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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!
Monica Akerele
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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 is Your Diet, Weight & Fitness Goal For This Week?

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Great Day to All of you Motivated, Beautiful & Healthy People! It’s Day 8 of our 30 day challenge and it’s also our first weigh in day for the month of June!!! Let me know how you did!!! Today I want you to think about what your goal is for this week. My goal for this week is to lose at least 2 pounds and to work out 6 days this week for at least 1 hour per day. I will sleep 7-8 hours and eat clean, sugar free all week long with NO exceptions! What about you??? I want to hear from you! Let’s make this week great & healthy!!! You CAN do it!!! I’m praying and rooting for you!!! Let’s get it!!! 🙂

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What is Your Goal For This Week?

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Great Day to All of you Motivated, Beautiful & Healthy People! It’s Day 8 of our 30 day challenge and it’s also our first weigh in day for the month of June!!! Let me know how you did!!! Today I want you to think about what your goal is for this week. My goal for this week is to lose at least 2 pounds and to work out 6 days this week for at least 1 hour per day. I will sleep 7-8 hours and eat clean, sugar free all week long with NO exceptions! What about you??? I want to hear from you! Let’s make this week great & healthy!!! You CAN do it!!! I’m praying and rooting for you!!! Let’s get it!!! 🙂

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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!!!
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Don’t Give Up! Keep Pushing Forward!

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Happy Saturday it’s the 15th day of our 30 Day Challenge!!! You have made it through the halfway point of the challenge!!! How are things going? What challenges & successes have you had thus far on the challenge? Today is our 2nd weigh in for the month of May!!! Make sure you weigh in first thing this morning and let me know how you are doing!

Remember You CAN do it!! Don’t you
ever give up!!! Even if you can’t exercise like you may want to eat clean and stay within your allotted calories within MyFitnessPal and you should be able to still lose or maintain your weight until you can get a regular workout schedule going again. I’m praying for you and believing for your success on this challenge. Much love to you! Keep pushing!!

Let’s get it!!!

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