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Port Allen, Louisiana
My blog is the beginning of my 2011 quest to lose almost 50 pounds gained while pursuing my PhD. Now that I've completed the PhD, I am on a personal mission to get back to my pre-PhD weight of 139 pounds. With the help of WAFB's Shape Up Showdown, my weightloss demon will be conquered! Glory to God!
Recent Activity
Today was a great day! Aside from the heated conditions, I have a lot to be thankful for. I would be remiss if I didn't give a shot out to my OT (original trainer) Everette. While he is no longer working with BREC, he helped me accomplish the major task... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2011 at Cher's Shape Up Showdown
I told you all I made a mistake of telling the slave master (Everett) that we needed to be more aggressive with my abs and thighs. I've regretted that statement ever since I made it. Everett has stepped the intensity of my work outs to a-whole-mother level! He has me... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2011 at Cher's Shape Up Showdown
Happy Easter to all! Hope your havImg a fabulous Easyer weekend and you're finding ways to be healthy. My family and I did the Crescent City Classic 10k on yesterday. It was my first time doing it an I'm glad i did it. We decided that it would be an... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2011 at Cher's Shape Up Showdown
Today was an interesting day and it really tested how focused I am with this workout thing. I made it to the gym, excited to be wearing some of my new workout gear, got fully dressed and realized I had forgotten to pack tennis shoes. Most people would have changed... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2011 at Cher's Shape Up Showdown
We had our 3-month check up on yesterday. While I didnt expected to see a lot of weight loss, I did manage to lose a couple of more pounds. More amazing though is the two additional inches I lost in my waist. My waist is now a 32. The soreness... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2011 at Cher's Shape Up Showdown
I made a terrible mistake of telling Everette, my wonderful trainer ;-), that my legs are my troubled area and I felt we needed to work them out more aggressively. I think I should have kept my mouth shut. He made me do so many squats today that it was... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2011 at Cher's Shape Up Showdown
My brother-n-law needs psychiatric! That is hilarious as heck!
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Today is a great day! I had my 2-month check up and weigh in, and I couldn't be more happier! While my cholesterol is slightly elevated, I weighed in at 175 pounds today which is 24 pounds lighter than when I started on January 6th. Even sweeter is the fact... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2011 at Cher's Shape Up Showdown
It's almost the end of another week and I've encountered many obstacles that have prevented me from making it to the gym. However, when a person is focused, there isn't anything that can keep him/her from doing what he/she has to do. I thank God for an understanding trainer who... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2011 at Cher's Shape Up Showdown
I am on cloud 9 right now and there isn't anything that can steal my joy! Today was my first check up since starting the Shape Up Showdown and the scale showed a decrease of 14.2 pounds. While I knew I had lost some weight, I didn't think for a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2011 at Cher's Shape Up Showdown
Happy Tuesday, Showdown fans! Today was a great day! It's a great day because Ive lost some inches and can't seem to find them. Yesterday I put on a pair of jeans to wear and had to pin them up in the waist because they were about 3 inches too... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2011 at Cher's Shape Up Showdown
Right now I'm feeling really blessed to be a part of WAFBs Shape Up Showdown. Since meeting with the nutritionists, I was able to confirm my use of food to deal with the stresses associated with life. I am currently dealing with the after effects of my house catching on... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2011 at Cher's Shape Up Showdown
It's hump day and I've survived another Monday and Wednesday of Everette' intense training. Monday's workout included more of the boxing while concentrating on my lower body. I had to do a variety of kicks and more of the abs. Today was another day of boot camp. I think I... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2011 at Cher's Shape Up Showdown
Normally I look forward to Friday because it means the weekend is here. Today is Friday and it equates to soreness for me. To make sure that he keeps me guessing, Everette had me boxing today. I learned how to do jabs, body shots, and upper cups! It was quite... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2011 at Cher's Shape Up Showdown
January 6, 2011 marked the beginning of a monumental era for me. This era was the end result of taking 12 hours of graduate courses a semester for 2 1/2 years, completing a 225 page dissertation, and ultimately finishing my PhD on December 10, 2010. These events led me to this point- the point of having to lose 50+ pounds to get down to my pre-PhD weight of 138 pounds.Prior to starting my PhD program, I always worked out and took pride in looking great and being shapely! Little did I know that my quest of acquiring a PhD would challenge me in ways I never thought imaginable, and would strip me of my desire to work out 3 - 5 times a week. There were times when my coursework was so overwhelming that I barely got 2 hours of sleep a night in any given semester. My sleep deprivation resulted in a lack of energy and no desire to work out. This went on for 2 years, and during those 3 years, I relied on Jolly Ranchers and Now & Laters to help keep me up so I could read articles and dissertations, complete my homework, and analyze data. This resulted in me gaining a few pounds here, a few pounds there, and eventually tipping the scale at a whopping 190+ pounds. I had never weighed that much. I didn't weigh that much when I was 9 months pregnant with my son so my new curvaceous figure was difficult to embrace. During semesters when stress levels were down, I would get back into a consistent workout routine and would lose 10, 15, pounds with ease, but once the next semester started, and the stress levels were up, I gained them back.Unlike some individuals who struggle with their weight, I didn't let my weight gain consume me because I knew I would get it off eventually. And since I never considered myself fat, my self-esteem was only impacted during those periods of my PhD that were most demanding and stressful. Knowing I needed to work out and lose weight, I would put it off semester after semester because I knew the demands of my program would prevent me from winning the weight loss battle completely. I finally decided that I would maintain a weight below 190, and upon graduating, I would spend the next 6 months losing those dreaded PhD pounds.I vividly remember praying to God after I had graduated and after seeing pictures of me at my graduation celebration, and pleading with him to help me on this journey because I didn't think it would be as easy for me as losing weight had always been in the past. His answer to my prayer came in the form of a phone call from Brent Ledet, creative services director at WAFB. Brent informed me that I was one of the 100 finalists for WAFB's Shape Up Showdown, and needed to come in for an interview. At the end of the conversation, I informed Brent that I was claiming 1 of the 9 spots in the mighty name of Jesus and that I needed exactly what the Shape Up Showdown had to offer- someone to motivate me (the person who usually motivated everyone else to eat healthy and work out) to lose weight.As of December 31, 2010, I am currently at 188 pounds and I hate the place that I am at weight-wise. It is divine intervention that God has granted me with an opportunity of a lifetime- a 6 month membership at BREC with a personal trainer, and access to a nutritionist and doctor. I would be remiss if I did not give God all the glory for utilizing Brent and WAFB as vessels to assist me in accomplishing my weight loss goal. In return for his favor, it is my desire to blog about my journey with the hopes that it will help others who feel like they have lost or are losing the weight loss battle. So, whether you have 5 pounds or 100 pounds to lose, I hope that my journey will be of inspiration to you! I pray that it will help you conquer the internal battle with your personal weight loss demon.Happy Weightloss in 2011! Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2011 at Cher's Shape Up Showdown
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Jan 27, 2011
It's Thursday! I've completed two days of training with my trainer, Everette, and can I say that right now he is not one of my most favorite individuals to see. While he's pleasant to look at, I know seeing him means work. On Monday when we initially met, the workout... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2011 at Cher's Shape Up Showdown
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