Light Snow Could Affect Wednesday’s Morning Commute

Snow flurries originally expected to affect Tuesday’s evening commute will hit the region a little later than expected, forecasters say.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for Philly and the surrounding suburbs, in effect until 7 a.m. Wednesday. The city could see a mix of rain and snow starting late Tuesday night and lasting through the morning on Wednesday.

Though only about 1 to 2 inches of snowfall accumulation are expected in Philly, forecasters say slippery travel conditions are possible during the morning commute, especially near the I-95 corridor. Check 511pa.com for travel updates.

Some good news: Temperatures will likely warm in time for the Eagles game against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, when the high is expected to hover around 54 degrees Fahrenheit.

20 Philly-Area Groupon Deals Fitness Lovers Need to Know About

At Body Cycle, you can get three classes for $29 with a Groupon deal. Photograph by Chris Gabello

Perhaps I’m in the minority, but I certainly do not utilize the fabulous tool that is Groupon nearly enough (okay, ever), but that’s all about to change because these deals are downright unbeatable. Admittedly, it can be a little tedious to navigate through all of Groupon’s deals (first world problems, amiright?), so to make it easier for you, our beloved readers, we gathered up 20 local deals on fitness classes (think: CycleBar, CKO Kickboxing, SWEAT Fitness and more) and food (hey, SliCE pizza), that will help you get your sweat on and refuel without breaking the bank — that’s what we call  a win.

Happy sweating!

Fitness Groupon Deals in Philadelphia

Cryotherapy

The deal: One cryotherapy session for $29.50 or one cryotherapy session for two people for $50
Where: C.R.Y.O Philadelphia; 1700 Sansom Street, Rittenhouse

Cryotherapy, that’s when you cry during therapy, right? WRONG. Cryotherapy is when your put into this vertical, chamber-like, box with your head and shoulder sticking out and your lower body is exposed to extremely low temperatures for about two to three minutes. During that time, the cold temperatures constrict blood flow to organs, which is supposed to remove toxins and inflammation and recirculate oxygenated blood. The promotional value of this deal expires 120 days after your purchase, but the amount paid never expires. There’s a limit of one deal per person, but you can buy an additional deal as a gift.

Gym Packages

The deal$20.50 for a five-class package or five gym visits; $32 for a 10-class package or 10 gym visits; $43 for a 15-class package or 15 gym visits; $32 for one month of unlimited classes or gym visits
Where: SWEAT Fitness; Multiple locations

This is a good deal if you’re looking to hit the gym or jump in on a fitness class. You must be a new client to the gym to redeem any of these deals and it will expire four months after your purchase. You can buy only one for yourself and one as a gift for your favorite gym buddy.

The deal$20.50 for a 15-day gym pass (including group fitness classes); $32 for a 30-day gym pass (including group fitness classes)
WhereFit Gym; 4415 Chestnut Street, Spruce Hill

Perfect if you’re interested in trying out a new gym, without the commitment of a yearlong contract. The offer expires 90 days after your purchase and you must activate the package by the date on the voucher. Once you activate, the offer expires 15 or 30 days thereafter. This offer is only available to new members or those who have not been active at the gym in the past year. You must make a reservation for your first visit.

Yoga

The deal: One month membership of unlimited yoga for $29
Where: Bikram Yoga West Philly; 4145 Chestnut Street, Spruce Hill

Bikram yoga is the perfect way to warm up in winter — you just won’t want to go back out in the cold! This deal expires 120 days after the purchase, but your amount paid never expires. This special is only available for new members and there’s a limit of one per person, but you can buy two as gifts for your yoga-loving friends.

The deal$39 for a 10-class yoga package; $59 for a 20-class yoga package; $55 for an unlimited month of yoga, pilates, barre, cardio or mediation classes
WherePhilly Power Yoga and Thrive Pilates; 2016 Walnut Street, Rittenhouse

Get in a great workout and burn some serious calories, without stepping foot on a treadmill. Offering over 100 classes a week, Philly Power Yoga is likely to have a class at a convenient time for you. It’s worth noting that this offer is not available for members who have been active in the last six months additionally, the value of the deal expires 120 days after your purchase. You may purchase only one package for yourself, and two additional as gifts for your bend-iest BFFs.

