How Did Yoga Change Our Lives?

4 months ago my son and I discovered Yoga. I knew that the gym was not for me and I hated any form of exercise that caused sore muscles or pain (like that’s even possible lol). But I made a decision to improve my health for my family and I, and that meant starting to move my body at night and getting into some sort of work out routine that would help me lose the weight and stay fit. I initially started doing yoga to lose weight but then it became a form of exercise and meditation to bond with my son. I’m a working mom on a budget so I found that coming home late afternoon and spending 30 minutes doing yoga without spending a dime, needing any equipment or leaving my son, wasn’t so bad after all. I knew that anything that resembled the gym was not for me so I was willing to try yoga in hopes I would like it and stick to it in the long run. It was either go all in or go home! ūüôā

We never tried yoga before but after reading the “Happy Vegan” book by Russell Simmons I was very inspired and motivated to try this new form of exercise. I wasn’t sure if my son would join me in my new yoga journey but I thought I’ll give it a try and see what happens.

We started doing the 21 day yoga extreme work out at least once every other day. When I started 4 months ago, I weighed 202 pounds. That’s pretty heavy for a 28 year old that is only 5ft¬†tall. I remember going on instagram one day to check out what other yogis were doing and how they started but all I kept seeing was these skinny women doing yoga. That wasn’t stopping me from trying though. If anything it motivated me to push myself and move my body in ways I thought I never would. I was not going to let my weight be an obstacle.

The first few weeks were pretty rough. I couldn’t do any of the yoga poses, my breathing was off, I was getting tired half way through the video, some days I couldn’t even finish the video, and I wasn’t able to keep my balance. I was having a hard time processing this new work out routine. I wasn’t even sure if yoga was really helping me with agility or muscle strength¬†but I kept doing it every other day. One positive thing that I did notice right away was my 4 year old showing a lot of interest in yoga. Although I struggled, he was very good at it. He would practice with me at night and at times he would even encourage me to keep going. When I couldn’t do the yoga pose, my son would show me the pose and say “Mommy, you can do it…like this”. That was my motivation. I kept pushing myself every time I did yoga. Practicing with my son really bonded us in a way that I never thought possible. That’s when we decided to try doing some yoga poses together.

In a few weeks I started seeing a lot of progress. I was more flexible, I was finishing the entire video without so much struggle, I would even do most of the yoga poses in the video. Recently my son and I started practicing doing more of the advanced poses together. We fall, laugh, get up again and try each pose one more time to perfect it, although it is never perfect. We actually enjoy our yoga routine and we look forward to trying something new every night.

Now I weigh 184 lbs and my son and I have developed a new love for yoga. Who would think this 28 year old mommy who is “overweight” (but super healthy)¬†and¬†hated working out would learn yoga?! This experience has taught me:

  • Expose your kids to as many sports and physical activities as you can. You don’t know what may catch their interest and may¬†develop into something that they grow to love and be very passionate about when they get older.
  • Never limit yourself regardless of your upbringing, weight or even gender type. We should always go with our intuition and do what feels right. Who cares what anyone thinks?¬†
  • Everything takes time but while you’re struggling DO NOT give up! I’m still not even close to being a yoga expert but that’s ok. I’m learning new yoga poses daily. I still struggle to do the more advanced ones but I practice everyday to get better at it. What matter is that you’re still trying and that you’re progressing.

I highly recommend that any mom out there that has a busy schedule and kids to raise takes 30 minutes of their time to try this new work out. Don’t wait for a perfect set up or a perfect time to get started. You should try yoga at home with your kids to get them involved and to give you the opportunity to bond with them after a long day of work. Not only would you feel great after working out but you would also show your kids how important it is to persevere in every situation, and to always take care of their bodies because that’s the fuel to life.

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Toxic Lifestyle to Green Lifestyle

If the skin is the most important organ on our body, shouldn’t we do a better job protecting it from harmful and toxic products? Yes we should!

In 4 months I eliminated all toxic skin and cleaning products from our home. I learned that all the products I was using had parabens, alcohol, coloring, and even meat derived chemicals. I did some research on this because I thought one day, “If I’m watching what food goes into my body, shouldn’t I watch the products I use on my skin and what I inhale everyday into my body?” Of course! It made a lot sense to learn what products were chemical free so I can start replacing harmful products with green products.

How¬†did I transform my toxic lifestyle to a green lifestyle? ¬†I took drastic measures. This transformation took a lot of research, time, and commitment. I knew I wanted my family and I to be heathy but I really didn’t know where to start or how to do it on a budget.

Before my family and I started our green journey, we were very oblivious to what ingredients were in our hair, skin and cleaning products. I never questioned it because I really wasn’t health conscience and I used to buy whatever smelled and felt good on my skin. I’ve¬†always suffered from skin rashes because my skin is extra sensitive so I resorted to “hypo-allergenic” products. Even If I looked at the ingredients, I wouldn’t even know what half of the chemicals were. I didn’t think to question the big companies that were distributing these products and labeling them as “safe”. Why would I?

That naive mentality had my family and I using harmful products with ingredients that could cause cancer, diseases and all sorts of sickness down the road. I shouldn’t have assumed and should have done my research a long time ago. It’s never too late though to educate yourself and start taking action.

