If I had to place my overall inspiration and motivation for life into two camps, they would be my faith and fitness. So when I came across Professor, Pastor and Natural Bodybuilder of the Decade Ron Williams’ book “Faith & Fat Loss,” I had to write this story. The premise of my brand and the gospel of RAD Experience boils down to this: Transform your mind, transform your body, transform your life. No shortcuts or quick fixes allowed. Beauties, I truly believe our mind, body and life are all connected, so if you are looking for permanent transformations beauties, then this story is for you.
Transformations Are More Than Skin Deep
A fat loss craze is currently in full effect ladies. Everyone is either on a diet, participating in a fanatic based fitness regimen or some insane combination of the two. However due to misinformation, manipulation tactics, marketing scams etc. many people are falling prey to today’s consumer based approach to fat loss. People are desperate to try anything, dedicated (for a short time) to exhausting regimens and in the end ultimately disappointed – all because, as Williams’ so accurately states in his book, “being overweight is only an outward manifestation of a deeper issue.” I honor his vulnerability in “Faith & Fat Loss,” because by first acknowledging his childhood of abuse and disappointments and then turning them over to God, he has not only transformed his life but the lives of others seeking permanent transformations in their health and overall life as well. Simply put, many of us are walking around with unhealed emotional wounds and once they are addressed adopting a healthy lifestyle will no longer feel like a chore.
With that said, transformations are more than skin deep and “change” no longer cuts it. For instance, drinking pumped up powder shakes for 90 days may lead to dropping tons of pounds, but what happens when you stop drinking those allegedly healthy shakes and all you are left with is a pissed off metabolism? This (amongst many other quick fixes) is the danger of “change.” However according to Williams’, “Transformation is more than just a change…if you only change, you have the ability to go back to the old way of life and to the old you. But once you are transformed, you no longer have the ability to be who or what you once were.” Ready to join team “transformation” and ditch team “change?” Read this book.
Break Every Chain
Speaking of transformation, I love how Williams also discusses the importance of discovering the root of your failed dieting efforts. Comparing our challenges to the tough weed – a dandelion – he makes his point super plain. For instance, our issues, like the dandelion, if left alone can and will eventually consume the yards our lives. You can cut the flower or go on a fad diet, but if you don’t pull this plant up by the root or deal with the different emotional challenges present in your life today, then the cycle of disappointment continues. So how do we overcome these stumbling blocks? Well there are several solutions, all which can be found in a book called Faith & Fat Loss.
However while you wait on your copy let me leave you with this – learning what our hindrances and soul wounds are are the missing links to achieving permanent fat loss. I can attest to the power of this ideology, because once I started to see fitness and eating healthy as an integral part of my destiny fad diets and excuses simply went away. (P.S. Please don’t confuse the word simply for “it was easy.” The decision to change was simple. The work is hard…but worth it). Ultimately, today my spirit controls my body, not the other way around. So keep the faith sis and read this book. Puns wild.
Fat Loss For Life
So here’s the deal, Williams’ book is not another self help book. Amen to that. It is an actual plan, a step by step guide that if adopted will really work. No shady supplements to buy, no outrageous workout regimen to surrender to, just simple and practical spiritually based tips. Period. Everything you need for his 21-Day Jump Start regimen can be found at your local grocery store which in turn means that after those three weeks go by you an go on with your life equipped to experience “fat loss for life.” This is a win win if you ask me. In addition to this you will also learn how exercise doesn’t just mean fitness, how the food in your life coincides with God’s word and so much more.
Now to my final point – beyond the food you consume and the hours you spend sweating, my favorite and most relatable component of Williams’ book is the importance of “spiritual exercise” – prayer. He talks about how when we are physically overweight we often feel sluggish and weighed down. Well the same applies for excess spiritual weight. Just like physical weight, spiritual weight can negatively effect us. But have no fear, prayer is a way to release that negative excess weight.
