September 23, 2017

Things I Get Told OR Overhear

don't judge meCareful ~ you might be shocked by the statements or my answers to them!

People on the Internet ~

“It’s easier for you to do eat healthy and workout out…it’s your job!”

Let me first say this, THIS IS NOT MY JOB, it’s my lifestyle. I don’t get paid to eat healthy, workout, meal prep, etc. But would I love it to be MY JOB…HECK YEAH!! But with that comes more accountability!

“You don’t know what it’s like to be a mom/wife/full time worker.”

You must not have read MY STORY, been on my page long or live in a world full of rainbows and unicorns! First, I am a mom, oh yeah and I am also a dad. Full time, 24/7, no breaks, no breathers. As for a wife, no, I am not…but I am dating someone, which means finding time for us, since we both have separate homes in different cities. I don’t get to lay in bed 5 minutes longer while my partner/spouse/boyfriend, gets up to make breakfast or take kids to school. And as for work…yes, I work full time besides being a full time mom AND dad, who do you think pays the bills?

“You already make money off your Facebook and Your website, so why do you promote money opportunities for yourself?”

If you run a page, then you are probably laughing at this because you have heard it a thousand times. Let me inform you all, 99% of Facebook Pages are run absolutely for FREE. We don’t get a paycheck for it; we use OUR personal time to engage in your life. Why? Because we love it, we are passionate about what topics our pages are about. As for my website, I will tell you I have made $1.87 in 7 months! WOOHOO!!! I can’t even get a cup of coffee for that! But I CAN tell you how much I have SPENT on it to keep it running for you to sit there and complain about all the money I am making from it. If we add in monthly domain fee charges, web admin charges, electric to run it, internet to get it out to you, then the TIME (which personally is PRICELESS) I put in to do it….yeah easily $100 a month…if not more and that is not calculating in MY TIME.

People in Real Life (STRANGERS) ~

“Why does she get to sub out certain things and I can’t?” (referring to training)

Why? Oh I don’t know because I was told I would never walk again THREE times, I was also told I would never be able to squat past parallel ever again. Why? Because I am not really in the mood to FUCK up what the doctors fixed in order to please who is watching. Nor do I feel like reinjuring myself to prove something to someone who has no importance in my life. Oh, but trust me, when my body allows me to do things again without tweaking them…I WILL do it and I will be smiling ear to ear!

“Why do you feel special enough to park in a handicapped spot?”

Special, that’s a new word. I am so honored you find it “special” that at 37, I have a permanent handicap parking sticker. My doctors wanted me to have it at age 18, but I refused. There are days that I park where every “non-special” person parks because my body is feeling good and is agreeing with me. Then there are other days that I know just going to the grocery store for a few items is going to be the hardest thing to accomplish and I do it praying that my hip and left leg doesn’t give out on me. The one thing that is WAY different of me than most 37 year olds, is that I personally own a cane, a pair of crutches and a walker since I have been 18 years old. And to this day, my cane is never too far from me.

“That’s just disgusting.” (referring to my tattoos)

If you are a part of my Facebook Page, you recently saw a post just about this topic! You see just last week, I had an elderly gentleman make this comment, while eyeing my tattoos and shaking his head. My response to him was this, “No sir what’s disgusting is you…your judgment on someone you don’t know…and for your information, I have a tat for every surgery I have had due to being injured in the line of duty. I took an oath to serve and protect disgusting people like u, so you are welcome…have a good day.” I love my art work; it represents so much to me, the struggles, battles, accomplishments, achievements and goals in my life. Like my dad once said, I would rather have my daughter alive and fully tattooed, then having to visit her grave-site. NOW, THAT PUTS THINGS INTO PERSPECTIVE!

don't judge

So why have I decided to write this? Well easy, because no one knows someone else’s journey. Someone’s outside doesn’t depict who they truly are on the inside. Give them a chance, let their inside catch up and shine and you just might be surprised!

DOMS…..Excuse me what did you say?

DOMS

Have you ever heard someone use the word “DOMS”? The first time I did, I thought I was hearing a foreign language or that the person just didn’t know how to talk! Then it hit me, they were using an acronym for something fitness related (as I do frequently now). So what did I do? My normal…I RESEARCHED!! This is what I learned…

DOMS, also known as Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness is common after exercise (post-training) and it is not related to lactic acid buildup, but stems from muscle fiber damage. It refers to the gradually increasing discomfort that occurs between 24 and 48 hours after activity and it is perfectly normal! DOMS is a common result of physical activity that stresses the muscle tissue beyond what it is accustomed to.  DOMS should not limit or affect your training, although one’s pain threshold will dictate training intensity while experiencing it.

supplementsThere are many things you can do to help limit the duration of DOMS…some natural supplements help, like Omega 3, Quercetin, Arginine, Glutamine,  and CLA. Or simply by upping  your antioxidants and your water consumption should help.  DON’T use things like ibuprofen though, try to keep it natural.

cardio

Another way is cardio at a steady state is great due to getting oxygen and blood flow to the area…which aides in recovery NATURALLY! Charles Poliquin writes that “sometimes very light, low intensity cardio the day after a heavy intense workout can help with DOMS.” There have been no studies that say working out with DOMS causes harm to you or your muscles.

