Updated: Sep 1, 2020
Featuring Fitness Trainer, Yashika Cherry
“My goal in life is not merely to survive but to thrive and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor and some style.”
Dressed in a tan blazer, denim jeans, and shoes that can make a statement of their own, She approaches the table with all smiles. Instantly I knew we were about to have some fun! As we look over the menu, we both joked about how hungry we were. After a few laughs, we decided on our meal selection, stuffed mushrooms with white wine sauce. Before long, we were enjoying our meals, and conversation had kicked off almost effortlessly. As I sat across from her, I was all ears. Her story was one of strength, determination, and courage. Her vibrant energy set the tone for a fantastic interview, one I could not wait to share.
Yashika Cherry, the founder of Lifestyled by Yashika, is a dynamic woman of God that has uniquely connected passion with purpose. Empowering women to create a life of elevation, health and well-being, Yashika Cherry certainly knows how to create a lifestyle of living your best life! Check out her interview below…..
PDWM: Just in case the readers of PDWM are not familiar with “Lifestyled by Yashika” would you mind sharing what it is and what you do?
YC: “Lifestyled by Yashika” is a lifestyle brand that empowers people to embody their best life now. It exists to help them get and give the most out of their living experience from the inside out. A person’s lifestyle or the way they live on a daily basis has a direct effect on their wellbeing and how they perceive life. So what I do is transform the way women live through lifestyle and wellness coaching which focuses on creating balance between work, nutrition and health, emotional and stress management, as well as spiritual and mental wellbeing. I also provide fitness training services. My mission is help women attain true fulfilment.
PDWM: Why did you decide to pursue a career as a fitness and lifestyle coach?
YC: For me I wouldn’t necessarily say that I choose a career in this industry instead I was more so cultivated in it. Being active has always been a huge part of who I am; I kind of absorbed it from watching my father live the same way. Throughout my teenage years, I would gather my friends together from time to time (when they were willing) and conduct workouts at a local track or park because it was just a part of who I was. I tapped into mediation in high school and remembered being told it was weird by my peers. For as long as I can remember I exercised practices to nurture my internal and external self but I was never really intentional about it—it was just a part of who I was. I believe when any person does something naturally that seems to be beyond their age or mindset it’s something God choose to give them. They’re just showing remnants of that. As I became older I made a decision to place value on what I was naturally able to do in the fitness and health industry. I started taking it seriously and recognized it as a part of my purpose, to bring out the greatness of others.
PDWM: What is your fitness and lifestyle philosophy when coaching?
YC: The mind, body and spirit were created to work in perfect harmony with one another. You cannot nurture one without nurturing all. Doing so, brings about true fulfillment.
PDWM: What is your definition of lifestyle? And what does a healthy lifestyle look like to you?
YC: The definition of lifestyle has been used so much by the commercial industry that I think it gets used out of context, or either is not fully expressed in its depth. Most people hear the word and think of luxuries like fashion or beauty, but these are just compartments of the term. Lifestyle is simply the daily rituals, thoughts, ideas and habits a person practice each day. So what you think and do daily makes up your life. The problem is so many people have created a life below their desires without knowing it by carrying out the same limited thoughts and habits day after day. The paradigm is any person can create a life they desire by being intentional about their thoughts and habits every day. A new lifestyle can be designed and redesigned over and over again. A healthy lifestyle simply means that a person is living life at their best. Their mind, body and spirit is kindred and not at war with one another.
PDWM: What do you enjoy most as a fitness and lifestyle coach and what have you gained personally by working with women?
YC: I enjoy seeing weight decline on a scale, but what I enjoy even more is seeing women get a mental breakthrough. I think it is the highest compliment for a client to tell me it’s easier to eat right because they never conceptualized the body as a precious machine. Or that it’s now easier to exercise despite how they feel because they now understand that it’s the relentless spirit that pushes the body and the spirit never grows tired. The mental breakthroughs are what I pride myself on because I know if I can get the right thoughts and perceptions into their mind they will be able to implement what they’ve learned for a lifetime. Doing this type of work with women has been nothing short of amazing. Working with other women reminds me that despite our current lifestyle or economic status, we as women are a complex and powerful species. I have gained a heightened sense of responsibility to fuel the power which lies within each of us.
PDWM: What are some of the benefits women receive from working with a fitness and lifestyle coach?
YC: The benefits truly are vast and depends specifically on what each woman desires to accomplish. In any case, based on what I have experienced, each woman will receive undoubtedly is a renewed sense of being and an overall more invigorating day to day brush with life. On the outside, their physique will become slimmer, harder, more defined. Their skin may have more of a radiant glow and their energy more vibrant. They will naturally be happier and more of a contributor to the betterment of the world. But deep down something more is taking place, something only they can feel and will continue to feel and flow in forever. It’s personal for them, and that’s one of the great benefit that always manifest physical results.
PDWM: Can you give a quick description of a fitness and lifestyle session?
