I hope all of you had a wonderful weekend and one that kept you productive. Since this is the start of a new week, it means I have a new blog post for all of you.
I am not sure how many of you have used a weight belt or even know when to use one, but figured I would discuss it because many people assume ONLY those that do powerlifting should use one, but honestly, weight belts can come candy for recreational lifters as well with some rules in mind. I don’t particularly use one myself, nor do I own one (They can be hefty in price) but I have used one once or twice before when I was doing internships at the University and was lifting major weights during my squats. Now I don’t lift that much during my squat to use one, but I find that once I get back up to those numbers, it might become useful for me again. This post will be short and to the point, but hopefully it will be helpful to those that have never used one or those who are unsure as to whether to purchase one.
Using a Weight Belt:
Belts should NOT be worn all the time
Belts are useful for heavy loads – near max (I say for compound lifts mostly)
Support the back – can reduce injury when used correctly.
Helps increase performance for near maximal load
Wearing a belt often can lead to weaker back muscles (lower back)
Could inhibit abdominal muscles motor learning
You DON’T want to depend on a belt for all your lifts
Now some may agree to disagree as to whether you or I should consider wearing a belt. I have heard both answers, “yes” and “no” and that is perfectly fine. I am more concerned that you know how to use one properly and know when it is most appropriate to use one. I think the most important factor is to find one that fits your stature and works with you and not against you. If you keep some of the tips I listed above in mind, you will find your experience a much better one. For those of you interested in learning a few more things about using a weightlifting belt, I found a nifty article on https://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/lessons-in-weight-belts-how-and-why-to-use-them.htmlthat might be a fun read and give some more insight that I was unable to answer for you. As for wearing a belt, let me know your personal thoughts on it in the comment section!
have a social circle who motivates you to do well and doesn’t discourage you
Reward yourself for your progress: You deserve it!
Use positive words: “I will, I can, I won’t give up”
Go your own pace, don’t make it a race against someone else, because we don’t want you to feel left behind, we want you to feel like you did better this time vs the last
I know this sounds all too simple, but with motivation is discipline and you need both to make the best out of whatever you do. If you follow these few steps, you will start to see some positive changes within yourself 🙂 Good luck!
I apologize for some of my absence, I have not forgotten any of you and even though I may not always be online to chat with you, I do get notifications and will always get back with you when I can. I plan on playing some catch up Wednesday on the majority of your blogs and videos. I know it can seem like forever before you hear from me, but know I would never leave ya stranded. I try to make time everyday to post some blog post and to comment on others, but sometimes LIFE JUST HAPPENS. In my case, I have family that came down from Michigan and another who came up from Texas. This is all very exciting but it means I am online little less than the usual and occasional miss your blog post or replies. I know many of you bloggers can understand where I am coming from when it comes to getting behind in writing and responding- my stats are dwindling this month and it does sadden me but it makes sense as to why. Since starting YouTube along with this blog, I used to dedicate ALL my time to just this blog alone and now I have to split my time between my blog and YouTube and it has gotten to be somewhat overwhelming some days more than others and although it has its perks, it can have its downfalls I am noticing as well.
I am learning to manage my time better and it will be a work in progress, so I appreciate all your understanding and patience with me as I develop into a more rounded writer, a better on screen entertainer and a much more focused individual. The summer will be hectic because that is the time for traveling and bbqs and bonfires, etc, so I might have weeks I am M.I.A for a long period of time but It doesn’t mean I stopped blogging or left ya’ll empty handed, just means I will be back ASAP because I love my blog friends and audience and I wouldn’t give any of you up UNLESS it was for a kitkat, jk 😀 I just wanted to make sure I gave you all my thanks and support and let every one of you know where I have been and what I have been up to. I will probably make a small blog post later this evening when I get back from my bbq perhaps and tomorrow, it will probably be another late post because I will be gone all day tomorrow as well. I know the late blog post suck, but I try to squeeze in my post whenever I can and no matter the time (even if it means staying up late to do so).
Thank you for your continued support and positive vibes on my blog page, appreciated. I will continue to keep you in the loop as time progresses and will continue to rock out some great blog topics and YouTube videos!
So the newest saying from around the block is “strong is the new skinny” and I realize this has been going on since CrossFit became a hit and everyone figured “fuck being thin”, let’s get huge and muscular – both men and women. I just have some two cents I would like to share about this particular saying.. and maybe some of you will agree and maybe some of you will disagree and look at it differently, doesn’t matter, this is my opinion and you can either take it or walk away with your own opinion.
For one, I will admit, that people have called me both, “skinny”, “lean”, “strong”, “muscular”, so I have been on both sides of this spectrum and to be honest, I don’t consider myself “skinny” by any means (sure growing up, I was), but muscular, sure.. I mean, for a female one may agree I have a muscular body frame – and I am okay with that, judge me if it makes you happy. I particularly don’t find anything wrong with being skinny or being more muscular or perhaps being both, and if that bothers you, well you are on the WRONG blog page.
