Friday Fitness Motivation!

Are you living or merely existing? What is holding you back from seeking a better quality of life for yourself?

In my before photo, I was miserably obese and suffering from clinical depression. I grew up as an active child, and never had a problem with my weight. I was a dancer through college and a cheerleader through high school. I even won my high school pageant. So to have morphed into the 230-pound woman who lost sight of her goals and personal vision was a tragedy, to say the least. What happened? How did I lose myself for 8 years?

When I look back today, I realize that my descent began when my post-partum depression evolved into full-blown depression. Every year the weight piled on and buried me deeper in my depressed state of mind. I didn't know what I didn't know. I didn't know how to save myself. I didn't know how to begin. I didn't know what it would take. I didn't know if I was strong enough to undo years of self-neglect.

But one day, God lifted my veil of darkness and enlightened me. He reminded me that I had a destiny to fulfill. He showed me the way. He brought me back to life.

It took me 18 months back in 2007 to lose 120 pounds. I learned everything on my own. I did nothing quick or easy. No teas, no waist cinchers, no expensive protein shakes, fat burners or crash diets. You know what I did?

I learned to love myself. I learned to eat to live and not live to eat. I learned how to exercise with weights. I learned how to fuel my body with foods that would heal me and change the shape of my body. I learned to be consistent. I learned to pray my way through. I learned to have faith in myself. I learned the benefits of quality nutrition. I learned the beauty of good health from the inside out. I learned how to LIVE.

YOU CAN TOO. There's no quick way out of obesity. There's no expensive treatment that can replace hard work, determination and consistency. You just have to decide that you're going to get healthy no matter what. You have to shut out the people in your life who mean you no good. You have to walk away from toxic relationships. You have to stand up for yourself. You have to put yourself first. You have to work out even when you don't feel like it. You have to cook your own food. You have to DO THE WORK.

You're worth it. Don't just exist... LIVE!!!

Chaunda is the owner of The Bella Fitness Group in Lawrenceville, GA. She has lost over 115 pounds and is now a passionate Fitness Advocate, NASM Certified Personal Trainer and a professional singer. Visit her on the web at


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