July is My Birth Month! Countdown to 41!

Last week I took this picture to memorialize how I look at 40. If you would have told my 20 year-old-self that I’d feel better and look better an nearly 41, I would have lobbied to have you committed. Me in bathing suit I’m proud of a few things at this point in my life. I’m growing my own food that I’m eating at least 50% of the time, and the results are reflected in my additional weight loss (I’m 130; 5’3) as well as my loss of cravings for sweets and processed foods. Apparently all that doctor mumbo jumbo about eating whole, organic foods as a source of vitamins and minerals instead of vitamins in pill form work more efficiently. I’m also primarily a paleo eater, so I’ve eliminated wheat, processed sugar, and dairy most of the time. It’s amazing how great I feel when I’m not eating that stuff, and how bad I feel when I cheat on occasion. To learn more about paleo, I recommend this book as a place to start.

Yoga has allowed me to stay flexible while doing weight-bearing, cardio-intensive workouts, which have served to sculpt my physique. What’s even more amaze balls is that my stomach is finally, FINALLY flat without the love handles that have plagued me for decades. I’ve seen such tremendous results that I’m going to compile an e-book about my journey to health through eating what you grow, because I think it’s JUST THAT IMPORTANT for black women to take charge of their health. This time next year, be on the look out!

Forty one, here I come.

Are you in great shape? Share your tips!

34 comments
Gijou
Gijou

You are lovely! Thank you for the inspirational article.


I recently cut back my sugar intake . . . . I feel so much better, and my complexion is glowing! I also have started to drink the CORRECT amount of water for my weight . . .  (eight 8oz glasses is minimum you should consume in a day) this has also produced great results. At this point, I am cutting back my calorie intake . . .  one day at a time, but so far so good. 

DeepWater
DeepWater

Chiiiiiiiiiiiiilllle, you look absolutely FABULOUS!    Great skin, great look, great figure (especially with 4 children), not mad at all, girl, LOL!   41 ain't bad at all, you know more about yourself, your likes, dislikes, what you're about, and what you can and have accomplished.


I'm 50, don't look it nor act like it, LOL.    All of my co-workers still don't believe it when they ask my age, one woman told me I didn't look a day past 25 and truly meant and still doesn't believe me really.......big LOL!


Keep doin' what you're doin' Ms. Karazin......you've changed my life.......and, most likely, the lives of other Black women and the United Nations of other women as well.


You are living the "American Dream"..........and lookin' great while doing it!    Keep on keepin' on phenominal woman!

Justme65
Justme65

Christelyn, you look fabo!!! Do you think people would believe it’s me if I photo shopped my head onto your body, lol!

Girl, I hear ya on the “20 year old self”.   I feel so much more confident at 48 than I did at 20 but I don’t feel any other way different, except for the back pains.

In fact, I am soooo feeling myself lately.  Today I went to buy a car and the finance guy (a BM) introduced himself to me and took me to a room for the financing.   He introduced me to this sexy Latino in the room who was training and said, “This is my body guard, so don’t try anything or he might have to wrestle you.”   I looked at the Latino and said, “I might have to wrestle him back.”

Well the BM made a statement that made it sound like I was talking about wrestling HIM.   I flirted and smiled at the Latino every now and then, but I think the BM still thought I was digging him.   The BM started talking about soccer and said America has the greatest goalie ever.   I asked him if that is the cute guy.   He said, “Well I wouldn’t call him…well, I guess…the one with the beard.”   I said, “Yeah him, he’s gorgeous.”   I looked at the Latino and winked.   Well I guess the BM finally got the hint that I wasn’t into him.

I knew it was coming, I knew it was coming!   Sure enough he proceeded to tell me a story that started with, “My wife is white and….”    When he was done, I said, “Wow!” and looked at the Latino and smiled.   The Latino knew I was getting my flirt on fa sho now.   The BM had him get up and go to the next room to retrieve a form and my smiling eyes followed his body all the way into the room and back.    When he came back, I think he turned around to catch me looking at his ass.   He sat down and cocked his legs open and I could see him looking at me looking at his crotch, though we didn’t make eye contact.   Man, I sure would like to know what the conversation was between them once I left.

