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MJRadioDiva Interviews: Paige Van Zant of UFC

Paige Van Zant vs MJRadioDiva 2015
Paige Van Zant vs MJRadioDiva 2016

Before she was tearing it up on Dancing with the Stars, Paige Van Zant swung into the X107.5 stuidos to chat with MJ about her upcoming bout. Of course UFC talk, but you know MJ, she got some great girl talk with Paige too, like best way to wear your hair for a fight, how she stays so fit and more!

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HabitForge.com: Crush Your Goals…Finally!

HabitForge.com and it’s FREE!

Today marks 3 weeks past the New Year, which, studies say by 21 days you are able to successfully form a new habit. So ask yourself if you have conquered that New Year’s Resolution? Are you struggling to achieve your goal?

Who says we need a New Year to make a change? The time is now to strive for your dream for yourself and take steps toward your vision. This site is an excellent tool to help you stay on track, by helping you put goals on autopilot.
It checks in on you daily to ask how you did, and it tracks your progress. The first 30 days of forming a new habit are the most critical and it will check on you daily by keeping the “why you are going for this” fresh in your mind. Finally conquer that New Year’s resolution this year…even if today or tomorrow is the day you begin again. Believe in yourself, what you have to lose!?

HabitForge.com

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3 Times It’s OK To Do Nothing…

1.WHEN YOU ARE ANGRY 

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photo credit:thinkstock

Ever been in a heated argument and said or done things in hindsight you wish you hadn’t. When you feel yourself getting to that point, STOP, BREATHE AND DO NOTHING, 0until you clear your head and figure out where the anger was coming from and the way to move on or re approach the issue.

2. WHEN YOU OVERWHELMED

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photo credit:thinkstock

But I have to do this, this and that, but I am exhausted. STOP, BREATHE AND DO NOTHING, for even a few minutes. Take a rest, maybe you can’t nap, but you can rest your body and mind and detach from all your to do’s and you will find yourself ready to take steps to tackle everyting one by one.

3. WHEN YOU ARE SAD

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photo credit: thinkstock

Sometimes we may feel the need to continue what we were doing, even though we are feeling sad and emotional. STOP, BREATHE AND DO NOTHING. Sit with your thoughts and listen to yourself as to what is really going on and how you can take action towards feeling better and healing.

RELATED: 5 Things To STOP Doing Now

The moral of this, is when you find yourself feeling a bit out of control….it’s OK to STOP, BREATHE and DO NOTHING. Listen to yourself and you will begin to understand how to take steps to control the uncontrolable issues that come your way –MJ

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VIDEO! Body After Baby With MJ: Pole Dancing

7 months post partum now, and feeling fabulous! Getting back to my old tricks, not quite where I would like to be yet, but taking my time losing the baby weight by enjoying the journey and getting stronger every week.

Related: Body After Baby With MJ: Stroller Strides

Working out used to be my #1 focus, but now family and my little Vivian come first, and I’m ok with not being like those celebs who are back in rock hard shape after 1 month! I know what comittment like that takes and my precious time with my little one can never be regained. So if you are a new mom, my best advice, take your time and don’t compare yourself to anyone else and do what works best for YOU!

Related: Boday After Baby With MJ: Mommy and Baby Yoga

I have always loved teaching dance and pole fitness, but have taken a hiatus shortly after I became pregnant and now raising a baby girl. I still find time to workout and do the things I love and today I went to my favorite pole dance studio Shine Alternative Fitness and took a pole dance lesson with Talia Marino …she’s a bad ass and an awesome instructor!

Talia Marino, pole instrucotr at Shine
Talia Marino, pole instrucotr at Shine

She was incredible with breaking down the moves and kicked off the class with a fun warm-up too. She taught me a move called the Alegra I have been trying to nail since long before I was preggers…and I did it! WATCH THE VIDEO HERE 

All I need to do now, is learn to ‘HOLD IT’,  but not bad for a new mama getting back in the grove! Long before we had a nursery…it was my pole dance room, so needless to say, we kept the pole in there and the other day, Vivian crawled over to it and pulled herself up on it! Hey, it’s Vegas Baby! MJ

Vivian Monroe 7 month old pole dancer!
Vivian Monroe 7 month old pole dancer!

