The Hard Core Truth: You Need to Fail To Advance

July 22, 2014

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'Sup Hunnies?

There I am. ...Again pre-shower, high pony tail, post-sweat beads. Like it. Love it. Want some more of it.

Before we get super deep and serious, look at the health that happened over the weekend...

YES. That is a beer. YES. That is a corndog...WHAT. THE. FUCK.

...But we went to Coney Island, baby!

It was mandatory to eat like shit! ...It's also worth mentioning the fact that I had a colossal double-scooped ice cream cone (unfortunately not pictured) while I watched Honey Buns get launched a million feet into the air on a ride otherwise known as "Slingshot." Let's just say ice cream was the way to go...HB would beg to differ. <wink wink>. He thoroughly enjoyed getting launched.

...Speaking of the devil...HERE HE IS in all his White Castle glory. This was, of course, inhaled post-hotdogs and post-Slingshot. HB was very happy about this.

...We got back home, showered to the third power, then vegetated on the couch the whole rest of the eve. It was fabulous. Likewise, I hope all of your eyeballs had THRILLING WEEKENDS...But now it's already Tuesday, so you should be back in the game ready to fuck shit up this week. Comprende?

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Today I want to talk about ADVANCING. 

Definition:

ad·vance·ment noun \əd-ˈvan(t)-smənt\


: the act of moving forward

: the act or result of making something better, more successful, etc.

: the act of being raised to a higher rank or position

Don't we all want to advance in some way?

Whether it be at work - get a promotion, get paid more dolla dolla bill$, get more clients, expand our business, help more people - Or personally - learn more, get healthier, get happier - Or physically - lose weight, eat healthier, get stronger, get faster, lift heavier weights, increase mobility, flexibility, etc. Whatever it might be doesn't our world go-round because of this incessant drive to improve the quality of our life? Maybe not for everyone, but I only think that is because they don't believe they can do better - it's something they don't yet see in themselves, but it's in ALL human beings - the ability to do better.

So the question is - HOW do we get better?

The ANSWER: We FAIL.

And I know this might be hard to believe, but I FAIL ALL THE FUCKING TIME.

Imagine that.

When I do Pilates, Crossfit, and, yeah, even when I teach! I am human. 

Although I often post annoying photos of me doing crazy ass shit with my body (and my technique is fabulous) - I have days where even the simplest of movements are a challenge. I will show you. I have many weaknesses - lack of mobility in my shoulders and thoracic spine, tightness and weakness in my side body, I failed all but 2 of my snatches @ a measly 63# on Saturday (and have bruises to prove it), and I have really slow footwork in my jerks to name just a few things I suck at right now. Depending on the day, I'll get upset, but it also gives me motivation and something to work toward.

The first thing you need to understand is that the process of ADVANCEMENT is UNCOMFORTABLE as shit.

Think of being too comfortable and at-ease as a RED FLAG for...you're not pushing yourself enough. I know it's easy to fall into the "I am content with my routine," trap, but that only lasts for so long. You'll get bored and crave a change, which is code for - wanting to advance - wanting something more exciting - wanting something better. 

Now, let's establish some FACTS:

Comfort does NOT render advancement. Discomfort renders advancement. 

These are some feelings you might experience when you're in the process of advancement:

  • STRUGGLE
  • DEFEAT
  • DISCOURAGEMENT
  • WANTING TO QUIT
  • FRUSTRATION
  • SADNESS - you might cry like me. Yes. I cry.
  • ANGER

And contrary to how it looks on paper, these are all FANTASTIC SIGNS! They're signs of growth. Take them. Be okay with them. Use them as motivation. Use them to GET BETTER...and know that you will have good days and bad days - BE OKAY WITH WHERE YOU ARE IN THE MOMENT.

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...Now <pause> before I go, I have one more bomb of knowledge...

HB and I were watching this new show called American Muscle, and there was a scene where NFL star cornerback, Richard Sherman was mentoring a young athlete and something he said stuck with me...

"The butterflies never go away. If they do, you know you're done."

Butterflies keep you on your toes. Butterflies make you better.

Boom. We're done.

I've said my peace.

kissMuahkiss

 XOXO

‘Sup

July 15, 2014

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Hi Babies!

I haven't showered yet. This is the Dubes in the RAW. Not an ounce of makeup...but there IS lipgloss...there is ALWAYS lipgloss. <Sigh>

Today, it's Buxom's "White Russian." . I highly recommend it. Not only does it look fabulous, it has that tingle that, at the very least, makes you feel like you have a full, tres sexual, pout. GET SOME.

