365 days of self discovery: Day 35

10.07.18

 

self discovery day 35

What are your priorities?

  1. My business — building the foundation and growing it.
  2. eliminating any debt from my life
  3. saving enough money to move next year
  4. Having a 401k for retirement
  5. my blog (s) — having them become a form of monetize so I can make them a side paying profession
  6. my health/well-being as I grow older
  7. becoming a well-established personal trainer
  8. CeCs for my certification
  9. following my path to becoming a powerlifter because of my love for the sport
  10. My brand, branding myself a name that people will remember and think positively about
  11. Becoming a motivational speaker on the basis of health/fitness so I can spread the importance
  12. Living a full-filling lifestyle that allows me to travel and work in a profession (s) that I love and live comfortably doing so. 

What are your priorities, no matter how big or small. I think having a list of things that you are dedicated to makes you a goal-oriented and focused person. 

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New & Improved — but not where it needs to be yet

Monday:

  • Workout regimen
  • Motivational quotes or topics
  • Macro’s tracking/meals (personal accountability)

Tuesday:

  • Workout regimen
  • Fit tips
  • macro tracking/meals 

Wednesday:

  • Workout regimen
  • exercise how to/why
  • macro tracking/meals

Thursday:

  • Workout regimen
  • macros tracking/meals
  • injury prevention or mental health or thursday thoughts

Friday:

  • Workout regimen (if I workout)
  • macros tracking/meals
  • recipes, food & nutritional topics

Saturday & Sunday: 

  • My off days

Now pending circumstances, there may be days I don’t stay with the posted schedule, so it is all circumstantial but this at least gives you an idea of what to expect. Once I start my podcast & get my personal training website up and running, topics will grow and i’ll add more days or more post. I have many things that I want to do to increase my blog audience and grow my blog(s) and also build my networking skills, career, and possibly make more of a consistent income per writing as well with variety — but I am taking steps to do that slowly to keep from becoming too overwhelmed. 

I still accept guest post and bloggers & will do the honors of doing guest post for others if you would like me to. i have some topics that currently need guest bloggers, if you are interested, please send me an email and I will respond ASAP. Thank you!

Shay-lon 

Circuit Training Workouts

In a world where being creative is a must if you want to prevent boredom, this is where I come in and enlighten your day and workout. I strive to help people find their wings in the gym, to find exercises and training modules that work best for them individually — because everyone is an individual. It is easy to get caught up in the hustle & bustle of trying to find a workout that gives you results, keeps you entertained, challenges you & at the very best teaches you something new about your body and your limits. Many people do the same thing in and out, don’t see results and don’t feel challenged because they are afraid to push themselves (coming from experience, this is due to many things) but once you hop over that obstacle, you find that there is so many options and not all of them are alike, which intrigues you enough to want to give it a go.  Well, if you are ready to hop over that obstacle today, I have something that might intrigue you enough to give it a go. 

 

Circuit training is a fancy term for doing an abundance of exercises (typically 2 or more that are high intensity) that require you doing them in a timed situation OR a high intensity exercise that is done (typically 2 or more)  without a break between for a certain amount of reps .. for example:

 

Example One:

 
  1. Burpees: 10 reps
  2. Jumping Jacks: 10 reps
  3. Push ups: 10 reps

Having to do these all without a break between, one after the other for a certain amount of rounds

 

OR

 

Example Two:

  1. Burpees: 30 seconds
  2. Jumping Jacks: 1 minute
  3. Push ups: 30 seconds

You are having to do these exercises within a certain amount of time — and recording your results, again this would require no break in between exercises. Another option would be.. 

 

Example Three:

Do 4 of these exercises within 20 minutes of time:

  1. Pull ups: 100
  2. push ups: 50
  3. burpees: 100
  4. Kettlebell swings: 150

Basically a lot of Crossfit athletes do these and have another term for it, but it is a form of circuit– the difference being you have 20 minutes total to finish the 4 of these exercises with the amount of reps– during my CrossFit class, we didn’t have a break between .. it was ongoing, sure I could stop and catch my breathe but I was trying to beat the timer, so I didn’t want to take long breaks if I wanted to succeed in the workout. Time was of the essence. 

