Arissa K. G. @adogg514

ISSA Certified Fitness TrainerπŸ’ͺ🏽 Always striving to improve myself physically, mentally, and emotionally πŸŒžπŸŒŽπŸ‘ŒπŸ½

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Sometimes accidental pictures are the best pictures. But this is...well, me. 
I had just shaven my head the night before this picture, a bit impulsively. But it felt like freedom. Liberation. It always does. To separate myself from my thick and curly locks is to remind myself of the real person that hides beneath it. I've gotten more compliments than I could've ever imagined. But I've also received ridicule and criticism from family and friends... "when are you going to grow your hair out?" And to that I just laugh. I cannot be a whole a complete person without hair, apparently. I can't be a "woman" without hair, apparently. You are entitled to your opinion, and I am entitled to ignore it. This is... me. 
There is something incredibly vulnerable and raw about a bald head. It taught me about my past obsession with vanity, and how damaging that was to my self-esteem. It taught me about my insecurities, and my self-doubt. It taught me that I am free to choose who I want to be, and how I want to live in this life. This is... me. 
When I look at this photo, I see a human. Unfiltered. Uncensored. Unintentional. I've come to love myself the way my mother loved my baby feet. I am imperfect and precious. Flawed and feisty. Stubborn and strong-willed. Beautiful and bare. 
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#selfie #photography #me #shambhala #naropa #writing #thoughts #loveyourself #selfcare
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Sometimes accidental pictures are the best pictures. But this is...well, me. I had just shaven my head the night before this picture, a bit impulsively. But it felt like freedom. Liberation. It always does. To separate myself from my thick and curly locks is to remind myself of the real person that hides beneath it. I've gotten more compliments than I could've ever imagined. But I've also received ridicule and criticism from family and friends... "when are you going to grow your hair out?" And to that I just laugh. I cannot be a whole a complete person without hair, apparently. I can't be a "woman" without hair, apparently. You are entitled to your opinion, and I am entitled to ignore it. This is... me. There is something incredibly vulnerable and raw about a bald head. It taught me about my past obsession with vanity, and how damaging that was to my self-esteem. It taught me about my insecurities, and my self-doubt. It taught me that I am free to choose who I want to be, and how I want to live in this life. This is... me. When I look at this photo, I see a human. Unfiltered. Uncensored. Unintentional. I've come to love myself the way my mother loved my baby feet. I am imperfect and precious. Flawed and feisty. Stubborn and strong-willed. Beautiful and bare. This is...Me. .. .. .. #selfie #photography #me #shambhala #naropa #writing #thoughts #loveyourself #selfcare

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House sitting and watering plants for a few weeks. I'm fortunate enough to witness the bloom of the poppies! Such pretty flowers 🌸
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#poppy #plants #flowers #nature #beautiful #lovely
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House sitting and watering plants for a few weeks. I'm fortunate enough to witness the bloom of the poppies! Such pretty flowers 🌸 .. .. .. #poppy #plants #flowers #nature #beautiful #lovely

My #mcm goes out to @sketchyturtle91 today, and everyday. This wonderful guy right here got me tickets to see one of my favorite artists, Gramatik, as my Valentine's Day gift this past February. Finally the day came! June 17, We drove down to the Red Rocks and had an unbelievably wild night. The crowd was insane, the show was incredible, and I felt simultaneously high on life and exhausted as hell when we took this picture. I danced the night away, and I'm so glad I had my love by my side (even if he can't dance 😜). What a mind-blowing experience! Till next time Red Rocks! We will definitely be back πŸ€™πŸ½πŸ˜Ž
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#redrocks #gramatik #concert #mylove #handsomeaf
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My #mcm goes out to @sketchyturtle91 today, and everyday. This wonderful guy right here got me tickets to see one of my favorite artists, Gramatik, as my Valentine's Day gift this past February. Finally the day came! June 17, We drove down to the Red Rocks and had an unbelievably wild night. The crowd was insane, the show was incredible, and I felt simultaneously high on life and exhausted as hell when we took this picture. I danced the night away, and I'm so glad I had my love by my side (even if he can't dance 😜). What a mind-blowing experience! Till next time Red Rocks! We will definitely be back πŸ€™πŸ½πŸ˜Ž ... ... ... #redrocks #gramatik #concert #mylove #handsomeaf

Ever driven a car above 14,000ft? It's pretty cool πŸ”
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#pikespeak #pikespeaksummit #mountain #americasmountain #usa #colorado #rockymountains #earth #nature #scenic #switchback
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Ever driven a car above 14,000ft? It's pretty cool πŸ” ... ... ... #pikespeak #pikespeaksummit #mountain #americasmountain #usa #colorado #rockymountains #earth #nature #scenic #switchback

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An offering at the Shambhala Mountain Center ..
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#photography #shambhala #mountain #center #apples #incense #buddhism #photo
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An offering at the Shambhala Mountain Center .. .. .. #photography #shambhala #mountain #center #apples #incense #buddhism #photo

