I didn’t forget about you..

Hello Fellow Bloggers,

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!

 

Your Fitness Blogger,

Shay-lon xxoo

Is “Strong the New Skinny”

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.

 

Your Fitness Blogger,

Shay-lon xxoo

V-ups (Exercise)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iP2fjvG0g3w

Happy Monday FitFam, 

I love working my abdominal muscles, I love being creative and finding new ways to really activate my upper, lower and oblique muscles. I know a few people who find ab workouts to be boring or not as engaging, but I think many of those people I find only do the standard crunches and sit ups. There are so many exercises for the abdominal muscles, and today I am going to introduce you to at least one but in future post I will introduce you to more. 

Have any of you heard of the “V-Up” ? Have you performed it? if so, let me know what you think of this exercise and your experience with it. 

What Muscles Does This Exercise Work:

  • Strengthen back muscles
  • abdominal muscles
  • quads 
  • hamstrings 
  • A little bit of the obliques as well

How Does One Perform this exercise? 

You can watch the video in the following link above, or follow these steps:

  1. Lie on your back on the floor
  2. Extend arms behind your head, palms face the ceiling
  3. keep feet together and toes pointed toward the ceiling
  4. Lift the legs up (keeping them straight)
  5. Raise the upper body off the floor – reaching for your toes
  6. Engage and squeeze the abdominal muscles as you reach for your toes
  7. lower back down to the starting position

Would I recommend for beginners?

Personally this exercise requires some flexibility and someone who is not very flexible may have issues with it but with practice may be able to acquire this movement more smoothly. I know for me, this exercise was difficult at first and I was all over the place with it, but focusing and really engaging the muscles, while going at a slower pace will be helpful for beginners. 

If you are someone with prior injuries or conditions that could possibly prohibit you from doing this movement, I would speak with a professional before continuing with this movement. 

 

I hope all of you will give this exercise and chance, and let me know how you did! 

 

Your Fitness Blogger,

Shay-lon xxxo

 
 
 

A Little Lemon Can Go a Long Way

Let’s Talk Lemons.

My mom has been talking me into drinking my water with added lemon juice or a fresh lemon – but it hasn’t worked out well because I don’t particularly love the taste of lemon water. It isn’t that i don’t like lemons, but for some reason my taste buds don’t like lemon in my water  (but if forced to, I would drink it). Who else feels this same way? 

I suppose it doesn’t matter what I like, because it doesn’t make it any less beneficial, as a matter of fact, a little lemon can go a long way in your drinking water. 

 
 
  • Boost the immune system
  • good source of potassium (which helps with depression and anxiety for some)
  • Aids in digestion
  • said to help the skin as well (blemish free)
  • helps with weight loss – aids your metabolism
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Used as a detox method
  • regulate blood sugar
  • Relieves heartburn 
  • Studies have said that it can relieve kidney stones
  • liver cleanser

Tell me, do you add lemon water to your daily nutrition? 

 

Your Fitness Blogger,

Shay-lon xxoo

Guest Post: 5 Pros & Cons To Juicing

Hey Fit Community, 

I have another guest blogger, many of you probably already follow him but if you don’t, I hope this particular post will give you a reason to. I started speaking with Christian after about 4-5 months when I first started blogging, he was very social and shown a liking for me and my blog. I think what hit things off, is I was looking for someone to connect with in  the fitness community and while I ended up following others before him, he seemed to be the one that reached out the most to me at the time. We would continue to support each others blog content and talk about our goals within this community and after a long while, we developed a platonic relationship that soon led to us giving each other advice and pointers. I sometimes would blow off his advice and tips because I was not trying to blow up or become this instant famous blogger and YouTuber but after awhile I realized my potential and realized he was giving me a kick in the ass because he seen my potential too and wanted me to excel & I will forever be grateful for that because if he had not been the one to do it, I would have fell off this blog wagon and probably would have never created a YouTube channel nor knew how to access a following on social media. On some of my most overwhelming days, most stressful days, most agitating days, he made sure I was okay and made sure to tell me to not give up, to not walk away and to keep going and I just want to say Thank you Christian for that, thank you for being a great friend to me and thank you for seeing what I could not! It is my honor to have you as a guest blogger. 

His Blog Post: 

5 PROS AND CONS TO JUICING

by Christian Evans of ChristiansWeightSuccess.net

PRO’S:

1- GREAT WAY TO GET VITAMINS & NUTRIENTS TO YIUR BLOODSTREAM ASAP. 

  • Instant Energy!!!

 

2- BE CREATIVE AS YOU WANT

  • when I first started juicing I followed a lot of recipes.  Eventually I learned what tasted good & not so good for me.  I let my creative juices (pun intended) flow and started developing my own. See how creative you can be.  

 

3-  ITS A REAL PICK ME UP PROVIDES NEEDED ENERGY

  • It’s like an instant natural high.  Such a great feeling to have.  

 

4- ITS AN ICEBREAKER/ CONVO STARTER

  • There will be lots of people that are skeptical on juicing.  This is a great convo starter that could lead to the exchanging of ideas.  

