Truth About Losing Weight

Have you ever went to the gym and looked around at all the in shape folks and thought how the hell did you accomplish losing all that weight and continue to stay so firm?

I have to admit that I have asked that question on several occasions. I’m supposed to be concentrating on my workout, but I can’t help but stare at the lady beside me. Now my staring really gets intense if its a lady that started her fitness journey just a little time ago, and now she looks like she created the word fit. Read More

Just A Mom That Got Fat

I was just a mom that got fat — just that simple.

I started putting more attention towards my kids and all of their concerns and put myself on the back burner. The things that I needed and wanted became insignificant and not worth discussing. Over the years, I lost myself and even forgot what use to excite me, other than my family. Read More

Gratitude! 1018 Views

I welcome everyone new to Belladonna’s Flashlight and for everyone else, Thank you for staying! I hope you enjoy being apart of the fam and will continue to read and join in on discussions. I love hearing from you all. Read More

Fit In 22 Minutes Without Starving Yourself

If you are reading this, then I know you are ready to focus on your health, and I can’t wait for me. If you are familiar with my blog then you know that I write about food, health, family, I tell stories that are about people around me and myself as well Read More

Are you Okay?

All she can feel is the weight of the world on her shoulders and the breath of temptation breathing heavy on her neck. She can feel the sun beating down on her skin scorching every part of her that’s exposed. When she rises, everything goes black, Read More

Stuffed Eggplant

Happy July!!!! Let’s begin this month on a healthy note. I have an amazing recipe for you today. Read More

Are You Summertime Fine

Now you all know that you want to be in the best shape of your life this summer so let’s go!!!! The weather is now turning and I am ready to throw on a bathing suit and head to the beach. Who’s with me?

Okay, let me break this down. I am sick and tired of summertime rolling around and I’m sitting here feeling like an Oompa Loompa in my shorts. To hell with that, not this year!  I am about to live my best life while getting my life. Let me tell you how.

On Monday, April 29th I am starting my 30 day Get Fit With Kelli Challenge. During this challenge, I will lay out what workouts you are to do for the week. The workouts will consist of:

  • Cycling
  • Runnin
  • Walking
  • Weights
  • HIIT Drills
  • Dancing
  • MOST OF ALL FUNNNNNNNNN

I want everyone to commit to working out for 60 minutes EVERYDAY. You can choose to break it up and do 20, 20, 20 or 30, 30 or the method that I recommend 60 minutes all at once.

Here are my stats from last week. This will give you an idea of what I aiming for during the next 30 days.

It is so important to raise your heart rate every day and to drink at least half your body weight in water.

Secondly, Rest make sure you are getting enough rest. What’s enough rest? For me, this means 8 hours but we are all different so it is important to find out what works for your body. Without rest, weight loss goals will not be met because your body responds best when you are fully recovered from the day before. For instance, I remember being in college and studying for my exams. I had 6 classes that required me to be rested if I wanted to recall all the material. I couldn’t stay up late night after night and think that I would successfully get through my classes. Your body works the exact same way.

Lastly, and the most important piece that will change your life is the nutrition aspect of this challenge. Let me speak for myself and say that if I eat whatever I want and then go to the gym and damn near kill myslef for 3 hours I will lose 0 pounds. As a matter of fact, I will blow up and gain enough weight to get me through winter hibernation. Oh, wait I’m not a bear, but I can definitely eat like one and sound like one if you try to take my plate away. But I have changed the way I see food and I will give it my all to help you as well.

Please leave me your information in the comment section below or go to my Instagram and direct message me or email me.

You can have chosen any blog to read but you chose mine and I’m honored!

~Belladonna~

This Is The Day That Counts

Yes, I know It’s Saturday and you want a rest day. But this is the day that counts the most. I know that you had a full week of work and hopefully you did some type of workout every day. However, every positive action that you took towards becoming a better you can and will be undone by the choices you make today.

So many of us choose to make Saturday our day to have a cheat meal, which is totally okay if you stick to only one meal. Don’t turn that cheat meal into a cheat day. often times we will start the day off with an unhealthy option and from that moment on our body and mind will crave more sugar. So let’s start off right.

For instance, when you wake up have a healthy breakfast and then WORKOUT. When you return home to have a protein shake make this the time to throw a few greens in the blender so that you are getting your daily vitamin intake. Lastly, don’t forget to continue to DRINK WATER. I tend to stick with drink half of my body weight and if I am working out in the warm weather then I will increase my consumption.

Now here we are at dinner and you are probably ready to consume some major calories. But guess what? I guarantee that due to the wise choices that you made previously you will not eat as much as you wanted to. The body is a funny machine. Mentally you are wanting everything that you gave up during the week but your body isn’t craving or missing the calories. So listen to your body and not that hungry mind.

Make this day count and continue to make healthy choices!

Below you will find links for healthy meal options.

 Breakfast https://wordpress.com/posts/belladonnasflashlight.com

Lunch https://wordpress.com/post/belladonnasflashlight.com/1042

You could have chosen to read any blog but you chose mine and I’m honored!

~Belladonna~

It Was My Energy That Kept Me Positive

It was a warm day, perhaps the warmest this far in July. The sun felt good on my skin, and the fresh smell of pineapples and strawberries made me happy. I laid there on the sand with a book resting on my stomach. The waves crashing into each other relaxed my soul. My anxiety was at a standstill, and all I felt was peace. I can’t help to wonder if I didn’t have that memory would I still be able to control my anxiousness.

For the first time in my life, I was happy. My soul was happy. I’m literally living life with the person that I was meant to be with. However, over the years the love of my life has witnessed my drastic weight gain and loss first hand. He knows when I am beating myself up and showers me with compliments. But guess what compliments go in one ear and out the other if you don’t believe what you are hearing.

I had to question his words because I’m not the person he married. My body has drastically changed, and I am not that same woman that was lying on the beach with a flat stomach and wearing a two-piece bikini. I’m a mom of 3, the flat stomach has gone but making its return, and I’m a few pounds heavier. Okay, maybe more than a few.

With this being the case I had to force my mood to stay consistent, and I couldn’t let my kids or husband find out how I was feeling inside…..like a failure…a big fat failure.  Before I had children, I made a promise to myself. I swore that I wasn’t going to blow up and become a person that I didn’t recognize and that’s just what I did. I looked in the mirror and hated myself. My stomach was huge and soft, my hips seemed to have doubled in size and don’t even get me started on my thighs.

I wanted to fall in a deep depression, but I kept a smile on my face and determination in my heart, body, and soul. I never wanted my family to feel my pain from this one little issue. Because overall  I was beyond blessed to be married to Elijah and have 3 beautiful and healthy babies. I knew that if I made them my reason for change, then change would happen.

So I am telling you from experience, you have to find a reason to lose weight. It has to be something so much deeper then I want to fit in my favorite jeans. It has to be something that will motivate you to never stop fighting for your life. When you are tired of eating right or working out you turn to your reason or reasons and keep winning. Get that person back that you thought was gone for good!

You could have chosen to read any blog, but you chose mine, and I’m honored!

~Belladonnna~