The Heart of Transformation – My Fitness Journey in Progress

I don’t allow society or the ‘norm’ whatever that is to dictate my health, mind, or body – “She” belongs to me! ~ Ria

 

Seeing Your Hard Work Take Shape

So I woke up this morning no alarm slightly sore but glowing! Last night was an emotional day. I was releasing some unacknowledged pain and sadness I thought I’d already released during this New Moon, Full Moon, Moon Eclipse, Equinoxes, Blood Moons (- smirking- ) these past few months have been eye-opening and full of personal truth and resolution. Spiritual transformations and physical transformation!  I was feeling a bit sorry for myself, when I decided to pick up my bags (literal and metaphorical) and head for a swim.  Surely that water would help clear my head and aid my spirit.  I looked at my app and realized I had another work out before my Rest Day.  Yesterday being Leg Day, I was still slightly sore but in need of some transformation. Day 9, Chest and Triceps!

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Expanded Facility

This facility I hadn’t been to in months (maybe a year aside from the pool) had expanded. I was so surprised and excited once I discovered they had added new equipment even though tiny in room size, this gym was equipped with everything and more. Kettlebells, dumbbells, free weights, olympic bars, curl bars, tricep bars, hex bars, smith machines, mats, medicine balls, Bosu balls, exercise balls, weighted balls, massage balls! :‑O
It was an athletic dream aside from the Marine base gym I visited last year. This gym for the local public was dope! And I’m thinking how to make this a permanent gym while in the area because Planet Fitness is “ehhh!”

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September 4, 2018, Chest, Triceps, (added Abs, Calves and a Swim!)

I’m so amazed at how this transformation is taking shape- literally! ~ Ria

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Knowing What You Need and Listening to Your Body

In addition to the workout above, I added an abdominal routine! That left me sweating before my swim and jacuzzi session.  I will do this routine at least 4-5 times a week because it made my total routine complete. My abs are the hardest for me to loose and I realize that if I don’t focus on their development “it aint gonna happen!” After twin boys and a daughter and several C sections my abdominal wall split from its natural anatomy and unfortunately my pregnancies left me with extra skin that never stretched back to shape. Something like a Kate and 8 the mother (Kate Gosselin) who had the 8 babies and had to have an abdominoplasty to return her stomach to its original size, look, and aesthetic.

My Secret Body Shaming 

I was told by plastic surgeons I have a 6 pack under my extra skin! “Yuk,” “Yikes” and “Wow!” all at the same time. I was blown away at their comments “We had another very young women your age who did quite well! You have a fit body type.” This was at my 150lb body-weight at my initial consultation. I’ve pretty much been in a secret self body shaming cycle for the past ‘few’ years since taking on fitness and gave up a few times because my abdominal section just wouldn’t budge beyond the rock hard underneath the childbearing scaring.

I kept this in dire secret never telling a soul and its affected so much of my life including my sexuality and intimacy! I’ve since decided to say “Fuck it! I‘m gonna keep going no matter what and see what happens to the rest of my body!”  I have to see how far I can go. No, I have no interest in competing professionally or turning into a professional body builder! I just want to be REALLY FIT for my body type and my ideal look and feel, sorta like a  Jada’s-mom-fit, Angela-Bassett-fit aesthetic look! I have to defy my “age” and the societal norms that say being over 40 is old, and being ‘old’ means out of shape and struggling with dis-ease. (Especially in the Black community!) I say “NO” to the mental programming. I am choosing a lifestyle that is serving my highest good and the rest will follow and fall into place. This is for no one else but me – I owe myself this opportunity to shine!

 

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Ab Workout Routine: 2-3 Reps to Failure. Russian Twists (Weighted), Alternate Heel Touchers, Bottoms Up, Plank, Cocoons, Air Bikes, Side Planks, Elbow to Knee, Repeat, Repeat! This should leave you feeling an ‘ouch’ on your tummy – now you know you’ve got it in! (smile)

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September 4, 2018

 

Finding the Right Facility for Your Goals

I usually try to cover up during my workouts, I wear hoodies and zip up to my neck! While at Planet Fitness this week around 11pm (after work) I was surrounded by group of young Arab men who continuously commented on my physical “attributes.” Their comments made me so uncomfortable I gathered my water bottle and exited the gym. This new facility, however, was safe and well equipped for the novel fitness person as well as for the school athlete or military veteran all of whom were present yesterday evening.  It’s important to find the right facility for your goals and comfort level- not all are created equal so be objective, envision, and plan for your workout sessions accordingly.

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Friday,  August 31, 2018 – 122.7 lbs

I say “NO” to the mental programming. I am choosing a lifestyle that is serving my highest good and the rest will follow and fall into place. This is for no one else but me – I owe myself this opportunity to shine!  ~ Ria 

The Heart of Transformation

When I woke up and looked in the mirror my arms looked like well-sculpted parts of someone else’s body!!! I was blown away at how I had changed since January being closer to 150 lbs at 5 foot 0 inches. I don’t have a morning pic but a photo from last week I will share (pictured above). I’m so amazed at how this transformation is taking shape- literally! I am determined to be 50 and fabulous (in just a few short years ahead!) I really didn’t mind my 150 lbs body to be honest, “thick” is trendy and desirable these days so women at almost any size feel appreciated, loved, and happy with their body type and weight. For me, however, I wanted to simply ‘see’ what transformation looks like on me. I am proving to myself that I can go all the way to make significant gains on my own terms and in my own “time.” Plus I have a goal (image) in my head that wont disappear no matter how lazy or non motivated I get from time to time. I get back up and get back in and keep it moving. I keep hearing the voice “You can do better! You’re more than this!” And its this voice that keeps me on this focus of self-transformation and consistency.

