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[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 – 2014: New Year, New Me? Why Not…

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2014 is now here. For most people, the beginning of a new year is the time to set goals and renew life. We sometimes get so lost in everyday activities that during the holidays we reflect on life and find that throughout the year we have just been “going through the motions.” 365 days of 9-to-5 work without accomplishing many of our real goals and aspirations. Every year I told myself that I would lose weight, save money, settle down, and other ideas that I never fully intended on executing. However, with the accomplishments I’ve made in this past year with my new mindset, I am confident that any goals I set for 2014 will be reached. As cliche as it is to set goals for the new year, if a new calendar is the motivation you need to get your life right, then use that to your advantage and get it together. It may be hard, but if you focus on changing a few daily habits you can find yourself celebrating in December 2014, rather than reflecting and feeling disappointed.
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#bern200 – My Top-Secret Strategy To Lose Weight Fast!

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SPOILER ALERT: THERE IS NO MIRACLE SHORTCUT / SECRET TO LOSING WEIGHT. Since March 10th I’ve lost 130 pounds, and it had nothing to do with a revolutionary diet, secret supplement, or extreme workout routine. As with all things in life, shortcuts are not the answer when it comes to losing weight. You’ll either end up with no results, or immediate results that are easily reversed as soon as you fall off of the “lose weight fast” routine. For me, the “secret” to losing 130 pounds so far, and on track to lose another 70 by March 2014, is dedication.

Persistence through adversity is the difference between those who start, and those who finish. Most people that try to lose weight fail because they go into it with a ‘microwave’ mindset. The need for instant results is why fast food restaurants are so popular (and why most Americans are overweight in the first place). Think about it; it takes years to get 200 pounds overweight, so in order to reverse this process, it will take more than 2-4 weeks of effort. Those fad diets are appealing because they promise instant results, but you’ll gain the weight back quicker than you lost it as soon as you go back to your normal, unhealthy lifestyle.

What’s so hard about dedication? I would be lying to you if I said I didn’t struggle with sticking to the plan. I don’t enjoy going to the gym every day, eating the same meals every single day, and restricting myself from going to social events knowing that I may consume something that’s outside of the guidelines of my diet. However, my struggle with weighing over 400 pounds was much more challenging. I know that every step I take is progress every day, and no matter how small or insignificant it may seem, it’s one step closer than I was yesterday. I make a conscious effort to put in the work every day and to dedicate myself to making a change, because losing weight is one of the rare things in life that is 100% up to the person.

Dedication works best when you have a goal in mind. Those moments when you want to quit, whether it’s with weight loss, school, your career, a relationship, or whatever else, is when you need to think of your ultimate goal. Your desire to want to achieve that goal must outweigh the temporary struggle you’re going through when you want to quit. In the beginning there are days that I wanted to cut my workout time in half, but I knew that the additional 30 minutes of cardio a day would add up to several more years of living life healthy.

Whatever your goal is, the secret to success is dedication. Being dedicated to your goal and visualizing yourself crossing the finish line will make your temporary frustrations, struggles, and hard times less severe. It’s all about the bigger picture. What does dedication mean to you? Leave a comment below.