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Mid-Month Check-In for September 2018!!!

Happy Saturday All!!! Today is day 15 of our #Keto 30 Day Challenge and it’s time for our 1st weigh in for this month! 15 days down and 15 more to go! Weigh in the morning and 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 attainment for this month? Here are some ideas that you can try!

  • Consistent exercise
  • Drink water (with 1 tsp of lemon juice and/or apple cider vinegar w/the mother)
  • Cut out sugar and high carb food/snacks
  • Get more sleep
  • Reduce stress
  • 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!

Lastly here is an article with some other awesome #ketogenic tips that you can implement and integrate into your Keto routine.

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/ketogenic-diet-101

Don’t stop! Let’s get it!!!

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Back at The Gym & in Goal Setting Mode for 2018!!!

#TGIF!!! I hope you are having a great time resting and enjoying this holiday season with your #friends and #family. Well I decided to go back to the #gym today to burn off ALL of these #Christmas holiday calories that I acquired! It’s ok to splurge for a day or so but don’t stay there! 🚫 Are you ready to join me on my next #Keto #30DayChallenge starting on 1/2/18!? I know I’m ready!!! By the #GRACE of God I was able to lose 35 pounds in 2017 but I’m believing and setting goals to reach my ultimate weight goal in 2018!!! 💯

I also got out of the pre-diabetic range on my A1C, my total cholesterol numbers are normal and I dropped from a 3x to a L size in clothes. I don’t have to buy any more plus sized clothes!!! Goodbye Lane Bryant!✌🏾 My back, shoulder and hip pain is gone! As far as I’m concerned its been a pretty successful year health wise. I give glory to #God for it and I’m thankful that he opened my eyes to the benefits of intermittent fasting and eating a ketogenic diet. What goals did you reach in 2017 and what health/fitness/weight loss goals do you have for yourself in 2018? Let me know in the comments. Start setting and writing down your goals now and go shopping for #organic and/or #NonGMO food so we can hit the ground running on January 2nd, 2018!!! For details go to my #blog at http://www.monicaakerele.WordPress.com #LetsGo #EatClean #Exercise #Keto #Ketogenic #Goals #FitAt40 #GetFit #Healthy #Motivation #GymTime #Goals #ExerciseMotivation #PlanetFitness #HOPEdealer #FitnessMotivation #FitMoms #FitMom

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#TGIF! #30DayChallenge Day 17 – Video Update

#TGIF! Thank God I’m Getting #Fit FRIDAY!!! It’s #Day17 of our #Keto #30DayChallenge!!! Check out the video below for an important update! Let me know how are you are doing! Our next weigh in day will be on Monday, August 21st! Have a blessed, #active and #healthy weekend!!! Let’s go!!!

#GetFit #LetsGetIt #Healthy #Roadto40 #Fitness #Motivation #Exercise #DontGiveUp #Goals #EatClean #Progress #Focus #WeightLoss #Ketogenic #Ketosis #Ketones #Vegan #Whole30 #StayFocused

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Celebrating My Independence!!! Song to Inspire You!

Happy Independence Day!!! While I was on my way to the gym today I was inspired to create this quick song that you will hear on this video below. During the month of June I lost a total of 13 pounds and in July I am determined to do the same if not more. For those of you that don’t know I am turning 40 in September so I have a goal weight that I want to reach by my 40th birthday!!! As a result I decided to skip the 4th of July cookout scene and just hit the gym. Why? Because I’m on a mission and people who are on a mission don’t allow themselves to be tempted or sidetracked. If you are able to withstand temptation while at a cookout then more power to ya! But as for me and my house…Lol! Anyway let this song inspire you to love yourself enough to keep going and to never give up until you reach your goals!!! 

Let’s get it! Keto 30DayChallenge GetFit

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It’s Time to Step It Up! Let’s Go!!!

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Happy Monday! It is day 6 of our 30 day challenge and I am ready to get it in this week!!! What about you? I want to challenge you to step it up a notch this week. What do you mean Monica? Well I’m glad you asked!!!!

