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For The Last Time, Please Stop Looking To Waist Trainers For A Weight-Loss Miracle

June 24th, 2016 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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I don’t know how many more waist trainer ads on Instagram and Saran wrap with Vaseline recommendations I’m going to have to see and hear about before people get the memo: for one, you’re wearing a corset. Secondly, there is no quick fix for weight loss.

And yet, there are still women who are buying waist trainers and expecting weight-loss results, and successfully suing the companies who sell them when they don’t work as hoped.

As reported by The Daily Mail, Waist Gang Society, the company behind waist trainers that have been promoted by the Kardashians, recently settled a lawsuit with a customer. Sara Hawes of California filed a $5 million lawsuit stating that the Florida-based company, which is quite successful (allegedly raking in $2 million as of last year), has been out here selling people a bald-headed lie. As The Daily Mail pointed out, “The lawsuit goes on to explain that women, like Hawes, who want a smaller waist are targeted but the marketing is being done in a deceptive manner. The company’s website even quotes its founder, PreMadonna, who says ‘it’s a unique and efficient way to help women shed unwanted inches and feel good about themselves — no diet and exercise required.'”

Well, Ms. PreMadonna just shot herself in the foot now didn’t she?

And while it was an incredibly ridiculous idea to tell the public that you could drop pounds without having to eat better and work out in order to sell her products, I was more bothered by the fact that people actually believed her. I mean, as the saying goes, “if you believe that, I have a bridge to sell you.”

An agreement was made between both parties on Monday, settling the case out of court.  Hawes may deserve money to at least teach folks a thing or two about the consequences of false advertising, but really, can you expect anything less from someone looking to make money off of revamped corsets? The reality is, there are many women who sit on the Waist Gang Instagram page asking “How much?” They believe that binding their stomach in one way or another will help them lose weight, no frills involved. They see the Kardashians, Amber Rose, Porsha Williams and more wearing trainers, knowing good and well that these stars aren’t putting those things on for more than an Instagram picture. Have you ever seen video of Williams or Khloe Kardashian (who both post many workout clips and pictures), going hard in the gym with a waist trainer on? I doubt it. They’ve slimmed down and toned up because they work out extensively, and with trainers.

But you can wear whatever you want. You still won’t slim down without a change in diet and some exercise. You might alter your waist, but it won’t have anything to do with pounds falling off around your stomach. Wearing a tight corset for a long time can cause your natural waist size to be reduced, but only because you’re pushing your body to tolerate uncomfortable constriction of that area. However, the idea of losing weight in your waist solely just isn’t tangible. We don’t really have control of where we lose weight. You may want to slim down in your stomach or thighs but actually find more of a loss in breast weight or arm fat instead. When you work hard enough, you eventually see results all over — even in your feet.

As Christopher Ochner, Ph.D., a weight loss and nutrition expert at Mount Sinai Hospital told Marie Claire, you might lose consciousness from wearing a waist trainer too tight and for too long, but that’s about all you’re really going to lose. “You can’t reduce the collection of fat in any one particular area of your body. If you push your stomach in, all the fat will go right back to where it was no matter how long [you wear the corset] for.”

You could even end up with acid reflux. And as certified fitness enthusiast Lita Lewis told me last year about waist trainers:

“We like that quick fix. We like how we look when that waist trainer is tucking us in and now we have hips and an hourglass figure. I get that, I really do. But personally, I stand for and promote a healthier lifestyle for longevity. Therefore, I could never be associated with something like that because it is a quick fix, and it does play on misconceptions of weight loss. And really, all it’s doing is distributing body fat in different places.”

I’ve literally watched people enter into women-only gyms and sell waist trainers to women who happily buy them. I’ve even watched a woman show others how she puts petroleum jelly on her stomach and wraps it with Saran wrap to slim down at the same fitness center. It’s ridiculous. Because no matter what you’re sold or told about these trainers, teas and the like, the fact of the matter is that working on your diet and exercising are the best way to see results. Some of us aren’t lucky enough to have the genetics to look like a Barbie doll, and in that case, it’s best to just work on toning and accentuating what you have. Spending $20 and upwards of $100+ on a quick-fix corset will just leave you uncomfortable and a little bit broker. It can give you a certain look when you wear it, but when you take it off, it’s time to figure out Plan B, sis.

