LONG POST ALERT! Normally I don't post very many before and after pics of myself because it's painful for me to reflect back on how miserable I was when I was overweight and living an unhealthy lifestyle. However, since it's the third anniversary since I began my weight loss journey, I realized I needed to confront those painful memories and remind myself just how far I've come. The person on the left used to cry herself to sleep at night asking God why I wasn't born skinny. I even willed God to make me skinny. I had to realize that God wasn't going to do it for me, that I had to want it for myself so that's why I began my journey. Let me assure you though nothing about this journey has been "easy". I won't lie to you, there were a couple of times when I gave in and let myself have one too many "cheat" meals, days, weeks if I'm being truly honest with myself. However, it was always in the back of my mind that you haven't come this far and lost all this weight to gain it all back again and that's truly what keeps me going even to this day. I stay motivated by continuing to push and challenge myself because I strive to be the best person I can be. I am always trying to break a new fitness goal and the gratification I feel after achieving a new goal is unsurmounted. So if you think you can't do it you're wrong. You have to WANT to do it. How bad do you really want it??? #fitness#motivation#weightlosstransformation#weightloss#journey#gym#lifestyle#livingmybestlife
Cried my eyes out when I saw this on my timeline this morning. This guy inspired me to pursue anthropology as my career of choice and made me want to travel the world, immersing myself in cultures other than my own. My whole worldview changed because of this guy. He was the real deal. I'm really going to miss his sarcastic yet respectful remarks and cynical yet humanistic commentary and worldview. I truly hope he finds peace because you never know what people are truly going through.
Just want to take the time to give a special shout out to my amazing friend Dr. Andrianna Stephens for graduating with not only one, but two degrees and becoming a Doctor today!!! She continues to inspire and remind me that perseverance and steadfastness pays off and if you are willing to put in the work, ANYTHING is possible! I know that if she can do it I can too. So congratulations Dr. Stephens you did it! #doctor#graduation#blackgirlmagic#blackexcellence#motivation#inspiration
Halloween Zumba with my awesome and favorite Zumba instructor/friend @aligriffith83! I missed you so much and I'm so glad to be back so @aligriffith83 can whip me back into shape 🎃😁😘 #halloween#zumba#fitness#motivation
Slowly beginning to embrace my body and the imperfections that come with it. Am I at my personal goal, not yet but that gives me something to strive for and makes me want to keep pushing until I get where I want to be. Learning to love yourself is how we grow and I'm falling in love with myself more and more each day 😘 #body#workout#fitness#motivated#natural#curlyhairgirls
Tonight was my final night teaching hip-hop at the Kerasotes YMCA. I am going to miss my Y family. They have helped and inspired me in so many ways and I enjoyed teaching this class with all my heart. I never could have made it this far without them. Someone very wise once said to me "It is not goodbye, it is farewell". I say farewell for now until I see you all again 😘😊🤗 #ymca#hiphop#fitness#family