I heard a message this morning that really made me think. We get so caught up in our daily lives and trying to get the dream job, dream house, dream car, and even the dream body, that we don’t enjoy the process. I have thought about this in regards to my prep for this next show and also my career. Of course, I have big goals and positions that I would like to see myself in. Ultimately, I want to make a career of teaching others how to make healthy lifestyle changes, not just temporary changes for a show or an event. But, I realized that I am getting so caught up in reaching the end or dreading the beginning, that I am not truly enjoying the journey.
For the next 10 weeks until my next competition, I have a plan to enjoy the journey more. Here it is outlined step-by-step.
- Share my experience in more details by writing in this blog
- Record training sessions of myself and my clients
- Implement a new training style for the first six weeks (German Volume Training…more on this in a separate post)
- Read more literature on nutrition and competition training
- Take my cardio outside on nice days, walking outside, or running at the lake
- Include yoga back into my routine once a week
- Include meditation
- Pray for more patience and strength to enjoy each day
Don’t ever get so consumed with the FINAL result that you forget to enjoy what it takes to get there. If you enjoy the process, the task will be less arduous and stressful in your everyday life. If you want to lose 20 lbs in 3 months, don’t just think about that last day of the 3rd month, think about what you are doing to get there. What will your workout plan involve? What new and creative exercises can you add to your regimen, and what types of creative meals can you plan. How will you be a positive influence to those around you while you are pursuing your goal? Yes, it will be hard and yes, you may slip and fall….but just keep going and please enjoy the ride!!!
“Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.”-Greg Anderson
Its the day before the competition and I am pretty pleased with my accomplishments over the last 16 weeks. No I was not perfect, but I was consistent and I didn’t give up. I am going for gold tommorow but no matter what happens I plan to celebrate! I’ve come a long way and this show is not just about me…it’s about inspiring others who want to compete. You can do it if you have faith in yourself.
I will keep you posted!
I have been very skeptical of trying this “low carb” bread by Julian Bakery. It just sounded too good to be true. However; when you look at the ingredients, you can see that the macronutrients are in exact alignment with what is needed for a cutting diet. 6 grams of carbs total with 5 grams of insoluble fiber, so the bread contains only 1 gram of net carbs. The coconut bread by Julian Bakery only has 1 gram of fat and is just 35 calories per slice. When I saw this in Whole Foods today, I just had to try it. Part of the fun of doing my own diet is that I can be creative! I need to experiment on myself first before I make recommendations to other people.
Well the verdict is….I love it! It tastes good, makes me feel full, and helps me psychologically get through a VERY strict diet. This bread is very expensive but to me it is worth it. If you cannot eat bread because of a gluten allergy or are on a cutting diet, you should give this a shot. You will continue to lean out while eating it. There are many different versions of their bread but this is the one I tried.
You have to keep it in the freezer, but you can thaw it out in the oven and make a wonderful slice of toast for breakfast. I ate this with my bison burger and zero carb noodles for lunch today. It was delightful.
I am feeling less anxious now that I am getting closer to the competition. I guess I am over the “what ifs “buts” and “not good enough” feelings. I have come too far to let anything or anyone get in my way. Quitting is not an option. I don’t really even dwell on the lack of strength in the gym or the extra cardio. The diet is also just something that must be done. I am much stronger mentally this time around and that is the difference. I really don’t care what other people think about what I am doing and I am not compromising my training plan for anyone. I have done this diet and training by myself for 10 weeks now but with the knowledge I have learned from others. This is MY time. 2014 is about me and this competition is only the beginning. I am doing my best and the competition is not with others, it is with myself.
Today after my leg workout, I went to Whole Foods grocery. Whole Foods is not a store where I do my weekly shopping but if there is a special item that I want, they will usually have it. For example, they have those lovely machines that will grind up nuts for you to make your own nut butter without the added sugar. They also have some meat and really fresh, local seafood that you will not find at other chains. Today I picked up some salsa and other seasonings and found a different type of almond milk that I wanted to try. The milk is made by the “So Delicious” company and has 5 grams of protein in one cup. One cup is only 40 calories, contains 2 grams of fat, and 0 grams of sugar, and only 1 carb. It also only has 95 mg of sodium….some meat products contain more sodium than that! I will be using this up until the last week of competition prep because it is DELICIOUS in my protein shake. It is better than ice cream!
Here is my recipe for a delicious vanilla protein shake that will have you licking the cup when you are finished. (That might just be me because just about everything tastes good at this point).
- 1 scoop of Gaspari Intrapro Vanilla flavored Whey Isolate
- 1 cup of So Delicious Unsweetened Almond Milk
- 1 and 1 1/2 cups of ice
Blend for about 60-90 seconds. If you have a blender that has different settings, use the “milkshake” setting or one that mixes at a medium speed.
Enjoy! You will definitely be sad when the shake is gone!
195 calories, 5 grams of carbs, 5 grams of fat (Depends on the protein powder that you use).
