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Magnificent Me : Fifty Days of Fitness Challenge (Photos)

“Often, it’s not about becoming a new person, but becoming the person you were meant to be, and already are, but don’t know how to be.”
― Heath L. Buckmaster, Box of Hair: A Fairy Tale

Me at approximately 380lbs. I almost never left the house and could only stand up for five minutes at a time.
Ruell Black
Me at approximately 380lbs. I only ever went out to go to the doctor's office which is where I am headed and was unable to stand up for more than ten minutes at a time.
Ruell Black

In March of 2011 my highest recorded weight in life was 382lbs. I currently weigh 144lbs. Over the next 50 days I will NOT focus on the things I did to lose 238lbs because that is more than a lot of you currently weigh and certainly more than any of you need to lose. The next 50 days will be about how I lost 80 pounds in three months; because 80lbs is a significant amount of weight and most, if not all of you, don't need to lose even that much to feel healthy and happy.

Let me say right off the bat that I weighed such an egregious amount when I started this new way of life that my weight loss happened very quickly and that pace will most likely NOT be typical for the rest of you; though maintaining the weight lost WILL be. I only gained back 15 of the 80lbs that I lost before I took drastic measures with my weight loss. Measures that I hope none of you ever have to resort to. Those 15lbs of weight gain happened over a month long period of me deliberately eating myself into oblivion as a sabotage because I was so disappointed that I couldn't see a physical change in myself even though the scale said that I had lost 80lbs.

'Magnificent Me' was a concept that I came up with when I was selling Mary Kay because even though I was about 350lbs, the make up made me look a bit more like the me I was used to seeing all my life. It's amazing what weight gain does to your skin and the functionality of your body. Though I still love Mary Kay makeup and cleanser, I feel my time is better served helping people formulate positive habits for daily living and forging a path back to the magnificence you enjoyed in yourself as a child.

The first ten days of 50 Days of Fitness won't require one eating change whatsoever; though you are strongly encouraged to observe the foods you consume and if possible record some nutritional facts about your eating habits in a journal. These first ten days are about preparation. Preparing your family and friends, your kitchen, your spouse, your kids, your fridge, your home, your lifestyle, your mind, and your spirit for some life changes that will become habitual so that you can live the rest of your years happily and healthily. Each day you will observe and report your eating habits while focusing on a different aspect of being overweight.

The Why - Why are you overweight?

The How - How can you curb these debilitating habits that have been curbing you?

The Tips and Tricks - Items and ideas that will assist you in reaching your fitness goals.

The Party - It's time to celebrate you! (and maybe a few friends) Making the Most of your Magnificent Me party whether done singly or collaboratively.

The Enemy - Identify and obliterate the real enem(y/ies) to your fitness success.

The Who - Who is 50 Days of Fitness going to affect and how can those affects be the most beneficial for everyone?

The What - What all does this challenge entail?

The When - When is the best time for you to make a life change?

The Where - Where are those myriads of resources and people who are just itching to help you succeed?

Ready, Set, Go! - Finishing touches before we get back to square one and start feeding our bodies nothing but the best!

Your Homework for today:

  1. Get a special 50 Days of Fitness notebook or binder with loose-leaf paper, designate your favorite writing utensil and even a special place for you to take time each day for at least 15 minutes to gather your thoughts. The first ten days will have specific topics, but every day of the 50 Days of Fitness Challenge should include you and your 50 D of F notebook and pen either writing or drawing something about your success that day.
  2. Pat yourself on the back for embarking upon this journey. You deserve all the best, it's about time you started treating yourself like it!


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