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this picture was featured on Baron Baptiste's fb page! I finally finished his book and I have a link to it on this picture.

this picture was featured on Baron Baptiste’s fb page! I finally finished his book and I have a link to it on this picture.

I’ve been back in Seattle from Sedona Level 1 for a little over a week now and have been getting the comments I knew were to follow from previous Baptiste trained yogis.

“You are GLOWING!”

“You look like you’ve lost weight”

“Did you do something with your hair?”

“You seem so happy!”

“You look beautiful! There is something different about you!”

before teacher training for a week, and after.

before teacher training for a week, and after.

These are just some of the comments and it is really no exaggeration at all. It’s weird how even strangers say this when you’re not used to getting complimented especially this much in one week, especially when you really haven’t done anything different.

What has changed though, is what happened inside me at teacher training. Our chair sessions lasted for hours a couple times everyday and we discussed the importance of “letting go” and not taking anything personally. We talked about how if someone gets mad at you or talks bad about other people….this all has to relate with the deep problems or insecurities within themselves. Everything we do shows others who we are, and too often we are not being our most authentic selves. We create masks to hide from who we are. We are embarrassed of our true personalities and we put these masks on, sometimes more than one per situation or group of people, to feel safe, secure, and inauthentic.

This past week, I was glowing because I have an awareness of this. It’s still going with me in everyday life since I’ve been back and I can see when I am being inauthentic. I can see when I’m not truly looking into peoples eyes when I’m talking them, and I make that change. I make a change to just be. Be myself. Be okay with who I am and what I look like and where I am in life.

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There is so much to be grateful for and so much of life ahead of me that I will make sure I am more present with. When you fully accept where you are, and who you are, you create true internal happiness. When you have this, it shines to other people and it’s almost like you really are glowing. You are spreading light energy.

SO what have I done since I’ve been home? 

  • I have started doing at home practice at least once a day (this is something I’ve never been able to do before and I love it! It’s liberating having that one-on-one with yourself before work or before bed)

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  • I haven’t been eating a lot of meat or gluten unless absolutely necessary. I am a HUGE meat eater. Since Sedona, I’ve mainly had a fruit/veggie diet with fish or prawns once a day and it’s given me more energy. I came home replacing the need to eat a huge chicken or meat source to fill me with gorging on veggies like huge salads and stir fry’s and then a tiny amount of meat at lunch and having a few fruit snacks throughout the day. I will let you know if this changes, but it has allowed me to really maintain my diet since I’ve been home and I haven’t been indulging as much.  Here is a play-by-play of my diet haha. It may change since this diet is great for a mainly yoga-based exercise day. I know I will need to add more food/protein since I also love to run and go to spin classes but here ya go:

Breakfast:

  • 1 poached egg on arugula with a side of avocado
  • 1tbls. of Greek yogurt with a few cut strawberries.
  • 1 liter of water with apple cider vinegar added to it.

Snack:

  • ¼- ½ cup of walnuts with dates
  • or fruit.
  • 1 liter of water with apple cider vinegar

Lunch:

  • Salad or a HUGE variety of ANY veggies of your choice. I’ve been having huge salads with a variety of colors and I add either a little fish or shrimp to it or any other kind of protein I can add….But mostly veggies.
  • Water!

Snack:

  • Fruit (apple, grapefruit, etc.) sometimes a spoonful of almond butter.
  • Water!

Dinner:

  • I am not a huge dinner eater but I’ve been keeping it simple with 3-4 mini sweet peppers stuffed with avocado and garlic.
  • 4-5 dark chocolate covered almondsJ
  • Water!

Besides this, I have been relaxing and reading a lot. I’m focusing all my energy on making my days filled with what I love and with whom I love. I don’t want to waste any time of my day dealing with people or things that hold me back.

For some odd reason, my body likes to wake up at 3 or 4am and not go back to sleep…it’s getting irritating but here I am, blogging away in the middle of the night. 

It’s almost time for Halloween!!!! Make sure you make proper eating choices and get your workouts in!

Today is the 19th and that means just a couple more days of the 21-day challenge. I am happy to say that I have dealt with Paleo for the last 19 days with flying colors. I love it, I haven’t felt this good in a really long time. I have learned a lot about nutrition over the last 19 days and what your body truly needs to operate…it’s not as much as I used to think.

this is a Paleo meal my dad made the other night, pecan/dijon crusted mahi mahi with spaghetti squash, delish!

Your body doesn’t need cheese and milk like I thought it did.

Your body doesn’t need added salt or sugar in your meals.

When you stop eating salt, our taste buds begin to work again. They can taste the natural salt in foods; they taste the natural sugar in fruit.

You begin to crave vegetables and fruit more.

Your body only craves what it consumes…so consume the right food, and your body will thank you for it.

