The Half Way Mark for 2020!

Ok friends we are halfway through 2020. Let’s talk about what we have accomplished, what we haven’t, and how we have to pivot our thought process to adapt to the “New Normal”. I have come to realize that all of the goals that I have had set for the, “year” need to be readjusted for the year we are having. I am going to do this by making my goals smaller and more palatable. With that said; I am going to do monthly goals.

My July Monthly Goals

1) Read two book’s this month. One of the books (which I am in the middle of) is more of an educational read. And one book is for pleasure. The two book’s that I hope to get through are.

A Random Walk Down Wall Street by-Burton G. Malkiel & Then She Was Gone by- Lisa Jewelblog book

2) I have been doing different courses through an educational institute, I have 15 more credits to go in order to get a certificate as a Human Movement Specialist. The course requires 80 hours of work. I am so close, I just need to buckle down stay focused and do a little bit everyday. Hopefully I can achieve this goal.

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3) Revamp this blog! I have wanted to pick out a new layout (a bit of a face lift), add new pictures, and make this site more interactive to be able to communicate and stay connected a bit more, especially since we are all adapting to the “New Normal” especially in the fitness industry, and just life in general.

4)  I want to try two new recipes this month. I have realized that I have become complacent in my cooking. I keep making the same dishes. I want to expand into a cuisine that I have never tried before, or just some new dishes. ( This is a dish that I made earlier this week. Roast Chicken and an Orzo salad).blog food

5) Start to work on my personal business more. I want to expand my business and I am hoping to do that by working with a business coach. I want to reach more people. I am at  a point where I need help with my system and processes. And knowledge about going more into the online training world. I am used to one-on-one in person training, the online world forces you to pivot and be creative and adaptable and I have to say I have enjoyed the challenge. I am excited to learn more and to be able to expand the clientele that I can help.1492134586-FocalPoint_Business_Coaching_is_Reality

Here is to July and making small achievable goals. What are your goals for this month?

 

 

 

 

 

 

I Matter

With everything that has been going on in our world and especially here in the United States. My mind has been spinning, this poignant moment we are in has brought up conversations with family members, friends, and just seeing the different pains and hurts that have yet to be healed.  Some have a lack of understanding and some, also not having a desire to want to understand. This pivotal season that we are in has made me happy to be who I am, who God has placed me on this earth to be, and that we all are beautifully and wonderfully made. I hope we find peace, beauty in our differences and begin to heal our hurts. I am Black, I am Beautiful, I am Proud to be who I am.1B0FAAD0-73CE-4C75-B2B5-330E952B4753 (2)

The Adjustment…Being a Personal Trainer During Quarantine

I have been a trainer for over 10 years now, I usually travel over NYC to train my clients. Since the Corona Virus has happened, it has put me in a position to go the virtual route with training. Which I have to say I was uncertain about at first, but I have grown as a trainer and to like virtual training. It definitely took a moment to get used to it, I am able to dedicate more time to studying the body, to be more of an asset to my clients. And I have also gained new clients that live in different states. This has taken me out of my comfort zone and also has helped me to expand my creativity in order to make sure my clients get what they need out of their workout.

This is how a typical, “Day in the Life” of a  Virtual Personal Trainer.

Morning- First let me say I have been loving the fact that I don’t have to be up at 5:00 am. I love this,  it’s glorious !!! My first client is generally 9:00 am or 10:00 am depending on the day. I usually get up around 7:30 – 7:45 am. I like to give myself time to wake up, prepare my mind, drink water, coffee, set my intentions for the day, read a devotional, review my clients programs and make any tweaks if need be, and make a smoothie.  I know this seems like a lot. But, when I am used to leaving the house by 5:30 am, this time I have in the mornings now is precious and sacred to me, and I don’t take it for granted.

 

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I usually try to plan my clients back to back, it is easier for my schedule and getting things done that I need to do. This doesn’t always work, but for the most part it does. My virtual clients are currently all  in different states than I am, except for 1. Training virtually took a bit of time to get used to because you have to figure out the angles you need to be able to see to make sure that my clients form is where it is suppose to be. This took a bit of trial and error but for the most part we’ve got it down.

After my first few clients I usually teach a “Group Fitness Class” Group fitness meaning I am doing it through IG Live or Facebook Live. I have to admit this was very awkward at first, because you don’t have interaction with the people joining the class. After doing it a few times and people writing comments during the class, it helps to give me a group fitness feeling. And I have come to enjoy it, because it helps to hold me accountable just as much as the participants who take the class.

Generally after I finish teaching I have one more client right after my class or a little later on. Then it is time for lunch. I usually have a working Lunch. I work on my continuing education credits for Personal Training, read a book (because reading a book during my normal schedule, is a challenge in itself, trying to find the time). And I have been working on some different business endeavors and collaborations with friends who are also in the fitness and education industry.

