Sometimes I feel like I am drowning —

Hey everyone 🙂

With as busy as I have been, I know I haven’t been consistent with my post like I was in the past and that is because I am building a new website for my personal training business I want to do & I have been traveling and out of town a whole lot more since it is the summer. 

Not to mention, I want to start up a new podcast for my business but it will be fun and lot more laid back — but coming up with a title has been grueling, so hopefully within the month that will be a  finished product. I have had a lot on my plate with this new business venture I am taking and being sponsored by two companies and having an online presence on IG, FB and Twitter, etc has been taking a toll sometimes — it can be quite overwhelming and I am always on the go, go, go. There is hardly enough time for me to just do me *hints why I am usually gone for a long period of time from this blog*. I ma not trying to avoid any of you or make excuses for my absence but at times I need that breath of fresh air & not always will I post it. 

With all of this being said, I have yet to sit down and come up with a new schedule for this blog and my LGBTQ blog — so be patient with me, but do know I will  and when I do, I will let all of you know, because I know many of you like routine and enjoyed my older days when I was posting more often and with new, fun and exciting things that led you to my blog in the first place. Nothing comes easy when you have a lot on your plate on and offline — so this might be something that ends up being trial and error until I get it right. Once upon a time, I was keeping track of all my milestones when it came to followers on this blog, but since slowing down and realizing I am not dedicating the same amount of time I once was to this blog I found there was no point in doing all of that when my stats reflect my failure to commit to consistency; maybe in the future I will have new milestones I can reflect on and share but for now don’t expect anything HUGE until I have been a more regular blogger again. I am not giving up blogging or letting go of this blog or any of the other blogs I do, they are all successful blogs that I will make into a side profession, but the amount of time I am dedicating to them will be hindered quite a bit for sometime until I can get more things off my plate and have a balance — especially since I am making a website, that will need my full attention as well. I was always told to not break off more than I can chew (I suppose that is too late, considering circumstances) but I can still find ways to manage my blogs without them becoming a chore ( I don’t like chores) LOL.

In the meantime, once my website is up and running — it won’t be perfect of course because I still have to take proper steps in having it look more professional and what not, but for now I just want it up and running with new post/and possibly content and maybe features.. we shall see (one step at a time) and once my podcast is created and running — I will reveal that information as well, along with any other projects I am working on that would be relevant for all of my readers. 

I do want to say THANK YOU, because most of you continue to keep up with my blog post, and comment and still find time to make time for my writings without complaints. I may not be as good as I once was with keeping up with your blogs, but I do appreciate the time you have taken to subscribe to my blog, follow my blog, read and share it. I know being a blogger was not meant to be easy for everyone depending on your goals, and I chose to take the long road with the most reward BUT my blog wouldn’t be as valuable or or hold a purpose without ALL OF YOU BEING APART OF IT 🙂 Thank you for all your continued support. #CHEERS 

Shay-lon

P.S when I compete in my first powerlifting meet, I will also be sharing this with all of you ! 

 

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Theme Changed & Categories mixed up (Time consuming business)

Hello Bloggers,

I just recently changed my blog theme today and have added and removed some categories that I didn’t find productive any longer. This is an ongoing change because I have so many published post that I have to move post around to the correct categories and this will take some time, so in the meantime, things will seem all confusing on my blog perhaps if you use my category drop down list on my blog page. I will continue to work on it, but no promises it will get done within this week, it will be under construction for a little while. I will let everyone know when it is finished up, sorry for any inconveniences. 

Your Fitness Blogger,

Shay-lon xxooo

2016/2017 tag

Well, well, well.. here we are again.. with another TAG! I don’t know about the rest of you bloggers but I have noticed these tags are starting to take over the wordpress world and I don’t know how any us will survive if they start controlling our brains and making us type out many words and many numbers. Rumor has it, the awards have been jealous of the tags and I don’t blame them.. they are slowly being pushed to the side and forgotten about. I won’t let those awards go unnoticed, if no one has told you awards, I love you 🙂 lol 

That was a just a small amount of mediocre comedy, don’t judge me, it was the best I could do on a Saturday. If you are judging me, you probably ended up laughing anyways and if you didn’t laugh, well.. this kind of comedy wasn’t for you 🙂 Thank you PoojaG for making me spend my weekends doing another post (I was going to share my workout today, but since she wants me working overtime on this wordpress with these tags, pft I might not) LOL. Don’t check out her blog unless you wanted to be corrupted by tags! hahaha.

