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This Woman Went From Being Overweight To Opening Her Own Gym

Thursday, June 15th, 2017

By Victor Trammell

Many people have achieved their own personal success stories when it comes to the conquering the difficult missions of losing weight and maintaining a healthier lifestyle.

Marissa McDonald

However, at only 23-year-old, a black woman in Chicago, Illinois not only achieved her ultimate weight loss and fitness goals, she opened up her own gym after becoming an ACE-certified personal trainer. Marissa McDonald (pictured above) went from pudgy to powerhouse after she was roughly 200 pounds and not in good health.

The Body Concept Chicago co-founder developed not only an unwavering spirit to maintain her impeccable physique but an entrepreneurial spirit as well. She stopped seeing eye-to-eye with the owner of the gym where she used to train hard. On her road to becoming a new and improved woman, she dropped around 40 pounds.

McDonald not only dropped her own pounds and chiseled her beautiful, muscular body, she was training other women to do the same. With her clientele list growing, it became clear that McDonald was getting too big to be training clients at somebody else’s gym. The determined young fitness expert decided to strike out on her own.

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Juicing vs. Blending

Sunday, November 11th, 2012

To juice or not to juice, to blend or not to blend, that is the question! Which one is best? What’s a girl to do? Panic! Freeze! Give up! Sleep! NOPE.

Hands down the best way to increase our alkalinity and detox our [beautiful] bodies is to consume a diet full of sunlight aka liquid chlorophyll.

Chlorophyll contains a powerful blood builder that’s said to increase red blood cells, improve circulation, ease inflammation, oxygenate the body, and counteract harmful free radicals. By eating (and drinking) a diet high in chlorophyll (raw fruits and veggies, especially leafy greens), we dine on liquid oxygen, the very substance we need to stay alive and thrive.

We stack the odds in our favor BIG time when we consume a diet high in chlorophyll, vitamins, enzymes and oxygen. Ok Kris, get to it, which way is best – juicing or blending? Here’s my bottom line: I do both but I juice WAY more than I blend. Why? Well, by removing the fiber through the process of squeezing the pulp, we instantly lighten the load on our digestion. Nutrients pass directly into the bloodstream, and within minutes our bodies receive optimum fuel to feed our cells and help restore our immune systems. This doesn’t mean we don’t eat sprouted and certain cooked grains, salads, and other intestinal brooms—we do. Yet, we give our taxed bodies a much-needed rest by solely consuming liquid. When our bodies spend less energy on digestion they will spend more on repair. Think about this too, a glass of juice has more nutritious veggies than a smoothie does. How many cukes do you put in a juice? Bunches of kale? Sweet pea sprouts? We could never eat all that in a smoothie. Smoothies fill us up a lot faster.

If you’ve been juicing then you know the power and super energy this miracle liquid splashes into your life. Green drinks and smoothies balance blood sugars, supply plant protein, and purge tons toxins from their hiding places. If possible, consume a upward of thirty-six ounces of green juice/smoothie per day. Note: Prepackaged store-bought juices don’t count; they are not raw, unless they are made fresh in front of you.

Remember: It’s important to go slow and experiment. Start with gentle veggies like cucumbers, celery, sweet pea sprouts and build from there. No need to add a zillion things into the juice, if you’re new to all this that’s a sure fire way to experience gastric “ouchies”. Add one at a time. I tell people to start by juicing only cucumber and build from there. Parsley, dandelion, kale – these are very strong medicinal greens. Go slow. NOW go juice (or blend).


4 Essential Steps To Weight Loss Success

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

It is my opinion, that losing weight is a relatively straightforward concept, but it is the lack of discipline that complicates the issue. The reality is that weight loss and more importantly weight management, has and will always be predicted on some basic concepts. Even as we make medical advancements in the area of obesity and weight management, and the proliferation of new fad diets and surgical intervention continue, the road will inevitably make its way back to the concepts that we will explore in this article. It is my belief, that if you follow these time tested principles, you will have the necessary tools to meet your weight loss goals and maintain a healthy weight.

The principles listed below are nothing new and they surely do not require a comprehensive understanding of Quantum physics to grasp them. They do however; require a large degree of discipline to use them effectively. The same discipline that serves as the cornerstone for achieving our goals and dreams in most every aspect of our lives, is this same discipline needed to reach our weight loss goals as well. Now, let’s begin to explore these principles in depth.

1. Eat Smaller Portions

Try eating smaller portions at mealtime and make sure your plate if colorful.  A proper balance of whole grains, vegetables and fruits and the occassional protein portion that is no larger then the palm of your hand, will make a colorful plate.  Also if you want prepared meals and snacks, many of the well known food manufacturers package their cookies and snacks, and frozen meals in smaller portions sizes, with respect to quantity and total calories. Consequently, you get a lower calorie count per package. The concept here is to consume smaller portion meal.

2. Stop Eating Those Big Late-Night Meals

Our bodies function most efficiently at the height of the day, when are at our most active. Ideally, this is the time when you should have your heartiest meal, when we are burning the most calories. As the day progresses, our bodies naturally start to slow down, and as evening turns to nightfall, our body begins to shut down in terms of activity. This is not the time to consume a large meal. We have all done it…after we eat this meal at 9:30 PM or 10 PM; we hit the couch and watch television or read a book. Well at this hour, our bodies are fully shut down compared to 12 noon, so we are not working off any calories. Consequently, the food just sits there and you know what that means.

