365 Day Self Discovery challenge — Day Three

9.05.18

Today’s question was somewhat like the first question but allows lead way with the answers, and due to the small amount of time I have to write this post, I am going to get right to the point & try to explain as I go. 

  1. I consider myself loyal, to those I love (friends, relationships, family) 
  2. Outgoing, willing to try new things & explore new places — new hobbies
  3. A good listener
  4. Inspiring/motivating, I love when I am able to push someone to do something they didn’t think was possible for themselves or had a lot of self doubt about; being their cheerleader. I have always been told I am an “inspiring” person.
  5. I’m personable, people tend to feel very comfortable around me, I am easy to talk to & it makes it easiest to make friends. 

For now I listed 5 , because I want to stay humble & not give too much away — I think these traits are good traits but come with their cons depending on your perspective. I challenge you to answer this question in the comments, or post about it & tag me or give it a thought in your private time and see what you come up with! Thanks for reading, looking forward to chatting with you all tomorrow! 

Shay-lon

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Day 22 of my squat challenge, 185 reps

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7fjLxjSW4L8

Keep motivating me and cheering me on, I will need all of you! As time progresses the amount of reps will increase and it will start to be harder for me, but I will not give up and I will take this challenge and prevail 🙂 Thank you for all your support

Shay-lon xxxx

700 followers and counting!

Hello everyone, 

I have finally reached my goal of 700 + followers, and I am very grateful and excited about it! I don’t know if any of you remember, but it has been some months, since making this goal, so it took me sometime, but I am very happy nonetheless. I want to say thank you to all those that continue to follow my blog, those have subscribed to my blog and those who have shown support on all my social media accounts as well! I love blogging and enjoy speaking with all of you, I know this number doesn’t seem so big for some, but for me, it seems so huge. Especially considering all the other fitness/health bloggers who write about some of the same things as I do, and it can be difficult because I like to stand out among others and show my flying colors. I definitely want to continue to impress all of you with my continued blogging and social media efforts, so please don’t leave, make this page home and know that I am YOUR NUMBER ONE FAN! whatever journey you are on, I am your number one fan, always cheering you on! Thank you!

Next goal: 800 followers 

P.S invite your friends and family to read my blog post as well, I have had people from my social media accounts sharing my blog post with their followers, and I love it, I love knowing people all of over will get to read something positive and inspiring and motivating. Keep up the fantastic work bloggers! 

Your Fitness Blogger,

Shay-lon xxx

I made it to 600 followers , thank you

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Hey everyone!

I wanted to let everyone know that today I have reached my goal of 600 followers on my blog. I am so proud of all of you for following the rules and following me! lol, jk. Seriously this is awesome for me, I am a nobody in a world full of who’s.. this probably makes no sense, but if you know me well enough, that is perfectly normal. Thank you to all of you who enjoy my content, who support my YouTube videos, who don’t mind my yapping away and having me make you all feel bad about yourselves because I am lifting heavier than you! hahhaha only kidding. – I love you bloggers! I love you readers, I love you both the same unless one of you unfollows me, then.. chances are I don’t love you anymore. – lol. 

I don’t want to make a HUGE deal out of this, because some of you have more than 1,000 followers – you know who you are.. yeah you.. over there with the smile on your face and the soft nudge and head nod you gave to the guy beside you – yeah I don’t like you.. jk. I think it is wonderful that you are cooler than me but let me have this slice of cake and pretend that I am cool for this moment. With all this being said, I hope many more come to enjoy my post and interact with me on a daily basis because you are the only friends I have, LOL – I pretty much live on WordPress.. can’t give away my address because I am BIG deal now.. kind of, sorda, not really.. but for 3 more minutes we shall pretend. Cheers! 

