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Today, I Need Some Encouragement 

Last month, my family endured a devastating loss and after all we’ve endured, rest is definitely needed. Usually, I’ve prepared my monthly blog posts well in advance but right now, my mind is all over the place.  I am typing this completely worn out at 1:00 am CST in our hotel suite.  My family is resting after a long two weeks and I think tonightI will FINALLY get a long overdue 8 hours of sleep.  I look forward to coming back in September with a tribute to our family member and some great series but until then, enjoy these reposts and recent videos. 

This week I needed some encouragement so check out my recent video about the covering of God and check out the blog post by clicking this fantastic hyperlink.

Make this week grand,

Ta’Neisha K. 

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June Weight Loss Update

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Hello June!

I’m so excited to share a quick weight loss update with you guys because the scale has been moving in the right direction, thanks to my new friend.  First, thanks for hanging in there with me while I enjoyed my YouTube break.  I may not have been posting weekly weight loss updates but I was checking in via Instagram and Twitter with weight loss related posts from time to time.  I decided to end May and kick start June with a fun video showing off my new, plum colored friend, Fitbit Charge 2 HR.

 

 

So now that you’ve caught a quick glimpse of this purple beauty that I’ve owned for nearly three weeks, let’s get into the quick stats for May.

  • Lost 8 pounds
  • Won my first Goal Day challenge with 13,228 steps
  • Won my second Goal Day challenge with 10,086 steps
  • Started the Leslie Sansone: 30 Day Walk Off Kit program **review coming soon**
  • Reactivated my MyFitnessPal account

 

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These are just a few things to note because I haven’t taken my measurements or my progress selfies for my fitness journal prior to writing this blog.  I’m just happy that things are continuing to go down, down, down.  I didn’t start the 30 Day Walk Off program until I got my Fitbit because I wanted al those steps to count.  I forgot how fun it was to use a tracker and I’ enjoying competing with my friends and family.  I’m trying to persuade husband to trade in his MJFOX Fitness Tracker (aka FAKEbit) for the official Fitbit; however, he is content so I will leave him be.  His tracker does the same thing mine’s does and I will include a review of that in an upcoming Weight Loss Wednesday video.

 

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One thing I did note during this month was that sugar is in so many of the things I enjoy, even if I didn’t know it.  I’ve combated that by making my own, from scratch items to replace the things that carried that sneaky sugar.  I’ve also been very mindful about reading labels to ensure I don’t unknowingly hinder my progress with it.  In addition, our family has found joy in the “new veggie of the month” portion of our family menu.  In fact, I picked up a Happy Planner Recipe Kit so I can always jot down my favorite dishes using the new items or healthier versions of our favorites.

 

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Overall, I call May a successful month and I look forward to all June has to offer.  This month I am going on two vacations so I definitely need to be aware so I don’t go backwards on my journey.  So CHEERS to an awesome month ahead!

Make this week amazing,

Ta’Neisha K.

Maximum Results in May

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Hey May!

This month I have set several goals pertaining to tightening up (or fine tuning) my diet and exercise program.  I have stalled out because I stopped pushing myself and I definitely didn’t consume enough water last month.  As I rushed through my days I also missed A LOT of meals which didn’t help my already hindered metabolism.  Of course, the scale reflected that I was only doing the bare minimum so this month I need to double down so I can achieve maximum results. 

Here are my goals for the month of May:

  • Complete 5 workouts each week
    • Cardio 5x
    • Weight 3x
    • Stretching before and after
  • Drink three (push for four) 32 ounce  cups of water daily
  • Enjoy outside play time with the children (family workouts) three times a week
  • Get eight hours of sleep nightly
  • NO electronics two hours before bedtime
  • Fasting cardio
  • BREAKFAST IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING MORNING WORKOUT

To hear more about what I’m doing this month and how grateful I am for all the support, encouragement, and accountability I’ve received from you all check out my recent Weight Loss Wednesday video.


 Here’s to a great month and maximum results!

 Make this month marvelous,

Ta’Neisha K.

 

 

Overcoming February & March Goals

Hello March, what took you so long to get here?

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Let me tell you all something very important, February was a rough month for me.  All these years I never realized how much I relied on food to get me through the issues of life.  I mean of course I enjoyed an occasional pint of ice cream or Dairy Queen Blizzard after an argument with my college boyfriend.  What young girl didn’t?

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And yes I might have turned to some southern style comfort foods like cream gravy over starchy potatoes or macaroni and cheese when the going got tough. Wait, that’s not normal?