The deal$11.99 for one year of unlimited online yoga
WhereThe Yoga Collective

Perfect for the ultra-busy yogi who has a hard time finding a studio/class option to fit their timeframe. Choose from a variety of class videos, ranging from the basics to in-depth sessions focusing on a single pose — all without leaving your living room. There’s a limit of one purchase per person, with the option to buy three additional packages as gifts.

The deal$28 for a five-class package
WhereBikram Yoga Northern Liberties; 801 North 2nd Street, Northern Liberties

You can’t deny it: $5.60 for a yoga class is a darn good deal, and that’s what you’ll get for this Groupon. Keep in mind that this is for new customers only (sorry, studio rats) and only one can be purchased per person, though you can pick one up as a gift so you can have sweaty hangs with your BFF. Just keep your eyes on the calendar because this package will expire four months after your purchase.

The deal$50 for a 10-class hot yoga package; $60.50 for two months of unlimited hot yoga
WhereHot Yoga Philadelphia; 1520 Sansom Street, Rittenhouse

$60 for two months of unlimited yoga? Holy cow, right? The major stipulation is that you have to be new to the studio or have been inactive there for the past year. There’s a limit of one per person, but you can buy one as a gift for both deals, which expire 90 days after your purchase. The deal is only valid for hot yoga classes and can’t be used for the donation-based Philly Yoga Factory classes.

Rock Climbing

The deal: Introductory rock climbing package for one person for $25; Introductory rock climbing package for two people for $43.50; Deluxe family climbing package (two adults, two kids) for $50
Where: Philadelphia Rock Gyms; Multiple locations

You should try everything at least once, right? That way you know whether you actually hate it — or love it. Any one of these packages is perfect for just that: First-time climbers will learn the safety basics and methods in a one-hour class, followed by time to practice what you’ve learned. Each package expires 120 days after your purchase, though the amount paid never expires. While only one package per person may be purchased at a time, you may buy on additional package as a gift, and the packages may be repurchased every 30 days.

Indoor Cycling

The deal: Three indoor cycling classes for $29; Five indoor cycling classes for $65
Where: Body Cycle Studio; 1923 Chestnut Street

Put the pedal to the metal at Body Cycle Studio, where every class is aimed at creating a small community in the studio — because, you know, friends that sweat together stay together, right? This offer is available to new riders only, and the purchase is limited to one per person, with the option of one additional as a gift. The promotion expires 120 days after your purchase.

The deal: $39 for four indoor cycling sessions (including a water bottle)
Where: CycleBar; 500 West Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting

You’ll leave class with very wobbly legs, but that’s OK because you got such a good deal for a great workout! This offer is available for riders who have never been to the studio and there’s a limit of one deal per person and you must register for a class ahead of time.

Meditation

The deal: 60-minute meditation session for $20
Where: Main Line Meditation; 18 Ardmore Avenue, Ardmore

Give yourself, or someone else, the gift of an hour of peace. Main Line Meditation offers a seven-step guided meditation aimed towards relieving you of your burdens and bringing peace. You must schedule an appointment for your session, but same-day appointments are accepted. There’s a limit of two per person, with the option to buy two additional classes as gifts — all of which may be repurchased every 30 days.

The deal: One year membership to a meditation app for $39
Where: Calm

If meditation more frequently was on your list of 2018 intentions/resolutions, Calm App is a great way to achieve your goals. It’s a favorite of Instagram health and wellness guru, Lee Tilghman (@leefromamerica), so you know it’s got to be good. Offering a wide variety of calm-inducing guided meditations, sleep stories for inducing peaceful sleep and nature scenes which are great for overall health. Visit the website to complete your voucher after purchase, before the 120-day promotional period expires. Purchase one for your and two for your friends most in need of calm.

The deal: One year meditation app membership for $59
Where: Headspace

Make meditation a habit with Headspace, an app that offers new guided meditations for every day, plus themed meditations to help you work through specific issues, mini meditations for when you’re short on time, and more. To redeem this offer, you must register your credit card with Headspace. You won’t be charged for this registration, but it’s worth noting the subscription will automatically renew at the end of the one-year period unless you cancel it.

Kickboxing

The deal: $40 for six kickboxing classes, including glove rentals
Where: CKO Kickboxing; 1616 Walnut Street, Rittenhouse

Let us break it down for you: That’s under $7 for six boutique boxing classes — rentals included! Then you’re set to pound out your frustrations regarding life, politics, love, or whatever else may be making your angry on any given day, at CKO. This package is available to new members and those who have not been active in the past nine months. You must use your six classes within 30 days of your first class. The offer is limited to one package per person, with the option of buying two additional packages as gifts.

