adequate sleep is paramount to you kicking your weight loss into full gear! Tomorrow I will give you preview of how we will interact and support each other in order to stay on track. We have to make a conscious decision say NO to everything that will try to distract US from meeting OUR goals in February! I believe in you and I am praying for success. Never give up! Don’t stop until you meet your goals!!!

Let’s prepare for Monday! February 1st is almost here!!!

Let’s go 🙌!

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Are You Addicted To Food? Find Out Why! — January 22, 2016

Are You Addicted To Food? Find Out Why!

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Food addiction is running rampant in our society. Mainly because of the processed food phenomenon that has tried to unilaterally take over the food marketplace. Thank God there are people, businesses and non profit agencies brave enough to expose and tell the truth about what we are consuming and why it’s causing an obesity & health epidemic here in the US and abroad. From time to time I like to expose you all to resources that have their finger on the pulse of this issue. Check out this post by Thrive Market who’s mission is:

“TO MAKE HEALTHY LIVING EASY AND 
AFFORDABLE FOR EVERYONE.”

https://thrivemarket.com/blog/cant-stop-eating-top-10-addicting-foods?uid=2281825&uaexptime=1766682593&uatoken=d90db6f347dda4e525dec3082bcd5b189492fc301b0bb120bad016a14c7bed33&ccode=JAN2016&utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2016_01_22_Notebook_Leads_EGP&utm_term=Leads_Less_EE_Content

Let me know what your thoughts are after reading this. Make today great, active & healthy!

Let’s go!

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Don’t Forget To Weigh In Today! — January 12, 2016

Don’t Forget To Weigh In Today!

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Great day Everyone! I hope you are having a phenomenally healthy and active week thus far! Today is day 11 of our 30 day challenge! We are 1/3 through the challenge already! Can you believe it? Well it is our weigh in day so weigh in this morning and let me how you did! I can’t wait to get your feedback! Email me at info@Monicaakerele.com and give me an update or you can respond to this post! 🙂 Just know this whatever the scale says you are still a winner! Weight loss and getting healthy is not an event it is a journey! So hang in there even if the scale doesn’t reflect the weight you hoped it would. Make this week count. Stay focused on your goal and make the rest of this week great, healthy and active!

Let’s get it!

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Happy Monday! It’s Weigh In Time!!! — January 11, 2016

Happy Monday! It’s Weigh In Time!!!

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Happy Monday Everyone! It’s day 10 of our January 30 day challenge! Tomorrow is our 1st weigh in day for this month! We will do 3 weigh ins (once every 10 days) during this month’s challenge.  So don’t forget to weigh in first thing in the morning to tell me how you did during this past week! Question? What breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner plan do you have for today? What is your exercise plan for the week? Go ahead and write down your goals/plan for the week and get your bag packed tonight for tomorrow! Remember this if you fail to plan then you inadvertently plan to fail! So get that plan on paper or on your Smartphone and/or tablet and let’s make this 2nd week of the challenge great, healthy and active!!! I’m praying and believing for your success this week! Let’s get it!!!

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What’s On Your Plate Today? I Beg You… Eat Clean! — January 6, 2016

What’s On Your Plate Today? I Beg You… Eat Clean!

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Great Day Everyone! How is the 30 Day Challenge going for you? Make sure you stick to the plan of eating lean meat, veggies, nuts, beans, seeds and fruit today with no processed food or starches. Do you know why it’s important not to eat processed food? The reason is it’s not healthy and can cause cancer, diabetes, inflammation, blood pressure and a plethora of other issues with our health if we continue to consume them. It also causes us to gain weight, even the so-called low calorie mystery food, you know the ones with all of the names you cannot pronouce on the ingredient label! When you eat processed food your body has no idea what to do with it because it’s not real food, so guess what happens??? Your body ends up storing it as fat and often times we overeat those foods because your body is unable to figure out if you are even full. I will share more data regarding the impact of processed foods in future posts but I just wanted to introduce it briefly today. So… What’s for lunch, snack and dinner today? I ask that question for 2 reasons. #1 for accountability and #2 to give everyone else the lunch, dinner and snack ideas we all have. Let’s collaborate, share ideas and make this month’s challenge great!

Let’s go!!!

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It’s Time For The Exercise Check-in! —

It’s Time For The Exercise Check-in!

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Happy Tuesday! It’s Day 4 of our 30 Day Challenge & now It’s time for the EXERCISE CHECK IN! Who got it in today and what exercises did you do? I went to Planet Fitness today with my FitBit device and started with a 15 min warm-up on the treadmill, then I did about 30 minutes of strength training my abs & arms and then I finished up with 25 minutes on the ellliptical trainer. If you haven’t exercised yet tell me what exercises you are going to do tonight! No matter how small get in at least 20-30 mins today. Something is better than nothing but tomorrow I want you to be intentional about getting it in! You are WORTH it!

Let’s Go!

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Eat Clean, Exercise & Be Healthy! #LetsGo — January 4, 2016

Eat Clean, Exercise & Be Healthy! #LetsGo

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Happy Sunday Everyone! I hope you have had a great weekend! Mine is going well as I watch Cam Newton lead the Carolina Panthers to their 15th win of the season to secure their home field advantage in time for the NFL playoffs! BUT… (Clears Throat) We are not here to talk about FOOTBALL! So it is day 2 of our 30 day challenge! How are things going so far? Are you staying committed to the plan? I sure hope so! So since it’s the weekend I thought it would be appropriate to speak to the importance of staying completely stocked with healthy foods. So here are some tips going into this work week.