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Okay well maybe the speech I gave myself time and time again that since my thyroid was an issue hindering my weight loss, I didn’t need to work so hard.  In fact, maintaining all this extra weight was okay as long as I didn’t gain.  I totally believed that 40 pounds ago. 

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Yeah, so now you see why February was such an emotional month for me.  Along with the normal stress of life I just had to choose the month filled with extra issues to kick my food addiction.  So here I was dealing with a hospitalized husband WITHOUT OVEREATING!  I was also forced to handle other pop up issues including lost friendships, a rumor report I shut down, father-in-law’s illness, and season of depression that I hung onto longer than I should have.  Lord, I really needed that ice cream and carbohydrate high last month.

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Once I did some research and realized what was going on I completely understood why I felt so overwhelmed with emotions and assumed I had no other way to handle them.  As a believer, I had to also do some biblical research to understand what was going on with my body.  I definitely suggest the Error of Man and Error of Man 2 DVDs by Pastor Lewis because these were very helpful and included tips on how to combat this weight loss journey naturally and spiritually.  I also enjoyed Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead as well as Fat Sick, and Nearly Dead 2 via Netflix as both were great motivation to kick sugar and carbohydrate addiction out the door.  I also did a lot of research about my thyroid and what foods I can eat to help it function better. **When doing research look for reputable sources and always consult a physician and nutrition when making changes to your diet.**

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This month I look forward to continuing to conqueror this weight loss and learning more about proper nutrition for my family.  #TeamKEMP has been so awesome to come along this journey with me and they haven’t complained that much about the new foods.  We try a new food each week and most have been a hit.  I’m grateful for such an amazing support system because some people don’t have that.  I also plan to complete another cleanse this month.  Also, “according to my research” as my systems get cleaned out I know what to look for I can combat my withdrawal symptoms while my body get used to an even healthier, healthy lifestyle.

To see my February Weight Loss Wrap-Up check out my recent video

You can also see my March weight loss goals and a detailed look at my Faith Fitness Planner via this recent video.

 

Don’t forget to download your FREE FITBOOK GOAL GETTER CALENDAR HERE

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I am going to conquer goals in March guys! I am going to beast every workout in April! I am going to vanquish any doubters in May! I am going to obliterate pounds June! I think you get the point here.  In 2017 I will be victorious over this because I CAN DO ALL THINGS THROUGH CHRIST WHO STRENGTHENS ME. (Philippians 4:13)

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Oh, and don’t forget to check out the Christian encouragement post from last week about Raising Sharp Arrows.

 

Make this week peaceful,

 

Ta’Neisha K.

 

Butt Bible Challenge Starts Today!

As with all exercise programs it is imperative that you participate at your own risk, as I assume no liability for encouraging you to exercise.  Be mindful of your body and please consult a physician prior to starting a workout or diet program.

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Guess what?

Did you know that whatever day you choose to read this blog is a great day to begin this challenge?

Don’t fret about actual start/finish dates with this fitness experience, just make a decision to try it, push through it, and see it through until the end.

Today is your DAY #1!

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Here is everything you will need (to do and know) to complete this workout:

  1. This is a 6 week program with four scheduled workouts each week, ranging from 20-40 minutes, including warm-up and cool down.
  2. Throughout the program you will need a few pieces of equipment including a towel, barbell (or equivalent), dumbbells, and a chair.
  3. You will need to download and/or print the workout calendar pictured directly below this list.
  4. You will need the complete Butt Bible series by Pauline Nordin, which can be purchased via Amazon. (Click this cool hyperlink to purchase)
  5. You can also access these workouts FOR FREE via my YouTube BUTT BIBLE CHALLENGE playlist. (Yes, this super long hyperlink is for the FREE playlist)
  6. I find Pauline’s butt banter to be a bit silly and borderline annoying.  I also realized today that she does use the word “a**” twice.  I’ve chosen to either start or end my day with these workouts when the children are asleep.
  7. Lastly, you will need a positive attitude and healthy eating habits to ensure you are successful in this challenge.

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In addition to the aforementioned tips, I suggest a form of accountability via a workout partner, journaling, or posting your exercises via social media.  At the end of this six weeks, I look forward to seeing a healthier version of myself along with the best rump of my life. LOL I busted out laughing as I typed that.  The rump isn’t the big issue (my rump is a HUGE issue LOL), I just look forward to completing this challenge because I’ve started and failed this Butt Bible series several times.  But in 2017 I will conquer this!

