“This is not about what we feel… the number 1 excuse I hear is I don’t feel like it. Well guess what, I don’t always feel like it.”
Words from a real woman, from a woman who once stood at 5’2 220 pounds. Hearing her say that was like reading a page from my diary. Even til this day i use that excuse, I don’t feel like it (working out, doing laundry, cooking, blogging). All of my life I have struggled with creating a balance between food and fitness. In August I talked about my new fitness challenge to get active again and walk 5 miles 5 times a week. My progress, well that’s another story. However, along my journey I met a truly amazing woman, someone heaven sent. After chatting with her and spending some time with her in the gym I felt compelled to share her story. Seriously, how many people do you know who go from being a size 22 to a size 0?
So I sat down with her recently one on one and we talked everything from doughnuts to dumbbells! Ladies its time to chat & chew, pull up a chair and get to know Mrs. Angel Hunter, body builder, personal trainer and spiritual minister.
Q: Tell us about your Weight loss journey?
A: It’s always been a struggle even when I was a kid. I was a teen mom when I had my first daughter and it was then that I started exercise and loss some weight. At that point it wasn’t healthily weight loss. My family said I looked unhealthy and malnutrition. I wasn’t educated and I did the yo-yo thing forever. In the 80’s I started doing aerobics instruction. At that point I was probably carrying around 30 extra pounds. But I still was missing the key part of weight loss, healthy eating.
Fast forward 30 years and I was still teaching but steadily picking up weight. I was constantly in the gym, I worked corporately but I still wasn’t doing anything for me.
I would look in the mirror but , I wasn’t really looking in the mirror. Everything was put together nicely on the outside package. But I wasn’t looking at me because when I did I, didn’t like who I saw because of the weight.
It wasn’t until my youngest daughter went on her senior prom and someone took a picture and seeing that was my final wake up call. I said to myself, here I am promoting health and fitness to women and I’m humungous, I was 220lbs and a size 22. I was mad at myself first and I began to take it out on the family, asking them why didn’t you tell me that I was this big? My daughter responded ” Mommy we love you and we don’t see you as being big.” So I said I need to practice what I’m preaching and knowing what I knew (about health and fitness) I started my newest journey and that was in 2004.
Its an ongoing life long process.
Q: What did you do before you were a personal trainer, and what made you decide to do this full time?
A: The passion of it… being able to look into my clients eyes and know what they are feeling without them having to articulate their struggle. Its about the passion because I’ve done everything from public relations to working in pharmaceuticals corporately. But even in those years I was teaching classes and training clients before work, so fitness has always been apart of my life.
Q: What is your workout routine like?
A: It changes and it has changed over the past few years especially as I progress in what I can do. I’m a body builder and strength trainer and when females hear that women that they think ” oh no I’m gonna look like a man.”
” Its my mission to let women know that they should lift heavy, its not only going to strengthen you but, define you. You talkin’ about brick-house curves…thats the way to go.”
Over the last few years I’ve gone from only being able to leg press 290lbs, to today able to do numerous reps at 600lbs. Thats not for beginners, thats what I can do after several years of training.
For newbies I recommend getting a trainer, preferably me. You need someone experienced who can help you with diet, cardio and strength training. Experience is key, someone with a developed eye to get you to your goal safely. Also…
- Lots of cardio
- Take a mixture of classes
- Have someone at your gym show your how to use each machine
Q:What specific workouts are good for curvy girls?
A: Its a combination of everything really, because you can’t just take one exercise and one body part and say this is going to give you curves. Personally, I like strength training the legs… it really helps you curve out. Lunges, Dips, Squats, Walking Lunges, Curtsies.
Q: Whats in your pantry, what do you eat on a daily basis?
A: I have to say its very strict, more like a competitors diet. Its a lot of protein and green veggies, I don’t eat yellow vegetables.Green beans, yams, brown rice, cottage cheese and greek yogurt. Minimal fruits, most of the fruits I have are in my protein drinks. And oatmeal and egg whites for breakfast.
“I caution women to watch out for protein bars, many of them say they are great but have more carbs than the law allows.“
Q: What’s the #1 mistake that women make when it comes to health & fitness?
