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China Girl-McNeil started out her journey in February of 2013, because her Chiropractor told her that she needed to strengthen her core so that it would relieve the lower back pain problem she was having. Great advice she concluded! Rather than having to spend time and in some cases money at the chiropractor’s office, she decided to take the advice and become more serious with her health by using practical and preventative measures. China says…
“He gave me an exercise routine, instructing me to work out 3 times a week for a half hour (15 minutes on the elliptical/15 minutes on the treadmill). I did this for about a month and decided that I could push myself to do more, so I incorporated weights and abdominal work into my regimen.”
China also received advice from a Pastor friend that just happened to be a physical fitness trainer who told her all she needed to do was to change her diet eat smaller meals a day, drink more water and incorporate weights into my workout regimen.
“I followed his instructions, she explained, and 9 months later the picture on your right is the results of all of my hard work and dedication! I took the picture on the left in November of 2012 and the picture on the right November of 2013, I’m not at my goal weight, but I am well on my way and I’m very proud of my accomplishments thus far!”
Your weight is a balancing act, and calories are part of that equation. Fad diets may promise you that counting carbs or eating a mountain of grapefruit will make the pounds drop off. But when it comes to weight loss, it’s calories that count. Weight loss comes down to burning more calories that you take in. You can do that by reducing extra calories from food and beverages and increasing calories burned through physical activity.
Diamond Dixon of Warner Robins, GA was once carrying around a weighted feeling of depression due to both a job loss and property loss. “I was in a very dark place; I was drinking too much, partying too much and just plain miserable, she said. “It is amazing how one event in your life can change that around.” Her life began to change for the better once she embarked on a new journey defining the weight loss experience as a trip or expedition from one place to another. She did not just lose weight, she changed her life.
“The church that I attend in my town is huge on Health and Wellness, she explains. “This particular day they were giving free A1c testing. I wasn’t going to do it because I was afraid but this lady at church kept badgering me about it so I went. As I entered the room my heart was beating rapidly because I knew what I had been putting my body through. Thankfully, the test came back fine. However, as I was leaving I was still very bothered by the fact that I was, bothered about taking the test,” she said.
This was the first day of her new transformational journey. After being turned down for a Biggest Loser contest at a local gym, she decided to stick around and join the gym after speaking to a lady named Faith “Gymfeen” Womack.
“She gave me just the encouragement I needed as we were talking by her simply saying, ‘it’s OK.’ Those words stuck with me each and every time I went to the gym,” she says.
Dixon began her workouts slow with about 20 minutes cardio exercises or a Zumba class. She then began experimenting with a Clean Eating lifestyle and soon became comfortable with a more intense cardio routine by averaging 5- 10 miles per day on elliptical, cross trainer, and/or treadmill) and she says… “I SQUAT IT LIKE ITS HOT,” on a regular basis.
She also enjoys Yoga and keeps positive people around her. She says working with wonderful Black female trainers who offer fitness tips on a regular basis also keeps her motivated. She now focuses on eating more vegetables, fruit and lean proteins. She has a mock meal to stay consistent with her eating of a 4 oz. piece of steamed salmon, cauliflower, rice, steamed green beans and is drinking more water.
“By no means do I want anyone to think that this journey hasn’t had it’s hills and valleys because it definitely has, Dixon explains. “I have friends that don’t have huge weight problems and can eat as they like but I had to realize that I can’t. I learned not to measure my life against theirs. Words are so powerful so I began to read positive quotes and scriptures to help me through each day. This may seem small but this is one of the best things I could’ve done to lose weight.”
She says she made her faith in God her number one priority and that the journey isn’t just about her, it’s about a part of her life’s calling to help others that struggle as she has.
“Once I learned how to love Diamond, she says, “then I learned how to love everyone else. My creativity has broadened because of my weight loss. I am a jewelry designer and I can see more confidence in my work now. I use to constantly second guess myself but now I know that I can do anything. Last, but finally and not least, is my FB group called #Teamweightloss. This group of people looks to me to motivate them but they truly help make me be better. My final advice to anyone is to learn yourself. Weight loss is not measured by a diet pill or time period but rather by your willpower and sustainability. It is better to work towards being healthy than just being skinny. Once I wrapped my mind around this the pounds began to shed.”
If you would like to see more of Diamon Dixon’s journey please request her @Diamond D Dixon on Facebook and @ladydi31 on Instagram.
Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and tripled in adolescents in the past 30 years. It goes without saying that we are in an obesity crisis and can assume that if as responsible adults, better decision for our children must be made if we are going to break the obesity cycle. Candace Downs lived a life of an obese child well into her 20′s before realizing that a new journey may be worth lingering on for a while before getting to the destination.