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I generally spend about 3 hours a day either consecutively or broken up working on these 3 things and then of course I have to get “my workout” in. I do workout when I teach my classes, but I do have specific goals and exercises that I do for my body, especially corrective exercise techniques be it that I am doing a lot more vigorous work outs,( ie- HIIT, Cardio) during the classes  that I instruct.

I would say the biggest change in my life is that I am not clocking 25,000 steps a day, which is hard for me physically it was effortless cardio lol.

During quarantine, fitness has seemed to give people a sense of release and relief. There are people who were not working out pre-quarantine and they are, and it’s great that more people are using fitness as an outlet.

All in all adjusting to “Quarantine Fitness” has been an adjustment but I am so happy with the growth I have made and I know that this is going to help me be a better trainer and expand what I can give to my clients.

Hi My Name is…Danielle. Get to Know Me!

Quarantine has helped me to be more focused on my blog and be more open with what is on my mind and my life in fitness. I figured this would be a good time to do a, “Get to Know Me”. Just like my Fitness Journey, my life, knowledge, Professional Life and just Life evolve and grow. The Danielle I am now is not the same Danielle who started this blog 5 years ago. So, here we go!!!!!

I was 180 lbs at one point in my life. I tried every weight loss fad under the sun. Slim Fast, Lean Cuisines, Atkins, No Carbs.  And from that I learned that proper exercise and nutrition is the way to have a sustainable weight loss.

I have a bachelors degree in Political Science and Women’s Studies. I wanted to be an attorney, and then I realized that my true passion is in the Health and Fitness industry. I have been in the industry for 10 years now, and I still have the same passion and tenacity for it now, that I did back then.

I love to cook!! Part of the reason I am a trainer is because I love to eat sooo much. I enjoy trying to make indulgent recipes healthy, some are amazing and some are an epic fail.

I love the movie franchise The Fast & Furious. Yes, I know go ahead and judge me!! I said what I said!

I love to learn, one of the reasons I enjoy being a Personal Trainer is the constant learning that you have to do. Continuing Education courses are a requirement of maintaining your certification, and I love this aspect of the industry. (It forces you to stay on your toes)

One of my biggest frustrations in the Fitness Industry is that some trainers will think it is very easy to sling nonsense (I was going to use another verb, but I shall refrain).  There is no quick fix, there isn’t a magic pill. It’s hard work, dedication and sacrifice. (It is possible to be healthy and enjoy your life.  Rome was not built in a day. Therefore, know it takes time.

If I could travel the world for a few months, experiencing different cultures and trying different cuisines I would love to do that. But, ya know that thing called bills and responsibilities gets in the way. One day I will put myself in the position to do this. I am speaking it into existence.

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These are just a few fun tidbits about me. I hope this has helped you learn a bit about me since you’ve stopped by to read my blog, which I greatly appreciate.

Love & Health,

Danielle

 

You Can’t Pour From An Empty Cup!!

Personal Trainers and Fitness Professionals with everything going on during the Corona Virus we have been in high demand for digital content, Zoom Training’s, Live workouts and helpful tips and tricks.

Even before Corona Virus I have had many conversations with people who work throughout the fitness industry and how taking care of ourselves is vital to us being able to help and be of service to those we are trying to help. And a lot of the time we have a tendency to take a back seat in our own fitness journey’s. Being in the Fitness Industry it really encompasses our whole lives. From what we eat, to when we sleep, to the type of workouts we do personally.

 

Everyone is going through their own personal struggles during corona. One of the things we need to remember is that we need to take care of ourselves and make sure we ARE taking care of ourselves, so that we can be an asset to others, because our amazing students, friends, and colleague look to us for inspiration and motivation. I was on the phone with two of my fellow Fitness Professional friends yesterday, and we all said sleeping past 5:30 am in the morning has been so nice, and our bodies definitely needed the reset. And it has helped bring back creativity, inspiration and love for what we do!

What happens when the motivator doesn’t feel motivated?… It is alright to not always feel like you can push, motivate and be the best “inspo”.

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What we need to do is make sure that we as Fitness Professionals and health care practitioners, take our time to sign off of social media for sometime, do things we enjoy, study, research, read a book with  no educational value, NETFLIX and also…REST! Rest is something that is very hard for people in our industry to do, because we are constantly on the go.  Sometimes we don’t realize how tired we are until we have an extended duration of rest. (Which I mentioned is a conversation I had with others in the industry).

