My name is Rekia Smiley and I’ve lost 115 pounds!!
This is my first blog interview and what I want most is to inspire others to become physically fit. My story may be short but it’s filled with determination and knowing. I know how hard it is to start; how hard it is to stay committed; and how wonderful it feels to look back and see results. I was not always passionate about fitness, though I ran a little at the local community centers in my youth. The real catalyst for me came when my mother was diagnosed with diabetes. It made me want to change my life for the better. Every day that I wake up and put out an effort is a success. Now I hike, bike ride and rock climb for fun. I believe in myself and my family support is amazing! Especially after I lost 100 pounds; then everyone jumped on the band wagon.Truth be told the hardest obstacle for me was simply “trying” because for the longest time I thought that there was nothing wrong with being a “Phat Girl”. It took an honest look at myself to realize that I didn’t want to get any bigger. It took me a year and a half to lose 115 pounds. It’s an amazing feeling. I’ve since entered and completed a walk-a-thon contest, something I never would have thought of doing. My current work out routines are weight management focused. It’s an eating plan that I can manage combined with core strength exercises. Tomorrow I may eat oatmeal with fruit and toast for breakfast and a peanut butter sandwich and bananas for lunch. I snack on fresh fruits, peanuts, dry fruit, carrots and celery and drink lots of water. For dinner I may have chicken with brown rice, broccoli and milk. I’m currently doing a 12 week challenge to tone and build strength in my upper and lower body. If you’re thinking of starting, then start today. Don’t waste another minute. No matter how big or small you are working out and eating healthy is something that you should do. Be healthy for life.
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