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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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Set Goals, Plan & Execute! Let’s Get It!

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Happy Thursday! Today is day 2 of our 30 day challenge!!! Are you ready to get it in this month!? What is your plan for meeting your goals for this month?

First things first! You must set a goal. Start off small, for example .5-2 pounds per week. Set your goal then take steps to meet that goal.  I recommend weighing in at least daily or weekly to see what your progress is real time so you can make adjustments if needed. Use MyFitnessPal to track your progress.

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Tell me what your goal is for this month? Whatever goal you set, you must believe that you CAN do it. I am a witness that you CAN do it! Last month I set a goal to lose 8 pounds and guess what? I absolutely did. This was how I did it.

1) I prayed (Involve God in your journey)
2) I believed (Faith speaks what you believe & action follows)
3) I set my goal (8 pounds)
4) I got my eating and work out plan down on paper
5) I executed the plan
6) Shared my plan with my accountability partners & asked them to hold me accountable to my plan
7) I measured my progress utilizing the scale to weigh in and MyFitnesspal to track food and exercise
8) Made adjustments to the plan based on my progress real time.

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So tell me what your goals are and what your plan is for this month so I can hold you accountable too!

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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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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Weigh In Day!

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Happy Hump Day Everyone! It’s day 15 of our March 30 day challenge! Today is our 1st weigh in day for this month! We will do 2 weigh ins (once every 15 days) during this month’s challenge.  So don’t forget to weigh in first thing this morning in order to tell me how you did during the past 2 weeks! Question? What breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner plan do you have for today? What is your exercise plan? Go ahead and write down your goals/plan for the rest of the week and execute the plan! Remember this if you fail to plan then you indeed plan to fail! So get that plan out on paper or on your Smartphone and/or tablet and let’s make this 3rd 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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2nd Weigh In For February 2016 Challenge!

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Happy Sunday Everyone! I hope you are having a phenomenally healthy and active weekend thus far! Today is day 21 of our 30 day challenge! We are 2/3rds through the challenge already! Can you believe it? Well it is our weigh in day so weigh in this morning and let me how you did! I look forward to your feedback! Send me a private message and give me an update or you can respond to this post! 🙂 Just know this whatever the scale says you are still a winner! Remember this, getting healthy is not an event it is a journey that lasts a lifetime! So hang in there even if the scale doesn’t reflect the weight you hoped that it would. Make THIS new week count! Stay focused on your goals and make the last 9 days of this challenge great, healthy and active!

Let’s get it!

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Our December Diet & Exercise Challenge Begins TODAY!

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Happy Tuesday and welcome to December 2015!!! Can you believe that we only have 1 month left in this year! How close are you to meeting the weight goals you set for yourself for 2015? Well we have 30 days left in this year to get as close as we can to meeting our goals! Today is the 1st day of our 30 Day Challenge for December and I’m so excited to get started! What about you? I hope you are getting off to a great start! Please be sure that you weigh in to get your starting weight and that you take a before picture so you can see the difference at the end of this challenge. I would like to see your before and after pictures at the conclusion of this challenge.

Lastly be sure to set a goal for this challenge. A realistic goal is anywhere between 1-2 pounds per week. So set your goals, plan your meals (eat clean) and exercise time daily and go get it! Let me know what your goal is for this challenge by responding to this post or by sending me a private message to info@monicaakerele.com. I’m believing and praying with you that you will meet all of your goals!!! You CAN do it!!!

Let’s go!!!

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