Change of Heart.

Good Morning Loves!

It has been such a long time since I have blogged but here I am 🙂 Over the past month I have accomplished so much within myself and my walk with God and I think the silence did me quite well. I feel so at peace with my life and my decisions that I just have to share this testimony.

You all know me as the fitness blogger who works out all the time and eats healthy but you didn’t know the girl that suffered from anxiety and severe depression. A lot has happened to me in my life and God has always seen me through but I never addressed the issues. After having a breakdown, at work of all places *rolls eyes*, I finally sought therapy. I enrolled into a online therapy program called Talkspace where I pretty much text my therapist. It has been an amazing experience to have someone decode my feelings and behaviors. I have never been so clear headed or at peace. My therapist has really opened my eyes and my heart to staying true to myself and what I want to accomplish.

If you didn’t know, I entered college as a nursing student after receiving my Nursing Assistant Certification in high school. After transferring schools and shifting some things around I was told to “not even apply” to Salisbury’s nursing program by the Dean of the Nursing program. I had some pretty bad grades but was working to fix them but I was devastated by her words. I remember crying the entire two hour drive back home from registering for classes. THAT is where the devil got me. He planted the fear seed in my heart and tended to it hourly so that it grew into a weed that would try to strangle me.

I created this entire persona based on that fear. I got into exercise science in order to cover up my failure. I thought that if I did some related that I wouldn’t look like a failure. So busy worried about what other people would think of me, I rushed through college without even thinking about the end result. I wanted to graduate in four years so I chose a major that would allow me to. $80k later here I am rethinking EVERYTHING.

Now don’t get me wrong, I love exercise and promoting a healthy lifestyle but that is not what God told me to do; that is not the seed He placed in my heart. After going through my therapy, I found that I was living for others. I had become do overwhelmed with trying to live up to other peoples’ standards that I had lost myself. I can no longer live for other people because it was killing me. I wasn’t accomplishing what j wanted and God can’t bless disobedience. I was struggling to make ends meet as well as trying to get ahead. I took a job as a personal trainer again and I hated it. This is where I heard Him calling me back to His original plan and this time I HAD to listen! My sanity depended on it!

I got to work. I started researching nursing programs and I called the Maryland Board of Nursing to check on my certification. I hadn’t practiced as a CNA in two years and my certification was expired but you know God came through like Tom Brady at the Superbowl! I was afraid that I would have to retake an entire CNA course over again (over $600!) but I was informed that all I had to do to renew my license was submit the application and getting fingerprinted. I was so relieved but knew that God would finish the work He started in me. I renewed my license, applied for a job and I have an interview today! I will also be applying to nursing schools to continue my pursuit of what sets my soul on fire.

MY GOD IS SO GOOD! I haven’t even gotten the job but I am praising and dancing in the hallway until He opens a door because I know that He is working on my behalf.  I know that I will get into a nursing program as well. I have to stay faithful in each step that I take even when I can’t see the staircase.

Queens I encourage you to A L W A Y S stay true to you. Don’t let anyone or anything try to convince you that you can’t do something. If God is for you, who can be against you?! Continue to push for what you want. I didn’t and it costs me years, money, and stress. I was tested and failed but I know now that I. To always out my hopes and trust in the Lord because He never steers me wrong.

The week, this month, your life, is yours for the taking!

-B

 

 

The Get Back.

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Happy Friday Queens!!

It’s been a little while since coming back from my trip (it was so much fun) and I’ve given myself a little break as far as a super hard routine. It dawned on me that I should give tips on how to get back on track after vacation so here it is.

1. GET RID OF THE VACATION MINDSET!

Im sorry but the vacation is over. Time to put away the bikini and get back to the grind so we can look bomb for the next vacation!

2. Give yourself a break.

Take a break and allow the transition back home to settle. Unpack, do laundry, etc. Just relax a bit. If you want to jump back into fitness immediately (more power to you!), we will talk about that soon.

3. Go grocery shopping.

Fill up the fridge with veggies, lean protein, and grab and go snacks. Keep your meals simple so that as you get back into the work week and workout routine, you’re not burdened by complicated meals. Be sure to meal prep and keep it easy!

