Mindful Minute

Pray every day!

As simple as it seems, today’s mindful minute reflective thought is to “Pray every day!” No matter your spiritual or religious beliefs, at the end of the day, in some form there is some type of prayer. Prayer in its most basic definition is “an earnest hope or wish,” and in most spiritual belief and value systems this earnest hope or wish is made as “a solemn request for help or expression of thanks addressed to God or an object of worship.” So in your mindful mobility time, as you work through your yoga practice, take time to reflect on that earnest hope or wish, or make that solemn request for help or expression of thanks or gratitude that most commonly burdens your heart and release it through your mindful mobility practice and daily thoughts. Also, it would be a good idea to journal or write down the outcomes of your daily Mindful Minute practice time.

Mindful Mobility WOD

Today you will complete a minimum of 30 minutes of cardio and 1 Round of Sun Salutation A as prehab before or after your other resistance training or athletic activities each day.

Sun Salutation, or Surya Namaskar, are traditionally performed in the morning to greet the new day, however you can practice at anytime that’s convenient for your workout schedule each day.

The sequence of 8 postures can be a complete practice in itself, or can prepare you for a longer asana (yoga posture) or fitness routine. Sun Salutes are often performed in sets of 5, but if you are new to the practice it’s wise to begin with 1, 2,or 3 sets or rounds until you get better acquainted with the practice.

Each time you flow through this sequence, synchronize your breath (inhale – upward movements, exhale -downward movements) with the movements of your body.

The following link from Yoga Journal  provides step by step how to perform each pose of Sun Salutation

Meatless Meal of the Day (MOD)



Today’s MOD feature is Trifecta System Nutrition Sweet Potato Chickpea Salad.

Ingredient List:

  • *Garbanzo beans
  • *Onion
  • *Sweet potato
  • *Broccoli
  • *Extra virgin olive oil
  • *Safflower oil
  • *Kalamata olive
  • *Caper
  • *Lemon juice
  • *Dijon mustard
  • *Grade B maple syrup
  • *Garlic
  • *Parsley
  • *Thyme
  • *Cumin
  • *Paprika
  • Black pepper
  • Sea salt
  • Filtered water

Nutrition Facts (The Macros):

Serving size: 175 grams

Serving per container: ~ 2

This concludes Day 1 of 31 Days of Mindfulness and Meatless October.
Thanks for participating…see you again for Day 2

~Peace and Love~



Sometimes it takes leaving home to discover your truth & what you hold dear #Aparigraha letting go of the things that no longer serve you and making space and time for what matters the most! #OM #Shanti  #AllEightLimbs


“Discover what it means to ‘Land'” ~ @LandYogaNYC


This past weekend I got to meet  and practice with my potential India tour guide and mentor at her NYC studio! Such an awesome and inspiring soul! Thank you again to all of you who are in support of this yoga journey and my research interest! Namaste!

“When you get the courage to climb,  spread your wings,  because child you’re going to fly!” So today marks the start of my 32nd year on the earth!

Ambitions, Dreams and Goals
“I go zero to 100 real quick!”…lol! Just reading over the shower of birthday love and we’ll wishes from friends and family,  I am learning how my life has been a rapid fire lighting bolt of goal digging and dream chasing. Not a bad thing, just that it doesn’t go unnoticed.


My physical fitness level over the past year has sky rocketed. Half marathons,  full marathons,  winning fun runs and figure competitions! I went from “no place” to “first place” in a matter of 12 months!


Living Fit, Travel Light
“I live for the open road,  and the clear blue sky.” Travel is where my most creative being resides. The center of my creative heart, my intuition, the place where God speaks to me.  When I’m alone on the open road or in flight, free of distractions, this is when the seeds of the ideas and ambitions that are later manifested in my life are planted. I have found myself on this particular travel day to be very emotional,  with intermitent bouts of crying. Moments of joy and anxiety abound.  I haven’t traveled the friendly skies in over a year and a half,  and I’ve never been as fit as I am to date, plus all of this is taking place on my birthday.   So much has changed about my approach to travel,  my diet, the way I pack and prepare for a trip. When I worked as a travel nurse, I gained so much weight,  eating “conveniently” even when I thought it was healthy. I have always stayed active,  but the diet was too excessive that my physical activity level just wasn’t keeping up. Nowadays, to over indulge on food, whether healthy or unhealthy makes me nauseous.  I have found myself overwhelmed with emotions today because I have a whole new outlook my life now than in the past 30 plus years and I’m not looking back.


