365 Days of Self Discovery: Health & Well-Being

8.22.19

Day 14

Does stress effect your body? How can you address this?

  • When I am stressed, I tend to gain extra weight around my waistline, and I will breakout on my face with pimples and excess hair around my chin and cheeks. It is horrible. In order to avoid these things from happening when I am stressed, I usually walk away from the situation and try to not think about it at the time or I will find ways to overcome the stressors
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365 Days of Self Discovery: Health & Well-Being

8.15.19

Day 7

Are you comfortable looking in the mirror?

  • I haven’t always been. During my junior and senior year of college I struggled with looking in the mirror and even when I was younger I didn’t particularly enjoy looking in a mirror so I carried the habit of avoiding mirrors through my adulthood (unless I HAD to). It took a professor of mine to make it a habit of me having to look in a mirror while exercising to watch my form and technique — before I could do it at the gym & it not bother me. At the time, it was due to my weight gain that I avoided the mirrors and didn’t particularly enjoy seeing myself in the mirror because it was like a constant reminder that I looked gross. I had never had weight issues growing up — always been healthy and lean / so when this happened it terrified me and angered me and gave me anxiety and made me more self conscious about my appearance overall. Now, I have my days where I avoid the mirror in general besides when lifting out of habit when I don’t feel or look the best (but doesn’t have much to do with my body) more so, my overall appearance & I don’t like looking at myself in the fitting room mirrors [[ never have]] because they all differ and many times give me a bad perception of how I look compared to how I feel. 
I have never been comfortable looking in a mirror, so now that I feel more comfortable doing so when I need to or when lifting at the gym, I feel I have come a long way from that fear — and it shows my growth and trying to overcome an obstacle of self worth. 

Still working out

Sorry, Not Sorry

Even though I haven’t talked about it, I have been about it (last week I took 3 days away) due to health issues with my tummy, otherwise, yes I have been at the gym and working out. As a matter of fact, I have been doing my bulking phase of the season right now, and plan on leaning out hopefully the middle to end of January — with my schedule the past of couple of weeks at the gym, It didn’t give me much time to blog & when I did blog, I was trying to keep up with my self discovery post considering my workouts are only to keep my accountable and to give me something to look back on .. for my own growth. I didn’t realize how long it had been before I posted my last workout,  but it has been awhile, but I didn’t want you guys to think I gave up on the idea of fitness/health, especially since it is my profession and hobby alike. Thanks for being patience, although, you didn’t have any other choice in the matter. LOL

For the sake of time, I will post today’s workout– and try to do a better job with keeping ya’ll up to date with my workouts, progress and regression alike. 

Warm up:

  • lying leg raises: 4 x 25 each leg
  • back hyperextenion: 4 x 25
  • hip abduction: 4 x 25, 35 lbs

Workout:

  • Sumo deadlift: 5 x 5 x 70%, 205 lbs
  • Barbell back squat: 5 x 5 x 70% 155 lbs
  • Box squats: 5 x 6-8, 210 lbs
  • Single leg, leg press: 5 x 8-10 each leg, 208 lbs

Superset:

  • smith machine narrow stance squats: 5 x 8-10, 85 lbs
  • DB step ups: 5 x 8-10, 40 lbs

Back at it

8-6-18 Workout

I started back at my normal routine at the gym Monday — it felt good to be back and to get after the gains once again. Last week was a very busy and productive day, i decided to make it my deload week for 5 days because my body needed rest and I had to find an excuse so I wouldn’t feel bad about missing so many days at the gym. I felt good lifting, I decided to start with a dynamic day with bench press & gradually work my way up, so my muscle memory could come into effect. 

Warm up:

  • DB chest press: 4 x 25, 20 lbs
  • Rear delt machine: 4 x 25, 20 lbs
  • cable triceps pushdown: 4 x 25, 30 lbs

Workout:

  • Floor bench press: 6 x 8 (60%) 75 lbs
  • Floor bench press: 6 x 8 (65%), 80 lbs
  • Floor bench press (wide grip): 5 x 8-10, 80 lbs

Tri-sets:

  • Lat pulldown: 5 x 8-10, 60 lbs
  • Cable triceps pushdown: 5 x 8-10, 60 lbs
  • Cable face pulls: 5 x 8-10, 60 lbs

Tri-sets:

  • Db chest press: 5 x 8-10, 40 lbs
  • push ups: 5 x 8
  • DB triceps kickback: 5 x 8-10, 15 lbs each arm

I also happened to weigh myself & take my body fat measurements as well, because I will be re-applying my macros and getting more strict about nutrition again in the course of next week so I can lose body fat and gain more muscle. 

weight: 160 lbs 

Body fat %: 22.8 

BMI: 24.3% 

I gained about 6 pounds since my last weigh in >.< but my body fat percentage went down & my BMI increased. I don’t pay as much to BMI because it doesn’t take your muscle into consideration & bases it off height and weight (not accurate) so my main focus will be body fat and weight possibly — getting down to between 140-150 lbs. Although if I can get down to 135 & maintain my strength; that would be optimal. 