 

 

5-  TEND TO MAKE HEALTHIER CHOICES OVERALL 

  • When you’re intaking fresh juices daily you tend to make healthier choices overall in your life, as well as diet.  You’re granted with a clearer mindset the more you juice.  

 

 

CONS:

  • THE CLEAN UP
  • Nothing worst than having to clean up your mess.  It’s draining.  There’s no shortcut.  You just have to face it and clean it up.  It’s all to prepare yourself for the next time you do have to juice.  

 

2- NOT KNOWING “WHAT” TO JUICE

  • The thought of not knowing what fruits goes with what veggies is all trial an error.  When you make a bad combo is one of the worst things because it’s produce you paid for and you just have to drink it.  Try asking questions to other people that juice to get some tasty recipes.  Here’s some recipes for you.  

 

  • Here’s all of my juicing recipes 

Just thought I’d share this with you 

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLthKs-2HQI0VxbTxhQfJ09X7qEXUEERtR 

 

3- DRINKING A JUICE EVEN IF ITS A NASTY ONE

  • Making a bad combo is something we all go through.  The thing is you csnt pitch it.  This is money you spent on produce.  Even though it may taste bad you never throw it out.  Just drink it.  Even though it’s nasty.  No juice left behind.  

 

4- PEOPLE LOOKING AT YOUR MASON JAR/ BOTTLE SAYING “EWWWW WHATS THAT?”😒

  • The human mouth has more germs in it than a dog.  People will still kiss one another then sometime a dog without second guessing it.  People will have the nerve to look at your Mason jar (sometimes bottle) of juice and have that “Ewww” face.  It’s like why question this wonderful, nutritious serving of fresh juice yet you exchange saliva with someone else.  It’s mind baffling.  Some people will try to throw shade at your juice but let them taste a little then see how they react then.  

 

5- IT HOOKS YOU 

  • Once you get into a rhythm of drinking the juice, you begin to feel better.  Your mood changes for the better.   If you ever get off track and stop drinking for a few days (in my case a few hours) you start to notice it.  It’s really a natural high you’re constantly chasing. 

 

 

There you have it.  5 pros and cons to juicing.  I love juicing.  It is part of my daily intake.  It is a way of life for me.  Please let me know how juicing has impacted your life.  If you’ve yet to start juicing and still have more questions, feel free to contact me. 

 

Thanks to Miss Shay Lon for granting me this opportunity to guest blog.

 

(small bio):

I lost close to 200 pounds within a ten month period so I want to help you be successful at losing weight. Come read how at ChristiansWeightSuccess.net

Seated Barbell Press (YouTube Video of me)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O5gEUAOc9Oo

Today was a lousy day at the seated barbell press, I did 4 x 10, for 35 lb. My standing press is a lot more and I normally am doing about 45 on a good day for my seated, but today was not going to happen – in the end it went fine though and I felt the shoulders being activated. 

I achieved 1000+ followers!

Wow! What does one say? 

Dancing Dave Minion, Minion Tim

Love, Hands, Signing, Heart Hands, Heart

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,

Shay-lon xxooxo

My next milestone: 1500 followers, I want to start a chain reaction and bring more people together! 

Guest Blog Post – The Pros & Cons of following a workout plan found in bodybuilding magazines

I want to start by saying that this is only my second maybe third guest blogger and I came to him after getting to know him through YouTube and Instagram. I normally don’t go out of my way to ask people to guest blog for me very often because I am horrible at not being critical of others blogging on my page, but I had decided that he raised some good information that I had questions about.. and he agreed to participate as my guest blogger. I hope that all of you will appreciate this post as much as I have reading it and if you have any questions for him, I will have his YouTube channel URL at the bottom of the page and share his bio with you so you can get to know him as well. Enjoy.

Pros and Cons of Following a Workout Program found in Bodybuilding Magazines

Workouts!! Where do you go to find them? Which one would work for you? What kind of exercises should I do? What about reps and sets? Should I try bodybuilding, powerlifting, CrossFit or try calisthenics?  These are all good questions anyone starting in the fitness lifestyle asks themselves at one point of their journey. If you ask 100 people I can guarantee you, more than 85% would say they started their journey from reading a bodybuilding/fitness magazine routine. Let’s cut to the chase, are the workouts you find in bodybuilding publications reliable sources of information?

Originally, I was planning on writing why I DON’T follow bodybuilding magazine workout programs anymore but it occurred to me that there are a few good reasons to try them out. I’m going to list a few Pros and Cons and let you the educated reader determine for yourself if following workouts from your favorite professional bodybuilder/fitness athlete is worth your time. Let’s start with the Cons first and get the negativity out of the way.

