Posts Tagged ‘motivation’

I survived my 1st week at Crossfit Medusa!

I generally tend to think I’m pretty badass. I mean…I birthed a child, what can’t I do?!

But when it comes to exercise and fitness I tend to count myself out before I even start…terrible, I know. I haven’t prioritized my health and wellness and as a result I can’t fit 90% of the clothes I own. I feel heavy, and have become quite insecure. I’ll workout for a day and look down at my stomach expecting to see some chiseled abs after 35 minutes of exercise. I haven’t got time to wait….ain’t nobody got time for that!

I recently had to ask myself, how badly I wanted to change my life. How badly I wanted to prioritize my health and wellness and how hard I was willing to fight for it. First, I signed up to run in the Tufts Health Plan 10K for Women in October, it’ll be my first race and I’m really nervous but I paid for it so I’m running it! And next I needed to commit to a workout routine that would motivate me and help me change my body. I’d been doing TurboJam on and off for a few months, was considering purchasing TurboFire, but then an all women’s Crossfit opened near me.

My inner badass immediately thought, Crossfit? No problem, sign me up! I stopped by Monday morning and met with the awesome owner Liz Mellen who psyched me up and got me all excited, and by Monday afternoon I’d signed up for a month of unlimited workouts. I’ll go every day this month!! I thought! Man oh man I didn’t know what I’d gotten myself into.

Tuesday afternoon I was ready – Day One of Crossfit – I got this! I was the only student in the class at the time so I had the owner Liz and another trainer all to myself. Halfway through the warmup I was panting. I thought, oh shit WTF did I get myself into. The WOD (workout of the day) was 3 rounds of: 200m run, air squats, and lunges. I tried not to let my inner badass run away, so I smiled and said sure no problem, when inside I was freaked. I was crazy slow, cursing while on the run, wondering who puts themselves through such torture. By the time I came in for the last set of air squats and lunges both coaches were cheering me on as I slowly finished up. I walked in a daze home, drenched in sweat, happy I burned 800+ calories, but worried about future classes.

Day One Highlight: Crossfit T-Shirt for showing up & not giving up.

Wednesday I woke up stiff as a board. My whole body hurt. It hurt to walk and bend my knees. My cousin, another Crossfitter, told me to fight through the pain and go to class even though I was hurting. So I went to class, unprepared for the ass whooping about to happen. There were two other girls there and Liz and Alexis Picheny, another trainer, were teaching the class. Once again I was sweating by the end of the warmup – and out of breath. The WOD included 18 minutes of rounds of jumping jacks, burpees, and ab situps. BURPEES? They are about the worst exercise ever. I had to modify them because of my knee. The other two girls were on fire, whipping through it, and then there was me. I felt like a slug, everything hurt, and I was out of breath, and the burpees killed me. But lovely Alexis stayed close by and encouraged me to push through it. I was dripped in sweat at the end…and had to go back to work. I was so pissed that it was so hard for me to get through the workout that I cried. Yup, I cried when we were done and sat talking with Alexis who was amazing and so supportive.

Day Two Highlight: I cried.

Yesterday and today I have been in such pain from back to back workouts – I was clearly too ambitious. I’m also doubting if Crossfit was the right workout for me to get into since I haven’t been working out recently. I’ve paid for my month and will stick it out at least that long. The cost after that more than doubles which plays a huge role. I thought I was so ready to see my body change that I would do anything. But shit Crossfit is crazy intense, and my inner badass needed to sit down!! One thing is for sure – Crossfit yields results. In two workouts I burned over 1600 calories – that’s CRAZY! And based on how my body’s feeling and how on fire my abs are I know that if I were to continue there is no way my body would stay the same.

Week One of Crossfit done. Recovering this weekend so I can mentally prepare for Week Two. GULP!

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I Support the The Dove Movement for Self-Esteem, do you? #DoveInspired

At the tender age of 11, I was ripped from my home, my community, my comfort, into a place dripped in superficiality that was unfamiliar and scary. When I just a pre-teen I looked at delicately balanced African-American and Colombian complexion and didn’t see beauty. It’s something I’ve struggled with my whole life – feeling beautiful. I’m insatiable. I want better, could be better, and have an incredibly difficult time accepting my worth, uncovering my beauty.

