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Today is the day I was born.  On this day, 27 years ago, Mama Gibson brought me into this world, without drugs, but with some wonderful stitches as an afterthought.   Birthdays have never been a big thing for me.  Some girls celebrate their birthday for like a whole month.  For me, it really is just another day.     This probably has to do with the fact that on a 5 Love Languages Quiz I get a 0 for gifts.  They just don’t mean much to me, giving or receiving.   To me, my birthday is so much more than a party and presents.  It’s a day for me to reflect on what I’ve accomplished in the past year, what I missed out on, what’s left to conquer, what I can do differently in the coming year, and what kind of person I have been/will be in the future.   It’s a day of reflection.     It’s good to take those days, and to me, my birthday is a great day for it.     26 was a pretty kick ass year.   I trained harder than I ever have before and physically became the best version of myself. […]
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It seems like every week there is a theme to the questions I get regarding my pregnancy.     This week, it has been “How much time are you taking for maternity leave?”.  I’ve literally been asked like 10 times this week.     And honestly, that’s a really good question.  I’m thinking …. 12-24 hours 🙂   Seriously though, I don’t know.     You see, I don’t have a normal job with a 6-12 week maternity leave where my job carries on without me and I pick up where someone left off when I return as if nothing happened.     I have a job that requires hustle.  I don’t work normal hours, 9-5, Monday – Friday.  In all reality, I put in between 50-60 hours a week, Monday – Sunday and am always on call (because my phone is always with me).  And ….. just to clarify, this isn’t a complaint.   What I’m saying is this; I’m not slowing down.  Not today, not tomorrow, and not when the little thing inside me comes to this Earth.  I can’t live my life for the next 5 months worrying about how I’m going to handle having a newborn. […]
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I’m So Blessed

by ironborn· January 10, 2017· in Uncategorized· 0 comments
I’m so blessed.     I’m so blessed to have a husband that supports me, day in and day out.   Who told me to leave my public service job as an educator and follow my dreams.  Who said he’d financially support me until I “figured it out”.  Who said if I put my mind to it, I could take on anything life threw at me.     I’m so blessed to have found Iron Legion, a gym who took me in as their own.  Who allowed me to grow with the gym, take on new roles, and expand my wings.  Who never questioned my hustle or drive and trusted my plan.     I’m so blessed to have been given the opportunity to run The World’s Best Boot Camp – North Florida.   A program that has helped me grow as a human, a coach, and a leader.   A program that provides a means for me to affect true change in people’s lives.     I’m so blessed to wake up everyday and genuinely love what I do.  Love who I’ve become.  Love the life that I get to live.      I truly am so blessed.     If I’ve […]
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This is the biggest lol right now.  Glowing.  Yeah Right.   The mailman at work essentially just asked me if I was pregnant because I’m “just glowing” and he could “just tell”.   Is “glowing” defined as acne all over your face as if you’re a teenager?  Or backne – also know as acne of the back.  Because I have that too.   PS – I don’t look pregnant just yet … more like I ate a 6 pack of doughnuts and a supersize Chipotle bowl, EVERY DAMN DAY.  Food baby for dayzzz.   I know that “you’re glowing” is supposed to be an endearing term, and I do truly appreciate it, but your girl ain’t glowing.     Why does acne have to be a side effect of pregnancy?  I’ve had clear skin since Freshman year of high school and now all of a sudden it’s like boom, acne everywhere.   Team #nofun at all.     Monthly facials and lots of skin care are on my current agenda but do you have any suggestions for this prego girl?     Let me know!
