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What Are Your 2019 #Goals?

What are your goals for 2019? Set them now and make plans to execute them in 2019! Seize the moment and achieve your goals. YOU are WORTH it!!! 💯❤

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Do YOU really BELIEVE that YOU CAN DO IT?

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Happy Hump Day! It is day 2 of our 30 Day Challenge & I am so excited about it! I am looking forward to what this month is going to bring as we make healthy choices, become more active & get an adequate amount of sleep! But…. first things first! You HAVE to start this challenge with a belief that it is possible, that YOU WILL be successful on this challenge, that YOU CAN do it! Every venture & every challenge worth starting must begin with FAITH. Faith believes, Faith speaks, Faith works! Speak it, believe & let’s put our faith to work during this challenge by sticking to the food plan, exercise & sleep plan for this month.

Today I declare and pray for everyone taking part in this challenge, that you will be successful on this challenge, that you will be able to lay aside every weight that will try to hinder you from making progress this month. When I speaks of weights I am talking about bad habits, unhealthy food choices, inactivity, unbelief, low self-esteem, impulses, proclivities, ANYTHING that would try to get in the way of your progress this month.

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Do me a favor get a piece of paper and write in the center of it  “I CAN DO IT!” Look at the example I have provided in this picture above. Put “My 30 Day Challenge” at the top and what your starting weight is. Beside that write the words “Final Weight” so when the challenge is over you can put your final results in. Feel free to write any other inspirational phrases that motivate you below “I CAN Do It”.  Write what your weekly weight loss goal is at the bottom right hand corner of the page and on the left hand corner write “Week 1 actual:” and so on for 4 weeks so you can document the actual weight you lost each week of the challenge. We will weigh in weekly on Tuesday mornings to measure our progress.  Once you have completed this tape it on your mirror in the bathroom or somewhere you visit often in your house like the refrigerator (lol) so you are constantly reminded of your goals for this month.

The main point of the post today is show the importance of faith in this process and the importance of goal setting and measuring your progress. These in addition to you implementing your plan will help ensure you are successful on this 30 day challenge. I am praying for you and I am believing with you that YOU CAN DO IT! Make sure you let me know if you are taking this challenge with me this month so I can pray for you by name. Send me a message or email me at info@monicaakerele.com put “30 Day Challenge” in the subject line or you can just respond to this post.

Let’s get it!

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Spread the word! Let’s Go!

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Do I HAVE to EXERCISE???

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Happy Monday Everyone! It’s Day 9 of our 30 day challenge & the answer to this question is an unequivocal yes!!! If the truth be told you can’t afford not to exercise. With the rise in healthcare costs the cheaper option is to make your investment up front in healthy foods, time spent exercising, gym memberships, personal trainers, exercise DVDs, FitBit devices (Surge, Charge etc…). I have to push through the temptation and the excuses not to exercise everyday! It is a fight for your life, literally. Exercise is anywhere between 20-30% of what aids in weight loss & your food intake/sleep is the other 70-80%. All 3 elements are key in you seeing lasting results.

Right now I am on vacation and I promise you the last thing that I want to do is exercise BUT if I want to keep from gaining weight while on vacation I’ve got to get it in at the gym or outside. Saturday and Sunday I did a walk/run on the beach and it was a great workout, sweat and all. I plan to get in some swimming today and more walk/running on the beach. I have to give props to my husband for challenging me to do that. I believe having a workout partner is essential to helping you stay motivated to exercise daily but they have to be in it to win it too!!! When you have days like this where you are questioning whether you should exercise let your answer be an uncompromising yes and get added motivation from someone who can hold you accountable with your exercising. This person could be someone who also wants to lose weight or get fit or someone who has already traveled down the path you are now on. That person is key to your success so take full advantage of the support that person can provide! Take the time to secure your accountability partner today! So now there are truly No Excuses! We have 21 days left on our challenge!!!

Let’s get it!
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Why I Think We Should Eat Organic…

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Happy Tuesday All! It is day 6 of our 30 day challenge! How are things going? Are you eating clean? Are you getting in exercise daily? Are you getting 7-9 hours of sleep daily?  Are you eating ORGANIC? As promised I said I would dedicate a post specifically to answer the question of why we should begin eating organic. Believe me I know the struggle of eating clean & organic, it is definitely a more expensive way of life but I say you will either pay now or pay later. Invest in your health don’t sell yourself short in the quality of food that you feed yourself and your family. There have been many studies that show organic food is more nutritious than regular food. Here are some reasons to consider switching to organic food.

