I’m an AUTHOR now….

IMG_0067For those that have been following me for a while, you know that I have been open to sharing my story. My story is about so much more than “losing weight.” Its more about finding myself, believing in myself, learning to love myself, forgiving those that I feel wronged me and moving forward to live my best life in the process, I lost 160 pounds.

Through this journey, I have met some really great people. People that root for me and I don’t know them!! Kim Coles is one of those people. She was amazed at my story and wanted me to share in her project. I am extremely grateful to be included in such a body of work. This is what Open Your G.I.F.T.S is all about:

Presented by Kim Coles, Open Your G.I.F.T.S., Vol. 2 is a collection of stories that encourage us to do just that. Each of the authors shares a part of their journey and demonstrates how they turned their hardships into strengths. G.I.F.T.S. stands for Gratitude, Intention, Forgiveness, Triumph, and Self-Love, and the anthology is divided into sections that address each of these themes. Reading the stories of these authors will inspire you to open your own G.I.F.T.S. and share them with the world.


I would love for you to share in my excitement and preorder your copy!

You can: Get Book Here

Stay tuned for upcoming book release events!! Hope to see you all there!!

Guess Who’s Back? #cheinspires

Happy-New-Year-2018Happy New Year!!!


Actually, I never left…..I’m still going strong over here!! Today is day 5 of 2018 and I am committed to updating you all once per week on whats going on with CheInspires! Let me catch you up, the last time I updated the blog. I was on a journey to reach 199 pounds, I am currently 168 pounds! That is a total weight loss of 160 pounds from my highest weight.



During this past year, I have been even more focused on self-discovery and feeding into others on this same journey. How are you doing on your journey? Are you still committed or are you starting over for 2018? Let’s get back to it!

Some of the things that continue to work for me:

  • Meal Prepping and Planning
  • One Gallon of Water per day
  • More Protein than Carbohydrates
  • Working out at least 3 days per week
  • More Strength Training than Cardio
  • SELF CARE!! Very important!

I look forward to updating you all next week with some of the great things that are happening for me on this journey of life. GLAD YOU STUCK AROUND, LETS MAKE 2018 THE BEST YEAR YET!

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IG: @cheinspires
Facebook: Che Haughton




5 Reasons why I Love My Apple Watch!

Having a fitness tracking device is crucial in weight loss. It helps with seeing just how much you are achieving daily. I would highly recommend that if you are on a weight loss journey, please invest in a fitness tracking watch. Here are the top 5 reasons why I LOVE my Apple Watch as my fitness tracker:

  • It makes me stand up when I’ve been sitting for too long. It sends you a signal to stand when you have been sitting for an hour. In weight loss, it’s important to keep moving. We sit to watch television or to work and forget to stand and move around.
  • 20160709_222734It tracks how many steps I have taken each day and tallies it for the week.
  • I am able to choose the TYPE of exercise that I am about to do. For example, I love spin (as you all know) I choose “Indoor Cycle” and it tracks each cycling exercise in the Fitness App on my phone. It also tracks the amount of calories I burn during those exercises, once I beat my highest burn – it alerts me!
  • It’s motivation. Whenever I hit a goal, exceed a goal or getting close to a goal – it reminds me of just how close I am or how great I am for hitting or exceeding it! 20160709_222728
  • It tracks my heart rate throughout the day! At any time, I can stop and get my heart rate. (I had a polar Ft4 and the heart rate monitor strap had to be around your chest in order to get a reading – NOT WITH THE APPLE WATCH)

Here are some more options if you are not an Apple Lover:

Polar FT4 – comes with a heart rate monitor strap must be worn around chest in order to get your heart rate and count your calories burned.