Food Groupon Deals in Philadelphia

Meal Prep and Food Delivery

The deal: 30-piece set of meal prep bento boxes for $14.99
Where: Bentgo

Get your meal prep game on point with the help of these easy-to-organize microwave, dishwasher, and freezer-safe boxes. Featuring three different shapes and sizes, these BPA-free boxes are adult and kid-friendly alike.

The deal: $30 for one week of classic meals for two people (6 meals total); $60 for two weeks of classic meals for two people (12 meals total); $50 for one week of family box classic meals for four people (12 total meals); $100 for two weeks of family box classic meals for four people (24 meals total)
Where: HelloFresh

More and more, healthy delivery services are seeming like a good idea — they’re efficient, fairly affordable and if they’re healthy, why the heck not give it a whirl? HelloFresh will deliver your ingredients weekly. To redeem this offer, there is a $1 activation fee online — so, you must register your credit card online — though there is free shipping and no cancellation fees.

The deal: Coupons offering 3 free meals with your first order and $30 off your first order
Where: Blue Apron

Perfect for those ready to jump into the world of grocery delivery, these coupons suit BlueApron first-timers only. Redeem the coupon codes online.

Organic Pizza

The deal$12 for $20 worth of organic pizza, salad and drink
Where: SliCE Fishtown; 431 East Girard Avenue, Fishtown

Unfortunately, this deal is only available at SliCe Fishtown but it’s worth traveling for the unique and delicious pizza this joint is slinging. And while not every gluten-free pizza is trust-worthy, but we can vouch for this one. The deal expires four months after your purchase and it’s important to note that SliCe is cash-only and the deal is only valid for dine-in, not takeout or delivery purchases.

Kombucha

The deal: $15 for $35 worth of kombucha brewing accessories and supplies; $35 for a make your own kombucha starter kit
Where: Get Kombucha

Score enough supplies to brew 80 bottles of kombucha — 80! That’s 16 weeks of basically free kombucha, if you drink one every day of the workweek. That is some serious kombucha savings, friends. Shipping is not included in the price of either offer.

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Penn Students Expose University’s Early Connections to Slavery

New research compiled by undergraduate students at the University of Pennsylvania has forced the Ivy League school to confront its institutional and historical ties to slavery.

According to the Daily Pennsylvanian, the Penn History of Slavery Project, an independent study backed by the university’s History Department, found that at least 20 of the school’s 126 founding trustees had considerable connections to slavery, including the possession of slaves and financial ties to the slave trade. The group reportedly studied just 28 trustees in total. Students did not discover evidence that Penn itself held slaves.

The findings are perhaps to be expected from an Ivy League institution established by scores of wealthy white men in the colonial era. But they are substantial in the fact that they’ve prompted Penn, which had for years denied having any direct institutional and historical ties to slavery, to confront its history.

In a statement, a Penn spokesperson said that while researchers have “discovered no evidence to date that the University of Pennsylvania itself owned slaves, benefitted from the sale of enslaved people to fund its operations, or otherwise was directly connected to slavery, like almost all institutions founded in the 18th century, Penn benefitted indirectly from gifts of wealthy trustees, many of whom we now know owned slaves.”

Following the Penn History of Slavery Project, the university plans to conduct “additional research and conversation about the ways it benefitted from the wealth of slave-owning trustees, the labor of enslaved people, or other ways from this deeply shameful period in our country’s history,” the spokesperson said.

The school is following in the steps of universities like Princeton, HarvardBrown and the University of Virginia, which have all publicly acknowledged similar ties to the institution of slavery.

Princeton’s recognition of its history, for example, followed similar efforts on behalf of its student body. The Princeton Slavery Project, unveiled in November, provided a deep dive into the school’s disturbing past, per the New York Times. After the project’s release, Princeton president Christopher L. Eisgruber released a statement recognizing the need to uphold “a more comprehensive and nuanced understanding of our history.”

At Penn, members of the research project met with university administrators, including provost Wendell Pritchett and senior vice president Joann Mitchell (the school’s first chief diversity officer), on January 12th, according to the DP. The students reportedly recommended that the university retract its statement denying ties to slavery.

The group assembled the Penn History of Slavery Project by gathering and analyzing wills and tax documents, available through University Archives, Historical Society of Pennsylvania and the Library Company of Philadelphia, as well as ancestral databases.