I have lived by: being skinny doesn’t make you weak, and being strong doesn’t mean you can’t be skinny (I know we have this thought that muscular men and women are all bulking looking and have a giant amount of mass) but I know plenty of leaner people who are just as muscular & have strength gains. So, this whole chitter chatter about being skinny is no longer attractive , is bullshit (and yes, this is what that saying means to me) it means we are saying, skinny girls are out and the strong ones are now in (same goes for men). Well I am sorry to be a total douche bag, but before this whole let’s get big and tough happened, we were all saying “fat is not cute” and being skinny makes you attractive — anyone else remember those days? so now, I have taken notice that people on social media seem to making these depressing statements that are basically nailing skinny females (and possibly men) to a wall, saying they are no longer the cool thing and now if you want in the cool crowd, become a stronger person and have abs and have quads that seem more defining… oh gosh much, much more. Well I hate to break it to you, it really isn’t any of your damn business how someone chooses to have their body frame/body image, it never was your business, so if you make it your business, then you are the PROBLEM. We can make our bodies our business and if you choose to be thin and run marathons, cool or if you choose to be muscular and more defining and do bodybuilding, that is cool too! BUT neither one of those physiques is BETTER than the other. Everyone has preferences, doesn’t mean the other side is wrong or ugly, or should be looked down upon. I hate when people talk shit about someone’s else choice of physique, we can’t possibly think that everyone in the world should be the same.
This is me saying being strong is not the new skinny, being skinny doesn’t make you weak and you don’t have to choose between the two, just be you! Thanks for reading! feel free to share, comment, like and follow.
I am overwhelmingly ecstatic! this has been the moment I have been dreaming off. The milestone that that I have been aiming for, because this is the amount of people not including my subscribers who have been nothing but supportive, inspired and motivated, became my friends, my wordpress family. I have built some hefty bonds with some of you, had chats with many of you, have gotten to know the majority of you and have been supporting your blog and progress as well. Nothing says more to me, than to know that my blog has reached over 1000 people from different places and have challenged people to stay fit and healthy, get moving and be productive, make sure you are aware of the stigmas that follow certain mental health disorders, make sure we come together in unity so we can hopefully lessen the bodyshaming, and lessen the bullying and somehow build each other up because we need to, we need to find what brings us together and use it to better the world each day. I am so proud of all of you and so very thankful for all of you, because as you already know, I wouldn’t have made these achievements without your support, your engagement, your time, all of you have been an asset to my accomplishments and a HUGE factor for why I want to continue to write good content, publish good videos, challenge myself to new heights so that I am doing my part in making sure you get inspired, motivated and feel like you can come to me or come to my page and have some sort of fulfillment. I don’t want to let any of you down and I hope my blog continues to grow and continues to help those that want it and build the confidence of those who need someone in their corner. Thank you so much for being my #1 fan!
Your Fitness Blogger,
My next milestone:1500 followers, I want to start a chain reaction and bring more people together!
We are back for another blog post and today’s entails mental health. Today will be about being bipolar, what it means to be diagnosed with bipolar, the types of treatment they recommend, and some other odds and ends. If you know someone who is bipolar, or if you, yourself has been diagnosed with being bipolar, do not be ashamed of it, and do not feel as though every case is the same. I realize this information will be vague, so please fill us in with more information, experiences, stories, etc in the comment section and share this post with others so I can help bring awareness.
What does being bipolar mean?
Good question! The bipolar disorder is having mood swings that range from depressive lows to maniac highs. In other words, going from a very low state to a very high state in your moods. Each individual has some differences.
There are different forms of bipolar: bipolar 1 disorder, bipolar 2 disorder, cyclothymic disorder. Now this is 2017 and things might have changed, but from my knowledge these are the main groups but this doesn’t mean there are not others written somewhere.
Bipolar 1 disorder:
Maniac episodes that last atleast seven days and/or manic episodes that are severe enough to have a person end up in the hospital. Some people will experience depressive episodes as well that can last up to two weeks.
Bipolar 2 disorder:
A pattern of depressive episodes and hypomanic episodes but NOT full blown maniac episodes.
Numerous periods of hypomanic episodes and depressive symptoms that are known to last two years (and 1 year for children and adolescents).
Signs and Symptoms:
Manic episode (signs/symptoms)
Feeling very “high” or elated
Usually has a lot of energy
Increased activity levels
“jumpy” or “wired”
sometimes have issues with sleeping
Talk really fast
could be agitated, irritable or touchy
feel as though their thoughts are going really fast
Usually believe they can manage a lot of things at once
Do risky things that aren’t always wise decisions
2. Depressive episode (signs/symptoms)
Feeling of sadness, empty or loneliness
very little energy
decreased activity levels
may sleep too much or too little
don’t feel as though they can enjoy anything
feeling much worry
tend to forget things a lot
Eating too much or too little
sometimes thinks of death or suicide
It possible for some to have symptoms of both, called “mixed features” (they may feel very sad and hopeless but at the same time have tons of energy).