“ Before embarking on this journey, she says, “ I lived my life as obese from childhood until my early 20′s. That’s 20 + years that I lived as an obese person. At the time, I was a 26-year-old that could barely bend down to tie her shoes without having to take a BIG deep breath.”
Before she set out on the brightly lit passages along the new journey, she could barely power walk let alone run. But she never gave up hope and never quit. “All of my life, she explains, “ I’ve watched many members of my family become sick and even die of Heart Disease and complications from having Diabetes. I decided that I wanted to live my life and be able to move around freely without the restrictions of weight.”
At her heaviest she was 270 lbs. With a healthy balance of good nutrition and exercising 5 to 6 days a week, today she can boast having lost a total of 151 lbs!
“ I am now going on 4 years as a Pilates Instructor. I am also a runner, clean eater and I have dedicated my life to spreading the word about health. She says, “If I can do it, you can do it! There is so much more for me to share about my journey. To Join Candace Downs for 2 FREE Pilates classes here http://www.meetup.com/Black-Women-Do-Workout/events/149781222/ follow her weight loss journey and to keep up with her speaking engagements on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/icandiwellness, Instagram: candice_downs/Twitter: candice_downs
This holiday some couples will celebrate with a gift exchange, maybe even something that sparkles. Although diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, there are other ways to get your favorite girl’s heart racing that can easily become her new best friend. The gift of sharing in exercising challenges is a gift of caring especially when someone is sick or suffering from the side affects of a debilitating disease like diabetes. The square root gift of kindness can easily be as simple as being cared for by caring about someone else. Planning an exercise regimen for you and your partner may not seem romantic, but you’d be surprised. Experts say couples who work out together can reap a variety of benefits.
Lesa James became interested in the conversation regarding Black women and the obesity rate when she started losing weight with the full support of her husband. She has become very concerned about the obesity rate, breast cancer, heart disease and diabetes among black women. “This is very dear to me, Lesa said. ”I have lost several first cousins to each of these. What makes it even more sad is that they were all under 30.”
After changing her own life by losing extra pounds, she got into the business of helping others do the same as a Zumba instructor. “Its the reason I open my studio, she explains. ”I myself have lost over 80 pounds so far. I wanted women to know you can change your lifestyle at any age and size.” Zumba was her ticket to weight loss and now that she is a certified Zumba instructor, she opened ‘A Sweet Life Dance Fitness’ in West Monroe, LA. ”We offer Zumba and line dance classes. We also have trainers that teach Tabata, circuit training and one-on- one training.”
Soon after going into business for herself, her concerns shifted and were not just limited to Black women, she was now dealing with an issue that hit close to home.
It was discovered that her very own husband was diagnosed with diabetes.
“A few years ago my husband was diagnosed with diabetes, she explained. ”I made him a promise that I would do whatever the doctor told him to do because I was headed in the same direction, she said. he no longer needs insulin. We are continuing to fight and so far we have lost a total of 173 pounds. My advice to couples…pray and push! You can do this! Love yourselves to health! God bless!” Lesa James is hosting a FREE ZUMBA CLASS for the BWDW members for Commitment Day. Join if you are in the Monroe, Louisiana area here…http://www.meetup.com/Black-Women-Do-Workout/events/149565342/
Shantel Sims has been heavy all of her life but finally got to the point when enough was enough. Using only the mirror to determine the progress of her weight loss until her upcoming Doctor’s appointment, she is determined to stay the course despite any challenges.
“Just wanted to share this photo with you all. I have not weighed myself to know how much I have lost. My trainer advised me to let the mirror be my scale. The pic in the blue and white is from earlier this year. The red shirt is recent. I will know my weight next month on my next doctor’s visit. I’ve been heavy my whole life and finally decided it was time to do something about it. It’s still a struggle but I’m determined. I have changed my eating habits. Next week I will start the Shred Diet by Dr. Ian. But my diet now consists of veggies, fruits lean meats (I love grilled chicken), and water water water! When I eat cookies or any snacks, I make sure they are 100 calorie or healthy. The vending machine at work is a weakness but if I do go, I’ll get some trail mix or anything they have that’s acceptable. I now workout 4-5 times a week and have the BEST personal trainer. I try to train with him at least 2 times a week. I do a lot of cardio and strength training.”
My mission is to lose the baby weight and to keep it off. I am a 26 year old single parent with a beautiful and feisty two year old daughter. During my pregnancy I gained over 55 lbs. I have never been a petite person but before I was pregnant I weight 147 and the day I walked into the delivery room I was a whooping 205! I am still a little embarrassed to admit I gained that much weight. To add on to it, I was Continue reading