Kathleen Brown, a history professor involved in the project, told the DP that “Penn as an institution has not thought, itself, about having a deep history of involvement in slavery. These findings suggest that view might need to be altered.”

Equinox’s Way Cheaper Sister Gym is Now Open in Philly

Photograph courtesy Blink Fitness.

If you’ve ever been to a gym with all the frills — saunas, laundry service, a packed class schedule, fancy shampoos in the showers — you know just how nice luxury gyms can be. You also know, though, that none of those “free” amenities are really free. You’re paying for them, just in the form of a pricey monthly membership.

The thing is, you don’t need fancy shampoo to get in a good workout. Technically, all you need is a moving body and some space. And while Blink Fitness — the sister gym of New York-based luxury gym Equinox — has a little more than just some bodies and some space, it cuts way down on amenities. More importantly, it also cuts down on the price.

With the opening of Blink Fitness’ Wissinoming location — which is celebrating its grand opening on January 18 — Philly is now home to three of the cost-cutting gyms, with one more on the way. But at all three locations, you won’t find group classes or towels or any of the other luxe features above.

You will, however, find memberships that start as low as $15 per month and all the basic gym equipment you’re used to: up to 80 pieces of cardio equipment (think: treadmills and elliptical machines), dumbbell sets up to 90 pounds, up to 50 pieces of strength training equipment, locker rooms, and showers (stocked with shampoo, conditioner, and body wash).

Yet while Blink Fitness’ motto may be minimalism, the goal of the gym chain is to bring clients something a little nicer than the $15 gyms they’ve visited before. At Blink, every employee is responsible for keeping the place clean, and bright colors are painted on the walls to keep it from looking drab. Talking with Yahoo Finance, Blink’s president Todd Magazine compared Blink’s advantage over other cheap gyms to the contrast between Target and Walmart.

“Walmart and Target, they basically sell the same products, but there’s something different about walking into a Target, it has that department store feel,” he said. “Most gyms in the $10 to $15 price point, they’re dirty, they’re not friendly. They feel like $15 gyms. You walk into our gym, and if you didn’t know the price, you’d think you were walking into a $30, $40, $50 gym.”

With the opening of Blink’s Wissinoming location, the brand is also giving back to the community. At the grand opening celebration on Friday, Blink will be donation 50 one-year memberships to the Northeast Frankford Boys & Girl’s Club of Philadelphia, an organization which works to help all kids reach their full potential.

Blink Fitness Wissinoming is now open at 5597 Tulip Street, Building C 1-4. Check out a video tour of another Blink Fitness location below, then go visit in person.

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Glory, a Beer Bar from a Eulogy Alum, Is Coming to Old City

A new craft beer pub with a menu built around Sunday roast-style dishes is slated to open at 2nd and Chestnut in the next few months.

And while Glory American Beer Bar and Kitchen will be a new addition to the neighborhood, owner Dave Crudele has deep roots in the neighborhood’s bar culture.

Crudele worked as a bartender at Eulogy — the Old City Belgian tavern that closed abruptly last year — for a decade. Glory will open just a few doors down from his former employer at 126 Chestnut Street, in the space previously occupied by the short-lived seafood spot Craft & Claw (and before that, fratty bar Mad River, and before that, restaurant Middle East).

Crudele doesn’t want Glory to be a second Eulogy, he said, but he’s eager to fill the void that Eulogy left in the neighborhood.

To do that, the new spot will focus on beer, with 36 taps and a bottle list more than 100 varieties deep. The interior will be beer-hall style, with three long communal tables.

In terms of food, Crudele is going for high-casual pub fare with a focus on whole roast meats — think pork roast, prime rib, whole chickens, and a variety of meat boards.

Glory is set to debut in late February or early March. The plan is for the kitchen to be open till 1 a.m., with the bar serving till 2 a.m., plus lunch and weekend brunch service.

5 Drinks to Perk Up Your Afternoon if You’re Avoiding Caffeine

Photograph by iStock/gzorgz

We’ve all experienced the afternoon slump, but as much as we love coffee, drinking it at 4 p.m. isn’t exactly great for a good night’s sleep.

If you’re hoping to both perk up and avoid caffeine in the afternoon,  here’s a few recommendations from the pros at OnPoint Nutrition.

