World Autism Awareness Day

For those who are unaware, today is “World Autism Awareness Day” — I am all for mental health awareness (my blog focuses on both mental and physical health). I think it is good that we keep ourselves educated and aware of current events going on around us, mental health issues/conditions and wanting to understand other people’s experiences. I know autism isn’t anything new, but I know people who suffer from a mild form of it, and some of my family members have worked with kids who suffer from moderate to more severe forms of autism. We have come a long way in science, but still there is no affirmative answer as to how some people become autistic and others don’t. It is believed that both environmental factors and genetics play a part in autistic persons but NO specific environmental causes have been proven yet. For a while I know many people blamed the vaccination that prevented childhood infectious diseases but multiple studies have said that the vaccinations did not increase the chances of autism — not saying that these studies are 100 percent true, because I believe there may be studies who slightly disagree with this claim, but I suppose it all depends on what source is saying what and your thoughts around it after gaining more understanding and research on the topic. 

 

If you are unaware of what autism is, it is characterized as “a developmental disorder that that impairs the ability to communicate and interact”. With this being said, it doesn’t mean that everyone with autism cannot speak or form sentences, or is mute; I have a client with autism, who functions and speaks just the same — as said before, some have mild forms and others have more moderate or severe forms of autism. 

 

Common signs of autism?

 
  • Social impairment and communication difficulties — some people find social interactions difficult. Simply avoiding eye contact, not respond to their name, children with autism may find they would rather be alone (play games by themselves vs playing with other children), many people with autism may have a difficult time with talking about their feelings and understanding other people’s feelings. Delayed speech, no speech, inappropriate forms of speech, awkwardness while talking, may repeat phrases, or give unrelated answers to questions.. etc.
  • Repetitive & characteristic behaviors: Repetitive movements or unusual behaviors, become obsessive over certain topics, preoccupied with certain aspects of a toy, many people with autism thrive from routine (changes can be challenging for them), anger or emotional outburst. etc. 

There are more signs I hadn’t listed but this gives you somewhat of an understanding but it’s always good to get more information from your medical doctor or a specialist in the area of mental health who can provide more answers. 

 

Treatments can include medications that DON’T CURE OR TREAT MAIN SYMPTOMS, medications can help some of the symptoms (anxiety, depression, obsessive behavior), another treatment is “educational & behavioral interventions (which have been proven to be helpful) 

 

Diagnosing autism can be difficult at times because of the fact that sometimes symptoms go unrecognized for a period of time & not everyone experiences the same type of symptoms. 

Some early on indicators might be: 

  • poor eye contact
  • no response to name
  • no babbling or pointing by age 1
  • no smiling or social responsiveness

just to name a few. Later indicators:

  • impaired ability to make friends with peers
  • repetitive or unusual use of language
  • abnormally intense or focused interest
  • preoccupation of certain objects or subjects

plus more that I haven’t listed. Again, the best thing to do is ask questions to medical professionals or do your own research, because even if you don’t know anyone who suffers from autism, it doesn’t mean you won’t ever come into contact with someone who doesn’t have it. Hopefully this information was somewhat helpful and more of you share your own tidbits of information in the comment sections; thanks for reading, comment, like, and share! 

 

Shay-lon 

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Never too late for some Monday Motivation

Just in case you follow me on IG & want to see what I posted for inspiration — Monday Motivation

The Blogger Tag – My First one like this?! :D

Hey everyone, 

I am back at it again and writing some post for this week. Sorry, I have been away from the blog since last Thursday or so, I have received all of your messages, responses and comments and will make sure to respond to all of you! I appreciate all of your patience and understanding as I was enjoying my Memorial Day weekend & I hope many of you had a wonderful weekend as well. I have been missing on YouTube as well, so if you have been one of those who left me comments on my channel, know I plan on getting on there today and will respond back – life gets pretty busy sometimes. If any of you have an Instagram and want to see some progress pictures of myself, my weekend shenanagins, and fun random life events/fitness videos.. please feel free to follow me! I would love to connect with all you and I usually post on there more regularly because it is quicker. 

