Latrice Marie

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Tips for sustaining a healthy lifestyle  all your life

It seems like whenever I have my hot pink gym bag in hand, an enthusiastic child of mine runs around the corner and insists they need full and complete attention. I begin to feel my grip loosen, the bag hits the floor, and there goes my gym time. These episodes happened at least once a week until I realized that in order for me to take care of my family, I must take care of me! Here are five steps that will help you exercise without guilt.


 Set your alarm early 

I know what you’re thinking: I can’t possibly get up early to exercise because I’m going to be too tired. Well, turns out that when you actually get up and get to moving, you won’t feel as tired as you thought. Continue Reading →

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The pursuit of beauty inside and out

 “Beauty of whatever kind, in its supreme development invariably excites the sensitive soul to tears.” —Edgar Allan Poe 

Recently, I ran across an article stating that makeup created false beauty. This reminded me of a separate article stating that Black women who wear weaves suffer from a low self-esteem. I couldn’t disagree more. Makeup, wigs, weaves and lotions are simply used to enhance our already beautiful features. I wear makeup and unapologetically love to play with my hairstyles. Continue Reading →

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There’s no shortcut to discovering self-worth from within

A year has passed since I began my weight-loss journey. I’ve made tremendous progress, but at times it didn’t feel that way.  In fact, halfway through the year I became complacent with my workouts. I was discouraged. My energy levels seemed to be dropping and I wasn’t losing weight, but I had no idea why. I knew I had to change more than my workouts but had little idea where to start. Continue Reading →

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Healthy alternatives to favorite dishes

At the beginning of my weight-loss journey, I often found it difficult to find delicious, yet healthy dishes for breakfast or lunch. I often craved French toast with bacon and eggs, and Special K cereal only goes so far for flavor. But I learned that in order to save my life and attain the body I desired, I had to change aspects of my diet. The decision to change what I eat was essential to transforming myself from the inside out. To sum it up, “You can’t out-exercise a bad diet.”

Still, there is such a thing as moderation. Continue Reading →

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The rewards of putting your health first

Last year I came to the realization that for me to live my life to the fullest, I had to take better care of myself. I weighed over 200 pounds and suffered from lower back and knee pain, low energy, and simply didn’t feel attractive. I had never really noticed the severity of the weight I’d gained, but as I stood in the mirror and faced facts, I came to a few realizations. First, I realized that a lot of older women in my family were and still are severely overweight, and because of this their quality of life is diminished by diabetes, joint problems, and a whole host of other issues. When my daughter was born, I promised her I wasn’t going to be one of those women; I was on the verge of breaking that promise. Continue Reading →

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Resistance training to tone the lower body



“Impatience never commanded success.” Edwin Chapin


Until now, most of the articles I’ve written have discussed why to work out, or getting started. But the road to a healthy, eye-catching physique is about performing the basics consistently and then witnessing results. This column outlines actual exercises you can use for your lower body. From my own experience and empirical evidence, strength training is a tool that allows you to gradually customize the shape of your body to create a more toned version of yourself, while helping you burn more calories all day. But be aware that fitness consists of three components:  diet, exercise and rest. Continue Reading →

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The benefits and myths of strength training

“We must train from the inside out. Using our strengths to attack and nullify any weaknesses. It’s not about denying a weakness may exist, but about denying its right to persist.” — Vince McConnell


People often express to me that they feel resistance training is unnecessary to achieving sustained weight loss and that it will make them bulky versus lean. I’ll address those two myths in this article. I’ll also outline the importance of toning your body to achieve the look you want. Continue Reading →

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Understand emotional eating to achieve your weight-loss goals

One day I looked in the mirror and I just did not see all the changes I had been working so hard to achieve. I was faithfully strength training four times a week. I wasn’t skipping cardio to the point that my hair was constantly sweating out (another article), and I thought I was eating the right amount of food at all the right times. I wasn’t. What I failed to realize was that I was an emotional eater, and that although my eating patterns had improved, I was still preventing myself from achieving goals. Continue Reading →

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A healthy life requires much more than an annual resolution

“There is no end. There is no beginning. There is only passion for life.” — Federico Fellini 

New Year’s resolutions are a waste. People tend to make a promise on January 1 with great sincerity but follow it with little effort. Thus, 88 percent of New Year’s resolutions fail. Continue Reading →

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Enjoy your holidays in moderation, and stay motivated


The holidays are in full swing! Christmas parties at work, family gatherings, and a host of other events are filled with sweet treats — I love the holidays and the spirit that they bring, but my waistline doesn’t love the sweet treats (or maybe it loves them too much). Every year, the holidays present us with the challenge of maintaining a healthy weight or maintaining a weight-loss program. I’m going to share with you how to make workouts a priority with a busier schedule, when and when not to indulge, and staying motivated throughout the holidays. This time of year is my favorite by far. Continue Reading →

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