I'm up to Bouldering V3s now! This one was tricky and took me multiple attempts and multiple days to finally complete but I did it! Glad to have @sketchyturtle91 climbing with me :) maybe I'll have to post a video or two of him doing his thing! I'm coming up on 3 years of my fitness journey this June! My body has changed so much and my muscle tone has increased dramatically! I love exercise ❀️ it's the gift that keeps on giving you gains πŸ‘πŸ½πŸ’ͺ🏽
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#exercise #workout #climbing #bouldering #v3 #lifetimefitness #personaltrainer #update #progress #gains #fitchick
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I'm up to Bouldering V3s now! This one was tricky and took me multiple attempts and multiple days to finally complete but I did it! Glad to have @sketchyturtle91 climbing with me :) maybe I'll have to post a video or two of him doing his thing! I'm coming up on 3 years of my fitness journey this June! My body has changed so much and my muscle tone has increased dramatically! I love exercise ❀️ it's the gift that keeps on giving you gains πŸ‘πŸ½πŸ’ͺ🏽 .. .. .. #exercise #workout #climbing #bouldering #v3 #lifetimefitness #personaltrainer #update #progress #gains #fitchick

I've been encouraged not to participate in class since I was a child. I always knew the answer. School was always easy. They messed up when they overlooked my ability and left me in a normal classroom. I was distracting and disruptive to my classmates. That's the only thing they saw and cared about. No one thought to think "hey, this child is really fucking smart, maybe that's why they're so distracted", nope. I was disruptive because I was a "bad student" not because school became a painfully boring and easy activity for me. I wasn't learning anything in class, and when I did, I figured it out so quickly that I would immediately go right back to talking with my peers. Teachers were annoyed with me. They didn't see my intellect, they didn't see my strengths, they only saw my weaknesses and punished me for it, again and again. Now here I am, a graduate student, unable to find my voice in class. I have been conditioned to believe that no one wants to hear from the "smart kid" in class. I have been conditioned to be silent, because "everyone else needs a chance to learn, too". What about me? Is my learning irrelevant? Is my ability too much for others? I was told to hold myself back, just to make my classmates feel better about themselves. To this day, I still do it. Everything makes sense to me, so I never have questions. Usually, my mind is somewhere else entirely. I wish I could be honest with people about how isolating it is to be that "smart kid", now a "smart adult". No one likes to hang out with someone who is "good at everything", because they get intimidated, and feel like they can't compete. When did life become a damn competition? All I ever wanted was genuine friendships, but I struggled over and over to find or maintain that. Most people I've met didn't stick around. People have been frustrated with me for having my shit together, because they don't. People have been annoyed with me for my blunt honesty, because they'd rather hear what they want to hear instead of the truth. At the end of the day, I realize that I am different from more than 98% of the people I come into contact with, and there's nothing I can do to change that. #lonely #thoughts
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I've been encouraged not to participate in class since I was a child. I always knew the answer. School was always easy. They messed up when they overlooked my ability and left me in a normal classroom. I was distracting and disruptive to my classmates. That's the only thing they saw and cared about. No one thought to think "hey, this child is really fucking smart, maybe that's why they're so distracted", nope. I was disruptive because I was a "bad student" not because school became a painfully boring and easy activity for me. I wasn't learning anything in class, and when I did, I figured it out so quickly that I would immediately go right back to talking with my peers. Teachers were annoyed with me. They didn't see my intellect, they didn't see my strengths, they only saw my weaknesses and punished me for it, again and again. Now here I am, a graduate student, unable to find my voice in class. I have been conditioned to believe that no one wants to hear from the "smart kid" in class. I have been conditioned to be silent, because "everyone else needs a chance to learn, too". What about me? Is my learning irrelevant? Is my ability too much for others? I was told to hold myself back, just to make my classmates feel better about themselves. To this day, I still do it. Everything makes sense to me, so I never have questions. Usually, my mind is somewhere else entirely. I wish I could be honest with people about how isolating it is to be that "smart kid", now a "smart adult". No one likes to hang out with someone who is "good at everything", because they get intimidated, and feel like they can't compete. When did life become a damn competition? All I ever wanted was genuine friendships, but I struggled over and over to find or maintain that. Most people I've met didn't stick around. People have been frustrated with me for having my shit together, because they don't. People have been annoyed with me for my blunt honesty, because they'd rather hear what they want to hear instead of the truth. At the end of the day, I realize that I am different from more than 98% of the people I come into contact with, and there's nothing I can do to change that. #lonely #thoughts

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Who says redbull gives you wings? My little wings are the byproduct of calisthenics and climbing! They added a fun board ladder at my gym! Had to give it a try πŸ‘ŒπŸ½πŸ’ͺ🏽 next time I'll go up AND down! ..
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#calisthenics #climbing #ladder #video #update #progress #fitness #workout #mywcwisme
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Who says redbull gives you wings? My little wings are the byproduct of calisthenics and climbing! They added a fun board ladder at my gym! Had to give it a try πŸ‘ŒπŸ½πŸ’ͺ🏽 next time I'll go up AND down! .. .. .. #calisthenics #climbing #ladder #video #update #progress #fitness #workout #mywcwisme