 

Circuit training can come in all forms: cardio, strength exercises and a combination of both. You can also choose to use machines if you aren’t comfortable using free weights OR you can use body weight exercises (which means you can do them at home). Depending on your fitness level and the equipment available to you, it could be a fun workout to take on and you can change it up however you like to meet your needs. 

 

Pros of Circuit training:

  • Increases endurance
  • Increased muscular endurance
  • strength building 
  • can utilize weight machines, free weights or body weight
  • can be done at home or the gym
  • challenges you
  • lose fat while maintaining strength
  • Beginners, intermediate or advanced athletes
  • cardio, strength or a combination of both— depending on your goals

In my opinion, it is a great option for those of you who might need to turn up the fun factor in your workouts, need a challenge, want something new, great for partner workouts — where you both train together, and if you are new to exercise, it can help get you started in the right direction. I use circuit training more often than not, especially when I am doing CrossFit based workouts, or want to add some high intensity volume training. Definitely worthy of giving a go! 

 

Feel free to share, comment, like and follow!

 

Whats your favorite circuit training workout? 

 
 

The Entertainer Blogger Award

It has been a while since I have been nominated for an award, which isn’t a bad thing— but it does make me feel good that bloggers still recognize my blog and feel as though it is good enough for an award. Thanks to fellow blogger Chrissy  I was nominated for “The entertainer blogger Award” — Thank you Chrissy for nominating me; I have only been following her for a short period of time, but check out her blog because she has nifty topics. 

This is my FIRST time being nominated for this award, so I am going to have some fun with it! 

The Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you (add link to their blog)
  • Add the rules, so others can follow
  • Nominate a handful of entertaining bloggers
  • Display the photo also in your blog

My Answers:

  1. Why did you start blogging in the first place? I started blogging during college, well towards the end of my last year of college because my professor — he and I had discussed ways to get information out with fitness/health and he knew it was my passion to be a personal trainer and work in the fitness industry (make it my life long career) and one of his projects for his students at the time was to create a blog about whatever they wanted. I was not in his class during this project, but when he made mention of the project to me, I decided I wanted to give it go myself and to make something of it… and here I am 2 years later still blogging about my passion 😀 
  2. What is your favorite book? It honestly has been awhile since I have sat down to a good book, almost a year to be exact. While I used to read plenty growing up, I kind of made less time for it as I got older. In recent years, I read two Stephen King books, one of them I did happen to like more so than the other; “Black House”. I realize it is an older book, but I did enjoy it. I wish I could remember books from school that I enjoyed, but don’t have them mentally prepared in the mind. 
  3. What do you really dislike? I have to agree with Chrissy’s response to this question https://simplychrissyblog.com/2018/01/24/blog-66-the-entertainer-blogger-award/comment-page-1/#comment-200 but I also, would say I dislike people who tend to feel superior towards other people;  people who tend to judge critically of others based on their lifestyle choices, sexual orientation, and race. I dislike that when I scroll through IG (instagram) I hardly see WOC (women of color) athletes and people who inspire others within our fitness industry —  when I see the same blonde hair blue-eyes women being sponsored and featured in the same apparel or in the same event — it rubs me the wrong way because we have plenty of WOC who are outstanding athletes and represent positively within the community (including myself) and in my opinion it shows lack of consideration/ not to mention they only sprinkle “small doses” of Hispanic and Asian women as well. I think companies need to open their horizons and really re-evaluate what message they are sending out there to their consumers. I believe as women it is hard enough within the fitness industry at times, but even harder when your own culture or race isn’t as recognized and so .. maybe that is something to think about. As a matter of fact an elite WOC CrossFit athlete: Chuckie Welch posted a comment on her IG Today about this and so did her friend who is not WOC but stood by her side to say the same thing I am posting right now but more in depth.. Follow this link to Chuckie’s IG and read her caption about it.. I think it will definitely open some eyes and possibly even make what I am saying a little easier to understand: https://www.instagram.com/chuckiewelch/?hl=en 
  4. What is your favorite food at the mall? I don’t go to our town mall often enough to eat there (our mall sucks) and to be honest the choice of restaurants is lame.. like maybe one or two places due to a lot of shops closing down because they can’t afford the rent. Most people in my city drive 45 min away to a Toledo, Ohio mall or a hour and some odd minutes away to a mall in Columbus, Ohio 🙂  which I love Columbus! ❤
  5. What is your favorite pastime? I would probably say lately napping, lol I have been more tired than usual and so I have found myself trying to nap often throughout the day BUT once my naps are out of the way, I enjoy watching movies or possibly finding something to do with a friend or two. Just depends on the weather and my mood. 

