365 Days of Self Discovery: Your Past


Day 23

Did you ever experience bullying? How did you deal with this?

  • Yes, I experienced bullying on multiple occasions throughout my life. I was bullied in elementary school,  two middle schools and two high schools. It was tough, because I was taught to stick up for myself and not allow people to do harm to me, thankfully, my bullying was all verbal but nonetheless, I never did stick up for myself. Normally, I would ignore it and say nothing, cry when I got home or had alone time, I would allow it to happen and not say anything to adults about it including my own family members. I pretty much did nothing. When I was being bullied by my own family sometimes, I did pretty much the same thing or I would lash out and cry, get mad and say really mean things back, remove myself from the room, etc. 
Have you ever been a victim of bullying? Did you do anything about it, or tell anyone? 

365 Days of Self Discovery: Your Past


Day 7

What is your happiest memory?

  • When I started becoming close to my youngest brother, spending time with him, teaching him things, watching him grow up and realizing now how it played a huge impact on his life — he and I are always so close and I love him to death. He is 10 years old now and I just hope he always remember the times we had together. 
What is your happiest memory? 

365 Days of Self Discovery: The Past


Day 3

What were the good things you remember from your childhood?

  • Being outside all the time with my younger brother playing sports, riding our bikes, playing with the neighbor kids, and skateboarding
  • My mom taking us to get ice cream before heading to the car wash
  • My mom making it a habit to buy us a cookie whenever we went shopping at the mall — I would always choose M&M and my mom would get peanut butter cookies 🙂
  • Playing basketball ALL THE TIME! lol That was my life most days
  • The holidays always being HUGE, so many people and food
  • Christmas, our Christmas every year was amazing, we would always get whatever we wanted, it was always exciting
  • My mom always being a great cook, she always cooked us a full course meal. We loved her cooking & still do
  • My younger brother and I staying up extremely late playing video games together
  • spending time with my grandma at her house. I would always watch my favorite Disney VHS movie from her HUGE collection (she still has all the Disney VHS movies) and my favorite to watch was “The Lion King”.
  • Going to the park for hours
  • Sledding during the winter
  • playing kickball with my childhood friend and younger brother each summer
  • Dancing in front of the TV in the living room to Backstreet Boys, Usher, NSYNC, etc it was how I learned how to dance — self taught
  • Walking to school with my younger brother – he always walked super slow, it made me pissed off most mornings, lol 
I had some good childhood memories, more than what is listed but to keep things short. I was very smart when it came to school, so I won tons of academic awards & athletic awards sometimes too. Not everyday was a good day, but the good times were great times. 
What are some good childhood memories you have?

365 Days of Self Discovery: Feelings & emotions


Day 56

What are the little things that make you happy?

  • good music
  • sunshine/warm weather
  • organized and clean bedroom / space
  • accomplishing a goal
  • helping others
  • phone calls from my youngest brother 
  • being alive
  • healthy overall
  • something positive, sweet that someone has said to me
  • food
  • friendships
  • dogs
  • being able to spend the day relaxing, laying in bed
  • working in my profession
  • my faith
  • observing elderly couples holding hands — the cutest
  • being outside among nature
  • kind gestures
What are some of the little things that make you happiest?

365 Days of Self Discovery: Feelings & Emotions


Day 34

What one thing always makes you smile?

  • My youngest brother, he is 10, always has something to share and just seeing him, makes me smile 🙂
What is one thing that makes you smile bloggers? leave answers in comments.

No Slack on the Holiday

Just because it is St. Patrick’s Day doesn’t mean I slack off.. well maybe I slacked a little bit but not only did I make it to the gym, I had my mom and youngest brother attend with me! Yay! 😀 


My workout was shorter, because I was at the gym for a hour and half unlike my normal 2-4 hour sessions because I didn’t want to hold my family hostage in the name of gains today ❤ 

  • Sumo deadlift: 3 x 3


  • 70% of 90% of 1RM: 155 lb
  • 80% of 90% of 1RM: 175 lb
  • 90% of 90% of 1RM: 200 lb, 8 max reps


  • Barbell front squat: 5 x 8-10, 85 lb
  • Barbell box squats: 5 x 8-10, 210 lb


Personal training: Helping a friend day seven


Happy Monday everyone, 

I have some wonderful news to share about today’s adventure at the gym, as always I was supposed to work with John in kicking his ass into shape, but today he surprised me with bringing his sister along with him to workout. I have to admit I was shocked and very happy, I wasn’t expecting such good news and it made the day even more fulfilling.  With this being said, she has decided to hop on board with the #FitFam and workout with John and I, so I will be helping her to lose the weight she wants to lose and hopefully get her feeling better internally and externally. Today I just included her with our workout at a different pace and incline, but tomorrow we plan to sit down and talk so I can get an idea of her goals (short term and long term), have an idea of her activity/fitness level, eating habits, etc. She is said she will be joining John and I again tomorrow for our workout before sitting down with me, so I am looking forward to it. 

Now time to share some not so great news, John ended up weighing himself Sunday, but it was botched because he did it after eating and late in the afternoon, which I always recommend in the morning when you wake up before you eat something. He ended up gaining 2 lb, but this could be for multiple reasons and he basically identified his eating habits are the reason he thinks, and wants to fix, so hopefully he will have a plan in place to help him with that and I can guide him if needed. Nonetheless, he wasn’t upset or sad, he didn’t panic or overthink it, but he said he did ask himself questions so he could understand where he went wrong, and I sent him an email addressing why he may have gained weight. Although our first week together wasn’t consistent, so I have to consider that part myself. Regardless, we are moving on and going to strive for better! I am proud of him for continuing to meet me at the gym, not yet giving up and encouraging his sibling to join us. 

Today’s workout with John:


Dynamic stretch:

  • walking lunges
  • leg swings, 10 reps each leg
  • walking glute stretch


  • Treadmill- 30 minutes, no incline, 4.0 speed
  • Treadmill- 15 minutes, 3.0 incline, 3.5 speed

Cool down:

  • Treadmill- 5 minutes, 2.5 speed, no incline

Today’s workout wasn’t too hard, and he was able to do 4.0 at 30 minutes without reducing his speed this time, so tomorrow we will be doing the same exact exercise & warm-up. I think hopefully I will be able to see him do 45 minutes at 4.0 without reducing his speed, but it might take some time, and that is okay. His sister did her’s at a different pace, but kept up with it, and had no complaints about the workout. She does have an injury though, so I have to be particularly careful of her exercises, which she sees her doctor soon, so I will get more information on it. Today was a good day at the gym and both did relatively well, hoping tomorrow goes just as well!


Your Fitness blogger,


Shay-lon xoxo