Calm in the Storm

“If you want to live a life above the clouds,  you have to have courage fly” I can remember my first introduction to the power of flight,  as a little girl, my grandfather’s favorite pass time to share with us was to park outside the airport and watch the planes take off. Oh if only my grandpa could see his baby girl now. ..can’t keep me out of the clouds! It’s no wonder I’m also the offspring of an air force veteran.  I still watch in awe when waiting in airport terminals for my flights, as other airplanes parade around the landing strip in preparation for their turn to stretch their wings and fly!


With flying high comes Turbulence. I once listened to a sermon from the profound TDJakes where he made the following analogy. “The devil doesn’t mess with you when you sit still, with your mouth shut, setting for less than your worth, but soon as you start climbing up, by your hands and feet and speaking words of faith, that’s when the enemy comes against you.”
Along this journey,  I’ve run across many set backs, distractors, commentators,  haters, and just down right devils.  But in sticking close to my small circle of people who care about my success the most,  I’ve overcome the traps and turbulence with grace and continue to live a life above the clouds, all because I choose not to care what people think of me.


As the saying goes,  “you must be doing something right if people are talking about you” Well I know I am,  because I’m living fit and loving it!


Grace for the Journey
“Live for today,  and ponder tomorrow,  but never ever look back”
Today I just touched down in the magnificent city of New York! Everything about this place is amazing.  So blessed to have made the contacts that I have made within the city. The founder of the urban obstacle race called City Challenge Race is so graciously hosting me during my stay here. I’m here for work and fun and love it! As a volunteer and intern for the City Challenge Race, I am embarking on a journey I would have never in my dreams imagined.


Also while here I will be able to meet my #yogisister Lara Land, and practice at her studio. Don’t forget,  I am still raising funds to journey with her to India in the spring. You can follow the link below to learn more: http://www.gofundme.com/eokl2k

~Until next time…Live in Love…Live Fit~



An overview in pictures of the journey to the stage, I will be adding new photos as the big day arrives, so this post will have frequent updates so stay tuned:

Backstage Coach Checkin after prejudging

Making new friends - Erin a Womens Physique Athlete from South Carolina
Posing practice in the official suit!
14 Days - Bloat Week



Carb loading and my Gym Monster







It’s Week 3 of the #AuraCacia Chakra Journey and we are now visiting the fiery energy of the #SolarPlexus!

solar plexus chakra

solar plexus chakra

The solar plexus chakra, known as the Manipura in sanskrit, helps invigorate healthy metabolism, while minimizing the stagnating effects of couch potato syndrome.

Location midway between navel and base of sternum
Sanskrit Name Manipura
Color yellow
# of Petals 10
Element Fire
Mantra Ram
Mind personal power
Emotion expansiveness
Spirit growth

Also, I am once again rallying votes for my photo entry this week in the Chakra Journey Photo Contest! Please visit this link to vote: Candice’s Chakra Journey!

“#WildThing ….. you make my heart sing…..!” #Camatkarasana ~ “The ecstatic unfolding of an enraptured heart!” #flexyourplexus balancing my #solarplexuschakra #backbending #coreenergy #confidence #yogagirl #yogalife #yogapractice #yogalove #yogadogs #dogsitting #wildthings #gentlegiants #standardpoodles #goldendoodle #puppypoodles #puppykisses #puppylove #curlygirl #curlydogs #Shanti #OM #Namaste


WIN a FREE Month of Personal Training with my Spring 2014 “Share My Journey” Contest. Winners not only receive a FREE Month of Personal Training Sessions with me as I prepare for the NPC & SNBF 2014 Bodybuilding, Figure, Fitness, & Bikini Competition Season, but also winners will be invited to a front row seat to all of my shows during the 2014 Competition Season!  Along with other prizes as well as be featured on my Biweekly Blog Updates as an Ambassador for Wellness!

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Will you be 1 of 3 lucky winners in 2014!? Winners will be announced in February, Training begins in March!

*3 People will be selected, 1 person for each month of my Preparation Period: March, April, & May for Training!*


*Your story can be about any fitness goal you have. It does not have to relate to bodybuilding, running, or any specific sport I engage in. This is your journey as well as mine! Let’s reach our destinations together!*

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Contest available for Anytime Fitness-McCalla location ONLY!

