If you want to get healthy, get happy bitches.

May 20, 2014

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BUENOS DIAS VATOS BONITOS! 

'Sup over there?

...Today was a dreamy one for the Dubes. A dreamy one for many reasons, some of which include the following...

1). I did Pilates and I did it well

Boom. Check out my swan dive.

2). I sweat my balls off in hot yoga (no photo).

3). It's a STUNNER day here in tha NYC.

I've already walked 7,113 steps (but who's counting?) while listening to some new ghetto-ass music that lights me up inside. It's fabulous.

PRESS PLAY

4). I showered, blow-dried and...are you ready?!...Straightened my hair! #win

5). I get to teach my most favorite class tonight.

It's gonna be a BIG, BAD PARTY in Advanced mat class. HOLLER. You should come if you know what the fuck you're doing. Otherwise, please refrain. 

6). I am slow-cooking 4.5 pounds of pork shoulder.

Hell to the yes.

7. I am talking to all of your EYEBALLS = Happiness.

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K. Let's talk business. HIT IT.

My Absolute Number One Tip To Good Health is....

To get happy. I mean really happy on the inside.

Love yourself. Love what you do. Love the people you spend time with.

This probably sounds super cliché and cheesy, but it is the damn truth. In health coaching and even in teaching Pilates, I find that most people attempt to fix their problems backwards. They start on the outside, instead of the inside. For example, they believe that if they exercise and "eat well,"(which is usually an unhealthy obsession) they'll lose weight, be more attractive and then all of life's problems will magically disappear and they'll be happier. This is totally true to an extent, but on the flip side, I've seen people who, on the outside, seem to have their shit together, but on the inside are extremely unhappy. 

Bottom line, people implement superficial change, because it's easier. It takes big balls to face truth, especially truth about oneself. It is often painful and always uncomfortable. But we sorta HAVE to go there if we really want to make good, long-lasting change. 

How we feel about ourselves is the root of our happiness and our health.

It is not about other people. It never is. It is only ever about ourselves. Mark my words. The choices we make and the actions we take all reflect this.

So, you want to get healthy? GET HAPPY. Start on the inside, not on the outside.

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BOSS. I'm out. 

kissMuahkiss

 XOXO

 

 

 

This week: She’s short, but she’s hot.

May 19, 2014

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'Sup Sons?

Haaayyyyaaayyyyy.

Stopped at Juice Generation post-teaching people how to use their deep core muscles to stabilize their pelvis and move with control - a.k.a. Pilates.

...For the record, that's a Peanut Butter Split with almond milk and spinach. It's fucking phenomenal. A peanut butter cup in liquid form. Yeeeaaahhhh buddy! Delicious is what that is. Delicious with a capital D.

...and now, here's me and a sweet rip roaring vein bulging out of my forehead. Super pretty. 

...annnnnnnnd I have a confession. I caved and bought some peanut butter M&Ms. #naughtydubie

...and by "some." I mean....THE 38 OZ. PARTY SIZE, BABY!!!! You know that other 11 oz. shit don't last. 

Obviously, I had to go big, but what else is new? ...Now THIS is the golden ticket to a bikini body if I've ever seen one. <sigh>

That's a lie, but I know you're all on board with this. Get on board or get the fuck out.

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A VERY important birthday is coming up this Thursday!!!!!!! Birthday napkins are in full effect. Now GUESS WHO'S!?!?!

HBunny's!!!!!!!!!!!!

Look at that hunk. Dayyyyuuummmm Gina. Break me off a piece of that.

I have to say. He gets more handsome with age. I think you would agree. Look at him on his 21st birthday ten years ago...

...And who's that ho with him?!?

That's no ho, yo...that's me! I know. Shocking. I look completely different. I am unrecognizable. <wink wink>.

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While we're on the subject of my sweet husband, he did something very bad this weekend. Brace yourself for what's about to go down...I mean REALLY brace yourself.

Ready? HIT IT!