I Toiled In The Mud For Two Hours In The Mudderella Obstacle Race, Here’s How It Went

June 24th, 2016 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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In the past, if someone would have offered me the opportunity to jump in a pool of mud not just once but over and over again, I would have laughed in their face. Me? Playing in dirt? Hard pass.

But I’ve been making an attempt as of late to step outside of my comfort zone. And for first my first marathon-meets-obstacle-course race, Mudderella was very much outside of my comfort zone.

Hell, it was even outside of my state. I had to travel to New Jersey from New York, and then drive an hour from Parsippany to the Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown last Saturday at the a– crack of dawn. So I was tired. I was also nervous before the race began, wondering if I had signed myself up for something I would soon regret. But after months of training, I knew there was nothing to it but to do it. What I came to realize as I ran from obstacle to obstacle, still uncomfortable due to a mix of sweat, the strong heat and having mud stuck in between my toes in the depths of my shoe, was that I also felt pretty spectacular. I was pushing my body to limits I never thought it could go. Just a year and a half ago I was overweight, out of shape, and far from possessing the athletic prowess I was known for as a teen. I had let myself go. But I had worked hard to get myself back, and was really getting to see what I was capable of during the course. So in no time flat I was saying, “Bring on the mud!”

I crawled in a muddy moat underneath tight wires while someone used a hose to pour cold water on me and hundreds of other women (and a few men). I carried tires. I climbed a rope ladder. I leaped down to a large inflatable. And I even had to climb a wall using a rope as though I were in high school all over again.

And while I was hot, walked around with cuts all over my knees and elbows from toiling in mud, my heart was full. There were so many people taking part in the course, strangers pushing one another to keep moving. Women giving each other a boost over walls, mud piles and a whole host of obstacles. I even had to carry my friend on my back at one point (and vice versa).The encouragement, the muddy hugs, the laughs and cheers, definitely made the struggle moments, and there were many, all worth it.

Okay, by hour two, I can be honest and say that I grew a little weary of jumping in muddy water and fighting to climb over the hills submerged in them (there were fewer and fewer “Bring on the mud!” commands after a while), but I’m definitely better for putting myself through it. I would come to love the feeling of being fully exhausted, arms weak from climbing, hands sore from pulling, legs tired from propelling my body in every direction possible. It was as though my body was telling me, “Job well done, sis.” Now, the dirt lodged in my toe and fingernails I probably could have done without, as well as my Fitbit being destroyed, but whatevs.

At this point, there are only four Mudderella events left this summer (and one in the winter), with races taking place in the New England area on July 30, Toronto on August 27, Whistler in British Columbia on September 24, and Melbourne, as in Australia, on December 3. But when the opportunity arises next year to take part in the races in cities around the country, I would definitely recommend that you try it. The sense of accomplishment you will feel at the end will leave you feeling incredibly proud–and ready to move forward with your fitness goals. Plus, after jumping, crawling and climbing in dirt, you will pretty much feel like you can do and handle anything like a boss.


#FitnessGoals: Ernestine Shepherd, World’s Oldest Bodybuilder, Celebrates 80th Birthday

June 23rd, 2016 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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If you’ve ever needed proof that being good to your body will help you live longer and look fabulous while doing so, check out a one Ms. Ernestine Shepherd. She celebrated her 80th birthday on June 16 and honestly, doesn’t look a day over 65. Check out her Facebook message about ringing in another year: 

According to Yahoo, Shepherd was named the oldest female bodybuilder by the Guinness Book of World Records in 2010 and 2011. And one awesome way the bodybuilder celebrated her 80th year on this planet was with the release of her book Determined, Dedicated, Disciplined To Be Fit: The “Ageless” Journey of Ernestine Shepherd (the first part of that title is her mantra). In it she explains how she was able to change her life and go from being “an average middle-aged woman to a bodybuilding diva.” At the age of 56 she decided to start working out and eventually fell in love with it. As is the case for many fitness enthusiasts, she found it to be a route to happiness after a traumatic life event. Shepherd turned to fitness after the loss of her sister who passed after having a brain aneurysm. They had set fitness goals together, and after her death, Shepherd was determined to keep and eventually exceed them. She has since toned up and become quite popular on social media, inspiring women (and men) of all ages to live their best life by adopting a healthier lifestyle.