Whether your goal is to improve your overall fitness or lose weight, the Polar FT4 is the perfect workout companion. Its easy-to-use heart rate features will help you stay in your target zone and track calories burned during any activity, including indoor cycling, walking and swimming. Records ten workout files to help you monitor your progress and stay motivated. Includes comfortable fabric heart rate transmitter chest strap for continuous, accurate heart rate. Uses coded transmission to avoid cross-talk with other heart rate monitors nearby. Plus, you can bring it to the gym and sync it with most gym equipment.
Polar FT4 Heart Rate Monitor:

  • Helps you workout in your target zone and track calories during any activity
  • Displays calories burned
  • Includes comfortable fabric transmitter and coded heart rate transmission to avoid cross-talk
  • Records average and maximum heart rate

Garmin Vivofit – (I think I’ll get this for swimming)

  • Easy-to-read display on vivofit shows steps taken, distance traveled, calories burned and time of day
  • vivofit learns your activity level and assigns daily activity goal, adjusting as you become healthier
  • One-touch button lets you wirelessly sync to Garmin® Connect™ free online fitness community
  • Red bar displays on the Garmin® vivofit after an hour of inactivity
  • Records calories burned throughout the day, including base metabolic rate
  • This Garmin® fitness band is water resistant, letting you run or train in all conditions
  • Garmin® vivofit tracks your progress 24/7 and can stay on for more than a year without needing re-charged
  • vivofit lets you sync to Garmin® Connect™ to see calorie-burning trends and track progress
  • Join Garmin® Connect™ and set challenges and compete against your friends and earn virtual badges
  • Garmin® Connect™ also displays your total sleep hours and periods of restful sleep and movement
  • Inculded: vivofit with large and small band, USB ANT™ stick, Manual


Fitbit is also another great option! Check out the new Alta! https://www.fitbit.com/alta

To sum this up, you have read all of the benefits of a fitness tracking device. It keeps you motivated, active and focused/reminds you of your goals. There are many options out there but make sure it tracks your heart rate, make sure it tracks your steps and calories burned. That’s Key! Invest in one, it’ll change the way you view your daily activity.



Carb Cycling…..it works!!

Carb Cycling?? What is that you ask? Carb cycling is something I have been practicing for a while. It’s almost like you are playing a trick on your body! This is something that bodybuilders use to drop weight (get leaner) quicker. Between the numbers of low-carbohydrate diets and studies linking the consumption of processed carbs to obesity and chronic diseases, carbs have become the black sheep of the nutrition world. But let’s get one thing straight: Heavy consumption of PROCESSED carbs affects the body’s hormonal machinery, leading to inflammation and excess fat storage. However, all carbohydrates are not bad for you.

For muscle growth and overall performance,  HEALTHY carbohydrates are a necessity. The challenge is to take in just the right amount of carbs — at just the right times. It turns out that what carbs you eat — and especially, when you eat them — can drastically affect your body’s response to them. Through a process called carb cycling, you can manipulate carb consumption to maximize muscle growth while you minimize negative effects.

If you ask any doctor, He/She would tell you to go on a low carbohydrate – high protein diet! (which worked to jumpstart my weight loss) but for the rest of my life? That will not be easy so that’s when I began researching carb cycling.

Carb Cycling for Fat Loss is very meticulous and must followed closely to achieve success. In carb cycling, your week is divided up into 3 days: No Carb Days, Low Carb Day, High Carb Days.

NO CARB DAYS: On these, you eat high-fiber vegetables such as leafy greens, asparagus, broccoli, onions, peppers and mushrooms freely, along with lean protein and a serving or two of good fats. Refrain from starchy carbs such as potatoes, rice, cereals and oats. These include starchier veggies such as beans, zucchini, squash, and pumpkin. Total carb intake should be less than 25 grams per day – all from fibrous veggies.

LOW CARB DAYS: Here, the goal is to stay below 75 grams of carbs. Once again, fibrous veggies can be eaten freely, but add in two to three servings of starch from clean sources such as brown rice, sweet potatoes, oats, starchy veggies and fruit. “Clean” carbs are hypoallergenic ones — free of gluten, soy and dairy. For best results, having starchy carbs post-workout on these days is recommended.

HIGH CARB DAYS: The total amount of carbs will vary based on your size and activity level. Women will consume between 150 and 200 grams while men can get away with up to 300 grams. Most of these should come from clean sources. But if you are going to enjoy a cheat meal, it is advantageous to have it on a high-carb day.