***EARMUFF ALERT! ***EARMUFF ALERT! ***EARMUFF ALERT! ***EARMUFF ALERT! 

Mother fucking shit cunt ass bitch boobs balls slut ho douche twat. And that's all I have to say about that. Period. 

Wait. No it's not. I'd also like to say that even Celine and Louis Vuitton won't change my mind about this look. It's not okay. IT WILL NEVER BE OKAY.

<Sigh> I've said my peace. 

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MINI BABY NUGGET AGENDA

Tuesday: MY ABSOLUTE NUMBER ONE ULTIMATE tip to good health is...I mean...I wasn't going to tell you yet. Duh. Tune-in tomorrow to see what it is. 

Wednesday: If you're lucky I'll have a new pair of fancy pants for you to feast on. Take a puff of Dubie a la INSTA

Thursday: HAPPY BIRTHDAY HB!!!!!!!!!!!! Annnnnd...I'll tell you 3 more things you might be surprised to know about me.

Friday: We're off to the Hamptonites. Check INSTA and ISH4P for some sick updates (and signature selfies). DO IT. DO IT. DO IT.

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Now, here's your bomb of knowledge...Let it BLOW. YOUR. MIND. Then DO something with it. 

heartBOOYAH. PEACE. LOVE. NAMASTE.heart

 XOXO

 

 

What the Fuck is Gluten?

May 15, 2014

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Ey Vatos!

Que Pasa?

Today is a good day. We talk gluten. You'll learn a thing or two. But before that, I have some special to unload...

BREAK IT OFF, SUCKAS...

-SELFIE CENTRAL-

...It's a good thing I am having the most amazing hair day. <sigh>

Prettier, Tiffany-ish pose. 

Naked, short nails. Trés trés chic. 

My obscene, highly unnecessary, sinful collection of bathing suits. Just deleted a dozen...to secretly make room for more. I have a problem. I am aware.

Breakfast today: Coconut milk + cocoa powder + coconut flour + agave + chia seeds + cacao nibs + almonds + berries = GANGSTARLISH.

...And finally...BOOM! Another explosion of BIG, BEAUTIFUL Peonies. Ughhh - this makes me so very happy. P.S.: Peony Tip: Go for the bunches that are not yet bloomed. They'll last longer. Trim stems and put in lukewarm water, then watch that shit open, literally, within hours. 

HOLLA!

We're done here. 

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That was a bag of fun, but now it's time to get shit straight. 

WHAT THE FUCK IS GLUTEN?

Gluten is a very familiar word to almost everyone on this planet. For most, it has a negative connotation and is believed to be something us humans should avoid in name of our health, which is partially true, depending on how you look at it. But the best thing about all of this is that most people don't even know what the fuck it is. 

Watch Jimmy prove it...

 
HAAAAAAAAAAAA!
 
Now, let's establish some facts about gluten so you are no longer in the dark, and if asked, you won't sound like imbecile. 
 
1). It is a "glue-like" protein found in wheat, barley, rye. It basically gives grains their shape and chewy consistency. 
2). For people who are celiacs (a genetic intolerance to the protein), avoiding gluten is essential to their health. For them, eating gluten triggers an immune reaction that damages their small intestine and prevents them from absorbing nutrients. Gluten makes them sick.
 
For the rest of us, it's not a bad idea to avoid gluten.

Why you wonder....?

Because...
 
A). Gluten is often added-to to processed, packaged foods and imitation meats which ARE terrible for you and should AWLAYS be avoided.
B). Gluten is in wheat, and wheat is in foods that are just unhealthy by nature like: pizza, pasta, burgers, sandwiches, etc. 
C). Grains and sugars are pro-inflammatory and will create and exacerbate conditions that have inflammation at the root, like...
  • Nausea, diarrhea, constipation, abdominal pain
  • Fatigue
  • Osteoporosis
  • IBS – irritable bowel syndrome
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Autoimmune diseases such as MS, lupus
  • Anemia
  • Infertility
  • Depression
  • Migraines
  • Overweight
  • High blood pressure
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Cancer

With that said, it's not going to kill you to indulge occasionally, just don't make it a habit. 