In the meantime, I have some awards to catch up on and hopefully all of you will continue to enjoy them, and I plan on doing 2 fitness/health post as well today – so I will be hella busy 🙂 woot! 

This award was given to me by my blogger friend PoojaG & if any of you know her, you know that her blog is always full of quotes, recently posted some awards of her own and then she has also taken the time to share some advice on becoming a good blogger. I love her blog page and enjoy her personality – definitely someone you should check out when you have the chance! Thank you PoojaG for nominating me for this tag. 

Question 1: How tall are you?

I am 5’8. 

Question 2: Do you have a hidden talent? 

I can press down on my nose and it flattens.. weird, yes.

Question 3: What’s your biggest blog-related pet peeve? 

Probably, the whole leaving spam messages on my comment section, I know shit happens but it can be annoying and yes we have a spam box (which is helpful) 

Question 4: What’s your biggest non-blog related pet peeve?

People who chew gum really loud and obnoxious , lol

Question 5: What’s your favourite song?

Hm, at the moment? it changes so easily, but I would say probably “Lust for life” by lana del rey and the weeknd 🙂 love both of these artist. 

Question 6: What is your favourite social media website?

Hm, probably Instagram if I had to choose 🙂

Question 7: What is your favourite way to spend free time when you’re alone? 

Either reading a book, or playing video games/ sometimes watching a movie. Just depends on the mood. 

Question 8: What is your favourite junk food?

Haha mostly salty snacks! lol 

Question 9: Do you have a pet/pets? If so, what kind and what are their names? 

My family does, but I do not. 

Question 10: What is your number one favourite non-fiction and fiction book?

Oh goodness, I don’t have a favorite of either at the moment.

Question 11: What is your favourite beauty product/tool?

My chapstick 🙂

Question 12: When were you last embarrassed? What happened?

My mom decided to embarrass me in front of someone I am dating the other day! lol

Question 13: If you could only drink one beverage (besides water) for the rest of your life, what would it be? 

Well depends are we talking alcohol wise or not? lol

Question 14: What is your favourite movie? 

Besides the Lion King 🙂 I would say “The Great Gasby” with Leonardo 🙂 

Question 15: What was your favourite lesson in school and why?

Probably gym class for a long time, then I would say possibly life span psychology and then I would say I have always been good at English/composition classes, but yeah. Not sure.. if I had one that was my #1 favorite! Probably anatomy … that was a good one and I love learning health things.. obviously 🙂 so yes.. that and exercise science classes (all of them)

Question 16: If you could live anywhere in the world where would you live?

Someplace warm 🙂

Question 17: PC or Mac?

PC 🙂 nothing against Mac, I have always owned a PC.

Question 18: Last romantic gesture from a crush, date boy/girlfriend, spouse?

My partner made me dinner the other night 🙂 

Question 19: Favourite celebrity?

I don’t think I have one?

Question 20: What blogger do you secretly want to be friends with?

It’s not a secret if I share it with you, lol

Question 21: Who is your biggest inspiration?

The people who have done something positive in the world (big or small)

Question 22: What is your favourite blog to read? 

I don’t have a favorite to read, I normally read whatever interest me. 

Question 23: What is your favourite high street shop?

What does this mean?

Question 24: Are you in education or do you work?

Both!

Question 25: What is one thing you are proud of?

The person I have become 🙂 and my continued growth!

My Nominees Are:

https://glamalittle.com/

https://ujjwalrealblog.wordpress.com/

https://terryharo.wordpress.com/

https://simpleula.com/

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Thanks for reading, comment, share, like and follow!

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! 

Know Your Purpose|Know Your Role

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FPcZMTg1gdU

I think many of you will be very appreciative of this particular vlog video, as it goes over how your roles you choose in life and the roles given to you in life all make a difference in other people’s lives, make you that much closer to your overall purpose – and by purpose, I mean the one thing that is much more than the external wishes. The things that you aim for that effect other people in a positive way. We all have roles, some have more than others and we might not always have a choice in what roles we have but we have a choice in what direction we choose to use those roles and how they effect people in our circle/lives. Sometimes we ask our-self what is our purpose, how do I fulfill my purpose, when do I know when to fulfill and it and it isn’t always clear to us in the beginning but the more roles you take on and remove from your life, it becomes more clear to you how you want others to view you, how you want people to respond to you and how certain roles can hinder your purpose in life. 