Shepherd, who sticks to 1,700 calories a day, wakes up early in the morning to read Bible devotions and go for a run. She teaches classes and does public speaking, sharing her story as often as she can. Working out has become a way of life for the 80-year-old, and it can be for you as well. As Shepherd told Oprah Winfrey, “Not everybody wants to be a bodybuilder. Not everybody wants to be a runner. But find what you like to do. I say to my senior ladies — and the men — ‘Don’t forget: Age is nothing but a number and you can get fit.’”

Happy belated birthday to Ernestine! She truly is an inspiration.

Serious Question: Why Do We Give Fit Women Grief For Having “Too Many Muscles”?

June 21st, 2016 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Women just can’t win.

If you’re a heavier-set woman, you’re told that you’re too big and need to lose weight to live longer and healthier.

If you’re an average-sized woman, there’s always someone saying you could have bigger breasts or that you should squat for your life to obtain a bigger bottom.

And as I’ve noticed more and more lately, if you’re a very strong, physically fit woman, you’re deemed too “manly.”

And yet, a man can walk out here with a beer belly and a booty (and some hips) bigger than yours and no one has anything to say. I can’t deal.

But seriously, I always knew that being a muscular woman is something people seem to frown upon. For instance, when I interviewed fitness enthusiast Lita Lewis in 2014, a woman who has since become a health and fitness inspiration to me, there were quite a few comments, including “Too many muscles for my liking.” And quite a few popular fitness enthusiasts have publicly responded to people who’ve said that they are packing too much muscle. That includes Massy Arias, who told Cosmopolitan, “This is my body, my decision, my prerogative. If I want to work out and be a beast, let me work out and be a beast.”

Still, it wasn’t until I started on my own quest to actually gain more muscle that I fully realized just how harsh people can be about women who are on the brolic side. Those people include my fiancé.

One of my biggest goals right now is to be stronger. I like the way I look and feel with more muscle on my body these days. As I was walking down the street with my fiancé a week ago, I told him that I wanted to really define my ab muscles. I was quite serious about this as the excitement in my eyes and tone would make one think I was speaking on something much more thrilling. When I finished sharing my goals with him, he responded with, “I don’t know. That’s not really cute.”

Exsqueeze me?

When I inquired about the statement he was trying to make, he said what a lot of people say, which is that trying to build more muscles is a look better suited for a guy. I couldn’t receive it. I told him that I didn’t appreciate his comment, seeing as I was talking about doing something positive and feeling good about myself, and his response was to tell me that in his eye, it wasn’t attractive. “I’m not trying to look ‘cute,'” I said. “I’m trying to be strong and healthy.”  He would eventually apologize and we would go about our walk in peace and positivity, but I couldn’t help but be stuck on “That’s not cute.”

Why are we so quick to say that women who train their bodies extensively aren’t cute, aren’t feminine, and are trying to be like men? Why do we skirt the whole point that these individuals are attempting to build strength, endurance, tone up, be powerful, and most importantly, live a healthier lifestyle, to instead focus on whether or not all that adds up to being attractive to someone else? Granted, these women likely aren’t pressed about whether or not anyone thinks them to be the finest thing this side of the Mississippi, but I thought it important to reiterate the fact that there isn’t one way to be feminine. The femininity people say these women lack isn’t just embodied in the woman with the soft curves, or the dainty models with the long limbs and striking features. Femininity can still be found in the women who have more muscle on them than they do makeup. Just as we don’t want people to define womanliness by whether or not we’re playing certain roles in society, we shouldn’t define it by one sort of look.

Still, I do think things are changing when it comes to our outlook for the long term. Look at Serena Williams. Just a few years ago, how many men and women were saying that she came off too muscular and mannish after years of building muscle on the tennis court and in the gym? But nowadays, we watch her use that strength to balance in a split inside mainstream magazines and to dominate on the court. (Not to mention, to snag the men some of us pine over — i.e., Common and Drake.) She has become our “#goals” more now than ever thanks to her hard work and hard body, reminding us that she is “a full woman, and I’m strong and I’m powerful and I’m beautiful at the same time. And there’s nothing wrong with that.” I’m hoping that as we can embrace her beauty and strength as a sinewy woman, we will also do so for everyday women who choose to be both powerful and pretty.