For instance, when I started running years ago, like most newbie runners, I hated it. I mean why would anyone want to pound the pavement alone for miles on end. However once I started seeing that alone time as no longer painful, it overtime became spiritual. How did this happen? Well one day I headed out for a run only to realize that I left my headphones at home. I instantly thought “I can’t run without music.” But determined to stick to my set workout schedule I set out for a 4 mile run sans music. It was just me, the pavement, nature and my thoughts. Boring at first, however after mile one I literally drifted off into this silent space where only my breath and thoughts could exist. P.S. I’ve never experienced this while jogging to 2Pac or Warren G (although they are definitely my favorite running homies). So anyways, after being in this serene space feelings of sweaty peace instantly became transformative and ultimately a great distraction. A planned 4 mile run turned into a 6 mile prayer, and when I got home the last thing I was thinking about was that playlist I left behind. Long story short I’ve been running and praying for almost a decade now.
Dress The Part: Active Faith
You already know that being a FitGirl fashionista is my life’s mission ladies, however there is one brand in particular that brings my faith, love for fitness and obsession with fitness fashion all together in one RAD way. Two words – Active Faith.
This Christian premium sports apparel brand based in Houston, TX was founded in 2010, and launched in 2012 all because Lanny Smith (founder, CEO) believed that “a dream deferred is not a dream denied.”
Although a career ending injury has the ability to sideline many athletes in the game of life, Smith took his injury and simply changed the game. As the Christian Nike, Active Faith is not only functional and fashionable but also truly motivational. Professional and recreational athletes everywhere can be seen rocking the companies slogan “In Jesus Name I Play,” all while sweating in the name of their Savior. Lookout for this highly favored brand beauties because Active Faith is clearly just getting started. Stay active with Active Faith on Instagram and Twitter.
Robbie Ann Darby (RAD Experience) is a professional FitGirl, Group Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer in NYC. Follow her sweaty life on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for more fun health and fitness tips!
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Celebrity Fit Club: Our Favorite Stars Share Their Workout Regimen On Instagram
1. Celebrity Fit Club
Celebrities are just as fixated on fitness as we are. Many of them can't wait to share their journey on social media and we're here to eat it all up and figure out their secrets to staying snatched. From Usher to Mo'Nique, check out a few of our fave fit celebs who love to share on social media!
2. Morris Chestnut- On The Treadmill
"Gettin' it in this morn. 6am. #Grindin'"
3. Usher-Run It
"Usain Bolt NO It's Insane Bolt #howUrunit" @howuseeit
4. Angela Simmons-Simple & Effective
"Getting it in @rustin1215_ !!!" @angelasimmons
5. Angela Simmons-Go Deeper!
"No games at all! @rustin1215_" @angelasimmons
6. Angela Simmons-Can't Stop, Won't Stop
"I won't stop! @rustin1215_ is no game !!!" @angelasimmons
7. Angela Simmons-It's A Lifestyle
"It's a lifestyle @rustin1215_ !!! #Teamfitness 😅" @angelasimmons
8. Angela Simmons-Determination Is Key
"Feeling determined after my workout !!! Not stopping till I see the results I want! 👊💪" @angelasimmons
9. Angela Simmons-No Days Off
"No days off !!!! Spin class followed by circuit training !!! 👊 @itskatd !!! O yea!" @angelasimmons
10. Angela Simmons-Morning Training Sessions
