GYM, TAN, WORK 3 Pillars to Live Like an Asskicker
So after my 90 minute spin class and blog about it (and tweeting the article to Equinox) I was fortunate enough to become a brand ambassador for Equinox. Two hours after I posted my blog I was contacted and have been going to classes at their South Beach location. I never was a gym person but I walk into this place and it just feels right. So I did spin classes, ab and booty blast, cardio dance and even had my fitness evaluation which every Equinox member gets. The evaluation is amazing. I can’t wait for my results and program. Once I get them I will write another update.
As I’m committing to reducing the size of my ass and thighs, I decided to get a little inspiration from Pauly D and the crew of Jersey Shore whose lifestyle is sized up by Gym, Tan, Laundry “GTL.” My new lifestyle is Gym, Tan, Work. They are the 3 pillars towards my living as an ass kicker.
GYM: My goal determined during my evaluation is to drop from 21% to 14% body fat. No idea if I can do this but, I’m totally going to go for it and see. Two weeks ago I did a 90 minute spin class and thought I would die yet I pushed through, loved it, survived it and here I am. I’m already planning my workout schedule in the event I score this game-changer job in Brickell and go back to the daily work schedule again. I’ll be at the gym for a 7:30 pm class, home, showered, and chillin by 10pm to do it all again the next day. Notice…very little room for any man drama and bullshit.
The ab and booty blast class was AWESOME! I have to get used to the big fitness ball. I almost bounced my ass right off of it. Once I got the hang I was crunchin away, bending to the side and back up, then to the other side. Abs were so sore they hurt when I laughed. LOVE IT! The booty blast class was so much fun and the deep squats burned. That means a. I’m out of shape and b. it’s working. So burn baby burn.
The cardio dance class brought me back to a happy time in my life when I was in high school and a cheerleader. We’d do these super cheesy dance routines (it was the 80’s) and I would learn the moves to perfection. I was a bit overwhelmed by the moves in this class but I was happy that my inner cheerleader got the hang pretty quickly. In my mind I was 17 again. In my body? Well that’s a whole other story. I left a sweaty mess and felt so great! Spin class is a favorite. The music and the pace puts me into a zone.
Marios the Equinox trainer evaluated me and was the one to help me set the goal of dropping to 14% body fat. He said I’d look amazing at that level and still feminine and lean. He’s going to come back to me with a list of suggested classes and workouts for me to do that match my goals but consider places where I have pain like my right shoulder and hip. So we’ll see but I’m totally committed to what is willing to commit to me. If Equinox is committed to making me a sweaty, happy, girl with legs of a dancer then Equinox gets to see me 4 times a week. It’s all part of a refocus towards putting my energy towards the right things to better myself.
TAN: I love the beach and I love to be tan. I have an arsenal of SPF from Banana Boat, Hawaiian Tropic, Neutrogena all to protect my dewy healthy glowing skin. I’m not a fan of that leather look. I like the J-Lo Glow. She’s 42 and has the skin of a goddess. I was blessed with supple skin of olive complexion. This means I get dark cocoa tan yet, my skin never looks leathery and ashy. I always get compliments on my skin. Everyone needs sunscreen and reapplying it is KEY. Also, body lotion after the shower is a must.
I have never nor will I ever fake bake at a tanning salon. I ride my bike to the beach and spend anywhere from 2-4 hours there. I love it. For me this is my zen place. These days I am LOVING the peaceful, classy, solitude found at Continuum beach. This is the southernmost tip of South Beach and it is divine. I don’t have to worry about some shitbagger hawking CD’s of his music, some promoter asking me if I want passes to some crap club I can give two shits about, or some transient trying to strike up conversation as he invades my personal space and takes the liberty of sitting beside me as I’m trying to read and tan while topless. GO AWAY!! So yes, I found a spot where the people are classy and many from other parts of the country and world. I will spend my sunny weekends tanning at the beach. I find it the perfect way to get in my head and THINK. The answers come. They always do. I’m a Pisces (3-10-71) so when I am at the beach and in tranquil tropical water I feel a sense of calm.
WORK: Last week I went for an interview with a total asskicker PR firm in Brickell. PR firms down here are no way what I’m used to in New York but this one is the exception. For one thing, it was founded and is run by a man. That right there makes it more my scene than these catty, bitchy, women who think putting 10 socialites in a room with a photographer is Public Relations. Please. The CEO seemed interested in me for a PR position but they are also looking for a talent acquisition person and THAT’s the role I want. I’m going for it. It is mine for the taking.
The interview went awesome. This job would be a total game-changer in my life. I’d be back to “sugarmomma mode” making a very good salary (for Miami standards), benefits and best part only 15 minutes away. Little Taz would be put in doggie day care so he can play with the other doggies and be social. I’d be able to live very well and not in a constant state of stress and panic about where my money is coming from. I’d be back to investing, saving and living my life the way I like to SECURELY. From a lifestyle perspective this job would be ideal. I won’t have to call media and beg them to cover some product, I’d still get to be creative and offer insights and ideas on the PR side but instead, I would be creating a PR campaign for the agency. Then I would use that to acquire the best talent possible and get them to work for us. I’d be networking, using social media, drawing upon all sorts of resources to find great talent (even if it means looking outside the immediate area). This excites me and is a natural next step for me.
Overall I feel a well needed and well appreciated shift in my life is happening. I pray and ask for the divine light that is in all of us to guide me towards greatness and away from disaster. I express gratitude and appreciation and understand that the effort I put out, if on track with the goodness that is intended will be rewarded. So far it is. I suggest that everyone reading this look inward. Look at your life and where you are placing most of your energy and ask how it’s working for you. If you aren’t happy, make changes and pray for the guidance. Your path will be revealed all you have to do is have faith and ask to see it then have the good sense to walk the path when it’s in front of you.
I know with the deepest pit of my soul that doing this blog is coming from a place of good and divinity. I am writing from a place of giving (humor, advice, inspiration) just by sharing my own adventures and lessons learned.
So do it… take some paper and look at the pillars of your life. What is holding you up? What is holding you back? Then shift around some things and you’ll see that what is meant for you will come and will stick to you and what isn’t will fade away.