Just Doing

I’m still here.

I’m having a few issues in life, personal life. You know, relationships and what not. I’m trying to navigate through it right now. But I am happy to say I have been in the gym two days in a row. Monday night. Tuesday morning. Both successful day.

The one thing that I can right now is that the gym does help take your mind off of shit like relationships. So there’s that.

Keep going to the gym. It helps.

❤ Carol. 

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I Came To Win

Today, I woke up with those thoughts in my head.

I. Came. To. Win.

It’s Friday, but that doesn’t mean it’s another day to slack off. On the contrary, I want to go even harder than I went yesterday. Meaning, I want to do more. I want to make the most out of my day. The most out of my day at the gym, the most out of my day while I’m working, the most out of just everything in life.

I’m taking today as a competition. You see, I’ve already been to the gym five days in a row this week. And usually, that would be enough. But I’m trying to be better than enough. Better than average. So I’m heading to the gym today for the sixth day in a row. I’m trying to look good and live my best life now!

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Allyson Felix at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. One of my favorite runners. 

I am already seeing progress as well. For instance, I lost a good 3.5 pounds. I say good because I’ve slowly been changing eating habits (to make eating healthy more of a habit). No supplements, no get thinner faster stuff — no nothing like that. Just working hard. I want to prove to  myself that I can do it. Because I’m a winner.

Reading back on that last line, it reminds me of motivational speakers. But that’s why they’re so good at what they do. They motivate. They help people get to that next level and realize they’re true potential.

Take a look at one of my favorite speakers Eric Thomas below I listen to him everyday while I’m lifting weights at the gym. And you know what? It helps me finish my workout like I’m supposed to. Beast mode baby, all day!

If you’re going to the gym go in #beastmode #killit !

P.S. Today is leg day 😉

Carol 

Persevere

No matter how hard life gets, whether it be a sucky relationship, a bad day at work, persevere. You must. You must know that you matter. You were put on this earth for a

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One of the iconic scenes in Rocky – a character who always fought through the toughest situations.

greater purpose. You were meant to be a shining light in this world full of beautiful things.

 

You are a beautiful person in and out who can handle anything that comes their way. You have to believe it. You have to. You have to feel it in your heart. You have to feel it in your soul. The fact that you are breathing means you can make it through anything.

You are magic. You are a conqueror. You are a fighter. You can do anything that comes your way. You got this. You got you.

you can.

❤ Carol

P.S. 5th day in a row at the gym today. I’m already down 5 pounds. Which means I’m eating right too!

Love Pains

This is more of a mental health kind of post.

Sometimes love hurts. But even when it hurts we stay. Why is that?

Why do we stay in something that clearly makes us unhappy?

Why do we keep putting up with issues that you would tell your friend “girl, you deserve better?” I wish I knew the answer to that. Often, I feel like I’m just in this same space where nothing changes. And often times it’s my fault.

I can’t even fully express how I feel over fear of what I might write. Or what it could mean. I just know what’s in my heart. And I know that at this instance, at this very moment, my heart hurts. In my mind, I know what I need to do. I know what I should do. Or what I think I should. But it pains me.

OCT: Woman Crush Wednesday

Every month I want to dedicate a Wednesday blog to a woman who inspires me to be great, do better and give it my all.

Today it’s Viola Davis.

You might know her from  the hit TV show “How to Get Away With Murder” or the hit

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Image via Bet

play by August Wilson “Fences,” She also starred in the 2016 movie with Denzel Washington (she won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for that). Aside from that, she has many other films and TV shows under her belt. Not to mention a ton of awards like an Academy Award, a Tony Award and an Emmy Award. How cool is that.

I love everything about her. She’s an inspiration to me because of her work. Every time you see her on-screen, you don’t see her you see a character she’s bringing to life. And you can tell she gives it 110%. She’s a storyteller. She’s someone who can take you to another place with her acting. She’s absolutely phenomenal.

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Viola Davis photographed by Sam Jones for Entertainment Weekly – Image via Tumblr

She also had many first for a Black woman. For instance in 2015 she became the first black woman to win a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. And that speech. Mindblown. You can check it out below.

Let’s not forget how amazing she looks to be in her 50s. Look at her arms. Look at her shape. She’s glowing every time you see her. Yes, of course there is makeup. But that happiness she exudes – you can’t paint that on your face.