"LA mornings with @forcefitnessinc !!! New waistband fun 😍😍" @angelasimmons
11. Angela Simmons-Live Life Out Loud
"I feel alive 😇🌈 @forcefitnessinc" @angelasimmons
12. Angela Simmons-Pose For The Camera
"Saying goodbye to the beach before I head back to Nyc 😇" @angelasimmons
13. Angela Simmons-Bend & Stretch
"Just wrapped my workout !!! Love it's ! Fitness @rustin1215_ 🙏" @angelasimmons
14. Angela Simmons-Ready For Her Close Up
"Going in at the gym @rustin1215_ on the camera :) lol" @angelasimmons
15. Jordin Sparks-The Fit Selfie
"I feel AMAZING after my hike/quiet time. Mind, body & soul! I'm so thankful for everything, where I am today & where I'm going! God is good! On another note, I mixed & matched my outfit...it's weird but I kind of like it. Haha #speezyfitness" @jordinsparks
16. Jordin Sparks-Engages Her Core
"#Speezyfitness Another killer session at the gym! This wheel will be the death of me! Hamstring curl: lift butt in the air & pull your feet towards you in & out, repeat. Keep your core engaged! #getitrightgetittight" @jordinsparks
17. Jordin Sparks-Getting It Right & Tight
"#Speezyfitness Another way to use the wheel. Abdominal pike: start in plank position, keeping your core tight. Bring your legs in, keeping them straight & get your butt in the air! #getitrightgetittight" @jordinsparks
18. Jordin Sparks-Gaining Weight
"Onto the gym! 20lb weighted vest walking at 3.0 on 30 incline!! Still smiling!! Love this! #getitrightgetittight" @jordinsparks
19. Jason Derulo-Shooting In The Gym
"Undefeated today on that court!!! Yea Boi! I'm NOT loosing in 2014 maybe next year! Ha! My team @romeomiller @thejeremystrong @iamdecarlo" @jasonderulo
20. Jason Derulo-No Gym, No Problem
"They didn't have a pull up bar so I improvised with two small white towels! Intense #fitfam #fit #gym" @jasonderulo
21. Mo'Nique-Always Motivating
"Hey loves. This band is working everything. We have no excuses. A mat and band. Love yall. pic.twitter.com/Pg0ri0kvwH" @moworldwide
22. Mo'Nique-Workin' Those Arms
"Today was all about ARMS. OUCH. Love yall pic.twitter.com/ghRb5kJlM9" @moworldwide
23. Mo'Nique-Keeping It Real, Keeping It Tight
"Hey loves. Okay so I don't want yall to think for a second this a breeze. Babbbby this is kicking my a**. So worth it pic.twitter.com/EMBucuLaKV" @moworldwide
24. Mo'Nique-Makes Us Remember To Work For It
"Hey loves. WORK FOR IT! Love yall for real. pic.twitter.com/T8mXLZmNFy" @moworldwide
25. Mo'Nique-Never Gives Up
"KEEP PUSHING. KEEP GOING. KEEP TRYING. Love yall for real. pic.twitter.com/BhsszGZ0h8" @moworldwide
26. Mo'Nique-Showing Off What Amazing Looks Like
"Hey my loves. Today is amazing. We made it.!!!! Let's Live yall. I love yall to life. pic.twitter.com/rBiZUP7aCm" @moworldwide
27. Keri Hilson-Takin' The Stairs
"stair sprints w/ @spicerpr. I'm beat." @dreamincolor
28. Brandy-Getting It In!
"GINNITT IN!! @hozea and me!! #TheGameSeason7 thank you @guru_of_abs for pushing us today!!!" @4everbrandy
29. Brandy-Making Transformations
"Having the time of my life transforming my body! #hardwork #results #transformation #neverstop #eatclean #okenoughwiththehashtags" @4everbrandy
30. Jeanette Jenkins-She Is The Prototype
"Sometimes you have to change your perspective. ❤️ If you don't like what you are seeing in life then try changing the way you view it. If you look for the positive then you will experience the positive. #positivemind #positiveenergy #perspective #jeanettejenkins #healthyliving" @msjeanettejenkins
31. Jeanette Jenkins-She Plans Ahead To Get Ahead
"Time to schedule your workouts & healthy meals for the week ahead! ❤️👊💪 Week 3 of the #sexyabscardiosculpt with @kellyrowland & #QLChallenge has been posted! We loaded up on more fitness, nutrition & motivation tips! Just click the link in my profile 👆👆www.TheHollywoodTrainer.com and hit blog! 👊❤️💪Stay committed & consistent and you will achieve your goals! ❤️😊#jeanettejenkins #kellyrowland #healthyliving"