1. Mention Creator of tag
Thank you to David for creating this tag!
 
2. Use the image in the article
 

3. Mention blogger(s) who have chosen you

4. Answer the questions

5. Tag 9 other bloggers & let them know
Describe your 2016 in 3 words
Gym, Sleep, Eat
Write the name of 2 people that have characterized your 2016.
Youngest sibling, My friend John
Write the most beautiful place you’ve visited in 2016 and why you liked it so much.
Hm, wow! I think Pittsburgh was beautiful when I went, I loved the water and looking over the whole city. Sucks we broke up, now I have no reason to visit anymore! haha. 
Write the most delicious food you’ve tasted in 2016.
Um, I don’t know. I think it would have been this place in Pittsburgh once again! lol it was deli and they had huge amazing sandwiches. 
Write the event which has marked you more of this in 2016?
Graduating college. 
Write the finest purchase you’ve made in this 2016, and if you want to link a photo.
Really nice hotel and more fitness apparel 🙂 lol 
Write 3 good intentions for this 2017.
  1. Read more books
  2. getting stronger physically and mentally 🙂 
  3. spreading positive vibes.. 

Write 1 place you want to visit in 2017.

Anywhere outside of where I live 🙂 

Write 1 plate/food you want to eat in 2017

more good food, that is always good.

My nominees are:

anotherwisemonkey

thehangryrunner

gitfitsite

ken

nyse

lacey

jess

karinapinella

gojenbefit

For more tags, click here

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Chances are you aren’t really living ..

Every once in a GREAT while, I get in one of these inspirational moods and bore you with my positive outlook and story… thoughts.. fears.. momentary comedy.. and toward the end everything ends with .. bullshit I could have said in the beginning but decided to make you read til the end to find out the point. This is another one of those post. 😀

 

You see, we run into this thing called chance, the possibility of something happening but we never know what. We are always taking chances, at least most of us are, and when our chances run out, well.. that normally means we have met our maker or we have run into a dead end, and it is time to re-evaluate how we spend what time we have left. How do you spend today, if you don’t know what tomorrow will be like? Odds are you will continue to.. what is that word? Live?

People use the word “live” a lot, it almost sounds like a catchy answer until I become a nuisance and ask you “how do you really know you are living, spending everyday alive, when you aren’t taking chances, and you are afraid to make mistakes”? then you get that grumpy answer: “Well I am still breathing, aren’t I?” – nothing seems to make sense anymore.. when people say that. 

Many of you are probably wondering what this has to do with “Fitness/health”, but if you pay attention, this whole thing will add up to another post in the future & in all honesty this whole post has to do with life – and fitness & health is a lifestyle, right? so calm down and don’t worry about me getting off the beaten path.. 

 

This whole year of 2016, I took some pretty huge chances, I made some really fucked up mistakes and I probably lived more than I have in many years. Actually.. I haven’t lived enough and I want more of out life – but that is because I constantly await for something to happen in my life, I patiently wait to make another mistake, to fuck up, to laugh louder and harder, to cry more, to smile often, and store what is left of the memories in my phone, laptop or brain.  I suggest all of you wait too, no use in running after something that will greet you at the door in due time. I am not really good with words, so excuse me if this starts to sound like gibberish, I don’t mean to make you fall asleep, I just don’t use really big words when I speak to keep people’s attention – I much prefer to speak like a child (repeating what I say often using different sentences but the same small words) luckily for all of you, I am a “big kid”, so no need for a babysitter. 

