Stepping Out of Stuck with Lakeitha
If you read my blog on The Odyssey (Overcoming Loneliness Abroad), then you know I was in desperate need of a squad while living in Ecuador. It’s not an easy fix living abroad. Everyone needs a squad to turn up with, to celebrate the victories, and to pick you up for the falls. Not having that was eating away at me. My emotions were getting the best of me and I was eating out of control. And before I knew it, my weight was piling up again. Many of you know that I’ve had an amazing weight loss journey losing almost 80lbs. I had put about 25 of those pounds back on between depression and getting adjusted.
I have a decent amount of followers, and I follow a diverse group of bloggers, poets, hoteps, transformation pages. One of which stood all the way out this bomb ass black woman named Lakeitha Duncan she lost 100 lbs in one year. Something I still hadn’t accomplished in 3 years. I was in awe of her journey and her transformation. Like the rest of her over 90 million followers on instagram I was drawn to her transparency. She was posting real ass pics, side jelly roll, kangaroo pouch, turkey wing pics…completely unashamed.
Because she had did it, her “after” pics were the things fat girl dreams are made of, I wouldn’t have believed it if I hadn’t watched the transformation over the past year myself. She’s such a badass she started doing challenges and online coaching. The challenge was 20 bux including an ebook to teach you how to eat low carb. I said I got a hot lil 20 for the revolution.
She had set up a private FB group for all the ladies in the challenge, live periscopes once a week, email access to answer any questions.
One of my favorite things about the challenge was that we weighed in on Wednesday (Winning Wednesday as we call in in the group). The reason I really felt like this was pivotal is because it changes the mindset people have about weight loss circulating around Mondays. That you have to start or reset on Monday. Weighing in on Wednesday, confuses the mind and makes it easier to stay accountable all week long. The challenge lasted 13 weeks and some of 1,000 ladies that signed up really killed it. Two girls even lost 50 lbs in the 91 day challenge. And I was blown away. Not only by the dedication, but by the strength of the group. A lot can happen in 3 months, but we bonded and held each other down. I had lost a friend, 2 of my friends had lost their children to gun violence in Miami. There were women in the group who lost family members, going through break ups, dropped from their health insurance, and the women of the group stood strong. We had become a bit of a squad.
We prayed together and we slayed together.
I might have only lost 23 lbs (I could have lost more but I was drinking on the weekend) I finally got out of the 200’s and I’m 10 lbs away 100 lbs total weight loss!!!! But I gained so much more. I got my squad annnnnnnd we are about to do another challenge starting on October 5th… It’s bout to be LIT!