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Now...<pause for 3, 2, 1>

...There is A LOT to report (UNDERLINEBOLD / & ITALICIZE).

Are we clear on the emphasis?

Excellent. 

I'll start with my nails, because there is BIG NEWS to report - HUGE - it's not just a color update, folks. You ready? ...

AFTER (literally) 15 years of always having acrylic / gels, I finally deleted that shit. Not forever, but for now I'm going au naturale...

HANDLE IT...

Not bad, right? ...Buuuuut, if you look closely, there is some serious chippage happening already, which is UNACCEPTABLE.

So, the pros to this are:

It's healthier for my nails and skin (no exposure to UV/LED light).

It's cheaper

Cons are:

I need to maintain this shit on the reg - mani EVERY week = impatient Dubie.

You literally need to wait an HOUR before touching anything, otherwise you risk denting/fucking them up.

I am hoping to keep it going for at least a month and only occasionally get the gels. Obviously, I'll let you know how it all goes...<wink wink>

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...In other news...

My Mama came to visit me over the weekend! Look how cute she is...

We ate a lot of food, drank a lot of wine, watched a lot of Housewives and saw BEAUTIFUL, which was exceptional, to say the least!

...I even got Mama J to swear a little (no fucks, though)...I think she secretly loved it. (HAH!).

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I Sweat Hard For Pilates also had it's 1st Birthday! Tumblr sent me a cupcake to celebrate...you should take a bite.

*I update this more regularly than the DD right now.

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And finally I'll end with a fabulous, thought-provoking quote by none other than Joey P...

Let it BLOW. YOUR. MIND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yet another reminder to FOCUS ON the PRESENT MOMENT, not the past and not the future. The PRESENT is what matters and is what will determine your future.

Keep your head in the game, Homies.

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I've said my peace. Now I need a shower. 

heartMuah!heart

 XOXO

 

Nine One One

July 9, 2014

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Hot Tamales of My Life...

It's 9: fucking 11...911!

EMERGENCY DUBIE! EMERGENCY DUBIE!

...Okay. Not really, but I found it strange that the clock read: 9:11 ON. THE. DOT. the moment I spontaneously decided to give you some dank ganj.

What can I say? I'm living on the edge, folks. There's always danger involved in my life. ALWAYSSSS (strong emphasis on the "S" - wasn't it obvious?)

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Now. <pause> what to talk about... 

First, I took two stupid selfies for you. I actually didn't plan on posting, I just took these because I wanted to see how fabulous I looked in this free hat swag I scored from the gym today.

Go ahead. Indulge, Sons...

You should know that I shoved this carrot (and many others) in my mouth immediately upon arriving home because I was ready to stab for food. Carrots seem to do the trick. <wink wink>

...and, oh look! An eyeball. A singular eyeball is so on-trend. #hashtag #oneeeyeball

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I'd first like to say that I am fully aware of the fact that there has been, shall we say...a lack of structure / schedule here on the Dubes. Right now, while I transition the old Dubie to the NEW Dubie, that's just the way it's gonna be. Take it or leave it. But, be rest assured that I HAVE A PLAN and it's FUCKING GOOD.

heart If YOU have any topics or questions you'd like me to answer, holler at me --> lconstantiner AT email DOT COM. heart

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Now...to go with my stupid selfies, you get a stupid post....

4 More Things You'd Be Surprised To Know About Me

1). I like anchovies. So salty. So good.

2). I dislike raisins in cookies. It's ALL about the chocolate chips, baby. Everything else can suck it.

3). I love touching buttons. Like, literally pushing the shit out of all things brings me so much joy. I used to want to be a pilot for the longest time because they sit in sea of buttons.

4). I haTe putting away dry cleaning. All that plastic. Those terrible wire hangers. DE-LETE.

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That's it Homies...

I'm out. I love you. 

kissMuahkiss

 XOXO

I am Emo. Deal with it. I am.

July 8, 2014

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Wuddup Sons?

<LONG SIGH>

There I am. I look really happy, huh?!? (and, obviously, I think I look really pretty)...but it's just a fucking picture folks. Pictures can be deceiving.

In actuality...

I am tired

I am emo

...and feel like I'm going to give birth to my uterus - not that I know what that feels like or anything - but I imagine it would feel something like I do now. Oy. But no need to worry...I've got my hot water bottle and dark chocolate on hand. I've also exercised...TWICE muthafuckas....I did...

Pilates...and I got low, got low...(like Lil Jon)

...and then some Hot Yoga. 

BOOYAH.