Many people with bipolar disorder may even have mood swings that are less extreme and can still manage to function, feel good, highly productive (the person may not feel as if anything is wrong) but normally family and friends can see the difference in their moods and actions. If these people don’t seek help they could end up with severe mania or depression.
Some have bipolar along with other mental health conditions and some have symptoms of other illnesses, so it makes it difficult for one to diagnose someone with this disorder. People with bipolar disorder are said to be at higher risk of thyroid disease, migraine headaches, heart disease, diabetes, and obesity.
There are cases where someone with bipolar may have psychotic symptoms as well (hallucinations, and/or delusions).
Anxiety is usually also diagnosed with those with bipolar disorder.
A higher chance of possible substance abuse, perform poorly at work/school, relationship problems.
Possible Risk Factors:
brain structure and functioning
Keep in mind that bipolar disorder is a life long illness. Also remember to speak with a specialist and/or doctor who can be of more assistance to yourself and others. Thank you for reading!
Risk = Opportunity, but not all Opportunities are good.
In a vlog video today I talked about taking risk and my take on risk and how they can be effective and provide opportunities but at the same time can be what kills us (physically or mentally). My video was aimed for fitness/health people but this blog will speak to the general population and the same rules will apply but maybe different circumstances. Pay close attention for my post for it may be somewhat beneficial for some of you.
I believe that risk comes in three channels, these channels are: death, depleting of oneself and prosperity/growth. From these channels, you are obviously aware that the last one would be the goal or the most beneficial for us and this is very true. I will break down the differences and discuss each one briefly but somewhat like I did in my video, i will then leave you in thought.
The first channel: Death.
This particular channel means literally dying or mentally decaying yourself to the point of exhaustion.
An example of death: eating disorders, addictions, suicide, depression.. and the list continues.
Most of us know someone or perhaps ourselves can relate to this channel of risk.
This particular channel of risk is dangerous, and normally the ultimate downfall unless we seek help in time.
The second channel: Depleting self.
This channel poses a threat because it can lead us to the channel of death if we are not careful.
An example of depleting self: Trying to be something or someone we are not in order to fit in, allowing others to take advantage of us, having been bullied, traumatic experiences, among many other things
Again we have either dealt with this channel ourselves or know someone who is/has.
This particular channel is giving us a choice in how we respond to this particular risk- in most cases people go into death , but others will grow and learn from it.
The third channel: prosperity and growth.
This channel is about taking a risk that has made you successful, motivational, inspiring, and possibly wealthy in many more ways than just money.
This channel takes sacrifices , but they are sacrifices you can handle and or deal with and not regret it down the line if you made the right choice.
This channel only turns into a bad risk if you choose to react to it in a greedy nature or make yourself seem more inferior to others.
Now that I have covered these three channels of risk, you are probably asking yourself, why would one want to choose death and/or depleting self.. how does one not know that is a bad risk? Well, it isn’t necessarily that one is choosing to be depressed or choosing to be bullied, risk create opportunities and not all opportunities are good ones, so when one chooses to risk losing weight by choosing to eat less and less.. they aren’t necessarily wanting to die they want the opportunity that comes from it – which is being skinny. Now this is may be all very confusing and you can choose to make sense of it however you want, no right or wrong way. I just found myself rambling and decided to share some insight with you. The bottom line is every risk we take effects us either negatively or in a positive manner, we don’t always know until we have taken the risk. Just think about what risk you are willing to take but don’t stop taking them in order to avoid opportunities.
If you are someone who wants to better understand my thoughts, please feel free to watch my YouTube video from today speaking on risk and hopefully it makes somesense.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2fZPKcM7iw4. Thanks for reading, feel free to leave comments, share and or like.
I know that not many of you celebrate this Holiday, but know that doesn’t matter to me, Happy Sunday to all of you as well. For some people, Easter is a religious holiday and for others, it means a bunny hops along giving out Easter eggs full of candy, no matter what your beliefs are, and why .. I want ALL OF YOU to have a wonderful Sunday and spend it with people you love and cherish if possible, like any other day but hold them tight and tell them you love them because you never know when it will be the last time.
Thank you to all of you who have wished me a Happy Easter as well, I appreciate it! 😀
I have made it to 500 published post on my blog & wow does it seem like it has taken me forever, well technically it has. I has taken me less than 2 years and I feel like I could have went a little further, but hey! I didn’t realize how serious I would end up making blogging. I am proud of myself and others who are at this point or surpassing this point! #cheers and thank you for being awesome subscribers and followers, I appreciate all of you! looking forward to many more long nights up writing and posting & early mornings full of busy, busy on the wordpress!