A: Lack of consistency, discipline and drive. The determination is there but drive isn’t for whatever reason. Hormones can be a problem, we emotionally eat and it’s all about what we feel. When really it isn’t. This is not about what we feel, I tell my clients that all the time. We (women) have got to get that out of our head(s). We deal with our hormones, cycles and on top of that we’re busy. Thats the number 1 excuse I hear is I don’t feel like it. Well guess what 99% of the time I don’t feel like it, but once its done I feel so much better.
Q:What are your 5 Must Haves For a Great at Home Workout?
A: For an at home workout
- Walking: thats something that you can do at home, in your neighborhood, wherever.
- Fitness Dvds: Try on demand, Fitness TV, You Tube & Wii Fit for great at home workouts.
- Hire A Trainer: Its there job to push you hard but safely to achieve your goals.
- Park further/Take The Steps: The more you do the better.
Before we started recording the formal interview Angel and I swapped stories about how we allowed sundaes and Crispy Creams to soothe our stressful days. Today, we still fight the urge and sometimes being human we give in to temptation. We’re honest enough to admit that, even the mightiest have pitfalls, and yes at some point every teacher has failed a test. We’re not perfect nor do we pretend to be, but thats why I love Angel. Her story is organic and relatable to anyone who has ever struggled with their weight, started a weight loss journey, or looked past their own reflection in the mirror. Her story is triumphant and clearly was not an over night success. Trainer or not, weight on or off she is still on a journey, maintaining the balance she created with food and fitness.
Hey Guys & Dolls
As you know Skinny Minority is all about helping people, specfically women, have a better relationship with Fashion, Food and Fitness. We do that by providing you with the BEST Solutions for your fashion, food and fitness challenges. And speaking of challenges I’m putting myself to a challenge…
You see it everywhere, “Walk Off The Weight” and being the competitive athlete that Iam (not even) I always blew this off, until two years ago. This time 2 years ago I was 45lbs lighter. I had a new body, new eating habits and was almost addicted to working out. While home visiting my family I took a spin class and the instructor pulled me aside after class and asked me why i was working so hard in class. I told her I had lost 40 lbs and I wanted to lose my last few pounds. She told me that if I wanted to lose it all I had to do was walk FIVE/SIX MILES, FIVE/SIX time a week and the weight melts off. I thought about our conversation long after the class and I was really unsure about it.
But I eventually took her advice and she was right, the weight did melt off, I lost 15lbs in 6 weeks. I was thrilled.
Fast forward to now and needless to say I’m not the same weight but, I can atest that power walking is the best exercise I’ve ever done in my life. I’ve had trainers (who i adored), chubby buddies, step class, boot camp, you name it. But it wasn’t until I started walking that I saw great results in what seemed like no time.
So now in 2012 I’m back on the trail, power walking as much as I can. And with that I’m challenging myself to walk 5-6 miles, 5 times a week. So far I’ve been doing this for about 6 weeks I think, I started in July and now its darn near September. So my challenge is to keep this up until the end of the year.
WHY AM I DOING THIS…
1. I love my body: And I want it to look its best. Real talk sometimes I wish I could pull off being 186lbs but I can’t! Shoutout to all the girls who can and do! Werk it!
2. I will be healthier: The more active you are, especially as a woman you put yourself at a lower risk for heart disease, hyper tension, stroke, and diabetes.
3. I want to be a jogger: When I was working out and losing before I got to the point where I could jogg 2.5 miles. And I felt amaze. My goal was to be able to 5 jog. I need to accomplish that goal.
4. 17 Again: When I went on my senior prom I had just lost a bunch of weigh and my body hasn’t looked like that since my freshmen year of college. Bringing My Grown Woman Sexy Back, lol.
5. Lead By Example: Besides my wonderful readers, I have some special girls in my life and I need to be the best example for them that I can be. And yes, that means being healthy and amazing inside and out.
And so this challenge is apart of my personal life with Fashion, Food & Fitness that I would like to share with you all. Please continue to get to know me Karima, the girl behind the brand as I share pieces of life in these post. Oh, and don’t forget to see what I’m wearing, eating, and how I’m working out FOLLOW ME ON INSTAGRAM @SKINNYMINORITY.
