i'm taking a power yoga class this morning when i smell somthing that i do not want to be smelling when taking extrememly deep breaths.
is that my yoga mat?
is it the girls hammer toes in front of me
could it be the stench of a sweaty shirt to my right?
OH DAMN IS IT ME?!
i start frantically (in my head) scanning myself.....yesterday was hairwashing day, tank top is questionable, yogitoe is fresh from the dryer and yoga mat is so thin, but maybe i need a new one?
then i realized it was just my upper lip
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HERE ARE A FEW OF MY GYM ETIQUETTE RULES TO REMEMBER
PET PEEVE #1 Smell good
SIDE NOTE: THIS DOESNT MEAN TOO MUCH PERFUME/COLOGNE,
JUST SMELL NOT BAD
Return the weights
Don't hog machines
PET PEEV #2Wipe the machines
BRING A FRIGGIN TOWL TO THE GYM PEOPLE
Don't drop the weights
Don't pressure users
TO HAVE LUNCH/DINNER OR ANY OTHER KIND OF SHENANIGANS WITH YOU
((UNLES YOU ARE ATTRACTIVE)
Spot those who need it
Don't offer your advice to others
(CREEPY GUY THAT WEARS JEANS &
HOMELESS GUY WITH BOZZO THE CLOWN HAIRCUT
you MUST know what you are talking about,
how silly of me not to approach YOU for advise)
Don't hit on everyone
No cell phones
Pick up after yourself
GOLD'S GYM VENICE JUST NIPPLES MUST BE COVERED
Don't grunt loudly
Be considerate of the water fountain
IT IS NOT A SPITTOON
No foul language
GUILTY AS CHARGED
Don't walk in front of mirrors
OR JUST STAND THERE AND LOOK AT YOURSELF POSING FOR AN HOUR
ESPECIALLY WHEN I AM TRYING TO DO MY HAIR :)
PET PEEVE #3:Really LONG shoe laces on sneakers
JUST THOUGHT YOU MIGHT LIKE TO KNOW
speaking of sneakers
and how mine are incredible
i thought i woudl share another KEEP IT TO YOURSELF STORY
one day, not too long ago
i was doing walking lunges in the gym
a male about 30 years old happened to be sitting on the ab machine doing NOTHING
and says to me as i approach
"hey i like your sneakers"
"why thank you"
and i keep lunging as i pass him by
"now the polite thing for you to say would be that you like mine"
i look at him puzzled and say
"but i dont", "and i am not polite"
one would think the conversation would end here
especially since i was now far past him on my journey of pain
maybe it was the fact that i laughed at my own joke
maybe it was the fact that he has no idea who i am or what my personality is like
EVERYTHING is sarcasm with me EVERYTHING
faintly in the distance as i continue on with my perfect lunges
"well F*&%$ you then"
as i pass on my way back down the center aisle i flutter my eyelashes and say
i decided to take bits & pieces of it that rang true to me
READ & CONNECT
I believe that the definition of definition is reinvention.
To not be like your parents.
To not be like your friends.
To be yourself.
When I was young I had no sense of myself. All I was, was a product of all the fear and humiliation I suffered. As stupid at it seems now, I wanted to talk like society thought i should, dress like models, & carry myself with the ease the way they did
JOSELYNNE:I always followed the trends, partied, and had friends that were "cool" but not great people. Though i never "struggled" to fit in, i wanted to be the IT girl.
I didnt really find myself until i moved across the country. It was only then that my real ADULT life's journey began.
In my search I can across Alexandria Meekcoms, my angel.
I met her right as my focus was transitioning from fashion to nutrition.
There was an instant connection. She made me feel special.
I learned through her kindness and ALPHA personality,
how to let people in that deserved my love and attention.
It was a partnership, a friendship and i feel & hope
an equal balance of admiration.
We became inseparable & worked together
to become stronger & healthier.
I could sense the power/confidence inside my body growing. I could feel it.
I felt strong. It was the first time I can remember having that strong of a sense of myself. I was doing something and no one could ever take it away. You couldn't say s--t to me.
WE WERE ON TOP OF THE WORLD.
And Alex made DAMN SURE everybody knew.
I used to fight the pain, but recently this became clear to me: pain is not my enemy; it is my call to greatness.
In using the word pain, I mean doing things that make me uneasy, steppin gout of my comfort zone......growing spiritually & emotionally.
PAIN: losing my best friend to death,
another to drugs
and too many to insecurity
PAIN: is expereiecing a loss, battling with your ego
PAIN: taking your physical body to the limits and pushing a step farther
PAIN: is having your heart broken
ALL OF THESE THINGS ARE LIFE LESSONS THAT MUST BE LEARNED
i got through all of these things by hitting the gym
and re directing my focus
to myself & my health
Most training injuries involving the ego.
& most illnesses involve emotion
A very dear friend of mine brought this to my attention
probably 4 years ago now...i didnt get it
I finally learned this year with my knee injury.
Through the recovery process
I came to peace with my body.
Yes I want to look good.
Yes I want to have abs, a perfect butt, and amazing legs.
But more importantly I wanted to FEEL good.
AND HAVE A LONG HEALTHY FUNCTIONAL LIFE
You can have the aesthetic things,
but without a presence, without self love, no one will notice.
When you achieve the balance of self love and physical health,
you wont care who is looking
You will be fulfilled by YOU
and can look inward for validation.
Dedication to a healthy lifestyle willteach you a little lesson in restraint and self-control.
I have never met a truly strong person who didn't have self-respect. I think a lot of inwardly and outwardly directed contempt passes itself off as self-respect: the idea of raising yourself by stepping on someone's shoulders instead of doing it yourself.When I see guys working out for cosmetic reasons, I see vanity exposing them in the worst way, as cartoon characters, billboards for imbalance and insecurity. Strength reveals itself through character.
DONT GET ME WRONG: i dont not look down upon those that spend endless hours in the gym perfecting there physic for a living. but it is not for me. i want to learn about my self through interaction with others, i want to eat dark chocolate occasionally. i have learned that my body performs better when i place a little less demand on it. i think in a way it thanks me. I want to be a role model for women and you girls. they deserve a role model that is not deprived of balance. Discipline & Dedication
Muscle mass does not always
equal strength. Strength is kindness and sensitivity. Strength is understanding that your power is both physical and emotional. That it comes from the body and the mind. And the heart.
Learning about what you're made of
is always time well spent,
and I have found no better teacher.
Life is capable of driving you out of your mind.
The way it all comes down these days,
it's some kind of miracle if you're not insane.
People have become separated from their bodies.
They are no longer whole.
I see them move from their offices to their cars
and on to their suburban homes.
They stress out constantly,
they lose sleep, they eat badly.
And they behave badly.
Their egos run wild;
they become motivated by
that which will eventually give them
a massive stroke.
I believe that when the body is strong,
the mind thinks strong thoughts.
Fitnessis the best antidepressant
I have ever found.
There is no better way to fight weakness
than with strength.
Once the mind and body have been awakened to their true potential,
it's impossible to turn back.
thank you alex, for being my driving force and a constant reminder the ALPHA status is something needs to be attained on a daily basis.