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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!!! 

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Happy Monday! It’s Weigh In Time!!!

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Happy Monday Everyone! It’s day 10 of our January 30 day challenge! Tomorrow is our 1st weigh in day for this month! We will do 3 weigh ins (once every 10 days) during this month’s challenge.  So don’t forget to weigh in first thing in the morning to tell me how you did during this past week! Question? What breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner plan do you have for today? What is your exercise plan for the week? Go ahead and write down your goals/plan for the week and get your bag packed tonight for tomorrow! Remember this if you fail to plan then you inadvertently plan to fail! So get that plan on paper or on your Smartphone and/or tablet and let’s make this 2nd week of the challenge great, healthy and active!!! I’m praying and believing for your success this week! Let’s get it!!!

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Happy New Year! Let’s make it FIT!

Happy New Year & welcome to 2016!!! I pray this will your best, fit & healthiest year ever! I am still on this journey  with you to becoming healthy and whole, Body, Soul and Spirit!  Join me on my next 30 day challenge beginning on January 2, 2016!!! Read below for details!

Let’s get it!!!

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This Blog has been set up to provide updates on my monthly 30 day challenges and to motivate you on your diet and fitness journey. I started this blog in 2013 that year I lost a total of 63 pounds in 6 months! Now that is epic! If you are interested in learning more about my challenges click on the follow me button on my blog so you can subscribe and get automatic updates in your email whenever I post new motivational articles. Read below for the challenge details & stay tuned for future updates! Let’s get fit and eat clean in 2016!!!

The goal for this challenge is to eat clean that means no processed foods and to eat organic food as much as possible but if its not possible for you to buy organic just stick to eating clean. Here are the acceptable foods for this challenge:

1) Lean meats including chicken, turkey, lean cuts of beef and pork. Turkey or Pork Bacon with no Nitrites or Nitrates. Target, Trader Joes, Whole Foods Market, Healthy Home Market, Fresh Market and EarthFare sells this. You can also have Dannon Triple Zero or Chobani Simply 100 Greek Yogurt and Eggs.
2) Vegetables
3) Fruit (Do not eat this after 4pm)
4) Beans, peas, hummus (limit to once per day)
5) Nuts and Seeds
6) Drinks: Water, unsweetened almond milk, whey or soy protein for a breakfast shake or smoothie, coffee and hot green, black, or white tea. You can drink coffee or tea without a sweetener or you can use 1-2 teaspoons of honey as your sweetener. But limit it to once per day. On this challenge I really want to eliminate all artificial sweeteners as studies suggest that they are more harmful to your health as originally suspected. Strive to drink at least 1 gallon of water per day or more.
7) Sleep at least 7-9 hours per day
8) Exercise at least 3-5 days per week for 45-60 minutes per session.
9) Lastly register for this free weight/calorie tracking service at http://www.myfitnesspal.com/ or you can download the MyFitnessPal app on your smartphone or tablet. Send me your username and the email address you used to register to this Free service to my email at monicaakerele@gmail.com The purpose of this app is to track your meals, water and exercise activity for the day. It also allows you to track your weight and measurements. Remember this you cannot manage what you do not measure! When you get set-up I want you to add me as a friend on there so I can hold you accountable during the challenge from a tracking standpoint & also so I can celebrate your successes along the way. If you choose the option of finding friends on Facebook you will be able to add me. Otherwise you may be able to find me by my username of which is monicaakerele.

I know this may seem challenging but it has truly been the key to my weight loss success along with prayer! I lost 63 pounds in 6 months by implementing these processes. Let me know what questions you have! If you would like to take this challenge with me email me monicaakerele@gmail.com

The next challenge starts on January 2, 2016! Take a before picture before you start so when the challenge is over you can see the difference that one month of healthy eating and exercise made.

As an important reminder please consult with your medical doctor for approval before starting this or any other diet and/or fitness program.

Let’s Go! You CAN do it!

In case you didn’t know I have a single titled “Trust In You” released on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play and all other digital music stores.

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Thank You, Thank You, Thank You ♡

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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

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Don’t Give Up! Remember Why You Started This Challenge!

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Happy Wednesday Everyone! I hope you are having a great & healthy week so far. Remember this is the last week of this challenge and we will begin a new one on June 1st!!! There will be no breaks this time around we are going to go hard for the month of June! Are you ready???

My motivation for leading and participating in this challenge is to achieve and maintain optimal health so that I can be an example for my children, glorify God in the way that I manage my body & also so I can fulfill the purpose for which I was born without being hindered by being unhealthy and out of shape. It also doesn’t hurt to have some other short term motivations! I actually have 2 extra ones. #1 I have a class reunion coming up in August & I’m also going to the beach and I will be rocking a new swimming suit! Me and the beach/swimming suits have never been friends in the past but I think this year we will get a long just fine because I am determined to be in the best shape of my life by August lol! Whatever your motivation is keep it before you and work towards it daily. When you feel like giving up remember why you started in the first place! I love you bunches let’s finish this week off strong!!!

In case you didn’t know I released a new single on Tuesday! It’s available NOW in all digital music stores including iTunes, Amazon and Google Play. You can go to my website at http://www.monicaakerele.com to hear a snippet of the song and to download it. Please share this with your friends and family! Thank you so much for your support!

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

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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!

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What Will You Do Differently This Week?

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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!!!

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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!!!