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Who are Y…?

You know what I’m learning? The more I reflect on the inner me, what it means to be me, my truth such as it is, I realize this whole personal development thing equals POWER! Lately I’ve found that my thoughts and words to paper, are more focused inward within the context of this thing called health and fitness. 

Why? Because there in lies the true solution and powerful momentum necessary to break free of the “Matrix” (damn I can’t believe I still haven’t gotten tired of watching “Neo” break free from the deception of mediocrity and bondage) of the hamster wheel going nowhere! 

Yes, it’s NOT just about finding or discovering “your truth”, it’s about being brutally honest about yourself, who you are, your situation, and ULTIMATELY, YOUR STORY! Boom Shaka Lanka, BOOM! Before I started my business, I used to run away from “PD” aka, Personal Development stuff, because I thought it was a load of poo poo, peddled by psuedo motivational gurus eager to lighten your pocket with a bit of “enlightenment”, hahaha.

That’s not to say there aren’t any charlatans out there causing more harm than good (I’ll leave it to God and the universe to mete out their just desserts), BUT the real truth is, we ALL need to reflect, expose and grow as individuals if we ever hope to tap into our inner potential and unique gifts. As I sit here typing ( yes at 0115 in the a.m.), my heart weeps for all the lost opportunities, gifts, and development that I and others out there could have accessed, if only we had made the DECISION (after a long hard look in the mirror), made a PLAN, and taken the necessary ACTION to change the direction of our paths so that we could live our full potentional.

As a woman, I feel like we are saddled with the extra load of society’s demands and strictures of both culture and of our own making, a.k.a being our own worst enemy or biggest critic. I’ve gotta confess I’ve finally found the antidote or the “kriptonite” needed to shut that toxic waste dump down! Investing in personal development is not a luxury but a necessity and will in the end, save your life and spare you uneccesay pain and dare I say, some “teachable” moments too?

 Getting fit is NEVER about just getting physically fit or strong; it’s a total mind-body thang, and anyone who TRULY wants to experience a full, empowered life, MUST do the work in this are too! I’m learning and have learned some hard lessons in this area, BUT I will NEVER be able to say, I regret these experiences because they have ALL contributed to bringing me into my own, personal awakening and all I have to say is, WHAT’S YOUR STORY? How do YOU want it to end? Having said all that I recommend that EVERY woman (both young and old) read “I AM THAT GIRL: How to speak your truth, discover your purpose, and #bethatgirl” by Alexis Jones.

I’m just getting started with this dose of truth, and if the fact that her words struck a cord in me and nearly made my shed tears in relief, is any indication of the insight I will take away from her book; all I have to say is , “preach it sister, preach”! Blessings on the journey…πŸ‘£

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What are you…?!

Soo today is another day that’s bringing us all one day closer to the end of the week. One thing is driving driving me nuts and I lterally feel like screaming,  “what the F***” are you ladies doing?! That THING? Well, it’s the fact that I truly realized that so many off us are stuck in the crossroads, that hamster wheel going no where,  BUT yet, people are content to just stay there.

I’m asking myself why, and I’ve come to some tragic conclusions about why we do this to ourselves; myself included, and yes we women seem to do it too well. First of all, it has to do with a cultural conditioning  ( i.e. culturally defined gender roles, mores, etc), past experiences, and the big T.W.O.,  fear and insecurities. 

The problem with  ALL of this is that we get locked and stuck in both mind and circumstance in the “crossroads”; a matrix (my Matrix movie reference, hehehe πŸ˜‚) power and potential that, depending on YOUR choice, can be for good or for evil! I know it sounds dramatic,  but when it comes to LIFE and the difference between having it and losing it, yeah I’m dramatic. 

The TRUTH is, YOU don’t GET to do a :DO OVER” if you make the wrong choice at the crossroads of this life, so my advice to any woman out there who is stuck, on that hamster wheel going nowhere, in bondage, etc, PLEASE VALUE yourself enough to be courageous and CHANGE your life and CHANGE your STATE!πŸ‘Š

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The beauty of the nut: The health benefits of eating seeds & nuts

wp-1470397805840.jpgThe research bears it out (even if I had not arrived at this conclusion from my own fitness journey); there are huge gains to be made from consuming seeds and nuts as part of a healthy diet. As one who has a fair share of basic anthropology and archaeology course work (background in biological anthropology) I’m far from surprised that some of the same food sources in early human history, have shown themselves to have been beneficial within the context of health. As outlined in serveral journals (follow this >>link<< for researched benefits of adding nuts and seeds to your diet) , while they do contain a significant source of fat (the “good” variety, i.e monounsaturated fats) they are also extremely nutrient dense.

A key take away from my own personal research and experience (i.e fitness journey) is to always ensure that you incorporate a variety healthy nutrient sources into your diet. Yes our bodies need fat just not the crap at your local fast food, wannabe be “restaurants”. There are no substitutes for healthy meal planning Β and food choices.You want to lose weight, get fit and healthy? Then you have to be willing to do the work, educate yourself about your food and where it comes from, AND live the healthy lifestyle! This is the reality of maintaining your health and fitness AND to sustain those achievements, Β YOU must maintain it. A good guide to eating healthy is provided by the >>Β CDC<<,Β Β but you can’t rely on one source of information to access the information you need to “fight” the “food wars”, YOU must get engaged in the food production process yourself (i.e. advocate for clear labels on food items, support organic and local farmers, etc).