Good Luck and Looking forward to YOU joining me on my Journey to the Stage and Beyond!




The 2013 Year End Update

Welcome to the Introductory edition of AnyTimer Life: Your Monthly Source for Everything That’s Happening with me and the personal trainer team at Anytime Fitness in McCalla!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays AnyTimers, Clients, and Friends!

The end of 2013 is here and we have tons of exciting activities going on at Anytime Fitness in McCalla for you in 2014 and we would hate for you to miss out on all of the FIT and FABULOUS FUN! ~ Candice, Cory, & Wayne, your Anytime Fitness Personal Trainers

December 2013 Happenings:

December 2013 Countdown to Christmas: Client Appreciation Month

During the Month of December names were drawn from our pool of awesome personal and group fitness training clients for daily prizes! Below is our list of winners that can be found by clicking on the picture below:


Each Winner Received  a special gift from their individual personal trainer!

January 2014 Happenings:

Grand Opening of The ARBONNE Nutrition Store

Let me help you meet your personal nutritional needs at Anytime Fitness – McCalla with the Arbonne Essentials™ Nutrition Supplement line. Stop by and shop with me today to order products or send an email to candicehubbard@gmail.com to set up a Nutrition Consultation.

Launching Series One of The ARBONNE 28 Day Detox Nutrition Boot Camp Program

January 3rd through 31st receive  guidance, accountability partners, a cleansing nutrition plan with product recommendations, personal trainer guided workout and fit tips for 28 days to help cleanse and detox your body and set your intentions for a successful and healthy 2014!  We will discuss goal setting and strive to meet those goals in 28 days. Prizes will be awarded to those who complete the program and meet their goals! Register on or before Jan. 1, 2014! Fee: $25

New Group Fitness & Education Classes

Taste n’ Talk Tuesday – a formal 30 minute nutrition Q & A class. Register in advance each month and submit questions about nutrition that I will formally research answers for and discuss during the class session as well as prepare and share a healthy meal idea while you have a chance to sample the nutrition supplements from the Arbonne Store and place orders. – Class attendance fee: $25/ month Classes will take place on Tuesdays at 6pm
BodySculpt – a 30 Minute Strength and conditioning circuit class: Class registration fee is $32/month  (members) or $40/month (non-members) Class will take place on Wednesdays at 5:15pm


The Statewide Scale Back Alabama Contest for 2014

To support Alabama’s Mission to get Alabamian’s Healthier in 2014 we are doing our part at Anytime Fitness McCalla! Create a team of four people and join us the week of January 18 through 24 for the official weigh-in!  Each team will compete to Lose 10 in 10! 10 Pounds in a 10 Week Period and be entered to win CASH Prizes from the State Health Department! We will be hosting kick-off activities beginning on the 16th of January with a FREE Zumba Fitness Party! Stop by the gym for more details or contact me at candicehubbard@gmail.com or visit www.scalebackalamama.com

dancing through my journey

My Official Launch of the Spring 2014 “Share My Journey” Contest

*ANYTIMERS ONLY: Do you have a story to share? Need an extra boost to get you to the next level in your fitness journey? Create a brief YouTube Vlog (Video Blog) Post about your fitness goals and where you are in your current Fitness Journey! Inbox the link to your Vlog Fitness Journey Post to candicehubbard@gmail.com by January 31, 2014 for a chance to win a FREE Month of Personal Training sessions with me, Candice Maria / Fitness Model at Anytime Fitness McCalla as I prepare for my 2014 NPC and SNBF Figure competition season, along with other prizes as well as be featured on my AnytimerLife Monthly Blog Updates as an Ambassador for Wellness!

Will you be 1 of 3 lucky winners in 2014!? Winners will be announced in February, Training begins in March!

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Feel The Ritmo (Rhythm) 

“The flame of this beautiful art is now in your hands. You can dampen it, you can burn yourself or your brothers and sisters, or, afraid of its heat, you can let go of it. I hope that you take good care of your Capoeira and kindle this fire alive and powerful, enlightening your life.”

