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“The trajectory of everything, everything that was going on in the world, my emotional state, that if I didn’t put my foot down, that I was going to be someone on TV…someone on TV where they’re so heavy that they’re completely immobile. And I did not want that,” 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 how she’s changing the picture for people who don’t know how or where to get started for a healthier lifestyle. In this episode, you’ll learn:

- Getting started on the weight loss journey and turning pain from everyday life into motivation to be healthier
- Progression is key. Do what you can when getting started and take as many breaks as your body needs
- Finding a point of measure


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_1_DEKA.mp3
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