Thursday, June 16, 2011
Wow! I woke this morning to an email saying I was chosen for the Sparkpage Motivator of the day! What an honor!
I'd like to take take this opportunity, when traffic is a little higher here, to give the other side of a journey full of "balls to the wall". Heed my warning, please.
There is a smart way to reach your goals and a not so smart way to reach your goals. The most important thing you can remember, is this is a process. It takes time. That goes for those of you wanting to compete as well. It's about coaxing your body and not forcing your body.
You can lose all the weight, but if you aren't healthy what's the purpose? Vanity isn't worth it. This is supposed to be about our health. Keep that in focus as you progress. Sometimes it's easy to get carried away. Trust me, I know all too well.
Your body was designed to adapt to stress. You have to take time to recover and rest just as you have to get your cardio and strength training minutes in. It's equally as important. Otherwise, your body will continue to adapt to higher and higher demands. Without sufficient calories, this will leave you with a body that will slow down and require more and more activity on top of less and less food to lose.
Be SMART! Every so often take a week off. Take a week or two to eat more food and go easier with the workouts. Give your body time to recover and rest. Coaxing your weight loss... not forcing it.
You WILL get "there" and you will be healthy when you take this approach instead of the forceful approach. Love you and your body NOW. I'm STILL practicing this one, but it's turning out to be the best lesson I'm learning.
It's okay to slow down, practice, practice, practice. Take the time to let go and give yourself some credit. You will be amazing... but you are also amazing now.
Good things come to those who wait. :)
I'm in the process of starting up a new program online (free) to help teach beginners the ropes. Again, patience, LOL. Follow me on FB! www.facebook.com/GirlzCurl2
Wednesday, November 04, 2009
I suppose an update is overdue. SO here 't is.
Hmmmm... Where do I start? :)
Had I only known what I know now I may have prepared myself a lot better for post competition. Live and learn, right? Yeah. So apparently... when you diet so hard for so long, once you go back to a lax diet your metabolism is about 10x more active in storing fat. I had to learn this the hard way.
I weighed 154 the day of my competition, Sept. 12, 2009. Less than a week later I weighed in at 167.5! Somehow the number wasn't enough to control my eating habits and I was quickly learning I still have an "issue" with food. A month later I was weighing 172. I finally seemed to stall around here.
I needed a goal to keep me focused, so I picked one of the shows for next year to shoot for in May. But, as my weight would not cooperate I felt as though I would be repeating another race-to-the-finish-line competition. I surely didn't want to do that again! I wanted to do it RIGHT! I know slow is the way to go.
I decided to pick the same competition I had just entered, for next year - should be around Sept. 2010. This gives me a little less than a year to drop the weight I need to and come in shape, slowly. I hired a nutritionist to help me learn some things with my body, as I seem to be a complicated loser. I started my new program last week. I'm now down to 163. I'm feeling much better and clothes are fitting again! Hoorah!
I'm also trying a new workout routine. My trainer/partner and I have come to the fork in the road. I always knew the day would come but I didn't expect it so soon. I'm saddened but "okay". I know I can handle it and I will learn even more than before. Change provokes growth.
My new routine is only 4 days a week, but seems a LOT more intense. I should see some glute growth and I'm also working on my lats. I think this new program should do the job.
Stretchmarks! 2 of 3 procedures done! I feel vain, but don't care! Having these stretchmarks on my stomach as bad as I do, have really led to a lot of insecurities. I think it will be worth it in the end. I already saw a difference in the first treatment. I'm excited to see the accelerated progress after this 2nd treatment. I'll post before and afters when the process is over.
Ummmm... guess that's it! I feel more centered than I ever have and I am embracing change as I've never done before. I know with the change (especially the one's I want to fight) comes great things. Bring it on! :)
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