China Girl-McNeil started out her journey in February of 2013, because her Chiropractor told her that she needed to strengthen her core so that it would relieve the  lower back pain problem she was having. Great advice she concluded! Rather than having to spend time and in some cases money at the chiropractor’s office, she decided to take the advice and become more serious with her health  by using practical and preventative measures. China says…


“He gave me an exercise routine, instructing me to work out 3 times a week for a half hour (15 minutes on the elliptical/15 minutes on the treadmill). I did this for about a month and decided that I could push myself to do more, so I incorporated weights and abdominal work into my regimen.”

China also received advice from a Pastor friend that just happened to be a physical fitness trainer who told her all she needed to do was to change her diet eat smaller meals a day, drink more water and incorporate weights into my workout regimen.

“I followed his instructions, she explained, and 9 months later the picture on your right is the results of all of my hard work and dedication! I took the picture on the left in November of 2012 and the picture on the right November of 2013, I’m not at my goal weight, but I am well on my way and I’m very proud of my accomplishments thus far!”

Weight-loss basics

By Mayo Clinic staff

Your weight is a balancing act, and calories are part of that equation. Fad diets may promise you that counting carbs or eating a mountain of grapefruit will make the pounds drop off. But when it comes to weight loss, it’s calories that count. Weight loss comes down to burning more calories that you take in. You can do that by reducing extra calories from food and beverages and increasing calories burned through physical activity.