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I hope you will join me and if you do, just find this post on Instagram (yes, another cool hyperlink), follow me, and comment “I’m in” under the photo.  I don’t mind being your social media accountability partner and please help me along the way. Also, check out my weight loss progress this month via my most recent Weight Loss Wednesday video.

Make this week beautiful,

Ta’Neisha K.

February Weight Loss Goals

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I am so excited to share all the awesome things that happened to me during the month of January.  First, I have dropped another 8 pounds! WHOOP WHOOP! I didn’t meet my goal of 10 pounds this month but that’s okay because I accomplished so much more.  I am now able to do strength training five times a week and I do at least 30-45 minutes of cardio six days a week.  On Sundays, I rest and do a complete body stretching session and give my body time to recover and prepare for the upcoming workout week. I am definitely pleased with the way January wrapped up and you can see more of my accomplishments and the failures, including a 2 pound weight gain, via the first three videos placed throughout this blog post.

 

Here are a few more great accomplishments:

  • Husband worked out with me 4 times this month
  • Our children participate in my daily workouts
  • Clothes are fitting looser in the legs and around the waist
  • Double chin on my face is smaller and starting to disappear
  • I signed up for my second 5K
  • My journey has encouraged others to begin their own weight loss journey

 

But wait, there’s more! Check out these additional accomplishments:

  • Stamina during workouts has increased tremendously
  • Able to complete an entire strength training session without taking longer rests in between sets
  • Family members and friends are noticing my weight loss
  • Tried (and enjoyed) two Salmon recipes
  • Dropped a dress size

 

 

So, in February I plan to tighten my diet and take the entire house with me down the narrow path to a narrower waist.  As the head chef for Château Kemp, it is my duty to ensure our household puts nothing but the best into our temples.  Four years ago I removed 90% of our dairy intake from our diets.  Yes, we enjoy the occasional cheeseburger and southern macaroni and cheese dish, but we no longer use cow’s milk in our recipes and have seen extraordinary benefits from it.  I’ve also increased the water intake of the entire house and decreased the sugar we consume.  I’ve eliminated high fructose corn syrup/corn syrup (except for birthday goody bags), alternative (diet) sugars, along with GMOs and gluten will be the next thing to go.  Yep, GLUTEN FREE IN 2017! 

You can find out more about our family goals, hear what Kevin (husband) thinks about the changes, and learn about my annual goals via my recent video.

 

There is no telling what other household transformations will take place during this journey but I looking forward to good health and soul prosperity this year (3 John 1:2).  I know that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13) so I’m going to continue to do my part and trust that He will help me be successful.

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Make this week prosperous,

Ta’Neisha K.

 

 

Introducing: Weight Loss Wednesdays

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One day I just looked in the mirror and realized that if I didn’t do something different then I would die.  Yes, my laziness would turn into my main ailment and literally kill me sooner rather than later.  So, I started my journey and a week later I got lazy and quit

I knew better so I decided to start this journey again.  After a few days I thought “Wow, I have been doing this for three days now with no results.  Let’s rest and start again at the beginning of the month.”  Yep, that’s never worked before but this time I totally hoped that it might. 

Okay, husband ended up sick and I had to hear some not so great news from the doctor while he was in the hospital.  I got myself together and started again.  Two weeks later. . . Nah, I’m still young.  Let’s keep on being sporadic and see where that takes me.

Husband got sick again and that warning yellow light, finally turned red for me.  Oh and there were buzzers and the sound “WARNING, WARNING, WARNING” kept blaring in my ears. That’s when I decided to set a goal and really focus on my weight loss.

That italicized summary of thoughts covers a span of four years filled with wonderful moments including the birth of our last two children, Bam Bam and Princess.  It also includes some terrifying moments when you have to truly self-reflect and decide if you want to live and for how long.  So, that’s how Weight Loss Wednesdays was born.

Here is what you can expect from each weekly video and monthly blog post:

  • Weekly/Monthly Goals
  • Details about diet/exercise regimen
  • Encouragement
  • Truth about obstacles and how I overcome them

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In doing this journey I decided to post it online for encouragement, extra accountability, and as a visual journal of my story.  Every clip on my Instagram, update on my YouTube channel, and monthly blog post will serve as reminders that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13).   I’m so excited at the success I’ve already had and truly grateful for the support of my real-time and online family/friends.

To join me on this journey simply watch the videos throughout this post or  via this playlist, check Instagram for daily posts, and read the monthly blog posts for details on my regimen.

Make this week healthy,

Ta’Neisha K.

I survived my first 5K!