Sex, Sushi & Body Confidence

Good Morning Beautiful,

Today is Saturday, and it’s officially the weekend. Let me fill you in on my Friday night. I invited a few friends over for a girl’s night of food, wine and binge watching Sex & the City. Typical? Yes, very much so, but let’s stay focused. We started with Season 1, and by episode 2 I was laughing at the irony. Here we were matching the scene in front of us all the way down to the messy buns and post hell week chill clothes. We were sitting around the table discussing men…and women for some of us. The plot of this episode was centered around models, beauty and, “giraffes with big breasts.” Looking around we all burst out laughing. I might be tall, but I don’t consider a 36C to be so big, so I think I’m safe. All of us are tall for women ( 5’8” to about 6’0”), and we’ve all heard the oh so famous phrase.. “You’re so tall….You should be a model.”

This is when the topic hit me…What’s more important? Size or health?

The “industry” has taken a hold on us all at some point. Myself included. Too small, too tall, fat, skinny… WHO CARES?! I am not always happy with all the newest trends, but I am happy with one that should already be a natural state of mind.

Body Confidence

Does being a size 4 make you healthy? No.

Does being a size 18 make you unhealthy? No.

All sizes are circumstantial. When I was a size 8, I was the unhealthiest I had been in my entire life. I was bouncing back and forth between Starbucks and an eating disorder. Yes, I am one of many who have struggled.

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It took me 25 years to be comfortable with my 5’10 1/4”, size 14/16 body, and I am the happiest that I have EVER been!


Still struggling? Need a boost?

Here are a few body confidence tips, do’s and don’ts to help put some things into perspective:

1. Do: Fight the old tale. Shoot the messenger!

Have you ever had someone say something negative to you about your body, weight or size that completely ruined your mood? Have you had a thought in the changing room that made you put down the most amazing outfit? Shoot the messenger!!

Disclaimer: I’m not asking you to go out and kill anybody!

If someone tells you something negative about your body…SPEAK UP! For every negative thing you hear, speak another positive. For every reason you think you shouldn’t wear that outfit… Think of every reason why you should. Stop that negative feeling before it starts, and be your own self love publicist.

Don’t: Cuss out your doctor for giving you health advice.


2. Do: Get naked!

Spend more time in your birthday suit! Prance around the house, and sleep naked more often. You will learn more about your body, and there’s nothing better than being comfortable in your own skin. Did you know only 17% of Americans sleep completely naked? Shocker to me! Let’s add to the number shall we?

Don’t: Walk around naked if you have roommates! I would hate for you to walk out into a living room full of people. AWKWARD!!


3. Do: Spend time in the mirror

Think about this. Majority of the time when we look in the mirror it’s because we are looking for something to be wrong. Is my hair ok? Is there something in my teeth? Let me fix my lipstick…The list goes on. When is the last time you sat in the mirror to think about all the things that are right about you? No makeup, no lashes,nothing extra…Just you. Every morning or every night find something about yourself that you love. Look in the mirror and see how beautiful you are.

Don’t: Do this in a public place or while driving! We have the tendency to get caught up in our looks.


4. Smile for goodness sake!

Don’t? There isn’t one. Smile for any and every reason. The more you smile, the better you will feel!


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Motivation Sundae: The Introduction

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My mission as a Blogger and a Creator is not to just blurt out things that sound interesting, but to do/say things to enrich the lives of others. That’s what this new segment is about. I will be adding a little something sweet to your life on Sunday’s. Let me know what you think! I will giving you tips, tricks and a little push to make things better. Come with me on this journey!

Is there something you would like to see? Request it! Leave me a comment down below or send me an email | diasehs@gmail.com


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Motivation Sundae: The List | Goals + Dreams

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Everyone has a goal that they would like to achieve, and as a people we spend more time constructing, “The List” than actually checking things off of it.

Whether it be a New Year’s resolution or a sudden epiphany, we tend to start off with a goal or dream, and before you know it we have written the entire book on how to achieve it without even making an effort to start the journey. Trust me, we have all been there.

How many times have you kicked yourself for not achieving a goal that you set out to accomplish months ago? I want you really think about it…don’t just stare at the screen. Maybe you wanted to change your eating habits and get into that cute bikini for the summer? Maybe you wanted to start on that big project and possibly get a raise at work?

I’m challenging you to figure out whatever that goal or dream is, and start checking things off of your list. Start your own personal journey right now! Figure out which goal you want to start with. Got it? For every major step towards achieving your goal that is accomplished…Reward yourself. You deserve it! You’re putting forth the effort to make your life or the life of someone else better.

