Happy Monday Everyone! It’s Day 9 of our 30 day challenge & the answer to this question is an unequivocal yes!!! If the truth be told you can’t afford not to exercise. With the rise in healthcare costs the cheaper option is to make your investment up front in healthy foods, time spent exercising, gym memberships, personal trainers, exercise DVDs, FitBit devices (Surge, Charge etc…). I have to push through the temptation and the excuses not to exercise everyday! It is a fight for your life, literally. Exercise is anywhere between 20-30% of what aids in weight loss & your food intake/sleep is the other 70-80%. All 3 elements are key in you seeing lasting results.
Right now I am on vacation and I promise you the last thing that I want to do is exercise BUT if I want to keep from gaining weight while on vacation I’ve got to get it in at the gym or outside. Saturday and Sunday I did a walk/run on the beach and it was a great workout, sweat and all. I plan to get in some swimming today and more walk/running on the beach. I have to give props to my husband for challenging me to do that. I believe having a workout partner is essential to helping you stay motivated to exercise daily but they have to be in it to win it too!!! When you have days like this where you are questioning whether you should exercise let your answer be an uncompromising yes and get added motivation from someone who can hold you accountable with your exercising. This person could be someone who also wants to lose weight or get fit or someone who has already traveled down the path you are now on. That person is key to your success so take full advantage of the support that person can provide! Take the time to secure your accountability partner today! So now there are truly No Excuses! We have 21 days left on our challenge!!!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
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!
Happy Saturday!!! We have 1 week left in this month’s #Keto #30DayChallenge! How are things going? What success and challenges have you encountered so far this month? How many of you have implemented some form of intermittent fasting? If not check out some of the benefits of #Intermittentfasting by watching this 90 second video from an expert on this topic! #LetsGo #KeepPushing #DontGiveUp
HAPPY SATURDAY!!! Welcome to our March 2019 #Keto and Exercise #30DayChallenge!!! Are you ready to join me on this motivational journey to losing weight & getting healthy? If you are, weigh in TODAY and join me on this month’s 30 Day Challenge! Go to and follow my blog on my website at http://www.monicaakerele.com for the details! This challenge also includes a Vegan option.
Implementing a ketogenic and active lifestyle will be helpful in you achieving your weight loss and health goals. This 30 day challenge includes 5 core areas of impact:
1) Ketogenic diet
2) Intermittent fasting (8 hour eating window of 12pm-8pm, 11am-7pm or 10am-6pm)
3) Consistent Exercise 3-5 days a week
4) Reducing Stress – #SelfCare is a must!
5) Getting adequate sleep daily (at least 7-8 hrs daily) As an important reminder and disclaimer please consult with your medical doctor for approval before starting this or any other diet, 30 day challenge and/or fitness program.
Happy Saturday!!! It’s officially the weekend and it’s the last week of our February Keto and IF challenge!!! How did week 3 go for you? Let me know how it went! Well lets plan to finish the last week of this Keto and IF challenge strong so we can meet our February goals!!!
Here is a quick video that I want you to check out by Thomas DeLauer, a fitness professional and diet expert on YouTube. He explains why most people gain weight after dieting. This may provide you with some tips to keep you from rebounding weight in the future. Afterall we are all in it for a lifetime of healthy eating, active living, consistent exercise, less stress and adequate sleep so we can have lasting results that are no longer temporary! Declare with me today that “Rebounding weight is over for ME, when I lose weight I will KEEP it off permanently!” 💯 OnlyBELIEVE! Let’s get it! ❤
#TGIF!!! Today is day 15 of our February #Keto 30 Day Challenge and it’s time for our mid-month weigh in! We are officially 15 days in and we have 15 more days to go! Let me know how the 1st 2 weeks have gone for you!!! What successes and challenges have you had so far? What do you think you will need to do differently in order to maximize your goal achievement for this month? Here are some ideas that you can implement.
Consistent exercise/steps daily
Drink sufficient water (try it with 1 tsp of lemon juice and/or apple cider vinegar w/the mother)
Cut out sugar
Eliminate high carb food
Get more sleep
Believe & confess with your mouth that you CAN do it!!!
Get a partner who will hold you accountable!
Try intermittent fasting (daily 8 hour eating window of 12-8pm, 10-6pm or whatever works with your schedule)
Stick to Keto & IF!!!
Lastly here is a YouTube video on intermittent fasting and how it can help with fat loss.
Happy Thursday!!!! How is everyone doing??? We are 7 days into our February 2019 #Keto and #IF #30DayChallenge already! Weigh in tomorrow morning and see how much progress you have made! We will be weighing in weekly to monitor our progress. Let me know how things are going.
Also check out this youtube video below from Dr. Josh Axe who is one of the foremost experts in keto, intermittent fasting and in natural medicine. I think its key that we learn these intermittent fasting tips so we can be successful in achieving our weight loss goals!!!
TGIF!!! Welcome to our February 2019 #Keto #30DayChallenge!!! Are you ready to join me on this motivational journey to losing weight & getting healthy? If you are, weigh in TODAY and join me on this month’s Keto 30 Day Challenge! Go to and follow my blog on my website at http://www.monicaakerele.com for the details! This challenge also includes a Vegan option.
Are you still on the fence about shifting to a Keto diet? According to the US News & World Report for 2019, the Keto Diet ranks #2 behind the HMR diet for the “Best Fast Weight-Loss Diet” (See the other diet rankings here: https://www.usnews.com/info/blogs/press-room/articles/2019-01-02/us-news-reveals-best-diets-rankings-for-2019). Also check out this documentary called “The Real Skinny on Fat: The Truth About Weight Loss”, that features Naomi Whittel, Montel Williams and a plethora of doctors and health/diet experts. This is a MUST see that will open your eyes as to why obesity, heart disease, diabetes and other chronic diseases have grown to epidemic proportions in the United States and why the Standard American diet (SAD) is at the root of it all.
Please take some time over the weekend to watch this. I promise you it will reignite your motivation to make some radical changes in your food choices that will help propel you into achieving your weight loss and health goals.