Here’s Why You Don’t Need To Weigh Yourself More Than Once A Week

June 16th, 2016 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Just a few months ago, researchers behind a study on daily weighing and its impact on weight loss goals and maintenance tried to say that jumping on the scale every single day wasn’t as bad for you as many might think. As David Levitsky, one of the researchers and a professor of nutrition and psychology at Cornell stated about the study’s findings, “If you see your weight going up a little bit, you may consciously or even unconsciously be more resistant to all the cues in the environment that might otherwise make you eat a little more.” To Levitsky, “Stepping on the scales should be like brushing your teeth.” And according to the results of the analysis, which was done on people who had been screened beforehand to ensure that they didn’t battle with an eating disorder at any time in their lives (which would make them more likely to obsess over their scale readings), those studied who consistently measured their weight had better control of it. For instance, college freshman who were instructed to weigh themselves daily for their first 12 weeks of school packed on zero pounds. However, those who weren’t asked to do the same put on an average of five pounds during that time. And it was even pointed out that in a two-year study of gym members who were overweight, those who checked on their weight daily and wrote down what they found managed to lose more weight–and keep it off.

With medical experts telling you such things, it makes it easy to think that you should go with their advice and step on your scale every time you head to the bathroom in the morning. Every person is different, and it could work for you. But as a regular Joe Schmo who has gone through a major weight loss journey, I would advise against doing such a thing. Weigh yourself weekly. I find it to be more accurate and much less stressful.

As I’ve stated before, I started taking my health seriously in early 2015. With a change in diet and an increase in exercise, I have managed to drop 45 pounds. When I met my goal weight, I was ecstatic. But I found earlier this year that when I started to move further away from it, about 10 pounds or so, I started to feel anxious; as though things would be just like they were around 2010, when I stepped on a scale one day and realized that I had far surpassed 200 pounds and didn’t know it happened. (It was actually my penchant for buying fast food every evening after work.) And as someone who grew up lanky and wound up packing on the pounds after college, I hadn’t really battled with weight before. But once my battle began, I was determined, to an unhealthy extent, to overcome it.

So yes, I used to get on the scale every day. Every morning I would wake up and my first thought would be, “Let me go ahead and pee so I can weigh myself.” Even urination became a means to an end. And how I truly realized I was beginning to do too much came when I would see a slight increase on the scale and start questioning if my sleep dress was holding me back. “Maybe I should be naked when I get on the scale?” I thought to myself.

It was ridiculous.

And what I also found was that I was believing that the changes I was seeing, based on water weight or a night of going too hard on carbs, were numbers destined to stick to me and stay on the scale forever. So one bad number turned into almost two very determined hours in the gym, while one one good number meant I was going to treat the hell out of myself for dinner and dessert. There was no balance. All of a sudden I was losing weight to eat, and then working hard as hell to take it off. The scale wound up playing a large part in quite the mind clusterf–k.

So, I had to get myself together. I realized that I needed to focus on eating right all of the time, and learn how to eat things moderately. I needed to work out in a way that I could actually sustain and do workouts that were fun–one’s where I didn’t feel like I needed to tack on another 45 minutes to literally feel like my entire lunch had been removed from my system. I needed to be healthy about getting healthy. And that started when I decided to shift to weighing myself once a week. By doing so, I didn’t feel so bad about what I did or didn’t do every day food and fitness wise. I realized that my weight would vary throughout the week, but Friday morning would give me the real insight I needed into how my newly formed habits were working for me. Weekly weigh-ins me know how I was doing. They gave me goals for each week.  All in all, they cheered me on or gave me a heads up, in a healthy way.

As fitness expert Jillian Michaels once said, “Don’t think of the scale as anything other than a compass — something we use when losing weight to keep us going in the right direction.” With that being said, your scale should be a tool to help you, not hinder you. Nor should it become something that changes the way you feel about yourself. What you see on the scale is an important number, but you’re more than what you see on it. Do what you can to have control over your weight–but don’t let it control you.

#FitnessGoals: Mo’Nique Shows Off More Than 5 Years Of Hard Work In A Swimsuit

June 15th, 2016 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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If you’ve kept up with the goings on of Mo’Nique outside of the short-lived drama with Lee Daniels, the Hollywood blacklisting, and you know, that whole me-and-my-husband-sleep-with-other-people-sometimes controversy, you know that the Oscar winner has been taking serious care of her health over the last few years. After originally coming out as a plus-size actress, starring in films like Phat Girlz and releasing the book Skinny Women Are Evil: Notes of a Big Girl in a Small-Minded World, the 48-year-old went on to lose more than 100 pounds in six years. She showed off that exceptional achievement recently while posing on the beach with some equally fit and fabulous friends over 40.