 

It’s shame we have all been trying to fit in all this time, trying to create this white picket fence where we greet our neighbors every morning, say hi to Lucy and Tom next door, and go to work to come home and do it all over again. We stopped taking chances, sometime ago, when we realized that Lucy and Tom were shot walking down the street to get coffee, our dog was hit by a train and our children lost their first sports event of the year & we got laid off from our million dollar job! Oh.. we were living.. day in and day out, doing the same shit, greeting the same neighbors, attending the same games, and working the same hours, laughing at the same black and white TV shows. I remember when people were “living”, living in bliss and living in fortune. Some might agree that back then compared to now has significantly changed (and I don’t mean the weather) – I mean everybody who is somebody can’t even stand to walk anymore without fear. We don’t take the same chances anymore. I hear people say “nothing is going to stop me from living” but they are the same ones driving to the corner store up one block and complaining about how they wished they could save on gas, but don’t dare walk in fear they could be mugged.. – so what was that whole nothing can stop me from living again? lol. 

 

We stopped living when things happened next door to us, when people we know lost their lives, when we decided that it was much safer in our homes, when we watched the news and wanted nothing to do with the outside world, and when pain and sorrow came knocking at our doors – we gave up our lives, we surrendered them to those that challenged it. We don’t attend the same kind of parties anymore, we don’t associate with the same kind of people anymore, we don’t offer sugar to our neighbors, we don’t eat candy from Halloween, we don’t drive the same way to work – call it being cautious if you want to, but being cautious is what kept people from living (for better or for worse, that is up to you)

It isn’t only you that isn’t living, hell I am not living, I am being more and more stuck in this zone of “safety” where it scares me to almost say my name to strangers, not knowing their intentions. Making new friends and dating never seemed anymore scary than these days – online and offline. Truth is, we don’t take the same chances we once have, and it doesn’t mean we failed, or that we are scared shitless, just means we developed a sense of wanting to stay alive, wanting to protect, wanting to be more aware of what could happen. 

 

I personally believe that “living” is what you make it, but what if you don’t live long enough to make something of life? What if your tragic end comes in the next couple of hours? Does it mean you didn’t live life, or does it mean you lived it until you had nothing to live for? 

 

Something tells me you are going to think I am crazy for creating this post, I hope it wasn’t too deep for any of you. I hope it didn’t scare any of you, I hope I get some good feedback , and all of you decide to share your thoughts, I hope you share my post with your audience and get them talking about it, I hope I have inspired you to take chances.. more often.. and I hope I opened your mind to life.. to what we know but do not always notice. 

 

This is how I will end this post: “if by taking chances means we die quicker, then I guess that means we need to make haste, because who wants to die a slow death” – Shay-lon Moss

 

Thank you for reading. 

 

Shay-lon Moss xxxx

 

Personal Training: Helping a Friend Day 35

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FitFam! 

Happy Wednesday! Glad all of you could join me for another day of my blogging about our workout today. Today was a bit different than the usual, actually a lot different for John since he normally does not do any of these exercises when I assign him workouts (for good reason) but we will be starting resistance training workouts soon.  Yesterday I had asked another gym-goes whom I have worked out with once before if I could join her for today’s workout since I had nothing planned for myself and it would save me some time and give John a break from cardio a bit – something new and fun.  It was her leg day (I know, luck me right) lol & she is good for making the workout so you really feel those gains – I would know because I was aching for 2-3 days after the upper body workout we did, but my back is looking good; so worth it. Therefore, I decided to have John workout with us as well:

John’s Workout:

Warmup:

  • No proper warm up, but he did walk on the treadmill for a little while, waiting for her to show. 

Workout Session:

Air squats (pyramid):

