HOW CHAUNDA LOST 120 POUNDS

HOW CHAUNDA LOST 120 POUNDS

  There’s nothing as inspiring as hearing people’s success stories especially on their path to weight loss. Weight loss is definitely not easy and probably never will. It takes a lot of determination to embark on a that journey…

I’m a member of Black Women Losing Weight and some of you who are also members will agree with me that, people share their success stories on the site’s blog. One of which caught my attention, very real and I’m truly inspired by it…Enjoy.

Transformation of the Day: Chaunda lost 120 pounds. After years of battling clinical depression, she retreated into food, sleep and daily despair. This petite diva found the strength to come out of depression and walk into her destiny of being an inspiration to help others get healthy and lose weight. Here is what she shared with us about the steps she took to lose weight pounds and change her life…

I lost 120 pounds and it took me 18 months. I have been healthy and maintaining my weight loss for 8 years now. I exercised daily with weight resistance training, lots of running and jumping roping. I changed what I ate and how much and how often. I learned everything I could about living a healthy lifestyle and I implemented what I learned to see how my body responded. I got positive results and kept doing things like going heavier on my weights and adding more protein to my diet.
8 years ago, I was a different girl. After years of being a wife, stay-at-home Mom and battling clinical depression, I weighed over 230 pounds. Remotely, I went to see a psychiatrist every 3 months to restock my prescribed supply of Prozac. I did that for 8 years straight. I slept most of each day away, because it was the closest thing to death. Oddly, I remember very little about that period of my life. I wore a version of the same outfit most every day- a “Just My Size” t-shirt in a size 3X and black elastic waist pants in a size 2X. I couldn’t feel. My heart was shrouded in darkness and despair most days. I wasn’t living, I merely existed. I ate crap and did not exercise my body. I’d lost sight of my goals and my dreams. The rude, hurtful comments people would make about me being so fat, would play over and over again in my head every day. My identity was that of an invisible woman. I had lost… ME.
8 years later, God woke me from that season of obesity, depression and despair. God said, ” It’s time for you to walk into your destiny” and I began a journey of a thousand lives to overcome obesity and reclaim my life. What did it take?? Precisely what I teach my clients and the world today: IT TOOK CHANGING EVERYTHING. I had to put myself first. I had to learn how, what and when to eat. I had to learn how to exercise and lift weights. I had to remove toxic people and relationships from my life. I had to change my mind and make the decision to go forward. No matter how many setbacks, no matter how much weight I had to lose and no matter how many people said I couldn’t do it, I did it.
It took me 18 months to lose 120 pounds. I now cherish that time because even though it seems like a long time, it allowed me to learn how to eat and to move in order to heal my mind and body. I began by reading the book, The Best Life Diet, by Bob Greene. Then, I added more lean protein and veggies to my diet, as well as lots of water, nuts, berries and healthy fats. I removed fried foods, processed foods, sodas (diet and regular), sweets and refined carbs. I worked out daily with weights, treadmill sprints, and body weight exercises. My starting weight was 227 pounds and currently at 127. (Height 5’2″)
I grew spiritually and in so many different ways into the person you see pictured in the “after” photo. As a Biology/Pre-Med major in college (Hampton University-big ups), I always knew that I wanted to heal people but I knew I didn’t really want to become a Doctor. I graduated with that Biology degree but God had an alternative plan for me that wouldn’t be revealed until many, many years later. Bella Fitness Group was born out of my struggle. That ugly cocoon of depression and obesity birthed a beautiful spirited butterfly whose purpose is to ignite and heal the hearts, souls and bodies of people struggling with obesity. To God be the Glory. If my Dad had lived to see what I’m accomplishing and building now, I think he would be so proud of me. After all, like me, he was a Visionary dreamer, Educator, Entrepreneur and somewhat of a Renaissance Man. I never got to share all my plans, dreams and the Visions God has given me because he died 3 years ago. Daddy, continue to shine on me and continue to be that silent wind beneath my wings! I hope I’ve made you proud, even though I didn’t become the M. D. you always wanted me to be.
In 2009, my story was featured in a number of publications beginning with the Atlanta Journal Constitution newspaper. People from all over the world began reaching out to me to help them get healthy but I wasn’t Certified as a trainer. My gut said to get certified and help create a healthier world and give the gift of New Life that I had been given. So, I created a company called, The Bella Fitness Group, which means “beautifully fit”. I started with 5 clients at boot camp, did Personal Training in homes for a few years and finally opened my first Boutique Fitness Studio in 2012 with meager beginnings. Today, although the company has grown, I am still not nearly where I want to be because the VISION God has given me is so great. There is so much work left for me to do. As an entrepreneur doing everything on my own with no safety net, no “real job”, and being a Single Mom of 3 amazing kids, this path is not an easy one. There are days when I wonder how I will keep the lights on at the studio. Days when I wonder if anyone will show up. Days when I wonder if my message of optimal health is really getting through to my clients. But, STILL I RISE and meet the challenge every day, albeit sometimes in tears and desperation, but I know my faith is simply being tested and I thank God for deeming me worthy enough for HIS tests.
I share my journey periodically as a reminder to all of the people like me. I hope that my story can speak to people who are still in the struggle fighting depression, obesity and living less than what they know their destiny calls them to be. There’s hope for you too. There’s another life waiting for you. There will come a moment in time when you’ll wake up. Your heart will beat faster again and you’ll dream again. You’ll live again! There’s a blessing and a testimony mounting, but you just have to BELIEVE and never cease in your praying and faith. Once you literally get sick and tired of being sick, fat and tired, you WILL FIGHT. There’s a beautiful butterfly in each of us. Let her fly! Come on, you got this. So, to everyone reading this post, I ask that you share this with someone you know who needs to hear my story. Tell them they have a choice.

