What keeps me motivated

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What truly makes people lack commitment into things is when they are committing for the wrong reasons or when they are doing it for other people. There have been so many times that I told myself I would do something because I was influenced by others around me. The worst thing is when someone tells you that you need to do something, or completely shatters your spirit to get their point across. THAT NEVER WORKS, STOP IT!

I would much rather be known for encouraging others, lately I have just been focusing on me (call it selfish, but my health is my priority!) People have been reaching out to me very often saying how my Snapchat (angdaily) made them get up and run, or my Tweet (@angelisdiaz) made them get off their behind and workout, or my Instagram (angdiaz_) encouraged them to set new goals for themselves. It makes me feel good to encourage others, I think that the world is surrounded by so many beautiful people, and beautiful things. Stop comparing yourself to the girls you see on social media, you were beautifully made and until you learn to accept that you will never be content with yourself.

Motivate yourself, stay true to yourself, and do not be afraid to push yourself. You never know what you are truly capable of until you breach new barriers, nobody ever reached their goals by being stagnant. Please do not hesitate to email me if you need some motivation, add me on my social networks, or comment on here!

 

xxxx, Angelis

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What’s in your fridge?

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So what exactly is in your fridge? Is it a bunch of snacks, food full of sugar or maybe even some things you thought were okay to eat. Look, I am not here to harp on you by any means, I just want to open your eyes! I quit buying all of the junk I use to keep stocked in my fridge when I realized the false advertising that I was buying into.

Have you ever read a label that says, “fat-free”, or “non-fat?” All that they are doing when they take away the fat is adding sugar to make up for some of the taste. Low fat is a better option, and while you are at it, check to see if the label says aspartame! Aspartame is an artificial sweetener, also commonly packaged as containing phenylalanine. It still leads to weight gain, and has many negative health defects that can be caused by it.

A long, healthy lifestyle takes a sharp focus on your goal and a heck of a lot of dedication. Who ever said the best things come easily? NOBODY! You can do it, find ways to make eating healthy fun and exciting. My fridge has some really great alternatives, and I am still learning new ways to make eating better exciting. I stick to low-fat meats, carbs earlier in the day to jumpstart me, lots of veggies, and fruits as long as I am not being excessive due to sugar intake! My grocery list is generally very simple:

  • chicken breast, ground turkey, black bean burgers, lean meats
  • asparagus, broccoli, mushrooms, peppers, veggies in general!
  • strawberries, bananas, pineapples, apples, mangos
  • bread that has the certified whole grain label, and jasmine rice (easily digestible)
  • greek yogurt, lowfat milk

I know it sounds simple, but that does not mean you cannot season it well or make it exciting! When you feel good, I promise there is no better feeling.

xxxx, Angelis 🙂

Three ways to a newfound confidence

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I think something that is always brushed under the rug is self-confidence, or people will never openly discuss this. It does not matter if one day you wake up with a huge pimple on your face, or  are super bloated because TOM is in town. Everyone has these moments or even periods of time that they endure. Over time I have learned to embrace my flaws. Sometimes I can say I am completely amazed when people tell me that they think I’M super confident. Just like everyone else, I am a work in progress, but I am proud of who I am. Here is just some of my advice: 

  • First and foremost is true self love. How is it that I find the strength to get out of bed even on my worst days? I tell myself how awesome I am! I’m that girl that talks herself up, it’s okay to say “damn, I look/feel good today!”
  • Be yourself. The other day someone said, “You have really good luck because you get hired places easily.” You see, it’s not that simple, I do not just show up and get hired. I am completely myself, I know what I can bring to the table, and I am not going to leave a door closed without leaving an impression. I never want to be anyone but myself, I’m happy being me, I love me, but most importantly I love the skin I’m in.
  • Take care of yourself. That extra time in the morning or even at night doing something to take care of yourself is vital. It does not matter if it’s just stretching to feel relaxed, cleaning your make up brushes to feel clean, reading a book to get some “you” time or going for a jog to release any stress you’re feeling. If you neglect yourself, how can you feel good about yourself? 

Life is as beautiful as you make it, don’t start your day without being on the right foot. I created my confidence when I discovered who I am, and I hope this post can help build you up if you’re in need of it. You are beautiful. 

xxx, Angelis 

Stay tuned

Fitness, lifestyle

Hiiiii everyone!

I’m finally back on here, for my first post I wanted to really open up and share some stuff. Please don’t allow anyone to make you feel any certain type of way in the skin that you’re in – about a month ago I almost allowed someone to make me think that I was OBESE, that’s right… I said it, obese is what he told me. I am the heaviest I have been in about 2 years but that’s because I’ve been gaining in other places ;P! The most important thing about a healthy lifestyle is staying true to yourself.

