Leilah Reese’s 30lbs Before 30 Journey on the #GoddessBody Diet

Height: Tall enough to ride ALL the attractions at Six Flags
Weight: If I told you, I’d have to cut you!!!
Age: 29 and feeling fine
Occupation: News aide at a national newspaper, soon to be graduate student pursuing a Master’s in Speech and Language Pathology.
Goal: To drop 30 pounds by the big 3-0!!!!!


The long/short of it is Leilah has had enough of the “extra baggage” taking residency on her body. A former dancer (ballet, modern, and tap you naughty children), she packed on pounds shortly after quitting dance cold turkey and replacing it with the sport of eating. She has set a goal for herself of losing 30 pounds before a milestone birthday, her 30th! By committing to the #GodBodyDiet she is hoping to achieve this goal and prays that no one will get hurt in the process. To follow along with her journey, check out my BLOG

First, let me just hip you jive turkey’s to the latest “weight loss/exercise” plan I’ve committed to. It’s called the #GodBodyDiet. Google, pray, do a rain dance to the sky gods, ask a neighbor/friend/police officer, whatever, about it if you want to, but I think me posting the deets will be pretty self explanatory. Here it goes:

– Abstinence from Alcohol
– Abstinence from Sex
– At least 6 hours of sleep every night
– No packaged food unless it is signified as Organic
– Consume a gallon of water every day
– No farmed fish or meat
– Dairy products must be cage free, non- homogenized
– 3 days of cardio workout. Can include core workouts for strength training (i.e. Yoga, Pilates, Swimming)

Some of you reading this know me, and you’re probably scratching your heads, thinking, “How in the bloody hell is this chick going to give up Ciroc coconut/red berry and pineapple? AND beer? AND margaritas? And….”. Well you get the drift. Ummm, good question. I’ll get back to you on that one after this weekend. Others might think the “no sex in the champagne room” bullet point may be a challenge. Well, since I have no one tapping my on the shoulder in the middle of the night saying “Hey baby, is you woke?” that is null and void (don’t cry for me Argentina. I can handle the lack of “coloring”).

Honestly, I don’t think the first two rules will be that difficult to handle. I’ve cut soda, even juice, out of my diet before, so alcohol shouldn’t really be an issue. And as far as the nookie goes, I can manage without that too. The areas where I might struggle are with the water and sleep. A long time insomnia sufferer and infomercial connoisseur, I have to force myself to sleep. Lately I’ve been doing better, especially since a trainer at my gym told me you can burn fat while resting. WELL HOT DAMN!!!!! Just typing *yawn* about it makes me *yawn* sleepy. Ok, maybe not. The gallon of water……Mama might have to work on that :-/ A whole gallon?!??! Do you realize how big a gallon is?!?!?! You don’t?!?!?! Well go to the store and look at one for five long minutes. Just stare at it without blinking. Go ahead, I’ll wait…….Did you see it? I should have told you to pick it up too. That thing is heavy!!!

In all seriousness, my decision to get myself healthy has been one in the works since 2008. Back then I weighed a whopping 183lbs. Not a good look for A) a former dancer and B) someone who is only 5’4 1/2”, 5’5” on a good day. I also noticed people around me whose health was beginning to deteriorate. As an African American woman I run a great risk of high blood pressure, hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease, just to name a few. Add to that the fact that my grand mother (maternal) battled breast cancer and my other grand mother (paternal) was considered obese. However, weight wasn’t an issue for me until my mid twenties. Up until then I was of average weight for my height. But life happens. Office jobs, frequent trips to vending machines and fast food spots, lack of physical movement, and depression were the main culprits in my “packing on of le pounds” (French accent, qui qui). Oh shoot, I’m rambling…..

Long story short, I’m fat, I hate being fat, and now I’m going to REALLY stick to my guns and do something about…….Watch me work biznatchezzz!!!!!!

lei

Make sure you follow Leilah through her journey and lend a helping word of support when you see her on Twitter or on her blog as she fights the temptation to sway away from the new Healthy Lifestyle.

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