new Mei location…. what?!

Hello all! Got some exciting news for y’all!

Mei Fitness is OPENING A NEW LOCATION IN KEYSTONE!!! The Keystone location is to be a sister replication of Southport’s location. So highly similar to the location I go to if your familiar with it. This is very exciting for anyone in the Broad Ripple, Carmel, Castleton, and even Meridian Hills! The proximity to the Fashion Mall is insane and so close!

I used to work up in the fashion mall for a good period of time which gives me some insight on what the traffic during the day is like. And let me tell y’all, it’s not a terrible area with traffic. I feel it can be a busy area depending on the time of day, but it always moves pretty quickly. There are several office buildings surrounding the gym so it stays pretty quiet during the day!

With construction and renovations of a close hotel going on in the general area of the fitness center people will be flowing into the gym while traveling and visiting! There is a new bridge being constructed looking to be completed in December as well!

Let’s talk about the view real quick though…. The new Mei Fitness has a beautiful lake front facing the gym. BUT not only the lake but a park is also right there! Perfect for meeting someone in the gym and saying, “I have somewhere we can go sit and chat!” If people still do that… (ha) but not kidding! I know after my workouts I’d definitly go sit and enjoy the beautiful view of the lake! Take a second to breath.

Did I mention this location is also 24 hours?? Honestly perfect for hard working people with late shifts in the mall or the office! When I worked at Castleton, I had some shifts that went from either 4am-noon or shits from 6-11ish. The new keystone location would have been amazing if I got off that late… Do I sound jelly…. Yeah, well maybe I am a bit!

I am so excited for the people who live on that side of town cause the gym opening in that area will rock y’alls world! I know how much I love the Mei Fitness on the south side so I’m confident this new location will be a success and a new love for people living/working in that area. Get ready guys! Y’all have a treat coming real soon! I’m talking this coming January, soon!

Enjoy!!

        

5 Things You Might Not Know About Me

  1. I have anxiety. I am in no way ashamed of it either. Anxiety is common in a lot of humans today, almost 40 million adults in the U.S. have this “disorder”. My anxiety comes out in different ways, in different situations. I get quiet, don’t speak for a while, sometimes its a day of very little talking. I sort through my thoughts, feelings, and emotions in the silence. I’m not a reactive person unless I’m put in a situation that needs reaction. So the silence is my friend when I have anxiety. The gym has been a big saving grace as well. Mei Fitness is where I go when I need to release my stresses, with the perfect environment to do so!
  2. I am a major fan of the water! This one is a bit more light, the rain, the ocean, any form of water is a place of peace for me. Thunder storms are my absolute favorites at anytime of day or night. I tend to sleep better in them. The water brings me a sense of calm which, if you follow the horoscope signs (don’t judge), I am a Pisces/ Aries so it makes sense! And side note, I do like the horoscope crap even though its pretty much a load of bull….. (have your own opinions on this!)
  3. My favorite movies are romanic comedies…. Typical female right? But again I am not ashamed! Friends with Benefits, The Other Woman, and The Proposal are my top three favorites and the best movies of time! If you don’t agree with me, I respect your poor choice in movies! (Kidding, but really though…) Also, recently I’ve become a fan of the bachelorette, this I am ashamed of, but it’s quite entertaining to me because the drama people allow into their lives and it’s occasionally fun to make fun of. (haha) Its becoming a guilty pleasure….oops.
  4. I have a BIG hate for social media… Shocker, maybe. However, I have always disliked it. Its not because I don’t think its’ a great tool. I do! What I dislike about it, is the insecurity and comparisons that come along with all of it. There can be a lot of secrets kept in the social media that we have today and ways to hide anything. However, I do believe that truth always comes out in one way or another, therefore, making this accusation isn’t something I tend to have fear or anxiety with in relationships. With it there can be drama, which is something I absolutely despise. I’m not a drama gal but if you have drama, I’ll listen and give you my honest advice but then I’m out of it. I have a way of seeing both sides of a situation wether I have met the other person involved or not, call it a curse but I’ve found to be quite useful. Social media is also a façade of actual real life. There is perfect in most the pictures i see which can in turn makes people think they have the perfect life. It’s a show boat for the life people don’t actually live. (However, there are people out there that have amazing accounts and great lives, we just don’t show the hard parts of our struggles.)
  5. I learn in a different way than other people. A class room is not my place of learning at all. I learn from real life experiences and short bursts of teaching. A class room is very frustrating to me because I can never follow the teacher if the material we are learning about isn’t something I can relate to the real world. Example: Math. It is an ABSOLUTE foreign language to me in the classroom however, if I have time to process, “Why do I need this, what am I looking for, and how is this going to give me the outcome I need in this real life situation?” then I am able to do basic math easily and figure out the formula I need in my head. But in the classroom when the professor teaches something new it all gets lost on me. I have a different way of processing the things I learn and if something is explained to me while I am working on a project, and understand where information came from and how it is needed, I can pick something up pretty quick. I just have to have all the facts of how it can be used and take a step back to think through it.