A few months ago I purchased 5 indoor rowing classes at Row Zone. What is indoor rowing? What is Row Zone many of you may be thinking. Did you recently watch the Olympics, did you see the Olympic row team, you know the guys rowing in the boat! Thats rowing by definition. Indoor rowing at Row Zone is ” is a unique blend of conventional rowing and full body toning exercises.” There is no water, no boat, and no team just you and this machine…
It may look odd to you but, you’ve probably seen at least one of these machines in your local gym at some point. Yet the rower above is a bit more fancy and if used right could change your prespection about indoor workouts.
Besides burning 600-800 calories, the RowZone® workout is low impact so you can get all of the benefits of running, squatting, and lifting without the wear and tear on your body.
Says Row Zone trainer Ian R. Andracchio
When I went to my first class I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, I had used a rower before but not for an entire class. Since then I have gone to my second class and I must say that this is a great workout and really anyone can do it. In my classes there are women of all ages that come from all walks of life. In my last class the girl next to me had a heart condition but, she was still in there rowing it out and at times faster and harder than me.
So many of you might be thinking “you just sit on this rower thing the whole time, doesn’t sound hard or fun to me.” But don’t be fooled this machine give you the same traction and resistance as water. Yea, you know the most powerful and heaviest element on earth! Also you not rowing the entire 45 minutes. You also do planks, skull crushers (arm toning exercise) and a bit of Jane Fonda! Its work but its fun and I love my trainer Liza! She’s at the Newtown Sq. location and she it the bomb!
What I love about rowing and particularly Row Zone is that you work out over 25 muscles just rowing alone. You work your core, your legs, your arms and your back. All in 45 mins. Also the classes are small so you don’t get lost and my instructor Liza is very attentive making sure you keep form and most importantly keep smiling. She says it makes the workout easier.
HERE ARE A FEW MORE THINGS I LOVE ABOUT ROW ZONE
- The classes are upbeat
- Its a “Heart Healthy” exercise helping to lower blood pressure and cholesterol
- They Offer FREE TRIAL CLASS
- Private Class Are Available For Shy Folks Or Busy Moms
- They offer great package rates for all budgets/ commitments
And For My Fellow Calorie Counters/Burners Out There ….
To find a Row Zone Near You & Sign Up For a Free Trial Class Click Here . To Follow my workout routinue weekly check me out on Instagram @TheSkinnyMinority.
Up next, Cardio Barre Ballet! I Can’t Wait…
Women need to be more active! I know some of you reading this may be thinking “is she crazy, I’am active.” Running around in our daily lives whether its after our kids, cleaning the house or doing errands it’s simply not enough.Two years ago I became addicted to working out. In fact I’m one of those people that when I really find an activity that I love I look forward to doing it.
We as women have to put our selves higher on our priority list, starting with our health. Each day I try (yes try) to be active for 30 mins. Even a small change, being active for 30 minutes daily can increase your life span by three years. My current activity of choice is jogging! I love it, I also suggest power walking especially if your just starting out. Currently it takes me 45mins to jog 3miles. I know that may seem like a far distance but, once you get started its not. All you need are a few must haves to get you thru here are mine…
1. My visor: Its spring time and when the sun is beaming on me during an outdoor workout I need protection! I hate having to workout in the sun without my visor! I have the exact one pictured above that I purchased for $5.99 from Wawa.
2. Footwear: I was recently gifted (from my other half) a pair of Nike Airmax’s! Love’em for 2 reasons (1) they are Skinny Minority Purple and (2) the super cool and comfy air bubble to cushion my heel & arch. FYI I’m flat footed so it definitely makes all the difference.
3. The Perfect Tee: I love love love wearing our new fashion fitness tee! Its cute, stretchy and bold. Its the perfect tee to wear while for Zumba, Errands or Jogging! Available for Purchase 5/1/12.
4. Music: No matter what type of workout I’m doing I MUST listen to music! Its keeps me motivated and in good sprits all workout long!
5. Hydration: Water, Gatorade or Powerade! Take your pick they help you to stay cool and keep you body calm while being active.
So ladies, lets run with our kids, schedule a hot yoga class, ride a bike or hit the pavement! Whatever you choose to do lets make a commitment to our selves to be more active! This commitment is not about a diet, quick fix or being skinny, this commitment is about being healthy. Your body will thank you both inside and & out!
If you would like to share with us the ways in which you are active please write us below! Curvy girls unite 🙂
PS: I’ll be trying out rock climbing this weekend!