Consistency is key and the drive is within you!


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Rock Your Body | @iamalexisbranch

Your mission, should you choose to accept it… Is to bring positive energy into your life.
Motivate yourself and be consistent.
No change worth claiming comes from sitting still.

Let me introduce you to…Alexis Branch

She’s a Virginia native but long time A-Town  representer with crazy ambition & a voice to match! This R&B Artist/Entertainer can stop you in your tracks, and now she’s killin’ the fitness game!  I wanted to know what has been driving this blue haired beauty.

Thanks Lex for letting me get in your head for a little bit.


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What jump started you in fitness, and what was your initial goal?

I initially got into fitness because I wanted my stamina on stage to last while performing.  I had gotten a little heavy and also wanted to tighten up. My goal was to get slim down and tone up.


How did fitness change your life?
Fitness changed my life immensely…not only because I became healthier, but I moved forward and pursued my certification in personal training. Now I have an additional career path.
I’ve branded
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Now I’m able to help others achieve their fitness goals as well.
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Did achieving your fitness goals help with your performances music wise? 
Absolutely! I just went solo, and the way the music industry is set up… It’s 10% talent and 90% everything else, with image being a major factor.  I am more confident on stage and proud of my body because I’ve worked extremely hard for it.  It encourages others to want to be healthy and fit, and all I’ve wanted to do was encourage people. Whether it be through fitness or music or both…to be the best version of themselves.

What is your most memorable moment involving your fitness training?

My most memorable moment involving my fitness is tough because I have a few….One would have to be my videos.  They’ve all gone viral because I do extreme stunts.  Once I gained the strength to do stunts… I started doing videos, and the love started flowing in.  I love that people are inspired and try the stunts to show me.  Strength is beautiful.


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With the help from my former trainer and mentor @BodyByDemond, we built a butt from scratch! I had absolutely NO booty and now I’m curvy and loving it.  Squats and different squat/lunge variations are to thank for that.

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One of my favorite exercises would have to be on the squat machine.  Instead of doing it the normal way…with my back against the machine, I turn around and face the machine and do my squats that way.


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3 “Not So Common” Nutrition Tips

Hmm not so common… I don’t do cleanses. I hear everyone doing a fitness cleanse, but I read an article that shined light on how silly they actually sound.  To cleanse your body of something like alcohol or drugs makes sense, but to cleanse yourself of food is silly.  There are vital nutrients that are needed for your body in the foods that you’re “cleansing” yourself from.  That also goes to say that your liver just isn’t doing its job if you’re needing a cleanse lol.


 

How do you push yourself when you are feeling a little less than motivated?
I remind myself that I want to be…
Naked All Summer

  I want to wake up, throw on whatever I want to wear and not worry if I’m going to look right or feel comfortable in it.  If you stay ready, you’ll never have to GET ready!  If all of my clothes burned to the ground, I want to walk out the house bare naked with no worries.



What are your future goals?

For music, I’m finishing a mixtape, album and plan on touring.  Specifically overseas.  For fitness I plan on doing plenty of fitness tours and boot camps. I’m coming out with my own fitness app, workout sweat band, and fitness DVD.  I plan to be a household name!



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The Kiss List

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Now we all know the obvious answer to this, but there are more benefits to kissing than just getting you hot and bothered.

Some even say that the way their partner kisses can be a serious make or break in their relationship…YIKES! The thought of sharing such a vulnerable moment with someone special can make you feel many different ways…

Some feel like they are part of a love story… while the rest may feel like a bundle of nerves.


Thankfully kissing has some awesome health benefits, and if you have been kissed, then you fall into one or more of these smooch worthy categories:


Happy

Hopefully you are already happy with your date/girlfriend/boyfriend. A plus is your body’s chemical response to kissing that special someone. The response is the same as the boost you get after a good workout. That is some serious couple’s therapy!

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Fun Fact: 66% of the population turn tilt their head to the right when they kiss…
You can stop tilting your head now.

burns calories

Not only is kissing a mood lifter and great way to display affection… It’s a great mini workout! During a heated make out session you can burn 6.4 calories per minute.

 That’s something you don’t think about everyday.

This does not mean you need to skip your cardio session to go snuggle up, but it’s definitely a plus that gets your heart racing!