And there is also the other side, all of us who are teaching multiple classes a day, but not working out for ourselves, training private clients via technology, but not working on  our own betterment. Remember that you are a priority, your health matters. And the Title of this post is “You Can’t Pour From an Empty Cup”. Just make sure YOU are making your health, and your mental wellness a high priority on your list. When this crazy time we are living in is over. We want to have fresh perspective, excitement and hunger to be the best we can be for ourselves, and our clients.

I’m just going to sit over here and attempt to practice what I preach.

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What are you doing for your self care, fitness professionals?

 

 

 

Quarantine and Your Health

Let’s talk about health, health is all encompassing. Health is not just your physical fitness, a number on the scale, or if you fit into your favorite pair of jeans. (However, all of these things play small roles). During theses crazy quarantine times that we are living in, let’s take our health beyond just working out. Our health is Mind, Body & Soul. Let’s do our best to make sure we are taking care of ourselves to the best of our abilities. So, here are 5 way’s to Check-In on your HEALTH

  1. Are you waking up anxious or with anxiety? Let’s start by turning off the news for a day. It is enough to make your head spin with all of the different information that is being hurled at us. It is completely fine to detox from it for 24 hours.blog
  2. Focus on one good thing each day. That one thing may be that you woke up today. That you are able to breathe, feel, call someone. Be grateful for one thing and focus on that one thing. And you will be surprised how just starting with one focused positive thought can help you.focus blog pic
  3. Hydration- Make sure you are staying hydrated with “water”. Water helps to revive the system, flush out the system, wakes us up, helps with circulation and headaches. I have noticed with myself that I start to get anxiety, tense, and lethargic  when I am dehydrated or over caffeinated lol.  So, how many ounces of water are you consuming? A helpful tip- Drink half your body weight in ounces. Example- If you’re 150 lbs you should be drinking a minimum of 75 ounces Hydrate-01-process-s660x855
  4. .Read. Read for fun, listen to an audio book,read a book that will help you with your spiritual growth (whatever that may be for you), read a book for self development or start an online course. There are tons of free materials available, especially now, this is an opportune time to educate yourself. Work on yourself. Or just be free to read something frivolous, let your mind and imagination get excited. keepcalm-read
  5. Allow yourself to feel. It is ok, if you do not feel ok everyday, be mad, be sad, cry. Breathe. Stare at a wall. However, don’t dwell on the things that you can not change. Don’t focus on the unknown. And know that we are all going through this, the entire world, not just your town,  not just your school,not just your neighborhood…. EVERYONE! Let that form some feeling of solidarity, unity, and comfort for you during these challenging times. unity blog

I hope this in some way shape or form is able to help you know that you are not alone. That your health goes beyond your physical fitness. We are all the culmination of many different facets and layers, that is what makes us who we are as individuals. And all of these parts need to be taken care of. What are some of the things you do to help yourself stay “healthy” during this quarantine?

The Evolution of you!

Allow yourself to evolve, allow yourself to grow and transform. The same way your body does during your fitness journey allow this to happen in your life as well.

In my fitness journey and in my life my body, goals and outlook have shifted. Priorities evolve and change.

When I first started on my fitness journey running was my life!! I would run, everyday rain or shine. You couldn’t pay me to miss a day. As, I have learned and grown in my knowledge of health, training programs and most importantly nutrition.  You have to train for the goals you have set for yourself.

As I became stronger and more confident in weight training I began to want to see physical changes in my musculature, because of this my goals and my outlook changed and my focus I believe now is more balanced, and less obsessive. Sometimes the reason you started is not the reason you continue. This post is more of a ramble about being conscious and aware of yourself, your reasoning and that it is o.k. to grow. That is what life is about, always learning, and being o.k. with your path.

Just a  bit of a random thought Monday, I hope you are all doing well and being healthy.

Make a Commitment, NOT a Resolution!

Happy New Year, Everyone! I hope you all had an awesome holiday season.

It is that time of year again, new possibilities, new aspirations, new whatever your heart desires.It was interesting this week because I didn’t see a large influx of people at the gym. Since, this will be the first full week back of the new year, tomorrow might be the big day! With that being said, as far as your health and fitness, let’s start out on the right foot and make sure that you set yourself up for success. Here are just a few quick tips to help you set up for your fitness COMMITMENT, not resolution!

