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“The thing I think that's true, no matter where you live or who you are, most people in the fitness community are going to cheer for you and push you to be better because they're pushing themselves to be better,” says April Lauren, who is on a journey to lose 200 lbs, and to live each day a little brighter than the day before.

Today Yancy and Jarod talk with April Lauren about some advice she has for people to stay on your mission and how to help the people around you succeed in their goals. In this episode, you’ll learn:

The things you should and shouldn’t say to someone who is on the road to living their healthiest life
The excitement looking down the road and envisioning where she’ll be when she’s reached her goal of losing 200 pounds
Importance of having people in your life who encourage you, and being that same person to others around you
Being able to keep the right approach and mindset so that when you miss a day it’s not a setback

You can check out what April is up to at:

Instagram - @wakeupbright

YouTube -

Website -

And check out I-F.I.T Fayetteville on Instagram @ifitfayetteville


Connect with Jarod and Yancy on social, and attend a DEKA event: 

-Jarod’s Social: @jarod_cogswell

-Yancy’s Social: @YancyCulp

-Race a DEKA Event: DEKA-FIT



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Producer: Lake Watters

Host: Jarod Cogswell and Yancy Culp

Sr Producer: Marion Abrams

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Direct download: April_Lauren_Pt_2_DEKA.mp3
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