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Ladies!! We constantly hunt for the almighty quick fix for that time of the month. Cramps can ruin any and everything. When you are emotionally connected to your partner many things can happen, but did you know that your sweetheart could be your personal pain-killer? Ever heard of a hormone called Oxytocin? It has even been called the “Love Hormone” or “Cupid’s Arrow”.

Fun Fact: This hormone has been directly linked with sexual pleasure, and is released during an orgasm.

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What’s the Skinny?

After a bit of observation, I have come to a conclusion. These days many people plan for holiday food more than the actual holiday. It’s all fun and games until that last piece of pie. Then reality strikes!

Let us not fall victim to the cliché holiday timeline…

At the beginning of the holidays, you indulged in all the great food & drinks…later on in the season you might be a bit angry with yourself due to your diet…and when New Years rolls around…your resolutions list might look something like this…

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Holiday pounds are a real thing! Here are 3 ways to help you shed those pounds, and add a little spice to your fitness routine!


1 | Drink enough water

I can not stress this enough! Water makes up over half of your body. If you don’t drink enough water right now, this should be your jump start. For those of you that don’t like regular water…

Spice it UP! Fruit-infused water

This is what many call “detox” water, and that it is! Adding luscious fruits and herbs to your water detoxifies your system, helps with weight loss, and reduces post workout fatigue.

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Bonus: It makes your hair and skin look amazing!

Some popular detox water combinations are:

Lemon & Mint

Mango & Ginger

Tangerine & Strawberry

Cucumber & Lemon


2 | Write out a goals list

There really has to be a “method” to your madness. When writing down goals, most people make the mistake of striving for semi-unattainable goals. The belief with that method is that it will “push you”, and make you work harder….WRONG. Do not say you want to place in a runners marathon in 2 weeks if you can barely make it through a mile jog. Write down goals you know are within reach, then work your way to a larger one. This way you will be excited that you achieved your goal, and it will give you that necessary boost going into the next one!

Spice it UP! Reward yourself

After you reach a goal reward yourself. Now don’t get carried away, and fall off of the wagon. I don’t necessarily mean with food either. Buy a new workout top or a pair of cute leggings. New clothes for you and motivation to workout. It’s 2 for 1, and you can’t beat that!

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3 | Grab a friend!

There is nothing better that having an outside support system in any goal you want to achieve! A good friend of mine/former roommate is a lover of fitness. We made a habit out of going to the gym together, and she started a training series by Ashley Horner called Pipehitter. I wanted to know what all the hype was about, so I tried it with her…..

I loved it! I would recommend this workout to anyone who is in fairly good shape & likes to lift. It’s intense! Be sure to stretch before and after…you will thank me later.

Spice it UP! Indoor rock climbing

Your workout might be getting a little boring, and this is the time when you might need to step outside the box. Rock climbing is a great full body workout, and it gives you the opportunity to challenge yourself. Not all the climbing courses are the same, so if you’re not that experienced there is no need to worry. Plus, if you go with a friend you can push each other to keep climbing. Race you to the top!


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I asked some fit fanatics…

What’s your favorite part of working out & your favorite type of workout?

They said…

“It’s an escape, and my favorite workout is Olympic lifting.” – Jennypher | @jennypher.rossi (Alaska)

“My favorite part of working out is the end of it. Not because it’s over, but because I feel a great feeling of accomplishment. I don’t have a personal favorite, but most arm workouts I enjoy.”- Sarah (Illinois)

“Favorite part of working out is feeling the change in mental and physical health. Favorite workout is anything on legs and butt.” –Alexis | @lex_frombliss (Georgia)

“I love when I am on my last set in a workout, that means I’m almost done! My favorite workouts are running & core exercises.” – Ashley (Ohio)

“Favorite part of working out is the pump and the progress. My favorite workout is deadlifts.”- DQ (Georgia)

“Favorite part of working out is the blood rush to the muscles being worked. It lets me know that I’m working. My favorite workout is leg press.” – Sasha | @sdot_beautiful1 (Georgia)

“The feeling of accomplishment and that adrenaline to complete each set. My favorite workouts are bike, and treadmill with weights.”- Dezsarae (Arizona)

“The fact that for that one hour I am working out it’s all about me and being In tune with my body. My favorite is a powerful squat for the glutes!” – Aroosha | @arooshanekonam (Scotland)

“Favorite part is after I finish. I know I’m going to see results and knowing that I pushed myself to finish the workout. Favorite workouts are soccer workout. Usually shuttle runs.”- Zoe | @zswift_33 (Kentucky)


 

Thank you to all that participated in my survey! Alright everyone, get out there and get moving!

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