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If it don’t apply, let it fly!…

Yes, yes, yes and YES! I was listening to some positive words of wisdom from a wise soul at work the other day, and at the end of all her musings, she said “if it don’t apply, let it fly”, in reference to negativity, unproductive criticism, and all those “things” or “people” who want to “help” us kill our dreams before we even have a chance to make our own calculations.

Wow, I do believe I’ve seen that movie! “No, no, you’ve gotta stick to what you know”,”are you still trying to lose some weight dear?”, “your standards are just too unreasonable”, “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it”, “don’t quit your day job” ( to start your own business and follow your dreams) and Blah, blah, blah, BLAH! Been there, done it, AND NOT going back down that rabbit hole. It always seems like all the negative ninnys seem to appear in droves whenever you feel like you’ve finally hit that jump off point; where Β you’ve gained the strength to take the risk to change and better your life.

My take away from that convo? don’t let your situation, negative criticism (yes, there is a difference between productive criticism vs. the other stuff), or other people’s vision of YOUR potential future, hinder you. If you’re serious about getting fit and healthy, then take ACTION and block out anything or anyone who’s telling you that you’re not being realistic. If that were true, NO one would take a reality tv star as a REAL candidate for president; just saying! Enough about that and back to the issue at hand. This journey has taken me to some interesting and uncomfortable places in my life, but I don’t regret any of it because I’m in a much better place physically not to speak of my mental and emotional health.

All that being said, you do have to be honest with yourself and face the facts about your situation, NOT wallow in them! Once you’ve done that, make a plan, plot your course, and stick to it. Now for the really hard stuff, haha ha…

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With both hands…

With both hands…

It’s been another crazy week full of ups and downs, but I’m NOT letting that stop me; nor should you.πŸ’ͺπŸ‘Š I had to remind myself today that yesterday  was yesterday, and today is A NEW day!
With this realization came the thoughts of that enormous list of things that I have yet to complete-yeah life’s B.I.T.C.H sometimes and the only way to get past those struggles is T.H.R.O.U.G.H.πŸ‘Š So yesterday gave myself a pass and a kick in the rear today, and you know what? I FEEL FREAKING AWESOME! πŸ˜‰

😀πŸ’ͺ🌞 It’s not because I totally conquered every fear and self-doubt; it’s because I literally pushed through all of that and GOT SOMETHING DONE. That something was powering through a kick ass workout (I’m totally in love with beach body’s hammer & chisel workout 😀) that forced me to face what was right in front of me!
Sometimes to get through a difficult or challenging point in your life, you have to just PUT ONE FOOT IN FRONT OF THE OTHER!πŸ‘£ Bottom line is, change, improvement, and growth WILL NEVER be comfortable or easy.
D.E.A.L W.I.T.H .I.T.!!
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What is perfection?…

What is perfection?…

I took some time the other day to “catalog” all my “imperfections” (yeah, you know the ones you see and can’t see, *wink and sigh*) and it was a bummer! Really what sane individual does that? Well, we women do of course! DUH! Every day we allow others to define perfection for us; for society, media and “tradition to tell us, “if you want to be perfect, to need to be or do…”.

Witness ALL the magazine (and other print and digital media) categories of perfection, societal references, practices and “code” words (i.e. slim, plus size, thick, fair, ethnic, etc) and the infinite list of other such descriptions, and that’s ENOUGH to let ANY woman know that she is a slave to others. That is, until SHE comes into the knowledge of SELF, HER worth in the universe, and HER place in it!

All the diets, and yes “procedures” in the world WON’T and CAN’T change the perspective of an enslaved, unawakened, or uninformed mind and spirit. Neither will spending 3 plus hours at the gym or starving yourself in to a size “0”! In the words of the Borg Collective (yes, I’m making a reference to the Borg from Star Trek MG because I’m an unashamed Trekkie, deal with it! He hehe), “resistance is futile”. The hard truth is that with the such fluid and subjective standards, it’s literally insane that we women even try to live up to this crap!
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Needless to say, it’s exhaustive, toxic and cruel and has been designed to both limit and “keep” us in our place. I’m not even going to try to make the claim that this is a conscious effort by men or society in general (although it may have at some point in time, and has been conditioned and made more complex through the machinations of culture and other factors, etc). All that DRAMA? I’m over it! It took me a while to see it and I must confess that im still on the journey to self-discovery and empowerment, but OH WHAT A RIDE, Boom Shaka Laka, BOOOM!

Other than a real desire to be healthy and fit ( it was actually a necessity if I wanted to actually live longer and stronger ), I embarked on this journey because I recognized that being fit and healthy on the OUTSIDE requires that I ALSO be “WHOLE” on the inside. The irony? Getting PHYSICALLY fit is actually a lot easier than internal stuff, ha! My take away? Damn, I’m SOO WORTH IT! The question you’ve gotta ask yourself is, ARE YOU? Boomsies and get on the journey to fitness, health, and wholeness…πŸ‘£
P.s. follow my fitness journey here and on facebookπŸ‘£
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In memoriam…Done with the past and on the future!

