I wanted to let everyone know that I had a phone conversation with the former Editor of Muscle & Fitness magazine, gave him my pitches over the phone and he liked them with some tweaking of course. I have two articles due on different days this month, one is due Oct. 17th and the other is due Oct. 28th, so I will be very busy trying to finish those up before my deadlines. He was a friendly guy who is only one year older than myself, which stunned me a bit, not sure why though. We talked about how I am to format the articles, the number of words for the articles and my compensation. As of now this an unpaid writing gig, but he said eventually he will be able to pay his writers (including myself) but for now he will be promoting my writing on all social media platforms (which I am just as excited about). Once my articles are published on his online magazine site, I will be able to share with all of you, so keep an eye out for them! In the meantime, I am still working on getting pitches ready for the Editor in Chief of Muscle and Fitness magazine, but this will take me some time so I can nail it this time around.
I want to thank everyone for the continued support on my blogs and videos, I appreciate it!
I will be sure to keep everyone updated throughout the process.
Your fitness blogger,
I am happy to announce, I have made my milestone of 400 followers today, I want to thank all of you who continue to follow my blog and be very supportive of my writing, achievements, good and bad days. I love blogging and love being able to speak with all you about your passions, adventures, struggles, and triumphs. It is always rewarding when I am able to hit a milestone in something I work hard at.
I was asked to be interviewed, so once the writer posts my questions and answers to her blog page, I will be able to see the outcome, and hope to share with all of you.
My next goal: 500 followers
Your Fitness blogger,
I wanted to inform you on two things:
- The Editor in Chief of “Muscle & Fitness” magazine got back with me, he wasn’t impressed with my pitch but wants me to send him more with what he requires and told me I was a great writer and he wasn’t saying “no” to me for writing for the magazine, because he thinks I can do it, and would make a great writer for the magazine. Overall, I will be studying on “pitching” and making sure I do better this time around, I am happy he gave me a second chance at this.
- The former Editor of Muscle & Fitness magazine contacted me today, asking if I would be interested writing for his website working along side with him. It isn’t paid but he will promote me throughout all social media platforms, and use my “bylines”. He seems eager to work with me, I have yet to send him an email replying back, I will do that today or tomorrow (with a “yes”) because it could turn into a job or open more doors for me down the road. Nonetheless this will be a good stepping stone, hopefully leading into the right direction.
Thank you for the continued support, I will be very busy, but hopefully it will pay off in the end. Something good came out of my bad week.
Your fitness blogger,
Who loves dark chocolate and red wine? I know I love me some good red wine, I actually prefer red wine over white and to be honest with all of you, I have a bottle of red wine next to me while I am typing (no I am not drunk typing). I am not a fan of dark chocolate and not a huge fan of chocolate, I have to be in the mood for it, to say the least it is not my downfall. Rumor has it that drinking red wine and eating dark chocolate has health benefits and I went digging to see what I could find and I think some of you may be pleased with some of the information and others of you may be shocked.
- Some red wines, if made with high fiber Tempranillo grapes have been known to lower cholesterol levels
- Protects the heart- the antioxidants reduce the risk of unwanted clotting
- Controls blood sugar- The skin of red grapes can help regulate blood sugar in diabetics
- Boost the brain- Resveratrol found in red wine can have a positive keeping a sharp memory
- Fights off a cold- Again the antioxidants in red wine can help fight infection and protect cells against the effects of free radicals
- Decreases the chance of cancer- now there was a study done that said the red wine “inhibited the key action of cancer feeding protein” because of the resveratrol.
- Prevents the growth of fat cells- the compound piceatannol
- Goes great with a nice meal.
Now this does not mean red wines do not have negative effects on the body, this means just like anyone else, one should drink it in moderation. It is normally suggested one drink per day for women and 2 drinks per day for men. Although, if you ask me.. I don’t do a very good job following the rules.
- Lowers blood pressure- if one has reached a certain age and have mild to high blood pressure.
- dark chocolate contains antioxidants- but not the milk chocolate, and do not wash the down the dark chocolate with milk, otherwise that takes from what the antioxidants will help with
- Improves blood flow
- Lower risk of heart disease
- known to protect the skin from the sun- flavonols can protect against sun induced damage, improve skin hydration and increase skin density
- Improve brain function- the cocoa was used in a study with elderly people, and it shown to impro ve their cognitive functions
Eat dark chocolate in moderation but choose it over eating milk chocolate, do not load up on dark chocolate because it still has many calories and that means you will want to watch how much of it you consume on a daily basis.
Between the both of these treats, I am thinking most of you are thinking about going to the store and stocking up on red wine and dark chocolate. Nothing wrong with that, just save me a bottle! Hope you enjoyed the read, feel free to share it on social media, follow me, and leave feedback!
Your fitness blogger,
Today was day 3 of “personal training” helping a friend, today was another good day at the gym with his workout, he did very well overall even with a challenge.
- Treadmill- 10 minutes, no incline, 3.5 speed
- Stationary bike, level 4 resistance, had him keep his RPMs at a 50 but not quite 80. I had him do a 10 minutes split, with a 1 minute break between each split. He did 4 rounds of 10 minutes.
- Treadmill, no incline, 2.5 speed
- We didn’t have time for stretches afterwards because he had other business to tend to.
Overall, John did very well with the exercise routine today, again he killed the stationary bike and he enjoys it a lot. He took breaks this time to only get water to stay hydrated since he had forgotten his water bottle, his RPMs were between 60 and 80 the whole time, and he didn’t stop for any significant amount of time. I am very proud of him. Tomorrow I plan switching it up a bit, and having him do the treadmill for 45 minutes, at a constant speed of 4.0- 4.5 and see how he handles it without the incline. I want to eventually have him use incline, but not until his fitness level increases, where I am comfortable with him doing incline at a high rate of speed, or moderate rate of speed. I could have him do a high incline with a low speed, but still, I need to make sure he is conditioned for that because that can still be fairly hard on someone who is unconditioned.
Our warm-up will be a dynamic warm-up instead of using the treadmill and we will have a cool down on the treadmill since that is where we will start our workout.
At some point, I will be pushing him beyond his comfort level, but in small increments with different cardio exercises.
Your fitness blogger,