I Did a GUEST POST: College & Fitness

https://designandscheme.com/2017/08/08/college-fitness/

Alright everyone, 

for those of you who didn’t know, I was asked to do a guest blog for a friend about college and fitness – preparing high school seniors for college and freshmen college students for what is to come. I share some nifty tips and advice and give you some real world examples of what temptations will lie in the way and share some personal experiences as well. I hope that not only will you support this blog post and share it among your peers, but that you will take the time to check out her blog as a whole because it is also speaks on time management skills. Thank you for your support! leave feedback in the comments!

Fitness Wonder Woman

Shay-lon xo

Guest Post- Treadmill Running or Outdoor Running: What’s the difference?

Hello bloggers, 

Today I have a guest post written by Lindy Schwarts on the difference between running on the treadmill and running outdoors. I know many of my followers are avid runners and for those of you who want to start running, this article will be just as helpful for you as well. I hope that many of you will enjoy this article.  Lindy contacted me about wanting to guest post for my blog after reading one of my more recent blog post and sharing her appreciation for my written work, after learning that she enjoys fitness and has a blog that talks about fitness machines, I felt that it would be more than appropriate to have her as a guest post because believe it or not, I learned quite a bit from this article. I want all of you to keep an open mind, there is no right or wrong answer but this article will help to give you perspective. Thank you Lindy for writing such a great piece! 

Treadmill running or outdoor running: What’s the difference?

No matter where you do it, a run is still a run. Based on researchers, a treadmill run is just as effective as an outdoor run. For years, runners glorify the benefits of outdoor running. Yet, as the outdoor environment in most areas of the world becomes harsher, running on a treadmill becomes the second option. Treadmill users enjoy the convenience that each running sessions bring. However, running purists maintain that there is no substitute for outdoor running. They maintain that the benefits of running outside outweigh the benefits of using the treadmill. A question frequently asked by runners and even now – runners alike is if treadmill running can build the same endurance as running outside. Runners – beginners and experts alike are also mulling about this great question: Is there a difference between outdoor running and treadmill running?

 

On the level of difficulty

 

Treadmill running is easier since there is a belt that assists the leg for the easy turnover. This has directed the runner’s pace so much so that runners coming from treadmill running find out that their pace on the treadmill does to correlate to outdoor running. The rearward motion of the belt helps the runner in his stride and rhythm patterns. This reduces the need to drive your weight forward. The treadmill’s belt is also cushioned as compared to the hard pavement, so the impact of the movements on the joints is also reduced. This is especially beneficial to those who are overweight or prone to injury.

It is also easier to run on a treadmill, there is no wind resistance. In an outdoor run, the legs should be propelled forward and pushing against the wind resistance. However, sports researchers have found a way to make running on the treadmill the same as that of running outdoors. The research showed that if you adjust the setting of the treadmill, to a 1% incline or grade, then the machine can very well simulate the conditions when running outdoors. It stimulates the effort and energy cost the same as that of running outdoors. Therefore, it makes the runner’s pace similar to the pace taken on running outside.

As it is easier to run on the treadmill, running enthusiasts should utilize them for speed training. One can increase the speed at a shorter interval then make it slower at the recovery phase.

Convenience is the name

With the increased awareness and adherence to wellness programs, the establishment of gyms and health clubs has become very common today. It is not surprising to see gyms of all types popping up in the neighbourhood. Hopping onto a treadmill has never been easier.

As most of us have already sworn to follow the tech – savvy lifestyle, the use of the trackers, gadgets and even phone are easier when you are indoor and running on a treadmill. The presence of the accessories and gadgets in the exercise equipment are delivering videos, news and music allow you to multitask while keeping fit.

The treadmill machine, as well as the environment where one is running, is simply consistent. The room’s temperature is controlled and one can control and manipulate the surrounding. The treadmill allows the runner to set a phase then maintain it. This will be beneficial if the runner wants to build his stamina or training for a particular event like a marathon. It helps the runner sustain his determination if it seems to be weakened. Running outside sometimes makes it harder to keep constant track of the runner’s progress while in the treadmill, all the essential biometrics data can be programmed. There are machines that can accurately measure heart rate and calories burned. They also allows you to monitor your progress like the speed, distance and calorie burned.

Dealing with the elements

 

Most runners would say that it is easier to run on the treadmill as you are not dealing with the elements in nature. Harsh temperatures like the scorching heat during summer and the bitter cold during the winter.  Ironically, the lack of the elements in nature when treadmill running also makes it less preferable for some runners. Researchers also pointed out that exercising in green spaces in nature was associated with greater relaxation, the decrease in the tension and anger. The results revealed that people who exercised in nature find the activity more enjoyable as it has given them better mood, better relaxation, and even better sleep.

