How Natasha Went From “Not Loving Herself” to Finding Her Passion One Healthy Habit at a Time

Natasha Jones

My name is Natasha and I would like to share my weight loss story to inspire anyone that feels there’s no light at the end of the tunnel.

I had my fourth child at 36 and the pregnancy did my body in — I weighed almost 200lbs where my regular weight averaged around 135 to 140lbs. I was miserable; I never thought I’d be a size 14, and I hated getting ready for work etc., because that meant I had to look in the mirror. One day I woke up and was just tired of not loving myself — I knew better than that; I knew I was a child of God and that my size didn’t reflect who I was on the inside. At that moment I decided to change; I started waking up every morning and would look into the mirror and say “ I love you Natasha”, and eventually I started falling in love with myself — the REAL me which then allowed me to take care of my body in a way that I never did before.

I started with one healthy habit at a time. The first habit was drinking a gallon of water a day for 21 days.  After I had that down, I started working out – one thing about going to the gym was I knew I had to find a gym nearby so there would be NO EXCUSE for not going. Once I joined the gym I also promised myself; no matter how crappy I felt I would still walk through those gym doors five days a week  (I still have to honor that promise at times). After I got used to working out, I then began watching my calorie and carbohydrate intake with the ‘MyFitnessPal’ app on my phone.

I believe it starts with accepting yourself first, and when you really love yourself you start to value how precious it is to be alive — you start breathing different and you’ll learn to watch what you put in your temple for fuel. This is a passion of mine, to help, and to inspire.

I’ll love to answer any questions you may have or just to encourage you along your journey.

Facebook: MsNatashaJones

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Ilen & Lauren Bell are the husband and wife team behind Black Fitness Today, born, in 2011, out of their motivation to change culture, build a platform and lead the charge. Their purpose is to help change the culture towards health and fitness in the African-American community, showcase those who are making an impact, and promote healthier living. They also aim to serve as a platform for African-American fitness and health professionals and enthusiasts who are otherwise overlooked in traditional fitness media.

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