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January 2018 at 150lbs

 

I really didn’t mind my 150 lbs body to be honest, “thick” is trendy and desirable these days so women at almost any size feel appreciated, loved, and happy with their body type and weight. ~ Ria

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January 2018 Collage as the Thick Ria

 

Fit in Progress Pics

I can actually see the difference in my body shape taking form. I was afraid my arms would get too muscular and have me looking like a little man woman but they are actually looking good, still feminine, but slightly defined and toned. I love ♡  it! A few more tweaks and it’s all maintenance from here!

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From Thick Girl to Fit Girl – Progress Pic- August 2018

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122.7 lbs – Slowly but surely, hard work taking shape! 08-31-18 as the Fit Ria

If I can inspire just one person to eat healthy, exercise, and continue to learn (mentally and spiritually) then I’m doing my job here on this planet Earth!

Be Happy, Be Abundant, Be Empowered! 

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Seeking Fitness in Nature – Fitness Vlog June 2018

How about Fitness in Nature?

Going for a lake swim preceded by yoga in the park? Sounds amazing right, that’s what I thought. I got dressed headed to Fredericksburg VA to a park I had visited last Indian Summer where everyone was either tubing, swimming or fishing in the Rappahannock River. I was excited with yoga mat packed and Speedo-goggles ready! When I got there however I was met with a half closed park gate, complete empty park, and what looked like an overflowing muddy river. I was heart broken and frustrated that perhaps I was in the wrong state or country. Then I thought about Sweden.

So Glam

When you are in Sweden you have the right to walk, cycle, ride, ski and camp on any land with the exception of private gardens, near a dwelling house or land under cultivation. We call it the Freedom to Roam.

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I recently completed an International Business course and was blown away at my findings. First let me share, I’m a kind of bohemian indigenous artistic geek, I’m a Sagittarius who loves just about everything I can sink my teeth into physically and mentally,  i love research and learning. It doesn’t feel right if I cant research something, try it, then report about it.

I’d love to be able to go to a local park with speedo and googles and jump into a lake but living in America the thought of lake swimming in my location is damn near impossible for many reasons.

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Not only do Swedes have a “Right to Roam” with passports that open doors to them across countries and freely visit other nations without scrutiny, they have what is called “Right to Public Access” or ‘Allemansrätt’ (Outdoor Access Rights) which is a right to national parks and nature that would otherwise be forbidden or heavily limited. That’s right, Swedes can swim in public lakes, park lakes and rivers, roam mountains, and coastlines,  andarchipelagos! Learn more about Swedish EPA Right to Roam policies.

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What a huge contrast to the policies and laws here in the United States, especially where I currently reside in Northern Virginia, but then I’m thinking I probably just need to travel. See what other American’s are doing, roam the parks, country sides, coastal regions, get a passport and hop across the country into jungles, hike foreign trails, seek refuge in sacred temples. Okay, Im dreaming and intending! (smile) Here’s to your adventures, fitness and fun! 

Stay Fit, stay Love, stay Empowered! 

xo 

Ria (Daria)

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Fitness Vlog | June 27 2018

 

 


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where is ria?| fitness check’in

It’s been some time since I posted to NaturalSelfGoddess the Blog, for one I’m happily in college and killing it so far (fingers crossed) in my courses. Truth be told I LOVE SCHOOL, ACADEMICS AND LEARNING!  (i’d learn something new even if i wasn’t in a classroom)

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where is Ria? Fitness check in collage.  Photo Credits: ©2017. Daria Smith Giraud, DwriteDesignStudio & Ria Takharu Media LLC.

Since childhood, I’ve been competitive in academics and treat it much like a sport. I push hard, I’m relentless in my pursuits, and I expect the very best of myself knowing full well that I have the potential and aptitude to achieve beyond my expectations. Since I’ve picked body building (body sculpting) back up it’s only helped me to shape my mind to become more disciplined and push harder passed limitations. Just last week, when my Trainer Friend was missing in action and I had some free time to myself, I lifted over #210 lbs on the leg extension! It was at that moment I realized, I could do and be so much more. Adding to more realization that self-motivation blossoms in the midst of adversity and challenge (should that be the lesson of the moment).  I no longer ‘complain’ about my challenges, misfortunes or illusionary defeats but recognize them as opportunities for pure growth of mind, body and spirit! so much appreciation, gratitude and innerstanding~ One Love, Gains and Creative Abundance! Ria

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A Gymnast is Born: Meet Allison Tellez

Over the weekend I had the pleasure of witnessing my niece, Allison Tellez, age 8, compete at The Royals Invitational at Stafford High School.