So how did Mo’Nique do it? Well, as of late, the actress has been busting a serious move with the help of celebrity dance teacher and fitness trainer Dwight Holt.

And as she told Dr. Oz last year, it also took overcoming her battle with emotional eating, which was attached to her history of sexual abuse.

“I think that, from a little girl at 7 years old, when I started getting molested, food was my friend,” she said. “It became my lover. It became everything because food was going to be that one thing that wasn’t going to let me down. It was going to lie to me. It was going to mistreat me, so we developed this amazing relationship…I had to break that barrier. And I remember one day Sidney [Hicks] saying to me, ‘At what point are you going to accept responsibility for you? If you keep holding onto yesterday, your tomorrow is never going to get different.’ So I had to remove that part of my life and say, ‘That was then. And how much longer am I willing to carry this with me?’ So I was an emotional eater.”

And on top of that, Mo makes sure to shake things up as she told HelloBeautiful. She lifts weights, does yoga, swims, hikes, boxes and has an absolute ball doing all of it. At the end of the day, Mo’Nique keeps on pushing in the gym, on the dance floor–wherever she can find the space, not only for herself, but also for the family she wants to stick around longer for.

“People always say, ‘Mo’Nique, what motivates you?’ I had to do it for my husband and my children. And I had to get out of my own way.”

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“It’s OK To Look And Be Strong”: The Color Purple’s Cynthia Erivo On Being A “Fitness Fiend”

June 13th, 2016 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Cynthia Erivo is not just a Tony winner for her amazing work as Celie in the The Color Purple on Broadway, a woman with a serious set of vocal pipes, and just an all-around badass. As it turns out, on top of being all of those incredible things, she’s also a self-proclaimed (and proven) “fitness fiend.” If you follow the Brit on Instagram you will find images of her running marathons, doing intense strength training, and defining the hell out of her amazing arms and abs. She’s pretty much a beast in all facets of life.

So how does Erivo, busy with a full plate of performances, TV appearances and photo shoots, manage to make time for healthy living? She talked about it in the July issue of Cosmopolitan, citing a genuine love of being fit and the support of The Color Purple co-star Danielle Brooks and former co-star Jennifer Hudson as motivating factors.

“Every time I come offstage and people are like, ‘You guys seem like you’re so together,’ it’s because we are,” Erivo told the magazine about their bond. “We do things together all the time. Earlier, Jen [Hudson] texted me, ‘I’m thinking of you today…’ I think I’m going to [Hudson’s son] little David’s school tomorrow. And we’re always talking about healthy eating. Danielle [Brooks] and Jennifer — we’re all of the same mind-set of trying to be healthy.”

As for her exercise habits, which she makes time for, at the least, two to three times a week, keeping it right and tight is something she started taking seriously in her late teens. And the fact that her boyfriend is also about staying healthy and fit helps too.

“I became a fitness fiend when I was about 17 or 18, ” she said. “When I was 23, I met my other half [Dean John-Wilson, star of Aladdin on London’s West End], and he’s also a fitness fiend. I love that I can demonstrate that it’s OK to look and be strong. I had a dance instructor who used to say that you should stay fit for the job, not let the job make you fit. I’ve always been of that philosophy. If your body is working correctly and then you get a cold or something, that cold probably won’t knock you out as hard as it would have if you weren’t healthy. Keep yourself fit and you’ll be able to do the job.”

And one job she hopes to do down the line is play an equally fit beauty: Serena Williams. As she told MadameNoire back in November,”I’m a fit fanatic. I don’t know if you can tell, but I feel like she’s such an interesting character in that she’s got such power and prowess on the court and off she’s just this wonderful, sultry, kind, and light and airy being. I love that sort of flip that she has and her story’s brilliant. Her story’s incredible, and it’s a story of real hard work and I think it would be wonderful to see it. I would love to play that role.”

As you can see, all of Erivo’s hard work is paying off like gangbusters. Check out a few videos of the talented star training and maintaining her exceptional physique below:

THIS IS NOT A CHALLENGE !!!!!!! Just proud I could do it!! PAY ATTENTION TO MY HANDS. #pullups #betterforit @nikewomen

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Pike to push-up to plank to push-up, PAINFUL!! #betterforit @nikewomen

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Possibly the hardest exercise I’ve tried!!!