So one day after reading an article on parabens and carcinogenic compounds in hair and skin products, I decided to go into my bathroom and kitchen closet to evaluate every single product that I had. Sadly, EVERY product I used up to that point had some sort of chemical in them so I threw all of them in the garbage. That was the day I made a promise to myself to NEVER allow those products back in my home. I was very angry with myself for not knowing better and doing better sooner. This is where my journey began. What I did for the next 90 days was:

  • Research all organic skin, cosmetic and cleaning products
  • Spend countless amount of hours watching informative videos on toxic products
  • Replaced all toxic products ¬†with organic, chemical free products

What products did I start buying?


  • Coconut oil for body and and face lotion
  • Honest organic powder
  • Coconut and oil based deodorant
  • Essential oils for allergies, colds and improve moods
  • All natural lip balm

I now use these products as part of my morning routine.

For cleaning products, I started buying all Honest products since their products are plant based.


Check out this list on chemicals we should look out for in our skin and cosmetic products:


All it takes is making 1 decision and following through. You won’t regret it.

ARK Mommy



Our Journey to a Healthy Lifestyle

It all started one night in January 2016 when my husband showed me an interview of Russell Simmons at the 105.1 radio station. Up to that moment, my husband and I were struggling with real weight issues and I was having a hard time with:

  1. Focusing on what I wanted to do
  2. Skin issues
  3. Lack of energy or motivation to work out or be active in any way
  4. A lazy attitude (watched a lot of TV because it was the only thing that felt good at that time)
  5. Addiction to Sugar
  6. Bad eating habits
  7. Change of moods
  8. Lack of good sleep                                                                                                                                     *If you answered yes to any of the points above, keep reading and take action after!*

For months I had been thinking that something had to change but I had no idea where to start, what to do or how to really make a true commitment to my wellness. So I watched the Russell Simmons interview and I almost felt like he was talking to me. Everything he said resonated with me, from how the food made us feel to how exercise impacted our body and mind. I was intrigued by the interview. Finally something just clicked.

I started reading the “Happy Vegan” book (which is amazing) but I started asking myself many questions about the food I was eating. For the next 2 weeks, I spent countless amount of hours watching documentaries, youtube videos, reading articles on Facebook and reading books on my kindle about a FRUIT & PLANT BASED DIET. I became somewhat obsessed (ask my husband LOL). It felt like I finally solved a puzzle or solved a big mystery.

Now I understood why I was feeling the way I was. You see, I blamed everything and everyone for my unhealthy lifestyle. If I didn’t blame my husband, I would blame my IUD, lack of time, lack of money, or being “TOO BUSY” because I was a mom. I made so many excuses for my poor eating habits but the real answer was that I wasn’t aware what a healthy lifestyle consisted of or what REAL FOOD even was. I finally took the time to really educate myself on health and the results of our eating habits on our body and minds. Folks, ignorance is NOT bliss. When you don’t know better, you don’t do better. For once, I felt like I was on the right path to a healthy lifestyle.

You see, all my life I always thought that I was eating healthy. I followed the food chains that they thought us in school and the ones our parents followed. I never really questioned it because why should we question our schools and parents when they know what’s best for us? I was wrong. They think they know what’s best for us just like I thought I knew what was best for my son when it came to nutrition. We just didn’t know better and we didn’t educate ourselves to do better. Since my son was born, my only mission as a Mom was to feed him healthy foods so he can grow up to be a very active and healthy boy. I did all the right things when he was a baby. I never fed him canned or jar food and he ate lots of fruit and vegetable purees I made myself with the baby bullet. I never really bought any junk (well I thought it wasn’t junk at that time) and I made healthy meals for him that consisted mostly of meat, rice and salad. His snacks were mostly granola bars and fruit cups. Little did I know that the “healthy” food I was giving him was actually sugar addicting foods with very little nutrition for him. And let’s not even get into what I was doing to be “healthy”. I was always following these intense diets to lose weight which resulted in a weight war for years (another post will talk more about my diets in more detail).

What did we do with all this new information on¬†REAL Foods? We took massive action. I took charge of my family’s health from that day on, one day at a time. I removed all the junk from our household (including store bought juices), we stopped eating meat & poultry, we became vegetable and fruit juicers, we removed all processed foods and white breads from our diets, and I began to feed my family LOTS of fruits, vegetables, and grains. Not only that, we started to watch what we put on our bodies and what skin/cleaning products we were using. Turned out everything we used was VERY toxic for us. A green lifestyle was also on the horizon for us.

In a short period of time I saw such a huge difference in my family. We become more active and focused, our moods changed, and we were enjoying the healthy foods we were eating. My husband and I are losing weight and my son is super fit from all the healthy foods and juices we consume daily. My relationship with food is no longer negative. And I look forward to cooking now (I was one of those moms that hated cooking and was too busy to come home early to cook for her family). Life looks so different now.

I AM¬†a committed mommy to her family’s health and wellness. What a great feeling moms! If you’re going through some of these issues in your family, get inspired and motivated to make a change. And when you do decide to make that change, NEVER LOOK BACK. It will be the best decision you have ever made. I promise you!

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