The fitness industry: the good, the bad, and the controversy

I am a huge advocate for ALL people feeling confident and happy in their bodies no matter what their BMI is or what society says about how they look. I follow many progressive writers and activists closely and I genuinely enjoy the messages that they send to the public about loving yourself and valuing who you are as a person, beyond what you look like. The New Year brings about a lot of talk of people wanting to change the way that they look. We are constantly being bombarded with adds for ‘skinny’ teas, gym memberships, and numerous gadgets and…

Vacation is over, now what?

I spent last week adventuring on a island, it was absolutely spectacular! I had so much fun and had been looking forward to this trip for weeks. To be honest, I love my routine at home but I can’t help but feel a bit bummed that something I’d been looking forward to came and went just like that! You know when you’re looking forward to a trip or you’re working towards a goal and it happens and it’s AWESOME, but then you’re just like okay, now what? That’s where I’m at. I don’t have any single solution for this feeling…

A look back at this past year, and being at ease in 2020

Last year, I posted a list of my goals for 2019 and honestly, I did really well with them — for the most part :). Let’s review: 1. Adhere to a regular posting schedule, 2. Take online clients, 3. Publish more of my writing, 4. Stay organized, finish projects, 5. Stop using external accomplishments for validation, 6. Play more games with my family, 7. Plan an epic trip with the LOML, 8. Take less pictures, 9. Live presently, 10. Spend less time behind a screen. Well, it’s safe to say I crushed #10 subsequently causing #1 to have suffered, unfortunately….

25 ways that I cultivate wellness

It’s that time of year, no not Christmas but yes also that. Really I meant, IT’S MY BIRTHDAY!!! I was torn between using the word WELLNESS in this title because I feel like I say “wellness” a lot and I wanted to use HAPPINESS because I feel like it’s less sterile. But the truth is, what I’ve cultivated runs much more deeply than what can be described by the emotion-based word, “happy.” Last year, in my 24 things I’ve learned about health post I wrote what knowledge about health I’ve obtained. But, in this post I wanted to detail the…

What is body neutrality?

I first heard the term ‘body neutrality’ the other day while watching a segment on TV where the hosts mentioned how Jameela Jamil referred to this (‘body neutrality) as her take on body image. Most of us are aware of the body positivity movement either via books, news, or social media posts with the hashtag #bodypositivity. Many of these posts are raw and real images of the female body (I’ve typically seen an overwhelmingly female presence in this movement). Usually these images depict traditionally ‘unflattering angles’ or show stretch marks, or they’re simply reflecting a happy place that a woman…

Living life off-line

In the beginning of the year I made a post titled “My relationship with social media” where I talked about how I intended to use social media versus how I was actually using it. A few months ago I decided to stop using my Instagram accounts. I don’t go on Facebook at all and I use Twitter minimally to promote my writing. To be honest, I got tired of the barrage of advertisements, especially those in the guise of “health” posts meant to “inform” readers. I also got tired of the habit of scrolling, mindlessly, and seemingly endlessly. I didn’t…

Basketball as a workout

Are there machines in the gym you see someone using and realize that you never even knew it existed? You’re curious, but not wanting to leave your comfort-zone, you eyeball it from afar until you eventually forget it exists again and use the same few pieces of equipment that you’re familiar with? Today’s equipment review will be of something commonly found a community fitness centers: THE BASKETBALL What is it? A leather ball that is inflated to bounce, approximately 9inches in diameter. What can you do with it? Shoot hoops, run dribbling drills, pass drills, and play games. Keep in…