Eating Clean, Keto, Exercise and Self-Care Motivational Blog by Monica Akerele

Monthly Motivational Eating Clean, Keto, Exercise and Self-Care Challenge!

Do I HAVE to EXERCISE??? — August 10, 2015

Do I HAVE to EXERCISE???

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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!!!

Let’s get it!
Monica Akerele
http://www.monicaakerele.com

Follow me on my 30 day challenge blog at http://www.monicaakerele.wordpress.com and on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter @MonicaAkerele

The Secret to Successful Weight Loss! — October 10, 2013

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!
http://www.monicaakerele.com

Don’t Get Off Track! Stay On Course! — October 4, 2013

Don’t Get Off Track! Stay On Course!

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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!
http://www.monicaakerele.com

Our 1st Scale and Non-Scale Victories Check-in for July 2020!!! — July 11, 2020

Our 1st Scale and Non-Scale Victories Check-in for July 2020!!!

Happy Saturday!!! How are you doing Keto Family???!!! It’s our first weigh day for this month of July! How did the first 10 days of this challenge of Eating Clean, Keto, Intermittent Fasting, Self-Care and Exercise go for you? Let me know what scale and/or non-scale victories you’ve experienced so far this month! If you haven’t had much progress on the scale or if you have gained weight during this season of social distancing try your best to eliminate snacking in between meals for the rest of the month, do some carb distancing (low carb/keto eating) by refraining from eating sugar, potatoes, rice, pasta and bread products and focus more on eating meat, eggs, vegetables, avocados, nuts, and cook with only healthy saturated fats like butter, avocado oil and coconut oil.  Remember take it one meal/day at a time. You’ve got this Fam! I’m rooting for you and praying for your progress!!! 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾

If you’re interested in scheduling a 1 on 1 ZOOM coaching session or a group ZOOM motivational coaching session with me email me at contact@monicaakerele.com. Put the word “Coaching” in the subject line.

Let’s Get It!!! 🔥🔥🔥

For motivation on your Keto, Intermittent Fasting, Exercise and Self-Care journey follow me on my blog at http://www.monicaakerele.com.

Disclaimer: Always get your doctor’s approval before embarking upon a ketogenic, intermittent fasting and/or an exercise regimen. This is not a substitute for professional medical, nutritional or exercise advice this is for motivational and educational purposes only.

Our July Mid-year Motivational Keto, Exercise and Self-Care Challenge starts TODAY!!! — July 1, 2020

Our July Mid-year Motivational Keto, Exercise and Self-Care Challenge starts TODAY!!!

Happy #HumpDay and welcome to the start of our July Mid-year #Motivational Challenge of Eating Clean, Keto, IF, Exercise and Self-Care! Are you ready to continue practicing some Carb Distancing and some Sugar Distancing??

If yes let’s:

1) Get started, step on a scale and write down your starting weight!

2) Lay aside ALL #excuses and make your mind up to go and get after your goals!

3) Think, #pray and declare with your mouth that you are going to make #healthy changes that will align with your #goals and intention for this month.

4) Write out your Goals/Action Plan for this month, for example:

– Lose weight – 1-2 pounds weekly

– Exercise  3-5 days a week

– Eat Clean Non-GMO/Organic (no processed foods)

– Reduce or Eliminate Starchy carbs/sugar (20-40 total carbs daily)

– Get more sleep (7-9 hours daily)

– Reduce Stress by practicing mindfulness, yoga, breathing exercises, prayer and/or etc…

Add any other goals you may have…

5) Get healthy (if possible organic/non-gmo) fresh or frozen foods and throw away any processed food left in your home to eliminate temptation. (For example candy, chips, sugary/high carb snacks, cookies, etc.)

6) Exercise 3-5 days weekly be sure to practice #socialdistancing while doing it!!!

7) Execute your action #plan and stay #consistent!

I’m rooting for you this month! You CAN do it!!! Let’s make this month of July HEALTHY and ACTIVE together!!!

My full monthly Eat Clean/Keto/IF/Exercise/Self-Care challenge details are here ➡️ http://www.monicaakerele.com

I’ve added some Motivational Support Services as an additional resource to my blog posts to help support you on your health journey:

• Weekly Zoom Support Group Calls/weekly weigh-in accountability: $20.00 per month.

• 1on1 Motivational Coaching: $10.00 per weekly session of 30 minutes or $30.00 monthly(includes 4 individual coaching sessions a month and weekly group calls.)

