What is your New Year’s Agenda?

New Year'S Day, Fireworks

Hey everybody, I know it isn’t quite 2017 yet or even New Years, but I wanted to get a head start in case I am having too much tomorrow celebrating and don’t have time to blog about it and wake up with a hangover on Sunday morning before work – not saying this will happen. I would never admit to this kind of fun! lol Don’t want to be a bad role model for all you good little noodles out there (but this could possibly happen) just a word of caution. 

 

I want to keep this particular post short and sweet. Two questions I have for you to answer:

 
 
  1. What are you doing for New Year’s Eve & New Year’s Day?
  2. Do you have a New Year’s resolution? (Feel free to let me know what it is in the comment section)

Now, these two questions are easy to answer, but I want you to think long and hard about the 2nd question, because if you do have a New Year’s resolution, think about if you made it for a prior year and didn’t fullfil it, why didn’t you fullfil it? Think about why this is something you want to happen or do, think about whether or not it would be a long term goal or short term, think about the plan (how will you achieve this goal, what sacrifices will you need to make, and is it realistic). Most importantly, just think about how you will respond if you don’t conquer the goal you set (but don’t linger on it) 

 

Why I don’t make New Year’s Resolutions.

 
  • I am constantly making goals for myself throughout the year (New Year’s isn’t significant to me)
  • Half the time I forget about them within the next 3 months. 
  • Most of the goals I set, I don’t set them for a day and time, I just start them now, why wait a new year to do something 
  • It becomes much more of a fad to people – set one and say you have one and forget about it half way through the year and then start over again next year… just a cycle that I don’t want to get caught up in
  • A New Year doesn’t always translate to a “new me”, yes I am growing and learning and continuously working toward bettering myself but it doesn’t take a New Year for this transformation to happen. Some things take longer than others, but just because it is 2017 doesn’t mean “OH NOW I CAN BE THIS PERSON” lol the old 2016 me is in the trash.. no.. I don’t look at it in this way. 
  • by this time next year, everyone will be on this kick “omg, I am so over 2017, bring on 2018” lmao – It never ceases to amaze
  • I just have learned that if I want something, I don’t need to wait for it to happen, I need to make it happen – I don’t need to wait another year to make something happen, If I want it, I go for it no matter what year we are in. 

Some people may call me boring or a “debbie downer”, but I haven’t made a New Year’s Resolution in like year or two and honestly, sometimes I come up with mental thoughts of one, but then I am like.let me just write down goals and make shit happen. It works for me. The only “New Year’s Resolution” I have , if this even counts.. is to make my blog even better, to take it up a notch and really hit the ground running – I have so much in store for you guys. 2016 has taught me more about blogging and writing and making sure I appeal to my audience and I want to continue honoring that by giving you ALL I GOT. I hope that all of you have enjoyed my writing as much as I have enjoyed sharing with all of you during the 2015-2016 year, if you thought you loved it, 2017, you will LOVE it!!! (hopefully, no promises). 

 

Thank you everyone for all the amazing reads, the support, the positive feedback, the debates, the continued learning experience and the personalities you all have that have made me feel at home and at ease. I look forward to seeing many, if not all of you in 2017.  I am still accepting ideas as far as to what you would like to see on my blog (topics, theme ideas, videos, how often you want me to write, etc) I am also accepting ideas for my YouTube channel (topics, videos, editing, etc) whatever you have in mind, feel free to share with me and I will be sure to write it down and think over it when I am making final decisions.  I hope to have everything announced by the end of first week of January if possible, if not, the next week after that – depending on the schedule and how close I am in coming to a decision. Some things may remain the same, and some may change so be aware of that as well. 

Hope all of you have a wonderful New Year’s Eve & New Year’s. Be Safe and have fun!

Your Fitness blogger,

Shay-lon xxx

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My Gym Workout – Dec. 28th

Ello, hello, hey fitfam

I hope I am not late for the party, unless it encourages working out and getting all sweaty .. then I can wait another hour until everyone is finished. LOL. Today was another day I managed to make it to the gym, quite earlier this morning due to me getting off work at 8 in the morning. I somehow forgot to wear a bra and so had to drive all the way home to put on one before heading to the gym – don’t ask me how this happened, something tells me it was from the lack of sleep the night before or the late night partying where we all remove our bras and undies and show up to work! xD okay maybe not that. 

Today’s workout consisted of back and arms. Many people for whatever reason don’t like working out the arms because it is “boring”, but I find that it can be fun and quite entertaining depending on the exercises you choose – and the amount of gains you get on leg day is possible on arm day if you really hit that weight hard. Today I PR’d in multiple exercises (which I will make mention which ones and by how much) and so that made me happy about arm day. I love back muscles, they are super nice to see on other people and I love when mine show – it is to die for. lol – maybe not that serious. 