Now that I’ve said and done my part, what about you?..πŸ‘£

 

Journey to loving you for YOU!

Journey to loving you for YOU!

It’s one thing to “fix” the outside, it’s another to build up and embrace the internal. For women, this is often a hard thing as we are constantly bombarded by images roles that are not necessarily our own. It’s time to break out of that cycle and just do you!

Trying to live up to someone else’s perception or image is both exhausting and soo yesterday. At this stage of my life, I’d rather stick a hot poker through my eye than deal with the drama, bondage and baggage that comes with that sort of unhealthy attachment. Factor in the relatively short life time we have in this universe, timeline, or what ever you want to call it; the bottom line is, NONE of us have the time to waste our lives on the negative and things (and yes, people) that bring no VALUE to our lives.

While every event brings experience and color to our lives, there are a whole lot of uglies (i.e. traumas, etc) that NO one wants or needs to experience again. That’s why I say fixing the outside CAN’T truly be fixed unless YOU correct the INSIDE!

I’m a firm believer in maximizing the positive and I do it all by getting, fit, fierce, fabulous and free! Time to keep it moving.πŸ˜ŽπŸ‘£

Throw off the yoke and go for broke!…

Throw off the yoke and go for broke!…

IT IS TIME TO GO FOR BROKE!  Get off someone else’s crazy train. I’m talking about the drama of other people, their baggage (that they are trying to push off on you), the expectations of others, the “job” without the growth (i.e. financial returns), and JUST LET IT GO. Now don’t get it twisted, I’m not saying abandon your friends, family and obligations, ALL I’m saying is that you NEED to set boundaries (which YOU must enforce ; i.e., in your relationships), learn to say “NO” for a change, and STOP allowing fear and uncertainty trap you on a hamster wheel going nowhere.

As one savvy blogger  (Listen to your mama!) it takes a lot of self-development, truth, and finality (that part of your soul that cries out “enough is enough!”) to throw off the weight of the yoke that is keeping you chained and bound to your “situation” or circumstance. The tragedy of life not having any do-overs? It’s all the lost creativity, opportunities, and enrichment that COULD and SHOULD have been had, IF only WE had made the courageous decision to get off that interminable wheel leading no where.NOW it’s time to connect and engage the “Fly Wheel” (wheel of creativity and motivation).tumblr_mb8eitiqgE1r1r78ao1_1280

Now that we’ve got that all straightened out, it’s time to move to the next phase; what’s that ? It’s called  discovering your “flywheel” using it for growth instead of the yoke (i.e. bondage to your current situation)…To be continued and blessings on the journey2…πŸ‘£

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I no longer…

I no longer…

Wow! I no longer rush to my “day job” and I’m coming to the realization that, WOW! I’m going to actually move on and grow, grow, GROW my fitness journey and MY BUSINESS! WOOT, WOOT!πŸ‘πŸ½πŸ˜‰ As I settled and sat down beneath the morning rays of the summer sun this morning, I had an epiphany; a moment when I felt a strange release in my chest even as I prepared and set my mind to deal with the stress and chaos of my “day job”. What was thatt feeling? Well it was my passion and the sweet sense of finally beginning to catch on to the facat that my work as a motivated and passionate creator is NOW in VIEW! That’s right, my vision of being my own boss, fullfillling my passion , my calling AND dare I be a little crass by saying, ” ah sweet profit, fruit of my sweat and tears”! Ha, ha ha, I know it’s a little over the top but, there is literally N.O.T.H.I.N.G. like being your own boss and not subject to the whimsy, uncertainty, and vision of “someone” else; Ha, now put that in your pipe and smoke that one!πŸ‘ŠπŸΌ

Is it scary? Yes! How about totally feel-like-you’re-gonna-pee-in pants scary? YESSSSS! But what a glorious, exciting, and growth inspiring experience it is to take the plung into truly steering your own ship. Notice I didn’t say easy, or smooth; that’s because it’s neither smooth nor  easy, BUT it IS worth it, if you are willing to accept the challenge, get off someone else’s hamster wheel, and leave your FEARS and INSECURITIES behind.  This is NOT for everyone, nor do I claim to be totally free from my fears and baggage, but damn it! Why be forced to carry someone else’s too?! I’M so DONE with that; rushing to fulfill someone else’s vision while your’s dies a slow death beneath the guise of making a living and scratching to hold on to  that  “guaranteed” source of income! Wow! So DONE with having my passion, creativity, time, and resources sacrificed at the altar of “someone else’s” BOTTOM LINE!

Just like NEO in the “Matrix”( hey did you really think I’d miss the opportunity to make a reference to one of my fave scifi flicks?😜) it can be uncomfortable and down right painful, as you break free from the constraints, of that so-called “guaranteed ” employment, which is just another way of saying “suck you dry”! Just sayin’! πŸ˜‰ NO not really!

I’m giddy with the knowledge that soon, I will embrace the solid embodiment of my vision of my business and my journey! Wanna find out more? >>Join the journey2<<πŸ˜ŽπŸ‘£