3. Eat for Satisfaction not for Over Indulgence

When is the last time you pushed back from the table or lunch counter satisfied but not stuffed? More times than not, you walk away bloated and uncomfortable. In my opinion, this is a common mistake that is made when we consume our meals, mainly at lunch or dinner.  The simple act of training yourself to eat until your hunger has been adequately satisfied is an important aspect of weight loss. Much like the portion sizing, this will cause you to consume fewer calories per meal.

4. Exercise, Exercise, Exercise!!!!

This is the big one. This is where the game is won or loss. Exercise is the cornerstone of any weight loss method you choose. Simply take a look at any of the latest fades in dieting, and you will discover that exercise, movement or activity is an essential component of those diets. Exercise is good for the body, because it is the mechanism that burns calories and reduces your body fat. Now I realize that not everyone likes or even cares to exercise. Sorry to say, that dieting alone won’t do the trick.. You have to do some form of exercise. So get out and do something, be it walking, cycling, hiking, aerobics etc. Whatever you choose, just move, so you can loose!

As was stated earlier in this article, these principles have been around for decades and have been used successfully by many individuals. In this world of quick fixes, many of us do not want to invest in hard work when it comes to weight loss.  Discipline is absolutely essential to having any successful weight loss program or plan. I am a true believer, that if you follow these principles and use will power and self-control, you will be successful in losing weight. It is not going to be easy, but anything worth having is worth fighting for. Go out and make it happen, take control of your weight. If you put in the work, it will pay off. Believe you can do it…believe in yourself!!

Lose Weight: Tip 10

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

Between September 2011 and December 2011, I lost approximately 35 pounds (16kg). In this series of videos, I share tips that I hope will help you in your own weight loss journey.

In this video I share how inviting PLEASURE into your life can help you on your weight loss journey. The idea is to recognize that food is not the only way to feel good.

Lose Weight: Tip 9

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

Between September 2011 and December 2011, I lost approximately 35 pounds (16kg). In this series of videos, I share tips that I hope will help you in your own weight loss journey.

In this video I share how setting different levels of success can be helpful when it comes to your exercise routine. It is important to set different levels of success so that it is more likely that you will do a “low level” exercise rather tan do nothing at all.

Lose Weight : Tip 8

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

Between September 2011 and December 2011, I lost approximately 35 pounds (16kg). In this series of videos, I share tips that I hope will help you in your own weight loss journey.

In this video I share how it is better to eat five or six meals a day, rather than one, two or three big meals, like most people do.

Lose Weight: Tip 7

Monday, May 7th, 2012

Between September 2011 and December 2011, I lost approximately 35 pounds (16kg). In this series of videos, I share tips that I hope will help you in your own weight loss journey.

In this video I share how you can overcome your cravings by actually giving into them. You can give into your cravings by eating what you are craving but with healthier and lower calorie substitutions.

Nomalanga: What society thinks about Overweight Women

Saturday, May 5th, 2012

I just read an article by a, self proclaimed, overweight feminist who is considering losing weight to expand her dating options. Of course, this is a rather delicate topic and she even admits that, being a feminist, it may even seem hypocritical, on her part. After all, isn’t one of the basic “rules” of feminism that women should not be judged on the basis of their physical appearance? I don’t know; I’m not a feminist…

Reading her article got me thinking…Not too long ago, I posted a somewhat humorous Facebook post talking about how I noticed that after shedding over 40 pounds from my heaviest weight, I started to notice more “heads turning”. What was funny was that I actually thought that the reason I had stopped “turning heads”, was that I was no longer a twenty something college girl. I thought that now that I was a wife, mother and most importantly, a married woman, well into my thirties, I had just moved into a different stage in my life where I no longer “turned heads”. I honestly thought that only “young girls” drew attention when they walked by and since I had stopped considering myself as such, it seemed normal that nobody was taking a second look.

Imagine my surprise when I started to notice that after losing a significant amount of weight, I was “turning heads” again, much like in my younger years. So, it turns out that our society is more forgiving of women aging than it is of them gaining weight- at least that is what my experience has taught me.

So I decided to put on my survey hat and began asking random men, in my circle of friends and relatives, what their preference was-cute and chubby or cute and “older”? Yes, you guessed it; they ALL said they preferred cute and “older”.

The one consolation that I find in this issue is that I feel I can control my weight. Aging, even though it will probably be graceful, is not something that I or anyone can control. Being “old” is not a choice but being “chubby” is. I know some might argue that being overweight is a “condition” and while I’m sympathetic to that, I still maintain that for the majority of us, it is not a “condition”, but instead a matter of discipline and self control.

So there you have it, ladies, before you write yourself off as “unattractive”, you may want to consider that it might just be that you need to say good-bye to some of those extra pounds that you have gained over the years. Speaking as someone who has shed a significant amount of weight, I can say that not only will you look better, more importantly, you’ll FEEL better!

Lose Weight: Tip 6

Friday, May 4th, 2012

Between September 2011 and December 2011, I lost approximately 35 pounds (16kg). In this series of videos, I share tips that I hope will help you in your own weight loss journey.

In this video I share how important it is to have a work-out partner or an accountability partner. This makes the weight-loss journey more fun and will make both you and your partner more likely to succeed.

Lose Weight: Tip 5

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

Between September 2011 and December 2011, I lost approximately 35 pounds (16kg). In this series of videos, I share tips that I hope will help you in your own weight loss journey.

In this video I share how you have to change your mindset and start to live a more active lifestyle. Having an active lifestyle is about incorporating as much activity in your daily life as possible.