In 2016 my weight loss journey began full throttle after I was chosen to share my weight loss story with O Magazine. I was put on the April cover with brave women alongside Oprah and the rest was history.
It has been quite a wild ride of highs and lows. Now I am 50lbs lighter with a new attitude. I have a passion for fitness and I have since become a vegetarian. Before I got to this point I had to rely on a tribe that I want to acknowledge because there is no way I could have done this alone. Here is how I got support to shed the weight over the course of the 2016- 2017 year.
They provided resources, gifts and opened the doors for me to get the support I needed in my weight loss journey. When I hosted the Living With Heart Workshop with Laughing Lotus they also provided each guest a copy of O magazines April issue. In addition at the Sisterhued Wellness Retreat each attendee received a April issue.
Gifted from O magazine, I had a one year membership to Equinox on 76th street and Amsterdam. The team was wonderful there from the class instructors to childcare. Boy oh boy do I miss those showers filled with awesome Kiehl’s product. I always left there glowing.
I had the Up 3 provided by O magazine to help me keep track of my steps along the way.
By mid year I began a training program with TMPL gym tailored to my body and lifestyle. They monitored my body fat, caloric intake, weight and muscle to give me the best outcome for success. I was given a nutritional guide and worked out with my incredible trainer Rob Hrapchak weekly.
As the year was coming to an end I got additional training with Marcella Mello to add in some different approaches to training style. When exercising it’s always good to change it up once in awhile although Rob was still my main man.
Danielle DeSimone was my nutritional guide who I sat down with as she guided me in the right direction of a meal plan for the week. My time with them had been incredibly invaluable and I was able to enjoy a membership sponsored by them for one year.
Fiji has been a generous sponsor in supporting my fitness events this past year. They kept everyone hydrated at Sisterhued’s Fall Into Fitness event .After some deep stretches and meditation guest at my Living With Heart workshop with Laughing Lotus enjoyed Fiji water.
Early on in my journey 22 Days Nutrition sponsored me by providing my vegan protein powder and bars throughout the year. 22 Days Nutrition provided healthy protein bars to Sisterhued‘s Fall Into Fitness Event gift bag and snack table.
After shedding so much weight I was out of wardrobe options. Old Navy provided me a variety of items from new workout clothes to work pants. I was so grateful for the new threads.
I was able to track my size in inches through my Riders By Lee Jeans. When I dropped in size I was able to request a new pair. No matter the size I always look good and the brand always encourages women to love the skin you’re in.
A look ahead
Now I have to take what I have learned and apply it. I still have setbacks by I know it’s best to keep moving forward. I remember vividly in December of 2015 saying to myself I am gonna lose weight with Oprah. I was speaking it into existence and I am grateful the way my dreams came true. Click To Tweet
My thoughts now in December of 2017 is what’s next.. how can I dream beyond my wildest dream because I feel like I had already lived that over the course of this year.
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