How I went from

"FAT" to "FIT"

BY Aneesah Campbell - December 22, 2012


I made a conscious decision to lose weight once it had gotten to a point where I knew I needed to make a change. One of the main reasons was to be healthier. I’ve always been happy “in my own skin” and always defined beauty in my own terms, but it had gotten a bit out of control. Once I stepped back and took a look at how I was living my life so toxically, I set out to make a few changes. I educated myself on the things that I was putting into my body, specifically alcohol and sugar, and how the end result of these “feel good” elements resulted in unwanted pounds and a weakened immune system.


So with a clear mind and a full awareness I chose to do something about it. I went to MaDonna Grimes, my personal trainer, explained to her what I was feeling and committed myself to working towards the transformation I wanted to see. Believe me, this was not an easy process. My body was in complete shock for the first three months, but I kept telling myself that all I needed to do was show up; showing up and being present was more than half the battle. I trained for one year and went from 197 lbs. to 165 lbs. throughout the 12 months. This was not only a total body transformation, but also one of the mind and spirit.


Everything is much clearer now. No more aches and pains in my limbs and throughout my body. Not only am I healthier, happier, and physically and mentally stronger, but I feel the best I’ve ever felt in my adult life. All around things are better, I have graduated from college, have a new job, and most importantly married the love of my life.  I went from fat to fit the right way and you can too as long as you commit yourself and stay dedicated to your goal.


This was my workout when I first started training:

I committed to 2 hours a week, Monday and Tuesday at 7pm after work for one hour each.  I began the first 3 months doing cardio for the first 30 minutes, then training with weights the second 30 minutes.



30 minutes – This is most important, and I hated it at the beginning.  I personally did the treadmill.  My trainer introduced it to me, and told me to get my ipod on my ears, and meditate.  Take this time to align myself.  I needed this as a warm up, to relax, and prepare m self for the weight training exercises.


Weight Training

Mondays – Legs, biceps and triceps

1.  2 sets of 20 Standing Squats with 10lb dumb bells.

2.  2 sets of 20 Alternating legs Standing Lunges with 10lb dumb bells.

3. 2 Sets of 20 Bent over rows with 15lb dumb bells, for my hamstrings

4. 2 sets of 15 reps of Abdominals on the bench

5. 2 Sets of 15 Standing Bicep Curls with the 20lb bar

6. 2 Sets of Leg Extensions with 40lb weights

7. 2 Sets of Leg Curls with 40 lb weights

8. 2 Sets of Abductor for Legs with 70lb weights

9. 2 Sets of Adductor for Legs with 70lb weights

10. 2 Sets of Tricep Push downs with 40lb weights

11. 2 Sets of Upright Abs of 10 reps


I Stretch before and after training.  It is important to always stretch your back and hamstrings.  Because you are carrying so much extra weight you might hurt yourself.  Your back will put you on your back and destroy your training goals.  Good Luck, and Merry Xmas!

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