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Baby Bounce Back Body
By Chata Spikes|February 23rd, 2018|Life + Culture, Sheen Magazine, Top Story|1 Comment
What a difference a year can make. Within one year, Lynnette Williams’ experienced some major life-changing moments, from becoming a wife and first lady in October 2016, upon marrying Dr. Joseph L. Williams, Senior Pastor of Salem Bible Church in Atlanta, GA. To moving into the home she shares with her husband. In February (this was December 2017) 2017, she started a new job as Salem’s Social Media Director and in September 2017 she gained a new title—mother; as she and Dr. Williams welcomed their baby girl Skylar Lynn into the world.
Lynnette knows the struggles of dealing with yo-yo weight changes and low self-esteem; however, now she motivates women and moms-to-be on how to gain confidence through healthy, active lifestyles. In 2010, Lynnette’s doctor informed her learned that she was morbidly obese. On that same day, she decided to change how she treated her body. Lynnette didn’t want to be a statistic; she knew she could fix her problem by changing what she put in her mouth. She set out on a quest to a healthy lifestyle (losing over 60 lbs) and she hasn’t looked back. Lynnette began a workout and eating regimen that has had a positive impact on her physical, mental and emotional well-being. Exercise not only changed her life—it also saved her life.
When Lynnette and Dr. Williams learned that they were expecting their daughter, she remained focused on maintaining a healthy lifestyle for the sake of her then unborn child and herself. Many moms-to-be fear exercise and often times fall into the trap of over-indulging the wrong foods and odd cravings, just because they are eating for two. Lady Lynnette, as she is affectionately known at Salem Bible Church, refused to use pregnancy as an excuse to avoid prior eating and exercise. She’s an example of how new moms can work out and have a ‘Baby Bounce Back Body’.
What inspired you to stay fit during your pregnancy
As a first-time mother and as an older mom at the age of 36; I fall into the high-risk category; therefore, I knew I would need to take the necessary steps to ensure a healthy pregnancy; as that would be the best pregnancy for me and my baby. When I was overweight, I made a commitment to get healthy and stay healthy. Being pregnant wasn’t an excuse for unhealthy habits.
How were you able to maintain a workout and eating regiment?
We all have the same 24 hours and we have 100-percent control over what we do. I knew I would have to be disciplined and stick to a routine in order to maintain a healthy pregnancy. I would workout at home and at the gym (most often at 5 am as to avoid the excuse of being too busy after work.). I maintained a schedule and stuck to it. I go grocery shopping and meal prep on the same day every week. Cook and enjoy healthy foods; as food is our fuel—it energizes us.
What advice did you receive from your doctor about working out during your pregnancy?
I worked out prior to pregnancy and I continued to work out throughout my entire pregnancy. When I looked in the mirror and saw my belly expanding, it was my reality check. I was clear, that my body was changing and I had a baby growing inside of me. My doctor advised me to listen to my body and I adjust to my growing body–I gained 30 pounds. During the first trimester, I developed food aversions to chicken and turkey, becoming a vegetarian for about 6 weeks. I haven’t eaten beef and pork since 1995, but all of a sudden; I couldn’t stand the smell or the taste of meat. In my first trimester, I became tired faster and experienced some nausea. The nausea only lasted about 1 week. Overall, I adjusted to meet the needs of my baby and my body.
What advice would you give moms-to-be who want to exercise during their pregnancy?
Consult with your physician.
Make your own decision and don’t allow people’s opinions to sway your decision. I wasn’t new to being active, I worked out prior to my pregnancy and I remained active during. Don’t start any new regimen. Continue to do workouts that can grow with your growing body. Keep your physician updated with your routines and make certain to warm up, cool down and stretch appropriately.
Have a support system.
You will have weak moments; however, having a good support system from your husband, boyfriend, BFF, and or family will help you through the process. There were times when I didn’t want to get up and work out or wanted to eat something not so healthy; however, my husband kept me motivated.
Educate yourself about pregnancy and make plans.
We knew we wanted a family and we planned for it—from conception to the healthy pregnancy and ultimately a healthy delivery. By planning we increased our possibility of a healthy pregnancy. Ultimately, we had a great pregnancy, all-natural delivery with no drugs. I was back in the gym, 7 days after giving birth and I lost the baby weight with the first 7 weeks.
What kept you motivated during your pregnancy?
Exercise helped me to juggle my life changes. Some people like to go for drives or read books as an outlet—for me, I like to work out. When I wasn’t active, I struggled because I didn’t have my outlet. Working out makes me feel accomplished. The ultimate motivation was that I was attempting to give my unborn daughter the best chance at life. In order to do that, I had to put HER first and make every decision in the BEST interest of her.
