Meet the Trainer and Yoga

We’re making it “Facebook official”! I get to name the trainer and I would love to do some huge buildup about how awesome, funny, smart and hot she is BUT I’m too excited. 😉

It’s my girl Susie of Suzlyfe! Before she sent me the first wave of workouts, I was like “yes, she’s my blog buddy. This is gonna be awesome”!  When I opened the email containing routines for my first two weeks my jaw dropped. She was not messing around. Love it! My immediate response to her was that I was scared. There were words like “burpees”, “yoga” and “Pilates”. I’m one of the most uncoordinated brown chicks you’ll ever meet so I’m hoping that her guidance and lots of practice will make me a yogi.

For the past two and half weeks, I have been busting my booty in the gym and I am starting to see some results already! I’m getting leaner and this is including Thanksgiving, respiratory gunk and Harper’s birthday party featuring chicken and waffles.

Have you ever practiced yoga?
Do you have any tips?

This post was fueled by coffee and the smell of spicy bok choy roasting in the oven.

Baby Delts, Please Grow

Do you have a memory that just flashes through randomly? For me, its prom dress shopping at a local boutique my junior year of high school. I was so excited. My mom was looking at the pearl jewelry (duh, South Carolina) while I looked for the perfect dress upstairs. I took one option into the dressing room and when the owner came in to zip me up, I was devastated. “You have really broad shoulders.” This was during a time when I was eating disordered and hypercritical of myself, so I felt like I had been punched in the gut. We decided on a strapless dress…and a wrap to mask my shoulders.

Fast forward to now and I’m proud to rock my wide shoulders/back. Why? They’re mine and they aren’t going anywhere. Because of my goal to compete next year, I’ve been working on building boulder shoulders and a wider back. The wider the back, the smaller your waist appears. Hallelujah!

Lawd! Check out the shoulders on Jamie Eason Middleton! Even if you don’t favor this type of physique, you have to admire the drive she has to mold herself. This is what I’m working towards.

I wanted to share some of my favorite shoulder workouts with y’all that are great for beginners to experts.

You could easily do these with resistance bands. has a huge exercise guide with videos to help you with form. This is a small muscle group, use lighter weights. And remember, I’m not a personal trainer or certified in anything but my own opinion. Ha! These are notes straight from my training diary. If you attempt any of these exercises and feel pain or extreme discomfort, stop.

I found a picture of me from prom that year but I’m turned to the side. Thanks to people posting “throwback Thursday” pictures on Facebook, I have a photo taken a couple months before my prom dress fiasco.

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I’m such a linebacker. LOL.

When was the last time a negative turned into a positive for you?