Category Archives: Inspiration
I was so thrilled when I found Ebony fitness account on instagram. This page is dedicated to men and woman of color that are into fitness. When I found the page I submitted my weight loss story and I was so excited to find that I been featured back in 2013. After following the account I really wanted to share the owner’s story….See below Rikki Dee’s story of how Ebony fitness came to life.
Rikki Dee, Creator of Ebony fitness resides in Los Angeles with her boyfriend, Marcell & their 7-year-old Pomeranian, Yoshi.In the fall of 2012 I suffered an injury to my right foot which immobilized me for nearly 16 weeks. During that time, my muscles in my legs would atrophy whereas many people would gain weight, I actually lost weight. I am naturally a slim person, with the metabolism of a hummingbird, and had hovered between 117 and 118 lbs since high school but I got down to 113lbs and hated the way I looked… to make matters worse I was hosting my 30th birthday party in a few months.
I decided to get in and stay in the best shape of my life as soon as I was cleared to work out. I immediately started looking for inspiration on the Instagram fitness accounts I followed. But the problem I encountered was that there was no one who looked like me, with my body type, or with similar goals. I was sickened by that startling discovery and started searching for men and women of color that I could relate to. They were not hard to find… just hard to come across on the popular fitness accounts. I pulled the name @Ebony_fitness out of thin air and just started posting all of the beautiful cocoa brown, black as night, high-yellow, red bone and butter pecan colored bodies that I could find. It never mattered to me where someone was in their fitness journey because I respected all “Men and Women of Color Dedicated to a Fit & Healthy Lifestyle”… plain and simple.
Today @Ebony_fitness, essentially a “shoutout or sfs (shout for shout) account” has nearly 22,000 dedicated followers and counting. The website is underway and new projects are developing.
As a Health & Fitness Advocate for minorities my ultimate goal is to bridge the gap between the mainstream fitness world while educating, motivating and inspiring change in our communities. I am helping to re-shape society’s view of fitness and give usm rebuilding my body and currently weighing a healthy 128 lbs.
You can follow Rikki at the below social media platforms:
Thank you so much Rikki for all that you are doing in the African-American communities: Keep inspiring, motivating and encouraging people of color to get off the couch and into the gym…….
When I opened my instragram account back in 2012 I was always looking for motivational fitness accounts to follow. Then In 2013 I found Transformationfitnation and this account shares people’s inspirational weight loss stories. What most of transformationfitnation followers did not know is that the owner of the account Robert Richardson had a weight loss story of his own. Please see his story below and be aware that upon completion of reading his story you will be inspired, motivated and encouraged.
Robert Richardson Age:26 Height: 6’8” Before Weight:460 pounds
How I Gained It: My whole life I was known as “Big Guy” or “Big Boy” because I was always the oversized kid in school and in my family. Everyone thought I needed double portions of food because of my size, which would have been okay if it was veggies and not doughnuts.
In high school, my best friend (now fiancé), would push me to cut back and to slow down on the fast food and my unhealthy eating. I would try to stop myself from going to all-you-can-eat wing night at my favorite restaurant every week, but I loved the image of being “Big Rob” in high school and with my friends.
Once high school football was over, I received a scholarship to play football for Morgan State University, where I played offensive tackle at a weight of 360 pounds. I didn’t just gain the Freshman 15, I ended up gaining 60 pounds, thanks to late-night orders of fried chicken and fries.
Breaking Point: My first wake-up call was when my headaches and chest pain were so bad during my junior season of college football that I had to go to the emergency room. In the emergency room, my blood pressure was 160/120, and the nurse was surprised that I hadn’t had a stroke. She rushed to give me medicine through an IV to get my blood pressure down.
Then, when I was visiting my then-girlfriend’s mother for the first time in El Paso, Texas, I became light-headed and weak while walking up and down the hills, and my vision became blurry. My girlfriend and her mother rushed me to the ER and my blood pressure was up to 170/110. I was at risk for a heart attack, so they admitted me for the night and prescribed me blood pressure medicine. My father has high blood pressure and is diabetic. That same year he had slipped into a coma because he wasn’t taking his health seriously. I realized my weight was holding me back from living my dream of one day playing in the NFL. I decided to make a change once I step foot off the plane.
How I Lost It: The day after returning home I decided to take a jog around a park that was 1.5 miles wide. I didn’t make it the second time around because I was laid out on the grass, angry and disappointed in myself for getting to this point of being so out of shape that I couldn’t walk fast for 1.5 miles. I decided to join a gym to lift weights to help my weight loss process. I was clueless at the gym, since I had never worked out without a trainer or coach to tell me what to do. A guy at the gym named Brandon changed my life forever. He trained with me for five days a week and also did cardio with me, pushing me and always keeping me motivated when I felt like there was no progress. After a year of working out with him, I went from a size 7XL in a shirt, 62 waist, to a 3XL shirt, and a 40 or 42 waist. Now, I wear a XXL shirt and have a 40-inch waist.
Our cardio routine was four times a week and very intense. He told me I needed to start cooking my own food and trying out healthy recipes and to stay away from fast food, fried food and sweets. I started to cook my meals and eat six times a day. I also started drinking two gallons of water a day.
Now, I have started a fitness business called Transformationfitnation. I share my story and those of others who had to fight through adversity to change their lives. Now, I can go hiking, mountain climbing and enjoy traveling. Before, when I would fly on planes, I would have to buy first class or two seats because of my size, and it was becoming costly. I am able to shop in regular retail stores, I can enjoy theme parks. I can live my new life.
Thank you Robert for sharing your story please continue to motivate others. You can follow Robert @ Twitter: tfitnation , Facebook: Robert Richardson and Transformationfitnation on instagram to get your dose of daily inspiration.
I was craving a pasta salad a few weeks ago so made I this veggie pasta salad and the hubster and I ate this big bowl of pasta in 2 days. Since becoming a vegan I have found that I need to make my own version of just about everything that I love. If you make this veggie pasta salad please tag me on your post on Facebook @ Journey of a chocolate chic or instagram @journeyofachocolatechic1 good luck my beauties.
1 box of pasta
3 large carrots
4 small tomato
1 large onion
4 celery sticks
1 large cucumber
half bottom of italian dressing
If you have been following my post the last few weeks then you know that I am currently into week 11 of a 12 week weight training program. So I begin researching vegan body builders and I found Jehina Malik Check out her story it will inspire you vegan or non-vegan.