Tag: #bern200

Ep 35: FLEX – WBRN RADIO

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It’s been almost two months since I’ve posted a new podcast. I spend most of my time in the gym, and I’ve been getting tired of trying to find music to lift to. I made this mix, titled ‘Flex,’ for people like me that need a little extra to move that iron. Check it out and let me know what you think! I’m going to try to get back to one new episode a week!

Tracklist
Rick Ross – MC Hammer
Wiz Khalifa – Taylor Gang
Juicy J – Who Da Neighbors
Meek Mill feat Rick Ross – Work
Ace Hood – Hustle Hard
Waka Flocka Flame – Hard In Da Paint
Wiz Khalifah feat Big Sean – Gangbang
Jay Z Kanye West – H.A.M.
Rick Ross feat Lil Wayne – 9 Piece
2 Chainz – Undastatement
Ace Hood – Go n Get It

#bern200 – The Marathon Continues…

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It has been 699,840 minutes, or 11,664 hours, or 486 days, or 69 weeks (rounded down), or 1 year 3 months 29 days since I decided to take control of my life and health. When I started I wanted to go from 380 pounds to 250 pounds in a year, but once I saw how quickly I was losing weight, I decided to set the bar at 180 pounds in a year. I still haven’t hit that goal, but I’ve passed a number of unimaginable milestones since last March 10th. Each one motivates me to work even harder. This fitness journey is a marathon, not a sprint, and the more I progress the more goals I see for myself.

Around the year 2010 I was at my heaviest, weighing in at over 400 pounds. I had so many health problems that I disguised as normal everyday occurrences, keeping denial as the roadblock to my life of fitness. There wasn’t one specific incident that made me want to change my life; a collection of situations, embarrassments, and disappointments over the course of 4 years lead to me deciding enough was enough. After numerous failed attempts at losing weight I made it my mission to work out and eat right EVERY DAY with no days off.

Three months in, I lost 68 pounds and was overjoyed with happiness. Not a single day or meal cheating, and an hour of cardio each day made this transformation possible. Afraid of the “inevitable” plateu, I started introducing a few carbs back into my diet each Saturday morning. I didn’t want to entirely fall off of the wagon, so I ate two biscuits just to balance things out. Staying consistent helped me progress.

By the time October 2013 rolled around, six months into my diet, I lost 130 pounds and hit my first goal of 250 pounds. However, this month I moved to El Paso from Los Angeles. With new surroundings, it was hard to keep up my routine. Also, being around new people meant lots of eating out and socializing, which slowed progress of my diet.

Holidays came and went, and while I continued to work out consistently (though not every day), the food I was eating wasn’t the best for weight loss. In addition to my lack of eating discipline, I started lifting weights as well. From October 2013 to May 2014 I only lost an additional 25 pounds.

Discouraged, I decided to give my body a restart and get back to the strict routine I had at the beginning of my journey. In June 2014 I participated in the Whole30 diet, which is famous for detoxifying/resetting the body, but fell short in staying consistent after 17 days. Though I didn’t complete the whole 30 days, the results of my efforts were incredible, as I was less bloated and had more energy. I was ready to get back on track.

That brings us to July, where I’m back to lifting and cardio 7 days a week, and a structured strict eating plan which includes an 80/20 Paleo plan with a protein shake for lunch. No junk food, fast food, fried food, alcohol, or anything else that will slow me down. I hope to be below 200 pounds by my 30th birthday in October.

Since starting last March, I’ve accomplished things I have NEVER dreamed of, even when I was younger and in my then peak physical form. I ran a mile in 9 minutes, I can do more than 1 situp lol, and I can bench press more than I ever have. My waist is smaller than it was when I graduated from high school (when I was 190 pounds) and I feel GREAT.

The moral of this story? Life is a marathon, not a sprint. Consistency is still the only way to conquer your tasks, and although you might fall off every now and then, you can always get back on. But STAY THERE; don’t let your slip-ups undo all of the hard work you’ve done. Take 4 weeks to get yourself in a routine, STICK WITH IT, and don’t cheat. You’ll see how easy it gets, over time.

I’ll end this with one of my favorite quotes.

Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever.

MOTIVATION MONDAYS: [VIDEO] ‘Beat Average’ Commercial by GNC

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Very rarely will I see something on television that will inspire me. With 99% of the content on cable being mindless entertainment or “educational” programming stuffed with advertisements, I can count on one hand how many times I’ve been motivated by something on my tv. This commercial by GNC is one of those things. First aired during the NFL Draft, the “Beat Average” commercial is 60 seconds of real life statements made by folks that duck and dodge their destiny by making excuses. Our society has become accustomed to rationalizing their shortcomings and accepting mediocrity, but this commercial challenges us to be better than the norm. Check it out, and hit the gym later.

 

MOTIVATION MONDAYS: ‘The Weight Is Over’ Video Talking About Losing 150 Pounds In 12 Months

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What a difference a year makes. On this day exactly one year ago I decided to commit myself to a better lifestyle and put in the work daily to regain my health and control of my life. There have been numerous obstacles over the past 12 months, but I am happy to say that I’ve lost 150 pounds (so far). Check out the video below as I talk about my struggles and progress, and I also say goodbye to my beard.