Do not call this a diet because it won’t last and I can promise you that. Whether you’re just maintaining or you just simply want to cut some weight. Do it for yourself. You have to remember the reason you’re motivated: YOU! I just want to lead a long, healthy and full life and that can be done by taking the best care of myself. 🙂

Thats all for today! Stay tuned, I have some exciting things coming your way! I’m also going to be sharing some beauty tips of mine, love you guys.

 

xxxx, angelis ❤️

The “skinny-fat” epidemic

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I have been doing a lot of research because I want to learn about health and nutrition for my family. I truly am motivated to help the ones closest to me since type 2 Diabetes runs in my family and I do not want anyone else in my to experience this. I have learned everything through trial & error, and an incessant amount of reading. There are so many PERFECT reasons to involve yourself with your health, so here are a few: inactivity can potentially lead to diabetes, or even premature deaths, you can incur more health costs per year due to obesity, taking care of yourself increases your life expectancy, exercise improves your mood, boosts your brain power, and you can attain a significant improvement in your self esteem. Need I say more? Get UP and get moving! 🙂 I had to put the cat over my face since I wasn’t fully ready for this picture 😂😂 anyways, the picture to the left was about 4 weeks ago and the picture to the right was July 2013 on a trip to Puerto Rico with my family. I was externally happy, but I really was not happy with how I looked, “skinny-fat” that is — taking care of yourself improves your mood, your overall wellness & your quality of life. I love catching up with people from high school & them saying “wow you look great girl! You’re so strong!” It’s worth the time in the gym, it’s not easy but nothing easy is EVER worth it 😁💪💦💦👙

H.I.I.T.

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So what is all of the hype about? High-interval intensity training has maaaany benefits to it!

  • It increases your metabolism where you will be burning fat even after leaving the gym for 48 hours, with a complete HIIT routine
  • It’s quick and convenient, with 30-60 seconds of rest in between each exercise (30 minutes or less!)
  • NO equipment is necessary!

-Here’s a quit HIIT workout for you:

  • 50 jumping jacks
  • 25 pushups
  • 45 second burpees
  • 50 high knees
  • 50 jump squats
  • 50 sit-ups
  • 50 dips
  • 60 second plank
  • 50 mountain climbers

I found this great article, if you’re interested in learning more: http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/wotw40.htm

Too big, too skinny?

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When I find myself reading through other blogs, looking at Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest about fitness and what is the perfect size, I think to myself that posting these ideal body types can be encouraging but also lead to major setbacks. People are constantly on the attack to bring people down that are doing well for themselves, “you’re too skinny, eat a hamburger!”, “you’re so fat, go to the gym!”, “you look like a man, your muscles are too big!” All of these comments are really hurtful, why can’t someone just build their own body type to their discretion? Recently, I have been trying to build my muscle mass all over, and A LOT of my girl friends have been telling me not to get too big! I’m sorry, but it’s my body, I can decide when to quit building muscle mass and when I want to lean out. It’s not really fair for anyone to say that because we all experience different walks of life and those words are almost jabs to our motivation, a threat that we won’t be “accepted” by the status quo because we are doing something for US. Next time you catch yourself telling your friend what build they should have, STOP! Humble yourself a little, be nice, be happy for us, most importantly, encourage us! 🙂

My mom

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My mom is the greatest woman that I know, and it has always been so hard to see her put everyone else before her own self — I told my mom she is my next mission, and by mission I mean I want to help her turn her health around. My mom has recently had some life changing news that has opened her eyes to some major changes she needs to make. Ever since May 2014 I have become entirely invested in my health because I have seen the effects it has made on my life. I have so much more energy, stamina, peace and happiness surrounding me. My mom has expressed her desire to make some of these awesome changes to improve her health! Since my mom has agreed to change her lifestyle around, taking my advice and becoming my very first client — let’s see Iris lose 20 pounds by May!

Why healthy is beautiful

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I read an article the other day, & after reading it, I was seriously bummed out. There are so many magazines & newspapers that are telling us to idolize women that are 70 pounds, and 5’7 or 400 pounds and 5’6 – here is where my frustration is coming from… America has some serious health issues circulating, and we are admiring people for their bad habits. It’s okay to not be able to run 5 miles, and lift 150 pounds — we should be encouraging one another to be taking care of ourselves, THAT’S what matters. Before I began eating well, & exercising regularly, I was exhausted and felt like crap. I think it is important to take care of ourselves so that we can lead a long & healthy life. EVERYONE comes in different shapes & sizes, that is the greatest thing, I’m curvy and I LOVE it! Embrace yourself, but don’t forget to TAKE CARE of yourself.

xxxx Angelis

Currently, me xxx

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My most recent “fit” photo, I am working on my eating habits, and have been tracking my macronutrients via MyFitnessPal. I am soo impressed by all of the things I am learning about what I am currently eating and what I used to eat. I HIGHLY recommend using this app, & it’s completely free!