THE GOOD NEWS:

French fries and tortilla chips are naturally gluten-free. Potatoes and corn naturally do not contain gluten (unless they're cross-contaminated). 

...YEAAAAAHHHH BUDDY...

Sources: Wikipedia, jimmykimmellive, jecoaching.com 

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That's a WRAP.

kissPeace. Love. Namastekiss

 XOXO

Confidence Trumps Competence

May 13, 2014

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YO.

Que pasa Muñecas?

Ocean sounds are ON. I'm ready for you. Are you ready for me? ...

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I'll start with some signature selfies...GET 'EM.

Haaaayyyy-aaaaayyyyy

Pants du jour...

Holler.

And now <pause> I have some special heading your way. Are you ready?...Get ready...

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I totally took a picture of my ass. #eyemuffs

I am cringing inside, but I also really want to show it to you because it looks sorta fabulous, let's be real....and I work fucking hard on it! - engaging my glutes all day erryday, baby.

Check it:

BAM!

What just happened?!? ...Dubie selfied her ass, that's what.

There ain't no shame in my game, ninjas...

For the record, I am actively working on getting it juicier. Obvs. Can't get enough of the #bigbootyhoe #glutemedius. Ya hear?

Thought so. <wink wink>

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Let's move on. 

...That whole bit I just shocked your eyeballs with actually segues beautifully into what I'd like to discuss today.

CONFIDENCE.

I recently read a fantastic article (that you should ALL read) in The Atlantic entitled The Confidence Gap. In a nutshell, it talks about how you cannot succeed on competence alone, it is confidence in oneself that is the real game-changer. You must have confidence in order to continue to succeed. It does a lot of comparing between men and women, finding that women are generally less-assured than men, which is what ultimately stunts their success in the workplace. But I'm not going to go there. If you want to go there, read the article - it's great. What I want to talk about is this idea IN GENERAL and how it is so absolutely true.

I'll take myself for example. I have confidence. A lot of it. I believe in myself. I trust myself. I know that I can always be better; that I can always do better, and that there is no end to better. It is a constant, but welcome struggle. Confidence doesn't just mean recognizing the fact that you're fucking amazing, it also means that you know you can be MORE amazing and you TAKE ACTION to get there.

When I first started to teach, I was terrified and always worried about fucking up, and whether or not clients would like me or my class. I was not yet confident in my teaching skills, and you could smell it. People pick up on insecurity immediately and it's a big turnoff. When someone is insecure it tells us one thing...

They don't trust themselves, so why should we?!

I caught on to this fast. Naturally the more experience I had teaching, the more confident I became and the better I taught. But it wasn't so much about how I structured the class or the choreography (competence), it was about the DELIVERY; how I came across. Now, after teaching a little more than a year, I admit, those garbage thoughts still haunt me from time to time, but I now know this little trick called "fake it 'til you make it," baby. Even if you mess up, or flub a little, if you don't get in your head and stay confident in yourself, it's SUCCESS! 

The bottom line is that people who are confident in themselves are people who take risks, are not afraid of failure, and are open and honest about what they want and who they are.

Failure and perseverance are ESSENTIAL to confidence building.

Do you welcome failure or fear failure? ...It's time to get scared, Suckas. I'll leave you with that.

BOOYAH.

heartWe're done here. I love you.heart

 XOXO

What’s Up This Week

May 12, 2014

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'Sup Party People of My Life?

...Check out these fancy pants...

errrrr....

WHAT.

THE.

FUCK.

SHORTS!!! SHORTS!!! SHORTS!!!

That's right. It's happening. It's FINALLY HOT enough in New York bloody City to show my gams off. <Sigh>

I just need to keep my ass in check, literally. #squatsfordays

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Oki Doke...

This weekend was our April Comprehensive's introduction to the Intermediate system material. It's more than twice the amount of information they previously learned in beginner, so it's information overload - which tends to induce a meltdown or two. Because of this, we reminded them to... 

