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Motivation for You to Move Slowly

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Okay, I did it!! I updated my Spark Page. If anyone is paying attention they will see the section in which the record comes to a screeching halt!

I've put about 45 lbs of weight back on in recovering from adrenal exhaustion and hypothyroidism. All due to the rate and intensity of training I stuck with for over 3 years. I've definitely learned to be a much better trainer because of all this. I'm starting my own online business in hopes to help others avoid this path, giving them a place with safe information. And help women push past fears in the gym. ( or ) It's time I gave back.

Anyway... so I updated my Spark Page yet I haven't updated my weight ticker yet. This is so hard for me 'cause it ain't pretty. And even though I've "confessed" the weight gain, it seems a lot different than putting it out there so visually.

There is a blog post waiting for the things I've gained through this unfortunate circumstance I've found myself in. For one I'm not the same person I used to be no matter if I've put weight back on. It wasn't by choice or in the same manner as before. Letting go of the mind games I play with myself is tough, but I'm working on it.

I'll update that ticker Monday! Better than "I'll start my diet on Monday", right!? Hopefully in this process I will not only help people, but also help motivate you to move at a slower pace. All we have is time. :)

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BOOBOORN 6/12/2014 12:29AM


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SALDAL1 2/10/2012 7:07PM

    LOVE your FB page! You're an inspiration - emoticon

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    You are motivational to say the least. I too have gained back a bit of the weight that I have lost in the four years of being a SP member. I am 5' tall and currently weigh around 120. I stopped using the scale about two months ago. I wanted to get down to 105 and was 109 last year but slipped back up. Trying to fix things in your life comes with a price I guess. Your honesty is inspirational. Keep up the good work.

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LINDAINOHIO 7/19/2011 7:15AM

    I think you have done great!! I'm on my way to being fit and lift weights 4 days a week. I added you as a spark friend emoticonLinda I always tell myself Never Never Give Up and I'm 55 years old emoticon

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MICHAEL712020 6/28/2011 10:05AM

    I understand what you are talking about the weight gain. I to have gained back some lds. Not sure why, becasue I am still walking and moving and eating pretty close to the right foods, and the ones that aren't right I eat a lot less of.

I wish you well and a speedy healthy recovery. I am on facebook also look me up if you like.

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BARRONVC 6/23/2011 5:24PM

    I've been really beat up. This is part of the reason I came to sparks. Had some adrenal issues.

What I learned is that you can fix yourself with help and you seem to be good at that. If you need any help or want to ask me questions just inbox me. You will note that I've had numerous surgeries as well as complications because my body was angry with me.

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APMAC_D 6/23/2011 8:27AM

    You have motivated me soooo much! I'm sorry you are dealing with an illness but I am sure with your knowledge and some time you will get back to a sense of happy/normal.

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FINDINGSTRONG 6/22/2011 8:18PM

    I found you and "liked" you!!

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PAULAMARIEF 6/22/2011 7:19PM

    Good luck girl. It's great that you are giving back to others. I have a FB page too Buster Fitness. I'll check yours out.

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Smarter, Not Harder

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!

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BARRONVC 6/23/2011 5:27PM

    Nice, thanks for the reflection into your journey. I'm working on that same road, less is more. I like intensity, duration, and frequency.....too hard, too long or too often and you don't recover. A balance is needed.

You are very appreciated.

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JOIE501 6/17/2011 9:50AM

    This is great! I would love to know what kind of program you train with? I would lile to build more muscle and be super strong!!

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NCFITCHICK 6/16/2011 6:48PM

    Thank you for posting that blog! It is so practical and makes so much sense! I'm just starting out and I have alot to lose so this is a process I will needed to put into place! Your pictures are great by the way and also very encouraging! Keep up the great work! emoticon emoticon

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I'm not going without a fight!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Soooooooooooooooo..... We don't ALWAYS know our future. Last thing I said was I was going for Gold. But that's NOT what happened. That's NOT the next chapter in my journey.