I hope y’all enjoyed this fun little piece of things you might not know about me. This was a fun one for me to do! I got the idea because my followers on instagram don’t truly see parts of me because i’m behind a screen so this was the perfect opportunity to share a few things you’d probably never guess about a_jacs.

Houston bound

This will be a quick blog only because there’s not much on this topic. Considering I haven’t even gotten to Houston yet or even on the pane. So we’ll just make it short and sweet!

I got my workout in this morning with a bit of Bis and Tris at Mei Fitness. Great thing about the time I went is that there was barely anyone there! However, with the time I had, it was more of a burn out than anything because I was trying to get in and out. But made for a goodie workout.

Let’s jump into my adventure though, essentially, I’m heading to Houston for a training certification with Total Fit. Its a whole wellness approach meaning connecting the body, mind, and spirit as one in fitness. It’ll definitely be an interesting experience! There are two reasons why I’m excited. One, I’m excited because it’s in Houston, one of my top choices in geographic areas to live one day. Two, because this new experience will expand my knowledge in the fitness realm. I’ve always had a hard time in school. Simply because I don’t learn in that type of setting. However, I’m excited because this will be hands on and actually working more so than sitting back and listening.

I’ve always enjoyed working more than school and with this I’ll say that last year while in school I also worked about 40 hours per week. I learned much at this job and did my job pretty well, (don’t wanna hype myself up too much) but I always enjoyed interacting with humans and having set criteria on the job. Dont get me wrong, School is very important and I appreciate the opportunity to be able to go! But as my father pointed out, I enjoyed working much more.

The Houston trip will be a great experience with learning and experiencing new techniques. I will be broadening my horizons and this will potentially help with my future plans. The nerves though are kicking in big time. I will be in a new setting with several different humans that I am not familiar with. The bright side to that though is that I will make new connections and friends.

I’m sitting at the airport 2 hours early, working on this specific blog. Thank goodness for having a drink while writing it! And DO NOT get me wrong, I’m not much for a day drinker, but when you get here 2 hours early and you have nothing better to do but drink and type out a blog you’re gonna just do it, especially when you’ve been stressing about the trip the last 36 hours….

I’m gonna wrap this blog up and try and get some other stuff done before my flight but I just wanted to fill y’all in on where ill be over the next few days. I plan on writing about the experience I have as I’m there in my free time. But I’m not sure how well that’ll go if I’m trying to sight see as well. It’s an adventure so who the heck knows what I”ll be doing!

finding truth in growth

I’ve been in the fitness arena for most of my life. I’ve noticed how competitive it can be. When we are young we can be prone to think working out is mostly about body appearance and beauty. What we do not look at is the simplicity of growing older. We are young!! Why think about the future?

Well because, one day you’ll wake up in your 50’s or 60’s and think where am I? But not in the “what place is this”. It will be the, where am I; emotionally, physically, mentally, spiritually. You may ask yourself, “where has the time gone?’, “Am I happy?”, “Do I have inward peace with myself and those around me?”. And right now you may be asking why is this relevant to me? Well because, what you do now in your 20’s and 30’s, paves the way for when you reach your 50’s and up.