4. Drink water.

Get back into drinking the amount you were. You can jump right in or add a little more to each day to get back.

5. Get moving.

Make a plan/routine for your workouts for the week or just do some light cardio to get moving again. If you do ease back in slowly, be sure to add a little more intensity each day.

 

Keep Grinding!

-B

Workout on Vacation! (Hotel Room Approved)

 

Happy Fridayyyyy!

I am actually typing this on Wednesday morning before my flight so by the time you read it consider yourself a witness of time travel lol. As promised I’ll be showing you five workout moves (with added abs and cardio circuit) that you can do in your hotel/Airbnb. We want to keep this simple and quick so hereeeee we go! *Slick Rick voice*

Abs
1. Heel taps – 3 sets of 12 reps


2. Alternating toe taps – 3 sets of 12 reps

 


3. Hip lifts – 3 sets of 12 reps

Lift your hips and slowly bring them back down (no plopping!)

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Squat to press with bag – 3 sets of 10 reps


Wall push up with arms close – 3 sets of 10 reps


Wall sit with toe lift – 2 sets 30 seconds with 10 toe lifts during the wall sit


Bag curls – 3 sets of 10

 

Jump squats – 3 sets of 10 reps (get low, jump high!)
Up down push ups – 3 sets of 5 reps (up, down, up = 1 rep)

drop down, one arm at a time, then push yourself back up, one arm at a time.
Speed skaters – 3 sets of 30 seconds

here you are hopping from side to side in this speed skaters position.
High knees – self explanatory but keep your chest and knees high. – 3 sets of 30 seconds

Plank turns – 3 sets of 10 reps (5 each side)

 

Happy Sweating!
-B

 

VacaFit!

Luquillo-Beach-Puerto-Rico-BESTBEACHES0316Itsssss Fridayyyyyyy!!!!!

Ladies its the weekend, the weather is warm and summer is so close! For he past 8 weeks I have been hitting the gym consistently and eating a well balanced diet. In my last post I said I had lost 10-12lbs but after taking my braids out I got an accurate reading of 8.5lbs lost. Im not mad about that AT ALL because i look and feel soooo much better and THAT was the goal.

I wanted to get ready for my trip to Puerto Rico and it is right around the corner! I am so excited BUT BUT BUT…… I REFUSE TO UNDO ALL THE HARD WORK I PUT IN! I also want to be able to enjoy myself because after all it is vacation. So I want to share my tips on how to stay fit while enjoying your vacation!

Tip #1: Hydration – ladies its hot and if you go pretty much anywhere this summer it will also be hot. I am staying in an Airbnb and will be purchasing two big packages of bottled water for my 5 day, 4 night stay. I am used to drinking a gallon a day and if I even go an hour with out water I feel like SpongeBob in Sandy’s tank with no fishbowl (top 5 favorite episodes of SpongeBob). Water is essential for your bodily functions and so much more. For more, please read my article “Ok Ladies, Now Let’s Get In Hydration”.

Tip #2 Fiber/Eat Your Veggies – if you will be indulging during your vacation (in moderation of course) you are going to want make sure you are pooping. Yea yea I don’t care if it sounds gross but trust me, I have been on countless vacations where I feel like theres a brick in my stomach from not pooping. You will be able to clear out your system, prevent bloating, and stay fuller longer. I will be bringing protein bars with me. My favorite protein bars have 10g of fiber per bar and its a perfect little treat for breakfast as well (I’m traveling with my boyfriend and his male friends so I doubt they wake up before breakfast lol). When eating out ALWAYS ask for a side of something green!

one*these bars are bomb! they have so many flavors like glazed maple donut, birthday cake and cinnamon roll but this is my favorite. One bars don’t even taste like protein bars. You can find them at Vitamin Shoppe.*

Tip #3 Get Moving – “But Bria, its vacation and I don’t want to go to the gym”. Girl I didn’t even say go to the gym so stop the madness lol I will be doing an “In-Hotel” Workout that you can do for 15-20 minutes tops. I will share that next week to get you ladies ready. My boyfriend was in charge of choosing the activities for this trip because we will be celebrating his birthday. PR is home to the one and only El Yunque National Rainforest, the only national park in the US National Park System classified as a rainforest. My boyfriend chose to go hiking in the forest (10 mile hike both ways for 4 hours pray for me). Choose activities that are active. Snorkeling, scuba diving, swimming, hiking, beach volleyball, walking the city streets, etc all are perfect examples to help you burn off the extra calories.