Retreat. Always healing, always renewing, always enriching, and always refreshing. It's a challenge to return back to the fast-paced and chaotic lifestyle of being a graduate student. I spent the last two weeks with plenty of open space to do nothing but think about my mind and reflect upon my life. A break from reality? Sometimes. But it doesn't feel like a vacation. I did a lot of work on myself on the land, on the cushion, and even in my dreams. Now begins the process of reintegrating meditative insights with the life I live back at home. I'll need about a week to transition. In the meantime, I'll enjoy the love and zen I feel in my heart ❀
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#shambhalamountaincenter #buddha #retreat #maitri #naropauniversity #meditation #naropa
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Retreat. Always healing, always renewing, always enriching, and always refreshing. It's a challenge to return back to the fast-paced and chaotic lifestyle of being a graduate student. I spent the last two weeks with plenty of open space to do nothing but think about my mind and reflect upon my life. A break from reality? Sometimes. But it doesn't feel like a vacation. I did a lot of work on myself on the land, on the cushion, and even in my dreams. Now begins the process of reintegrating meditative insights with the life I live back at home. I'll need about a week to transition. In the meantime, I'll enjoy the love and zen I feel in my heart ❀ .. .. .. #shambhalamountaincenter #buddha #retreat #maitri #naropauniversity #meditation #naropa

Just got back from another 2 week mountain retreat Saturday afternoon. I took a body scan before I left and after I got back. Before I left I was 125.7lbs, and 19% bf, but my body composition was exactly the same. Looks like I managed to drop about 6lbs and over 2% of my body fat during the time I was gone! But I maintained all my muscle πŸ’ͺ🏽 always good news!
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#bodyweighttraining #bodyfatpercentage #muscle #fitness #progress #update
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Just got back from another 2 week mountain retreat Saturday afternoon. I took a body scan before I left and after I got back. Before I left I was 125.7lbs, and 19% bf, but my body composition was exactly the same. Looks like I managed to drop about 6lbs and over 2% of my body fat during the time I was gone! But I maintained all my muscle πŸ’ͺ🏽 always good news! .. .. .. #bodyweighttraining #bodyfatpercentage #muscle #fitness #progress #update

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Working on my front tuck ice cream makers. It's hard to know how level I am without a workout buddy, but that's why I record myself! Been actively trying to keep my hips a bit lower as I go through these. They're hard! But they're fun πŸ’ͺ🏽πŸ’ͺ🏽πŸ’ͺ🏽
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#calisthenics #fitness #icecreammaker #lats #levers #bodyweighttraining #leanmuscle #workout #video #progress #update
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Working on my front tuck ice cream makers. It's hard to know how level I am without a workout buddy, but that's why I record myself! Been actively trying to keep my hips a bit lower as I go through these. They're hard! But they're fun πŸ’ͺ🏽πŸ’ͺ🏽πŸ’ͺ🏽 .. .. .. #calisthenics #fitness #icecreammaker #lats #levers #bodyweighttraining #leanmuscle #workout #video #progress #update

I've been a bit MIA lately, especially with fitness posts πŸ™ˆ but here's an update! IM BACK! πŸ’ͺ🏽 I spent dec 13-jan 9 on the east coast, visiting friends and spending time with family for the holidays. I worked out only about 1-2 times a week during that period, because I honestly haven't had much of a break all year. It was nice to eat home cooked food and relax with the people I love! I wanted to take every opportunity to enjoy myself, so yes, I ate dessert, I had cookies and cake and coquito. But I didn't go overboard! I only gained about 3lbs and most of it was water (possibly from the changes in altitude). I'm not worried or stressed about it and I'm looking forward to getting back in the gym full time! Since I've been back, I got myself a new car, and as of yesterday, another roommate. I have more news but I will wait to talk about that. Good things are coming! This year I will continue to push myself and work hard in grad school, in the gym, and on the rock wall! 2017 will be another year of improvement and will mark my third year in my fitness journey. Stay tuned for more news and much more fitness posts! ..
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#subaru #impreza #sport #wagon #update #vacation #2017 #imback
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I've been a bit MIA lately, especially with fitness posts πŸ™ˆ but here's an update! IM BACK! πŸ’ͺ🏽 I spent dec 13-jan 9 on the east coast, visiting friends and spending time with family for the holidays. I worked out only about 1-2 times a week during that period, because I honestly haven't had much of a break all year. It was nice to eat home cooked food and relax with the people I love! I wanted to take every opportunity to enjoy myself, so yes, I ate dessert, I had cookies and cake and coquito. But I didn't go overboard! I only gained about 3lbs and most of it was water (possibly from the changes in altitude). I'm not worried or stressed about it and I'm looking forward to getting back in the gym full time! Since I've been back, I got myself a new car, and as of yesterday, another roommate. I have more news but I will wait to talk about that. Good things are coming! This year I will continue to push myself and work hard in grad school, in the gym, and on the rock wall! 2017 will be another year of improvement and will mark my third year in my fitness journey. Stay tuned for more news and much more fitness posts! .. .. .. #subaru #impreza #sport #wagon #update #vacation #2017 #imback

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