1) Go shopping weekly:
Because you are eating clean you will want to shop once a week and get enough for at least 7 days. Especially because you want to make sure you have everything you need to have a successful week. Also you don’t want to go beyond a 7 day supply so you can ensure that your food supply does not go bad.

2) How you shop in the grocery store is key:
When you’re shopping you want to make sure that you only go around the perimeter of the store in other words stay on the outside lanes moving from the deli section to the fruit & vegetable section, the meat section the dairy section and on to the freezer section for frozen fruit and vegetables. With the exception of going to the aisle for beans, nuts, olive oil, peanut/almond butter, packaged fruit & etc. that is on your approved 30 day challenge food list.

3) Why is this shopping process so important? 
The reason this is key is so you will always have an ample food supply of healthy food on deck to reduce the temptation to get unhealthy food on impulse. If you get tempted you can go in your fully stocked food pantry and grab something that can satisfy that craving guilt free.

4) One final but important note:
As important as it is to ensure that you have and keep a healthy food supply on a weekly basis it is also equally important to make sure that you purge your house of unhealthy food. If it is in your house that is going to be a source of temptation. So completely purge your house of any temptations that could possibly get you off track! Let’s have a successfully active and healthy week! You CAN do it!

Let’s go!

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Our January 2016 Challenge Begins Today! — January 3, 2016

Our January 2016 Challenge Begins Today!

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Happy Saturday and welcome to our January 30 day challenge! It’s hard to believe that we are already in a new year 2016! Well it’s here now so what are you going to do differently this year to change the picture of your overall health? I dare you to dream BIG, step out of your comfort zone and get started with me! Today is the 1st day of our 30 Day Challenge for this month and I’m so excited to get started! What about you? Please be sure that you weigh in to get your starting weight and that you take a before picture so you can see the difference at the end of this challenge. I would like to see your before and after pictures at the conclusion of this challenge.

Lastly be sure to set a goal for this challenge. A realistic goal is anywhere between 1-2 pounds per week. So set your goals, plan your meals (eat clean) and exercise time daily and go get it! Let me know what your goal is for this challenge by responding to this post or by sending me a private message to info@monicaakerele.com. I’m believing and praying with you that you will meet all of your goals!!! You CAN do it!!!

Let’s go!!!

Happy New Year! Let’s make it FIT! — January 2, 2016

Happy New Year! Let’s make it FIT!

Happy New Year & welcome to 2016!!! I pray this will your best, fit & healthiest year ever! I am still on this journey  with you to becoming healthy and whole, Body, Soul and Spirit!  Join me on my next 30 day challenge beginning on January 2, 2016!!! Read below for details!

Let’s get it!!!

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This Blog has been set up to provide updates on my monthly 30 day challenges and to motivate you on your diet and fitness journey. I started this blog in 2013 that year I lost a total of 63 pounds in 6 months! Now that is epic! If you are interested in learning more about my challenges click on the follow me button on my blog so you can subscribe and get automatic updates in your email whenever I post new motivational articles. Read below for the challenge details & stay tuned for future updates! Let’s get fit and eat clean in 2016!!!

The goal for this challenge is to eat clean that means no processed foods and to eat organic food as much as possible but if its not possible for you to buy organic just stick to eating clean. Here are the acceptable foods for this challenge:

1) Lean meats including chicken, turkey, lean cuts of beef and pork. Turkey or Pork Bacon with no Nitrites or Nitrates. Target, Trader Joes, Whole Foods Market, Healthy Home Market, Fresh Market and EarthFare sells this. You can also have Dannon Triple Zero or Chobani Simply 100 Greek Yogurt and Eggs.
2) Vegetables
3) Fruit (Do not eat this after 4pm)
4) Beans, peas, hummus (limit to once per day)
5) Nuts and Seeds
6) Drinks: Water, unsweetened almond milk, whey or soy protein for a breakfast shake or smoothie, coffee and hot green, black, or white 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 or more.
7) Sleep at least 7-9 hours per day
8) Exercise at least 3-5 days per week for 45-60 minutes per session.
9) Lastly register for this free weight/calorie tracking service at http://www.myfitnesspal.com/ or you can download the MyFitnessPal app on your smartphone or tablet. Send me your username and the email address you used to register to this Free service to my email at monicaakerele@gmail.com The purpose of this app is to track your meals, water and exercise activity for the day. It also allows you to track your weight and measurements. Remember this you cannot manage what you do not measure! When you get set-up I want you to add me as a friend on there so I can hold you accountable during the challenge from a tracking standpoint & also so I can celebrate your successes along the way. If you choose the option of finding friends on Facebook you will be able to add me. Otherwise you may be able to find me by my username of which is monicaakerele.

I know this may seem challenging but it has truly been the key to my weight loss success along with prayer! I 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 monicaakerele@gmail.com

The next challenge starts on January 2, 2016! Take a before picture before you start so when the challenge is over you can see the difference that one month of healthy eating and exercise made.

As an important reminder please consult with your medical doctor for approval before starting this or any other diet and/or fitness program.

Let’s Go! You CAN do it!

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