The outdoor environment gives runner’s visual cues which somehow signals that the finish line is almost near. In the treadmill, the redundant views on the wall might not motivate the runner enough to push for more. The moderate exposure to the sunlight helps in the synthesis of Vitamin D and this is another advantage being in the outdoors.

Since we are assured that we still get the adequate exercise even in the extreme weather and environmental condition. Access to a treadmill means that there is really no excuse to miss out on the running schedules and attaining fitness.

Pushing yourself some more

 

In outdoor running, going beyond your threshold can be difficult. Using the treadmill makes it easier to push yourself for more. The machine enables you to take control of your speed, incline, and duration at a touch of a button. Setting a pace then maintaining it is easier on a treadmill. This is useful if you are training for a specific event or just looking to improve your stamina endurance. It is also helpful to keep you going when your determination is wavering. As a runner, you can easily monitor your progress on speed, distance and calorie counter displays.

Risks to take

 

Outdoor running puts you at the risks of injuries due to falls or missteps, there’s pollution from traffic to contend with. If we run on the streets, we might be at risk for accidents. The exposure to the harsh weather can make us vulnerable to diseases.

However, there are also risks to using the treadmill even in the controlled environment of the gym. The repetitive running motion that you do on the flat surface of the treadmill makes you at risk for joint and ligament injuries. When on a treadmill, it is better to have a variety of movements and set them at varying speed. Outdoor runners are also vulnerable to these risks especially if they only run on a concrete pavement. The changes in your strides due to the changes in the terrain has a beneficial effect in lowering your risk for injury. The more you adapt your movements to the curbs, hill or corners, the less likely you overuse the same muscle. For those with injury, it is best to use the treadmill to prevent further damage.

Treadmill running has already evolved from being an inferior form of running as compared to outdoor running. There is a specific circumstance which will push even the staunchest fan of the outdoor running to use the treadmill. Using the treadmill can be very effective knowing that we can customize this machine according to our needs. If we are able to adjust the speed and the incline, then we may have the best option for running in our hand. You and your body shall determine what surface that is best for you and this will determine the outcome of the debate.

 

Lindy Schwarts of https://amazingmachines.info. I’m a very active women. My passions in life are Fitness, Yoga, Golfing and Kids. I started earlier this year playing a Little around with websites and I can say that’s a new challenge unlike anything else!

 

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. 

Guest post- Online personal training

Hello everyone, I wanted to start this Monday off right with a guest post from a fellow blogger friend, whom I have grown to respect as a writer and fitness professional.  Many of you know his site very well, and probably currently follow him, between his workout videos and beautiful quotes, & that ever so clever playlist he likes to show off for his audience, I would say he was one of many bloggers who I can honestly say I love being on his page! haha. I have done a guest post for him, which was an amazing opportunity considering, I never would have thought I could offer his audience as much as he does.  I decided to have him guest post for us: Chape, who will speak on “online personal training”.

I had never heard of “online personal training” until I had the chance to speak with Chape, and to be honest, it seemed like a sham, because everything I was taught about personal training and everyone I know who works in the profession works hands on with their clients. To be honest, many people seem to shame online personal training and think it is pointless, but I didn’t want to be someone who knocked something before getting an understanding, I did my own research and kept a keen eye on Chape website to see what it was about and it made me interested. I decided since this was something that was new to me, I would have the person who knows best about it speak about it and share their insight. Now I won’t say this has discouraged me from wanting to be hands on with my clients because for now, I want to stay hands on, but it wouldn’t hurt to have this on the back burner if I ever decide to go this route. I don’t hope this will change anyone’s mind, but I do hope it helps to gain understanding and if any fitness professionals or others want to ask him questions about it, I feel this would be a good time and post to do so. I am happy he has taken the time to explain this with all of us, hope all of you enjoy: 

Hello, dears!

 

I´m delighted to have been invited to write in this amazing blog. So, let me thank Shay-lon first for this opportunity. She suggested the topic, online personal training, and I just loved it. I do online personal training!!!

I´ve worked as personal trainer since 2003, and with that experience I decided to move to the online world a couple of years ago. Shay-lon also has some thoughtful  questions and concerns you could share. I hope to be able to solve some of them.

