I got my mojo back – progress pics and what’s working

I got my mojo back – progress pics and what’s working

I will admit pressing publish on this blog felt like I was giving a speech while standing naked in a room full of strangers. Which makes sense considering I’m close to nakey in the photos and in my admissions below. My sister and I were brunching last weekend and she reminded me of a meme that I thought was funny untillll… I was at the receiving end of it. Yeah well…it happens. And this is where I found myself this summer along with being the main caregiver for my mom after her heart surgery and taking on home schooling my 6th grader for the first time. So you can say that life got…well…Life-y. This isn’t meant to be a “Dear Diary” entry but more of a peek into the human-ness that we all possess and can wreck havoc not only on our personal lives but our bodies and mental health. In case you’re new here – quick background…I was a fitness competitor from 2011 -2014 with less than competent coaches. I competed in my LAST bikini competition at the end of 2014 and it left my metabolism, hormones and life in a huge mess. I gained over 20 lbs. in a very short period of time due to binges and neglecting self-care. It was incredibly depressing and it took me 2 years to feel like I was out of the dark with my obsessive thoughts about food, my body and feelings of worthlessness tied to my appearance. Like any normal human I’ve had my ups and downs since all of that. While I no longer feel like my purpose in...
The dark side of figure, bikini and fitness competitions with Jen Comas

The dark side of figure, bikini and fitness competitions with Jen Comas

I had the pleasure of interviewing Jen Comas, nutrition coach, a NASM personal trainer and USAW Level One weightlifting coach, and a 200-hour yoga instructor plus total badass Goddess blogger over at www.jencomas.com  I got to meet Jen in person for the first time a few months ago which was super cool ’cause I had been Insta-stalking her for a couple years. We instantly hit it off commiserating about our past figure competing days as well as our love of aerial arts and pole dancing. Jen is truly a badass and started her own journey into self-discovery and cultivating a #FuckFear mentality with her #EmbraceYes mantra that carried her into amazing challenges such as MotoCross! Yes, this little hottie is a dirt bike rider too! When we were chatting I immediately knew that I wanted to share her story with you guys here on the blog. She’s overcome the same post competition struggles that myself and so many other women have battled. She also shared with me her foray into switching her style of training, how she got a handle on her nutrition and mindset post show and what she advises her clients when they start a fat loss journey I was really jazzed to talk with Jen about this juicy topic as it’s something that I am passionate about sharing with women before they consider competing. Make sure to watch the video below and also go over to her website and snag her 5 Favorite Strength and Conditioning workouts HERE. Here are the time stamps on the topics we discussed in the video below so you can skip ahead...
Interview With Fat Loss Expert Chrissy King

Interview With Fat Loss Expert Chrissy King

Last week, I had the pleasure of interviewing Chrissy King, Certified Personal Trainer, lifestyle coach and fitness blogger over at www.chrissyking.com  Along with creating her “Fat Loss Tool Kit” (a great guide you need to go download!), Chrissy is a fat loss expert who has not only had her own personal transformation having lost over 30 pounds, she works with clients from athletes to overweight/obese clients to just the average person who wants to lose 10-20 lbs. She is truly a brilliant badass, a leader in the fitness and wellness field and understands the challenges we face in achieving fat loss. I am excited to share Chrissy’s story and expertise with you today–we talk about exercise, nutrition,  and how to make fat loss a lifestyle rather than a “quick fix.” Make sure to go grab her Fat Loss Toolkit HERE. Make sure to go check out her awesome Instagram @Iamchrissyking and on Facebook HERE Share this:EmailPrintFacebookTwitterGooglePinterestLike this:Like...
From welfare, obesity & depression to Living The Goddess Lifestyle

From welfare, obesity & depression to Living The Goddess Lifestyle

“You cannot control what happens to you, but you can control your attitude toward what happens to you, and in that, you will be mastering change rather than allowing it to master you.” –Brian Tracy   As we are embarking on a new 14 Day Sexy Spring Challenge I am often brought right back to the feelings of helplessness when I started to get my life on track. I wanted it to happen fast. I didn’t want to wait and I often spiraled into thoughts of just giving up.   But I just started somewhere.    Between the years of 1996- 2001 I was a single mom of 2, on welfare, food stamps, WIC, Medi-cal, working two jobs and living on my own in goverment housing assistance. Early in those days I was on anti-depressants. My docs said that my depression during that time was situational. I’d say so…I was essentially at rock bottom.   When I transitioned into working full time in the medical field and no longer on government aide, I wanted so badly off of my medication. I hated relying on it and the only word I can think of to describe how it made me feel was “numb”.   It was almost a 10 year roller coaster of going off and on my meds. I weaned myself off completely when I got pregnant with my youngest son Tyson in 2006. My body went through some fucked up chemical imbalances during that process and it wasn’t easy. I do NOT recommend doing this and you need to see your doctor if that is something you want to...
6 Reasons You Need Yoga In Your Life

6 Reasons You Need Yoga In Your Life

Since having the opportunity to personally try out the Wildfire Yoga program, I’ve made it my mission to share it with the women in my circle.  Maybe you can resonate with some of the reasons excuses below as to why you’ve given up on yoga or maybe haven’t attempted it yet. Prior to attempting yoga it took me some time to overcome the recurring excuses of: – I don’t have a yoga body – I’m intimidated by advanced and tricky yoga poses – My back hurts too bad and I’m afraid to try yoga Eventually I stepped out of the excuses, gave it a try and I’ve been hooked for a few years now.  Today on my blog, Neghar did a guest post on “The 5 Reasons You Need Yoga In Your Life.” And, I’m certain that #1 will probably shock you. However, I can attest to it being one of the main reasons I STICK to my yoga practice now. I used to be the queen of the “I’ll do yoga when I have time”. I dismissed the important role it would play in my life. Not only the physical component but profound effect it has had in how I show up in the world as a fucking human being.  I remember thinking that I’d get around to doing yoga eventually but I never made it a priority. All kidding aside though, I would have such crazy thoughts such as “I’m too stressed out to do yoga, it will make me stir crazy!” Interesting how it’s been my main go-to for stress relief now. Funny thing is…it was the...
are you allowing great things to happen? + how to hip circle (video)

are you allowing great things to happen? + how to hip circle (video)

“If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” ~Wayne Dyer When we stand back and look at our goals sometimes they can seem out of reach, out of touch, or far away. There was a time that I was incredibly unhappy with the way I looked and felt. I cringed when I had to see myself naked. I hid my body under big baggy sweats and comforted myself with Doritos and Pepsi. ALL. THE. TIME. I didn’t know that I felt like shit because I always felt like shit. Does that make sense? lol When I decided to open the studio a lot of folks thought I was insane. My fear (aka doubting voices in my head) told me that I would open the doors and no one would come. The negative mental chatter was so loud. Fast forward 10 years and I’m doing things I NEVER would have thought were possible, not only in my personal life but in my studio life as well. Even though my goals were different than yours may be, the mental strategy remains the same.    You must allow great things to happen. Stop listening to the negative voices in your head. Easier said than done right? In my private GBU coaching group this week, I wrote about the old Cherokee tale of “The Legend of Two Wolves”. The premise is that when we choose to feed the “Bad Wolf” – AKA negative self-talk/voices in our head, the louder they become.  Feed the ‘Good Wolf’ – AKA positive thoughts, the more forward momentum you create in your...
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