Thank you Helo and Rich Matzelle and Marisa Tigney for being sponsors of the 90 Day Clean and Healthy Eating Challenge!

 Before the hike at Griffith Park in Hollywood with fellow OWN Ambassadors of OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.

Before the hike at Griffith Park in Hollywood with fellow OWN Ambassadors of OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.


I've always been a big boy...

Since the age of 3, I've always had a few more pounds than others. I was the kid that everybody laughed at, talked about and made fun of. The weight has followed me all the way through adulthood. And it has been a struggle that I've maintained.

But I'm over that now.

It has taken many small moments of awakening that has led me to this point. Back for my 25th birthday I wanted to do something different so I decided to go vegetarian. I changed the way I was eating -- no meats, no breads, drinking only water, no desserts --  and at the end of six months, I had lost 80 pounds! I was so happy and ecstatic that I couldn't even believe it.

Unfortunately, due to the same mindset, after a series of truly unfortunate and traumatic events (my grandmother dying, my mother dying, being fired from my job all within a three month span), I emotionally ate the weight back and more.

I also realized through the years (and through some much needed therapy) that most of the weight that I have been carrying hasn't even been mine. When I used to talk to people and they would share their issues, problems and concerns with me, I didn't know how to keep my energy protected and I would take on their problems as my own. And because of that, I would eat more. And more. And more.

I went to the beach not too long ago and cast some things into the ocean. And though I don't have any health problems, I cast any forseeable health issues into the abyss. Now I must do the work to match my intentions of a clean, healthy lifestyle.


 Eight year old Rashaad King.

Eight year old Rashaad King.

Growing up in the South didn't make it easy either. We celebrate with food. We mourn with food. We laugh with food. We cry with food. We get mad and go eat food. It's always been food, food, food and not always the healthiest food. This also contributed to a lot of the sicknesses that my family has endured. High blood pressure, gout, cancer, diabetes, you name it, we've experienced it. By the grace of God, I've never dealt with any of it personally but my mother's father died at age 44 due to a heart attack and my mother passed away at age 42 due to heart complications after her stroke.

I don't want to die at age 40 so I am taking action to prevent the possibility of that happening to me but I need your support. I need the support of my tribe that believes in me to make this happen. I can't do it alone. I am grateful for the outpouring of love and support, tips and tricks that I've received from friends and family as I make this transition. I am incredibly grateful for Helo and Rich Matzelle, my first set of sponsors, for their beautiful donation of $90 for the #90DayChallenge. Helo (pronounced halo) is the author of Halo Found Hope, a memoir about the devastating diagnosis she received regarding a brain tumor sitting over the main artery in her brain and how her family, faith and fellowship with God brought her through it. You can purchase a copy of the book from Amazon or Barnes and Noble. Thank you to Marisa Tigney for your generosity and becoming the newest sponsor of the #90DayChallenge!

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