Tip #4 Treat Yo Self!….in moderation – this is vacation and I want you to enjoy it. one of the main things that is important to any fitness journey is regeneration. Giving the body a break to relax is necessary. While on vacation I plan on eating whatever I want. I know that certain foods will make me feel like crap so I won’t be eating too much of them. Ill get ice cream but not a ridiculous amount. I may grab a burger but with a side salad. I will be drinking alcohol but will definitely be staying hydrated. My point here is to know your limits. You’ve worked out for this trip or you’ve eaten a certain way before this trip and if you eat more than you’re used to your body might freak out. Don’t over do it on vacation. Eat like you normally would but enjoy yourself also. Get that cheesecake at dinner and split it with someone! Moderation is key!

With these tips you will come home without that groggy “back to normal life” feeling and wouldn’t have undone your vacation body. Remember to get right back on track with water intake, exercise and eating clean. You’ll thank yourself for it!

Happy Vacationnnn!

-B

Cheat Meals: How To Enjoy Them Without the Guilt.

Good Morning Queens!

As Summer quickly approaches I hope that you have been working hard to show off that body and if not oh well. There’s always next summer lol. I am currently in my 6th week of an 8-week summer slimdown. I created a meal plan for myself as well as workouts that I do and so far I have lost around 10-12lbs (I got braids in the middle of it so it added some weight to the scale).

One thing that keeps me sane throughout this entire process is a cheat meal. Now as far as my meal plan goes, I track my macros. That means I track how many grams of Carbohydrates, Protein and Fats I eat as well as Fiber (its important to poop!). I have a set number of grams for each as well as a total calorie intake to meet. With this meal plan I am able to eat what I want in order to hit these numbers.

Today was my cheat meal day and it just so happened that it was National Donut Day. I center the majority of my carbs around my workout so that my body can use them to fuel my workout and recovery instead of storing them. Today I had a small iced coffee and a free donut after my workout to celebrate my favorite day of the year. I killed leg day this morning too so the booty gains will ensue from those carbs lol.

I want people to understand that a cheat meal is just a cheat MEAL. Just one. If you have goals to meet, cheat meals are N O T cheat DAYS! In order to lose weight you have to be in a calorie deficit. Everyday your body burns calories no matter what; while you sleep, breathe, walk around the office, pee, ANYTHING! Adding exercise to that puts you in the negative even more. When you eat you will eat less calories than you burn all day long and with exercise. This is the formula for weight loss!

Let’s say you eat 1600 calories a day and burn 2000 a day. That’s 400 calories of deficit. A pound of body fat is about 3500 calories so following this calorie range would allow you to lose a lb of body weight in a little over 8 days. It will be different for every one and any progress is good progress so keep working.

Now this is where you get a little more free range with cheat meals. In my meal plan I have about 6 meals with 3 being snacks. I eat before the gym (usually just some fruit for quick digesting carbs for fuel), after the gym (to replenish the energy storage in my muscles and to recover), mid morning with nuts (slow digesting fats to keep me full til lunch), lunch (low carb as i have a desk job), mid afternoon protein shake to keep full til dinner, and dinner (some carbs, high protein and fat). I replace one of these meals with a cheat meal ONCE a week.

Counting macros allows me to add in treats while still meeting my goals. Cheat meals are just extra and glorious lol. It is ok to reward yourself. You are working hard for your goals and you deserve it. So eat that burger and those fries. Eat that donut (or doughnut…? Shout out to Dunkin’ for confusing the world lol) and be proud of all the hard work you are putting in.

If you have any questions about macro tracking or want to see it in action, feel free to comment or follow me on IG @brianichefit.

Happy Almost Summer!

-B