SPRING FORWARD WITH THE “5&5” FITNESS CHALLENGE!
LOSE 5+ LBS. IN 5 WEEKS!!!
5 COACHING SESSIONS
LOSE 5+ LBS
MAKE A DECISION. CREATE A PLAN. DO IT. FAIL. DO IT AGAIN. CHANGE THOUGHTS. CHANGE HABITS. BE HEALTHY. INSPIRE OTHERS WITH ME!
Ten years ago, I lost my first love-my dad. He and my mom worked side by side in a barber shop just so they could provide for their six kids. During the wake process, my father’s extended family fed us reeeeeeeeel good. I’m from the south so when I say fed, I mean it! They offered their condolences with a box of fried chicken, collard greens, potato salad, fried fish, cornbread, biscuits, homemade cakes, banana puddings, and the infamous macaroni and cheese. I never thought I would have an appetite during this tragedy-but I did.
There were two things that comforted me in my grief: (1) my faith in the Lord and (2) potato chips! When I returned home. I had developed a slight junk food addiction and 6lbs. I’ve always been fit but I finally understood that food will satisfy you-temporarily. It’s the perfect vice. It’s legal, there is no age limit, and you can eat as much as you want whenever you want. Food was masking my pain and satisfying my appetite. Two months and 10lbs later, I picked up a Muscle and Fitness Hers magazine and I took the “Transform Your Life Challenge.” I decided enough was enough and I wanted my abs back! I followed the work out plan of strength training 5 days a week and a clean whole foods meal plan of 1500-1900 calories per day. I lost the fat, the chips, and gained my confidence. My body looks better today than it ever did in my junk food twenties!
I still miss my dad. Father’s Day is very difficult for me but I have decided to continue his legacy of faithfulness and generosity to others. You cannot fulfill your purpose if you are unhealthy. I challenge you to examine the role of food in your life. Are you abusing it out of pain, boredom, disappointment, busyness, or fear? If so, it’s time to tame the tummy, change your thoughts and “train that body!”
Jowanda Durham is a certified ACSM CPT, Exercise is Medicine Specialist, Pre/Post Natal coach via ProNatal Fitness, TRX and group fitness instructor.