Flashback Friday

I was posting this pic on Instagram and as I typed the lengthy caption I decided a blog was more appropriate to celebrate my milestone. Plus I haven’t blogged in weeks so here I am.


A little over a year ago, I purchased a cute burgundy pencil skirt with a zipper from top to midway down the back. I planned to wear it with a crisp white dress shirt and black stilettos. I didn’t try it on because it was my size, a 12 – plus I hate trying on clothes. As soon as I got home I hung it up in my closet with the rest of my skirts.

Shortly thereafter, one Sunday morning, I decided to wear my new skirt. After completing my beauty regime, I proceeded to get dressed. I unzipped the skirt and stepped inside. I pulled the skirt up and found a little resistance at my hips but I was able to maneuver beyond. I looked in the mirror and much to my chagrin I had a rear muffin top. Wait, is there such a thing as a rear muffin top? You get the idea- my butt was overflowing the zipper and there was no way I could zip the skirt. I mean you can’t lay on the bed and suck in.  After trying to rotate the skirt to no success, I conceded to the zipper and quickly found a dress to wear.

I had noticed I was putting on a few pounds but did not realize to what extent. I rarely wear pants but when I did I had noticed an imprint around my waist. I was in disbelief when I finally stepped on a scale.  I was 6 pounds shy of my heaviest weight; however, at that time previously, I was pregnant with my son. That was not the case this time. I had no excuse for allowing my weight to balloon.

Around the same time my then former trainer, Renee Pillow of F.I.T. with Renee, posted a pic in an oversized men’s white shirt with her skivvies.  Her caption read “Look Good Naked”. I immediately scheduled a consultation.

The day of my consultation I ate “clean”, or so I thought. That evening when we met, Renee questioned my meals for the day. I told her with confidence that I ate clean. She deflated my balloon by demonstrating how much sugar I was consuming with the foods I considered to be “clean”. I recall her instructing me to read the ingredients. She Googled the protein bar I had ate and read the ingredients to me. She taught me that although the label said bear naked, it was processed. She told me to read labels and only consume food items with 1 or 2 ingredients. In addition, she provided a detailed meal plan and exercise routine.

Fast forward one year later, I am thankful I made that decision. Granted it was not easy to stay focused. I binged occasionally and literally drug myself to the gym and my training sessions with Renee many days, but I have no regrets.  I stumbled throughout the last year but I always found my way back on track.

FlexYou may be wondering, did I reach my goal? Yes and No. I remained focus and I can fit clothes comfortably.  Plus I am closer than I would have been if I didn’t decide to start this journey and I can almost fit the skirt – it fits but I can’t sit down yet. Lol

Even now when I look at my before pictures, I am shocked. I am not the same person in so many ways. I have learned so much about me over the last year and I look forward to continuing to become a better me.

My greatest challenge is candy, I have learned I can’t even have 1 piece because it is a trigger.  I also learned I am a stress eater. Now instead of eating I try to divert the stress to the gym or, if the weather permits, riding my bike with my Gospel music blaring. Half my battle is getting motivated but once I do I don’t want to stop. In fact, I rode my bike one time for 20 miles! I haven’t rode that far again lol, but on average I ride 5-10 miles.

This is a continual process for me – I am not on a diet or eating healthy, I have changed my lifestyle.

I try not to weigh myself, but I will be scheduling a follow-up consultation and I’ll keep you posted on my progress.

In the meantime, be sure to follow me on Twitter and Instagram – @artsistah


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