 

It was my first-ever live gymnast meet and to be honest, I’m rather hooked. I wish my kids were still young enough to learn and join in the fun. At the age of four Allison and her younger sister were proving to me that they could do every yoga asana I showed them. But this weekend it was Allison who asked me if I could do the Natarajasana, full splits and Padmasana! I was embarassingly sore from that morning’s body sculpting session and did a poor attempt at “Cosmic Dancer” leaving a cracking sound in the air which drew giggles and ridicule. Of course, a flexibility challenge has ensued where all 3 yogi poses will be accomplished by yours truly per our next gymnastics meet. (I better be ready, cause this cutie is brutal! lol)

 

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Allison Tellez, age 8, Royals Gymnastics Team, Floor Routine, Saturday, February 25, 2017.Photo Credits: ©2017. Daria Smith Giraud, DwriteDesignStudio & Ria Takharu Media LLC.

Congrats to Allison who won 5 medals at the Royals Stafford Invitationals. Unfortunately, she refused to wear her 3rd, 4th and 5th place medals because according to her mother, Faja Tellez, “she’s used to winning 1st and 2nd place medals, this is rare!” I, however, thought she did a fantastic job representing her team, gymnastics school and family! Goo Allison!

 

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Photo Credits: ©2017. Daria Smith Giraud, DwriteDesignStudio & Ria Takharu Media LLC.

 

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Want to know the “Key” to Happiness?

Refuse to Live by Default! Discover yourself, Embrace yourself, Love Yourself and Live Your Life Fiercely! ( a little LoVe message from Daria aka Ria Sweetraw @NaturalSelfGoddess)

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Fit Fridays – You Can Do It If You Believe You Can!

You can succeed if you believe you can! So visualize, meditate, see what it is you want to manifest and focus!!!

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Eat Clean! Train Mean!

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InJoy and Celebrate Your Life!

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Your Goals  Will Be Achieved!

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Keep Going, Said the Universal Mind!

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You are a Magnet! Raise Your Vibration and Attract!

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Appreciation – Always!

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You are Closer than You Think, Focus, and Create!

 

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And there it is….

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The Next 30 – Fit Friday Motivation!

My Rest Days are over and I am back in the saddle ready the next 30 Days!

Here’s what I did yesterday! Today I’ve done 2 workouts this morning up at 4 ish am, Vegan Protein smoothie and Coconut Water within reach! I joined an Accountability Group but I pretty much have that arena on lock and on cruise control. Yeah!! I am pretty self-motivated to see where the next 30 days of fitness will take me! My arms and shoulders are on Fire!! Biceps are screaming – Hey Beautiful! Yeah- using my weights and upping weights as initially planned! I’m very excited to completed this 21 Day Fix Extreme and Hero’s Journey with bang! Today I substituted the HJ with a kick ass weighted cardio, hitting glutes, arms, abs, and legs; a second 30 minutes cant hurt. People in my group are amazed that I can get through the Extreme session let alone add another 30 minute cardio,  walk sprint or fitness class to my workout! I guess they don’t realize the self imposed brutality I put my body through, the appropriate word being conditioning and HIIT I was doing. Talk about Military type fitness training, I did it, not always the fastest or strongest but absolutely beating my scores and reaching to higher levels of  athleticism. I know what I can do and still feel as if I can do ‘more’! I am acquiring the discipline I once had a child and adolescent and it feels amazing! I can’t stop now…


Fit Friday Motivation 

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My Gym Goal! Motivated and Inspired!

My Gym Goal! Motivated and Inspired!


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Date: Thursday – 7-3-15

Program: DAY 821 Day Fix EXTREME Workout Schedule
Plyo Fix EX
30 Minutes = 320 calories burned
Weights= 10lb, 25lb

Program: Hero’s Journey – 2 Days (make up)  30 min= 237 Calories burned 

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Day 19 ♥ – Keep It Going! – Fitness Motivated Fridays

So I’m up at 5:30 am and ready for a workout! My abs should be sore from yesterdays struggle but upon waking they don’t seem to be hurting. What a shock! Okay I will keep this short and sweet!  And write more this weekend, for now I’m ready to warm up, sweat and get ready for a meeting! Have a beautiful weekend FitFam! Stay motivated, dedicated, disciplined, determined and in ‘hotep’ aka balance! 

 

InLove,

 

Ria

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Day 16 ♥ – Sore, sore, sore!! (ready for more)

I had the BEST Goddess Bath! Washed my tiny kinky locs with Giovanni, added tea tree essential oils and castor oil everywhere, sprayed jasmine and ylang in the Air, and smiled. ♥ My body hurts, glutes sore, obliques on fire, biceps flaming, and satisfied! I love the mountains and appreciating this staggering heat! Walking my dogs after the Sun goes down, I’m still dripped in sweat and ready for more!

 

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Hero’s Journey – Day 16 –  The Sun Goes Down!

 

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Day 15 ♥ – Legs and Arms

Here’s to Day 15 of the Hero’s Journey! 

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Hero’s Journey – Day 15 –  Dragons  – Legs and Arms

Jump Squats

Jumping Lunges

 

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