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New Me, No Excuses

So, I turned 31 over a month ago. I wasn’t feeling so good and I had to take some time to reset & heal. I dedicated two full weeks to getting healthy & back on track. I spent the time back home, in San Diego, where I saw my doctor, my dentist, my hairdresser & my trainers (and family & friends, of course).
Working in the airline industry, time literally flies. Before you know it, things in life can fall out of integrity and affect your overall well-being. Seeing my doctor made a huge difference for me, my dentist brought my smile back to life, and my hairdresser & trainers sent me back to Philadelphia looking & feeling like a new woman.
I worked hard and attended classes five nights a week at NXPT (No Excuses Personal Training) in San Diego. I met Dan and Richie back in May 2012. I was instantly attracted to their style of teaching & the unique workouts they offered. The guys are so charismatic and so much fun. They really care about their clients and about getting them results. It’s evident that they absolutely love what they do. They’ve actually been voted the best Boot Camp in San Diego two years in a row.

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I was the healthiest I had ever known myself to be that summer. I changed my eating habits, my social habits (I even quit smoking), and I was in amazing shape. Over the past year & a half, since becoming a flight attendant (& being away from that environment), I found it challenging to keep up with my new (healthy) habits…
So, I’m making it a point to get myself back to where I want to be. The guys hooked me up with a 21 day supply of Herbalife shakes & Proven Nutrition supplements for weight loss & muscle recovery (which they sell in-house).

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After two weeks of consistent training, I lost close to 5 pounds! It was a great start… I’m only 5’1″, so, five pounds makes a huge difference.

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As a bonus, I got to experience this all with my mom & sister, who are also members at NXPT and big fans of the guys, too.

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Since returning to flying, I’ve been pretty good with working out on my own. Of course I took a little “turkey” break for Thanksgiving, but I’m back in my routine now. Since this isn’t a health and fitness blog, I’m not going to document my progress through my posts, but I’m hoping my progress will show itself through my pictures…

For more information about NXPT, Herbalife and Proven Nutrition supplements, & health tips, head to nxptfit.com and subscribe to their newsletter.

Special thanks to Dan, Richie and the entire staff at NXPT for all that you do. You guys are so inspiring and you are definitely my favorite trainers in the whole wide world!

I’d also like to acknowledge my hairdresser of 16 years, Brisa Ramirez. After all these years, your magic still amazes me. You are a true artist & I love my hair. Thank you! If you’re in California, you can contact Brisa here.

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Thank you all for reading along. I wish you all a happy, healthy holiday season & new year up ahead! Do you have any resolutions that you’re putting in place before 2015?

The “Atmosphere” in San Diego

After over a month of being away from home, I finally got the chance to return to America’s Finest City. San Diego will always be my favorite place on Earth. It’s where my friends & family are, it’s where my roots run deep. It’s home & there’s no place like home.
It was a short visit, and I wanted to squeeze in as much as I possibly could.
It started with dinner with my family. Then, I spent the night with a good friend at her beautiful home. I woke up to a gorgeous view of the Pacific Ocean and a delicious breakfast. I had lunch with a pal, dinner with friends & family & (thanks to the amazing guys at Rhymesayers Entertainment) I spent the evening at House of Blues San Diego for the North of Hell Tour, featuring Dem Atlas, Prof, and Atmosphere!
I brought Val along (who you met in my Amsterdam post). She loves any live music & she’s always good company. I knew we were in for a good night.

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When we get inside, Prof is rocking the stage. Looks like we missed Dem Atlas, darn it! It’s Val’s first time at HOB, so, we make our way around & check the view from different angles. We choose a spot near the merch booth, off to the side of the stage. That’s when I see Josh. He’s Prof’s tour manager. I met Josh at the G&E show in Boston and I’ve seen him at a few other shows since.

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Prof is charismatic & comedic. He definitely has the crowd’s attention. It’s apparent that his music is well-known in San Diego. Everyone is cheering him on & singing along. He announces that he’ll be signing merchandise & posing for photos after the show. If you’ve read any of my previous posts, you know that I love & respect artists who take the time to do that!
Now it’s time for the main event… when Ant, Bill & Slug take their places in the spotlight, the crowd goes insane. Atmosphere has sold out every California show…and San Diego is proud to be the first in their Golden State run! We give the guys a welcome as warm as our (perfect) year-round weather. They reciprocate with a flawless performance!
Hitting us with classics & new favorites from their rather extensive catalogue, Atmosphere is metaphorically telling us, “Thanks for stopping by San Diego!” And like the legendary Ron Burgundy, these guys are “kind of a big deal!”

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The energy is on point & the message behind the music is fitting for a crowd that loves diversity. In SD, we have it all within our reach… beautiful beaches, mountains, snow, dessert, amusement parks…& even Mexico. The guys are a perfect fit with their wide range. They can make you scream, bob your head, pump your first, laugh, contemplate life, and connect with one another.

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Thank you, Atmosphere for your dedication throughout the years. San Diego knows you & loves you. We’ve been rockin’ with you since way back. Come see us more often!

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Towards the end of the show, Slug announces that he knows “where the f*ck he’s at,” and how “he knows he can’t leave without a freestyle.” Dem Atlas & Prof return to the stage & the guys go at it! San Diego goes nuts!
With references to our city, the guys grasp our attention. They got us roaring with Anchorman references and with personalized lines. It cracks me up when Slug ends the cipher with “I just hope the Vikings beat the Chargers!” The crowd doesn’t know whether to laugh, to cheer, or to boo. Haha. It’s great. His response, “I told you mother f*ers I’d keep it real with you. Don’t hate me for being a good friend.” Boom! Love him!

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I realized that there’s nothing like catching a show in your home town… Every time the performer mentions your city’s name, you can’t help but scream. When they flip their lyrics to personalize them to their current location, you are elated & you rep your residence!
To me, there’s nothing like hip hop, nothing like live music, and there’s nothing like catching your favorite artists in the city you call home!

You stay classy, San Diego!

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* Special Thanks to Ashanti Abdullah and the staff at Rhymesayers Entertainment for allowing me access to this amazing show!

Get your tickets for a show near you and purchase Atmosphere’s latest release, Southsiders here!

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