An itty bitty #flexfriday coming at youuuu ☀️
Few things on my mind right now:
💕My tummy is happayyy because I just had lunchy (meal is on my IG Story 😋 )
💕I feel like where’s Waldo in my stripes outfit👏👏
💕My shirt says Good Vibes 💕My hair is a mess (but what else is new) Do you guys like this new color or what!?!? It makes me feel like a meatball of summer 🙂😁😀
💕ISSSS FRIDAYYYYY! Which means it’s also date night with my man 😍🕺🏽 -(LOL THIS EMOJI IS SO PERFECT WTH)
PS: (I’ve been doing a lot of “PS’s” lately) But dis lighting is da bombbbb 🔥🔥🔥
When was the last time I took an up close and personal selfie 🤳 🤷🏻♀️
Anywayyyy! Say hello to my makeup FREE carita :)! Lately I haven’t been wearing makeup (maybe just some mascara here and there) and my skin has never felt so good. I’ve always had amazing skin growing up and then once I hit college a wave just HIT my skin and I struggled with my complexion and scarring. It was just another issue I had to manage that tacked onto my day to day life. It always stressed me out to the point where I would cover up with foundations and just make the issue worsen.
Recently, I took the plunge to cut down on my caffeine consumption because I found myself relying wayyyy to heavily on it to get through the day. Almost immediately I noticed great results within a few days of making the change.
I love wearing makeup and I also love being able to rub my eyes without getting mascara all over the damn place lol. Either way, I know that I am beautiful with our without.
Makeup does not make you beautiful. What makes you beautiful is you. Take a few minutes to appreciate yourself and your own skin.
Take care of yourself. When you feel good, that energy resonates onto others :).
PS: I also dyed my hair. That is all.
Everyone loves a good before and after #motivationmonday#transformation post. We love to be “wowed” by transformations; not really knowing or taking into account what it took to get to the “after” point.
2013 vs 2018
I’ve struggled with my weight for as long as I can remember. I struggled with body image issues and covered everything up in hoodies. My whole wardrobe was hoodies and my heaviest weight was somewhere in the 160’s. I went through a tough breakup and I ended up losing over 30lbs in three months because I had lost my appetite.
I was incredibly weak and my organs began to shut down because I wasn’t eating.
One day I felt like I had hit rock bottom. I felt that I couldn’t feel any worse than how I was feeling in that moment. It was then and there that I was done torturing myself and that I wanted to feel strong and confident.
This is when I found the weights. Lifting gave me that strength and confidence. But it turned into an obsession which led to an unhealthy way of life. I worked out all the time and would get so upset if I overate by a few calories. I binged on my cheat days for months because of the lack of room for variety in my diet. I also developed a sensitivity to high fat foods during this time and would have symptoms like food poisoning if I ate foods that were too fatty. I COULDN’T EAT LAMB! My yiayia would have been ashamed.
After a few cycles of cutting and bulking, I took a HUGE leap to work towards an intuitive eating lifestyle. With months of trial and error here we are.
I no longer lift like a mad woman 6-7x per week. I eat when I am ACTUALLY hungry (although atm I’m doing intermittent fasting) not when my brain thinks I am.
I love how now I can pick and chose if I want to go for a run if it’s nice outside or throw on my hood and lift heavy shit if I’m feeling like slim shady. I lost relationships with family and friends I loved because of my previous lifestyle. I let it take control of my life. I was so afraid of gaining weight again that I did everything I possibly could to prevent that.
Strive to be your healthiest and happiest version of yourself because you ❤️ your body. “Do it out of self love, not self hatred
Great sweat sesh during this leggiez and glutez workout yesterdayyyy! My legs are DONE today. I can barely sit on toilet 😟! I don’t usually sweat when I lift and I looked like I jumped into a pool after this workout so I think it’s safe to say I went hard on this one hehe 😜 I workout to feel happy and keep my mind and body healthy. Being 5”2 and stwonnggg is also a plus.