 

I had been helping friends of friends, and friends of clients via mail and Facebook for quite some years. They were happy enough with the results to pay me month after month. To be honest, one good day I realized I was doing online training, with all those mails and chats. The results were there, clients were happy…

I needed to take it seriously. Long story short, two years ago I thought I could do it better, and reach people all over the world. So, I´ve been working on it since then.

 

Definitely, online personal training is a new service in the fitness industry. I think it´s a natural evolution, taking advantage of new technologies. And I think it´s here to stay and improve. We already do serious things like banking and doctor visits online.

Now, you can find online fitness magazines, workouts and diets on any social media platform, fitness apps (free or premium) at Google Store, activity trackers for your phone, wereables, etc. Am I right?

If people are willing to trust and follow these app instructions, or a diet found on internet.  Why not go a step further and consult a personal trainer, online? 

Who is going to help you with all that data collected from your apps and gadgets? What when you´ve tried countless nonsense diets and insane workouts but you still have trouble spots? Then, my friends, you´ll want a personal trainer. You may prefer a face to face class with a local trainer. What if there is none where you live at? What if you can´t afford the rates? What if you don´t like him/her? I think that online training would be a valuable service for a lot of people if they dared to try.

 

I enjoy online training for several reasons. I like meeting people from another countries, learning about their cultures, and habits. I work from home and I´m not tied to a fixed schedule (some weeks are harder than others). Also, I like all this virtual world and tech stuff.

I´ve noticed that online clients are more motivated and committed than face to face clients. They are looking for guide and advice and they follow strictly any indication.

For obvious reasons, I can´t correct my clients while they´re training. Instead, I share with them videos for each exercise, descriptions, and chat before and after a workout with new exercises. If they have any doubt, they ask me until we are clear. I´m truly glad and proud of this, no injuries for now.

In the other hand, my clients have to keep a very specific training and food log. Daily, I keep an eye on these records. When something is not going like I would like to, I tell it with “loud voice” to the client. An in-person trainer who has a date with you twice a week may not be monitoring you as closely.

 

Some people need a trainer by their side. In extreme cases, these people only workout when they have an appointment with their personal trainer. We have to accept online training may not be right for everyone.

But most people don´t need the trainer to actually be there with them. They need someone who tells them what to do with the dumbbells and what to eat, to reach their goals. We can do that online. I would recommend to all trainers and trainees give it a chance.

 

I hope you´ve enjoyed this brief introduction to online personal training. Please, if you have questions, the comment section is just below.

 

Hugs!

Guest post: PoojaG (blogging & Niches)

Hello Everyone, I would have said good night, but I don’t want anyone to fall asleep to this post. LOL. 

No original piece today from me, I have a special guest. 

I’ve met PoojaG months ago, I enjoyed her post because of her positive vibes, good character and friendly demeanor, not to mention the fact I have come to find out we have more in common than I would have ever thought. She has been one of my more supportive followers who has essentially been able to share feedback, ideas, advice and inspiration for both myself and her readers. I appreciate her quality of work and all her content, it is because of her content that I had asked her if she would be available to do a guest post for my blog, I thought this particular topic would come natural to her & I was right! she did an amazing job with this piece and I hope it helps beginner bloggers as well as those who want to venture out and write. 

Some of you may have a difference of opinion on this subject matter, but I believe it is important as a blogger and writer to explore your options in the beginning to decide what niche you want to take on and put on display for others to read, watch, look at, etc. I find that I was a rare breed and kind of knew what I wanted to write about because of being in the profession/field, but many writers/bloggers don’t necessary know and sometimes it can be overwhelming to try to figure out what to write about and why and how to catch someone’s attention. No one’s topic is better than any other, some are more “popular” than others but honestly, those tend to be harder to write about because most people already have made their opinions on it before taking a look at your work. I know in fact that when I see how many people on WordPress write about Fitness/health, that I am not the only one and indeed many people probably already have speculation in what I will write about because they have read many other blogs whom speak on the same topics. I know my niche is Fitness/health and one point I wanted to have multiple niches, but decided it would be just as easy to focus on one and hope for the best. Many times it is those who step outside the box that reap the benefits and I have to admit that PoojaG certainly reaped the benefits and successfully made a blog page that entertain more than 1 niche. 

Please give PoojaG a warm welcome, as she shares her take on having a blog page dedicated to more than one niche:

Starting And Managing A Blog That Incorporates Multiple Topics

The reason most people start a blog is because they have something to share with the world whether it’s art, writing, photography, pictures of your cat or something else. And if you are one of those people who want to have a blog which includes more than one topic this post is for you.

