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Fitness Journey

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Before I begin sharing my tips on how to workout effectively and how to become a healthier you,  I want to take you on a quick stroll through my fitness journey and the challenges that caused me to gain weight.

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All my life I’ve always been on the slender side,  it seemed as if I NEVER gained weight and if I did it was distributed evenly so you would barely notice a pound or two. Thankfully enough, throughout my freshman year of college, I didn’t gain the notorious Freshman 15 but instead I gained a Senior 15.

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Pictured above in the red and in the stripes was the summer leading into my senior year of college. I was as slender as could be, for my body type at least. I could wear anything I wanted and always looked good. Little did I know that in the next 10 months of life I was going to pack on 10+ pounds.

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May 2015 quickly approached and so did the pounds. As days went by, I never noticed the extra pounds, but I did notice my clothes getting smaller and smaller. I used to think *hmm maybe my shirt shrunk in the washer* or *I’ve been barely wearing a size 5 forever so it’s time that I went up a healthy size 7* Those thoughts sounded good but outgrowing a size 5 quickly turned into outgrowing a size 7.

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My weight gain was due to poor eating out habits and lots and lots of stress. Prior to senior year, I used to cook dinner all the time and I only ate one out once a week or on a special occasion. With me being an assistant manager at a shoe store my first semester of my senior year contributed to me eating at fast food places everyday and eating late at night after work. I faithfully ate at Zaxbys, Chick-fil-a, Wendy’s, etc. My stressing out was caused by not knowing where life was going to take me after graduation, trying to focus extremely hard on my Senior projects, and making sure that I passed all of my classes with flying colors while trying to juggle being a full time student with a full time job.

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I’m proud to say that as of August 2015, I got my butt into the gym 2 times a day for 4-5 days a week and worked my butt off, well in my case, I worked my chubby cheeks and tummy off. With it being December 2015, I am happy to say that I have lost 10 lbs. Some of them pounds have came back BUT it has now turned into muscle. My journey was hard, but I stuck through it. In the beginning it was difficult to drop pounds; instead I lost inches, but I didn’t let the standstill in numbers on the scale deter me from my “healthier Raven”. With my constant working out, my discipline of ONLY drinking water, and limiting my portions of eating out, I have transformed into a new and improved me.

As 2016 approaches, I hope to get my tummy tighter and flatter along with my arms a little more defined. I’m not looking to have the body of a personal trainer or a body builder–I just want the perfect body for me.

  • Angela
    Posted at 20:26h, 26 December Reply

    Hi Raven I can’t wait for your new addition to your blog. You didn’t look like you gain much weight but losing any amount of weight is hard, and I commend you on your success. Have a happy and prosperous new year.

    • simplesassysultry
      Posted at 09:07h, 27 December Reply

      Awww you are too kind. Thanks Angela & a happy new year to you as well 🙂

  • sellinghomes4evergmailcom
    Posted at 22:28h, 26 December Reply

    Raven I love your new fitness addition to your blog. I’m inspired with your weight loss and I’m glad to see you succeeded, now I have to get focused and lose weight. Happy New Year

    • simplesassysultry
      Posted at 09:07h, 27 December Reply

      Haha it won’t be hard as long as you stick with it! Good luck and happy new year to you too 🙂

  • Amy Ann
    Posted at 20:31h, 27 December Reply

    Proud of you! It’s hard work to live a healthy lifestyle.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • simplesassysultry
      Posted at 20:56h, 27 December Reply

      Thanks Amy Ann! It really is hard, especially while working and trying to have a social life as well.

  • The Bandwagon Chic
    Posted at 03:21h, 28 December Reply

    That’s pretty amazing.
    Way to go girl.
    You did a great job

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    Posted at 10:04h, 28 December Reply

    Raven, you look amazing as always!!! Love your style babe! Have a blessed week doll!
    Much love, Len

  • Call me M
    Posted at 17:29h, 28 December Reply

    That’s amazing! Congratulations! keep up the good work and I’m sure you’ll reach all your new goals in 2016. 🙂

    Posted at 05:02h, 29 December Reply

    Looking amazing! Great post babe x

  • Reeanna Lynn
    Posted at 13:02h, 29 December Reply

    You look amazing in each photo! The old and the new. I really admire you for making such an effort to take care of yourself and be healthy. I love the ending to this piece–wanting the right body for you! That is definitely a way I aspire to live. Thank you for being an inspiration—both for style & personal well-being 🙂

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