Step it up with:

  1. Exercise – Be consistent this week! Stick to your exercise plan!
  2. Diet – Eat clean, no processed foods &, no added sugar & no starchy carbs!
  3. Meal planning – Plan ahead & Cook ahead.
  4. Get an extra hour of sleep tonight. Turn in earlier to ensure you get at least 7-8 hours of sleep each day this week.
  5. De-Stress! Think about integrating aromatherapy into your health plan, invest in a diffuser and begin diffusing some therapeutic grade or organic grade essential oils such lavender, orange, peppermint, lemon, etc… Take a relaxing bath, go get a pedicure, go for a walk/run, pray. Practice a perpetual state of gratitude. As long as you have breath in your body that is more than enough to be grateful for. Call a friend that will uplift you and not bring you down. Read the Bible and/or some other inspirational book that will augment you towards your personal goals. Volunteer in the community. Connect with www.handsoncharlotte.org or any community service organization in your community and begin volunteering.
  6. Make a specific PLAN this week and schedule your exercise accordingly
  7. Get a workout partner and hold each other accountable
  8. If you haven’t had a physical/lab work done in over a year make an appointment today so you can know your health status (Blood pressure, A1C, Cholesterol, Thyroid and etc..)
  9. Think positively & profess I am statements daily. I am successful, I am healthy, I am consistent, I am going to exercise today, I am going to eat healthy today. I am going to meet my weight loss goals. Your words shape your life. Speak by faith what you want to see in your life. Throw those negative thoughts and confessions out of the window of your life forever!
  10. Last but not least! Don’t give up! You are worth this investment. Love yourself enough to see this process through to the end.

Let’s get it in this week!!!

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What Is Your Vision For 2017? 

Happy Thursday! It is day 5 of our 30 day challenge and I don’t know about you but I am EXCITED about this month’s challenge! 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 goal is to lose at least 2  pounds a week. Which would mean I would lose 8 pounds a month and in 6 months time a net weight loss of 48 pounds. As you can see measuring your progress is important so we will have a 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 app 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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Do You Eat To Live? Or Do You Live To Eat? 

Happy Tuesday! How is everyone doing? All is well here as we head into our next weekly weigh in! So what are your goals for this month? Which of the 3 food plans and exercise plan did you decide to adopt this month? Thankfully I’m still on target with my weekly weigh in goal of 2 pounds lost per week by being on the intermittent fasting eating pattern so I’m grateful to God for consistent progress!!! 

Today I was thinking about the obesity epidemic in our country and really the world now that we have become a global society tied together from sea to shining sea by capitalism, global communication and the internet. Although most countries’ obesity rates are not as high as ours some of the same reasons for it are the same. The primary reason is we tend to live to eat instead of eating to live. This may take on different forms but it mostly boils down to this. Many people who live in poverty experience malnutrition and are wondering where they are going to get their next meal. However most Americans & those from other countries with some exceptions have a plethora of food options, so much so that we tend to overeat. 

There are manifold reasons as to why we eat the way we eat. Some stem from how we were raised, nurture vs. nature, cultural ties, community, religious traditions, to having emotional and or psychological ties to food. Have you ever heard of comfort foods? I dare you to google it lol… It is called this because we ascribe an emotional feeling to the food we eat. Of course there are chemical reactions taking place that impact certain areas of our brain that causes endorphins to be released of which are the feel good hormones. Everytime we eat those foods like ice cream, pasta, potatoes, sugary treats, breads etc., we get that comfort feeling. The sad thing is comfort foods have become our go to foods for when we are mad, happy & sad! These are the very foods that we need to limit or completely eliminate from our diets!

So what do we do about it??? Instead of trying to feel good when we eat let’s have a paradigm shift & begin to feel good in advance about what we are eating! I think a part of what is needed to beat the obesity epidemic is to rewire/retrain our relationship with food to truly be something we eat as a means to live, as fuel per se for the journey and not something to look forward to or to overindulge in. This change must first take place in the mind & the rest my friends will follow… More to come on this… Until the next time stay hungry for change my friends. Do what is necessary to see the change you want to see in your life! ❤

Let’s get it!!! 🙌

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