TRUST THE PROCESS.

Sometimes this is hard to do. I get it. But the program is designed the way it is for a reason. IT WORKS, son. 

This sums up how they felt about the weekend...

They ain't scerrrd. They TRUSTED. #CorePilatesNYC #BOSS #Apprentice

*You can check out more intensive photos HERE. Get it. Get it.

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K. Before we talk agenda, I am putting myself on blast. You ready?

...

I am listening to "ocean sounds." It's hot enough, now, where I find this appropriate. 

*Please keep your comments to yourself...or not. I know I am...shall we say "special." <wink wink>

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A'ight, it's time to HIT IT HARD, Homies...

AGENDA

Tuesday: Hey now. Get those eyeballs ready to DIG DEEP. I talk why CONFIDENCE trumps COMPETENCE. You can have all the intelligence and the skill in the world, but when push comes to shove, confidence is what will get you to the top. 

Wednesday: More than likely, it will be a DELETE day. Buuuuut more than likely I'll be sporting some sick leggings for you to eat up on INSTA. Follow if you know what's good for you.

Thursday: WHAT IS GLUTEN? O to the m f g. I know I've covered this ground before, but I still hear so much confusion surrounding the idea of following a "gluten-free" diet. I'll talk why it can be beneficial, and what the "problem" REALLY is with gluten. GET IT.

Friday: Listen. I'm not going to bore you with spinal muscles again. <sigh> HB gave it to me straight - he didn't know what the fuck I was talking about and didn't really care. HOWEVER, I WILL still be educating interested eyeballs on ISH4P, so check it if you want to continue building with me! Instead, I'll give you something delicious and probably stupid to look forward to. Swear. 

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Before I peace, hit up this BOMB of knowledge...

I'm OUT.

heartPeace Ninajsheart

 XOXO

Muscles of the Spine: Part I

May 9, 2014

Eyeballs of My Life...

Today is a very exciting day. Today you will learn about the muscles in our spine, why they're special, and what they do. 

Get the fuck excited.

I played with clay for you. You're welcome. We'll work our way from the INSIDE / OUT, starting with the Transversospinalis group, a.k.a.: the deepest layers of spinal muscles. First up are...

THE ROTATORES. 

Pronounced: ro.tuh.tore.aze, from the Latin word "rotatus" + "or" meaning one that rotates.

HERE ARE THE FACTS...Get 'em!

1). These chubby nugget muscles span from the cervicis (neck), to the thoracis (upper/middle back) to the lumborum (low back). Basically, they go from top to bottom of the spine (on both sides, obvs.).

2). There are SIX muscles in the neck, ELEVEN in the upper/middle back and SIX in the lower back region.

3). These muscles attach from the SPINOUS process (pokey, top part of vertebra) to the TRANSVERSE process (pokey, side part of vertebra).

4). The rotatores have a high density of proprioceptors (ability to know where your body is in space) and have been implicated in postural control.

ACTION

CERVICIS (neck region)

*Stabilize, straighten and laterally bend cervical vertebrae (imagine tilting head to the left and to the right).

THORACIS (upper/middle back region)

*Rotates the thoracic spine to the opposite side. For example, the left rotatores rotate the spine to the right and vice versa.

LUMBORUM

*Stabilize or straighten and laterally bend the lumbar vertebrae (side bending).

Sources: Core Pilates NYC Anatomy in Clay (Zahourek Systems); Wikipedia.

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BOOM. That's all I've got today...

Next, we'll talk the Multifidus! (Spaghetti-like muscles spanning entire spine)

HOLLER. 

XOXO,

 

 

 

Tres Mas Cosas…

May 8, 2014

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Wudduuuuuuupppp Brahs?

I have some fucking mind-blowing annoucements...

GET IT.

Number One: New York City is hitting 80 degree territory next week and I CANNOT WAIT. Rain or shine, I'm in. I'll be wearing no clothes. NONE. #nakeddubie #scandal

 

Number Two: Check out these PHENOMENAL Peonies. 