Anyways…….

 

Warm up:

 
  • /Treadmill: 10 minutes, 2.0 incline, 3.8 speed (you are probably wondering when I plan on doing something different with my warmups) 

Workout Session: back & arms

  • Wide-grip lat pulldowns (dropsets): 5 x 15, 12, 10, 8. 6 (amount of reps)/ 1 x 100lb, 1 x 85lb, 1 x 70lb, 1 x 55lb, 1 x 40lb
  • Wide-grip half lat pullown: 3 x 15, 100lb (first time doing this exercise)
  • one arm cable row: 4 x 8 per side, 25lb Superset with wide-grip cable row: 4 x 15, 2 x 42.5lb and 2 x 50lb (this was using the dual pulley cable because someone had to use the other one, so the load is smaller) 
  • Alternating Dumbbell curl: 5 x 15, 12, 10, 8, 6. 40lb – I PR’d by 10 pounds more! yay!
  • Preacher curl with the EZ-curl bar: 3 x 10, 8, 6. 30lb Superset with seated incline dumbbell biceps curl: 3 x 15, 30lb
  • Close grip bench press: 4 x 12, 10, 8, 6. 1 x 35lb, 1 x 55lb, 1 x 65, 1 x 75. I PR’d by 5 pounds! yay! I think my 1RM used to be 100lb, so I am aiming for that again
  • Rope Triceps pushdown: 3 x 12, 10, 8. 30lb Superset with overhead rope triceps press: 3 x 12, 10, 8. 25lb

My preacher curl I am going to go up to 40-50 pounds because 30 was easy for me. I want to get my bench press back up to 100lb, so it is a work in progress at the moment. I am happy to announce my biceps have gained some hefty vein gains and muscle.. looking like a huge hill no one wants to ride their bike down. lol. I didn’t have to do squats today (squat challenge rest day) yay for me! my legs said “not today shay, not today”.

If you are someone who has been following my workouts and doing them, please let me know what you think, I know many people on Insta have told me that they have been doing my workout and have thought some of them to be killer and I love it, so if you are one of those people, give me some feedback on your thoughts! 

 

Leave all your workouts in the comment section, along with your PR’s and positive attitudes! Feel free to share my workouts with friends and family, get them motivated and lifting! 

 

Your Fitness blogger,

Shay-lon xxx

 
 
 
 

Topic Tuesday YouTube video – (Caution: emotional video)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_zpqYkRAPxo

Yes, I did cry in this video and yes I was trying to hold the tears back but something came over me. While the thought of me crying on video is embarrassing and I hope that no one makes jokes at it, I am not ashamed of it because it was how I felt about the situation and because life is serious. This probably won’t happen often where I am shedding tears on camera, but when it does, trust and believe I have a good reason to. I could have cut the part out where I am crying and sobbing, but I am a real person with real emotions and I am not going to hide them from people in order to look “perfect” on screen. Hopefully all of you will understand, if not. oh well. 

Shay-lon xxxx

My Gym Workout – Dec. 27th

Heyy Fitfam,

Today’s workout is short but it was very heavy and very leg day, lol. I would have to admit, I made it short on purpose, knowing that it would still benefit me because of the type of lifts I was doing and the load. Looking at the workout at first glance, it will seem very simple and not much to it, but after actually doing the workout, it takes longer than you think and definitely fatigues you. Of course many of you are stronger than myself, so I could only imagine how you would feel at the end of this workout.

 

Warm up:

 
  • Treadmill: 10 minutes, 2.0 incline, 3.8 speed

Workout Session: 

  • Smith Machine Squat: 5 x 15, 12, 10, 8, 6.  1 x 35lb, 1 x 65lb, 1 x 75lb, 1 x 85lb, 1 x 115lb
  • Smith machine stiff-leg deadlift: 4 x 12, 10, 8, 8.  1 x 105lb, 1 x 125lb, 1 x 135lb, 1 x 155lb

Circuit Training: 3 rounds, 30 second breaks after each round. 

  • Reverse lunge: 15 reps per leg
  • Switch lunge: 15 reps per leg
  • Burpees: 15 reps

Air Squats: 110 reps 

 

I need to load more on my squats to overload a bit and my deadlift is lower than my max, but still was good enough for me for the amount of sets/reps I was doing. I want to definitely keep working on both of those movements. During the circuit, I won’t lie, by the 2nd round, I was taking 45 second breaks because those switch lunges killed my legs so good, I didn’t know if I would make it. It had been a VERY long time since did those and let me tell you, those are no joke if you are doing them in continuous movement. I definitely should do more circuit training because I don’t mind them at all and they can add some much needed cardio in my workouts without the redundant running or walking. As Always the air squats for the squat challenge, 110 reps didn’t seem so bad, until I hit 80 reps and realized I needed 30 more and my legs were sore as hell. I still need work in some areas but nothing was horrible during this workout. 