When I first began my blog I was absolutely obsessed with psychology (which I still am) and I knew I wanted to write about psychology. However after I started writing about psychology as fun as it was I started reading other people’s blogs that were about other things and I started wanting to blog about other hobbies and interests of mine. So along with writing about psychology I started writing some book reviews and got a pretty good response. Then I started writing poetry again and decided to share some of it with my followers and I got an awesome response. Along the way I decided that I didn’t want to have a blog about just one particular topic (psychology) but I also didn’t want my blog to be a mess and I wanted my followers to know what to expect from my blog. I knew I wanted to do something inspirational so I decided to do motivational Monday and I knew I wanted to write poetry so I decided to write that every Friday. However, I also wanted to write about a bunch of other topics as well as let my readers know what was going on with me but I knew I didn’t have time to blog every day so I left Wednesday open to write whatever I felt like that week. 

My advice if you’re just starting out a blog is that don’t put too much on your plate and don’t take on too much. Don’t start out by writing every day but instead take it slowly. Even if you know exactly what you want to write about because over time there will be changes on your blog which is inevitable. You will start reading other people’s blogs and get some amazing ideas for your own blog plus you might want to blog about other topics than what you planned so leave some days open to write about other things.

Also if you know you are going to blog about multiple topics when you start out remember to keep your blog neat. Don’t write random topics on random days even though doing that sounds a lot more appealing especially when you’re a lazy person like I am. Make sure you allocate a certain day for a certain topic and one or two days to random topics you may want to talk about that week. This way your followers will know what to expect on certain days instead of always being lost. Unlike blogs with only one topic you also need to have a bunch of categories to make it easier to for the reader to find exactly what they are looking for instead of being lost and giving up on your blog.

Another thing you should remember when you have multiple topics on your blog is that it is harder to keep up with than a blog dealing with just one. Not only should you be regular with all the topics you choose to write about but you also need to make sure you spend enough time perfecting each of them. Remember not to spend too much time on just one topic and neglect another because your readers will notice. Plus make sure you follow other blogs with similar topics to just kind of get ideas and motivation. And in my opinion just follow as many blogs as you can whether they have similar topics or not. As long as you’re interested in their blog follow it because you never know you may end up learning a lot from them.

 

I definitely think there can be blogs with too many topics/niches. Even though I think it’s a great idea to have a lot of different topics on your blog sometimes however people do end up having way too many and can’t handle it themselves. I think have as many topics as you can handle rather than having a lot but then messing them up.

I think the biggest advantage of writing a blog with multiple topics is that you don’t limit yourself to just one thing in particular but rather your blog is more open to a bunch of different ideas and topics. I think it’s perfect for someone who isn’t totally sure what they want to write about and want to try out a bunch of different things. It’s also great for someone who wants to write about a bunch of different things but doesn’t want to start more than one blog. It’s great for someone who, like me, is a little indecisive and wants to share a lot of interests on one blog and wants to add different ideas or topics each week.

I think the hardest part is that unlike blogs focused on a single topic, blogs with multiple topics have to post more often if they want to cover all the topics and I’ll admit it does take quite a bit of effort and it does sometimes feel like a bit of work. When you have just one topic you can post as often as every day or as scarcely as once a week but when you have many topics you have to post at least twice a week so no topic is neglected.

Plus when you have a blog covering many things you are bound to get some negative comments. What I personally do is ignore the really harsh ones and reply to the ones which give you some negative criticism.

I don’t think having a blog with just one topic has ever crossed my mind since I started the blog. Like I said before I did start it wanting to write mainly about psychology but even then I knew I would eventually write about other things too depending on what kind of response it got. Now that I have the perfect routine for now where I blog three times a week I really don’t think about changing my blog and making it about just one topic because it would never work for me. I think for a blog like mine having a certain day for each topic works out great and also gives me some time to write and edit.

So, this was my first guest post and I really hope everyone enjoyed it and I just want to really thank Shay-lon for giving me this opportunity. I really love her blog and writing on it is such an amazing chance for me! It would be awesome if you took some time to also check out my blog called lifesfinewhine and if you liked reading this post don’t forget to like it, share it and let us know your thoughts in the comments below! 

Might have another blogger interview next week :)

Hello everyone!

I wanted to keep everyone update on my life as far as my writing, work, goals, etc. 

I have some good news I want to share with all of you and hopefully all of you will be just as excited to hear it. 

