Saturday, April 4, 2015

Yoga Practice

I thought I would share a few pictures from my yoga practice. I love yoga!! It has really changed my life. It's not because I am the best and that I can get in all the poses perfectly and that is why I love it.

Yoga is more than the pose! If you really internalize the practice you will find that you uncover things you're dealing with off the mat. I found myself in the begin of my practice becoming sad or upset with myself when I couldn't do a pose. Then I discovered it was not about the perfect pose at all it was about trusting my body & pushing it as far as it could go in that pose. Also knowing when I have gone far enough in that particular pose. I started to listen to my body and internalized the movement and the push to go farther without hurting or becoming upset with myself.

This yoga was starting to make me look at my life off the mat. I tend to be really hard on myself and when I didn't accomplish a goal I set for myself I was not the nicest person to me. I would always refocus and go even harder at the next goal but not give myself credit for what I did accomplish. What I have learned using my yoga practice is some goals are just not for me or set properly to start or maybe the goal was not to accomplish the goal but to learn the lesson while attempting to accomplish the goal. Even when you don't reach a goal you still have gotten closer to it than before you started the goal. From my practice now, I am no as hard on myself and I can step back look and not be judgmental.

The way we some times treat ourselves would never be a treatment we would do to another person. I am learning I am the most important person to me so I have to treat me as VIP. I have always been somewhat kind to myself & known who I was but  but now I am learning to give myself royalty treatment.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

My Fitness Tools

My Fitness Tools

Another hot topic that I am constantly asked about my fitness tools, especially my belts.  I will show & tell you about my belts here& I wear them. I wear two belts on opposite days most times. I wear a weight lifting belt used to protect my back as I lift weights especially when I am lifting heavy. The other belt is my "sweat" belt for my tummy.

The sweat belt I wear to help me work on my midsection while I am doing cardio etc. It is not a waist cincher like what is popular right now but simply a waist "trimmer" and I use trimmer loosely. I wear it to make my midsection sweat more and hopefully that is causing more calorie burn. I love my waist belts & man it does make you sweat! I have waist belts on this page so you guys can take a look and every order them directly from Amazon. Enjoy!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

My Workout Clothes

Where do you get your workout clothes?
I am asked this question at least once a day. I am so faltered by it! Just to think when I started out I would wear a big t-shirt and tights and really didn’t give it a thought. Now, for me I still don't give it much thought but I no longer just pull out an old t-shirt and tights from the closet to head to the gym. I do give it about 5 minutes of thought now as to what I will wear to the gym. LOL….

Seriously, I really don’t put that much effort or thought to how I dress in the gym. When I am out shopping for gym wear, mind you I think I have more gym clothes than actually clothes now, but I have no particular store I go to. I pick things up wherever I find them. I go to the mall, Target, all discount stores & I love Under Armour gear. I go to sporting good stores such as Dick’s, Sports Authority and I shop online. When I say I pick things up everywhere I do mean everywhere. 

I am sure one day I will care more about my gym clothes and I will style around in all the cute things I see on IG and in the fitness magazines. But for now it's about covering up my booty and finding things that I can move in. And from there I just make sure they the pieces at least match. LoL...Trust me there's nothing special about my gear but I am so happy to hear so many people like my stuff. Maybe one day I will take you all along with me as I shop of gear. 