YC: Each program begins with a very detailed consultation. I like to make consultations very intimate if meeting in person. Since we dive into some pretty deep discussion a warm and inviting ambiance is important. By the end of the conversation, I can decide how to best help clients meet their goals. For some, this may only require simple coaching, helping them to go beyond their current practices to get better results. For others, this could mean creating an entirely new wellness plan for optimal health and well-being or even coming along to train them physically. Whatever is suggested each person will receive a consultation review and a detailed outline of the plan and strategy I will implement to help them meet their goals. They have step by step guidelines on the disciplines to commit to, along with lots of education and weekly emails to keep them motivated and accountable while working towards their goals. If fitness training is a part of the plan, we will have a demo session so they get a feel for my training style, and I get a feel for their work ethic and fitness level. Each client receives assignments designed to steer them towards hands on experiences that help charge their lives. Some examples are self-dates, relaxation methods, self-care actions, etc. The overall goal for the woman to be more engaged with herself and her well-being since many lifestyle frustrations arise from women who engage in the health of others above themselves.
PDWM: Yashika, what would you tell a woman that is contemplating a major lifestyle change?
YC: I would tell her not to overthink the process, not to race through the process, and to take it one moment at a time. Fitness, health, and wellness is a deep complex mechanism that should be understood in parts. I think women come in eager to change their lifestyle and become somewhat discouraged once they discover all the moving parts it takes to attain what they desire. Taking time to be sure they learn and gradually adjust is essential to experiencing a successful lifestyle change. She should understand it took her whole life to create her current lifestyle and it will take time to create a new one. It’s a process that takes time. I would tell her she should go into a lifestyle change knowing with anything in life all good things come to those who work and patiently wait. When it shows itself—it comes abundantly.
PDWM: Where does your inspiration to make a difference in the lives of women come from?
YC: My inspiration comes from being a woman. I know what it is to feel overwhelmed, under-satisfied and sometimes depleted from doing what we do naturally by nurturing others. We can’t help what God has created us to do, for some of us giving to our home and family is just something we do relentlessly. But because we are the support of so many things, women need to be charged beyond just those elements because if we don’t invest some of the nurturing inward we wither. We have to be at our best so we can give our best. I know that. I understand that this is my platform to make a small difference in a huge way.
PDWM: You are a wife, a mother, and an entrepreneur. How do you stay healthy and fit with such a busy schedule?
YC: It’s easy for me because being healthy, happy, and fit are at the top of my list. I absolutely love my husband, and I adore my children. They are my main motivators, aside from being pleasing in the sight of God. I need to be in the right state of mind and I must stay centered in my spirit to serve them in the capacity they need. So my family understands that it’s a must for me. Each day exercise, meditation, and activating my gifts are on my list of things to do just like cooking dinner and helping with homework. I make it work because I have to-the rest of my life will operate in chaos if I don’t.
PDWM: What are your favorite foods and are there any foods you try to avoid?
YC: Seafood by far is my favorite! I love salmon, grouper, shrimp, and oysters. Pretty much everything in the aquatic world. I also enjoy green veggies. I try not to be completely obsessed with what I indulge in but I do feel it’s okay to indulge every now and then. I am cautious about the meats I eat. I only consume meats that are white and lean, mainly turkey and fish. My carb intake is very limited. I try to take in carbs through fruit or veggies If I must have bread I only eat whole wheat and only one piece. I also try to avoid anything processed because our bodies just weren’t created to digest them. Processed food lack the healing and enhancing properties that live food give us. I don’t’ make eating them a practice because I believe they have detrimental effects on the body.
PDWM: What foods would we find on your grocery list?
YC: I shop for things for myself that can be put together quickly or tossed into a bag to take with me since my family life is very busy. I get lots of citrus fruits: grapefruit, oranges, and lemons. Herbal life protein shakes, bottled water, tuna, and green tea. For quick salads I pick up cucumbers, spinach, kale, and romaine lettuce. You would finds some bananas, lean protein: eggs, turkey breast filets, and skinless chicken breast. I think that red and green peppers can make any dish better so I always stock up on those and if I’m treating myself for hard work done I’ll add strawberry cheesecake to the list lol.
PDWM: What is your best advice for women wanting to achieve personal fitness goals?
YC: I would advise any woman wanting to achieve fitness goals to be prepared and stay prepared. Lifestyle is all about consistency and the more elements you have tugging at your life the more prepared you need to be. Have an exercise schedule and stick to it right down to the days and times. Establish an eating schedule and stick to it. Keep healthy snacks on hand so you’re never caught off-guard. Fitness can only be attained through intention and discipline.
PDWM: Lastly, are there any quotes you live by? If so, what is your favorite?
YC: My life stands upon quotes. I absolutely love them! It’s hard to narrow them down so I’ll just say what keeps me fueled toward my better is a quote from Henry Davis Thoreau that says “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you’ve imagined.” It reassures me that pursuing my dreams will bring me the fulfillment I desire. Maya Angelou also holds a special place in my heart. Everything she ever said was golden, but one of her quotes sums up my life’s mission: “My goal in life is not merely to survive but to thrive and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor and some style.” That’s what I want life to be for me so I strive to LIVE MY BEST LIFE NOW!