– Mestre Accordeon

Eu sou Capoeira (I am Capoeira). Capoeira is a very special martial art and practice near and dear to my heart. The background of its historical origins alone, fascinate and empower me to continue to practice regardless of what level of ability my physical body is in. Once you realize that each person’s Capoeira is individual to the person who has taken hold of its fundamentals, you take ownership of your physical ability to play the game on your own level and not the level of the opponent that you play against.

Capoeira is about respect and family. Fellow Capoeirsitas are our brothers and sisters in this family. Capoeira is an art composed of balance, a delicate rhythm of dancing and fighting, a rhythm and flow joined together simultaneously  in to one fundamental movement and goal. It’s a conversation between brothers, sisters, and friends. Capoeira is heritage and culture.

In Capoeira, every word in the conversation begins and ends with a signature greeting, a fundamental movement called the Ginga. It is vital that every practicing Capoeirista finds their signature Ginga, because it becomes their rhythm and balance for the jogo (the game) in which we play in the roda (circle). The roda is the center piece of the Capoeiristas conversation when they play the jogo de Capoeira!


Below is a of video of some of my Capoeira practice, when I am unable to make it to our group training sessions. I mainly focus on my fundamentals when I practice solo. Especially working on my Ginga!

Descriptions of the Movements Seen in the Video (Wikipedia):


The ginga (pronounced jinga; literally: rocking back and forthto swing) is the fundamental movement in capoeira.Capoeira Angola and capoeira regional have distinctive forms of this movement. In Angola, ginga is a very free and individualistic, while in regional the ginga has a more structured look. In most Regional schools, the ginga is learned the same way until the aluno advances to a certain level and begins to develop their own style of using it.[1] Both are accomplished by maintaining both feet approximately shoulder-width apart and then moving one foot backwards and then back to the base, describing a triangular ‘step’ on the ground.

Ginga movement is done to prepare the body for other movements such as evading, feinting and even delivering attacks. The ginga keeps a capoeirista in constant motion, making them a frustrating target for a forward-advancng opponent,.[1] It also provides a synchronization of the arm movement in such a way as to either avoid and slip under attacks. The torso and legs are usually low to assist in evading high kicks and balance. As there is not a static position to the ginga its speed is usually determined by the toque or rhythm that is played by the bateria. The Ginga is also capoeira’s most recognized movement. Very few martial arts employ a constant rhythmic movement that matches the ginga.


A series of side to side feints done with the torso to deceive the opponent, throw off their timing, and make it harder for them to track the centerline. In a similar manner as a speedskater, the bodyweight is shifted from one leg to the other in a slight lateral hopping/sliding motion while the arms move in a similar fashion as they do during the ginga. The balança is usually done from the forward ginga and is also known as the Cavalo. As with other movements in capoeira, all types of kicks, handstrikes, or headbutts can be executed unexpectedly from the movement.


One of the simplest defense movements. With the feet flat on the ground the player squats with the knees to the chest so as to close the body and covers the side of the torso and head with one hand while the other is flat and to the side for support.

Another variation of this involves squatting with the balls of the feet on the ground and arms crossed in front and above the face.

The Capoeira Journey Never Ends…

Another fundamental aspect of my Capoeira Journey outside of my training classes with my Professor has been the precious experiences and gems(tips) I have gathered from fellow more advanced Capoeiristas in my group and members of other groups as well, because we are all one big family with a common goal. The individuals listed below have encouraged and motivated my journey in some way.

My Capoeira Familia ~ Capoeira Passo a Frente

capoeira familia loco luna

“Everyone has their time. You’re doing well.” ~Aldanie ~ Macaquinho ~ Capoeira Passo a Frente


“If you ever need help with practicing any movements outside of class, let me know. Here’s a reminder to keep training (gives bracelet with ‘Eu Sou Capoeira’ written on it)~Regata ~ Capoeira Passo a Frente


“Everything begins and ends with Ginga, work on your Ginga. Use Ginga and movements like Balança to buy yourself time in roda, if you are having trouble thinking of the next attack movement you want to execute.” ~ Canhoa ~ Capoeira Maculele


“You have your Capoeirista nombre….Sorriso…nice..I agree….Now you get to play the Jogo with a sense of purpose !!! ….You owe me a roda.”  …. “I expect to see you pulling off this move pretty soon.” Feijao ~ Grupo Capoeira Axe ~ Virgin Islands 


~ Obrigada todos ~ Beijos~ Axe’ ~


batizado sorriso