So a good starting point is LOTS of water during the day (stay hydrated), a good all-round multivitamin, and then natural supplements taken pre/post training, stretching well before sleep, and then some low intensity steady state cardio the next morning.

Don’t be afraid of DOMS, I promise…they are a good thing!!

Back at it….

Well starting yesterday I’m back at serious training, including eating the right way. Two months strict then I’ll cut back and even things out. I’m also back in college classes…19 months to go till graduation!

So I figured I would track my progress back on here…

May 1
AM training
strength train – shoulders
30 min StairMaster
30 min Bike

PM Training
Insanity DVD 30mins
100 push-ups

May 2
60 min Elliptical
100 push-ups

My gym time…IS MINE…Back the hell up!!

I don’t know about most of you, but when I go to the gym…I could give a shit why anyone else is there…if the gym is completely full or empty…my training still happens! I don’t go to flippin’ socialize or meet a guy! I could care less what I look like…I have no makeup on, my hair is pulled back into a ponytail and a ball cap is on (low). My headphones are in and my music is up loud (basically so I don’t hear you talk crap). I don’t wear the latest fashion in workout gear, nor do I show off any part of my body.  I get in there and do what I went there to do…TRAIN! Whether I am working on my legs, arms, chest, back or just doing cardio…I am there FOR ME..not you! So back off!

I have had the joys of (excuse the term) fucktards come up to me and bother me. I have had a “so-called” personal trainer poke my ass and say it is getting tighter! WTF! The same one also came over (before my accident) while I was training on the bike, and pulled out one side of my earphones, to let me know I was cycling all wrong, my form was terrible. Ummm…HELLO SHITHEAD…I am on mile 65 (yes 65!) and I have 4 12inch long rods in my lower back…SERIOUSLY…you just screwed my cadence!! Do you even know what a flippin’ cadence is? Let me know when you can out bike me and walk the next day and then MAYBE JUST MAYBE I will listen to you!! FUCKER!!!

At my old gym, I got looks from the guys because a female was in the FREE weights section…REALLY…someone might as well use them since you all are so busy staring in the mirrors, talking/texting on your cell or commenting about how u would like to tap that girl that just walked past (oh, ya know the one…full of makeup, hair done, barely dressed and not an ounce of sweat on her…I am shocked she owns some type of running shoe!!)!  I loved the ones who couldn’t understand how I could go from a Power Clean, to push-ups, to Kettle-bell swings, to squats…5 times…it’s called a FUCKING WORKOUT! I know it’s a strange thing to see at a gym…someone ACTUALLY working out!!

You are probably wondering what has spawned this blog…well it happened yet again today! I was doing the leg press and two morons decided they were going to stand there chatting it up…well when I did my set and then went and did my set at the calf machine…they started to take my weight off the leg press…hence my earplug came out and I stated I wasn’t done. They decided to get all pissy…and I told them to get a life (oh and meanwhile there was the other leg press completely open and free to use!). Well I did my sets to failure…and cleaned up the area and continued on…I did 3 more types of leg workouts then hit the elliptical for some cardio…here is the hysterical part…I looked over at where the leg press is at when I got off the elliptical (30 mins later) and the same two morons where STILL standing in the exact same spot, never once even touching the machine nor doing anything else but talking! At least there jaws, mouth and tongues got a workout today!

All right…I’m done for now….thanks for listening to me rant!! LOL

OMG!!! It’s happening!!! STOKED!!!

The beginning of my new life, my new career is starting. My new venture and journey officially begins Monday!!! I am so stoked, a tad nervous, but I couldn’t be more blessed!! I already have been blessed to live out one dream and passion of mine. Though that dreamed turned into a nightmare, it also was a HUGE blessing in disguise!! My new journey will give me more time with my daughter, which to me is ABSOLUTELY PRICELESS!!

I am also back on a training schedule. I am so blessed to have Amanda, not only be training with me, but encouraging me, motivating me, and praying for me. I always believed that God put certain people in your life for a reason…an awful situation led me to meeting Amanda, and from there our friendship blossomed and I couldn’t be more blessed!!

My life is good and I am loving it…and I love that God let me go through all the obstacles and climb all those mountains, so I can appreciate even the smallest of things!! I recently got out of a really unhealthy relationship, God also showed me that I don’t deserve to settle, that people will say things to ONLY make you feel the way they do. God also made me see that I am going to be having a full plate for the next 2 1/2 years and I need to focus myself and my energy on that and most importantly my daughter. There is NOTHING more important than that!!!