I sweat my itty bitty titties off and it felt phenomenal...that was naughty. Isn't titties dirtier than boobies? It is, but I like both. Both are a lot of fun to say. <wink wink>

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So <pause>...I feel better, I am managing, but I am fragile and THAT'S OKAY. I'm cool with it. There's no use fighting it. I gotta work with what I got and make the best of it...ya feel me? 

The take away here is if and when you feel like h-e-double-hockey sticks (also fun to say) or you want to eyeball murder everyone around you, remember that... 

YOU CAN ONLY WORK WITH WHAT YOU'VE GOT. Take it. 

...or perhaps, put more eloquently, listen to my boo Eckhart.

Yeeeeaaaaaah, Buddy. That's a grain of truth right there.

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Before I say peace, you have to know that I (finally) obliged and got ramen with HBunny over the weekend. Yes, ramen...HOT ramen in this cool 90 degree weather.

For those unfamiliar with the likes and dislikes of HB, know that he is obsessed with ramen, and, if it were up to him, would eat it every. single. day.

We went to Ivan Ramen in the East Village. It was fabulous. (bytheway, Ivan is a white, Jewish dude. Amazingness).

There I am! Chopsticks were up. I was ready to plunge into some noodles in a salt bath.

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And now here is HB...polishing off what remained of my shoyu ramen. 

FINALLY! <sigh> HE LOOKED UP! 

Oh my sweet little husband....I love him so. heart

...and I love you, too. I'm out. Time to teach like an oss boss.

kissMuchoes Besos Pequenoskiss

 XOXO

Snack on this…

July 7, 2014

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Yo Babies...

I might be back later, but in the meantime, here are some brain explosives...

NEW PHOTOS!!! ...for the new Dubie!!! (coming soon). Here's a sneak peak. Get up close and personal with...

My singular eyeball. <sigh> Compliments of the amazingly talented @thefancyriot

...And here's your Monday inspirational, get off your fucking ass, believe in yourself and fucking do something quote...

Hit it.

Word. I'm out.

 XOXO

Things I Loved June!

July 2, 2014

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Hi Peanuts.

<cue an explosion of exclamation points>

!*!*!*!*!*!*!*!*!*!*!*!*!*!*!*!*!*!*!*!*!

I know. <SIGH>. You cannot believe your eyeballs that this is actually happening. I am delivering TWO DAYS IN. A. ROW.  I mean, let's be real, this hasn't happened in eons, but it's happening today because...

I am being nice. To MYSELF. Yeah Muthafuckas. Thas right.

I am a woman of my word, and obviously, I'm taking this whole thing VERY seriously. It's special. I have extra time on my hands because I didn't make any appointments and am taking today off from the gym to rest...I even have a massage booked for tonight. It better be good. Namaste.

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Now. <pause for suspense>...I give you...

heart 14 THINGS I LOVED JUNE heart

1). High Maintenance web series, on Vimeo. This is so fucking fantastic. You'll blow through all episodes in one sitting. Swear. They're short, too. They range anywhere from 3-15 minutes long. You'll be pissed there aren't more.

2). Leading My first Mat Course! This little group will always be so special to me! 

3). Booty Shorts

...but are these really shorts? So hoochie. I love it. GET SOME.

4). My Ella Bunny's 7th Birthday. My sweet, stunningly beautiful niece. I cannot get enough.

5). Subway Stabilization ... I can't really tell you about this without LOL-ing for real because it's just ridiculous. I play this game with HB on the subway I like to call "subway stabilization," where I don't hold on to anything and use my core of steel (duh) to stabilize my body while the subway moves / jerks around all over the place. So far I haven't fallen. I secretly think HB wants me to fall because I'm so annoying. I don't blame him.

6).Pinaskullada backpack by Saint Laurent. This is super cute! I would get it if I knew I wouldn't be over it in a season....and if it weren't a cool $900. 

7). The Joe Rogan Experience Podcast. Always super interesting. HB got me hooked. I'm trying to listen to more podcasts so I can fill my brain with knowledge at all times...well, let's not get carried away...there has to be time for mindless bullshit, too. <wink wink>

8). Printallover.me. Just GO! GO! GO!  I just got myself into something very very bad, but very very good all at once.

9). Fascia (FAH-SHA). It literally encases the insides of our ENTIRE body in multiple layers, gives muscles their shape...and more importantly is fun to say. Fascia, fascia, fascia.

10). Thunder Storms. I'm obsessed with storms in general, but I especially love hot, summer thunderstorms!!! They're so sexy and amazing.

11). Blue, the color. All shades. All ways.

12). Handstand Push-Ups, baby! Photo / Video coming soon...

13). TEASERS EVERYWHERE.