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First and foremost, thank you to all of you who showed Danny and myself so much love over the weekend and continue to do so.  We’re very excited about our pregnancy and look forward to the new life that we will build together with our new bundle of joy.     Now, I want to say this; I am not turning the blog into a pregnancy blog for the next 6 months BUT this is a big part of my life and I will be covering all the topics associated with it is as they come up.  That means the good, the bad, and the ugly.   So, real talk, the past six weeks have been hell.  H-E-double hockey sticks.     There should be a disclaimer for pregnancy, similar to the end of a drug commercial, you know when they talk really fast?  It would sound something like this:   ***read this fast like the commercial disclaimers***   Be prepared to be sick.  Not morning sick but all day sick.  Sick like you drank a whole bottle of pinot grigio.  EVERY SINGLE DAY.  Sick every day, all day, morning, noon, and night.  You will feel like death but you […]
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All the sweets.  Literally, everywhere I turn I am faced with chocolate something sprinkled with Holiday amazingness.   The plus side is I’m not a sugar crack head so I can have JUST ONE and stop.     The negative side is that many of you are in fact a sugar crack head, aka, you’re addicted to sugar, and the taste of one piece will drive you into a sugar relapse until the end of time.   Today we’re going to talk sugar addiction, because it is so very real.  Many people have been consuming sugar for so long and it is a large part of their daily life.  Because of these factors, they don’t even realize how bad their addiction truly is.      That is until they try to quit.  Quitting sugar can be compared to quitting cigarettes or any other addictive substance.  It’s hard, there are withdrawals, and you will probably relapse at least once.  But, once you are free from sugar, you will feel so much better.   So how does all this apply to the Holidays?     Well, you need to identify whether you’re a sugar crack head or are clean from your sugar […]
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This week in the three part series on nutrition I want to talk about carbohydrates and protein.  In my opinion, carbs are the easiest macronutrient to consume (maybe second to fats) and protein in the hardest.  When I talk to people about nutrition, so often they’re under eating protein by a ton while overeating carbs.     So, the question this week is … how do we tackle this problem?   Well, the first step is to be able to recognize what food items are primarily carbs and which are protein.  Some examples of carbs include: fruit, veggies, potatoes, rice, bread, and anything with lots of sugar.  Protein is pretty easy.  It is meat, meat, meat, nuts, and cheese.   Now that you know what makes up a protein and a carb, let’s address the issue.     We all love carbs and could eat them until we’re blue in the face.  But we shouldn’t.  The keyword here is moderation.  One serving, and fist size portions (remember last week???).     Now for protein; meat isn’t bad but we never seem to eat enough of it.  This is probably because we fill up on carbs before we eat our protein. […]
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Today is the beginning of a three part series on nutrition through the Holiday season.     In part one, we are going to discuss portion control, especially during the Holiday season.   So, what is portion control?     Fundamentally, portion control is simply controlling the portions you consume.  Pretty basic in theory, right?   Unfortunately, portion control is one of the hardest nutrition pieces for people to understand.  It seems that, in America especially, we have allowed our standard portion size to grow substantially and are now normalizing excessive food servings.   When building your plate at Holiday parties and other gatherings, follow these three rules of thumb to have a successfully portioned plate:   All servings should be about the size of your fist.   Make sure to have a meat and a veggie included on your plate. Choose a max of 3 “carb” choices – aka casseroles, pasta, potatoes, etc.   Another thing to keep in mind when talking portion control is that you don’t NEED seconds.  Seconds is an American past time that we’ve created which has become very socially appropriate.   However, seconds are so unnecessary.     Yes the food taste good.  Yes you could […]
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Before you start reading, I suggest you go listen to this song.  One of my favorites from the late 90s, LFO really had a hit with Girl On TV.     The lyrics of this song are the theme for my blog post today.     As much as I love the song, the message, especially in today’s society, can seem some what twisted.   It seems I’m surrounded by people, including myself, who are obsessed with the “Girl on TV”.  The girl on Instagram.  The girl on Snapchat.  The girl on Facebook.  The girl on reality TV.     We’re all trying to keep up with an ideal image of what perfect looks like, yet it’s unattainable.   In the world of altered images and photoshop, no “Girl on TV” looks like themselves anymore.  They’ve had every injection and surgery known to man and have photoshopped out the areas that have even the slightest imperfections.   Nothing is as it appears anymore.   As I scroll through my Instagram feed, I see hundreds of images of women, and men, who are all trying to be the picture perfect person.  Perfect body, perfect skin, perfect ass, and perfect smile with […]
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This Thanksgiving, I have so much to be thankful for.     I’m thankful for the opportunity to wake up every day and come to a job that I truly love.   I’m thankful to be surrounded by people who challenge me mentally and physically to be the best version of myself.     I’m thankful to have a supportive husband who tells me to shoot for the stars and makes my dreams come true every single day.   I’m thankful to be full of happiness and love, fueled by the people that I’m honored to surround myself with daily.   I’m thankful to be the healthiest version of myself I’ve ever been; stronger, faster, and more fit than ever before.   More than anything though, I’m thankful to lead a blessed life, full of love, happiness, and success.   I look forward to spending the Holiday season surrounded by some of my favorite people.   May you and your family enjoy each other’s company and cherish every moment you have together.
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