  1. I spoke with a fellow fitness blogger and we are expecting to do a collaboration this month that should be finished by the end of October. It will have something to do with fitness/health & will definitely be worth the wait. It is very exciting.  She reached out to me on social media and wanted to do something different and invited me to work with her on it, we spoke via phone and decided what we kind of want to do, and agreed on some topics and are in the making of creating something fun for our audience! Many of you probably already follow her blog, gojenbefit, if you don’t, take a look at it, she has some good content to offer 🙂
  2. I have not heard back from the editor as of yet, so it should be this week or next, I still have one more article due that needs done by the 27th, so pretty soon I will be working on that article. Busy, busy.
  3. I am still studying for my CPT exam, not fun but needs done so I am prepared. 
  4. I have two guest bloggers who will soon be turning in their articles to me to be posted on my site. Be on the lookout for them, they will be awesome! 
  5. I have not done my pitch yet for the editor of Muscle & Fitness magazine, but I am trying to make some time in doing that as well, since he did offer me to send him more, I will take advantage of this 
  6. I have contacted a fellow blogger who many of you know and asked if he would allow me to do an interview and/or present a blog post to be featured on his page and he has gotten back with me on the idea and I believe next week we will be setting up an interview via skype. I am hoping it makes his radio talk show, that would be awesome, but if not, I still think it is awesome I get this opportunity! I am very nervous and excited all in one. Hopefully he doesn’t throw me any curve balls, LOL. I will and I am sure he will let everyone know when the video gets posted 😀 be on the lookout for that as well!
  7. I have been receiving many positive emails from some of you and I would like to say thank you! it is always awesome when I can wake up and read your emails! love it. 
  8. Follow me on social media, if you would like, I am active on all of them (yeah I don’t know how I manage it either) lol.  but love connecting with everyone in various ways.
  9. Thank you for the continued support on my Youtube videos, I know I can be a goof many times, but everything I tell you has some form of meaning to it. I do plan on making more videos besides on Monday’s but right now, my schedule is full most days, but I will let everyone know when I decide to add more videos and on what days. I am looking at starting “Topic Tuesdays” – yes I did make this clever idea up, lol so be on the lookout when I announce my first Topic Tuesday video. 
  10. Finally, I want to let everyone know, I apologize if I don’t always get to your new post “on time” or if I don’t seem like I venture to your page often enough, I really honestly try to make it to your page with the time I do have, I am not the fastest reader in the world, so when I do venture.. reading each post takes me time and that is why sometimes I don’t make it back to your page for days or weeks at a time. In an event you want me to look at a particular post and leave feedback, let me know.. I don’t mind, I try to at least read and like what I like, if I don’t like it, I don’t pretend I do. LOL or I haven’t read it yet. 
  11. If you want to be a guest post on my blog, you are more than welcome to contact me and give me the scoop in what you want to write and if I like it, cool, if not, we shall tweak it or I keep it real and tell ya it isn’t a good fit, but no worries I am very chill:) If you want me to pick out a topic for you, I do that too. it just means more work for me. LOL. Also, I can guest post for others, if you want me as a guest post or interview, contact me, and we can talk about it. 
  12. As far as collaborations, if you want to collaborate with me on something, that is cool too! I am always open to work together on a project with people! 

Don’t hold me accountable for this semi-long post, lol. My life isn’t all daisies, I just left out the disasters . haha. 

Your fitness blogger,

Shay-lon xoxo

Rich From Twitter wanted to guest post on my blog..

Hello bloggers, 

I have been been on social media just making people aware of my blog sites, my goals, purpose, etc and recently found a personal trainer who is following me, he was looking to guest post and possibly have someone do a guest post on his site and I was totally interested in listening to what he had to say because we all know not all personal trainers are good trainers or have good intentions. He recently sent me 4 articles along with this cover photo and about me page, and I glanced over the first article and decided it wouldn’t be too bad to have it around. His main purpose is rapid, permanent fat loss, and I am not sure how I feel about it 100 percent, as I have only read the 1st article, although just because I am not 100 percent on board, doesn’t mean I will knock it, as long as it is a safe way to lose weight (he does mention it will take 90 days) For right now, I will send you his first article, hopefully it may interest someone, if it does, I can email you the other articles or if I find more people would like to know more, I am willing to post the other 3 articles. let me know what you think of Rich:

You Must Transform Your Body Now!

“The first step towards transformation is awareness”
By Rich “Slayer of Stubborn Fat” Tweten CPT, Author

Have you accidentally programmed your body to be fat for life?

That’s an incredibly scary thought, yet it may be true!