Green Smoothie

Not only will downing leafy greens help you get in enough nutrients for the day, they actually help you wake up. “My favorite coffee-free afternoon pick-me-up is a smoothie! I pack them with fruit, greens, protein, and healthy fats for a balanced jolt of energy,” says OnPoint registered dietitian Emily Pierce. “One of my favorite combinations is raw kale, a banana, one tablespoon of peanut butter, one scoop of Plant Fusion protein powder, and water or almond milk. It’s sweet from the natural sugar in the fruit, and the fat and protein keep me full until dinner.”

Kombucha

Not only is this probiotic-packed beverage delicious, it also may help keep you from a desk-side doze. “The bubbles and interesting taste wake me up and leave me feeling satisfied and alert,” says OnPoint’s Ivy Eliff. “Kombucha does contain a bit of caffeine, but it is significantly less than your typical cup of tea. If you opt for green tea kombucha, the caffeine levels can be as low as two to three milligrams.”

Tea With a Kick

Nothing like drinking something that lights up your taste buds to erase any afternoon drowsiness. “I love Good Earth’s caffeine-free Sweet & Spicy herbal tea! The spiciness of this tea really clears the senses and wakes me up without the caffeine,” says OnPoint’s Allyson Gregg. “It isn’t too sweet by any means and happens to be one of my all-time favorite beverages, especially for the cold season.”

Peppermint Tea

One of my personal favorite ways to perk up late in the day without caffeine is peppermint tea. The mint is invigorating, and studies have shown that even just smelling peppermint can help concentration. Plus, downing cup after cup of tea also helps me stay hydrated.

Water

Is this boring? Yes. Is it practical? Oh, yes. Dehydration can leave you feeling sleepy and wreck your concentration, so before you head to the office espresso machine, first try a big ol’ glass of water. Feel better now?

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Here’s the Guy Charged With Punching a Police Horse at the Eagles Game

Whitehall resident Taylor Hendricks in a Philadelphia Police Department mugshot.

There are some days when you realize that you probably should have never gotten out of bed, and for 22-year-old Taylor Hendricks, that day appears to have been this past Saturday.

Hendricks, who lives just outside of Allentown in Whitehall, Pennsylvania, was arrested on Saturday after an incident at Lincoln Financial Field.

Police say that Hendricks was intoxicated when he was ejected from the Eagles game and that he attacked a police horse on his way out of the Linc.

According to a police spokesperson, Hendricks allegedly walked up to a mounted officer and began punching the horse in the face, neck and shoulders. He also hit the cop in the legs, say police. Fortunately, the cop and the horse were not injured.

Hendricks could not be reached for comment, and he has yet to obtain legal representation, according to court records.

He has been charged with aggravated assault, taunting police animals, simple assault, and trespassing. Hendricks was arraigned just after 4 a.m. on Sunday morning and released on $5,000 bail that day. Hendricks is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on January 30th at 8 a.m.

It’s not his first brush with the law. Court records indicate that Hendricks has been previously cited for public drunkenness on two separate occasions, pleading guilty both times. A disorderly conduct charge was withdrawn.

According to his LinkedIn page, Hendricks is a graduate of West Chester University and is currently working as a district manager for a large payroll company in Allentown.

Maybe stay home this Sunday, Taylor.

Music: 8 Shows to See in the Next 7 Days

Flobots play Coda on Saturday. (Live Loud Media)

Karl Blau @ World Cafe Live | Wednesday, January 17
Singer-songwriter Karl Blau — who hails from the same tiny island off the coast of Washington State as the Microphones and Knw-Yr-Own records — is known among indie collectors and fans of the Pacific Northwest music scene. Blau’s sound is generally gentle and folky, but he does to mix it up here and there with electronic and experimental touches. A man with a four-track mind, Blau has released more than 30 discs of music 2003 via his Kelp Lunacy Advanced Plagiarism Society series. His most recent record is Out Her Space, was released in November. P.S. Make sure you get to this show in time to catch the always wonderful Birdie Busch.

 

 

YACHT @ Johnny Brenda’s | Thursday, January 18
Goofy, manic and seemingly self-aware, YACHT (caps theirs) makes dance-pop to make you paranoid. Their latest, the Strawberry Moon EP, came out in November. (more…)

A Trinity Without a Twist in Wash West for $375K

311 S. Fawn St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19107 | TREND images via Keller Williams Realty

Make no mistake about it, this home on one of those “little streets” everybody loves in Wash West is a classic trinity: It has one main room on each floor, a bathroom on the second level and an ultra-compact kitchen in an ell on the rear of the first floor.

