accountability · apps · Christian · Coaching · Counseling · diet · diets · Exercise · Facebook · faith · Family · Fitbit · fitbit.com · fitness · Goal Setting · Google Play · Gym · health · healthy · Inspiration · Inspirational · instagram · Lose Weight · Love · Motivation · Motivational · planning · Prayer · processed foods · Self Care · Self Love · sleep · Support · Twitter · weight loss · workout · workout partner

What Vision Do You Have For Your Future Self?

image

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!

Follow me on my motivational diet and fitness blog at http://www.monicaakerele.wordpress.com and follow me on Twitter & Instagram @MonicaAkerele

accountability · diet · diets · Exercise · Facebook · fitness · Goal Setting · Google Play · Gym · health · Inspiration · Inspirational · instagram · Lose Weight · Love · Motivation · Motivational · planning · processed foods · recipe · recipes · Self Care · Self Love · Support · Twitter · weight loss

We Are In The Final Stretch Of The Challenge!

image

Happy Monday Everyone! I hope you had a great & healthy weekend! Today is day 22 of our challenge! We are in the home stretch of the challenge now! It is our weigh in day so weigh first thing this morning and let me how you did! I can’t wait to get your feedback! Respond to this post or send me a private message to let me know how you did! 🙂 I’m happy to report that I lost 1 pound this week! 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 really count. Stay focused on your goal & make this week great, healthy & active!

Let’s go!
Press Like, Share & Follow me on my blog at
http://www.monicaakerele.com by clicking on the 30 day challenge picture.

Also follow me on Twitter and Instagram for more motivation @MonicaAkerele

christian music · Facebook · Family · Google Play · gospel · gospel music · Inspiration · Inspirational · instagram · iTunes · Love · Motivation · Motivational · Music · New Music · Prayer · Self Love · SoundCloud · Support · Twitter · urban gospel

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You ♡

image

It’s been 1 week since I released my new single Trust In You! I just wanted to take the time to thank EVERYONE who has supported me with this release. Please forgive me because this thank you list is looonnng…lol I want to first thank God for blessing me with the inspiration to write the lyrics and the arrangement of this song and my awesome producer Christopher Bostic who produced this track and his awesome wife Karmel Bostic for holding down the alto/tenor BGVs with me and for doing my make-up for the photo. I want to also thank Antidote Creative Group – Emmanuel Threatt & Adrienne Threatt for doing the photography for my CD and Elizabeth Searle for designing the CD/MP3 cover. J-Stylz for being the studio engineer during my recording sessions. I also have to thank my immediate and extended family for their love, patience & support while I wrote & recorded this song and thereafter. Last but not least I want to thank Dr. Leon Threatt & Carol Threatt for allowing me to debut “Trust In You” Live at CFA this past Sunday. If you downloaded the single Thank you, If you bought the physical CD, Thank you! If you came out to support me at CFA on Sunday, Thank you! If you prayed for me, Thank you, If you have said an encouraging word by phone, text, instant message or social media, Thank you! If you shared my “Trust In You” posts, website or videos with your friends & family on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter, Thank you! If you have offered to help me in ANY way I just want to say Thank you. If you have invited me to come sing and/or speak at your event and/or radio/tv show THANK YOU!!! I am overwhelmed by the love and support that you all have shown me. I pray that you will reap over and beyond 100 fold for that which you have sown into me. Much love to you all & God bless!

Listen to “Trust In You” now on my website at http://www.monicaakerele.com

Christian · christian music · Exercise · Facebook · faith · fitness · Google Play · gospel · gospel music · healthy · Inspiration · Inspirational · instagram · Lose Weight · Motivation · Motivational · Music · New Music

Trust In You Releases Tomorrow In All Digital Music Stores – 5-26-15

11141147_10152960244170369_6171825727237571903_n

The official release of Monica Hawthorne-Akerele’s new single “Trust in You” produced by Christopher Bostic (CMGM) will be tomorrow, Tuesday, May 26th! Trust In You is available now for Pre-Order on Amazon for 99 cents! Please share this post with your Friends & Family! Thank you for your support! Go to www.monicaakerele.com for the download links and to stay connected with what I am doing in music, diet & fitness!

Press Like, Share & Follow me on my motivational diet & fitness blog at http://www.monicaakerele.wordpress.com and follow me on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram @MonicaAkerele

accountability · Amazon · Christian · christian music · Coaching · Counseling · diet · diets · Exercise · Facebook · faith · fitness · Goal Setting · Google Play · gospel · gospel music · Gym · health · healthy · Inspiration · Inspirational · instagram · iTunes · Lose Weight · Love · Motivation · Motivational · Music · New Music · planning · Prayer · processed foods · recipe · recipes · Self Care · Self Love · SoundCloud · Support · Twitter · urban gospel · weight loss

What Will You Do Differently This Week?

wpid-weight-loss-goals.jpeg

Happy Saturday Everyone! It’s Day 22 of our 30 day challenge and it’s Weigh in Day!!! How did it go? How many pounds have you lost so far this month? You can either respond to this post or you can send me a personal message. I have lost 5 pounds so far this month! 5 is the number of God’s GRACE and it’s been exactly that which has empowered me to accomplish that so far for this month! I am looking to lose 2 more pounds during the last week of the challenge so I can finish the month strong with 7 pounds lost total for the month of May! What is your goal for this last week of the challenge? What will you do differently this week to make it happen? I recommend adding in an additional workout. What has helped me to get out of the weight loss plateau I was experiencing in April was to add an additional workout in so I workout first thing in the morning then again at lunch or sometime in the evening. That is exactly the push I needed to get my metabolism revved up again for weight loss! I also added more strength training to my exercise routine. I literally strength train a different area of my body 6 out of 7 days of the week. So I might do legs on Monday, Arms on Tuesday, Back on Wednesday, Shoulders on Thursday, Abs on Friday and so on… I do at least 30-45 minutes of cardio 5-6 days a week. Tell me what your plan will be for the week! Let’s go hard this week and finish strong! You CAN do it!!! Let’s get it!!!

Press Like, Share & Follow me on my motivational weight loss blog at http://www.monicaakerele.wordpress.com also follow me on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram @MonicaAkerele

My new single titled "Trust In You" will be released on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play & all other digital music outlets on May 26, 2015. Click here to get a sneak preview of it on SoundCloud https://m.soundcloud.com/monica-hawthorne-akerele/my-new-single-trust-in-you. Stay connected with me on here and on my website at www.monicaakerele.com also join me on my next 30 day challenge beginning on June 1st, 2015!!! Let’s get it!!!
My new single titled “Trust In You” will be released on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play & all other digital music outlets on May 26, 2015. Click here to get a sneak preview of it on SoundCloud https://m.soundcloud.com/monica-hawthorne-akerele/my-new-single-trust-in-you. Stay connected with me on here and on my website at http://www.monicaakerele.com also join me on my next 30 day challenge beginning on June 1st, 2015!!! Let’s get it!!!