This was my workout 😊 💕Squats 4x10
💕Hip Thrusts 3x10
💕Bulgarian Split Squats 3x10
💕Bench Step Ups 2x12
💕SL hip thrusts 2 sets of 6 reps 25lbs
💕Hamstring Curls 3x10 Just to give you guys a mini update on my intermittent fasting ;) It’s going GREAT! I fast till about 1-2pm M-F and weekends I’m more lenient but I make sure to watch what I eat! Week 1 of 6 is complete! I feel a lot less bloated all the time and just healthier overall. I still eat all the foods I want and am able to crush my goals at the same damn time! May have overdone it with some ice-cream last night but whaaaatteevvaaa. Treat yo self 😉! Hope you all are having an amazing Sunday and have an awesome MONDAY!!!! #Bringbackthewarmweather#whereyougo#whyyounohere#Iwantwindinmyface#alongwithallergies#comecome
My hair is on a different level this morning 🤪Today’s agenda is lift, pancakes 🥞, hair appointment, then cherry blossom 🌸 festival with mi hermana 👯♀️ I haven’t been to a salon in so long, so today I’m treating myself and switching things up for the warmer weather 😍Can’t wait to show you all the finished product!! Before I head out, I made sure to get a killer leggiez & glutez workout in so that my hair stylist is stuck with some nice and sweaty mane 💦🦄 I’ll be posting some snippets later today of some of my favorite exercises 💕Full workout video will be up tomaaaliiii! Have a BEAUTIFUL Saturday 😍😍😍!!!
PS: Socks are MATCHING... sort of
Hi hi hi 👋 🙊! #happyhumpday to all you little critters out there. Here’s a mini clippy of my deadlifts from the other day. This was my first time deadlifting in a WHILEEEE. I decided to go super light for this session (this weight used to be my warm up lol) because it seems as though I’ve developed scapular winging a few months back and it hasn’t gotten any better. I still felt some discomfort after deadlifting during this session so I’m going to layoff until I get this all sorted!! Initially I thought it was just a knot in my lats so I used a lacrosse ball to roll it out🤦🏻♀️. A winged scapula is usually the case of having a weak serratus anterior. Even worse, this weakness can be due to damage of the long thoracic nerve😟😟😟 (let us pray this is not the case). I have symptoms like pain with pulling motions, discomfort with reaching over head in my scapula, and even pressure on my scapula when sitting in a chair. Luckily baeeee just so happens to work at a PT clinic 🙏so he had me do a table push up test and immediately noticed that I was unable to keep my scapula from flaring🙂🙃Time to get this thang thang under controlla, controlla.
PS: I put yoga mats underneath the plates to prevent someone’s lunk alarm from going off or too much gym rat noise from occurring.
PPS: Posting a quick fun workout tonight on my story so keep an 👁 out! Push Day 👏☺️✨
HAPPY EASTER! 🐰🐣🐇 Just incase you’ve decided to take the day off from the gym and spend some quality time with the fam (which I hope is the case), here are some great moves you can do on the foam roller! If you’ve never used a foam roller, prepare to meet your worst nightmare 😂 I’ve taught several foam rolling workshops and I can tell you that I’ve gotten nothing but amazing feedback after I’m done teaching. I usually foam roll before my workouts to promote a better warm up and after if I was sore that day. Not only is it fun to balance on top of a foam sausage roll, but it’s a great way to give your muscles a free deep tissue massage. It gets rid of adhesions, scarring in your tissue, and promotes blood flow! By doing this, you’ve now created better mobility that can help improve performance and recovery for your muscles as well! Waaaahh soooo many benefits! These guys are uber cheep at target (which by the way has same day delivery now 😱) and Amazon! So treat yo self to a nice massage 💆 today on this lovely easter Sunday/ April fools 🤪 🐰
UPDATE: I’ve been weening off of caffeine this week and I feel like my new IG handle name should be MADUSASFINEBROWS. Earlier this week I was moody, fatigued (even with 8 hrs of sleep) and had headaches for days. I was addicted to my cafecito ☕️ and I am always running around doing things because of it. I’ve noticed after writing my most recent article on “how to stay fit while raising children“ that coffee is not the answer to keeping you sane. You cannot rely on it to keep you going. So I decided to stick to only one cup a day and maybe a Diet Coke if I’m feeling riskay. Yesterday was the first day that I felt normal without my unicorn juice. I actually felt relaxed and amazing! My mood was so happy and positive that I think I might have freaked my boyfriend out a little 😂
Not only is it okay to relax every once in a while but it’s healthy! It is OKAY not to be superwoman and run around all the time. These past few nights I’ve been winding down with a quiet dinner, watching some Netflix, writing articles, and working on client programs. I’ve never really had quiet nights since usually I am running around cleaning, cooking or having a dance party in my pj’s. I’m slowly learning to tell myself that it’s okay not to be superwoman all the time. I’m so used to being on my feet and going 100mph that I forget to turn off my engine. This is a great way to burn out.. no pun intended 😂😅 I’ve tried yoga to wind down and it really just isn’t my thing. So I do other things like playing guitar.