I was taking a long time to recover after my show in September of last year. I found it hard to lose any weight at the calories that had previously been my "magic numbers". After 2 1/2 months I finally broke down and saw my Dr. Verdict.... Adrenal Exhaustion and hypothyroidism to boot! I was devastated!

It took me 3 months to start feeling a little better. In that time I put on too much weight. But what do you do when the only thing that remedies adrenal exhaustion is also what leads to weight gain - eating and resting. Couple that with hypothyroidism and I'm 40lbs heavier.

I've spent the last 6 months fighting with the fact that this was NOT my fault. It's not like I gave up, or quit. I had no choice. Had I gave up, I promise you the weight gain would have been MUCH more. So to bust your ass for 3 years and wind up here.... is devastating to say the least. I still struggle with feeling embarrassment and regret.

I've spent the last several months trying to recover from the news of the direction my next chapter will take. It's hard when you don't get to decide what story will be written on those pages. When that story has been written for you and you must do what you have to with what you've been given. But isn't that really what I did in the first place? The journey that had me making choices that led me to losing over 100lbs, competing in figure competitions, becoming a personal trainer, and deciding to be active in my own life?

It's now that I realize just because I'm dealt something that I didn't want, doesn't mean I am less than in any way. I didn't CHOOSE what I've been dealt, but I DO have a choice in how I deal with this.

Maybe "going for gold" couldn't come until after I endured this. Maybe the best is yet to come. No one determines my fate but ME. One thing I've learned about myself through this ENTIRE process is that I AM A FIGHTER!

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MICHAEL712020 5/5/2011 3:33PM

    I can understand how you feel. Back in 2006 I was diagnosed with a brain aneurysm. Had it clamped off and doing fine now. Since the aneurysm was only 2cm in size the Dr. wanted to just watch it. I told him he was going to fix it.

Don't give up keep moving forward like you are and you will reach that new goal.

Have a Great Day
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CCVINE 5/1/2011 2:03PM

    Many types of Gold and it sounds like your still going for it that's inspiration on top of all you've already accomplished thanks for sharing

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    Hi - I came across your page and was reading about the fantastic things you have accomplished and this recent struggle - I can tell you are frustrated, but after reading all you have accomplished to date, I have no doubt that you will be able to work through this set-back and get right back on track - you are an inspiration & I thank you for sharing!!! -Shanna


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ROVERSHI 4/29/2011 11:04PM

    Wow. Just happened to check in on you and your site and saw your post. While I haven't been "officially diagnosed" with anything, and I feel good, I too have struggled with the post competition issues of weight gain and not being able to lose like I think I should.... It's definitely been a learning experience. Keep fighting the GOOD fight and sharing your journey!

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MRSPOLLO 4/28/2011 12:47PM

    Just came across your page and photos -- how inspiring. And then I read your blog -- how frustrating. Definitely take this latest obstacle as a bump in the road. Rest, heal and recover is the best medicine even if it includes 40 pounds. I'm friending and blog subscribing to keep up with your progress, best of luck. ~ Janet

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PAULAMARIEF 4/24/2011 11:31AM

    You are one strong woman. I had my share of medical issues and recovery a year ago, that left me with a different body. I think you are absolutely right "the best is yet to come".


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CHARLIESANGEL10 4/20/2011 9:56AM

    I've been dealt a hand I didn't want either...we will get just may take a little longer than we would like...we'll overcome...

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BELLA044 4/19/2011 8:05AM

  You are a fighter & an have been an inspiration to me!! Just a bump in the road, I hope you are feeling better & happy to have you back!

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LAURIE-RN 4/18/2011 6:28PM

    It is so hard when things happen that are out of control. You are right. You do have a choice in how you deal with this. You ARE a fighter and you WILL come out stronger as a result.