As we grow older life tends to humble us so deeply. You start to look back at things that seemed so important, that is now nonsense. You will think you wasted that time, caring for something of much less importance to you now. But the truth is, we grow older to experience things that matter and in time do not. Our values change, our importance on things, change. Our understanding of situations change, and we are able to apply them. Our lives are spent learning how to love, to be brave, to stand tall in your faith, and how to be a help to others. The lives we live grow like the Redwood Tree. They grow 12 to 24 inches per year, according to an article by Sarah Moore. Reading this made me believe that we are similar due to our constant change, and constant growth. We grow within ourselves and in others, never not learning more about the language of the world.

Looks disappear, it becomes more focused on how you feel. Time slips away so quickly and thats why the now matters. How you take care of yourself now will determine your future. None of us stay young and beautiful. However, beauty isn’t all skin. It’s the heart that really catches the attention of others. Are you building relationships with the people around you? Are you eating what your body needs, nutrition wise? Are you giving your body the exercise that it needs every day? It might not be your passion but doing something, anything, can increase your overall satisfaction within your life.

My goal is to inspire others, as well as to feel comfortable in my own skin. My aspirations also include having a love for something that is so good for me that I can carry throughout life. This is one outlet for all emotions and a way to be healthy in the future. I want to feel good on all levels when that day comes when I am in my 50s. I want to wake up and thank myself for what I have been doing all my life to be where I will be in 30 some years.

I challenge you to think about 5 ways to increase your living now, so that when you grow older you can have the quality of life you deserve. For example, a few changes to make could be, getting more active, drinking more water, eating things that are nutritious, complementing a stranger, or showing love to people around you because, there is a chain reaction when something so simple as a smile happens.

Peace and blessings!!

 

 

LIFE ISN’T PERFECT

Hey guys, these past two weeks has been hectic but great! Let me explain why… I’ve been working on cleaning up my diet, my OCD has kicked in, so the house has been completely clean, I’m back on my regular schedule at the gym, 6 days a week and I’m all set for next semester with classes.

Talk about some craziness. I have a slight version of OCD and when I get into that zone it doesn’t stop, it will go until my body is exhausted and can’t take the stress. If any of y’all have OCD you can understand what I mean. It comes in waves, mostly when I need to keep my mind off things happening in life. We all deal with situations in different ways.

It feels almost as if I can conquer the world when I get into the zone! The house stays insanely clean, i’m in the gym right when I need to be, killing the workouts I think up in my head, I am able to keep up with classes and homework and get ahead. It keeps me focused on my goals, helps me to be on top of my to do list and helps me to keep my mind off unnecessary thoughts.

Another super positive part of where i’m at right now is that i’m starting to realize more of my goals and dreams. I’m starting to put into action the message of Wolfness. I’m preparing ideas and creating content that shares my message. I am so excited!!! I would like for women to see how the world has effected us, with each other and how we can change it one step at a time. We all have naturally beautiful hearts that can be covered up by the masses of hurt we all endure throughout life. We have the ability to change that.

These are all very positive outcomes and what life should be like every day. But let’s be honest, sometimes it doesn’t stay that way, other things in life get in the way of that focus. We get thrown a lot of curve balls that can cause ruckus in our lives, we just have to learn how to avoid getting knocked down.

My OCD also has a negative side to it though. As much as it helps me to finish projects and keep focused there are a few things that I should mention. This condition is a great avoidance mechanism. I mention how I am able to keep my mind off of unwanted thoughts, well that is me avoiding certain things I need to deal with. It inhibits me from fully coming to terms with uncontrollable situations. It’s great for keeping my mood stable, however, I also have a fear with loss of control. And sometimes when I let myself think through situations I feel like I am out of control. This is something I have to work on, and I have been through prayer. However, the OCD comes into play when I feel as if I am completely out of control. So it saves me, yet also disables my ability to deal with situations.

