Morgan Harley accepted that goals are not achieved in a 30-day diet or cleanse.
Towards the end of my high school, I ate a lot and didn’t care about nutrition. When I graduated, I went straight to cosmetology school and got bullied worse there (by adults). They would take Snapchats of me and make fun of how my stomach stuck out from my clothes.
My husband and I were at church and our pastor was preaching on the pillars of strength. The very first pillar of strength he preached on was physical strength. He said: “One day we will be asked how we cared for our bodies that we have been blessed with.” That was my wake-up call.
After I lost the first 15lb, I hit a wall. I couldn’t figure out what I needed to switch up in my meals or weight lifting plan. I finally figured out I needed to push harder and up my weights; the pounds melted off.
Meal prepping was key to stick to my plan. If we were going somewhere like out to eat or to a friend’s house, I brought my food with me.
My biggest advice would be to find your ‘why’. This needs to be something you think of every day that keeps you going. Set small goals along the way. When you lose that first 10lb, get yourself a new workout outfit, a manicure or something you really want. Take before and after photos weekly.
I look back at photos of me at my heaviest and I know the scale does not define total weight loss.
Height: 5ft 3in
Meal 1 (pre-workout): 4 egg whites, 1⁄4 cup oatmeal, 1⁄2 an apple, and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
Meal 2 (post workout): Chocolate whey protein shake
Meal 3: 1-cup broccoli, 4-6oz chicken breast, 1/2 cup brown rice or 1⁄2 sweet potato
Meal 4: 2 whole zucchinis (made into zoodles), 4oz ground turkey, 1/4 cup marinara sauce
Meal 5: 1-cup green beans, 4oz ground turkey Meal 6: 1⁄2 – 3⁄4 cup cottage cheese
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