In this particular video, I give you examples of two different kind of roles we have in this life and explain to you how to see your purpose and how to view your life from now on, from this day forward. I hope many of you will watch this video, as this is something I came up with on my own time and without a script to go on, be patient with me as I speak to you & share this video among friends, family, peers, social media.. because I want more people to be inspired and to look at their purpose in this way! 

Thank you for your time, enjoy the video.

Shay-lon xxoo

I Am Only Human

Bound By Flaws.

For a first time in a long time.. 

 

It had occur to me that people see me as this “super human” amazing women who lifts heavy and walks with confidence and seemingly has her life together & everything she does just seems to be #goals (my blog, my workout, my future career, my online presence, physique, etc) & this scares me a little bit, actually a lot of bit. I mean granted I am thankful that I have inspired people, built relationships and rapport with people who now trust me enough to come to me with questions about fitness/health, have had a blog that went from 0 to hero in matter of months and that I tend to make people smile with my random comedic personality BUT what scares me is that people seem to think because of all this I did do, that they think they can’t do it. Like it took some magical pixie dust and oops the store ran out of it, so looks like no one else is capable of doing AMAZING things with their own life. 

 

I hate to give it to you like this.. BUT.. I am only human. That’s right, I came out the vagina the same way you did and I ended up on planet earth just like you. my baby self didn’t have a 6 pack and big arms, I surely wasn’t tying blogs at the age of 2 and I couldn’t have been that famous because I am still broke & I am willing to bet .. no one really even knows me besides family and friends and the people who know of me online. I could lie and say I am a HUGE deal but lets get real, I am not. Do I want to be? YES! because I have a lot to offer in my field and I know I am capable of GREAT things! I believe this. I know how hard I have to work in order to keep my physique in top notch if I want the “deals” and exposure, I know what it takes to keep my blog running smoothly so that all of you keep coming back to pester me about how much you love my stuff (lol)  & I know how much constant research, learning and events it will take for me to build more knowledge so I know what I am talking about and can teach others and spread my knowledge to others who listen to me. My life is not all daisies and wildflowers with tons of sunshine – I have cloudy days. I have periods and bloating that makes me look “gross” , I have struggled with body shaming, I have had the ups and downs of having a nice physique, I have failed in sporting events, I have struggled with my own self confidence and who I am, I have struggled financially, I have lost out on many opportunities (not being good enough), I have days where my abs are no longer there and my arms look like twigs and I am crying trying to pick myself back up. I have had many days where my post suck and I felt like walking away, and for goodness sake .. I know what it is like to have flaws. 

 

The problem is, maybe not all my flaws are seen with the human eye, maybe some of them are seen and you can pinpoint them in less than 5 seconds, but it doesn’t matter because I am no better than anyone else. Being in the fitness field can put a lot of pressure on you to be something like someone else in order to gain a huge following, more “friends”, more money and more fame. I don’t mind the pressure much anymore because I had to stop trying to be like her or him and had to try better at doing what I do best: being me, with flaws and all. I can’t always show my flaws because, hey it is a business, and I have to put on a good face and a good show if I want to keep everyone else around me happy, but when I do, it hits hard — because that is the one time I can let go and just allow myself to cry or get angry. Becoming a trainer isn’t easy either, hell .. you are responsible for someone outside of yourself and being an athlete, well hell you are responsible with being “good” and if not good, then you better be able to handle the harsh criticisms because the world is ready to chew you whole and spit you out. Truth is, during this whole time of learning about myself and wanting to go the distance in everything I do, I have learned I am as strong as I allow but I can’t handle every hurdle and I can’t handle every ball thrown at me.. because like everyone else, I am human and I am going to have days where I fall and getting back up will seem impossible. 

 

Hopefully this post gave people some perspective and understanding. Feel free to leave comments, likes, share it on social media or follow me 🙂 Thank you.

 

Your Fitness Blogger,

 

Shay-lon xxooo

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

How to create good blog content as a fitness/health blogger

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z6PwnXtEMmk