I consider myself to be more of an introverted type of person in certain situations. I only share certain parts of my life with a small group of people. Some of this comes from previous experiences with criticism and negative comments about what I am doing from other people. However; recently I have found that the more I share what I am doing with bodybuilding, nutrition, and general fitness, the more successful I am. Yes, there are some who could care less, criticize or look to see you fail, but that is a very small percentage of people. You will be surprised at who you can inspire if you just share what you are doing. This does not mean being egotistical or judgmental of others. It only means to be proud of who you are, what you do, and the accomplishments you have made.
I received a compliment in the gym today and it made me feel good. To know people recognize you are working hard and appreciate it, is a very good feeling.
7 weeks to go!
Just made this recipe today. I wanted my wonderful chocolate protein powder but did not want to just have it with water. I decided to combine my usual serving of sweet potatoes with the protein. Here is the recipe:
You will need:
-100 grams of cooked sweet potato
-2 tablespoons of coconut flour
-1-3 tablespoons of liquid egg whites
-1 scoop of protein powder
-1 tablespoon of sugar free jam
1. Take the sweet potato and mash it up in a bowl. I chose to leave the skin on.
2. Add the protein powder to the sweet potato.
3. Add the coconut flour to the bowl.
4. Add the liquid egg whites and a little bit of water.
5. Mix all ingredients together into a pudding like consistency and keep adding as much water as you need to for the mixture to be smooth.
6. Place the mixture in the microwave for 3-5 minutes.
7. Top with a tablespoon of sugar free jam.
I’m at the halfway mark of my competition prep. I started at 16 weeks and I have 8 weeks to go. I am experiencing mixed feelings right now. I am excited because I am seeing changes in my body every week but I am also a bit tired. It seems close and far away at the same time. Now is the time to really focus on my routine and posing and I am bumping up the cardio a bit more to make sure I get as lean as I possibly can in the next 2 months. The diet is going to be pretty much the same but I am not eating anymore oatmeal and I am adding in more vegetables for my carbohydrate sources. I also eat a little bit of sweet potatoes and berries as well as grapefruit, which is the diet I had from my first show. Once in a while I throw in a piece of dark chocolate. This tends to be a more non-traditional approach to a bodybuilding diet but MY body loves it. (And thank you Kelly for showing me that there are other options.) Mentally, I can stand this much better because I have variety.
I am lifting weights and doing half of my cardio in the morning and adding in a second cardio session later in the day. My cardio consists of treadmill sprinting, stairmill intervals, spin class, boot camp, and various cardio classes. My body responds the best to intervals and sprints. These activities allow me to maintain the muscle I have worked so hard for without looking too flat. I have also found that lifting weights in the morning works very well for me. I have tried to do what most people do but that is not really my style. Throughout this whole time, I have done things my way and it is paying off. I just have to keeping pressing toward the mark no matter what situations come my way.
I just have a feeling that this time will be different in a good way. My brother and his wife are coming to see me and I don’t want to disappoint them. When all of this is over, I will be celebrating with a trophy and eating an entire stack of pancakes!! (I would post pictures but I want to surprise you! LoL).
It can be hard to get your meals in at work and it’s not always possible to sit down for 15-30 minutes to eat a full meal. Sometimes I eat my meals at my desk and fortunately I am able to step away to eat most of the time. However; today was really busy and I had to get my last snack in some way. I came up with an idea on the fly. I always strive to get a protein, carb, and fat source at each meal. I decided to combine my protein and sweet potato into a pudding. I took 50 grams of cooked sweet potato, added one scoop of protein, and a little less than 1\4 cup of coffee in a styrafoam cup. I mixed these ingredients together and it came out to be the consistency of pudding. I love pudding but the instant mixes tend to have a lot of sodium. So this was a nice way to get what I like in a healthy way….and it was fast! Here are some ideas you can try for quick meals.
-Pudding made with one scoop of protein and just enough almond milk stirred in. Great in the morning before your workout when you don’t have time to eat.
-1scoop of protein powder with 1\4 cup of dry oats. Add a little water and make a “goo.”
-Add fruit into a container of Greek yogurt. You can even add nuts for a complete meal.
-Mix cooked sweet potato in with protein powder and water and microwave for a few minutes….instant brownie!
These are just a few things I have done to make sure I sneak in a quick meal on the go. No excuses!
Preparing food for the week can be time consuming. I am down for anything that makes the process easier and this is where my handy dandy crock pot comes into play. I cook everything from turkey to chili to collard greens in the crockpot. I buy a lot of meat so I like to make cooking easy. Here is one of my favorite recipes.
Crock pot Chicken
2 lbs of boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 cup of low sodium organic chicken broth
Pour the broth into the crock pot.
Rinse off the chicken and place in the crock pot.
Add seasonings and lemon juice.
Set the crockpot on high for 6 hours.
It is best to do this in the morning and by the afternoon your chicken is ready and you can eat it for lunch or dinner all week.