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MJ pole dance
MJ pole dance

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Body After Baby with MJ: Mommy and Baby Yoga

As a new mom, one thing on all of our minds is… will I ever get my body back?! So like many others, I was very excited to jump back into the fitness game when the DR gave me the OK, and never look back. They say, with a solid workout and nutrition plan, you can transform your body in 3 weeks, no problem right!? Well, I tried lots of classes, from stretching, dancing, yoga, Pilates… I even enlisted a trainer, nothing was gonna stop me…Until reality set in, my daughter Vivian will be 5 months tomorrow and by now I should have been back in rock hard shape  and I realized trying to stay consistent and structure a new routine with a new baby ain’t easy! My fitness goals are important to me, but my little one comes first! So I wondered, how do you do it all? Make time for your health and fitness goals and quality time with baby? This got me to change my focus from my own practice, to incorporating it with my daughter.

Read more on my journey to getting my body back after baby! Hot Pilates

New Mommies Chelsi & Blaine 2mos / MJ & Vivian 5mos
New Mommies Chelsi & Blaine 2mos / MJ & Vivian 5mos

I was inspired by my friend Chelsi Rae, she is also a proud new mommy to her son Blaine, who is 8 weeks old. We met years ago, working the biggest pool party event in Las Vegas, Ditch Friday at the Palms Casino, I broadcasted my show and she lead the sexy promotion model team, so I know fitness is important to her as well. She posted a snap of her taking her son to Mommy and Me Yoga at Belly Bliss inside Desert Perinatal Spa.  (Click for schedule and more details on classes). I knew then, this was a great class to start for Vivi and me to do some working out together (and I wondered why I hadn’t thought of this sooner!)

Plank Baby Kisses
Plank Baby Kisses

We had a wonderful instructor, Mary Luty, she lead the class, with patience, smiles, laughter, singing. And not to mention, her beautiful English accent that I know the babies loved as much as we did! The yoga flow was very good and had options to make it challenging, so I feel I got a great full body workout and got to play with my baby the whole time, my favorite part was learning the baby massage at the end. The class was full of babies and children of ages ranging from 2 weeks to 2 years old. Anything goes, from a feeding, to a diaper change (which I had to attend to) it’s just such a welcome environment for a new mom and I would suggest her class to anyone! Here are some snaps of Chelsi and I from this morning, I will be back for sure and you can always message me on FB, if you would like to join us! – MJ

Down Dog / Tickle Baby with Hair..you can see Vivs pulling mine!
Down Dog / Tickle Baby with Hair..you can see Vivs pulling mine!

And finnish with a big stretch and play!

Butterfly Stretch and Baby Play
Butterfly Stretch and Baby Play

the next day, Vivian was practicing her baby yoga moves!

Vivian Monroe 5 mos Yoga Baby
Vivian Monroe 5 mos Yoga Baby

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Body After Baby with MJ: Bellydancing

I’m now 13 weeks postpartum and I have been taking my time getting to know my body again. I’m not rushing anything, right now what is important is building healthy habits for myself and my daughter and taking steps toward getting stronger and healthier everyday, while enjoying life with my little one and not taking it so serious when it comes to fitness. Click here to read more on my “body after baby” journey. Here’s me and Vivs today #TutuTuesday, she’s 13 weeks.

To read more on Body After Baby, follow MJ’s journey : Flexibility

MJ & Vivian Monroe 13wks
MJ & Vivian Monroe 13wks

I love taking fun classes around Vegas, this week I was in the mood for a good cardio dance session, so I went to The Z Spot Las Vegas to take Debbie’s Bellydance class. What I love about this class is it awakens your sensuality, and another cool thing is, it’s safe for anyone at any level…I danced all throughout my pregnancy and even at 40 weeks to help get this baby moving out!