I’m so impressed by the work that Dove is doing to inspire girls all over the world, encouraging them to fully understand that their beauty should be a source of confidence, not anxiety. Given my struggle with self-esteem and beauty, it makes raising a daughter in an incredibly materialistic world quite difficult. My relationship with my Mom wasn’t one where she acknowledged my beauty, my Father being absent from my childhood exacerbated my issues of not realizing my beauty. Moms are important, I know this firsthand. More than half of girls globally say their Mother is their number one female role model. Having a simple conversation about beauty with girls, can make a world of a difference, and The Dove Movement for Self-Esteem opens up a world of opportunities for women to make a difference.

We all have a role to play in building up our next generation of strong and confident women. You can visit to access free tools to motivate and inspire girls in your life. While you are there be sure to download the “Let’s Talk” toolkit, a discussion guide developed by Dove Global Self-Esteem Ambassador Jess Weiner to help Moms and mentors start a conversation on beauty and self-esteem.

So far Dove has reached over 9 million girls with self-esteem programming!! With your help, we can reach Dove’s goal of 15 million by 2015.

Are you up for the challenge?


This post is sponsored in collaboration with Dove and Latina Bloggers Connect. All the opinions expressed here are my own.


Favorite Quote Friday

“One of the wonderful things about life is you have the chance to write the script,

be the director, and star in your own epic”

Adele Basheer

Have a good weekend!!


I’ve been gone for a minute, but now im back in the jumpoff

Let me talk to ya’ll for a minute…
So I know I haven’t been blogging very much lately. What happened? Life. I get overwhelmed very easy and realized I had way too much on my plate. See, I’m what you like to call an overachiever. I like to be involved in as much as possible, but doing everything I easily forgot about myself. I was having daily breakdowns holding it all in. Not good. I recently reached out to my mama and confided in her about some of my troubles, which felt really good, and not something I’ve ever done. I realized that I don’t have to carry around all this baggage with me, and I’m lucky to have a few close friends whom I know will support me.
So I took a step back from blogging and twitter for awhile. I felt like I was forcing it a bit. I got caught up and forgot the reason why I created Mommy Glow. I created this blog to document my travels as I navigate being a mom, an employee, a student, a young woman. This was a place to share my lows, my highs, my accomplishments and challenges. To gain support from others and at the same time support others, to show that young mommies are competent and not failures!
But somewhere somehow I got caught up. It all started seeming to be a game, a game I didn’t want to play. This whole follow me and I’ll follow you business rubs me the wrong way. Started feeling like it was all about numbers to some bloggers. But I soon learned that a high follow rate does not mean a lot of support or quality information. I felt like I was slacking, I wasn’t getting enough followers, I wasn’t going after sponsorship or hosting giveaways or teaming with companies. While my hope is to grow my blog, I want to do so in a way that is genuine to me. I want people to follow Mommy Glow because they like what I write, not because they want me to follow their blog back, know what I mean? So I needed to take a step back and regain my focus, my desire to write and connect, to remember my purpose.
I have a lot to blog about and hope you’ll all stay tuned and continue with me on this journey.
Happy Monday.


Mamavation Monday

What’s new? After gaining weight 2 weeks ago, I’m happy to report that I lost last week. Seems like I gain a little, and then lose a little, still not making significant process, which is annoying, but I understand why. School has been brutal and I’ve been an emotional eater, and I also haven’t been on my workout game so much. I’m still walking as much as I can, but not carving out time to workout at home as often as I’d like. Boo.

Big News: I think I’m going to sign up for my first 5 mile race in April. I reached out to my friends, but none of them want to run with me, so I’m going solo. Which makes me sad, but completing a 5k is a personal goal of mine for this year, so if I have to run by myself, then so be it. I’m worried that I won’t have enough time to train for it, considering March is tomorrow! But I talked with a coworker who gave me some tips about building up endurance, and I hope to be able to kick serious ass in April. This means I have to start running like yesterday. I’m thinking I’ll start training during my lunch break at work weather permitting. It’ll be tough to squeeze in time to run, but I want to do well in my first 5 mile race! And hope that registering will give me the extra umph I need to lose more weight by then.
I’m down to 166.2 and I am really tired of being in the 60s. I hope to be in the 50s by the time I complete the race.