Don’t forget to continue to eat plenty of lean protein and a serving or two of healthy fats. A high-carb day is not an excuse to binge eat; it’s a systematic way to reset muscle-building and fat-burning hormones.


In order to keep track of what you intake be sure to use a tool like myfitnesspal (followme @chehaughton). I’ve used this tool for 5 years! It tracks everything! Takes the guesswork out of it for you. Absolutely love it. What do you use??

And now you know about carb cycling! Give it a try! Hope this helps someone.



Sodas for what?? 128 ounces/per day!

As a child, kool-aid made with a TON of sugar was our drink of choice. 20160602_165854We would add more sugar if it wasn’t syrupy sweet. As I grew older, soda was my crutch. When I started this journey, over 5 years ago I was drinking at least one 2 liter Pepsi per day. (One 2 Liter of Pepsi if you drink the entire bottle has: 850 calories and 232g Sugar.) IMAGINE THAT!!!  It was the hardest drug to let go of but I stopped with soda cold turkey and immediately began to lose weight. Did I have withdrawals? YES! Did I give in? NOPE!

Water was hard to stomach because it didn’t have a taste. But just like everything, I made it into a challenge. I researched and learned of its benefits. After learning of its benefits I was intrigued and I continued. Now water is my ONLY drink of choice. I down a gallon per day!

The benefits of drinking water and staying hydrated:

  1. Weight Loss – Water is one of the best tools for weight loss. Why? Because it often replaces high-calories drinks like soft drinks and alcohol with a drink that has no fat, no calories, no carbs, no sugar. It is also a great appetite suppressant, and often when we think we’re hungry, we’re actually just thirsty. So if you are wanting to lose weight – INCREASE YOUR WATER.
  2. Energy – Being dehydrated takes away your energy and makes you feel tired. If you’re thirsty, you’re already dehydrated – and this can lead to dizziness, fatigue, muscle weakness and other symptoms.
  3. Headache Cure – Another symptom of dehydration is headaches. In fact, often when we have headaches it’s simply a matter of not drinking enough water. There are lots of causes for headaches of course but dehydration is a common one.
  4. Healthy Skin – Drinking water can clear up your skin and help you look more fresh and glowing. Commit to drinking a healthy amount of water over a week and see the effects on your skin.
  5. Digestive Problems – Our digestive systems need a good amount of water to digest food properly. Often water can help cure stomach acid problems, and water along with fiber can cure constipation (also a result of dehydration).
  6. Cleansing and Kidney Health – Water is used by the body to help flush out toxins and waste products from the body. The more water your drink the better your kidneys will function.
  7. Better Exercise – We all know it is essential to drink water when exercising, but did you know being dehydrated can severely affect your workouts? Slowing your down and making your workouts harder. So the best time to drink water is actually two hours before you plan to exercise and of course during and after.

Here are some tips that I used to stay focused on drinking enough water to experience these benefits.



When you are craving a sweet drink, try sweetening your water with Crystal light sugar-free packets or making fruit infused water that has benefits that you can use. You can find more combinations on Pinterest (follow me @eyecandyinc)


Water is now my drink of choice, I can say with confidence that I haven’t had a soda in over 4 years.  I would much rather EAT my calories than drink them!! If you are on a weight loss journey, start by eliminating the calories that you are drinking and replace it with water!! Easiest place to begin. Get rid of those pointless calories.



“Use Bleach”….Acanthosis Nigricans….

20160528_073119As a young lady, I struggled with extremely black, dry, scaly neck, elbows, cheeks and legs. I was told to SCRUB HARD….“you must not be scrubbing hard enough.” I would scrub until it hurt.  “Try bleach in your bathwater, sure that would work.” NOPE! Nothing worked, so I learned to live with it and cover it as best as I could. Pants to cover it on my legs, long sleeves to cover my arms and scarfs and collar shirts for my neck. The sides of my face were really black as well, I just had to deal with that and the ridicule that came along with it.


17 years old. Acanthosis Nigricans on my face.


It wasn’t until my adult life that I began researching what this was and how as a young lady, I could never get this to go away no matter what I did.

