Tuesday, February 12, 2019

I'm Ready For My Sequel...

If you read my last post, you know that I went for my first Dexa Scan and I was hoping that it would jolt me back to my goals. It did.

Honestly, I haven't been happy in my skin for quite some time since I've been somewhat lax with my nutrition. Obviously I KNOW what I have to do since I work in this industry but the drive wasn't there.

With my sister's wedding 12 weeks away, I need to get my sh*t together. Is this a vanity goal...maybe but it is so much more than that. I want to continue to inspire people, I want to be the best yoga teacher that I can be..I want to be the best version of myself that I am MEANT to be. I want MORE

So how am I going to do this? Well first let's discuss some things that I won't be doing. I won't judge myself. I won't do crazy detoxes. I won't restrict myself. I won't do crazy hours of cardio.

Okay now let's discuss my plans to help me succeed. I am currently searching for a coach to keep me accountable. I know for a fact that I do better when I have someone to check-in with and they hold me to my word. I can hear the naysayers "but aren't you a health coach" duh yes. But doesn't an Olympic athlete have a coach to help them get the gold?

Now don't get me wrong...for quite sometime I was hesitant to look for a coach because I thought that I was weak for doing so but I am leaving my ego at the door and doing what is best for me. I reached out to a coach that I truly want to work but I am yet to hear back from them...le sigh.

Now let's talk about my workout program. I will be switching some things up, first I am focusing more on volume instead of load. Honestly my workouts need to match my goals and right now my goals aren't lifting the heaviest weights possible. My goals are to move my body the best way possible and also to be kind to my body so I am able to be the best teacher (read above ha). Oh another thing that I will be implementing are daily Peloton classes. If you follow me on MFP, you know this girl loves herself a streak and I would love to have a streak with Peloton...even if it means a 10 minute warmup before I lift weights.

I can't compare this journey to my past but I am soooooo ready for my sequel...

Check out my vlog for more details on my plans as well as a full day of eating!

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Monday, January 28, 2019

What Did I Think Of My First Dexa Scan Experience?

Fun fact about me, the main reason that I went from 220lbs to 138lbs was because my doctor said he wanted to put me on medicine for my cholesterol. I was around 26 years old and refused to go on medication so I decided to change my lifestyle and in 8 months, I dropped 80lbs.  Gotta love that twenty year old metabolism...oh how I miss thee.

Fast forward to 10 years later and I am once again in search for that scared straight moment...enter Dexa Scan. 

Here is some information about Dexa Scan from their website:
DEXA Scan gives you the most precise information about you body fat, muscle, and bone composition, and lets you track changes in body composition over time. Fitness enthusiasts, athletes, and dieter often use body composition scans to get a baseline of where they are now, and to objectively measure their progress.

Results show you:

  • Overall body fat, lean tissue (muscle), bone weight and percentages
  • Breakdowns for both legs, arms and your torso
  • DEXA scan image showing where your body fat and muscle is distributed
  • Visceral fat (the dangerous fat around organs)
I currently measure my body fat with my scale, calipers, and I also have a handheld monitor which I use with my clients that I sometimes use as well. Suffice to say that I had an idea of where my body fat was but as the years progressed so has the body fat. I am a little more fluffy than I'd like to be.

If you have been reading my blogs for some time, I always speak about setting SMART goals for the new year (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time Bound).

Before we set a goal, we need a starting point.

I went to my Dexa scan appointment on Friday and honestly the hardest part was the paper work. This was such a simple "procedure" and it gave me so much feedback. And y'all I got my scared straight moment because the dexa scan body fat percentage was about 6 percent higher than what it measures at home. Dr. Jean-Pierre even had me use his hand held monitor to compare it to the Dexa scan. He warned me before hand that this was going to happen but seeing it on paper was like "daaaaaamn"

Example of results:

I am really happy that I finally went to get this done and it was so helpful to see where my fat is distributed. I would love to go back in a few months to see if I made any improvements now that I have a foundation to work with.

Check my vlog below where I bring you guys along with me to my appointment


*This is a sponsored post but all opinions are my own
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Friday, November 30, 2018

On The Mat With Mari: Receiving The Worst News Of My Life...

This blog chronicles my healthy living journey but most importantly it chronicles my life. If you have joined me since the beginning or if you recently stumbled across my site, you may have noticed that I am extremely close with my niece, Hailey whom most of you know as Homefries. She has grown up on this blog...

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10 years ago...

Monday began just as any other day, I picked up my camera and decided to do a FDOE on my vlog. Around 2:40, my niece sent a message in our group chat "I left" (school) and my sister replied "ok mama...be careful" and 20 minutes later my sister received a call from an EMT...my niece was hit by a car. She immediately called me and instinctively I facetimed my niece not knowing if she would answer, she did. The minute that I saw her, my heart broke. She was crying uncontrollably and she kept wailing "I looked both ways...I looked both ways"

They live in New Jersey now, so my mom and I rushed over there...that was the longest car ride of my life.

I am so grateful that she is back home recovering from her injuries and I just want her to heal quickly; physically & emotionally. I pray that this doesn't crush her spirit and she continues to bring her light into this world because she is meant to shine.
 This past Thanksgiving...

I speak more of the incident on this week's vlog as well as participating in the Mindful Eating Project


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