Ep 29: The Sound Of #bern200 Part 4 of 4 – WBRN RADIO

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It’s been more than 50 weeks since I’ve been working out and eating right on the daily, and I think it’s time to conclude THE SOUND OF DJ BERN. Part 4 is strictly new Hip Hop / Rap music, featuring 2 Chainz, Rick Ross, Meek Mill, Yo Gotti, Nicki Minaj, T.I., Young Thug, Future, YG and more! Check it out and let us know what you think!

Tracklist
Que feat T.I., Jeezy – ‘OG Bobby Johnson’ Remix
Drake feat Soulja Boy – ‘We Made It’
Young Thug feat Nicki Minaj – ‘Danny Glover’ Remix
T.I., Iggy Azalea, Young Dro, TravisScott – ‘Hell You Sayin’
Lil Durk feat Rick Ross, French Montana – ‘Dis Aint What You Want’ Remix
Future feat Pusha T – ‘Move That Dope’
Wiz Khalifa – ‘We Dem Boyz’
SupaNatra – ‘Never Been The Type’
Yo Gotti – ‘Lebron James’
Katie Got Bandz feat King Louie – ‘Pop Out’
2 Chainz feat Skooly – ‘Ima Dog’
Tracy T feat Meek Mill – ’16’
Travis Porter feat Future – ‘Dont We’
YG feat Drake – ‘Who Do You Love’
YG – ‘Left Right’

 

[MUSIC] @AntoineEdmonson – ‘#PUTINWORK’ (Prod By Geoh for Chef Music)

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In the past year, as I’ve been sharing my weight loss journey with friends and strangers alike, I’ve received a lot of feedback about people being inspired by my progress. However, a good friend of mine was so inspired that he decided to make a song about it. Antoine Edmonson recorded “#PUTINWORK” to tell the story of hard work and the benefits that come along with it. This song will be the feature track from my upcoming mixtape “By Any Dreams Necessary.” Check it out below, and read what he had to say after.

The phenomenon that is Instagram has done two things: 1. Helped a lot of people become famous for their outer appearance and 2. Helped a lot of people work hard to change their outer appearance because of the people who have become famous as a result of their outer appearance.

I am one of those people who is changing their outer appearance. I have two friends, one is a youth pastor at my church, the other is a DJ. Both of them have lost close to 200lbs. They both have accomplished this feat independent of organized health plans.

This morning I weighed in at 182.6lbs. My goal is to be around the 165-170lb mark. I barely have to lose a fraction of what they have lost. They inspire me to not be lazy and fight for my fitness goals like I fight for everything else.

I wrote this song to inspire anyone else who needs a reminder to go hard everyday. Whether it’s the gym, music, sports, or building a family, we won’t see results until we #PUTINWORK.

I hope you live before you die,

Antoine J. Edmonson

#bern200 – MOTIVATION MONDAYS: I DID IT!

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It’s been 48 weeks since I started my #bern200 journey. When I started I was determined to reach goals and break barriers my 400+ pound body would never accomplish. Over the past 11 months I’ve lost 150+ pounds and I feel like a new person! One thing that was always hard for me was standing up. I couldn’t stand on my feet for more than 5 minutes without breaking out in a sweat and experiencing back pain. Obviously any physical activity like jogging or running was just a pipe dream. However this Sunday I did the unthinkable; I ran a continuous mile in 8 minutes and 22 seconds, once again proving that setting a goal and working towards it every day makes the impossible a reality.
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[VIDEO] #bern200 – MOTIVATION MONDAYS: ‘Welcome To The Grind’

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Every Monday we tend to wake up discouraged at the events in place for the week. For most, Mondays are the beginning of 5 days of torture through employment, school, or other routines. We’ve decided to make a habit of sending out positive vibes via videos each and every Monday to kick the week off right. Check out this Nike video we found on YouTube entitled “Welcome To The Grind.” Watch it two or three times, and let us know what you think! 
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#bern200: Good Eats – Spaghetti Squash Carbonara by @koreangold

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It’s cold here in El Paso and by cold I mean a low of 32. Don’t judge me; I’ve been in the desert too long. This blast of chilly weather has me pushing my typical protein and veggies for something heartier and I need heartier without the heavy. Here comes my savior; the spaghetti squash.
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#bern200 – Good Eats: Pizza Spaghetti Squash Bake by @koreangold

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After the holiday madness of parties, dinners, get togethers, and epic cheat meals, I found myself missing the familiarity of my somewhat healthy kitchen creations. This weekend I had the pleasure of entertaining for some good friends and decided to introduce them to spaghetti squash. In my eagerness, I made WAY too much squash. As I opened my fridge and looked at the mountain of spaghetti squash, I was inspired to utilize what was already in my fridge and pantry to make something delish. I came up with this pizza squash combo and it tastes great!
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