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Your Weekly Love And Professional Horoscope For The Week Of October 8

WARNING: Venus is in retrograde from October 5th through November 16th and there are plenty of shakeups happening for us. Some will need to ignore that old flame that will come creeping back in the picture while others will have plenty of romantic and professional options to choose from. Read below to see how on point your horoscope is.

Aries

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Money and love will experience a revival this month for you, Aries, but not exactly in the way we’d hope. With Venus turning retrograde in Scorpio on October 5th, this will be a time for you to repair your finances. Remember, retrogrades aren’t always about halting progress and making our electronics break down — they also mean that things from the past could re-emerge and create a positive impact. Have you missed out an opportunity you thought was no longer an option? Be on the lookout for that money-making prospect to find its way back into your life. The same goes for your love life, as Venus in retrograde could mean giving a second chance to a past flame that you’re ready to make official this time.

Taurus

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With your ruling planet Venus in retrograde from October 5th through November 16th, expect to see some important shakeups in Scorpio, aka your 7th House of Committed Relationships. The good news? If you’re in a happy and healthy relationship, this is a time to work on that love connection by bringing up any past concerns or insecurities for a heart-to-heart discussion with your amor. Now is your time to either get out of a toxic relationship or strengthen the good one you’re in.

Gemini

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Now that Venus has sat in retrograde since Friday, October 5th, you in particular, Gemini, are not really feeling the love this month, except that it might be coming from your colleagues and coworkers more than a love relationship. You may find yourself feeling underappreciated and misunderstood. However, remember that retrogrades are still a time for personal reflection and reevaluation. You can make the most of this negative feeling and turn it into positive soul-searching, maybe even decide to look for a new job.

Read: 20 Celebrities Who Are Your Other Gemini Half

Cancer

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It wouldn’t be a proper Venus retrograde without a former lover popping back up in your life, so expect that old flame you’re always off-and-on again with to reappear once more this week, Cancer. Whoever this past fling was, it was definitely one full of intensity, so don’t be surprised if you find yourself contemplating offering that certain someone another shot or deciding that leaving the past the past is the healthiest option for you.

Read: These Latino Celebrities Fully Embody The Cancer Zodiac, And Here’s How

Leo

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Everyone is seeing from their past reemerge come this Venus retrograde, and you are no different, you vibrant Leo. While most signs may see former lovers or friendships weaving their way back into their lives again, this retrograde in your home and family sector starting October 5th means that you might find yourself finally letting go of a toxic relative or focusing on your domestic bliss to keep you grounded and fierce like the lion you are.

Read: What Do You Have In Common With These Famous Leos?

Virgo

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With Venus in retrograde starting October 5th, you may think you’ve got a strong hold on both your love life and finances, dear Virgo, but the universe is saying otherwise. This isn’t necessarily a negative, just that like most retrograde periods, it’s a time to pinpoint what exactly needs work in your life and create a clear goal-ridden path to fix whatever that is. The New Moon on Tuesday, October 8th, offers you a new opportunity to make money.

Read: 28 Zodiac Tattoos To Never Tell Your Mother About

Libra

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Sorry to say it, Libras, but you’ll really feel it this week with your ruling planet Venus going into retrograde starting October 5th. What this means is you’ll feel a definite blow to your confidence and find yourself feeling underappreciated at either work or in a relationship. It’s hard to fight against those taking you for granted during Venus retrograde, but a New Moon on October 8th will help you focus on working on your inner beauty and start fresh.

Read: Every Latina Has A Selena Outfit That Matches Her Zodiac Sign, What’s Yours?!

Scorpio

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Oh sexy, sexy Scorpio! When Venus turned retrograde on October 5th, that attractive confidence you’re known for feels to have suddenly vanished. Venus will rest in Scorpio until October 31st, but with a little help from Mercury entering on October 9th, you’ll be able to voice your feelings to those who you feel are putting you down and have too much control over your view of your self-worth. Don’t let anyone step on your happiness, you tough scorpion!

Read : Here’s The Zodiac Sign That Makes The Most Compatible Romantic Match To Your Own

Sagittarius

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Your theme for October, Sagittarius, is to walk away. With Venus retrograding in your 12th house of contemplation on October 5th, walking away is the only way you will realize the things that were toxic in your life for what they really are, and, yes, we’re talking about your love life here. Remind yourself that if it is meant to be, it will be. Otherwise, it is time you make a big change.