 

I snapped some selfies of me at the gym today and posted them on Instagram, If anyone is interested in seeing my progress pictures, and wanting to see how far along I am, I will post my instagram at the bottom. 

 

Also, I did make a YouTube video for today, so I will post that to the blog as well and my social media. 

 
 

Your Fitness blogger,

 

Shay-lon xxxx

Star Wars Actress Attacked- Carrie Fisher

This was one of my very first blog post – talking about Body shaming. I thought in memory of Carrie Fisher, I would reblog it and share it for those that didn’t get the chance to read it.

Staying healthy isnt a crime-Fitness is a lifestyle choice

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Star Wars Attack

Star Wars Actress asked to lose 35 pounds

So as we are all aware, the actress who has played “Princess Leia” for the past decade & just recently was also in the newest Star Wars movie has been attacked about her weight; not to mention her age. For those of you who may not know whom this icon is, she is Carrie Fisher. Carrie Fisher has been a legend since the very first Star Wars movie appeared in 1977; she played Princess leia and is known for her beauty and well spoken words on camera.
 
For many, this movie meant so much and stood for so much & brought out the inner kid.  Unfortunately it seems as though some people didn’t like the idea of “Princess Leia” being older, and not so “thin” in their opinion.  People forgot she is not the same person she was…

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First Day back at the Gym since Thursday.

Hey FitFam,

Today was my first day back at the gym since Thursday, I hadn’t been feeling very well so I took some time off from the gym and decided to not overdue anything. I feel better, not 100 percent but better and I did wonderfully at the gym today during my workout – no complaints. This is another late evening and i am writing this blog post – but if you follow me on Instagram, then you probably have already seen my workout for today BUT if you don’t follow me, then you will have a chance to now. Yay! 

 

Warm up:

 
  • 12 minutes, 2.0 incline, 3.8 speed

Workout Session:

  • Dumbbell shoulder press: 5 x 15, 12, 10, 8, 6. 40lb
  • One-arm (cheat) lateral raise: 4 x 8 per side, 20lb  Superset with: lateral raise 4 x 10 per side, 20lb
  • Front plate raise & press: 4 x 10, 25lb Superset with: Overhead plate press 4 x to failure, 25lb
  • Rear Delt high rope pull: 4 x 20, 15, 12, 10. 20lb – could have done a higher weight
  • Incline dumbbell press: 4 x 8, 40lb Superset with: incline dumbbell Flye 4 x 15, 20lb 
  • Pullover: 4 x 15, 12, 10, 8
  • Decline press: 3 x 15, 70-90lb
  • Air squats: 105 reps

Your Fitness blogger,

 

Shay-lon xxx 

The Day After Christmas Day

Hello everyone, 

I hope all of you had a wonderful Christmas and if not Christmas, a wonderful holiday. I decided to make a post about the day after Christmas because this is usually when the “guilt” sets in and everyone feels horrible about eating so much or not staying active during the holiday. I wanted to check it with all of you and see how my readers are feeling; do anyone of you feel guilt, or regret, did you feel like you did better managing your portions and amount of food this Christmas vs the last, did you not care and just dig in, did you find yourself lazy today and not wanting to do much of anything.. I want to hear it all. 

 

Personally, I didn’t eat much and for multiple reasons, but one being I didn’t feel so great, and I wasn’t very hungry this Christmas, my appetite has somewhat changed a bit – I have noticed this. I did however indulge in a few treats here and there but nothing that made me feel guilty, I am not one to eat sweets, but my grandma did such a great job baking, I couldn’t resist a bite or two.   Not only did I want to know about your eating habits, but of course I want to know did you receive all the gifts your heart could dream of, did you give as much as you received, did you spend time with loved ones/friends, did you find yourself grateful for everything positive that has happened and did you smile and laugh, take tons of pictures and sneak Santa a cookie or two. I hope everyone found something productive and positive to do on their Holiday – we might not all celebrate the same holidays, but how we spend those days doesn’t have to change, we should always be grateful for what we have and who we have in our lives. 

 

I appreciate everyone being patient with me, as I have not done a YouTube video since a week or so, and well, I was going to do one today, which I might still and it might be a little emotional.. who knows. I just know one thing, so much has happened, both good and bad and no matter, I appreciate all of you for taking time out of your good and bad days to find time to read my blog post. I wish all of you a wonderful Monday!

 

Your Fitness Blogger,

 

Shay-lon xxxx