This condition is called:

Acanthosis Nigricans which is a brown to black, poorly defined, velvety hyperpigmentation of the skin. It is usually found in body folds, such as the posterior and lateral folds of the neck, the armpits, groin, navel, forehead and other areas. It typically occurs in individuals younger than 40, may be genetically inherited and is associated with obesity or endocrinopathies, such as PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome) which is a set of symptoms due to elevated male hormone in women. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acanthosis_nigricans

In my case, it was directly related to obesity and was a visible marker that suggested insulin resistance. Higher than normal insulin levels in the blood due to overeating of bad foods causes the growth of darkened skin over certain areas of the body. NO SKIN TREATMENT will get rid of it. Acanthosis Nigricans may lighten up and possibly go away by treating the root cause, insulin resistance but it could take months or years to do so.


@_asleevedbelleinmaryland after losing over 100 pounds.

Once I began losing weight, I no longer struggle with Acanthosis Nigricans – my legs and arms are completely clear. My neck is no longer black, it is still discolored but could be from sun spots at this point in life. This post is for that young woman that is struggling with this and have no idea how to get rid of it, my advice is to focus on your diet, speak to your doctor about PCOS and don’t use bleach! You will get through this as long as you take control.



F#ck F.E.A.R – Paint Wars 2016

20160521_130729     Being the fat kid in school, I recall not being able to keep up in gym class and being made fun of because I was different. Being made to do it by the gym teachers or take an F (when we all knew that academics meant everything to me). It was humiliating and sadly has been engrained in my mind for almost 20 years now.

I have ALWAYSSSSS wanted to participate in fitness events. NEVER HAVE. Fearful of what others would think of me – “she’s too big to be out here” “she won’t be able to keep up” not to mention the stares and laughs. Not worth it!

Since being on this journey, I am saying Fuck Fear!! There is nothing and no one that will hold me back from accomplishing my goals. This journey is very lonely. It’s hard not having those in your corner that truly understand that you’ve made up your mind to kick being fat. However, my support system did not flinch when I asked them to participate in this event with me. Shout Out to my girls, Tanisha of @TheMackinProject, Jae – @GirlPowerHour, Nikki – @HeelMyHeart, Latorria, Nicole @everybodyluvsnikki. We all dressed up, supported each other, smiled, laughed and had fun the entire time. Thank you sisters, you just don’t know how much it truly means to me.

 If you are reading this and you have a fear that you want to conquer, GO FOR IT. You have nothing to lose but the shackles that have you bound. I am no longer that fat kid that is afraid of what others think. I’m living.

FEAR = Face Everything and Rise! What do you have to lose? Set Your Goals, Do The Work, SMASH THEM, Make New Goals!



Give me my LIFE BACK…..


Lets go back to as long ago as I can remember……I’ve always been overweight. I am sure that I weighed close to 400 pounds in high school. I was made fun of, laughed at, butt of most jokes. It was the most debilitating and humiliating experience of my life. It still shakes my core when I think about it. Into my adult life, I was always the smart one, career driven, money maker but never had a “real boyfriend” only met men online because I could be whomever I wanted to be and never had to meet them. CATFISH! It all caused me to overeat and love on something that wouldn’t make fun of me or judge – FOOD! It was always there, always satisfying, always forgiving, never judged.

Fast Forward to 2010 (pic on the left), I was a new parent. I weighed 325 pounds. I was sad, depressed, unmotivated, heartbroken, alone, lost – I could go on and on and on. High blood pressure, diabetes, arthirits, joint pain were all apart of my everyday life. It took me years – 1501 days (4 years) to be exact to beat this addiction and TAKE MY LIFE BACK.

How did I beat my addiction? Yes, it is an addiction. Addiction is defined as “the fact or condition of being addicted to a particular substance, thing, or activity.”

  • First, ADMIT that there is a problem
  • Second, GET HELP!
  • Third, DO THE WORK!!


Looking forward to sharing this journey with you all. I’ll start with my breakthrough and what made me take control.

I’m sure many can relate to me, I am an open book. I want us to take over lives back and LIVE. Food is here to sustain us not control us. Be mindful. Join me on this journey!!


Highest recorded weight – 325
Current weight – 218