Viola Davis inspires me to work harder for my dreams. She’s an example of someone who’s broken through barriers and achieved her goals. Doesn’t matter the age, doesn’t matter how long it took. She did it. And I’m going to apply that same sentiment to my life.

❤ Carol.

 

Keep Going

You ever heard that song “Don’t stop, get it get it!” It’s a great song to workout and dance to. But it’s what I want to live by. I want to keep on going and get all the good that’s coming my way.

So what I want to do with this blog is simply motivate you just a bit more –

Feeling tired and you don’t want to go to the gym –

That’s okay, take a walk around the block, park further when you head to the grocery store, take the stairs at work. Do a little something and keep going 😉

Or let’s say your in the middle of a workout and you just don’t want to continue (happens to me all the time) That’s okay. Slow down the cardio or shorten the amount of reps. But whatever you do keep going. tumblr_o2pnkdaTme1qjl5rvo1_500

YOU GOT THIS. 

Only you can do what you do. Only you can wake up, shower, go to work and handle your business. Only you can make the changes you want in your life. Only you can decide whether your going to have a good day or a great day. No one but you can help you keep going and reach for your goals. The power to do what ever you want is within you. Remember that. I also need to remind myself to remember that. Because we humans are amazing beings that can do anything we put our minds too.

We are just that awesome.

P.S. Today was my 3rd day in the gym – did cardio and back. I feel good about it cause I woke up early to do it.

So keep going.

❤ Carol.

Fall into Change

It is the first day of October. That can mean several different things. A new beginning. A fresh start. A new change. Cooler air. The list goes on. For me: it’s the start of new possibilities, new plans to stick to and new goals!

This fall I want to do what people in the Summer do. I want to challenge myself to go to the gym daily (at least 5 days a week) and BLOG about it! I feel like I don’t show this blog enough love. To be fair, I’m a news producer for a living so I spend at lest 8 to 9 hours of my day in front of a computer. Sometimes, the last thing I want to do is go back in front of a computer to write! But honestly, I feel like I owe it to myself and my readers. I feel like I need to follow through on this fitness journey and complete it.

I use to want to do soo many things. Like run a marathon and compete in a body building competition. When did that all escape from me?

Maybe it was when I didn’t have weekends and was consistently working 10 hour days fallovernight. Yeah, that could’ve been it. But wait. What’s that? An excuse? Yeah it is. Because a wise person once told me You make time for what you want to make time for. This fall I’m going to do just that.

I’m going to make time for my health – share it on here – see what works for me and what doesn’t. And I hope that in turns helps others who are on the same path as me. To find their healthy groove in the best way possible.

So on this Sunday here’s what I’m going to do fitness wise:

30 minutes of cardio and arms. By arms I mean biceps. My goal is to do at least four different exercises for arms (using whatever I can comfortably in the gym). I will do four sets of each; every last set will be ’till failure. That means my muscles will tear but that will also help create more muscle. Also, consistent reps helps give you a more defined look which is what I’m looking to do with my flaps.

Until tomorrow.

Keep it healthy.

❤ Carol. 

Let’s Talk Water

There is no wrong with water, there is only right. I mean think about it. Water is the substance of life. We absolutely can NOT survive without water. That’s incredible.

Our bodies need water so they can stay properly hydrated. I mean think about it – you can starve yourself all you want – but you can only go about 3 days without water. Google it.water2.jpg

Every time you drink water it goes to all of the major components of your body: your brain, lungs, kidneys and even your joints. How do you expect to run long distances or lift as heavy as possible if your body, your cells and your bones aren’t filled with the substance to keep you going. It’s simple, you can’t.

I know there are some people who just don’t like the taste but that’s an easy fix. And I’m not talking about Gatorade or any high calorie sports drink for that matter.  In fact, there are natural ingredients that can replenish electrolytes when mixed with water (if you really are working out that hard). Whatever the case – if you needed a reason to drink water, here’s a few:

  1. – Our bodies are 60 – 70 % water. (remember it’s going to brains, blood, muscle all that jazz)

2. – It helps you digest and absorb all the nutrients you need properly. How do you think the chemical reactions in your stomach go about? Not with air, that’s for sure. You need water to help transport all of your nutrients.

3. – Water apparently also helps us metabolize store fat. (okay, that I didn’t know) Not only that but it suppresses the appetite naturally, which I can attest to.  Think about it: when you think your hungry, and then you have a glass of water naturally that thought dissipates (get it?). Conventional wisdom will tell you people mistake hunger for thirst all the time.