Culled from Black Women Losing Weight Blog

So peeps, let’s not give up….Aluta Continua!!!  #drumsofwaragainstobesity

WEIGHT LOSS CHALLENGE STARTS THIS MONTH

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Happy New Month peeps!

I know I should have wished you this yesterday but I had exams, and by the time I was done, I was totally spent.

For those of you who are interested in this weight-loss journey with me, remember it kicks off this month of August, yesterday to be precise.

Click here to see the schedule of daily exercises, if you missed the post on it.

Lest I forget, make sure you indicate your accountability on my facebook page, Naijahousewife. You must show some form of proof…like taking a photograph of yourself. The person who remains loyal to the end, will surely get a price…not saying what it is, but it’s worth it! I intend to appreciate that person because it’s not easy O! Even me, I know I might not be able to sustain the ‘torture’.

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May this month bring great tidings to you and yours. This month will be full of testimonies for you and yours. Amen.

So let’s sit back and enjoy the ride!

Loads of love…muah!

WHO IS UP FOR A 30 DAY WEIGHT LOSS CHALLENGE?

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I really don’t know about you guys but I’m done with the ‘flabby’ feel. It’s time to shed that weight. I’m starting to feel the flabs in my eyeballs!

So, I’m thinking let’s set for ourselves a weight loss challenge…say from August. You have from now till July ending to indulge yourselves in anything…and I mean ANYTHING. *hehehe*

Okay, let’s face facts, forget that we exercise to lose weight, exercise just has a way of making one feel good, sleep well and eat right.

So, if you are up for the challenge, then simply follow the daily routine on each day. And each day you do those routine, all you need to do is write that you are accountable on my Facebook page, Naijahousewife.

For the sake of those who aren’t familiar with some of the exercises, I’ve tried to help illustrate each of them…I’ve made life easy, right?

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Jumping Jack


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Push-up


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Push-up


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Leg lift


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Leg lift


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Leg lift


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Crunch


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Burpee


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Burpee


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Mountain climbing


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Curl (arm)


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Russian twist

Fat, you are so done!

HAVE A MANGO-BANANA SMOOTHIE!…VERY EASY RECIPE FOR WEIGHT LOSS

  

Ingredients required

  • 2 mangos – peeled, seeded, and sliced
  • 2 bananas
  • 2 cups vanilla yogurt
  • 2 cups milk

Preparation time 10 minutes

Directions

  • Blend the mangos, bananas, vanilla yoghurt and milk in the blender until really smooth.

Hmmm, yummy!

You can also blend ice-cubes with your ingredients if you want it frozen!

This recipe provides 8 servings.

Source: allrecipes.com

START YOUR DAY WITH THIS 17-MINUTE TOTAL BODY WORKOUT

I know how busy people hate morning workout… Sometimes that 30 minutes can be really long!

Not to worry, I just discovered a faster way out… 17 minutes! Can you believe it?

Do the following five exercises back-to-back for one minute each. At the end, rest for one minute, then repeat from the top. Complete three rounds in total.

The beauty of this workout is that you don’t really need any tools at all: your squats and lunges can be done without a dumbbell, and if you don’t have a step for the squat jump, just hop up and down on the floor!

Stand with your feet wide, toes slightly pointed out, and hold a dumbbell with both hands. Keeping your back straight and your torso upright, bend your legs to lower your glutes towards the floor [A]. Extend your legs to stand, then press up onto the balls of your feet [B]. Lower your heels back to the floor, and repeat.

Get into a push-up position on the floor, with your wrists below your shoulders and feet close together. Move one hand forward about six inches [A], then bend your arms to lower your chest towards the floor [B]. Extend your arms, then repeat. At the 30-second mark, switch hand positions.

Stand with your feet hip-width apart and hold a dumbbell with both hands; extend your arms in front of your chest. Step one foot forward and bend your legs to drop into a lunge [A]. Hold this position as you twist through your core towards the side of your front leg [B]. Reverse the move to return to the start and repeat, this time stepping forward with your other leg.

Get into a push-up position but support your body with your forearms instead of your hands. (Your elbows should be below your shoulders.) Hold this straight-back position without letting your back round or your hips drop.

Stand behind a low step with your feet about shoulder-width apart. Bend your legs to squat [A], then jump up onto the step. As you land, bend your legs to sink into another squat [B]. Extend your legs to stand, then step backwards off the step to return to the start. Immediately repeat.

Source: oxygenmag.com