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by: Cherron D. Keith
I made it y'all!!! 30 days ago I embarked on the JJ Smith 30 Day Flat Belly Challenge and today is DAY 30! Aaaaye!
In May, a colleague snapped a candid photo of me that was a gut punch. I knew I had to do something different. In June a friend (Alive and Worthy Founder La'Toya Sibley-watch the video in the Vlog Section) started a personal journey "My Quest to Say Yes" and her very first vlog was about "Death to the Numbers". Like an E-service alter call, I committed to supporting her journey and slaying my own numbers. This started a little snow ball, but the desire to feel comfortable in a swim suit by October sped up the momentum.
In July I saw JJ's challenge post on IG. The title had me at hello and didn't hurt that the registration fee was discounted. Initially I didn't want to spend the money but when I considered that I'd been to the doctor more times this year than ever before (besides pregnancy) I decided I'd rather spend money on the front end of developing a healthier lifestyle than spend time and money at the doctors office.
After I registered, I had tears in my eyes. When was the last time I chose me? Committed to me? Loved on me? When and why did that stop? Did I ever? Why am I just now realizing this? I was committed to me and prayed that my transformation would motivate and inspire others along the journey.
My Why Goes Deeper
Most of my life, I've struggled with my weight. The chatter of others did not help. You got some big thighs (I'm good with those now). You done gained weight. I almost didn't know who you were. (Thassa lie cause my face still looks like my toddler pictures no matter how full or sleek it is) You done lost weight. You look sick. You're getting too skinny. Don't lose no more weight. This is not to discredit any compliment I've ever received, but it was always something to be said and seemed like my outside could never match inside.
Also, after learning that I would soon have a little girl, I had a moment of panic. Would I be her standard? Am I good enough? Am I the best example I can be? What do I want for her? I had (and still have) some personal work to do and this became more prevalent in my heightened sensitivity and lack of tolerance for people's comments about her size. Words have power and I will not allow people to say whatever they want to either of my children. Blank stare queen; ask about me.
Back to the Challenge
The challenge felt like a lot in the beginning. It was a lot of material to digest, supplements to order (should you choose) and required some planning to start strong. I picked up a journal to track my meals, water intake, supplements, physical activity and not feel overwhelmed. I was determined to give it my best shot.
Results & Transformation
Y'all know I wanted to see results overnight, right? You also know I wanted to see BIG results like some of the other queens in JJ's support group were achieving right? Well here are my results, what I learned and what I'm embracing......
I worked up the nerve to finally try on my swimsuit last night. I haven't decided if I'll wear it soon but I will say is it fits way better than it would have 30 days ago. That 1 back fat line don't want me to be great AAAAND Jesus be a rose quartz steam roller for the mysterious beyond. That's what I call the region between your hamstrings and your yansh.
My next goal is to exercise even more consistently because that's where I think the magic will happen for me. Go figure, JJ's October challenge is the Get Moving Challenge, so you already know I'm bout that life. I'm also leveling up from being committed to my goals to being relentless about my goals.