MJ 40weeks pregnant..belly dancing! Baby came 4 days later
MJ 40weeks pregnant..belly dancing! Baby came 4 days later

Plus, there is even guys in there dancing and having a blast…so like I said, it’s for anyone! Debbie Cazares is an amazing dance instructor, her energy and sensual moves just draw you in, she is the moist laid back, fun loving girl ever! I have been taking her classes for years, she inspires by taking bellydance and modernizing it with the latest, hottest music and turns it into a heart pumping full body workout! I reccomend you take a class, and check out the schedule at Z Spot, they have tons of awesome classes to dance too! Get your ‘dance’ on Vegas.

MJ Bellydance at ZSpot
MJ Bellydance at ZSpot
Debbie Cazares leading the bellydance class at Z Spot
Debbie Cazares leading the bellydance class at Z Spot

Where MJ started her journey, click here!

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Body After Baby with MJ- Stretching

My little Diva, Vivian Monroe will be 3 months this week, and that means “go time” for mama! Time to go back to work and back to “werk” on this body. Gone are the days of lounging around with the baby all day on Dr orders of no exercising for 8 weeeks… that was a nice break! But it’s cool, I’m ready and I feel like I have a new start with my body to retrain it and build new habits. I’ve done everything from weights, to pole, to yoga, to dance, to kickboxing… so where to start. #1 priority for my body is stretching. I encourage you to start as well, even if you have been working out, you should stretch everyday, give yourself a 3 day goal or a week. If you need a little guidence or encouragement, like I do, try a class!

back bow stretch
back bow stretch

I went to Shine Alternative Fitness last night for a stretch/flexibility class with Delphine Galliard. First off, I absolutely LOVE this studio, it offers so many fun and different classes, like anti-gravity yoga, pole dance, ballet, aerial silks, lyra and more, plus the instructors are amazing cirque performers. I started going here a few years ago when it opened, but this time I wanted to start with the roots, flexibility and stretching. Delphine was such skilled instructor, and her personality and assisted stretches made the class so much fun! She was such an inspiration, and mentioned that alot of folks are intimidated of the the studio, because of all the different cirque style classes and alot of performers train there, but made clear, that ANYONE AT ANY LEVEL is welcome and should not be afraid to try something different, there is a place for everyone to learn! I’m just getting back in the swing of things, but soon, I will be taking my pole dance, anti-gravity and aerial silk classes!! Here are some pics from our stretch class, and to read more on my journey to get my body back after baby, click hereMJ

MJone leg back bow
MJ one leg back bow
MJ standing split stretch against wall/mirror
MJ standing split stretch against wall/mirror

The best reason in the world

MJ with Vivs almost 3 months
MJ with Vivs almost 3 months

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Body After Baby with MJ: The Most Imortant Exercise Is…

Stretching! Yep, it’s nothing new, but often something pushed aside from your own fitness routine. You should always begin and end your workout with stretching, matter of fact you should stretch EVERYDAY! It’s not like a workout, where you may need to have a day between to rest, but daily stretching is great to increase flexibility, range of motion and it get’s oxygen flowing through the blood and awakens the body. Recently having a baby, I’m getting my body back, so I looked into a good stretch class in Vegas, and found Loracle, a beautiful gymnastics/cirque style gymnasium with tons of fun classes and with incredibly talented instructors, like Ivan,a cirque performer im KA who taught the stretch class.

Click here to see how far MJ has come on her post jpregnancy fitness journey – Mom and Baby Swim Lessons

MJ bac, shoulder, chest stretch with Ivan at Loracle
MJ back, shoulder, chest stretch with Ivan at Loracle

If you don’t pay attention in class, he will twist you into a pretzel!

MJ shoulde stretch with Ivan at Loracle
MJ shoulder stretch with Ivan at Loracle

I wasn’t sure what to expect, but boy did I get an amazing deep assisted stretch, soemthing you just can’t acheive on your own. He also encouraged and pushed me to try things I havn’t in a long time, like splits and back bends! This is 11 weeks after my ceserean I had with my first child, Vivian Monroe. I have been getting back into working out slowly since 8 weeks post partum, light weights, yoga, sensual dance…but most improtant when getting back to fitness after baby, for the first time or just getting back into into it period is STRETCHING! Maybe you are a habitual exerciser, but need to bring stretching back to your routine. I feel like I am retraining my body, so trying to build new fitness habits, like the best suggestion Ivan gave me…to stretch everyday! So, that’s my goal for the next week, until I see him again. (I plan to teach hubby some of these assisted stretch tequniques) so we can play together!

