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Cari Li got to talk to Judy Arazoza of Grateful Fitness about the importance of midlife fitness, table manners and gratitude! Join her Free 5-Day Fat Loss Fixer starting January 15th: http://bit.ly/5_DayFatLossFixer Get in touch with Judy: Website: www.judyarazoza.com Instagram: @judyarazoza Facebook: Grateful Fitness Here’s a quick summary of the interview: Growing up in Rochester, New York, being the youngest of 8 she talks about her experience with synchronised swimming and gymnastic. Judy shares the sweet story of how her and her husband Eduardo met. How she managed to run a business, keep to workouts and eat well even with 4 kids. How she transitioned from cardio to weight training. The importance for weight training especially for women over 50 to build bone density. Switching to mindful eating and how each woman’s diet is different. Why she decided to leave the competitive lifestyle. How she keeps her priorities in line…

“Is it going to make me big?” is the first question I always get from my female clients when the topic of weightlifting comes up. To be honest, it’s quite disappointing and I wish it was “is it healthy / good for me?” If lifting weights is a resource that improves your quality of life, how important are the aesthetics of it? Yes, I understand… it’s always nice to look good but I don’t think you see how much the benefits of lifting outweigh the chances of you getting big. See, lifting helps women burn fat more efficiently, increase their bone density, reduce stress and anxiety, improve sleep, control cravings, balance hormones… I can go on and on. You want to know more details, read this article –> Asian Women Don’t Need to be Small!  Let’s talk about “getting big”… Maybe you see how a male friend of yours gained…

As a personal trainer for over 7 years, with most of my clients being Asian. It surprises me to still find that in 2017, women in Asia are still believing that lifting weights makes them big. Big, as in looking like the Hulk.  I’ve spent the last two weeks in my home, Singapore, an extremely trendy country that loves having the latest fashion and technology. However, even with the current international fitness trend there are many women who are unaware or have misconceptions about lifting weights.  During my trip home, I was surprised at how many in my generation came to me personally to clarify misconceptions that somehow they knew didn’t make sense, so here I am clarifying all this for you ladies in Asia.  LIFTING WEIGHTS DOES NOT MAKE YOU BIG. Instead, here’s what lifting does for a woman… It’s more efficient for fat loss than cardio is. I…

“Truly powerful women don’t explain why they want respect. They simply don’t engage those who don’t give it to them.”- unknown The one main element that every woman has is the power of her own independence. Independence breeds strength, courage, and the ability to achieve any desire that we have, and to overcome the fear of anyone telling us that we can’t. Independence is a state of mind that is built inside each one us, but sometimes we women don’t always see that. We struggle to understand what exactly that means and if society will look negatively at us for it. The answer to that is a both yes and no. There will always be that negative surrounding in your life that you can’t always avoid, but you can always grow stronger from. That is when we women need to stand by each other and look past the negative, toxic…

In this interview with Suraya we discuss her experience of moving from the peaceful mountains of the Sacred Valley in Peru to the hustling and bustling city of Singapore. She shares how she found yoga, her space in the busy city, how she meditates and her new found skill of Gong-ing. Show Notes: 01:05 – Suraya Sam’s background Follow her on Instagram @thesurayasam 04:09 – How she found yoga 06:45 – Starting her own yoga studio Strala Yoga  08:00 – From the Mountains of Peru to the Skyscrapers of Singapore The difference of doing yoga in each place 09:40 – How to meditate using a yoga bolster Manduka Yoga Bolster 13:08 – Setting Intentions 14:14 – Challenges as a female entreprenuer 17:20 – Tips for finding your space in a busy environment 20:00 – Suraya’s Personal Project — Using her voice! 21:28 – Becoming a Gong-ster & Meditating with Sound 25:45 -…

I’ve never been into fashion or makeup. In fact, for a long period of my life, I was scornful of feminine or “girly” things. I wasn’t exactly thrilled with what society expects from women, wasn’t comfortable with the way we are sexualized or diminished by a myriad of little things. Pants not having real pockets. Clothing sizes that don’t make sense. Fashions that do a 180 every three months. Uncomfortable shoes that slow me down. Being cold all the time. Haircuts that require a lot of fluffing and gel, which don’t work for my thick, super-straight hair. And bigger things, like being asked “if I can really carry all that” or being told to “smile more.” I’m still not excited about any of that. But after a few years of furtively buying men’s clothing, cutting my hair very (very) short, and avoiding the mall, I found that I still hadn’t…

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent “- Eleanor Roosevelt The quote from Eleanor Roosevelt speaks volumes. It holds true today as it did than, and it should be ingrained in the minds of girls and women everywhere. The future is ours and we need to own it. We need to take what Eleanor Roosevelt said those many years ago, and continue to strengthen our minds and never let anyone tell us we can’t accomplish our dreams. The world has changed and is still changing, and women are going to be at the forefront of these changes; and we need to continuously evolve and work together. On January 21st, 2017, there was a historic march that took place (FYI: this is not a political post). This was a march that took place ALL over the world, in 7 continents, estimated at around 4.6 million people globally and…