There wasn’t really a “point” to this blog. I just wanted y’all to see that my life gets crazy and we sometimes can’t control every factor. With the zone i’ve been in, I have accomplished much and I am thankful. Whatever you deal with in life, there is always a positive side to the curve balls life can throw your way.

 

 

 

Usual Workout Week

Hey guys! Today I want to chat about my workout splits, week to week. Before I do however, I need to mention that this is what works for me. This might not actually be the best for you and your body however this is what I do and what benefits my body the best. Plus you could always give it a try, and see how it works for you.

I used to have a very unorganized split week and would kinda just go into the gym thinking… “I don’t know what i’m gonna do today”. I mean that was just chaos! I was tired of not knowing what I wanted to do for the day or what my schedule is. So I created one that incorporated 6-7 days each week, alternating between lower body and upper body. If one day I can not make it to the  gym I use that as my rest day, and everything else will move to the next day scheduled. Are there weeks when I can’t make it every day? Yes. However, it all depends on the week and realistically its not always possible to get into the gym that much due to my schedule with school and other responsibilities.

So let’s jump into this.

Monday- ALWAYS leg day! We all know I love my leg workouts. Monday is my heavy day. I’ll up my weight more than normal, while doing lower reps of 6-8.

Tuesday- Shoulders! I go hard on them and really tear down the muscles. I do a mix of light weight high reps vs heavy weight low reps.

Wednesday- Legs! I’ll do light weight high reps.

Thursday- Back day! I’ll do the same that I do for shoulders, a mix of light weight high reps and heavy weight low reps.

Friday- Final leg day! Mix high weight low reps with low weight high reps.

Saturday- Biceps, triceps & chest! I tend to up my weight every week just a little bit.

Sunday- This is generally my rest day, however if I miss a day during the week this will be the make up day.

You might be thinking that training lower body 3 times a week is crazy, however I have to put in a lot more work to reach my goals. I started training legs that amount a few months back when I could see the results in my upper body but not in my lower body. So, I decided to add another lower body day to my week. I had only been training legs 2 times per week because  I’ve always been advised to “do it this way”, however the results I’ve gotten have proven to me that this training schedule works best for my body.

It’s always good to test out safely what works best for your body keeping in mind that if you are going to be intensifying your workouts, that also keeping up with your protein intake and overall nutrition is very important. My ability to get into the gym also comes from Mei Fitness being a 24 hour fitness center. So, there is no excuses in not being able to go in and get your grind on at any time in the 24 hours we have in a day!

Sooo, GET TO GRINDING YALL!

How Deep Does Your Ocean Go?

So guys, this post is very personal to me. Very raw. I have a lot of emotions about this and it’s something that several men and women deal with every day. I think this post is something I feel I need to write because it weighs on my heart and ties into my fitness journey a bit.

This post can also tie to men as well but I will speak to the ladies out there because that is the only perspective I know.

Ladies, have you ever felt remotely disappointed in someone coming to you and telling you how hot you are or how perfect you are because it seems that that person only sees your skin? I mean let’s be honest, everyone see’s the skin first and decides if that person is attractive to them. That’s a natural human reaction. However, when someone walks up to you and says “Wow, your body is amazing, you’re so hot.” another natural reaction, is a fleeting moment of pride. But for me it turns into sadness. This is because I want to be seen for my heart. I have a big heart that has been let down more times than I can count. I am careful about who I give my heart to in friendships, significant others, and anyone who walks into my life.

I want to be seen for my heart because looks go away. Beauty and fitness levels go down. However, the heart and soul of a person is a beautiful mess that sticks to someone with deeper levels than the skin. The ocean is a good metaphor in this situation. The ocean is deep, with many levels. Creatures live in the different depths of the ocean. This is similar to the human heart and soul. Creatures live in each level of that heart and soul. Although, to see those parts of a person is like pealing back an onion, you have to get through the pain of that stinging in your eyes to be able to cook it into the meal you are making.

