Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Friday, October 27, 2017
Thank you so much for the invite and the questions. You came up with some great questions thank you for taking the time to come up with them and the blog.
Yes, He has been known to refer to me as that lol.
I have been training for 15 years.
Wow! Well I have trained in several different styles of martial arts: Ko Sutemi Seiei Kan Karate. Ju-Jitsu, Boxing, Kickboxing, Wrestling, Judo, Aikido, Muay Thai those are the ones I can think of as of right now.
I started my son in karate class when he was 5 years old. The instructor's wife talked me into taking a class, and after I got through the basics I fell in love with it.
For me it is a passion. I just have a love for the competition and the sport it keeps me centered.
Yes. when I had my first fight I was soul searching. After my first fight I realized it made me feel alive or human again. See at the time I was in a marriage that was both mentally and physically abusive. Not many people know this and it's something I didn't talk about but over the past 5 years I have been able to open up about it some. but for the blog I will say that the fighting and the training always gave me something to look forward to.
Scared to death! But lots of emotions fear being one. a huge adrenaline rush. "Can I do this?" "What am I doing?" "Ok let's do this!!!" I literally couldn't sit still before I entered the cage.
Yes. I have lost fights. My motivation is the passion for the sport and the competition. And yes, I am my worst critic. always questioning: Am I good enough? Did I train enough? What happened? What went wrong? Watching and re-watching the fight to see my mistakes where I could improve or where I should have done this instead of that. I put so much time and energy into training camps that it takes a hard mental-toll even more than a physical one
No not really. I think with the world we live in today everyone has their "tough" days. Everyone's lifestyle is different and really, I just like to try to lift people's spirits, because really we never know what someone is dealing with on a daily basis.
It doesn't matter really, well as long as the men can leave their egos outside the gym doors. I have been injured in training by a couple of men training partners with ego issues. Ones not wanting a woman to get the best of them or tap them out. But I do have several men training partners that are awesome and know just how to push me but not overdo it. Heck most of the time I am the only "chick" in the gym lol.
The whole weight thing is awful. There needs to be more weight classes. everyone is built different. I work out so much that it makes me carry more muscle. and I'm sure everyone is aware that it weighs more than fat. so I always end up starving and doing the sauna suit in the gym-training and in the sauna. It's so hard on the body both physically and mentally
He supports me 110% he always finds the time to make it to the gym to watch me train, and he is even one of my training partners throughout my training camps. He says he loves to watch me fight win or lose.
Meisha Tate. she is the reason for women's MMA being where it is today. She is and always will be the people's champ. She has an amazing heart and she is always humble win or lose. I'm not sure why, but I just always stay in shape and in training and wait for what's offered next.
Personal Trainer. I have gotten so hooked on the healthy lifestyle that I would love to make everyone healthy (and I said healthy not skinny). I do have a few people that I work with but if I had the time I would love to have my license and do it all the time.
In speaking to a friend or someone at home now who doesn't work out yet, what's the one thing you would tell them to do to get started without having to make any purchases or get a gym membership?
To get started one doesn't need a gym really. Diet and portion control is a huge part of it all. Start tracking calories, cut out carbs. increase vegetables and fruits, and foods high in protein chicken, fish, etc. Start with walking or jogging 30 minutes a day and build from there. Set small goals for yourself so you don't get frustrated. And there are so many workouts you can do by just using your own body push-ups, sit-ups, leg lifts, stretching, and the list goes on.
Thank you so much for your time, it's been an honor!
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Monday, October 23, 2017
Sunday, October 22, 2017
How did it taste? What do you think? BTW--We WON that day!!
In case you didn’t know, the woman in the photo is actress Lupita Nyong’o. She won a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for her role in the film 12 Years a Slave.
This is not a celebrity musing but I did want to use Lupita and some interesting comments she made to Glamour about growing up in Kenya to, perhaps, teach us a little something about ourselves.
As a young girl in Kenya, Lupita has stated that she felt anything but attractive—again, look at that photo-the reason for her belief was her dark skin.
She says, “European standards of beauty plague the entire world-the idea that darker skin is not beautiful, that light skin is the key to success and love. Africa is no exception. When I was in the second grade, one of my teachers said, ‘Where are you going to find a husband? How are going to find someone darker than you?’ I was mortified.”
She recalls that she often saw skin-lightening cream commercials on television, “I remember a commercial where a woman goes for an interview and doesn’t get the job. Then she puts a cream on her face to lighten the skin and gets the job! This is the message: dark skin is unacceptable.”
Again, look at Lupita’s photo.
Now, replace dark skin with any word that currently makes you think less of your appearance: weight, the size of your thighs, your butt, your breasts, your smile, your nose, your whatever.
Chances are, like Lupita, you are just fine. Admittedly many of us may not possess a classical beauty in the realm of Lupita’s but let’s ponder the fact that even a beautiful woman can get inside her own head to such a degree that she can play the comparison game and render a portion of her life less than happy.
Lupita’s antidote to her categorizing herself as less than beautiful was “Until I saw people who looked like me, doing the things that I wanted to do, I wasn’t so sure it was a possibility.”
That is a prescription that can work for all of us as well. There is no necessity to change who we are before we start living our lives, we should live right now being who we are and embracing what we look like. Follow in Lupita’s footsteps, find women, and images of women who look like you doing the things you want to do, and remind yourself that beauty comes in all shapes, sizes, and colors.
Use these women who resemble you as your comparison group, not some cadre of ladies who look nothing like you. If you are down on your size find yourself some gorgeous, so-called plus-size models, look at them reveling in their beauty learn something from their aspect.
I guarantee you that there are others out there who look very much like you who are unapologetically embracing who they are living fulfilling lives, look to them and learn to look at yourself with that same appreciative eye.
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