Getting older isn’t all that bad after all, as long as you take care of yourself.   I never would have flirted like that at 20.

Christelyn, I am guessing you are a Leo.   Yay, Leo’s!!!   Happy Birthday to us all.

JCNme
JCNme

Stunning... You go girl!

ChristieRJohnson
ChristieRJohnson

I turn 40 this yr.  You give me hope.

I'm on Whole30 now.  Three days without chocolate, yeah me.

I started because I was starting to gain some of the 50pds I lost due to eating and transitioning from workings days to nights. I decided to nip that in the bud.

After Whole30, I may reintroduce dairy and legumes; but, no wheat, processed foods and sugar (discovering I was a diabetic AFTER I lost the weight). 

I hope to have that "tiger blood" they talk about, as well as to get back to 135pd.

You look great!

NYMan
NYMan

You look great, Mrs. Karazin. 

sunflowerraven
sunflowerraven

Christyln you look fab!!

Before I started visiting this site I actually found you by looking at healthy eating tips on YouTube made by you. You are a part of my weight loss journey and I thank you for it! :) So many people have been huge supporters regardless of how small a role they played. The ending results were huge! I'm healthier and very active now and it feels so freakin great! Last spring I was 166lbs and now I'm 124lbs. (I'm 5'2). I work out at home by using several different work out DVDs and working outside by running, biking and walking. Running is one of my biggest accomplishments. I enjoyed soccer and track and field when I was younger but I hated doing long distance running. Now I love it and I can run up to 8 miles! Its an amazing feeling to finally be serious and motivated to stay healthy. I was so over the yoyo weight loss and gaining I kept doing for 4 years. So not fun.

Keep up the good work! Your a huge inspiration Christelyn!

marie_christine2
marie_christine2

You look FABULOUS!  Isn't it awesome to feel great due to healthy eating?!  I applaud you for taking the journey and sharing the fruits of your labor with all of us.  It's so nice to see us fit and healthy!  I stopped eating meat at age 30 (now 45) and I can attest to the benefits of a clean diet as well, through trial and error.  Thanks for all you do Christelyn, never stop.  You...Go...Girl!

MixedUpInVegas
MixedUpInVegas

Aha!  A fellow cancer?  Congrats to all us July babies!  I'll be 65 next week.  Can't believe I lived this long!

zimekcyn
zimekcyn

You Look Magnificient!!  I am really working on weight loss and changing my eating habits.  My job is sitting all day, so I walk during my lunch break and other breaks.  I also have weights at my desk and I get up and exercise (by my desk) as much as possible.  The YMCA close to where I live now in Houston has water exercises and I will start that soon.  You have been a great inspiration.

Lady A
Lady A

Girl you look flawless! I've eliminated process sugar since I was kid. Your health tips have been awesome.

mzsunshine
mzsunshine

....JUST THAT IMPORTANT for black women to take charge of their health.


THIS, I totally agree. You look great, Christelyn and thanks for sharing your journey with us. I've just added weight training to my cardio since I've reached a plateau on my weight loss.


Your successful weight loss and "sexy" body has me seriously researching the Paleo diet as a weight loss option.

WendyH
WendyH

You look absolutely gorgeous!!!  I will definitely buy that e-book when it comes out!