MJ at Loracle, Ivan made her stretch her split!
MJ at Loracle, Ivan made her stretch her split!

People have asked me how my recovery was after baby, and honestly I can say it wasn’t so bad, even going through surgery. I stayed very active throughout my pregnancy from weight training, yoga and dance and continued my same activities, but with odvious modifications. So I would reccomend practicing fitness throughout pregnancy! I never thought my tummy or back could handle a backbend stretch so soon after! I’d reccomend a class for any level at Loracle! Click here for schedule, they have tons of fun classes to try!

MJ stretching backbend..after 1 year!
MJ stretching backbend..after 1 year!

Here’s a fun one at 38 weeks pregnant after a weight training session attempting the “running man” yoga pose.

MJ 38 weeks pregnant- Yoga running man pose
MJ 38 weeks pregnant- Yoga running man pose

And belly dancing just 4 days before I gave birth..40 weeks and 1 day!

MJ 40weeks pregnant..belly dancing! Baby came 4 days later
MJ 40weeks pregnant..belly dancing! Baby came 4 days later

an here’s my adorable Vivian Monroe at 11 weeks old

MJ with daughter Vivi 11 weeks old
MJ with daughter Vivi 11 weeks old

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MJRadioDiva Interviews: Amy Lee from Evanescence

On air, Summing it all up, for more in depth with Amy Lee, links below:

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It was such a pleasure to interview such an amazing talent today that I have been a fan of for years… Amy Lee of Evanescence! Plus even more cool, we shared something in common, she just became a first time mother to son ‘Jack Lion‘ and I am expecting my first in January (a girl), so was fun to chat about the changes that come with it for the beautiful rocker.

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Amy Lee has another first under her belt, she teamed up with Dave Egger to score a movie titled War Story’, which you can watch on Netlfix. Her new album is the soundtrack to the film titled, ‘Aftermath’ which just dropped Aug 25 and you can download it here: Amazon or iTunes . Make sure you check out the video for her lead single ‘Lockdown’ off the new album below. Check out my interview with her here about the project : – MJ

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How bout some fun tips, like what color hair she’s rockin now ,  what song would she sing at a karaoke bar & her Throwback Thursday song pick!

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Lockdown [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hw2AFhU3qdw&w=560&h=315]

War Strory Trailer[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmjyp1BMTtc&w=560&h=315]

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TheVegasHookup.com : A Dating Site For Locals and Tourists

Whether you are a Vegas local looking for a hot date or traveling to Sin City looking for someone to have fun with… TheVegasHookup.com is the spot!

The site combines social networking with Las Vegas to create a location specific friend finder/dating website.  The Vegas Hookup specializes in connecting like-minded individuals, (singles or couples) traveling to Sin City with other travelers and residents. You can find a friend to gamble with, scout the best restaurants, see a show, etc…The possibilities are endless! All you have to do is fill out the online form, indicating the dates (or a range of dates) in which you’ll be in Vegas and the site does the rest. A special filtering system is in place, allowing members to narrow or broaden their search, depending on wants and desires. THE BEST PART IS, ITS FREE, and the site promises to stay that way!!

WHY LOCALS LOVE IT:  There is also a ‘Vegas Locals’ section, separating those who live in the city from those just passing through. What do you have to lose, besides your inhibitions? You could meet a sexy stranger from around the world, or an amazing catch right here in your own backyard!  – MJ

 WWW.THEVEGASHOOKUP.COM

“The idea for the site stems from the reality of people being shy and scared to make that first move. Just because you’re in a place like Vegas doesn’t mean that all of a sudden you’ll be brave. Everyone wants to have a wild time in Vegas, and I want to help that happen! It’s really that simple,” says website creator and owner Jamie Brewster.

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