  1. Ditch the word, “Resolution” and make a “Commitment”. The word resolution comes with a negative connotation behind it. We all just know that a resolution is something you do for about two weeks maybe the month of January if you’re determined. When you say you are going to commit to something, it holds more weight and value.
  2. Don’t start with a vengeance! It is wonderful you have a hunger to do your best and want to be determined, however, sometimes this can be the best way to set yourself up for failure. Don’t decide that you are going to go to the gym, fitness class, everyday, all day, No Day’s off because you have GOALS!… simmer down there love bugs. The suggestion I make to a lot of my clients or students that are just starting out on their fitness journey, is to go every other day. Especially, if you have not worked out in a while or never have before. Don’t go six days in a row thinking this is showing you’re serious. Because, the first day you miss you will feel like a failure, then say, “well there isn’t a point”. This is one of the major ways people fall off, so SET YOURSELF UP FOR SUCCESS! If you start slowly you will be proud of yourself if you add an extra day after a few weeks, than when you don’t make it one day after 2 weeks. For example: It is better to start Monday/Wednesday/Friday than go six days straight.
  3. Write it down! There is something about putting pen to pepper and writing down your plan of action that will make you more accountable to do it. I use my gym gypsy planner to plan out my workouts and that simple act just holds me accountable to myself. To be honest, at least for me, I feel a little bad when I don’t do what I wrote down in my planner.

These are just a few ideas for you to have a better outlook on your New Year fitness COMMITMENTS. Remember you want this to be a life long journey, not a a-quarter mile sprint. Pace yourself, be kind to yourself, believe in yourself, and don’t be afraid to ask for help! There are so many amazing tools that can be utilized to help you in the fitness and nutrition area of your life. Just be mindful that there is a lot of garbage out there too! Get your info from credible sources, referrals and do your own research! Most importantly find what works for you.

Happy New Year Commitments!

Review! Gym Gypsy Program Planner!

 

Hello Friends,

I am not very good at keeping up to date on here, but when I do write, I hope you enjoy the content. I won’t promise to do better at blogging, I’ll just do better, words don’t mean anything without actions to back them up. With all that said, on to this blog post.

With all of social media’s downfalls it is actually a great tool to use, and for people to share their life’s passions and works. And for that it is a great asset.

A few of the IG profiles that I follow were tagging a company in a few post that peaked my interest, so I decided to, “click”. And, I am so happy that I did. Today’s review is on the “GYM GYPSY” program planner. It is a planner that is specifically used to monitor your training and keep detailed accuracy about your lifts, progress, meals, mood and more. This planner is great, because in all honesty, I spend all of my time monitoring my clients food, and workouts that I’m a bit lackadaisical in keeping track of my own work.  The planner is sent to you quarterly, each one coinciding with the seasons, this planner has a few helpful and cute additions that have made me completely happy with my purchase. Each day gives you things to reflect on. It is categorized under different headings such as, “Health Inventory/ Strength/ Conditioning/ Nutrition” and more!

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The planner comes with great motivational tools, stickers, calendars for each month, pages to record PR’s. All of these extras help you to execute your workout’s more effectively and most importantly hold yourself accountable to what you want to achieve.

It is said that if you write down something you are much more likely to do it and hold yourself accountable to getting done. “…write the vision, and make it plain upon tables,that he may run that read it.”- Habakkuk 2:2

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If you’re someone who always makes excuses or forgets, this might just be the planner for you! However, it only works, if you use it! 1st step committing to using the planner and seeing if it helps you organize your workoust, and help you to see your numbers, progress and more.

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I hope this was a bit helpful for you, I know sometimes I get into a workout slump and need some rejuvenation, and this is my summer one.

If you are interested in getting this great planner head over to their IG page “gym.gypsy” and check them out!

Be Blessed Everyone!

 

Fitness Watch Review, Part 2! What did I choose?!?!

A few months back, I did a blog post about fitness watches, my charge 2 HR had broken for the second time, and I refused to pay for another. After researching and reading people’s reviews of different fitness watches, and what they had to offer. All the watches I reviewed were great, but none of them had everything that I was looking for.

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About a month later fitbit came out with the Ionic! So I did my research, saw what it had to offer and fell in LOVE! It has all the bells and whistles and data analysis that I am looking for. The face of the watch is a nice size, in order to read the data that displays across the screen. Just like all the fitbit’s before it, the Ionic has your steps, calories, and heart rate displayed first.

The extra’s I love, love, love…There is different types of fitness exercise options,such as, “Running (I love the fact the running option does total mileage and splits). Weight Lifting, Swimming, Cycling, Treadmills, Intervals, and Workouts”. I just tried out the, workout option while taking an Orange Theory class, which is a combination of weights as well as cardio. And the Ionic worked great. In an Orange Theory class you use a heart rate monitor, to track your progress. And I’m happy to say the deviation in numbers was minimal. There is also, a timer, Music, wallet, alarms, weather and one of my favorite features, is the STARBUCKS app!!! If anyone knows me  they know I love a good cup of coffee after a kick-butt workout.

I have only been wearing the watch for a few days but, all in all. I am so happy with the decision to get the ionic

A big huge, Thank You to my amazing boyfriend for giving me this wonderful, thoughtful gift. I’m so happy with it.

What fitness watches are you all wearing? Are you happy with what you have?

Until next time!

XOXO

DEE

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