My complexion looks even clearer than it used to, and my stress level has been very low. Everything I have done to change my life in small ways has improved. This is only 19 days; imagine if you kept going with healthy change. My days are filled with a Paleo diet, vitamins like B-complex and fish oil have been added, a various amount of Zumba, yoga, pilates, barre method, and cycling have been added. I drink Shakeology smoothies once a day (which is a cheat from Paleo but I don’t care). The bottom line is I’ve made an effort. I made small changes that improved my life. As I said, it takes 21 days to develop a habit so all you need to commit to is 21 days. Once you get trough that, you can see how you feel…and by that point you may not want to ever stop. This goes for anything from nutrition to exercise to even making an effort at meditation or improving your personality like being a better person.

my Shakeology smoothies

the price of too many barre classes in a row:(

Another exciting thing was getting my challenge pack in the mail!!! I bought Shakeology in Chocolate Vegan flavor and its delicious. I suggest you all buy some also! Just click on that link to get your Shakeology fix like I am. I’ve been making amazing smoothies with it, and crave it daily. I also bought Turbofire, which I’m excited to try once my knee heals. If any of you want to try a program and become part of a challenge group with me, click here, I stopped the 30 days of Barre challenge because I feel like that much repetitive exercise has been putting a huge strain on my knees and I don’t want to injure myself even more. I have been icing my knees everyday and switching up my routine like doing pilates and cycle in replace of my usual barre class. It seems to be helping.

click here to buy your challenge pack!

I am now apart of Team Beachbody! I am a coach and can’t wait to get started with everything! I talked about it in the video above so hopefully you can watch that! I am excited to help others achieve their fitness goals also and I will keep you updated when I learn more.  Here is my link to my coach profile for when you want to order lovely products through meJ:

http://beachbodycoach.com/tiarevincent

Another thing is Team Knockout. I have been slacking because I was so ashamed of my poor diet and weight gain. Anyway since I have gone Paleo and have been doing barre everyday, I have got my confidence back and I’m ready to train! I will be competing in April with Stacey Milspaw, a fellow teammate of mine, in The WBFF Fitness Atlantic Competition! I’m so excited/nervous. I need to keep my diet plan in check and continue progressing in my workouts! Really excited to share this on here! Stacey and I both have fought through the same battles with stress-eating and we are bound to get into tip-top shape by then!!!

ohhh and looky there its my fitness coach, Colleen Gallagher on the AD:) cant wait to do this!

Anyway short post for today but I wanted to share my happy news:)

Morning All! I’m doing my weekly one-day a week ‘lay in bed till 11:30am ritual!’ It feels wonderful. Every day I wake up at 5am and usually only get about 4-5 hours of sleep at night which is highly unhealthy and know I need to work on that but Thursdays are my day to myself! I feel everyone needs some lazy time every once and awhile and this morning is that morning. At 11:30 I am getting up to go do an hour of Zumba with my favorite instructor then its arms day for lifting!

I’m excited to say that I joined Team Knockout, which is a program from my favorite fitness model, Colleen Gallagher that she just started recently when she launched her own company. So far I’ve had to fill out a survey about where I want to be physically and she wants me to train to start doing fitness competitions. I’ve got a long way to go seeing as I am a cardioholic that steers clear of most weight training, unless it’s simple training like bodyworks classes and yoga…my favorite.

After sending her my front, side, and back views yesterday, I realize I need to get into better shape. I know I will because I’m very determined and competitive so I think this program is really going to help me succeed! So far she has sent me meal plans, grocery lists, inspiring Instagram, twitter and Facebook comments, and texts as well as my daily weight-training routines and specific help-area routines for things like my bottom!….that I need to get lifted!

I will make sure to share with you, my progress as things move along but I am so excited to start something that is different than my daily routines!

Below is a Day from Day 1. I need to start dieting better with clean eating as well as work on my stomach and legs! Follow my journey on Twitter since I update it the most with daily regimens and diet tips. Here we go!!

this is me as of yesterday. the beginning of training for fitness competitions.

I woke up bright and early this morning and felt super motivated to work out. I spent 30 minutes in a Zumba class that had a teacher I’ve never taken a class from before and the class was too easy so I left and did cardio for 45 more minutes on the machines. After that I did an hour of weight training. It has been a while since I’ve done weight training so I did an all-over workout with lower body, arms and shoulders as well as abs. I do abs every single day even if I don’t go to the gym. It’s been a long week of hiking, color runs, moving my furniture to my new place, and lots of Zumba classes this week. I can definitely see the difference within the week. I’ve been trying to eat better also but that has been a challenge because I practically am living out of my car for how busy I have been. I had lunch with one of my best friends today and got a salad with grilled chicken and no dressing. This is unlike myself, I love burgers and the place we went to has amazing burgers. But I need to stay motivated.

I need to start doing weights more often because I see faster results and I tighten up fast compared to just cardio. I love Zumba though and I will still do it because it makes me happy and sweat like crazy.

The Rest of My Week:

  • Thursday: Pilates@11:00am then Zumba@12:00pm
  • Friday: Lower Body Weights and Zumba@5:45pm
  • Saturday: Upper Body Weights and 5 mile run
  • Sunday: Rest
  • Monday: Zumba@5:45pm then Lower Body Weights

EVERYDAY I WILL DO ABS. EVERYDAY I WILL TRY HARDER THAN THE DAY BEFORE. It’s easy to give up but its much more rewarding to keep active and keep a routine. I have Survivor MudRun and Warrior Dash coming up as well as lots of boats and being in a bikini so I need to stay active!

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