Featured Fitale – Monique Griffith

Find out how Monique started her fitness journey to obtain her amazing results.

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Please introduce yourself to our readers.

My name is Monique Griffith but you can call me Moe. I’m 28 years old and currently live in St. Louis, MO. I’m originally from New Orleans, LA (yes I’m a country girl at heart).

Currently I’m working as a legal assistant, but I have bigger hopes and dreams that will be reached! I’ve started following those dreams of being a full time blogger, Youtuber, and aspiring actress…..you know (the Queen of all trades).

I love dancing, doing makeup, anything outdoors, and physical fitness which I am shocked to say! 

What sparked your weight-loss transformation journey?

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I have always struggled with my personal fitness. I’ve always been the heavy girl, bigger than everyone in my class and I was tormented at a young age and still in adulthood for it.

I think what sparked my weight loss transformation was me literally hitting rock bottom. I had tried every diet there was, taken the weightless pills, and tried every method I thought was possible to get this weight off and it would come off but would come back with even more each time.

I went through some pretty traumatic experiences in my life and honestly felt like there was no hope and almost fully gave up on myself. Although I was always a social butterfly I would go home and cry because I hated what I saw in the mirror. I had gotten so big that I stopped answering calls, stopped going out, and just being me.

What was your beginning and current weight or measurements?

My biggest weight was 461.5 (or at least that was the last weight that I could actually be weighed at) in the hospital at that. At one point even all of the hospital scales were having trouble weighing me so let that sink in.

Currently, I am not at my goal weight yet but I will get there! As of now I weight 346 and the pounds are steady dropping. It took me about a year and 3-4 months to get those 115.5 pounds off. 

Which physical activities did you participate in during your journey?

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Now I do a number of physical activities that include things like, HIIT, Zumba, Cardio boxing, and I have a personal trainer. I go on hikes; I go running, and so much more! I had to learn that this process is a journey and not a destination.

I had to change the way I thought about food and that it was fuel (EAT TO LIVE AND NOT LIVE TO EAT) I learned that healthy food could be just as fun and filling as unhealthy foods! I meal prep my food out each week so I know what calories are going in and what calories are going out; it also helps me to not do too much snacking and it keeps me from eating food I’m not supposed to be eating.

I do however carb cycle and I keep my carbs very low on the days I do not work out to be mindful of my calorie intake. 

How did your eating habits change?

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If I’m being completely honest, I am not 100% compliant with my lifestyle and my choices just yet, but lets me honest sometimes we need to have and fulfill some of our cravings because if you are like me; if you don’t you might binge. I sustain my will power to prevent the bad things by enjoying a small piece the bad stuff on my cheat day/meal.
 
I make it priority to give myself a little bit so I don’t feel the need to go over board; I just make sure I work out to keep a healthy balance because that’s what life’s all about right? (BALANCE) 

What advice do you have for someone looking to get started with their fitness journey but not sure where to begin?

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If I could give advice to anyone looking to get started on their journey I would say to make sure first and foremost that they are doing it completely for themselves.  Do not start a fitness journey hoping to have a perfect body overnight or because you believe it will get you the guy or girl you want or you might be more appealing to the eye!
 
Start your fitness journey because you want to have a healthy lifestyle and long lasting life for yourself.
 
Secondly, understand that the weight wont fall off over night because it did not get there over night; it takes time, patience and energy to get that weight off.
 
Third, do as much research as you can. Maybe get a nutritionist, trainer, read some articles, or even YouTube videos if funds are low; (there are so many resources to use) just see which one works for you. Finally, trust the process and know that there will be a ton of ups and downs but again this a journey.
 
If you fall don’t beat yourself up – dust yourself off and keep moving.
 
Let’s say you have been eating super clean and slipped up and ate some pizza, don’t beat yourself up, let your next meal be another healthy meal and go for a walk or something of that nature and get right back on track (just don’t make it a habit).
 
ONE POUND AT A TIME!! 
 

What do you think is the biggest misconception about this journey?

I think people give up so easily because people have the misconception based on what they see on social media. We are constantly comparing ourselves to unrealistic goals because we see all of these fitness models and IG models that we feel the needs to look like them but we want/need to look like us!
 
I think when you start your fitness journey you have to believe that your body is created the way it is and you have to work with what you got and be sure to not compare yourself to anyone else’s journey because we don’t know what struggles they faced to get to where they are.
 
We are all on this journey together we have to be sure to support one another and stay motivated! We got this!

How can readers learn more about your transformation and journey online (i.e. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.)?

I’m an open book and I’m here for the long haul to show people it is possible to achieve your goal with hard work and dedication. I won’t give up and I hope that people join in for the ride with me!

If anyone wants to follow my journey all of my current social media handles are listed below; I would love to meet you!

Instagram: @_itsmemoniqueee

Twitter: @_itsmemoniqueee

Remember The Most Reliable Way To Predict the Future Is To Create It. 

Love you guys! <3

 

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1 Reply to "Featured Fitale - Monique Griffith"

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    Saguren Redyrs September 4, 2019 (1:24 am)

    Hi Moe
    Your story is a real inspiration. My favorite part is the fact that you are doing it for yourself – not for anybody else. I think when we make lifestyle choices for ourselves, they last longer than when we do it for others. People come and go, but you will always have you. Keep up the great work!
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