Capricorn

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This week is all about friendships, Capricorn, and, sadly, not in a friendly way. With Venus turning retrograde in your friendship sector on October 5th, there is definitely the opportunity to feel manipulated by someone. Beware of a backstabbing by someone thought of as a trusted friend. However, in true retrograde fashion, expect the emergence of a friendship from the past and take advantage of this golden opportunity to reconnect. A New Moon in your career house on October 8th offers a nice professional opportunity but is squared by Pluto. Don’t let someone step on you in this new career path and be wise in how you execute your power.

Aquarius

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Are you really doing what you’re meant to do in life, Aquarius? With Venus retrograde impacting on you from October 5th to November 16th, you might find your career is backpedaling and you question whether this is where you’re even supposed to be. A New Moon in your house of legal matters on October 8th might find you using sneaky strategies with a legal proceeding. This isn’t advised. Rise above using tactics just because you think it’ll help get you what you want the fast way.

Pisces 

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The theme of October is relationships, sweet, emotional Pisces, and you won’t get out of this week scot-free. With Venus turning retrograde the Friday before, and a New Moon in Libra on the 8th, intense information is coming to light. If you’re not rock-solid in your current love situation, this week could be the one that breaks it. But don’t sweat it. If it ends, it’s because it needed to and be prepared to embark on a journey of much needed deep healing.

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Kim Kardashian's Trainer Is The Most Inspiring Dominican Trainer That We Could All Use

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Kim Kardashian’s Trainer Is The Most Inspiring Dominican Trainer That We Could All Use

You know how Latinas are just tearing up the world we live in and making it more just, more empowering and stronger than ever for the rest of us? Well, this is a story about that. More specifically, about the person who has trained Kim Kardashian for the last year every single day.

Even more on point, this story isn’t about Kim Kardashian. It’s about Mel Alcantara and her story of how she uprooted her life from the Bronx to Los Angeles to follow a dream. Her transformation story is just…well…see for yourself.

We all have Kim Kardasian’s body seared into our brains.

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It’s iconic. You can’t escape it, and Latinas everywhere are thanking Goddess that curves are finally being appreciated.

Let’s be honest, though: those curves take mad work. That’s where trainer Mel Alcantara comes in.

But we know next to nothing about the woman behind her A-list client.

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Meet Mel Alcantara. She’s a proud Dominican from the Bronx, with a transformation story worth celebrating. She told HipLatina, “My mom worked two jobs in order to support all of my siblings, and we had the stereotypical drug addict and alcoholic father who wasn’t there or was there to make everyone’s life more difficult.”

“I spent most of my youth afraid. Fear is now my driver, I seek it, it is what propels me forward.”

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“Growing up I was never athletic, never joined a sport in school, never had a support system to lead me in the right direction,” Alcantara told HipLatina. “Let me tell you, life tried to break me so many times but it [messed] up and made me stronger. I chose a different path for myself, you live the life you lead. Sometimes you have to make decisions that will break you because with change comes growth. Get uncomfortable!”

Read: 25 Inspiring Afro-Latinos To Celebrate For 

It wasn’t until she was depressed, binge-eating, smoking and 70 pounds heavier post-baby that she decided to make a change.

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The lifestyle she grew up with wasn’t enhancing her life. One day, she just decided to do a fitness challenge. Three Mondays later, she woke up at 5 a.m. and starting trying. Eight weeks later, she had lost 40 pounds.

Alcantara quit her successful careers in marketing and production to get a waitressing job and focus on her fitness.

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At that point, she realized she wanted to give this feeling to other people. So she quit her $60,000-a-year job and started to waitress at night and work out in the day.

Alcantara is proof that it is never too late to start getting yourself into shape.

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Caption: “After so many years of zero self esteem I’ve spent these last years filling my bucket with self confidence. I worked my [butt] ON and this [butt] is not gonna look like this forever, ain’t nobody gonna tell me I can’t show it off. If you got it flaunt it 🤷🏽‍♀️ ”

Then, in December 2015, she signed up for her first body building competition.

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She decided she wanted to be more than just skinny. She prepped for 17 weeks and won in the Miss Figure and Miss Best Physique categories.

People started asking her if she could train them so she became a certified professional trainer.