The disappointment I feel when men come to me to say such things might be dramatic for some people to hear me speak in this way. But I can tell you it has brought me down in several situations. Part of this is because I have a deep respect for myself and for others. I have worked for every gain in my muscles and I do not ever take that lightly. I can be hard on myself and criticize everything about my body. Which I have found to be very destructive to myself. It can be difficult to hear a man say how hot you are and how much they want to see you body when you know that is not your top asset. You wish the thing they were seeing was the ocean inside of you. And being asked to see your body is a level of disrespect and disregard to how that woman might react to that request.

The amount of pressure in our generation and society tears us as humans apart in several ways. In a relationship, women throw everything at a man who simply doesn’t appreciate the woman in the way they had been created to be appreciated. Now men this goes for you all as well. Men can be seen for their bodies and not their heart as they wish it could be. It’s an all around the world problem. We are all visual creatures. However, the normality of asking to see something so private when you have very little information of people asking, is unfathomable. I think its hard now a days because trust is hard to come by.

In many ways this connects to my fitness journey/love. One reason being that Mei Fitness has dwindled several anxious thoughts while I’m there. The focus I speak about while in the southport location of Mei is very important to me. Those day
s when I’m thrown off guard by a comment of some sorts I am able to go in and zone out the world around me and lift the weights while music blasting. I can cut out the negative thoughts that had clouded my mind and blow into my workout without being distracted. The negative thoughts drip away in the sweat that comes off my brow with each weight I lift. It’s a relief of all things, never a chore.

Ladies you were never made to “fall in line”. You are precious and worth more than life. I tell you my struggles because it’s something I’ve had to deal with and know there are several more out there that might feel the same. I am deeper than skin and I have an ocean inside of me that I know will be seen by someone special.

 

 

YOGA = FRESH START

Flexibility. One of my worst and weakest parts of being in the gym…. However, I’ve been working on changing that. There are several positives for flexibility and stretching in general. Although for me, yoga did the trick.

I love yoga. Its relaxing and surprisingly challenging. I went through a really rough time a while back with a
bunch of personal life problems and started doing yoga. I had worn myself down from being in the gym so much, my immune system was so low to the point where I was sick for about a month with some good days. So this is when I got into yoga. I went to a small juice/yoga shop in Greenwood Indiana where I met an amazing lady who became a confidant and friend. She had told me yoga might be something I should look into, with everything going on and my immune system being so low. At first I hated the idea because I could get my stress out at the gym and I didn’t wanna lose anything that I had gained. Well, my better judgement told me I needed to slow down or else I’d be doing more damage to myself than good if I had kept up the rate I had been going.

I stopped going to the gym for a while and started doing some yoga. The first time I walked out of that studio, I had felt like a huge weight lifted from my shoulders and for once in a while I had been relaxed. I Kept going for a while and learned some new moves. I gained more flexibility and felt better than ever. Once I got back into the gym my body had had enough time to heal and rejuvenate. My body was able to withstand more physical stress and lift heavier weights. My core had gotten much stronger as well! Let me tell y’all, yoga really did the trick.

Now that I’m back in my home gym at Mei Fitness on southport I don’t have as much time for yoga in the studio with an instructor. Thankfully though, this fitness center has a beautiful studio room where I can still practice my moves and find peace in yoga.

I can go long periods with no stretching which I figure, isn’t the best of habits. I’ve committed myself to practice in Mei’s yoga studio each week, at least 3 times along with my workouts. I want to gain more flexibility in my fitness journey. For one I will gain more strength along with less possibility for an injury. My mental and physical performance will improve by miles.

I challenge anyone who has not tried yoga to do so! you won’t regret it at all. I know if I hadn’t tried yoga in the time that I needed it I would be in a different place. I probably wouldn’t have found my motivation or drive to get after my dreams. I am sure I wouldn’t have been able to get back on the horse and ride harder than before. I’d beaten the hell out of that horse and was exhausted. Yoga saved me. To be honest I could be more proud of where I have come. I’ve driven hard and become stronger. Not only physically but mentally as well. I know what I want and I know I’ll get there.