*If these prices above are too expensive for you and you really want to take advantage of one of or both of these motivational support services please message me at contact@monicaakerele.com so I can see how I can accommodate your request.

• Monthly Group Weight Loss and Health/Wellness Devotionals on YouVersion. (Free)

Please click on the Google form link below
to let me know which of these services (free and/or paid) that you are interested in participating in so I can follow-up with you to help get you started. I look forward to helping you take your Self-Care intentionality to the next level!

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSctROXX6etopWE32I6UQu_xMaNskFsQTjw5-v03ZBE3Aqlc-w/viewform?usp=sf_link

Let’s get it!!!

Disclaimer: Always get your doctor’s approval before embarking upon a ketogenic, intermittent fasting and/or an exercise regimen. This is not a substitute for professional medical, nutritional or exercise advice this is for motivational and educational purposes only.

My Keto Recipe Pick of the Week – BLT Burgers!!! 😋 — June 25, 2020

My Keto Recipe Pick of the Week – BLT Burgers!!! 😋

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Happy #ThankfulThursday! Here is my Keto Recipe pick of the week! It is a BLT Burger recipe by www.delish.com! Click on the link below for the recipe! 😋

https://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/recipes/a54644/blt-burgers-recipe/

If you would like one of your favorite keto recipes to possibly be featured in one of my Keto Recipe Pick of the Week posts please share your link(s) in the comment section below!!! Keep eating clean and exercising! Let’s finish June 2020 Keto and healthy!!!

Let’s Go!!! 🔥🔥🔥

For motivation on your keto, intermittent fasting and exercise journey follow my blog at http://www.monicaakerele.com

Disclaimer: Always get your doctor’s approval before embarking upon a ketogenic, intermittent fasting and/or an exercise regimen. This is not a substitute for professional medical, nutritional or exercise advice this is for motivational and educational purposes only.

6 Months Left To Achieve Your 2020 Goals!!! Let’s Get It!!! 🔥🔥🔥 — June 21, 2020

6 Months Left To Achieve Your 2020 Goals!!! Let’s Get It!!! 🔥🔥🔥

Happy Sunday Keto Family and Happy Father’s Day to all of the Fathers reading this post TODAY!!! I appreciate and celebrate each of you! It’s time for our 2nd weigh in for this month’s challenge! Let me know what scale and/or non-scale victories or challenges you’ve experienced so far this month! Continue to manage what’s inside of your house and change the atmosphere and contents so that it’s conducive for you to achieve your goals. Continue to exercise at least 3-5 days weekly, engage in self-care activities, get adequate sleep and get rid of any snacks/sweets/carbs that will inhibit your progress towards achieving your goals. You’ve got this Keto Fam!!! Lastly I want to encourage you to take advantage of the individual and group motivational coaching opportunities that I have available. If you are interested send me an email at contact@monicaakerele.com and I will follow-up with you. I look forward to working with you to help motivate you to achieve your goals! Let’s finish June 2020 STRONG Keto Fam!!! Make a decision and declaration TODAY that you are going to achieve your health and/or weight loss goals this year! We have 6 months and 9 days left in this year to accomplish our goals.

Let’s get it!!! 🔥🔥🔥

For motivation on your keto, intermittent fasting and exercise journey follow my blog at http://www.monicaakerele.com

Disclaimer: Always get your doctor’s approval before embarking upon a ketogenic, intermittent fasting and/or an exercise regimen. This is not a substitute for professional medical, nutritional or exercise advice this is for motivational and educational purposes.

June 2020 Weigh Day #1 Check-in!!! ❤️ — June 11, 2020

June 2020 Weigh Day #1 Check-in!!! ❤️

Happy #ThankfulThursday!!! How are you doing Keto Family???!!! It’s our first weigh day for this month! How did the first 10 days of this challenge of Eating Clean, Keto, Intermittent Fasting, Self-Care and Exercise go for you? Let me know what scale and/or non-scale victories you’ve experienced so far this month! I’ve personally lost 3 pounds so far this month and I’m super grateful for that and I know it’s as a result of eating a keto diet, getting consistent exercise and intermittent fasting/time restricted eating.