  • 1 X 12
  • 1 X 15
  • 1 X 20
  • 1 X 25
and all the way back up to 12 reps.  He said he could feel the burn with these, which was awesome, I demonstrated the movement for him and made sure to watch his form/ which was actually fairly well for a first timer. I had to remind him to get low, but I realize his hip flexors could be tight or core, so I didn’t enforce it too much – something we will work on because I have always had tight hip flexors & it sucks to do squats when you do. He was sweating afterwards.
Sumo Squat (barbell)/ smith machine:
  • 1 X 12, 35LB
  • 1 X 10, 55LB
  • 1 X 6, 65LB
  • 1 X 3, 70LB
The sumo squat was a bit harder for him to do, I wanted him to just try it out and let me know what he thought, he has a weak core ( which I can tell) but something we are learning to work on and it helps to know this because then I can aim goals at strengthening it and making his weaknesses into improvements.  I gave him a few pointers and stood behind him guiding him through the range of motion during his squat, so it helped a bit, but not enough for me to allow him to do them on his own yet and something we will work on when we cross that bridge.
Superset:
  • Leg extensions (machine): 4 X 8, he did the first 3 sets at 50LB and the last set at 70LB. 
  • Weighted walking lunges: 4 X 10, he did one set with 10LB dumbbell, one set with no weights, and one 2 sets with 5LB dumbbell. 
I will say that he has poor form when it comes to lunges and many people do, especially if you have suffered injuries, or have a weak core or not great stability. He does better with no weights vs weights and he does better with 5LB dumbbells versus 10LB dumbbells. This was giving me an opportunity to see where his weakness was in his lunge. Of course there are other functional exercises I can have him do in place of lunges when necessary but I want him to work on this. Posture during a lunge is very important, I will be the first to say I never had “great” lunge posture for the longest time, and it was always difficult for me to do lunges- I dreaded them. The leg extensions he did well on, he doubted himself, saying “he couldn’t do 70LB” but when he least expected it, he pulled through. 
  • Cable kickbacks: 4 X 10, he did 5LB for the first two sets and 10LB for the last 2 sets
  • Goblet squats (using the cable): 3 X 6, he did 1 set at 10LB and the last 2 sets at 30LB. 
The cable kickbacks were awkward for him using his right leg, because he is left handed, but something we can improve on and he hasn’t quite mastered them, but it was all new to him and new to me as well. The Goblet squats he didn’t struggle with, he did well with those for the most part. 
Overall, I realize he isn’t ready for strength workouts yet, but I wanted to give him something different to experience. We shall be starting resistance training within the next month or so.. depending on his progress. I wasn’t upset with anything he did because he was learning and participating and didn’t give up and that matters to me most! I love that he didn’t allow these workouts to intimidate him but did what he could – this is always a positive site for any trainer. Tomorrow it will be back to the stuff I create for him. 
My Workout:
Warmup:
  • I was on the treadmill for about 5-8 minutes doing 3.5 speed
Workout Session:
Sumo Deadlift (barbell)/ Pyramid: 
  • 1 X 12, 65LB
  • 1 X 12, 105LB
  • 1 X 8, 135LB
  • 1 X 5, 155LB
My highest deadlift has been 170-175, but I have never done sumo deadlifts before so it was a bit awkward for me at first and I didn’t do a perfect job, so this is an exercise I will pay more attention to and work on, because I want to better myself in it. 
Sumo Squat (Pyramid) (barbell/smith machine): 
  • 1 X 12, 35LB
  • 1 X 10, 55LB
  • 1 X 6, 65LB
  • 1 X 5, 70LB
I have never done a sumo squat either, again another awkward exercise for me, but I did what I could, I definitely realized I couldn’t get as low on a sumo squat compared to my normal back squat.  Which kind of bothered me, but I wasn’t too worried about it. My hips were tight as hell today per usual. The girl we did the workout with, did a great job with these workouts, she introduced them to us – I am thankful for that. 
Superset:
  • Leg extension machine: 4 X 8, 70LB
  • Weighted Walking Lunges: 4 X 10, 10LB

The superset wasn’t bad, I felt the burn during the lunges, because honestly we probably did 20 lunges per set since we went both ways down the aisle of the gym

  • Cable kickbacks: 4 X 10, 2 sets at 10LB and 2 sets at 5LB 
  • Goblet cable squat: 3 X 6, 1 set at 10 pounds and the last 2 at 30 pounds. 
I liked the Goblet cable squat (never have done it) and it was a good workout, definitely could feel it my legs.  The cable kickbacks were awkward for me using my left leg. It was something to get used to but no complaints because it was a good exercise to implement into my workout routine. Overall I enjoyed today’s leg day, it gave me new ideas and good laughs.  Feel free to share your workouts in the comment section.
Your Fitness Blogger,
Shay-lon xxx

Call from the former editor

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,

Shay-lon xoxo