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Leave No Child Behind!!! Pass Healthy Down!

Happy Tuesday Everyone! I think it’s important that while we focus on getting fit and becoming our best version of ourselves that we don’t leave our children and grandchildren behind. With childhood obesity on the rise its important that we equip them with the knowledge and the tools necessary to make good food decisions. 

Listen to this video by Dr. Josh Axe. On this quick video he and a Pediatrician discuss Healthy Food alternatives for our children to eat while educating you on the food that is harmful to their health. I don’t know about you but I want the best for my kids and I truly want them to have a good start in life. It’s never to late to do things differently. When we know better we can do better! 💯 Let’s get it!!!

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Your Life, My Life, Our Lives MATTER!

I know this has nothing to do with diet and fitness but this post MATTERS more than any that I’ve ever posted on my blog… 

​I had to have the #BlackLivesMatter #BlueLivesMatter #AllLivesMatter conversation with my child this morning. She was shocked & saddened by the recent events that have played out in the media regarding the fatal shootings of #PhilandoCastile #AltonSterling & the 5 #DallasPoliceOfficers as we all are. That could have been our Father, our brother, our son whether on the blue or black side. At the end of the day we have to come together in love and #unity and all of us need to turn back to God. Please join #Dallas in #praying TODAY @12 NOON for the healing and unity of our country. Parents have this talk with  your children & end the conversation in praying for the healing and unity of ALL of God’s children. Enough is Enough!

Hate cannot dispel hate only #LOVE can… 

#LoveGod #LoveSelf #LovePeople
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Happy Mother’s Day! You Rock!!!

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I just wanted to take the time to wish all of the Mothers who have been on this fitness journey with me. I celebrate you today and the commitment you have made to adopt a healthy lifestyle that I know has and will continue to make a positive and healthy impact on your children from this generation and beyond. Keep moving forward and staying focused on your goals you are soooooo worth it!!!

Make today great & healthy! Enjoy yourself! 🙌

Much love!!!

Monica Hawthorne-Akerele
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You’ve Come Too Far To Give Up Now!

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Happy Monday & welcome to a new week! This week is the last week of this April 30 day challenge! How are things going so far? I pray its going well and you are staying focused on your action plan and ultimately your goals that you have set for the month. Have you been able to stay on track? If not what has been your stumbling block(s)? What are the steps that you take to get back on track?  I find that stepping on the scale will help motivate me to get back on track and keep going. I also remind myself about the reasons I started on this weight loss journey. Going to the doctor for a yearly physical is also a great motivation especially once you get your lab results!  Looking in the mirror and seeing how you fit and look in your clothes is another motivator for me.

One of the biggest motivators for me is having an accountability partner to check in with. This is someone who will consistently check on you to see how you are doing! This person is not a yes man but someone who will call you out if you are getting off track. They will also motivate you to get back on track. Those that truly care about you and are fully vested in seeing you meet the goals that you have set for yourself.

Do you have someone keeping you accountable? If not get you one TODAY! This person can be a family member, friend, coworker, church member etc…Having this support person/team has truly been a key component to my success on this weight loss journey.

MAKE THIS LAST WEEK COUNT!

Let’s get it!

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You’ve Come Too Far To Give Up Now!

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Happy Monday & welcome to a new week! This week is the last week of this April 30 day challenge! How are things going so far? I pray its going well and you are staying focused on your action plan and ultimately your goals that you have set for the month. Have you been able to stay on track? If not what has been your stumbling block(s)? What are the steps that you take to get back on track?  I find that stepping on the scale will help motivate me to get back on track and keep going. I also remind myself about the reasons I started on this weight loss journey. Going to the doctor for a yearly physical is also a great motivation especially once you get your lab results!  Looking in the mirror and seeing how you fit and look in your clothes is another motivator for me.

One of the biggest motivators for me is having an accountability partner to check in with. This is someone who will consistently check on you to see how you are doing! This person is not a yes man but someone who will call you out if you are getting off track. They will also motivate you to get back on track. Those that truly care about you and are fully vested in seeing you meet the goals that you have set for yourself.