UGH. I want like a MILLION of these all around the apartment. UN-BELIEVABLE. <swoon>.

 

Number Three:

I have two zits on my face that I am NOT happy about. One right in between my eyes and one on my chin. Fuck that. I'm working on deleting that shit immediately. 

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Now, <pause> let's GET ON with it.

Tres Cosas Más Acerca De Mí

1). I hate mashed potatoes. DELETE. I am, however, a BIG fan of roasted potatoes or french fries (obvs.).

2). I fall asleep with a cold eyemask on every night. And yet I manage to get in bed without it 99% of the time. Guess who goes to get it almost EVERY. SINGLE. NIGHT. That's right. H-to-the-B sauce does. He loves it...nope. That's a lie. He hates it. But he loves me, and so he gets it. Duh. #happywifehappylife

3). I love the smell of matches and wood burning. Tres sex. Tres romantic.

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That's a wrap, sons. Peace.

XOXO,

 

Don’t be a Hack

May 6, 2014

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Ey Yo Suckas!

Take a bite of my arm candy. 

Pretty, pretty, huh!? It's Hipanema in case you wanted to jock my steeze. Get one. It will make you happy.

...You know what else just got prettier? My amazing sunburn. It decided to start peeling today and I couldn't be happier.

<SIGH>

The good news is that

A). It looks worse than it feels. 

B). Peeling is a sign of healing. I'll take it.

...I'd also like to report that I got my ass back in the gym today, and I have huge guns to prove it. HOLLER. I got wrecked, but I loved every waking moment.

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Oki Doke. Today I'm getting EMO on your eyeballs. Get ready for some heavy shit...

I kid. But in all sincerity, what I'm about to preach has the power to be a game changer for you in all ways, so PAY. THE FUCK. ATTENTION.

A month ago, I read the War of Art (Steven Pressfield) and I ended up highlighting the whole fucking thing because it was that good. There were a few ideas that really hit me hard, one of them being the idea of NOT considering your "audience," i.e. what YOU think other people THINK (which could very well be completely off-base anyway). Sounds pretty backwards, but it actually makes a lot of sense. Sometimes we get stuck when we're trying to do something to appease, impress, satisfy OTHER people, because we're, for lack of a better phrase, not "keeping it real," or in the words of Pressfield, we're "hacks." Our authentic selves - what we really want to express - is stunted and clouded by obsessing over other people (which, bytheway can NEVER be controlled/guaranteed). Which basically means that if we act according to other people's thoughts, what we produce won't really be great, and more importantly,WE won't be fulfilled, which blows BIG BALLS.

Take the Daily Dubie, for example. I started this blog while I was on my first trip to Europe for friends and family to follow. I didn't consider them, I just wrote my story in my own way. People were interested, and so they continue to read it. I'm sure I've lost and gained thousands of followers along the way, but one thing has never changed -- I never really consider you when I write, because frankly, I write for me, not for you. If zero fucking people read my shit, I would still write! It just feels good. It's something that needs to come out, one way or the other, and this is how I choose to express myself. Take it or leave it. Love it or hate it. 

In fact, for those of you who have been with me since the start, you know that my voice has changed a LOT over the years because I've changed. DUH. <cough cough> my mouth is much dirtier = more fun. These days, I have NO filter. I can honestly say that I speak from the gut and from the heart. I'm not afraid to expose my weaknesses, my fuck ups, my faults, or when I want to stab everyone's eyeballs out. I feel very comfortable telling it like it is, and I think that's part of the reason why I've got so many of your eyeballs hooked. Not to toot my own horn, but let's be real, it's more fun to read something that doesn't sound like everything else out there.

So, my advice to all of YOU is that if you want to really succeed, be genuine - first with yourself, then to other people.

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I'll close with an oss quote from the book (p.s.: who loves "oss." Ha!)

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BOOYAH.

heartI love you nuggetsheart

 XOXO