For this upcoming week, I’ve decided to make myself some self reminders:
Take time for yourself.
Be greedy with your self care.
You don’t have to lift all the time, if you want to stay in and play guitar go for it! I do make sure however, to get it some form of exercise during the week. I love exercising and I don’t feel myself when I find myself falling off the exercise bandwagon.
Last but not least, do what makes you happy. Don’t always say yes to people and let them walk all over you! - I was always such a big offender of saying yes to everyone that I had forgotten to put myself FIRST. Have you ever had this problem? Learn to say no and put your happiness 1st!😊👏👏👏
Well you guys.. This past week has been so incredibly amazing. This week I was featured in @popsugarfitness about my body transformation story! I am at a loss of words... They did an amazing job with keeping my story 100% transparent, consistent, and true. This was the first time I had actually shared publicly that I had an issue with my binging eating habits. After sharing my story in several magazines and all over social media, I have never really talked about the seriousness in my bad habits. I don’t want to call it an eating disorder because I’m not even really sure myself if it was or not. All I know is that I heavily restricted my diet, binged for a whole day and tried to fit in as much food into my stomach as I could, and then I would feel absolutely disgusting and awful afterwards and try to make up for it the next day by restricting myself again and doing cardio. This cycle lasted for months. My favorite part of the entire article was the last paragraph. They had written about how if someone needs help they should reach out for it. I’ve had article editors try to change my words around a bit before and ended up not going through with them because they weren't telling MY story. They would take out pieces that they thought didn’t fit and would reword them. I love my life and my story the way it is and how it has played out to this minute. Words will never be able to describe how grateful I am. Thank you to everyone who has showed me loving support and the messages I have been receiving from literally all over the world. I could never have imagined that my story could make such a difference and impact on someone’s life. Love you all with all my heart!!! ❤️
When you try on a dress 💃 that you couldn’t fit into years ago and now it fits like a glove. Hugs my curves in all the right places🧤😍😍😍😁👏!!! Currently only lifting 3 days a week now with some cardio in between and I am loving the changes I am seeing in my body! Healthy and balance is what I live for! 💕☺️🌸 #hairisahotmess#glutesalute#butthisdressisfab#fireredyassss#mysistersroomhasgreatlighting
PS: New programs for online training are up on my site!💕💕🤩
This may come to a surprise for some of you but contrary to belief, most women like to look good for themselves. They dress up, fix their hair, do their makeup, invest in bettering themselves, pamper, and workout all for themselves. Why? Because it’s a wonderful and empowering feeling to feel good about yourself. #salsadancinglastnight#outfitwassnug
Good morning and happy Saturday to all of you lovely people!💕 It’s raining outside today and instead of running around and chasing down errands like I usually do on the weekends, I want to make today for focusing on myself. Whether that means spending time by myself and writing articles, reading, or throwing on some gym clothes and walking on the treadmill. Sometimes it’s good to just take a step back from all that is going on in the world so that you can focus on yourself. Self-care is so important, especially for mental health. Taking care of yourself will give you better confidence and we should all feel confident in ourselves. Growing up I struggled with finding myself and I wasn’t always confident in my appearance, mainly because I branded myself as the chubby kid. But over the years, confidence has become one of my best qualities. I am always very confident in my own skin no matter my weight. To me that is one of the sexiest things to feel. This is the body you were gifted with for this life. If you want to make a change do it now or wait for forever. The more you wait, the more you push it off, the harder it will be to change so what exactly is it that you are waiting for? Don’t worry about what everybody else thinks. Just focus on loving yourself because you could be Mother Theresa and I guarantee you people are still going to try to find some sort of imperfection in you.