As An African American Woman

Hi everyone! Happy Monday to you all! I had a wonderful weekend. I had sometime to myself on Saturday (No kids so I got a lot done). On Sunday I was able to have a lovely father’s day lunch celebrating my husband, father, grandfather, and uncles. I feel so grateful for the men in my life. It was nice to be able to spend time with them and my family.

This week I released my official “Save the Date” for my upcoming webinar titled, “Let’s Talk About It!” African American Women & Health. I am excited to combine my two passions, wellness and African American women, and present something to you guys that I am extremely proud of. As an African American woman it really bothers me when I go online to look up statistics regarding our health, and find that we have the highest numbers in the worst areas. Something definitely needs to change.

Not only am I darkened by the country wide statistics, but I know first hand by just looking around in my own family, how serious the situation is. I have family members with hypertension, obesity, diabetes, and cancer. Although they are doing their best to thrive with these conditions, where was the concern for prevention in the first place?

This webinar is a way of me taking the first step in my life (and hopefully lives around the country) to support the women in my family and my community to help them live a healthier life. Won’t you join me?

Let’s Talk About It! African American Women & Health webinar is on Thursday, July 11th at 7PM PST via Zoom.us. If you know anyone who may benefit from this special event please have them sign up by emailing wellanfitcoaching@gmail.com.

I look forward to seeing you there as well. Together we can support each other, and make change happen!

Be well you guys!

-Dominique Michele

Live. Love. Well & Fit.

P.S.

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Tackle Your Tuesday: Breastfeeding Awareness Month 


I’ve always been sensitive about my breastfeeding journey. I was only able to breastfeed my children for 1-2 weeks before I had to supplememt with formula. My milk supply would never come in. I went to see specialists, and though I followed all their tips and instructions they gave me, it still wasn’t going well. Even after my latch was corrected. My low point came when my lactation consultant suggested I try and pump my breast, and when I tried I could barely fill the bottom rim of a bottle. I was discouraged and heart broken. Even today I feel like I could have been better. I was extremely stressed, which didn’t help in regards to producing milk, and I eventually learned that having a c-section and the medications involved before and after had a significant effect on my milk supply as well. I continually engaged nurses who told me ,”Oh everyone can breastfeed” Which lead me to believe there was something wrong with me. I felt judged every time I would prepare my baby’s bottle with formula. Then my husband said, “He (Cahlil) won’t look at you any different. You are still his Mommy.” He was absolutely right. Although all my children received the colostrum in the hospital I never was able to come to peace with my breastfeeding struggle. Over time I have learn to be ok with it. I know the wonderful benefits associated with breastfeeding, and I am now even a certified breastfeeding peer counselor  (I had the hardest time in that class btw).  Although I did not succeed, it does not make me less of a mother. So for all you mommas out there struggling or are breastfeeding champs I applaud you. Keep giving your baby the best, and the next time you see a mom pull out formula and judge remember everyone’s story is different, and it absolutely does not make her less of a mother. You all are queens in my eyes. Happy Breastfeeding Awareness Month to you all! ☺

Live. Love. Well & Fit. 

-Dominique
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Fit For Thought: Learn how to advocate for yourself 

Dedicated to all my queens! It’s time to take control of your circumstance. I run into so many women who are not where they want to be in life, and they tend to blame it on everyone else. When really it is time to look in the mirror and change into the person God intended you to be. Certain things you’re just going to have to live with, but if you have to make a choice to change, make the right choice. Be assertive, not aggressive.  Ask for help if you need it. Be willing to stand for yourself, your family, and your community.  Most importantly stay encourage and ask God for help. Nothing is out of your reach. You can do it!
Be well you guys! 

Live. Love. Well & Fit. 

-Dominique 

Fight On!

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Hello and Happy Thursday! When I workout, I find tons of inspiration from whatever is around me. The time spent running and walking really lets me clear my mind and think. Today I ran across the breast cancer survivor board seen in the picture above. What’s funny is I walk by this bored almost everyday, but for some reason today was the day it made me think. I’m pretty sure at one time or another we have all been touched by breast cancer whether it is ourselves, a friend, or a family member, and since it is breast cancer awareness month, it is a perfect time to talk about it.

Did you know that cancer is the most feared word on the planet? I personally know three breast cancer survivors. My grandmother and 2 of my aunts. They fought breast cancer and won. I thank God that they are all still here living their lives more beautiful than ever. I guess this is why this particular board touched me so much this morning. When it is personal, it hurts more, but when they come out in victory, it is that much sweeter. I could easily throw the facts of breast cancer out to you, but I’d rather encourage you. For all those women and men out there battling breast cancer, I say fight on! Survive on! Stay strong! With over 2.5 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S. alone, it is my advice that you don’t give up! NEVER; especially, with the love of God, all things are possible, and I pray that you all can be well everyday.

Live. Love. Well & Fit.

I do want to leave you with what to look for when conducting your own personal breast exam. If you see any of these signs and symptoms call you doctor immediately.

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