JackieDee
JackieDee

Beyond inspiring! 40 looks great on you, lady. 

cooljessnaomee
cooljessnaomee

I’ve come a long way from where I was two years ago (even a year ago). I was always that quintessential size six but I started grad school and once I hit 30, everything changed. I started packing on the pounds, unable to fit in my clothes—it may seem shallow but I really was not happy with my gut hanging over my pants. I even got the back fat (never had that before), but I was so consumed with school and working full time that I just ignored the fact that I was gaining weight. I was eating terribly. At graduation, I took a picture with two of my friends in a dress (a picture says a 1,000 words) and I looked like I had village feeders—and I looked like I could be their mother. I still didn’t do anything about it (except strategically place large purses to cover my stomach. My mom warned me that diabetes runs rampant in our family and to not worry about how you look but worry about your health (blah, blah, blah—I want to look good in my clothes). I went up to a size 12 and I had a physical at the end of last year, the AC1 test determined that I was borderline diabetic. YIKES!! I didn’t want this—it was time to make some serious changes. I started drinking green smoothies (meal replacement size), making sure not to add sugar. Also, I don’t go to a gym but I work in DC and I would get off a metro stop before my job’s and walk to work (and I would walk from work to Metro Center—that allows me to skip two metro stops, about a 25 minute walk). Lastly, I started following the Paleo lifestyle. By April, my pants were falling off of me and by May, I was able to fit in my size six clothes. My health is really important to me and the funny thing is this—once I place my health as priority one (not focusing on fitting my clothes), the weight melting away. Sorry this is so long but I’m really exciting about this. I first heard about Paleo from you, so I owe you a big THANK YOU!

QuiQui
QuiQui

Im in aweful shape, No suggestions here. But you do look amazing Chris. Im inspired to keep going. I did run 2.5 miles today and I do feel better. Im making changes and people are starting to notice. I have lost 20 pounds of fat and that is encouraging. I just have so far to go. I bought an organic mix of Kale, Chard, and argula at Target. It was amazeballs. I have an infuser for my fruit to add to my water. It tastes better that way. I ve got a vey long way to go but I am slowly, oh so, slowly getting there. It will probably take until the end of next year to lose the weight I want to lose . (another 80 pounds) .Just as long as I get there ! 

International_Responder
International_Responder

Good for you Christelyn, one of the things that stood out for me was the glow of your skin in the last QOTW video.  Health consciousness is so important. I think starting with small changes is the best way to begin healthy eating, staying fit etc. Examples of small changes that worked for me included:

-Instead of downing soda or lemonade with your lunch (both were once a major weakness for me) substitute water.

-Try to incorporate some type of green vegetable into at least two of your favorite meals per day. I personally love sprinkling spinach into scrambled eggs.

-Use vinaigrette style dressing instead of creamy dressings on salads (no iceberg lettuce either, try a spring mix of spinach, arugula etc.)

-Not a gym rat or find the gym intimidating, use the treadmill at the office during your break if your employer has an onsite gym, take a walk around the perimeter of your office building and get your heart rate going, wear a pedometer too if that will serve as a motivator, many free healthy rewards program offer the device and prizes for taking x no. of steps per day.

-Take the stairs in your office building instead of the elevator. 

I know the steps above are likely the obvious to anyone who’s already successfully entered the healthy eating lifestyle, however for those who’ve continued to struggle or have no idea where to begin small changes can be major and allow for easier adoption of additional healthy eating habits.  After having both my maternal and paternal grandparents, as well as several other relatives deal with diabetes I made the conscious decision to keep my sugar intake moderate, even though my body type itself has always been lean. I think it's important too that people realize that just because they're slim, lean, curvy, or not obese they shouldn’t assume their health is at its best.  No one should be using the size on their clothing tag as the only indicator of health, everyone should get a biometric screening; it will accurately reflect the truth where health is concerned. 

cjdimplez
cjdimplez

You look amazing and you are an inspiration to me and many others!

ladyofmagic1974
ladyofmagic1974

Chris you look great! Hell you look better than some women half your age!

SirLoinDeBeef
SirLoinDeBeef

Same comment as before (with no disrespect intended):

WOOOOO !!!

Justme65
Justme65

@DeepWater 

Exactly what you said! 

BW don't need to be scared of getting older...we just get wiser, and the young ones are still there for our picking, lol!

zimekcyn
zimekcyn

Happy Birthday!  July is also my birth month!