What about you??? If you haven’t had much progress on the scale or if you have gained weight during this season of social distancing try your best to eliminate snacking in between meals for the rest of the month, do some carb distancing (low carb/keto eating) and refrain from eating sweets where at all possible. Remember take it one day at a time. You’ve got this Fam! I’m rooting for you and praying for your progress!!! 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾

If you are interested in participating in my first FREE Motivational Self-Care Group Zoom Call email me at contact@monicaakerele.com and put ZOOM CALL INTEREST in the subject line. Please include in the body of the email your name, email address, and what your day/time availability is for next week (days and time range). Once I gauge the interest/availability I will announce the date/time it will take place!

Let’s Get It!!! 🔥🔥🔥

For motivation on your keto, intermittent fasting, exercise and self-care journey follow my blog at http://www.monicaakerele.com

Disclaimer: Always get your doctor’s approval before embarking upon a ketogenic, intermittent fasting and/or an exercise regimen. This is not a substitute for professional medical, nutritional or exercise advice this is for motivational and educational purposes only.

Weigh-in Day and Motivational Self-Care Group Zoom Call Announcement!!! — June 10, 2020

Weigh-in Day and Motivational Self-Care Group Zoom Call Announcement!!!

My favorite coffee tumbler from Active Faith Sports! https://activefaithsports.com/collections/drinkware/products/christ-coffee-cardio-tumbler

Happy Hump Day!!! How is everyone doing? I’m just getting my first cup of coffee for today!!! ☕ Tomorrow is our first weigh-in day for this month’s challenge! Let me know what progress you’ve made both scale and non-scale tomorrow!!! I’m looking forward to hearing from you. If you are interested in participating in my first FREE Motivational Self-Care Group Zoom Call email me at contact@monicaakerele.com and put ZOOM CALL INTEREST in the subject line. Please include in the body of the email your name, email address, and what your day/time availability is for next week (days and time range). Once I gauge the interest/availability I will announce the date/time it will take place! Make TODAY Great!!! I’m praying for your progress on reaching your goals!!!

Let’s get it!!! 🔥🔥🔥

For motivation on your keto, intermittent fasting, exercise and self-care journey follow my blog at http://www.monicaakerele.com

Disclaimer: Always get your doctor’s approval before embarking upon a ketogenic, intermittent fasting and/or an exercise regimen. This is not a substitute for professional medical, nutritional or exercise advice this is for motivational and educational purposes only.

Grow Your Own Vegetables! 🌱 It’s Gardening time!!! — June 4, 2020

Grow Your Own Vegetables! 🌱 It’s Gardening time!!!

Growing your own food is truly a blessing and is something that we should all aspire to. Even if you live in an apartment there are some in home or patio planter options available to you. The pictures above are from my garden and these are the vegetables that are currently growing in it. I decided this year that I was going to step out on faith and do it. It’s not too late to get started. I highly encourage each of you if you can to start your own garden so you can have healthy food readily available and accessible to you and your family. If you want to learn how to garden I highly recommend that you take this FREE online gardening class that starts tomorrow!!! However you have to register TODAY! Click the link below to register NOW! I’ll be taking the class too. Let’s learn together! Let’s get it and let’s grow!!! 🌱

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/home-gardening-certificate-course-tickets-105988584710?aff=efbneb

For motivation on your keto, intermittent fasting, exercise and self-care journey follow my blog at http://www.monicaakerele.com

Disclaimer: Always get your doctor’s approval before embarking upon a ketogenic, intermittent fasting and/or an exercise regimen. This is not a substitute for professional medical, nutritional or exercise advice this is for motivational and educational purposes only.

Our Mid-year 2020 Motivational Keto, IF, Exercise and Self-Care Challenge Starts TODAY!!! 🔥🔥🔥 — June 1, 2020

Our Mid-year 2020 Motivational Keto, IF, Exercise and Self-Care Challenge Starts TODAY!!! 🔥🔥🔥

Join us TODAY!!!

Happy Monday and welcome to the start of our June Mid-year 2020 Motivational Challenge of Eating Clean, Keto, IF, Exercise and Self-Care! Are you ready to practice some #CarbDistancing and some #SugarDistancing this month??