But take a good look at the exterior photo above. It’s hard to see, but if you note where the rear alley entrance lies, you should be able to figure out that this home is wider than the typical trinity.

And that allowed its builder to put in two things you usually don’t see in trinity homes: Hallways and a straight staircase.

Those straight stairs mean you just might be able to get your mattress to the upper-floor bedrooms. And the second-floor hallway is lined with built-in shelves that offer you extra storage space. There are built-ins in the living room as well.

This home oozes classic charm, thanks in no small part to the fireplace in every room. We didn’t know they made them that small, but you will find a dishwasher next to the fridge in the kitchen behind the living room.

Alas, you may end up ditching it when you spruce up the kitchen, which, like the bathroom, could use updating. You could fold this work into an already-approved project that would add a bonus room to the master bedroom level and a second bathroom and walk-in closet to the third-floor bedroom.

This home is close to everything: the Avenue of the Arts, the Gayborhood/Midtown Village, shopping and dining on Walnut Street, the Reading Terminal Market and several SEPTA transit lines. But with a Walk Score of 98, you probably won’t be giving your SEPTA Key much of a workout.

THE FINE PRINT

BEDS: 2

BATHS: 1

SQUARE FEET: 918

SALE PRICE: $375,000



311 S. Fawn St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19107 [Michael Kind | At Home Philly Team | Keller Williams Realty]

How I Lost 25 Pounds Without Joining a Gym — Or Giving Up Pizza

Photographs courtesy Jasyra Santiago.

Changing your body takes hard work, persistence, and dedication. Here’s one Philadelphian’s transformation story. Want to share yours? Email ccunningham@phillymag.com.

Who: Jasyra Santiago-Hines (@Fit4aRN), 28, retired nurse turned fitness coach from Northeast Philadelphia

Starting weight: 130 pounds (I am five feet tall, so 130 is overweight for my height)

Ending weight: 105 pounds

When I started: March 2012

How I changed my diet: “I made a ton of changed to my diet, but I don’t call it a diet, I call it a lifestyle change. Nutrition has been a journey and with years of learning I have tried many different things. My diet when I first started was horrible. I only ate two times a day and it was always fast food. I never ate veggies either. Now I don’t eat fast food or fried foods. I have minimal gluten, and my cheat meals are about twice a month. I eat all food groups — fruits, veggies, carbs, proteins — all the essentials you need for a balanced diet. I do love me some pizza, cookies, and Hooters but I keep that to a minimal.”

How I changed my exercise routine: “When I first started I tried the gym and a trainer but it just didn’t work for me because of my crazy nurse schedule. I started to work out at home with home workout programs (I have done a ton of Beachbody programs, which I currently still do.) They have been the best for me and have given me the best results because they’re all inclusive. You get a full game plan with workouts, nutrition, a cooking show, and even online support. I work out six times a week and my workouts are a mix of lifting and cardio.”

“I feel like I am a brand-new person who just loves to wake up and tackle the day.”

What improved for me: “My entire life has changed because I decided to put my health first. I am in the best shape I have ever been. I am no longer depressed, and my anxiety is controlled. I feel like I am a brand-new person who just loves to wake up and tackle the day, which us a huge difference.”

What I’m most proud of: “My discipline to stay consistent. It’s been a tough journey, and I have had many ladies join me and quit. Starting a fitness journey is never easy, so being able to stick with it for this long is my proudest moment of it all.”

The hardest part: “The hardest part for sure is nutrition, and I still struggle with it. Healthy eating can be delicious of course, but I love Insomnia Cookies, Hooters and a gluten-free Dominos pizza. I also don’t love veggies, but because I love my body — and keep my cheat meals to a minimum — I try different veggies out. Nutrition is a constant struggle, but what helps is when you go grocery shopping, don’t bring anything bad home. I have no access to bad foods in my home and that makes it easier to stay on track.”

What I’m working on now: “I am proud for how far I have made it today but I am always a work in progress. I am working on building more lean muscle, having six-pack abs, and building a booty.”

What I want you to know: “You don’t have to be perfect to get a transformation. I still love my cheat meals, and I don’t always love to workout. But I do it because it makes me feel better and it gives me so much confidence that I never had before. As long as you start and create the habit, eating healthy and working out will become like a habit — similar to brushing your teeth. It will never be easy but its will be worth it.”

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