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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Happy Fortitude Fitness ♥ Friday

Happy Friday Family!
(Happy New Moon in Sagittarius and for the vedic kemetic astrology Opichius New Moon!) I had no idea it was a new moon although I think a few days ago, I was looking at a crescent waning moon and thought “Ahh, how gorgeous” before rushing into my next task.  At some point I did find it was in Scorpio! Thank God for Breath, Yoga and the slow-down -and -pause moments to place you back into center.  I am thankful for that awareness.

Fyi: If you are a must know metaphysics enthusiast like myself and wonder how you can use the new moon for your benefit, here’s how:
New Moon Magick: New beginnings, new ventures, fresh starts, new jobs/hunting, optimism, new love, romance, hope and faith, strengthening your health and good intentions.  New Moon in Sagittarius: Philosophical,  Health and Sports, Compassion and Freedom-loving, Optimistic, Chanting, Yoga, Natural Quest for Knowledge. Truth and Wisdom.

New Moon in Sagittarius Art: Steel Eyes

New Moon in Sagittarius
Art: Steel Eyes

Yesterday was Cardio for me, today Dirty 30! Working my way back into the Gym..I’m so VERY excited. After visiting my Trainer Fitness friend on his birthday at his new gym this week, I was very wound up eyeing the equipment and space! I truly do love training, working out, dancing, nature and the best organic, nutrient rich foods; guess I’m a true Sagittarius, Virgo moon! Haha! Something about the Primal Physical Element mixed with a heap of Hermetic Mentalism that turns me on! What can I say- Strength is Sexy! Mind, Body and Spirit! 😉

"Thought is the Sculptor who can create the person you want to be." Henry Thoreau

“Thought is the Sculptor who can create the person you want to be.” Henry David Thoreau

And in keeping in that alignment, Happy Happy Fortitude Fitness Friday! Whoot whoot!

  • Get Your Early Morning Superfood Protein Shakes and Smoothies
  • Eat Whole Foods after your workout or training
  • If You are doing the Intermittent Fasting remember to Hydrate and Train Smart!
  • Remember to use Good Form
  • Hydrate some more!
  • Show and Share Gratitude and Appreciation!
  • Get Shyt Done!
  • Love Yourself Some More!

Fortitude Fitness Fridays Inspiration!

Fitness Fridays Inspiration

Fitness Fridays Inspiration: Maggie Watson

Self Acceptance and Change : A Great Mix of Action !

Self Acceptance and Change : A Great Mix of Action !

Make it Your Intention to Be Both; Give and Take! True Reciprocity!

Make it Your Intention to Be Both; Give and Take! True Reciprocity!

BElieve in YOUrself! Stay Consistent! Eat Right, Eat Clean, Work Hard!

BElieve in YOUrself! Stay Consistent! Eat Right, Eat Clean, Work Hard!

EatClean Fight for Fitness!

Eat Clean, Train Mean,  Fight for Your Fitness!

 

InLove,

Ria

 

 

gratitude givings ♥ #196

I am thankful and grateful
for this meditation
this inner space of comfort
this fully supportive sacred space

Day 196


 

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Speak Love into Your WATER!

ilovemyouIf you think Words dont have power, think again. Simple words of kindness and love generate healing vibrations into the atmosphere and within the body.

In fact, words like “I Love You” form beautiful crystalline geometric structures in water while words like “you are ugly” form muddled dark blobs.

Ever been drawn to someone only to find that that person is so cheerful and kind their seemingly small gestures leave you feeling better, or relaxed or just happy? You may have stepped into their aura or auric field which was vibrating at a higher level and emitting love, inner joy, and well being.

Dr. Masaru Emoto, a Japanese scholar and scientist, author of “The Hidden Messaglangwateres in Water” and “Love Thyself” studied water and words and discovered that there is a direct relationship and powerful interdependent transformation between water and words on a vibration level. His experiments proved that mean-spirited, lower level vibrational words produced or created “malformed” crystals.  He goes further to prove that thoughts not just words have the power to produce this same transformational albeit physiological effect. He believes that since the human body is over 65% water that we have the power to create peace, love, and healing into our atmosphere, our bodies and our communities simply by speaking and thinking such ‘higher-level thoughts and words.

 

“Hado creates words Words are the vibrations of nature Therefore beautiful words create beautiful nature Ugly words create ugly nature
This is the root of the universe.”~Masaru Emoto

In April of 2014, I read Dr. Emoto’s, The Secret Language of Water to school age children during an arts as education program. The children old enough to ‘get it’ were fascinated with the subject matter and relationships between words, water and emotions.

"YOU MAKE ME SICK"

“YOU MAKE ME SICK”

"I LOVE YOU!"

“I LOVE YOU!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Simple Higher Vibration Words: 
“Thank You”
“I Love You”
“I Appreciate You”
“I am Success+filled” “You are Successful”
“I am Love” “We are Love”
“YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL” ” I AM BEAUTIFUL”
“YOU ARE ABUNDANT” “I AM ABUNDANT”
“I AM STRONG AND EMPOWERED” “YOU ARE STRONG AND EMPOWERED”
“YOU are Healthy and Fit” ” I am Healthy and Fit”

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The next time you grab a bottle of water, bless it, think happy, kind loving thoughts, whisper “i love you”, smile deeply from within and get your hydration on! (smiling) You are strengthening your spiritual body, effecting your physical body and creating healthy vibrant, glowing aura! I love this NaturalSelf Lifestyle !!!! ~ Bliss + BeFit +Be Natural Superheros!

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Full Dr. Emoto Water Cystals Video