4 Instragram Fitness Motivators

Before deciding to do something about  the weight I had put on I would literally watch people on social media working out and being active and cheer them on all while sitting on my ass. 

Now that I’m actually putting in the work for the days I don’t feel like going to the gym  I look to these people for motivations and creative workouts. No more cheering them on from my couch

 @Lakeitha_Duncan This transformation I got a chance to witness from beginning till now. She lost 100lbs in a year. On this page you get a weight loss tips, food,  a  little fashion,  and most importantly  girl talk. I appreciate and respect her for being her authentic self with the world

@JustRobbin For anyone who can't make it to the gym this is the account for you.  Many at home workout or workouts for the road. She known to disrespect some furniture for the sake of the workout. For the month of June she's  hosting a jumping into rope challenge

@TaimcQueen The plus size trainer many creative workout but you also get some jokes and laughs and jokes in between. I can't help but want to see her win. 

@dr.fitsique I had the pleasure of meeting her when she did a beginners workout class a few weeks back. What I love about her workout and IG is all the educational info. I'm crossing my fingers that she will be offering the classes on an ongoing basis. This was the 1st bootcamp that I ever intended that did't leave mehttps://instagram.com/taimcqueen/hurt up in my bed the next day.

I confess! I was hating, I was envious

Being overweight is new for me. I graduated high school 115 pounds and left college 125 to 130 pounds flat stomach no back fat or love handles. Skinny girls, big boobs that was me.   Living in Miami the beach is a big part of my social life (lets be clear-going to the beach not going in the water). Going to the beach wearing a 2 piece was never an issue for me nor did I need a cover-up.

Now that 170 pounds I’m having issues with having to wear a swimsuit.  Trips to the beach while in my 1 piece sucking in my gut (sucking it in while wearing a swim suit is close to impossible by the way) feeling like a cow I find my self hating and being envious of the women who are working out and keeping their bodies right.

I don’t want to be that girl (hating on other women) Once I reached that point I knew it was time that I do something about my situation.  Regularly working out, staying away from the breads and sweets.

I’ve said it before I don’t want to be skinny. I just want to look good in my clothes, swimsuits included.  So I brought two swimsuits, I brought them both 1 size down to use as motivation to lose the weight so that my next trip to the beach I will be comfortable in my own skin and stop being a hater.

I'm Getting Ready to Have a Baby

I'm Getting Ready to Have a Baby

 

I know what you're thinking, "what, who knocked her up?" The baby is not here yet but because I suffer from anemia my gynecologist wants to start taking steps now to protect the health of my future baby, If I choose to have a baby in the future.

At 31 years old of course when the doctor asked me did I plan on having any children I was of on the defense.  I thought you too Doc, I get enough of this from my family.  

I was pleasantly surprised at the direction of the conversation, here I thought he was going to tell me I need to have a baby before it gets too late and me having to remind him I’m only 31!!!! However, he wanted to talk about preconception, getting me healthy before pregnancy, which means taking control now and choosing healthy habits.

Too many babies in the United States are born preterm, of low birth weight, or with birth defects. Taking some necessary steps (see below) my future baby will be less likely to be born early (preterm) or have a low birth weight. And will be less likely to be born be with birth defects or other disabling conditions.


Based on my individual health, my doctor has come up with a course of treatment for me:

Daily Prenatal Vitamins or 400 Micrograms of Folic Acid Every Day

Reach and Maintain a Healthy Weight -Losing 15 to 25 pounds

Eating Well (plenty of vegetables & fruits)

Juicing - drink my greens as opposed to eating them

Exercising Daily – 20 to 30 minutes of cardio daily

Get Regular Check-ups

 

I left this doctor appointment feeling empowered.  So empowered that I’m now sharing this information with my community. This is a conversation that all women should have with their doctor about preconception health care. In an effort to be help, I even found this guide/checklist on the Center for Disease (CDC) website that you can use to develop your own preconception plan with your doctor

http://www.cdc.gov/preconception/showyourlove/documents/Healthier_Me_NonPlan.pdf

 

I’ve already started on my journey to good health (baby or no baby) and plan on documenting the process here on the blog with this hash tag #LosingBitByBit. Will you join me?