4. Lastly, and probably the most obvious, water helps you cool down. Ask any runner, ask any lifter. Nothing taste better than a swig of water after a good race.

Personally, I’ve loved drinking water for as long as I can remember. My dad would say I’m a fish. However, as I’ve aged, I have noticed I have to remember to drink water. I can get so engulfed in my own work that I don’t even realize I’m thirsty. And then I end up going for the wrong thing. Like apple pie or ice cream, when all I really need is some water.

Now, I’ve researched how much water the body needs and the general consensus is 8 glasses of 8 ounces a day. But here’s the kicker – there’s no real evidence supporting that. If you have time, check out this Dartmouth Medical School study – or this comprehensive article on hydration and water. Prepared to have your mind blown.

water3].jpgThe one thing I have come to agree with is that you drink when you are thirsty.  Also, there’s water in almost everything natural that we eat. If you don’t know whether your hydrated or not – you can always check your urine. Your body will not, can not, lie to you.

The main thing is to keep hydrated and if you are working out hard body, drink more water
. It really does help keep you full and help that digestive system, you feel me. 

I’m thirsty right now writing about water but I got a nice cup of ice-cold water right next to me.

Alba ❤

Sources:

Bodybuilding.com; USCG Water School, Nerdfitness, Fitday, and good ol’ WebMD.

Little Progress is Progress

So get this.

I started a fitness program exactly 28 days ago. I wanted to lose at least 15 pounds. Well, today is the last day of the program and guess how many pounds I’ve lost?

3.

Yup. That’s it. That’s shit. But I’m not defeated. It’s my fault. Absolutely.

  1. I haven’t completely followed the program.
  2. I did not work out every day.
  3. My nutrition was shit.

But I blame all of that on my current lifestyle. I work overnight and my schedule is lego-man-workout.jpgconstantly changing. Saturdays and Sunday’s I work 12 hour days – you think I want to work out after that? No. Not at all. Then 3 days out of the week I’m still working overnight 8-10 hours; but twice as hard because I don’t have help. It’s fucking tiring, man. I really feel like I’m in this position because of my lifestyle. I know people say well you make time for what you want but I mean I’m so fucking tired like… what the fuck.

And then having to track my nutrition? Fuck me.

Sorry, I didn’t mean for this to be such an explicit laced blog – it was supposed to be motivating. So here’s a little bit of motivation. I’m not going to stop trying. I know I’m making excuses as to why that program didn’t work out – but you know what? I still have hope. I still think I can do something better even with everything else thats gone wrong   (like: having a huge kind of break up during the program and my mom getting into a car accident, and me literally losing my shit – mental-). You see… life happens. That’s why you can’t give up.

So yeah.. I only lost 3 pounds – And I don’t care how any one sees it… because I see it as PROGRESS.

Alba ❤ 

New Beginnings, New Filter

February 1st – the beginning of a new month.

Filter:  it can be used as a noun or a verb. Merriam-Webster describes it as a porous article or mass (as of paper or sand) through which a gas or liquid is passed to separate out matter in suspension.

The way I see it, the start of a new month should be fresh, clean and full of promise. No negativity, no slacking and no whining. So, how do we do that in a world that is always showing us what we don’t have, or what we should be doing or what we should aspire to be? Easy. You filter it out.

Let’s say you started your day off right (whatever it is that you do) whether it be meditating, working out, reading your bible and a good cup of coffee. So you’re day is starting off pretty great, right? Then you go to work and your met with co-workers who complain about work. This is where your filter comes in: put your headphones on. 🙂 Seriously, block it all out. If you can’t do that politely nod and go to the break room for a sec and come back – or simply use your words as a porous article  to separate the useless information that you’re hearing from your co-workers. Like, “girl Janet is always coming in here thinking she got it like that, she be getting on my nerves, ”  then you reply disinterested “oh, okay.”  And that’s that.

Filtering your life can be used as a means of getting all the rotten things out that aren’t going to help you move forward. And I’m all about moving forward.

With that being said, start your month anew. Begin fresh and follow through with the goals that you have for yourself. Write them down, read them out loud and don’t fail yourself because that’s who you’re doing it for. And use your filter to get only the good things out of life.
via Daily Prompt: Filter