If yes let’s:

1) Get started, step on a scale and write down your starting weight! 🔥

2) Lay aside ALL #excuses and make your mind up to go and get after your goals! 💯

3) Think, #pray and declare with your mouth that you are going to make #healthy changes that will align with your #goals and intention for this month. 🙏🏾

4) Write out your Goals/Action Plan for this month, for example:

  • Lose weight – 1-2 pounds weekly
  • Exercise 3-5 days a week
  • Eat Clean Non-GMO/Organic (no processed foods)
  • Reduce or Eliminate Starchy carbs/sugar (20-40 total carbs daily)
  • Get more sleep (7-9 hours daily)
  • Reduce Stress by practicing mindfulness, yoga, breathing exercises, prayer and/or etc…

Add any other goals you may have…

5) Get healthy (if possible organic/non-gmo) fresh or frozen foods and throw away any processed food left in your home to eliminate temptation. (For example candy, chips, sugary/high carb snacks, cookies, etc.) 🥑🥦🌶️

6) Exercise 3-5 days weekly be sure to practice #socialdistancing while doing it!!! 🏋🏽‍♀️🏃🏿‍♂️

7) Execute your action #plan and stay #consistent! 💯

I’m rooting for you this month! You CAN do it!!! Let’s make this month of June #HEALTHY together!!! 🙌🏾

My full monthly Eat Clean/Keto/IF/Exercise/Self-Care challenge details are here ➡️ http://www.monicaakerele.com

🔥🔥🔥 I’ve added some Motivational Support Services as an additional resource to my blog posts to help support you on your health journey:

• Weekly Zoom Support Group Calls/weekly weigh-in accountability: $20.00 per month.

• 1on1 Motivational Coaching: $10.00 per weekly session of 30 minutes or $30.00 monthly(includes 4 individual coaching sessions a month and weekly group calls.)

*If these prices above are too expensive for you and you really want to take advantage of one of or both of these motivational support services please message me at contact@monicaakerele.com so I can see how I can accommodate your request.

• Weekly prayer call on Zoom (Free)

• Monthly Group Weight Loss and Health/Wellness Devotionals on YouVersion. (Free)

Please click on the Google form link below
to let me know which of these services (free and/or paid) that you are interested in participating in so I can follow-up with you to help get you started. I look forward to helping you take your Self-Care intentionality to the next level!

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSctROXX6etopWE32I6UQu_xMaNskFsQTjw5-v03ZBE3Aqlc-w/viewform?usp=sf_link

Let’s get it!!! 🔥🔥🔥

Disclaimer: Always get your doctor’s approval before embarking upon a ketogenic, intermittent fasting and/or an exercise regimen. This is not a substitute for professional medical, nutritional or exercise advice this is for motivational and educational purposes only.

Our Mid-year #Keto, IF, #Exercise and #SelfCare Challenge Starts Tomorrow!!! #LetsGo 🔥🔥🔥 — May 31, 2020

Our Mid-year #Keto, IF, #Exercise and #SelfCare Challenge Starts Tomorrow!!! #LetsGo 🔥🔥🔥

Happy Sunday #Keto FAM!!! It’s the final weigh day for this month’s challenge! Let me know what scale and/or non-scale victories you’ve experienced this month! I want to hear from you! Send me your update for this month in the comment section!!! Our June Mid-year challenge starts tomorrow!!! I’m excited to share some new motivational support services that I will be offering going forward in tomorrow’s blog post! I hope you will take advantage of these services to support you on your weight loss, exercise and self-care journey! Stay tuned!!!

Let’s Get It!!! 🔥🔥🔥

For motivation on your keto, intermittent fasting and exercise journey follow my blog at http://www.monicaakerele.com

Disclaimer: Always get your doctor’s approval before embarking upon a ketogenic, intermittent fasting and/or an exercise regimen. This is not a substitute for professional medical, nutritional or exercise advice this is for motivational and educational purposes only.

Keto Recipe Pick of The Week! — May 28, 2020

Keto Recipe Pick of The Week!

Happy #ThankfulThursday! Here is my Keto Recipe pick of the week! It is a Baked Shrimp and Broccoli Foil Packs with Garlic Lemon Butter Sauce recipe by www.eatwell101.com! Click on the link below for the recipe!

https://www.eatwell101.com/shrimp-and-broccoli-foil-packs-recipe

If you would like one of your favorite keto recipes to possibly be featured in one of my Keto Recipe Pick of the Week posts please share your link(s) in the comment section below!!! Keep eating clean and exercising! Let’s finish May 2020 Keto and healthy!!!

Let’s Go!!! 🔥🔥🔥

For motivation on your keto, intermittent fasting and exercise journey follow my blog at http://www.monicaakerele.com

Disclaimer: Always get your doctor’s approval before embarking upon a ketogenic, intermittent fasting and/or an exercise regimen. This is not a substitute for professional medical, nutritional or exercise advice this is for motivational and educational purposes only.

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