✨WELLNESS WEDNESDAY Where did I start? 🤷🏽♀️ • ▪️with simply walking ▪️drinking 8 glasses of water a day ▪️tracking my meals ▪️cooking more, eating out less ▪️measuring/weighing my food for portion control ▪️eating 4-5 times a day instead of 2 large meals ▪️eliminating red meat ▪️fewer fried foods, more baking ▪️fewer sweets, more fruits ▪️a salad a day ▪️fewer refined carbs, more whole grains ▪️fewer sauces/dressings; more seasonings/herbs ▪️practicing balance: 80% healthy, 20% indulgence • I didn't have all the answers when I started. I adjusted, re-adjusted, then adjusted again. I still don't have all the answers + I never will. The key is to keep going; keep moving forward + giving yourself the grace to learn along the way • It's not how you start, but how you finish! 🔥 • To read more about my journey, check out my BLOG! You're also welcome to join my Facebook GROUP for recipes, workout ideas, fitness tips, community & MORE! • Link above in bio!!✨
Transformation of the Day: Sharae lost 60 pounds. This petite Alpha Kappa Alpha soror didn’t heed her doctor’s warning about weight-related health issues until an embarrassing question turned into a wakeup call. Check out how she found the guidance she needed and released the weight.
My name is Sharae J. Like most people, my doctor tried to warn me of potential health risks associated with carrying extra weight. I weighed 164 pounds at only 4’11” tall. I carried a majority of my weight around my mid-section, which is one of the most dangerous places to carry extra weight.
I kept procrastinating about losing weight and fearing the challenge it would present. That was until the day I was asked if I was pregnant… and I was not expecting. I was completely embarrassed! However, I had finally received the push I needed to release the weight.
I kept seeing commercials for Weight Watchers. I found my nearest WW meeting place and decided to enroll in the program after my first meeting. I started my journey in 2008 and lost 50 pounds in one year. And since then, I have lost 10 more pounds and became more toned.
Weight Watchers gave me a very solid foundation. They taught me about potion control, how to eat a balanced meal, the importance of drinking water, how to track my food intake and the benefits of exercise! I found healthy alternatives to my favorite un-healthy foods. I used to eat a lot of fried foods, processed foods and drink juice. Now, I love baking instead of frying. I love eating tons of green veggies and using fruit to curb my sweet tooth.
I was such a couch potato before. I started my workout regimen by walking on a treadmill for 30 minutes 4-5 days a week. From there, I progressed to walking for longer periods of time and then to jogging. Now, I run 5-6 days a week. I also incorporated The Biggest Loser and Jillian Michael’s workouts into my regimen to help me master the basics.
My advice to those wanting to start their journey is just to start now. It will never feel like the “right” time. Imagine where you will be six months or even a year from now if you start today. Set small goals for yourself along the way. Find ways to reward your progress that are non-food related. Also, don’t worry about making all the necessary changes at once. Start with small changes, because they add up. Forward is forward, no matter the speed!
Honestly, some days are easier than others, but I stay motivated because I want to be there for my family. I want to not just look good on the outside, but feel good on the inside and know that my body thanks me for taking care of it!
I started a blog dedicated to my fitness journey and also natural hair: www.curlsndumbbells.wordpress.com. I created this blog to build a community where I could motivate and inspire others to embrace their natural hair and begin or maintain their fitness journey. I hope to serve as a resource as I blog about my experiences.