My Nominees Are:

fatamsimth

raynotbradbury

leslienott

bob@garagegymuk

Tikeetha T

PoojaG

Leave comments below with your answers to the question if you weren’t nominated and be sure to check out each of these blogger’s Blogs! ❤ 

Shay-lon 

 

 

2017 Blog Recap: My Pitfalls and Success!

thought I would take this time to reflect on my blogging career since first starting Dec. 2016. 

 

Once upon a time I was a beginner just like some of you new bloggers, I was searching for answers, perfection and followers. I owe my blogging to a professor whom gave me the idea and I took off with it – if it wasn’t for his guidance; I would have never found this passion & would have missed out on such amazing opportunities with my writing. 

 

He gave me the idea, but I had to come up with the answers, come up with the solutions, had to put forth the effort to see any success. In the beginning, I was restless, I was anxious, I was nervous and I was alone on this journey- while I had his continued support, I didn’t have the support of many others until my blog started taking off on its own (even then, the support was minimal). I struggled trying to find my voice within my writing, coming up with topics, making a routine, creating an actual blog and deciding which platforms to use. Google was both my friend and nemesis because while it was helpful; it wasn’t enough. Soon, I had to put forth all my efforts with contacting veteran bloggers with questions, concerns, and had to read blog after blog after blog in order to find my own wings. 2016 was tough to say the least and 2017 had its patches as well. 

 

In year 2017, I had great days where my stats were glowing and showering with new views and followers – I was hitting top success, BUT towards the middle & end of 2017 my blog was coming to a slow end ( I was writing less entries, views were low, my following was slow and my online presence was dwindling) getting lost in all the saturated fitness and health blogs— I struggled to stand out. My blog helped to get me sponsored as an athlete, it helped me be able to have a chance in writing for editors of very popular magazines (Muscle and Fitness magazine) and it gave me opportunities to write for online sources both paid and unpaid opportunities all the while it was tumbling down a downward slope.. 

 

I love my blog, and even though it isn’t at its BIGGEST success as of yet, I hope that 2018 will be the year it shines its brightest. In fact, I plan on putting in more work on this blog (and my other blog) than I have in the past couple of years of writing because I have HUGE dreams to fulfill and HUGE ideas that are possible and with the right amount of time and dedication, I know I can turn my blog into a HUGE success. A blog that will blow the minds of those who doubted me. In the meantime I plan on taking this blog to new heights, but still keeping it simple & still keeping it true to myself – always. 

 

I have seen my pitfalls and my triumphs within my writing – and 2018 will still have pitfalls and triumphs, it will just be a new year of showing continued growth. Many people consider me a successful blogger/writer in the fitness industry, but I don’t consider myself as such because the most successful of them are the ones who you remember the most, you read the most, you follow, you feel inspired by and have learned something from that has significantly played a part in your life, you subbed to their blog because you never want to miss a moment or story; you didn’t leave their side during bad months of writing and you weren’t just a follower of their’s- but somebody they knew and had grown to connect with. I want that. I want all of those things when people visit my blog. 

 

I appreciate all of you for being here to read this, It means a lot to me that I am ending 2017 on a positive note. Have a wonderful NEW YEARS 2018 🙂

 

Shay-lon Moss

Consumer Health Digest Article|New Opportunity

For those of you who are not aware, I decided to take a new opportunity that was brought to my attention after their PR sent me an email. I decided to write for “Health Digest” their online website. My very first article has been posted on their site and I wanted to be sure to share the link with all of you! 

 
 

I hope all of you enjoy this article and feel free to share it on your social media.  Let me know your thoughts if you have any and be looking forward to more because these particular articles will NOT be topics I can post on my personal blog, so it will be something new 🙂  Thank you for the continued support. 

 
 

Fitness WonderWoman,

Shay-lon  

Wordpress Anniversary!

wordpress anniversy
I have reached my 2 year anniversary on WordPress! Yay 🙂
I just wanted to do a short couple of sentences, thanking everyone for supporting my blog and being apart of the my reading experience! it has been fun and I am looking forward to the future! xo
Shay-lon