Thank you to all my WordPress followers! I appreciate all the positive vibes, good laughs and the support I have gotten from many of you. I hope I can continue to make you smile, laugh, motivate, inspire and continue to support you through your fitness/health journey with my knowledge, constant cheering, advice and services – Your friend always,

Shay-lon xxxxx

P.S next goal is 700 🙂 

How do you agree to disagree with another Fitness professional/fitness instructor, fitness blogger

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So, this is something some of you have been waiting for (another post exposing my personal thoughts). I recently came by someone who asked me what I write about after I mentioned I was a blogger ( I told them I am fitness/health blogger) and that my topics range from exercises, mental health, nutrition, etc. Well they proceeded with “what are your credentials and how do you go about teaching people about fitness/health – when there are other people in your field who may or may not agree with anything or everything you are saying.. how do you compete against them for followers and what are people supposed to believe if you have differing opinions than someone else in your field?” . At first I was thinking, ” wow… seriously”, but then I said “.. it goes a little like this, I have my degree in exercise science, I interned for many different places within this field, I have worked with many professionals in the field, and I also keep all my college materials (books) and I research and read magazines, in the process of being certified in personal training and don’t come off like an arrogant piece of shit when I write” – this is how I manage to keep readers and followers and gain respect within my field (among many other things that go unnoticed). 

Lets just say, he was delighted by my answer and didn’t further question me but instead gave me a high five and told me “works for me”.

I decided after having to answer his question, I would write about this particular topic because honestly, it is true – I am “competing against other fitness/health bloggers who have differing opinions than mine and may not always agree with my tactics, information, and have more expertise than myself”.  I am not so stubborn to realize this, I am not so arrogant to ignore it, and I don’t think I know everything, which is why I spend hours on my laptop and hours teaching myself and studying. Sure, I may never know everything and there are fitness professionals without their degrees who are more knowledgeable than some of us with one – surprising huh?! But honestly, I never write to compete against others in my field, I don’t write to prove I know it all, I don’t write to make myself seem better. I write about fitness/health because this is my life, my everyday life and whether I agree with other professionals or athletes is not important because everyone has their own way of doing things. Now does this mean, when someone is using poor form/technique when squatting; I promote it? NO! what this means is, if that person is not able to demonstrate the exercise properly, either I make it known or I don’t. I don’t feel compelled to analyze everyone’s blogs and check to see how right they are or wrong they are. If I am following another fitness/health blog, best believe I read their content, and if I don’t agree with something, I normally comment with my take on things./sometimes I research it, and if I feel like the blogger is writing about something totally in left field that I know is NOT right or encouraging something that I know is unsafe, etc then I don’t follow them because I don’t have time for shenangins. It is the same with YouTube fitness videos, I swear these are sometimes the worse because they will do some circus trick to encourage others to do it too but have no real purpose and can’t identify how the movement is even constructive to a persons well-being. 

Personally I have had people disagree with topics  I have written about, such as: “Child obesity” was one of them because so many people have different thoughts, experiences; Did I go off on people who didn’t like what I had to say about it? – no. Why would I? I don’t care if you disagree with me, because hey, we all have a right to an opinion and all my readers are allowed to be honest and forthright as long as it is tasteful in nature and not something to arouse people’s anger. I feel like this, if you don’t like what I write about, then come forth and let me know,  you don’t have to agree with everything I say; that is the truth. If something I write about offends you (hopefully not) then say something but don’t expect me to back down & kiss ass either, because I won’t. For the most part, I think my topics have proven to be well written and I have yet come by a fitness professional who talked negatively about anything I have written thus far (thankfully) and I hope it stays this way because I live to learn, teach and grow. Hell, I have had many fitness professionals who have been in my field for 10+ years and have given me advice on workouts, shared their insight and added their own recommendations and I LOVED IT! because they didn’t belittle me, they actually only complimented my writing and confirmed the information; letting me know my topic wasn’t  full of bullshit and lies because trust me if they ever were: I would expect those same people to let me know. 

So how does one like myself handle agreeing-disagreeing with other fitness people? We talk like adults, exchange thoughts, I learn from them, I ask them questions, I gain insight and I respect their knowledge, because more than likely they have been in the game WAYY longer than myself and I only want to be as successful as they are now in their careers. My motto is “who cares whether the lunge or back squat is a better exercise – the more important thing is we both know they are functional exercises” LOL. 

I make mistakes, I may be biased sometimes & I am young.- but I won’t lead you over a cliff;  Thank you everyone for reading and I appreciate everyone’s support on my blog. 

Your Fitness Blogger,

Shay-lon xxx