...Me in Anguilla...Adam & Jill in Bermuda...

...and the girls last weekend in Palm Springs.

HOLLA!

14). My SILs Bachelorette! 

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That about did it for June...onto the next list...

July is in THA HOUSE!!!

That's all I got. Peace Sons.

kissBesoskiss

 XOXO

 

Be nice…to yourself

July 1, 2014

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BABIES of my LIFE!!!

Hi there. 

...Excuse while I inhale my phenomenal open fried egg and avocado sandwich. I have barely eaten a morsel of food, and I've deleted, like, 5 million calories with some magical Pilates and hot yoga.

Holla...but holy shit. I NEED TO FEED, or else I'll get hood on someone. For real.

Lesson be learned: Don't fuck with me when I'm hungry...also do not talk to me because I am not listening to you. FacT (emphasis on the T).

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<post-sandwich destruction>

I am feeling much, MUCH better! Fabulous, in fact. I'm totally going to have a dessert, but first, I owe you a FAT piece of Dubie ass...

TAP IT, SONS...

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If you follow my shit on INSTA, you know I traveled 6,000 miles over the weekend to celebrate my Canty Lover, aka my future sister-in-law. You could say we had fun in the sun. The #guns and #buns were in FULL EFFECT. <wink wink>

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...Obviously, I was still drunk when I boarded my 6:45 a.m. flight back to NYC Sunday morning. I was unacceptable and wanted to stab everyone's eyeballs out - including my own. After 12 hours, a big bowl of pasta (HBunny delivered!), a hot shower, an episode of Orange is the New Black, and 10 hours of sleep, I semi-recovered. I was still in rare form yesterday, but made it top priority to take care of myself because frankly, my 31-year-old body simply CANNOT HANDLE more than two days worth of wild and crazy shenanigans. It was, however, worth EVERY ounce of pain I experienced Sunday, I just need massive TLC now because I'm an old lady who is a very fragile human.

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It is also the week before my dot = EXTRA EMO DUBIE = FUCKING ANNOYING.

<Sigh>. What tends to happen this time of the month is that I am more easily offended, I take things personally when I shouldn't, I cry all of the time about things that aren't even sad, I want to delete everyone, all people annoy me (with the exception of a few), I am capable of being very bitchy, I am bratty, I am hard on myself, nothing is ever good enough.

I know I'm not batshit crazy. I know you all can relate to a degree. Don't lie bitches. wink

Because I am so aware of this, I am  always trying to make it better, not let myself get sucked into the negativity. Some months are better than others. But, lately, my "theme" for my own personal growth, is to be nicer to myself. Especially NOW when I know I am predisposed to it.

Isn't that sweet? wink I think so.

Even though I always think I can be better at ALL things...part of that process - of improving, growing, changing - is to accept where you are NOW. Be proud, thankful and grateful for what you have, what you can do, and how you positively affect the lives of others NOW. Like TODAY. Like this VERY SECOND. THIS VERY MINUTE. Because, at the end of the day the past and the future do not matter. REAL TIME matters. Consuming your thoughts with things of the past and the future are mere distractions from the FUCKING AMAZING that can happen RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW.

Ya hear?

...One last thing I am compelled to share before I say peace. Today I woke up feeling physically spent (but you know that doesn't stop me from exercise). I did Pilates AND then I did a hot yoga class right after because that's usually my jam, and I always feel fabulous afterward. In class, I was really struggling - usually I just push through and try to go balls to the wall with every pose/expression because I am a crazy person in that way, but today I was totally okay with modifying - I even took a brief child's pose to give myself some relief! This might sound ridiculous, but for me, this was a big deal. This was my way of being nicer to myself. Being okay with what my body could give IN THE MOMENT. I am proud. Tear.

My advice to you: Be nice to yourself. Modify. Take breaks. We all need them.

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UGH. Who's over this? I am. I love you.

Peace Muthafuckas.

 XOXO

 

 

 

 

What I ate for Breakfast Tuesday

June 24, 2014

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'Sup MoFos?

HAPPY TUESDAY!!!

...Because you care, I've decided to share what I ate for breakfast. Today, it happened to be one of my favorite desserts breakfasts of ALL TIME. Are you ready for this jelly? ...GET IT. GET IT.

<ENTER>

THE BANANA BLEND!

SO. FUCKING. GANGSTER.

It literally tastes like ice cream. 'Nuff said.

All you need is

A Blender + 5 Minutes (including prep time)...then BOOM, a healthy dose of phenomenal for your boca.

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That's all I've got for now. Like it. Love it. Eat it.

Besos Grandes.

 XOXO