Do you have someone keeping you accountable? If not get you one TODAY! This person can be a family member, friend, coworker, church member etc…Having this support person/team has truly been a key component to my success on this weight loss journey.

MAKE THIS LAST WEEK COUNT!

Let’s get it!

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Eat Clean & #KeepPounding This #SUPERBOWL50 Weekend!

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TGIF! It’s Day 5! What is on your plate today? Well today I had salad, 3 buffalo wings and a bottle of water & guess what? I’m fully satisfied! What is your gameplan for this Super Bowl weekend??? I heard today on the news that the average American eats/drinks nothing less than 6,000 calories on Super Bowl Sunday!!!! Can you believe that?! Lol sadly I CAN…SMH Between the pizza, wings, chips, dips, drinks, desserts its really easy to see how this can be possible! So let me #Challenge you to defy the odds and not do that this #SuperBowl50 weekend! Don’t derail the progress you’ve made just for one day of football. So here are some tips to make sure you stay on track this weekend.

1) Try to get a workout in on Sunday before the BIG game starts!

2) Swap Salad or veggies in the place of the Pizza or the other high calorie carbs that might be available.

3) Eat more protein instead…More wings please!

4) Eat fruit instead of the sugary desserts

5) Drink water instead of the soda and alcoholic beverages that may be available at the Super Bowl gathering

6) Stay within your calorie target for the day by utlizing MyFitnessPal or other food tracking apps to track what you plan to eat BEFORE you eat it! If you fail to plan then you plan to fail!

7) HAVE FUN! Enjoy the game & your friends & family!!!

And Last but NOT least #KeepPounding  (Keep Moving)

Lets Go!

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What Vision Do You Have For Your Future Self?

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TGIF! Today is day 2 of our 30 day challenge and I don’t know about you but I am EXCITED about this month’s challenge! I was out on a hiatus during the month of September to recuperate from surgery that took place in my throat but I am well on my way to recovering all and I have been released by my doctor to start exercising again! So you can imagine that its great to be back in it to win it! During my hiatus I gained about 5 pounds. So that goes to show how important the part of exercise plays in your daily routine and it’s impact on your weight. Well now I’m back and I am ready to get it in! What about you?

Today’s blog is about Vision and how  important it is when you are making decisions about your health or anything that you want to accomplish in life. You have to see in your mind’s eye exactly what you want the end goal to be before you begin this process. When I began my weight loss journey in 2013 all I knew was I wanted to get out of the 200s!!! Once I had a vision of what I wanted I could then begin to set goals that would eventually get me to my desired weight or BMI. What goals have you set so far? Goals are necessary so it can move you forward. My first goal was to lose at least 2-2.5  pounds a week. Which would mean I would lose 10 pounds a month and in a year’s time if successful at meeting those goals monthly I would have a net weight loss of 120 pounds. So measuring your progress is important thus we have our weekly weigh in so we can measure how much weight we have lost. How do you ensure you meet your weekly goal? A good way to do that is to leverage the MyFitnessPal tool/app or Fooducate on your computer, iPhone/iPad or on any Android device. Another good tool is to get a Fitbit tracking device and to use the Fitbit app to track your meals and exercise daily. This helps you to stay on track so you won’t go over your allotted calories for the day. Measuring has been key to my weight loss success. Remember this you cannot manage what you do not measure so this is really important! I know at times it may seem overwhelming to implement these processes but I promise you it’s well worth your time. This is your life, you are valuable, you have a divine purpose to fulfill daily and the world needs you to be able to show up daily to get it done! Being healthy ensures that you will be able to show up and be ultra productive! So what is your vision for your health? What goals will you set to get there? What measuring tool will you use to ensure you meet your goals weekly? I know these are tough questions but you are worth the work, you are worth the answer, you are worth the outcome this work will produce! Invest in you & love yourself enough to implement these processes and move YOUR vision forward. Let’s get it! 🙌

Make today great & healthy!

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