Sharing My Journey Starts Now.


My 30th birthday is just around the corner, so I decided to gift myself a professional fitness photoshoot. I feel like that day will change something inside me, something that has been changing within me for a long time. To a stranger, that photoshoot may just seem like a simple gift, but it means so much more to me. My name is Isma, and I am an in-home personal trainer. And this is my journey.

I discovered my passion for fitness in 2012 after I was diagnosed with thyroid disease. I had been gaining weight, and fast. Within a week I could no longer fit in my own jeans! I didn't even want to look at myself in the mirror.

After I received my diagnosis and as soon as I got my doctor's clearance to workout twice a week, I signed up for an unlimited gym membership. I started working out seven days a week, and soon after, I noticed I began to lose the weight I had gained through my thyroid disease. All of a sudden, I fell back in love with my body. I decided to move to New York City to become a personal trainer. After my experience gaining and losing weight myself, I wanted to acquire the expertise to help people achieve their own fitness goals. Moreover, I wanted to share the trials and tribulations of my own journey by sharing my experiences and giving people someone to relate to.

My plan is to be on the keto diet with intermittent fasting and some days of dry fasting, as well. I will be working out six days a week: weight training, swimming, hot yoga and a lot of stretching. Basically spending my day at the gym and at the end I'll do water loading and depletion, glycogen depletion workouts, and carbing up.

I will be posting every week to keep my community updated on my progress, how I'm feeling about my journey, and all of my successes and let-downs alike.

The question now is... can I really do this? Or is it all just a dream?Subscribe and receive a free workout ..Free workout 🏋️♀️ coming soon.

A little encouragement comments are well appreciated !!!!

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Help! My Friend Is a No Show

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Help! My Friend Is a No Show

Dear Armchair Psychologist,

I have a friend who doesn't reply to my messages about meeting for dinner, etc. Although, last week I ran into her at a local restaurant of mine, it has always been awkward to be friends with her. Should I continue our friendship or discontinue it? We've been friends for a total four years and nothing has changed. I don't feel as comfortable with her as my other close friends, and I don't think I'll ever be able to reach that comfort zone in pure friendship.


Dear Sadsies,

I am sorry to hear you've been neglected by your friend. You may already have the answer to your question, since you're evaluating the non-existing bond between yourself and your friend. However, I'll gladly affirm to you that a friendship that isn't reciprocated is not a good friendship.

I have had a similar situation with a friend whom I'd grown up with but who was also consistently a very negative person, a true Debby Downer. One day, I just had enough of her criticism and vitriol. I stopped making excuses for her and dumped her. It was a great decision and I haven't looked back. With that in mind, it could be possible that something has changed in your friend's life, but it's insignificant if she isn't responding to you. It's time to dump her and spend your energy where it's appreciated. Don't dwell on this friend. History is not enough to create a lasting bond, it only means just that—you and your friend have history—so let her be history!

- The Armchair Psychologist

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