The 3 Keys

Healthy weight – 2 very important words that have stuck with me from the beginning of my weight-loss/maintenance journey, so let's talk about them!

Healthy weight – 2 very important words that have stuck with me from the beginning of my weight-loss/maintenance journey, so let's talk about them!


No one is the same, and not everyone is going to look like a fashion model no matter how hard you try. However, you can be all YOU can be by following my advice in my two prior blogs and those that follow.



A lot of people questioned my weight after they saw me on The Dr. Oz Show. They found it hard to believe that I currently weigh 141 pounds, but I do and I'm proud of it. People kept saying to me, "You don't weigh that much!" But I'm here to say, yes I do.


The reason I look smaller is because I combine healthy eating, cardio, and strength training. Those are the 3 keys! I have built up some muscle and, believe it or not, muscle actually makes you look smaller and leaner. Plus 1 pound of muscle at rest per day burns 50 calories; that fact alone was enough for me to add strength training into my routine.


Eating right and exercise will get you there! Weigh yourself only once a week, keep track of your progress, and enlist a friend to weigh in with you. That person can give you that extra nudge you need to keep on the right track.


I went from 201 pounds to 141 pounds. I'm a lean, mean machine because I combined the 3 keys; eating healthy, cardio and strength training. I am at a healthy weight, and the best part is it's easy to maintain. If I can do it anyone can!


Finally, my last tip this week is if you haven't done so already, get rid of all salt in your house! I replaced my salt with hot red pepper flakes. The best part is they actually help you lose weight and give your food a kick without the sodium!

Follow my 3 keys and ROCK ON! You deserve it! 

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