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FEATURES Aug 15 2012 8:41AM
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Carnelia Barfield: Taking Steps to a Healthier Me

“Fitness: If it came in a bottle, everybody would have a great body.”
— Cher

If only fit rubbed on as easy as Carol’s Daughter Almond Cookie! I must admit I have fallen off the curve and taken it day-by-day to get motivated. For the past six weeks, I have not been able to work out due to surgery. During my down time, I must say that my weight stayed steady. No pounds gained, none lost. In April after speaking with lifestyle expert Latham Thomas on how to improve my weight loss, I was given three steps along with my daily workout plan to start my transition journey.

My 3 steps to a healthier me

1. Drink more water—at least four more bottles per day, close to 80 oz. This will help regulate my metabolism.

2. Eat my greens.

3. Cut the dairy: Try almond milk to help with the breast tissue and weight loss.

BONUS: Every 2 lbs lost, you can reward yourself with a sweet.

I know you are probably asking if I did anything that was given to me by Latham. I must say that I did: I just entertained my BONUS option a little to much without dropping a pound! Sweetness is my weakness. Now after six weeks, my doctor cleared me and I'm back in the gym exercising four times a week. I have set a goal to be at my ideal weight by my 31st birthday in October.

Now that I'm six and a half months into my transition, I didn't think the gym thing and my hair would get along so well. At first, I was refusing to go in the gym with my hair all tied up. But I got over that real quick! I have found that keeping my hair in Bantu Knots was the best thing to do while working out. Not having to worry how my hair looks after the gym is always a plus.

For the past six months, I have met some goals for my hair transition. Now it’s time to play catch-up with my fitness and health. I'm pretty sure without a healthy body and healthy eating habits this hair transition won’t be the best. So I've reset my 3 steps and taken out that BONUS: Stay tuned for OCTOBER!

Mary's Daughter

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