Sculpted Body, Sculpted Life

I returned to fitness at the age of 40 and I discovered that exercising not only reshaped my body, but my entire life: running helped me lose weight, cleared my mind, allowing me to think, dream, and consider possibilities that before seemed impossible; resistance training gave me courage, strength, and a tenacity toward pursuing, and becoming fearless with pushing back; and, through stretching I connect spirit with body, acknowledging and appreciating my value as a human being created in the image of God.
Exercise has shaped my life HOLISTICALLY: physically, spiritually, psychosocially, and intellectually…hence, my blog!
‘Sculpted Body, Sculpted Life,’ so names my blog because as a gifted sculptor skillfully chisels away what is not a significant part of the piece, so chronic exercise “chisels” away our body’s excess: weight, fat, stress, for example. Likewise, life, with all its ups, downs challenges, joys, pain, sculpts us, shaping us into who we are, how we think, and live.
The sculpting process is careful, methodical, planned, unexpected, and it is in this process that we are “made.” Exercise and life, respectively, sculpt us holistically.
We are sculpted by the way we think; the things that happen or not happen to us; the decisions we make AND don’t make; by parents, family, friends, leaders, peers, even enemies; by culture, education, events, acts of violence and kindness, to name a few,. By now we have all learned that life can be tough and it can also be good, and through each we are sculpted.
We do not always control what life brings, but we can choose our responses; one response to life is exercise. Science, Alternative and Western medicines, and millions of us who exercise all testify to the effectiveness of exercise contributing to our health, wellness, and fitness.
Living Through the BURN is another tag I sign with encouraging myself and you to continue living your best life as you live through all of life’s challenges.
Hi, I'm Karla!
…and welcome to my ‘Sculpted Body, Sculpted Life,’ my blog where you will find daily submissions of my ‘chiseled” and “burnt” experiences, exercise and its holistic effects in my life.
I am West Indian Black woman originally from the beautiful U.S. Virgin Island, St. Croix.
I am 48 years old, the mother to four AWESOME children, ages 12-22.
I was married for 27 years; it ended disappointingly.
I am a Bible-believing Christian, walking with Jesus almost 24 years.
I have Bachelors in Biology and Health and Wellness, and am completing a Masters in Exercise Physiology.
I am an avid learner and teacher.
Everything is not perfect, but knowing that I have choices…priceless!
There are many correlations between my faith and exercise, and I am on a quest to discover my destiny in them…this is my journey, and this is my story.


Belly Fat: Five Ways to Lose the Pooch

By Dr. Nina Cherie Franklin via
Full article:

These days belly fat is indeed one of the most widely targeted areas of the body among men and women alike. Walk into any gym and you’ll find countless people spending a large majority of their workout time engaging in ‘belly fat boot-camp’ on “ab” prefixed machines while simultaneously downing placebo meal replacement shakes that promise to ‘melt away’ the fat.

Belly fat (visceral and subcutaneous fat) is a multifaceted problem that’s linked to a variety of uncontrollable factors (genetics, gender, and hormones). However, by incorporating a focused exercise regimen with the right combination of foods, you can effectively overcome many of the uncontrollable factors and successfully lose the pooch for good.

Here are 5 ways that you can do this.

1. Get Adequate Amounts of Protein

Adequate protein intake is extremely important for ridding your body of unsightly belly fat, as it’s critical for preserving muscle and maintaining a healthy metabolic rate. Protein also burns stored belly fat by increasing the rate at which it is mobilized and used for energy. To ensure sufficient intake for losing the pooch, it’s best to consume about 0.55-0.82 grams of protein per pound of your body weight. The more active you are the more protein you’ll need.

When it comes to choosing protein-rich foods, low-fat dairy products or dairy substitutes, fish, poultry, and/or lean meats are best as they are low in saturated fat and high in essential vitamins and minerals. You can also get an adequate supply of protein from whole soy products (tofu and tempeh) or a combination of other food sources like  nuts and seeds, beans, and dried peas.

2. Eat Sizeable Amounts of Healthy Fats

Healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats (omega-3 fatty acids) have been shown to prevent … Read the rest here -


And THE BURN continues! JOYFULLY!!

Being 50 is liberating, empowering, strength built on life experiences that, from this vantage point, I would not trade…

I continue with my health, wellness, & #fitnessjourney here in #mygym #mygymanytimeanywhere #exercisingwhereilive , and #leglifts to tone & strengthen #QUADS & #lowerabs.

I work now. So, waking up early is purposeful to continuing FIT EXERCISE IN MY LIFE, #exerciseaslifestyle #exerciseashealthyoption #exerciseasahabit #noexcuses

I #BURN, beginning my day in strength, joy, ready to face mental & physical challenges.  #myworkisphysicallydemanding

Life is hard & demanding.

Exercise should be as important as eating healthily, an off-shoot of your faith, educating yourself, loving, invested time, and pursuing your dreams: the gutsy part of you you choose to feed, strengthen, invest in, & increase - what would you be without these…?

Celebrating while Living THROUGH the BURN!

September 17, 2014!

My 50th Birthday Day!

CoWorkers, patients, & my son surprised me with love, party, gifts (rockin’ my tiara, heh!??), fun, celebration, & food.

I am SO GRATEFUL, BLESSED & ENJOYING the ‘now’ and the greater that lies AHEAD!


Today, September 17, 2014:

I am 50!