Sunday, March 15, 2015

My Routine

The big question: What is your routine?
I am asked about my fitness and workout routine quite often so I thought I would answer this question first. I workout 6 days a week but if you're really counting with my challenges that I usually participate in then I workout 7 days a week. I personally don’t count Sunday because it is a short workout that include SweatADay by Shauna Harrison (Instagram) and usually some yoga challenge. I consistently follow Beachyogagirl and Kinoyoga all on Instragram for my yoga challenges but some times I will jump in other yoga challenges. But I have followed those 2 ladies going on 2 years now for yoga.
Now my personal fitness routine and what I do weekly. I have broken down my routine to include cardio, weight lifting  by days of the week but yoga I do everyday. Mondays are legs day this includes squats, deadlifts, lunges, hamstrings, leg extensions you name it I do it on leg day followed by yoga and my SweatADay challenge, which is NO joke. Tuesday is cardio, which includes running, elliptical training, stairmasters, stairclimber, jump roping, and any other creative cardio thing I can come up with follow by yoga and my SweatADay challenge. Wednesday is upper body to include back, triceps, biceps & shoulders followed by yoga and SweatADay. Thursday cardio same as Tuesday (I just mix up what I do) followed by yoga and SweatADay. Friday is mix it up cardio and legs when time permits followed by yoga and SweatADay. If I am limited on time because of an early meeting I will cut legs. Saturdays is cardio, yoga and SweatADay. Sundays are SweatADay, yoga and rest.
I generally spend 1.5 to 2 plus hours in the gym daily. The minimum time for me is an hour and I hate those days because I feel like I am rushing my workout and not spending enough time on my body. But some time you have to do what you have to do. I generally arrive at the gym between 5- 5:30 am and leave around 8:30- 9:00am. I change up my routine every week, of course there are some staples to my workouts. But about every 3-4 months I change it up dramatically. I am due a major change comes April.
I hope that has answered your questions about my workout and routines. I think weight lifting, cardio and yoga are all equally important to my journey. If you haven’t tried one of them please consider it it will change your life.

Monday, July 8, 2013

IMJ Challenge- Lose 30 lbs in 87 days~

I have a challenge I would like to propose to you all. From July 1- September 25, 2013 my goal is to lose 30 lbs. I know it seems like a lot in a short time but really it is not. I have been setting myself up for this for sometime now. I just need to focus in more on the goal. Here's how I will get there:
  1. No white bread
  2. No chips/junk
  3. No ice cream
  4. No soda
Increase the following:
  1. Cardio 6 days a week
  2. Three cardio ONLY days 2 hours sessions
  3. Two evening sessions of cardio or yoga per week
  4. On lift days (3 days a week) add cardio min 20 mins max 45 mins (time permits)
  5. Add more fruit
  6. Add more vegetables

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Grief!! What happens when you don't deal with it?

So, the last couple of days I have been thinking about my mother. I lost my mother back in 1999 but I did not grief her death until 2010. I just keep moving and going. I never stopped to allow her death to sit with me. I knew she was no longer her on Earth with me but I just couldn't imagine never seeing her again. I loved my mother with all of my heart. On our last visit together we spent the most AMAZING week together.

I had flown home to surprise her for Mother's Day. I told her I was not going to be able to come home. But in all actuality I had everything planned down to the minute I would pop up and surprise her. When I arrived home and surprised her she was so HAPPY. We spent that week together every single minute and day. We laughed talked, laughed and joked around. We ate, went to her favorite place, a flower yard, but she just didn't have the strenght to hang out. My mother could go to a flower shop and hang out for hours---I mean hours. It was so bad that we use to hate driving by one because we knew she would stop and spend 2 to 3 hours just looking and smelling the flowers. It took me years to be able to go into a flower shop or garden sesction of a store after she passed.

But my point for telling you all this is to say I gained so much weight by not allowing myself to grieve. I really never even noticed the weight year after year. Then one Saturday night before Mother's Day I decided I wanted to read my journal about the week my mom passed. I read it that night and not much happened. But the next day in church I lost it. At my church, Pastor always gives a red rose to women who's mother has passed and a white rose to those whom had mothers still here. When I recieved my rose I just broke down in tears. I could not stop crying. I cried all the way home and the next day I cried. It was so bad that I could not go to work because my eyes were swollen!

But that was the beginning of me healing myself. I released the hold I had on my heart about my mother. And I cried. I will put pictures up of me and my mother the last week we were together. You will see I was not overweight at all. In the other picture of me in 2007.  Look what grief can do you. So, I say to anyone dealing with the loss of a loved one, grief and let it out so you can move on.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

This Will Make You Laugh!

Here's something to make you laugh. Laughter is great medicine for the soul. Enjoy!