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Alcantara isn’t the kind of trainer that you grow to resent. She lifts you up. She helps you lift yourself up, until one day, you don’t need her any more. Alcantara maintains that you’re not training the body: you’re training the mind.

One day in May 2016, she got an email from one of Kim Kardashian’s producers.

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Then, things got crazy for Alcantara. She told NBC that she told them, “Let me check my schedule,” but immediately moved from Brooklyn to California to start her new job.

Today, she trains Kardashian 5-6 days a week and a select few other clients.

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Here’s a sample of what she has Kim do:

Lat Pull-Down Wide Grip: 3 x 15 reps

Superset High Knees: 60 reps each leg (120 total)

Straight bar Shoulder Press (also known as military press): 3 x 15 reps

Superset dumbbell upright rows: 20 reps

E-Z Bar Bicep Curls: 3 x 20 reps (use a 20lb bar)

Superset dumbbell tricep extension: 3 x 15 reps

200 Jumping Jacks

60 kettlebell swings (use 15 or 20lbs)

As a woman of color, she’s smashing all the stereotypes and lifting other women up.

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In an interview with HipLatina, Alcantara said, “Women think that if they pick up a dumbbell they’ll turn into men; this is utterly ridiculous, the human body doesn’t work that way.” Exasperated because of her own experience, she also explained that women who try to do low-carb, high-cardio, detox diets is “hormonally taxing to our bodies, unsustainable and quite unhealthy.”

Alcantara is a proud “reverse dieter” and we’re here for it.

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“I used to think being fit was being lean, being ‘toned’, losing weight. I thought constantly being in a caloric deficit was just the way of this ‘fit life’. BUT it’s NOT,” Alcantara told HipLatina. “My goal is not to spend my life counting calories, weighing my food, feeling shitty about having a ‘bad day’ of food vs a a good day. There’s enough guilt and suffering just living our every day lives.”

Read: Here Are 22 Keto Recipes That Will Feed Your Latino Soul

Alcantara advocates for the tried and true natural road to fitness: fitness.

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Alcantara is also out there giving new mothers the motivation and inspiration they need to tackle that post-pregnancy weight. It’s not easy when you work a full-time job but Alcantara proves that it is possible and she wants to help mothers achieve their goals.

Sometimes, Alcantara’s posts look like torture, though, tbh.

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My point being that while she looks fabulous, it takes real, painful work to get to where she’s at. It took a major lifestyle change, but one that Alcantara says anyone could do.

But she doesn’t forget the fear and confusion she felt before she became a fitness star.

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Alcantara admits that she was once confused and defeated when seeing the fitness gurus on social media. She constantly questioned whether or not she was even capable of the same physique and success. Fortunately, she pushed through and is now inspiring thousands of people every day.

Alcantara went through a phase of jiu jitsu.

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Everyone has to start somewhere. Sometimes, it is the luck of the draw as to what you are going to be able to use to meet your fitness goals. There is also no direct path. Some times people diverge and change goals in the middle of their journey and it’s fine. Just be who you want to be and strive for the best version of that person.

Her message to beginners, especially women? DGAF.

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In an interview with PopSugar, she shared, “I remember the days of feeling intimidated by the gym and especially the weights in the gym. I always walked in and thought to myself, “Let me go straight to the treadmill or elliptical where I belong! Women don’t have confidence in the gym because they were told all their life they’re not good enough, they’re not pretty enough, they’re not strong enough! Constantly being judged by men and more so by other women.”

To this day, she has to deal gender inequality at the gym.

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The air of feeling like the weights zone is a male zone isn’t make believe. She told PopSugar, “Ultimately, I bring the fire, dedication and skill to the gym, so the other trainers respect and appreciate it and recognize me as such. The best way to overcome any sort of inequality in the gym or otherwise is to outwork and out-talent those who honestly waste too much time worrying about and looking at other people.”

Beyond the fitness, Alcantara inspires us to go after our dreams, whatever they are.

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Basically, don’t waste your life thinking about what you want to be. Start a plan and chase after the person you are meant to be.

Oh, and her secret to her relationship with her husband?

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Intimacy is one of the greatest things that keeps a relationship going. Some well done PDA can go a long way.


READ: 6 Latina Fitness Gurus You Need To Follow On Instagram Right Now

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