In memoriam…Done with the past and on the future!

Yes, really! It’s the Memorial Day Weekend and in the spirit of it all I say, “Good riddance to the past”! (that includes yesterday tooπŸ˜‰). Days like this just help me to put the past and the present in perspective-haven’t hit that fitness or life goal yet? Forget yesterday, and keep pushing forward until you get there! I’ve come to realize that no matter what I’m going through, the whole point is, I LITERALLY have to go THROUGH it in order to get to the otherside.

No one else can do it for me; just me, myself, and I πŸ‘£πŸ˜‰ While it’s true that you can “bring” a friend along for the journey, the hard truth is that YOU have to find that core strength within, that will help YOU push forward to the finish line.😀πŸ’ͺ
As the saying goes, “you can take the horse to the water, but you can’t make it drink!” MY thoughts on that one, drink up, ’cause NOTHING will happen until YOU do!😀πŸ’ͺπŸ‘£
Here’s to the >>JOURNEY!
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Learn to Color Outside the Lines…

Learn to Color Outside the Lines…

Hey, hey hey! It’s that time again- time to see what all the fuss is about  or not! So the other day I thought I’d make my day off a “spa” and outdoor therapy session πŸ’„πŸŒž Can I just say, EVERY one needs time to recharge and release stress and negativity on a daily basis.

Anyway, I picked up some skincare goodiesπŸ˜‰ along the way, as I get ready for the glorious intensity of summer (*skincare freak alert*) and just, YEAH!! I know, I admit it, summer is my favorite season and I’m going to spend most of it outdoors🌞

I loaded up on some goodies from LUSH , Kiehl’s Fresh, and few odds and ends from my local Fruitful Yield. The big surprise disappointment? The ultrabland fave cleanser! πŸ˜• It was greasy, unwieldy and called for waay too much drama than I was prepared to deal with at the end of the day. Yes it was hydrating, but the clean after the CLEAN UP? NOT worth the drama; look, I might have diva skin, but my skincare can definitely NOT be diva in kindπŸ˜₯
As for the shower gel (it’s called beautiful, still not sure why)? Meh! They discontinued my favorite one so my LUSH journey continues.

Another surprise (in a good way) came in the former of an awesome organic black soap by Alafia. I always get a kick out of seeing beauty secrets from back home getting the spot light πŸ’„πŸŒžπŸ˜‚. I remember my aunties using black soap for literally every skincare mishap, and remember thinking , “wow! This stuff is ugly but it’s like magic)πŸ˜‚

Anyway, given the diva nature of my skin, I decided to try the commercial version with a few drops of my vegan essential oils and, BAAM! AWESOME! This is now on my list of skincare favesπŸ’„Uh did I mention it only cost nine dollars and some change for that awesome bottle, plus it’s WAAY cheaper than the LUSH brand of shower gel that left me feeling less than impressed!πŸ˜‰

Bottomline, investigate and find what works for your skin and DON’T be afraid to try something new-color outside the lines for a change….BoomsiesπŸ˜‰
P.s. I’ve got tons more stuff to check out so latersπŸ˜‰
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Fun day…Getting some balance back

Fun day…Getting some balance back

So it’s Tuesday, and I’m still feeling “elevated” πŸ˜‚ from a day off from the craziness of work, demands of life, blah blah blah! I had to take time to reflect, de-stress, and just stop with the overthinking EVERY LITTLE THING! Yeesh, sometimes I think we women drive ourselves batty from stress and majoring in the minorπŸ˜‰πŸŒž
I’m still learning to let go and just embrace life, my fitness journey (with all my fitness buddiesπŸ’ͺπŸ˜‰), AND the unknown. ALWAYS make time to for self-reflection, internal growth and healing-balance, balance, balance, is what I try to remember in the midst of the crazy! If you don’t take care of the “inside” you WON’T be able to take care of the outside beauty that is you!πŸ˜‰πŸ‘ πŸ‘™
The journey to fitness and health continues along with my review of some great skincare, workout gear and… πŸ’„πŸ”° Starting >>here<< with more to follow…

Hmmm, how’s that list coming along?

Hmmm, how’s that list coming along?

Well, how is it? You know that long list of to-dos that you were planning to tear through at the speed of light, like X-men’s blowing through the baddies all in a single flurry? Yeah, that one!
The bottom line is, NOTHING will change if I DON’T MOVE! So I decided to get my butt back in gear and REMEMBER why I started on this journey πŸ’ͺπŸ‘Š Maybe that’s not your story, but I know I’m NOT the only one who has or is struggling with health issues, trying to lose weight or is just straight up trying to make the switch to a healthy lifestyle. image

I’ve found tremendous support by becoming both a beach body coach and partnering with an awesome challenge group filled with people striving for the same thing. It’s HARD I won’t lie, but IT’S worth it, and most importantly, I’M WORTH IT!πŸ’ͺπŸ‘Š What about YOU,out there? Are you struggling too? Need some help and motivation? Feel free to get on board the crazy train to fitness, ha hahaπŸ˜‚
Follow this>>link << and let's get off the hamster wheel!!