Remember back to a time when you made the decision to slay stubborn fat.

Once motivated, I’m sure you did whatever you believed was necessary at the time to drop those ugly and unwanted pounds.

Did you go on a diet?

Did you start an exercise program?

Did you buy a fat loss product that promised amazing results?

Regardless of the path you chose, obviously your efforts were not fully rewarded since you’re here with me right now.

Even the most effective actions for slaying stubborn fat and improving health mean nothing, if you have unconsciously programmed your body to be fat for life.

What stopped you before and may continue to prevent you from achieving rapid and permanent fat loss results?

It definitely isn’t your body.

Instead, it’s your mind that orders your body to respond to its every command!

To actually achieve rapid and permanent fat loss results, it’s essential to install a new and positive program into your mind.

Otherwise, your body will have no other choice but to follow the old and negative programming that has brought you disheartening fat loss results in the past that comes with a guarantee for fat loss failure in the future.

This positive program will allow you to create and own your new body, instead of renting mediocre fat loss results, if any!

Coming up, you’ll find an assignment with questions that are brought to your attention in a simple, step-by-step format.
Valuable insight and self-actualization will be yours for the taking.
However, before you answer the first question, make sure to open a text file so you can simply type out the answers as you advance.

Here is your goal for this assignment…

To take responsibility for the body you’ve created and increase your awareness about why you need to achieve rapid and permanent fat loss results, then make the decision to get started.

This is going to sound strange, but you need to trust me on this.

Create a private moment for yourself and strip off your clothes.

Yes! I mean it.

Keep your underwear on, or get into a bathing suit and walk over to a mirror (ideally a full length one) and stand in front of it.

Ask yourself the following list of questions as you study your body.

I’d like you to verbally respond to all of the questions and then type out your answers.

For the record, this assignment is intense!

It needs to be in order for you to feel the tenacious drive to create a positive lifestyle transformation and as a result, an improved self-image and new-found happiness.

Question 1: What is your immediate reaction when you stare at the body you’ve created? Make certain that you’re standing in a relaxed position and speak out the feelings that enter your mind.

Question 2: Do you believe that your inner health is being affected in a negative way when your body is living in this state? If so, how? Think of your heart, lungs and arteries, etc.

Question 3: How is the condition of your body affecting your everyday attitude, productivity and performance?

Question 4: How is the condition of your body affecting the people around you and the way they treat you?

Question 5: What has your physical condition cost you in the past and present? Think of your health, self-esteem and other areas that have been affected such as your family, relationships and career.

Question 6: Do you understand why you look and feel the way you do? What are some unhealthy habits which contributed towards that result? Think about inactivity and poor nutrition.

Question 7: Imagine how you will look and feel in 5 years from now if you continue to pick-up more unhealthy habits. How about 10 or 20 years?

Question 8: Describe your physical appearance right now after answering the first 7 questions. Are you smiling, frowning or sad? Yell it out with emotion!

Question 9: Do you know of anyone who is at least 5 years older than yourself and has a similar lifestyle as yours? Assuming that you’re both of the same gender and have a similar bone structure, answer the following questions:

In your opinion, how does that person look and feel?

Do you think that person is happy?

Are you going to allow yourself to look and feel a similar way as this person in the future?

Question 10: Are you worth more than what you see in the mirror?

Question 11: Are you ready to work towards rapid and permanent fat loss results?

If you answered “Yes” to the last question, then way to go!

On the other hand, if you answered “No”… don’t worry, you’re just not ready to commit to a new, healthy lifestyle for a healthier mind and body.

Continue to live your life as happily as can be.

If you change your mind in the future, only then do I want you to continue on from here.

If you haven’t answered all of the previous questions, then I encourage you to go back and complete them.

Since you’ve now decided to work towards rapid and permanent fat loss results, understand that you’ve unlocked the magical door that’s at the beginning of your pathway to a heavenly body!

In this next step, you’re going to get excited and have fun as you set your realistic weight loss goals (link the phrase “realistic weight loss goals” to http://totalwellnessdestination.com/realistic-weight-loss-goals) using visualization…

About the Author: Rich “Slayer of Stubborn Fat” Tweten is a Certified Personal Trainer and author of PFL90, The Ultimate Psychologically Based Fat Loss Plan. Since 1999, he’s helped thousands of people who’ve accidentally programmed their bodies to be overweight for life to achieve rapid and permanent fat loss results through the successful transformation of their mindset.

Click here (link the phrase “click here” to http://pfl90.com) for more information on PFL90.

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