As most of you know, last week I went to California for a mini 4-day vacation and it was PERFECT. I got to run by the beach as I kept strong on my 10K training, to go bike riding, spend quality time with my husband and of course, eat delicious food! Overall, we had 4 VERY active days (35k steps on day 1).
Happy Sunday! I hope you’ll had an amazing weekend 🙂
I’ve been getting lots of questions lately about how I got started with my Instagram and Blog, so I decided to finally share with you how everything started and my life changing story with you’ll 🙂
THE OLD SHEINA
Growing up I was always a tall “skinny” girl. I started playing volleyball when I was 8-years old and my life was always about volleyball practices, laps around the gym, workouts, agility trainings, and tournaments. LOVED every second of it!
Even though I was an athlete for almost my entire life, my eating habits were not the best. Cookies, soda, candy and fried foods were big part of my daily eating routine. The years went by and in 2009 I received a full-schorlaship to come play college volleyball in a Junior College in Liberal, KS. When I first arrived in the United States I was overwhelmed by all the food options, and how much cheaper they were compared to Brazil. Even practicing 5 days a week for approximatly 3 hours a day, by end of November I had gained a little over 10 LBS (can’t remember for sure).
Few weeks ago, more exactly on April 22nd, I had the pleasure to be part of the second INDULGE KC event, founded by Sarah Buchanan (the BEST cycling instructor). The INDULGE is the perfect combination of inspirational speeches, workouts, healthy foods, and positive vibes. The goal is to create a day where woman come together to put themselves first, define their own balance, and feel like BADASS BABE WARRIORS.
To me, INDULGE was more than just a fitness event. It was a day full of inspiring and positive words that encouraged me to believe in my dreams (even more), and to have the strengths to pursue them.
INDULGE KC 2017
The event was held at the Freight House Fitness (one of coolest boot camp space I’ve seen) and we were welcome with healthy treats from Unbakery Juicery including their delicious protein balls, Rawxies bars, and warm coffee.
The event started with few words from REbel,a student driven, peer education and prevention program that focus on helping people with body image issues. LOVE yourself, LOVE your body. That was the main message of the speech. We discussed how the society and social media are negatively affecting people and making them believe they are not good enough.
But, by the end of the speech I realized that WE ARE ENOUGH! We just need to create a “positivity bubble” around by accepting compliments and learning to saying THANK YOU, complimenting people not only based on their appearance, focusing on our internal well being, and the most important one, saying something good about ourselves everyday!
The next speaker was the event creator, Sarah Buchanan. She is a woman with a strong personality. I first talked Sarah through Instagram DM, but when we first met I could already fell her “good energy”. I loved her message! She talked about passion, going after our dreams, and doing what makes you happy. If someone says you can’t do something, then ask yourself “WHY NOT?”. We need to set our goals, take action, and achieve them no matter what other people might think of it! Prove to yourself you are capable of anything you set your mind to do. Thanks for the great message Sarah 🙂
Next we heard from Diana Davis, a Kansas city marathon runner and Lululemon’s store manager. Her message was great. She spoke about life goals, the importance of writing them down, and a few steps we need to take to accomplish them. My favorite part of her speech was when she asked us to close our eyes and visualize our lives in the next 3-5 years. Then we wrote down how we felt in that situation, who was around us, and what surprised us the most about our vision. It was a simple exercise, but it helped me realize where I want to be with my life and the steps I need to take reach my happiness.
Towards the end we heard from Hailee Bland-Walsh. She is the owner and founder of City Gym, a former professional soccer player, and motivational speaker. It was one of the most inspiring speeches I’ve heard. She started off with a very strong statement, “BALANCE IS BULL SHIT”. What? I’ve always said that balance is everything! But then, I started to understand her message. Hailee explained that when you have passion for something or a project you really want to achieve, you CAN NOT have balance. To be successful and to reach your dreams, you have to put all you have into it until you reach them. As she said, to have balance you have to be perfect, and that is impossible. I loved her message. She made me rethink about my actions and what and who deserves my time and love.
Besides all the motivational words, we also had outdoor boxing workout by Title Boxing Club, boot camp circuit by Freight House Fitness, and finished with an yoga+ stretching class by Power Life Yoga. Also the INDULGE staff took the time, reached out to our emergency contacts, and ask them to write what they admire about us. Then, during Shavasana, the INDULGE staff read all the love messages out loud to us. What a perfect ending!
I had a blast, and I am so glad I was able to attend it ( my weekend trip got cancelled 2 days before the event).