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GYMRAT_AT44 4/18/2011 3:34PM

    Fight on! Another figure competitor had the same thing happen! Wish I could remember who it was. She was on Spark. Keep blogging, keep working, but most of all, take care of your HEALTH! and it will take care of you. That is some serious business.

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BOBF15 4/18/2011 12:48PM

    Glad you are a fighter, I am too. emoticon

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LUVW8S 4/18/2011 9:08AM

    I am sorry to hear about your struggles. I know how hard you have worked and I truly admire you. You have set an example for so many others. You beleived in yourself and you reached your goals. You have so much to be proud of. I will be praying for you some physical and mental strength and know you will triumph over this hill into new goals! emoticon

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2010 Total Package

Monday, September 13, 2010

Just a quick update. I've not been great at keeping this blog up to date.

This year went way better than last. Happy and proud of that. I'm still not done! Getting better and better and that's all I can ask or hope for (while I chase perfection ;) ) emoticon

I've been told by several, biased and unbiased, that I got robbed of 3rd place (out of 4 in my class). I'm not worried about it. I went in knowing I still wasn't where I needed to be to expect any wins, other than the 1st place I feel in my heart.

I got several comments to keep my mind open for fitness modeling for magazines. I was a bit taken back by that. I still somehow think there was an ulterior motive.

I'm waiting on my pics to arrive. But here's what I snatched for now. :)

I spent the weekend on a unrestricted diet, indulgences but no binging. I'm up 4lbs and that's fine. I'm back at it today. Going for gold babeee!

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FITGIRL15 9/28/2010 6:37PM

    You rocked the stage, woman! Congrats!!! Keep getting better, Baby!

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ABIZZLE7 9/22/2010 1:55PM

    wow, what a transformation! Great job!

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MARVELOUS50S 9/15/2010 2:20PM look great...You are only getting better.

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KAITLYNSNAMMY 9/13/2010 10:32PM

    Amazing is right. You've got "it"!


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CAROLYN1213 9/13/2010 3:08PM

    You look amazing girl! Keep you eye on the prize!!!!

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POLLKAT 9/13/2010 12:05PM

    Well you sure look darn good to me - competing or not!! Keep up the great work.

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Updating from Last Comp. on My Way to Next Comp.

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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LOVETOWORKOUT 11/18/2009 2:10PM

    Congrats to you for getting back on track. Remember... whatever you put on, you'll have to take it back off. That's what keeps me reeled in. I had to work so hard to take the weight off this past year that I don't ever want to do that again. Good luck. You can do this.

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FULLSAIL 11/6/2009 7:50AM

    I totally get your situation. I am up about 10+ pounds from off season weight and slowly coming down.

What really helps for me is that I don't do refined sugar, wheat or flour products especially after shows. I eat that way anyway which is why I chose figure shows.

A few tips I found to help specifically are:
Keep the salt intake low
No Dairy
No Fruit sugars

I made a frozen thing in my ice cream maker where I make clean treats using almond milk, unsweetened or coconut milk, unsweetened as the base and add protein powder.

Most people think fat makes you fat but what really brings on the fat are the high glycemic carbs and sugars. Coming off shows can make a boby insulin sensitive and its not fun :)

Peace. emoticon

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MERRY.PINK 11/5/2009 3:22AM

    I get ya! I thought I knew it all and I could just tweak the diet a bit if I gained too much... somehow that didn't work. I guess we will always be trying new things in a quest to find what works right for our bodies... it may even take a few years to work it out... or maybe our bodies adapt and we'll need to change our way of dieting every year. It's a life long proccess and we have much to learn!

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MARVELOUS50S 11/4/2009 3:08PM

    Good luck...

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FITGIRL15 11/4/2009 2:04PM

    Good for you, Hun! Post-Comp can be very hard for almost everyone, I think!

I'm happy to hear you are back to your post comp 1 month weight... that's great news! I am sure that you'll set way below your first competition weight for the next show... you have 12 MONTHS which is a long time to make big changes occur! I know you can do it!

Thanks for the Update! emoticon

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