32. Jeanette Jenkins-Flexible On Fridays
"It's Flexibility Friday! Congrats to everyone for making it to Friday! ❤️😊💪👊Today's workout in the #SexyAbsCardioSculpt with @kellyrowland & #qlchallenge is the #poweryagadvd or your favorite #yoga or #flexibility workout! You can do it! 😊❤️Gratitude turns what we have into enough. ❤️😁#gratitude #jeanettejenkins #healthyliving #kellyrowland #positiveenergy" @msjeanettejenkins
33. Jeanette Jenkins-Fit Foodie
""Beet, Apple, Carrot, Lemon Ginger Smoothie" is DELICIOUS! 😁❤️The ultimate #LiverCleanse the powerful antioxidants in #beets help detoxify the liver! This smoothie is also incredible for #digestion and fighting #cancer 👊❤️😊 Amazing for the eyes, skin & a great #energy booster! Strengthens the #immune system and helps you feel great! Also a great way to get your kids to eat their beets! Try it!" @msjeanettejenkins
34. Kelly Rowland-She's Got Friends In Fit Places
"WEEK 3 of #SexyAbsCardioSculpt Bootcamp & #QLChallenge is in full effect with me, @msjeanettejenkins & @queenlatifah! You can get a rundown of this week's schedule at KellyRowland.com and TheHollywoodTrainer.com. No pain, no gain! Get it right, get it tight! 👊😘" @kellyrowland
35. Kelly Rowland-Drink Good, Look Good
"#FitnessFriday: I love a fresh green juice or smoothie after my workouts! Try this "Super Rich Smoothie" from my trainer @MsJeanetteJenkins 3-5 Handfuls of Spinach, 1 Apple, 1 Kiwi, 1 handful of Blueberries, 4 Strawberries, 1 Lemon with 1/4 of the lemon peel, 1 inch piece of Ginger, 1cup of water, 5 ice cubesand you can use any blender! It's Delicious & Amazing for your body!" @kellyrowland
36. Kelly Rowland-Abs For Days
"You want it, you got it! We are extending #CyberMonday Sale to Friday! Get 50% off your purchase of #SexyAbsCardioSculpt and all Hollywood Trainer DVD's just in time for our New Year 6 week Bootcamp Challenge! Get your Sexy Abs on with me and @msjeanettejenkins by visiting http://www.TheHollywoodTrainer.com! Go go go go!" @kellyrowland
37. Serena Williams-She Knows How To Hang
"Hanging out after training" @serenawilliams
38. Mary J. Blige-Her Hubby's Getting It In!
"@kenduisaacs getting it in. Third set of ten!!! No pain no getting rid of that Belly fat. Lol. @themarkjenkins" @brooklynnblige
39. Mary J. Blige-Throwin' Them Bows!
"#Hardwork!!!!! @themarkjenkins" @brooklynnblige
40. Mary J. Blige-Getting Them Glutes!
"Gluteus! Gotta get it right! @kenduisaacs @themarkjenkins" @brooklynnblige
41. Mary J. Blige-Hard Work Pays Off, Look At That Body!
"#hardwork pays!!! @kenduisaacs @themarkjenkins @2daybefit" @brooklynnblige
42. Mary J. Blige--Work Them Arms Girl!
"Getting it IN! @kenduisaacs @themarkjenkins @2daybefit" @brooklynnblige
43. Mary J. Blige-She's Got Legs & She Knows How To Use Them
"Getting it IN!!!!!! @kenduisaacs @themarkjenkins @2daybefit" @brooklynnblige
44. Michelle Obama-Let's Move!
""We need to get our kids moving before, during and after school." —The First Lady with @theretireddroneal at a Let's Move Active Schools event at Orr Elementary in Washington, D.C." @michelleobama
45. Sherri Shepherd-No More Girdles!
"Nobody in this gym but me ... I gotta encourage myself! #givingelipticallove #girdlesoontobegone" @sherrieshepherd
46. Sherri Shepherd-Dance The Pounds Away
"an Amazing @Zumba class w @LotionBars & won another battle w Diabetes! #teamhealth #feelinggood" @sherrieshepherd
47. Khloe Kardashian-She Works Hard Even When She Doesn't Want To
"Wasn't in the mood today but I still pushed through. #SelfMotivate #IThinkICan #fitness" @khloekardashian