Thanks for being patient with me these last few days since I haven’t been blogging consistently — I definitely plan on getting back on a schedule that’s more regular for my readers. 

Shay-lon Moss

Owner of Confident Fit, LLC

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Wednesday|Powerlifting|Cycle One|Deadlifts

  • Romanian Deadlift: 3 x 5
  1. 65% 1RM: 164 lb
  2. 75% 1RM: 190 lb
  3. 85% 1RM: 215 lb, for 6 max reps
  • EZ bar goodmornings: 5 x 12, 60 lb and 40 lb
  • Barbell glute bridges: 5 x 12, 115 lb
  • Hyperextension: 5 x 12, 25 lb
  • Leg curls: 5 x 12, 60 lb

Weigh in: 154.4 lb 

 

90% of my 1RM= 252 lb & this is what number I used to configure the above percentages and weights. 

Seasonal Affective Disorder

It is getting to be that time of year where people typically get more gloomy because of the weather, and the seasons changing. Not only do people tend to get allergies or aches/pains, their personalities or moods can change. I have to thank a friend of mine for bringing this disorder to my attention because we were talking about how the weather makes us both kind of “blah” because of the lack of sunshine and it becoming more and more cold outside. Neither one of us has been diagnosed with “Seasonal Affective Disorder” and I don’t believe I have it and neither does she, but it brought up a good point because this isn’t a disorder that I hear much about until it gets to be about this time of year – even then, I don’t think a whole lot of people think twice about it. I decided to do some research and learn something new about a disorder and hopefully share what I have learned with all of you, BUT I always appreciate it more when it comes from someone who has the experience because it is more realistic and more personal – so if you have something to add to this, please do in the comment section 🙂

 

First things first, what is seasonal affective disorder? In simple terms, it is a type of depression that comes and goes with the seasons. Most often occurs in the early fall/winter and usually ends sometime around spring/summer. Clearly not everyone loves the cold weather but it doesn’t mean you have seasonal affective disorder. With this being said, I have some fun information below:

 

Word of caution: This disorder is not considered as a separate disorder. In order for someone to be diagnosed with SAD, they have to meet the full criteria or major depression coinciding with specific seasons for ATLEAST 2 years. This means it needs to be more frequent compared to other depressions. So having said this, there are reasons for why someone would be diagnosed with this, this isn’t just somebody who doesn’t like winter or cold weather – more goes into a diagnosis. 

 

Signs/symptoms:

Winter Pattern:

 
  • Low energy 
  • hypersomnia
  • overeating
  • weight gain
  • craving for carbohydrates
  • social withdrawal 

Summer SAD:

  • poor appetite /weight loss
  • insomnia 
  • agitation
  • restlessness
  • anxiety
  • episodes of violent behavior

Then also consider some of the major depression signs/symptoms along with these. 

 

Risk Factors Associated with SAD

  • Females are diagnosed more often than men with this disorder (lucky us ladies!, lol)
  • Living further from the equator
  • Family history of depression
  • Younger age

Treatment options:

  • Medication
  • light therapy
  • psychotherapy 
  • Vitamin D

With this being said, Vitamin D supplements haven’t been 100 percent proven to treat seasonal affective disorder, but having more time in the sunlight seems to help and taking the supplements is neither here or there in research.. depending on the individual. Now there may be new treatments available or perhaps more treatments I have not listed, and so share them if you will. If you have your own way of dealing with SAD, please share it for my readers and so I can also learn something as well. Thank you for reading, please feel free to share, like, reblog, and follow!

 

Fitness WonderWoman,

Shay-lon

 
 

Thanksgiving 2017!

  1. What is your favorite dish at Thanksgiving?
  2. What is your least favorite dish at Thanksgiving?
  3. Any Thanksgiving traditions? 
  4. Do you have a recipe you make on Thanksgiving everyone loves?
  5. Will you have someone to spend your Thanksgiving with this year?
 

I am thankful for all of you! Enjoy Your Turkey Day!