 

I AM STRONG, I AM IMPORTANT, AND I AM BEAUTIFUL IN ME

The most difficult body part for me to build up are my glutes. Is there anyone else out there with that problem? You see, I get so frustrated sometimes because I look at all the beautiful gals on instagram and twitter and think, “Why can I not build these buns faster than its going?”. I let my insecurities of other people all over the internet, get in my way of what I know to be true of myself and what my goals are. Any other ladies out there feel that way?! I mean come on… we all have a type of envy for another woman’s body. It’s natural in this society today. Some days can be worse than others, but it doesn’t change the fact that your goals are only yours and you have complete control over how you accomplish those goals.

When I started going to Mei Fitness at the Southport location, my workouts got better. Reasons being I could focus completely on my goals in the gym and what I wanted out of myself and my body. I know I talk a lot about Mei but like I said, Mei has made my goals much easier to reach.

Lets me just talk about the 8 different squat racks they have for a second. These racks have mirrors that stretch alll the way down the wall. For me this is a number one plus because I get to watch my form and make sure what I’m doing is correct. And the 4 plat forms?! May I just say I have been to Planet Fitness, Get Fit Gym, and LA Fitness and not one has such beautiful platforms. Or platforms at that. Not EVEN 8 racks!! Like geez oh Pete, we all know how busy the gym gets at rush hour! Oh! And not to mention the 6 different types of leg presses…. each other gym I have been to had maybe two to three different types. Let me finish this rant by saying: ladies, if you’re looking to build up those glutes Mei is the place to do it. Men, we know you like gaining the booty and legs up as well so get in there and check it out.

So okay, I kinda told y’all earlier how I had insecurities. Every woman and man has insecurities. If you don’t, you’re a superhuman. End of story. But for me I tend to let the world decide what and how I should look. What I have learned is that no amount of media or what I hear is the ideal look for a woman, is going to sway how I feel when I look in the mirror. Something that has helped me when I’m feeling low and down about my body  is, “you are strong, you are important, and you are beautiful.” It may sound cheesy but sometimes it really helps. Although, more so than not, the gym does the trick for me. It’s a therapy session and a mood booster in so many ways.

Ladies and gents, DO NOT let the world decide how you should act, feel, and be. Don’t let the world decide what the perfect ideal is for what’s okay and not. Who you are and what you look like is not the worlds decision. Feel good in your skin, feel good in who YOU are. Look in the mirror and know you are unique in your own ways and know that that is beautiful.

 

 

 

2019. Bring It On!

We all make goals for the new year. We want to make better decisions and create something that will stick with us through the year. Sometimes they do, sometimes they don’t. Its a hit or miss, and really all depends on the dedication you throw into that goal.

For some of of you and for me its to get into better shape. Now, you might be thinking what the heck A_Jacs, you are in shape!! But there is always more to do. There is always some way to improve.

Mei Fitness makes it easy to stay motivated throughout the year and reach your goals. The price can’t be beat for the service you get! Including tanning! Talk about convenient.

Resolutions can be very frustrating to me if I’m being completely honest. I’ve watched and listened to people all my life saying what they are going to do in the coming year or what they are going to change. The  one thing I have observed is that most of those people do not do as they say or change what was mentioned. That’s the problem for me, with resolutions.

There isn’t much commitment to such sayings. However, telling people who will keep you accountable in such areas that target your specific resolution is very important.

For me I have people everywhere to keep me accountable in my specific resolution of growing in my fitness lifestyle. Making it to the gym when I don’t feel like hitting the weights, as well as actually recording different exercises to reflect on and even post on my social media, which is in fact a big struggle for me.

Even though resolutions are a way to start something new, think of the resolution as a goal to reach. As well as a lifestyle to begin instead of something that comes around every year. This mindset has helped me make strides and improvements towards my goals, ultimately establishing a deep passion for the fitness community.

So bring on the new year with a good support system behind you to help achieve your set goals. Dont be afraid of the challenge that lies ahead, nor failing because in every failure there is success.

Thank y’all for reading, enjoy your New Years!!