Q: What does your typical workout/eating regimen look like?
I still have to be diligent about everything I eat because I breastfeed; everything I eat, she eats.
Wake-Up 4:15 AM
5 a.m. Gym
Breakfast: Steel-cut oats (cooked overnight) with fruit (pineapple) or 2 eggs with quinoa stir-fry
Eat every 2-3 hours until 3 hours before bed
Snack #1: Non-fat Greek yogurt with nuts (almond, cashew)
Snack #2: Hummus and carrots
Lunch: Protein Salad – Chicken salad or shrimp salad with lite vinaigrette
Snack #3: Hummus and Carrots
Dinner: Fish or Lean Meat (chicken or turkey) with Vegetable (zucchini, squash)
Cheating But Not Cheated: A Memoir of the Atlanta Public Schools Cheating Scandal
Atlanta, GA, April 2015 - The Atlanta Public Schools (APS) Cheating Scandal is now remembered as the longest criminal trial in Georgia history. The conviction of 11 of 12 defendants verdict sparked concerns after they were found guilty under Georgia’s RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations) Law.
The investigation into the school district’s test scores was sparked by back in 2009 after reporters with the Atlanta Journal Constitution found discrepancies in score patterns with the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT). The news story led to an investigation that found a high number of score erasures.
The case included years of investigation, testimony, the indictment of 35 teachers and the superintendent on 65-counts, and even the death of two defendants, including APS Superintendent Dr. Beverly Hall.
Christopher Waller, former principal of Parks Middle School, became the “poster child” of the scandal. Waller was labeled as Dr. Hall’s favorite principal in the APS system. In February 2014, Waller took personal and public responsibility for his actions and entered a guilty plea as a first-time offender.
The scandal turned his life upside down. While the investigation and court proceedings took center stage in the media both locally and nationally, Waller and his attorney LaDawn Jones penned a memoir Cheating But Not Cheated. The book was not written for redemption, instead it gives readers a look at the other side of the scandal. Cheating is a lesson in leadership, integrity, morale and community involvement.
Cheating But Not Cheated also provides an inside look at what it took to be a principal at a school that faced a plethora of challenges. Despite the environment around the school, students were given the opportunity to see school as a sanctuary as many of them lived in the midst of chaos.
Cheating But Not Cheated will give readers Waller’s perspective of what was done by the teachers to produce false results. Yes, there was cheating; however, the students of Parks Middle School were not cheated.
Waller is donating a portion of the proceeds to his favorite charity, Sixth Episcopal District Haiti Fund, an orphanage for children.
Christopher Waller and Attorney LaDawn Jones are available for interviews.
Available at: www.CheatingButNotCheated.com
GNN Radio: John Clark Interview
Christopher Waller, former principal of Parks Middle School in Atlanta, GA joins Attorney at Law, LaDawn Blackett Jones during an interview with John Clark of Georgia News Network Radio to discuss the latest from the APS Cheating Scandal and their new book "Cheating but Not Cheated".
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Former APS defendant: "Accept responsibility"
Christopher Waller, former principal of Parks Middle School in Atlanta, GA served as principal at Parks Middle School for five years before the APS scandal broke. He sat down with 11 Alive News Reporter Jeremy Campbell for a one-on-one interview.
1380 WAOK-AM News & Talk Radio Interview
(April 8, 2015) Attorney LaDawn Blackett Jones appears on the "Real Talk with Rashad Richey" show at Club E Cafe in College Park, GA to discuss the latest from the APS Cheating Scandal. Attorney Jones speaks about her Client Christopher Waller, who was the principal at Parks Middle School at the time of the teacher scandal and also talks about their book "Cheating but Not Cheated".
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GNN Exclusive Radio Interview
(March 25, 2015) Christopher Waller, former principal of Parks Middle School in Atlanta, and Attorney LaDawn Blackett Jones speaks out on the "Atlanta Public Schools Test Cheating Scandal". Waller gives insight on what it was like being the principal of a school in a system known for "sex, drugs, and cheating".
Listen to interview here!
Race Solutions Tour Hits Chicago
(March 21, 2015) Dr. Joseph L. Williams takes his Kolor Struck documentary and movement to Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Williams teamed up with Rev. Dr. Stephen J.Thurston of New Covenant Missionary Baptist Church and Dawn Henson of Action 2140 to form a strategy of eradicating issues of racism and improving race relations in the City of Chicago and the local community.
Watch video here!