Oh my skin!

Oh my skin!

Okay, okay!Β  Enough about the skincare recommendations!Β  Here’s the thing, your skincare recommendation is only as good as the “person” who’s giving the review πŸ˜πŸ˜‰ My point is, I’m not recommending ANY product that 1. I wouldn’t use myself ( and I’ve got the diva skin to prove it), 2. Can’t back up their claims (i.e. nontoxic,Β  cruelty free, etc) and 3. Community and environmentally friendly!

That’s just my rant I guess, but the bottom line is that you need to investigate or research these products for yourself; realizing that a “recommendation” is just that, a RECOMMENDATION and it’s up to you to fact check this stuff!πŸ˜‰

Not only that, some of the stuff people are “reviewing” is mostly all fluff and no substance and waay over-priced to boot! Granted some of it’s worth it (especially if you have very sensitive skin, etc) but a lot of it just doesn’t past musterπŸ’„πŸ’²Also, just because it cost an arm and a leg or just your first born child *wink* DOESN’T MEAN IT’S ACTUALLY any good or effective so save your money!πŸ’²πŸ’²

Bottom line, if you don’t take care of your body from the inside out (eat healthy and nutrient dense foods, exercise, etc) even the most expensive “elixir” on the planet ain’t gonna change that rocky road skin into a baby’s butt; sorry I know the truth hurts sometimes, but there you have it!πŸ’„πŸ˜•
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If I don’t use it or haven’t tried it, I’M NOT recommending it…and so I leave you with those few gems and happy skincare hunting!
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FIT Tuesday…

FIT Tuesday…

Another day has come and goneΒ  but Tuesday is still going strong, ha haha! Yes I worked up a sweat >>hammering and chiseling<< my way to being fit and ooh so much stronger than I was yesterday!Β  I guess you could say I’m just a “bit” EXCITED when I look back over the last six months and say to myself “you’ve come a long way baby”!
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Getting fit, healthy AND STAYING that way MUST be maintained;Β  you don’t just work to get there and then expect to magically stay that way! Ha ha, DUH! Good luck with that fantasy! 😦 πŸ˜‰

What’s your yardstick for measuring healthy? I hope it’s not “skinny” because frankly, there’re A LOT of UNHEALTHY skinny people poping up all over the Internet! A distorted body image is a great way to end up unhealthy and possibly lose your life! Eating healthy, having a great exercise and accountability regime IS THE BEST thing you can do for yourself! πŸ˜‰

Remember, there’s no shame in admitting you NEED TO change your lifestyle; it doesn’t matter where you start, JUST DO IT ALREADY! !!
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P.s. I’m currently huffing my way through team Beachbody’s Hammer and Chisel workout regime with Segei and Autumn C….No pain, no gain! Ha haha…good pain, good pain *wink* πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ’ͺ

Your universe…create your space!

Your universe…create your space!

So yesterday I decided to take a nature walk after a muscle burning kick-ass workout and IT WAS GOOD! Yep, I did it and I can honestly say there’s nothing like the sense of accomplishment and pride you feel when you’ve pushed through and come out on the other side.

For me it was a big deal because this same time last year, I literally could NOT work up the energy, lung capacity and courage to do what I’ve done! I said to myself,Β  “REALLY?” “Are you really just gonna stay this way?” “Over weight, UNhappy, FEARful, and boxed in?”

Nuh Uh! I soo was not going out that way! Next comes a coworker and friend who supported me and got me started with an awesome program and a wonderful group of ladies, each with their own struggles and journeys,Β  BUT UNITED in staying the course of getting healthy, fit, and empowered! BOOMSIES!! YAY, YAY! *backsliding like Micheal Jackson now* Hall haha, OMG, what a freaking journey it’s been but it ain’t over yet.

Now I’MΒ  a fitness coach (shout out to my Beachbody buddies) and I’m humbled and empowered with the knowledge that I’m doing for others what was done for me AND I’M making money doing it! Can someone say, AWESOME!! and KACHING!!!Β  No its NOT ALL about the money, but it’s really nice to get paid for doing something you’re passionate about; especially in a world where so many people are suffering from poor health and nutrition.

All in all, Tuesday was a beautiful and hope filled day full of the sights, sounds, and yes, “smells” of nature. Getting outside and into the outdoors is a balm for my soul and there’s nothing like it. Maybe it’sΒ  something about the physical action of engaging with nature that makes you connect and define your place within IT-YOUR UNIVERSE!

Here’s MY JOURNEY and “say hello to my lil’ friend” ha, haha (love my AL Pacino movie lines, *wink*) as i share a small slice my outdoor therapy what about YOUR JOURNEY? If you haven’t started yours, feel free to join me on mine … πŸ˜‰
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