Let me just start off by saying that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to get a good workout in. In fact, most of the time I do at home workouts that I find for free online via Instagram or Pinterest. Being a mom of two young girls, one of those girls being just 18 months, it makes going to the gym really difficult. I much prefer to work out at home, in private, without the ick of sweaty germs from peeps that I don’t know, where I can remain close by if they need me.
I really hate squats, but as we all know, they are one of the most effective exercises that you can do for your lower body and I think we all like to make sure we pay extra attention to that asset. I was looking for something that would help me to maintain good form, when I came across the Sunny Health & Fitness Squat Row and Ride Trainer. I read through countless reviews and before long, they had me convinced that I needed to add this to my collection, so I ordered it. The shipment arrived maybe 2 days later via Prime and I excitedly put it together in a jif! I think it took maybe 20 minutes to assemble, which I did on my own. It was time for the moment of truth…was this $99 a waste or not?
Not a waste at all; this training unit is awesome! I literally was dripping sweat in just a handful of minutes, which doesn’t normally happen to me so quickly. I can’t believe that a machine that cost under $100 is this effective. The trainer comes with three resistance bands to either increase or decrease intensity; I started with all three and have kept it that way to remain consistent, ensuring that I am getting the best workout possible. Holy moly, my legs were so sore for like 3 days after using this the first time. It’s literally my favorite machine and I have a few. I try to rotate my routines between quick full body cardio workouts, to free weights and this machine to help keep things balanced and from me getting bored with doing the same thing over and over again. I use this in ten minute increments and repeat the period four times, taking a 2 minute breather in between each. I like to use it while I watch my shows, particularly the ID Channel. It’s my only “me time”, so I make the most of every second.
The unit folds down nearly flat, which is nice if you don’t have the space to store it upright. I just take it out to the garage when I’m done; it’s light enough to move back and forth. Needless to say, but if you happen to be in the hunt for a squat / rowing machine, then this comes highly recommended by me and thousands of others on Amazon. I’m all about affordability and this bad boy fits the bill.
I’m about to rant right now, because with this new blog comes a new IG and of course I get these irritating followers that unfollow if you don’t turn around and follow them right back. Sorry, but I’m just not that into you or your content, let alone this game that you play. If you’re not down with my posts and don’t genuinely want to follow the account, then what’s the point of trying to scam a follow out of me? Seriously, this is probably one of the lamest tactics ever and if you do this, then there’s a pretty good chance that I’d hate the person you are anyway, so it’s a good thing that I didn’t follow you back to begin with lmao! Really, though, what a waste of time and a damn good way to make certain that people absolutely detest you.
Do people truly believe that no one will notice and even if they do, that they will be like, “you know what, that was hella uncool, but I’m down for your misleading ways and you’ll probably mislead me some more, so I think I’m gonna keep following you even though you’re a shady motha.” I hope not, but unfortunately some people just won’t notice and will get used like a bath towel, and I just can’t help but be infuriated by this. I find that to be so low, immature and desperate.
If this isn’t an actual person behind the physical method of following then unfollowing, perhaps you paid for some bot action, some AI, but that to me, makes the account holder even more lame. I blogged before blogging was ever a thing and would never once have thought about paying for followers. Seriously though, I am from the Bay Area (Silicon Valley); my parents had one of the few ISP companies around at the time (think late 90s – early 2000s, so we were one with the Internet hype, so to see all of the fake stuff out there just gets to me. I guess with all of the technological advances comes the disingenuous. I really wish I would have held on to my blog, but I didn’t, so it is what it is. My loss, but I have to vent because really? Girl, bye!
I’ve realized that I tend to not give myself all of the credit that I deserve, but learning to see myself to my full potential is something that I’ve really been trying to work on a lot these days. Gradually I am working on changing my own perspective, not the perspective that others have of me because much to my surprise, everyone else seems surprised that I ever doubted myself and or my abilities. Idk why I do it, honestly, but I do and I’m done with all of that mess. Seriously though, fortune cookies have been telling me how awesome I am for years now; apparently I am late to the game. Ha!
Sooo, there are a couple of “sayings” or catch phrases that have really been sticking with me these days and those are: “self doubt killed more dreams than failure ever could” and “if you can dream it, you can do it.” These might seem so cliche, but they really are spot on. If you doubt yourself enough to scare yourself from trying for your dream, then you’ll never know what might have been and while I am still new to this whole chasing your dream thing, I have changed the way I see things and am taking baby steps. When you look at it as literally one step at a time, then how hard can it be? How scary can it be?
I look at my 18 month old and try to think like her every now and then. She really doesn’t think much, I mean she doesn’t know enough to be able to psych herself out and so she just goes for it. Like a kid running after a bouncing ball into the street…unbelievable! Her inhibitions are far and few between and that’s been very inspiring and eye opening. She doesn’t know a whole lot of fear or consequences yet, so she’s not afraid of anything (other than mom walking away from her). One day she can’t walk and the next she can. One day she only says one word and a few days later, she’s got a whole vocabulary list under her belt and her dad is sleeping, but I can’t, for the life of me, get her to keep quiet for just one second. My point is that just because you don’t know how to do something, certainly doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t at the very least, give it a shot.
Life is a constant lesson that truly no one has mastered and it’s totally okay to hesitate and be afraid, but don’t let that discourage you. If you don’t try, you will never know and not knowing is worse than failing, because you can always try again and again and again until you get it right.
Cheers to knowing your worth & believing in yourself!
I actually go by Trisha, but I thought that I should, perhaps, be a little formal since we’re just meeting. For starters, I am from the Bay Area, CA…San Jose to be exact and while I’ve moved around The Bay a bit, my heart will always be there, even though the San Jose I knew and loved isn’t really what it was for me growing up. Ahh, the innocence of childhood and growing up with an imagination that is utterly unheard of these days. The good ole’ days, I guess.
Fast forward a bit and I am now a mom to two beautiful girls; Lola is 9 and Phoenix is 1. Quite a gap, but I guess that makes college easier and I’ve been told it will keep us young, although I’m not too sure about that last one. My husband, Arnold, and I met just out of high school back in 2003 and have been together ever since. Happily ever after so far and yes, that makes me 33. I am the oldest of two sisters, Melinda (32) and Trinity (19) and am blessed to have besties that are the sisters that God wanted me to have too…Judylyn (33) and Jessica (32). I’ve known them so long that we have equal amounts of “dirt” on each other to keep the silence ha! I am blessed to be surrounded by much love.
I am employed full time with a day job, own my own 80s themed 5k/10k race (Radical 80s Run) and am also working on a holiday run, but I still feel like something is missing from my already hectic and overly booked life. They say some people just always want to be busy or need to be busy and while I don’t necessarily think that’s true for me, I do seem to like to have something that occupies my thoughts and gives me something to look forward to. I think this blog might be just what I need.
I used to have a lifestyle blog back in 2007-2008 that documented my everyday life, pregnancy with Lola and my first year as a new mom, but because it wasn’t really a thing back then and I didn’t really feel the connections that I was hoping for, I sort of just gave up on it. Regretting that just a teenie weenie bit, but I am back because I truly to enjoy writing and expressing my thoughts. I’m not big on social media posts on sites like Facebook, but something about blogging is different to me. It’s more like an electronic diary and I can’t wait to see where this all goes.
Cheers to new beginnings!
o PS…these glasses are Desi x Quay and the dress is from Vici Collection