What is your star sign?
I’m an Aries
What made you start your journey & what were your starting tools?
I’ve always been very active in sports growing up. I was training my friends at the age of 14.
My god sister was overweight and she would get bullied by friends, so to stop it from continuing, I said we are all going to workout together; and we did. Mostly circuit training in a garage at our apartment building.
Later down the line I had other jobs, government and corporate, and although they were amazing jobs I didn’t enjoy working for other people.
With my mindset and leadership traits I don’t take well in taking orders from someone else or people that didn’t value me as an employee; because, I always gave my all at any job I had.
So, When I begin working out at the gym. I would have people that admired the way I looked. To others my body looked good. But, to me it didn’t; I would get so many compliments. I would be in shock. Maybe I was in denial and just didn’t see what they saw.
This is when I realized, that I was selling something, so about 8yrs ago I started to professionally train for clients; At the time I did it because I knew that I could make good money from it. When I started working out and Training clients outdoors, I realized this is something I’m really passionate about. Being outdoors gave me a different feeling then what the gym gave me.
This helped me mentally with whatever I was going through and I really enjoyed working out and helping people, When I was training in the gym it was a distraction.
What have you found most challenging about staying active?
Some days I’m just not feeling it, and before I used to be like “No you have to do this because you have to keep up this look”. But once I changed my mind set it wasn’t about the look it’s about how I felt internally.
In the beginning I would look at social media and say that’s not even me, I’ve been forced to sell something that I’m not.
So, what keeps me active is keeping my mind on the positive and knowing what I want.
What are your three workout essentials?
It quite simple to be honest, I definitely have to have good music, that’s what gets me motivated. Music gets me pumped; cute workout gear, and a Jumprope and I’m good to go.
What songs/ music is on your fitness playlist?
I repeat a lot of Kendrick Lamar, and I live of Jeezy; he gets me going and says the right things that keeps me motivated during workouts. Drake, Big Sean and Meek Mill are a Favorite as well!
How have you dealt with haters & critics?
I don’t have the energy to entertain, engage or acknowledge Hate.
I really haven’t had any “hate” surface on my social media in a very long time. I’ve set my intentions for life and what I put out into the universe. God has really been working on me. So if I put good out. I know that I will get good in return.
What do you consider workout Heaven?
Workout Heaven for me is just going to the beach, mediating and clearing my thoughts.
As I’m an outside person it would be to have the freedom and the space to Train outdoors where I can just vibe out.
And workout hell?
The Gym was workout hell! You have limited access to certain machines. You would have to make sure all machines were wiped down with disinfectant solution. It just was not my thing!!!
Do you have any tips to stay motivated?
I’m not always motivated, some days If I’m not feeling it I’m like fuck it. My life doesn’t solely revolve around Working out. There are other things I’m battling with in my everyday life. Some days I’m just not “Feeling it.” So when I’m not in the mood I don’t push myself to be in it. I just enjoy the moment and if that’s relaxing and getting my thoughts in order. That’s what I’m going to do.
I have a son and I have to keep myself going for him, I know it’s cliche, but he keeps me youthful, fun and keeps me going so that is one of the reasons I try to stay motivated. Plus, because of my past struggles too, I don’t want to go back to the past, so I focus on staying on a clean, healthy slate and keep my faith. If it’s something I really have to push myself for. I might speak positive/ motiving thoughts into my soul. I usually say things such as “girl you go this shit”, “get your ass up and make it happen.” “You got this.” “You can do it.”
When I’m working out now, no matter how much of a guru or expert that I am, we all have our own mental struggles, it’s a constant battle that we have with ourselves to stay consistent and motivated. It’s not always easy.
But, I remind myself I’m only competing with myself, and I when I get up and do it I’m happy.
How do you think society ‘ideal’ body type has changed?
I think it changed drastically only because of people doing enhancements and getting plastic surgery. We are in time where people are really lazy and want quick instant gratification and results. And If they are working out, the mentality is “how fast can I lose 20lbs in 2 weeks”, or “I want to work out but I don’t want to lose my butt.”
I can’t determine where you will lose weight.
I think the mental aspects of working out and exercising is that people are confused and that a lot of people are lost when it comes to Health and Wellness.
I feel like today’s society is more accepting to women with curves. But, my message is the ideal body is the one you have and if you don’t like something about the way you look then change it. But, I just pray you go about it the right way.
Any tips or advice you could give other women on their fitness journeys?
Having realistic goals and the right mind set, the fitness part is not the hardest part, it’s probably the easiest, but the hardest is the mental.
When I started my journey Personal Training/ Fitness Journey in my 20s, I would workout 2-3xs a week. I felt I didn’t need to do too much, and If I did too much, I would instantly drop weight. Now that I’m in my 30’s I work out 4x a week for an hour, or 30mins if I feel that’s all I need for the day. This helps me to stay on track. This is just some insight on my daily regimen but, in all actuality I would say.
Do what works for you. If you have to force something to make it happen then it’s not going to work because more than likely you’ll procrastinate if you have to force working out.
Find other solutions to do thing i.e dance, swim, running, walking, sit in a sauna meditate have a hot bath. take a shower all of these factors help you. You know you will find your own way of working out. Everyone’s journey is different.
People put too much pressure on themselves these days, if you’re not happy internally you will never be happy Physically either, you will never be satisfied because you will constantly try to fix the physical but it’s the Mindset that needs and should always be Healthy. And once that’s in order. Everything else will fall into place.
I want women to know that they have nothing to Prove to anyone else but themselves you are the only thing that matter, you gave it what you got today and hey maybe tomorrow you can give it some more. That’s what matters.
What can we expect to see from you in the near future?
I’m focusing on projects right now, a current one is a youth program- With my organization I Can. You Can. We Can. - which means if I can do it, you can do it, if you can’t do it alone, we can do it together.
This is something I’m extremely excited about. I really love working with children. I just love how brutally honest and passionate they are.
I also want to be able to provide jobs for teenagers, and what I’m doing is trying to teach kids how to have mental stability, life skills and good characteristics. Just to show them how this can help them progress for a better future.
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