  1. Research shows that organic vegetables and fruit are higher in vitamin C, antioxidants, and the minerals iron, magnesium calcium and chromium.
  1. Organic food is also free of neurotoxins that comes from pesticides sprayed on fruit and vegetables. Neurotoxins damage brain and nerve cells.
  1. Organic food supports the growth of children’s brains and bodies. Children’s growing brains and bodies are more vulnerable to toxins than adults. Choosing organic helps feed their bodies without the exposure to pesticides and GMOs (genetically-modified organisms).
  1. Organic food is real food. 20% of all genetically-modified seeds (and therefore foods that grow from them) are engineered to produce their own pesticides. Research shows that these seeds may continue producing pesticides inside your body once you’ve eaten the food grown from them…Unbelievable…
  1. Organic food tastes a lot better than non-organic fruit.

 

  1. Organic food is not exposed to gas-ripening like some non-organic fruits and vegetables (like bananas).
  1. Eating organic may reduce your risk of getting cancer! The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) considers 60% of herbicides, 90% of fungicides, and 30 percent of insecticides potentially cancer-causing. I truly believe that the increased rates of cancer are linked to the use of these carcinogenic pesticides.
  1. Eating organic meat drecreases your exposure to antibiotics, synthetic hormones, and drugs that find their way into the animals and ultimately into you.

Read more reasons to eat organic at http://www.organic-food-for-everyone.com/why-eat-organic-food.html
Now that you know the facts about organic food, what are you going to do?

Eat Organic! Now that’s the right answer! Let’s get it!!!

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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 http://www.monicaakerele.com also join me on my next 30 day challenge beginning on June 1st, 2015!!! Let’s get it!!!
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Stay The Course No Matter What Life Throws At You!!!

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Great day Everyone!!! Thank you for all of the weight loss feedback that you have given me from the weigh in this week! Some of you have lost 1-5 pounds and some of you lost none but maintained your weight and some of you actually gained a pound or 2. Listen we have all been there. Some weeks are better than others. Sometimes on your journey to weight loss you encounter detours on the road that can unexpectedly get you off course or delays your progress. Can I get a witness? (LOL) Yes I know there are many that can attest to this! This week has been a crazy one for me & probably my most trying week to date. I have been running into the challenge of time or the lack thereof that is. Each day this week I have had a full & relentless schedule, thus the time I would have spent working out or planning has been sucked up by activities, people, places & things! I am not making excuses I am just telling it like it is. Life Happened to me so NOW I am making the decision to take my LIFE back!!!! What about you? So let me ask you this…

What can we do to successfully manage & prioritize our time in such a way that we stop putting ourselves last? I would love to hear from you please respond to this post or send me a personal message at info@monicaakerele.com Well here are some suggestions that should help below.

1) Start each day with prayer – Ask God to help you prioritize your day so you can get it all done.

2) Write down or type in your plan for today – Use a day planner with hour slots or your Smartphone/Tablet/Google Calendar etc… & Set Reminders!

3) Execute the plan – Flex in case roadblocks come in your way & re-schedule it in a different time slot

4) Reflect at the end of the day to see what you can do to manage your time better the next day.

5) If your day does not go as expected Never Give-up! Try again the next day!

The most important take away from this is to make your time to exercise, plan meals, eat clean, sleep etc. a priority. You have set goals to meet & in order for you to meet them you have to work towards it. Take this time for yourself! Love yourself enough to implement these changes, because guess what Honey? YOU ARE WORTH IT! So…

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Weekend Healthy Diet Recipe Assignment!

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Happy Saturday!!! I hope you are having a great weekend! I have an assignment for you for the weekend! Find a healthy recipe website that you think would be helpful for us to use during our challenge. Here is one to give you some ideas. http://paleogrubs.com/paleo-recipes Paleo is one of the diet plans that are the closest to what we are doing so anything Paleo will do! Be ready to share your recipe findings on Monday! Let’s go! Make the rest of your weekend great & healthy!!!! Press Like, Share & Follow me on my blog at http://www.monicaakerele.wordpress.com