Shawnika Billups


Shawnika Billups

Age 40:

They say that if you fall off the horse it’s best to quickly ride it again, or you risk becoming stuck in a place of fear. I can tell you from experience, that rule of thumb isn’t just for horse-riding.
Q You said your weight loss journey has been a rollercoaster ride, perhaps even the Cyclone of rides, but you are not deterred?

ADespite various setbacks, I have regrouped, and I am taking it back to Phase One: controlling my food intake/portions.

To some, this may seem an obvious area to address, but I guarantee when you’re in the midst of a storm, your first objective is to find shelter/refuge from the downpour, not the cause of it.

[symple_box color="blue" text_align="left" width="100%" float="none"] I have begun to say to myself,  “I am not like every other woman, and my journey to a fit and healthy lifestyle is my own, and I will get there.”
Q Can you tell us some lifestyle choices:

AI have not always placed myself, or my health, as a number one priority, but times have changed. Without explanation or justification, I have learned to treat myself as a priority.

I have traded comfort food for comfort exercises; i.e., exercises that will allow me to look at my reflection in the mirror and be comforted that I am on my way to a healthier me.

The gym has become more of a consideration in my daily activities – especially when I don’t feel like going.

Exercise videos keep me motivated and on my game.

My core meals always consist of protein and veggies; basil, thyme and rosemary are some of my favorite seasonings.

I work out three times a week, 45 minutes per session.

I’ve rediscovered the fun of jumping rope.

I drink water throughout the day.

Q What are some Health Tips?

AStay focused, no matter what or who tries to throw you off.

The My Fitness Pal app is great for keeping track of your calorie intake, and connecting with others who have decided to make a lifestyle change.

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