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Survey: Menstrual Cups The Best Protection While Working Out On Your Period

June 13th, 2016 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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You and I have talked in depth about the ways in which we handle working out while on our period. In the comment section for “Girl Talk: How Do You Deal with Working Out on Your Period?” many of you said you use a tampon and go about your merry way. Some of you said you double up on panty liners. And a few of you said you just opt out of exercising during the heavier days, and sometimes throughout your entire period. For those who just don’t feel fully protected or comfortable during that time of the month, according to a recent study, one form of feminine hygiene protection is making women more likely to step in the gym while Aunt Flo is in town: the menstrual cup.

According to a study of 1,500 women between the ages of 20 and 34 from 40 different countries, which was done by Intima, a feminine care brand, 42 percent of women said the menstrual cup was the product that kept them active during that time of the month. Users and researchers also found an 84 percent increase in their confidence, along with a 73 percent boost in their overall comfort while exercising. As we spoke about previously, the lack of comfort due to heavy flow, sweat, the discomfort of bulky products, and the possible cramps is what usually makes us cancel our dates in the gym in favor of a date on the couch with ice cream and chips while we nurse our cramps.

Menstrual cup users are also fond of the extended wear you can get out of the products, with 12 hours as opposed to eight. And they noted a decrease in dryness down there, as well as diminished odor and cramps.

But at the end of the day, it’s all about preference. What is your go-to coverage? A few of you have stated in the past that menstrual cups are your product of choice during that time of the month. How has your experience been working out with one?

Somaya Reece: The Real Deal About A 30-Day Summer Slimdown

June 10th, 2016 - By Kweli Wright
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Summer is coming in a few weeks, baby! But are you summer ready? The answer doesn’t matter because Somaya Reece is going to help you get there. Many of us battle everyday with balancing eating right and working out. It’s no secret that this happens to all of us. However, it doesn’t have to be this way forever. If you fall off a few times, don’t get too down on yourself to a point that you give up. You wouldn’t slash all your tires just because you got one flat would you? No!

Somaya gave us at Mommynoire some realistic goals you can set for yourself in preparation to get summertime (and lifetime) fine. It takes 21 days of consistent behavior to turn something into a habit, so with these 30 days of doing something very realistic, you’ll be golden. There are no crazy cardio sessions, no unrealistic diets, no gimmicks, just something you can take with you beyond the next 30 days. Stick to this, and if you do you’ll see a huge difference in your body in just 30 days. Really.


Workout. Yeah, we know you are thinking BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH. Here’s the thing: in order for you to see real results you must work out in addition to eating clean. You don’t have to go super hard. but if you commit to four workouts a week, you’ll see results. A small commitment to working out is better than no commitment at all. If you hate the cardio machines, try taking any cardio class offered by your gym. Don’t have a gym? Go on YouTube and search for cardio exercises you like. Cost? Free 99. Or you can buy a workout DVD and do it at home. Think in 10 and 2’s–do 2 sets of 10 for every part of your body.

Example: 2 sets of 10 ab crunches, 2 sets of arm curls with 5-10 pound dumbbells (or without), 2 sets of 10 bench dips, 2 sets of 10 squats, 2 sets of 10 of everything and BOOM you have a complete, full body workout.

Nicci Gilbert Steps Out In A Bikini And Documents Her Weight Loss Journey

June 10th, 2016 - By Veronica Wells
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Drake’s proclamation that this summer, #Summer16, would be one to remember, has served as quite the motivation for people. Whether it’s the motivation to turn up with your friends or get your body right, the Summer 16 hashtag is full of plans and pictures of people, in the words of Oprah, “living their best life” or the life they want us to see on social media.

And Nicci Gilbert is a part of that number. The former Brownstone member is currently embarking on a weight loss, get fit journey. And she’s sharing the results. Earlier this week, Nicci said, that she once weighed almost 300 pounds. But vowed never to get to that place ever again.

And then she shared another picture of herself in a bikini after a swim.

While before and after shots are fun to look at and might even serve as inspiration for some of us, Gilbert is also sharing the work that she’s put in to get to this place. In some of her Instagram videos, she shares workouts, including runs in their backyard and boxing with her trainer, who just so happens to be her husband, Leonard Daniels.

How cute!

Check out some of Nicci’s workouts and before and after shots below.

Same Dress…Different Lifestyle #BringItON46 #DanielsFitness #Weightloss #FitnessJourney #ABSOnTheWay

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