Cons:

  1. Generalization- Majority of the Workouts will always be the same. Do a few compound lifts for 4 sets of 10 to 12 reps followed by a couple of different Isolation exercises for 4 sets of 12-15 reps. This is what is called a “cookie cutter” routine. This is NOT what the Pros do!!
  2. Your favorite Athlete- before I write about this I wanted to share a secret in the industry, are you ready for this? The chances that your favorite athlete is writing this workout article is FALSE!! Majority of articles “written” by your favorite athlete is in fact written by a “Ghost Writer”. A person that is articulate behind the keyboard that will use the above “cookie cutter” formula to have an article ready for publication. There are a few that actually do write the articles like Jerry Ward, Gregg Valentino, and Joe Pietro from Muscle Sport Magazine but for the most part it’s the pros image and likeness that the magazine is paying them to use.
  3. Workout Programs are designed to sell you something- When reading the articles do you notice the “pro athlete” is in fact showing you what supplements they are using, cough* cough* sponsored by? This is to get the reader thinking to themselves “Well if so and so is using this kind of supplement it must work”. This is also a part of the athletes deal with using their likeness in the magazine. It’s to get the reader to buy the said sponsored products. The article will also for the most part redirect the targeted audience to go to the athlete’s website and purchase the GUARANTEED to get you results program. Ladies and gentlemen the fitness industry is a multibillion dollar industry that preys on the naive and the gullible.
  4. These are just a few cons that I have written up for this article. Without sounding negative and disparaging just remember that we have ALL been taken advantage of at some time or another with the latest get big, get cut, new diet, guaranteed supplements that will help YOU achieve your goals. It’s OK, this is all a part of the journey so don’t get frustrated just learn from the experience. Let’s move on to the Pros.

Pros:

  1. Its a Great Guideline- While the Pros DO NOT follow the exact routine its a great base line for a beginner to start building their own physique. Learning the compound lifts then finishing it off the workout with isolation exercises will in fact get you to learn the basics of the exercise and the “feel” of the muscle contractions on the isolation sets.  As a beginner everyone gets what we in the advanced stage call “the newbie gains” This is where a person is new to working out is going to gain the most benefits of exercising. This could be from bulking up to even dieting. When your body is not used to exercise or physical exertion of any kind and is introduced to physical activity the body responds tremendously! Enjoy these times and learn your form, technique and the gains you are about to experience!!
  2. Image of a Pro- Even though your favorite pro is more than likely NOT writing the article, if the reader is believing they follow the workout themselves it’s almost a connection with that pro. It makes the reader think I can follow this routine too and look like so and so. I’ll never put down visualization as it’s a valuable technique to utilize so if believing your favorite athlete is doing the same sets and reps as you are by then all means believe it and use it to your advantage!
  3. Visualization of Exercises- As a beginner I didn’t know what a cable fly was from a pec deck but from bodybuilding magazines seeing the bodybuilders doing the exercises through pictures helped me tremendously. I was that shy guy that didn’t want to ask someone in the gym “Excuse me what’s a pec deck machine” and look stupid or laughed at. Not that it happens but I imagined that it would happen, again visualization is HUGE in working out!
  4. In closing, these are just a few pros and cons of workouts in bodybuilding/fitness publications but the choice is up to you on what to learn from them. I personally to this day knowing that the workouts are 85% bullshit STILL purchase bodybuilding magazines. Is it because I’m a fan of the sport or have been doing this lifestyle for 20 years? I’m not quite sure but I will continue to purchase my favorite magazines regardless. If you want to know two books that I will personally endorse and guarantee that you will gain a plethora of REAL knowledge I will tell you. Its Arnold Schwarzenegger “Encyclopedia of Bodybuilding” and Gregg Valentino’s “Essentials of Bodybuilding” Nothing but genuine information minus the fluff. Everything from dieting, workouts, supplementation, cardio to even posing. Any type of info you want will be in these two books. Hope you all enjoyed the article it was a pleasure to write.

Dave Gois AKA Camerica Muscle

YouTube URL: https://www.youtube.com/user/DaveG1226

Bio on Dave:

As far as expertise the only thing I had when I was younger was a PT license but Ive long let that expire lol. Ive got a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice and Graduated with a 3.93 average. I was on the Academic Deans list monthly  and graduated with High Honors from Westwood College. I won the first ever YouTube transformation contest sponsored by TauroFitness, which was named the 2015 Mr. TaurOlympia. I went from 242 lbs to 185 lbs in 20 weeks and I did it naturally meaning no steroids or pro hormones what so ever just diet, cardio and hard work lol. Originally I started lifting and got serious at 21 years old and I was only 119lbs soaking wet. I was a true ectomorph so gaining weight was actually hard for me. 

Bipolar Disorder (Mental Health)

Well Hello Bloggers, 

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. 

 

Fun Fact:

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.

 

Cyclothymic Disorder:

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:

 
  1. 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
  • feeling tired
  • sometimes thinks of death or suicide

Fun Fact:

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:

  • Genetics
  • Family history
  • brain structure and functioning

Treatment possibilities:

  • Medications
  • Psychotherapy
  • Electroconvulsive therapy

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!

 

Your Fitness Blogger,

Shay-lon xoxo