I would like help in spreading a positive message about the importance of health, fitness and physical activity especially in the black community. Here is my story.

“I have been overweight my entire life. Even while playing sports. Until after I stopped playing basketball I blew up to my heaviest in 5 years. I decided that I was done being unhappy and decided to change my LIFE. I’m documenting my weight loss journey on IG to let people know the ups AND the downs to show them that it won’t be easy or perfect but it will be worth it. I’ve worked hard to lose about 80lbs since my heaviest at 303lbs. I just want to show people it’s possible. @calidreamfitness.”
Markiell S. ______________________________________________________________________________________

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By: Yvonne Renee Davis

Although I was always very overweight (obese), as an adult (fooling myself that I was “healthy” or “thick”), and my blood pressure was lower than most, things took a turn for the worse when it was reading 145 over 95 and higher sometimes. Ankles were swelling and despite the fact that I did not drink (never started) or smoked, my diet was poor, I ate too much and my exercise routine of cardio yielded little results and returned weight gain.

In 2013 after experiencing the same health getting poorer and then experiencing dizziness, I decided it was time to change my life, but I did not really know how.

Prior to going to Israel and Palestine for the U.S. Department of State to provide media training for Palestinian Women, I saw on my Facebook page Coach Kelvin Moore of
He reached out to me after I replied to a post that I was going to join the Abs and Glutes classes (8 classes a month). He kept on me; even when I was away. When I returned I joined the classes and suffered a great deal; not even and/or just barely getting through the classes.Your Read More Link Text