Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Mind games: Exercising my positivity muscle and coming in strong!

5 weeks and 2 days until stage day. Officially cutting for 18 weeks at this point...
When people think about bodybuilders getting ready for a show I think they empathize with the cardio, the lack of food, and the sacrifice of time... but I think most don't really see the mental struggle to stay positive, to fight the irritability the comes with lower calories, and the depression that self imposed deprivation can induce.
My big commitment to myself this year is to keep a good mental space and a positive frame of mind WHENEVER POSSIBLE! So far I think I have done well. Feeling super happy and positive, trying to keep my energy up, and really feel the gratitude I have about being given the ability and opportunity to compete in my chosen sport to promote veganism with my inspiring teammates.
I am about to head in to the 5th week from stage- in the past this has been a tough chunk of time for me... week 5-2 has traditionally really pushed me to my limits in regards to hunger, fatigue, and brain function. I am prepared as much as I can be and I am resolute that I will continue to strengthen my "attitude muscle" throughout these toughest weeks and get through this time with grace.
At this point my calories and carbs are lower than they have ever been but even though I feel hunger I welcome the cuts my genius coach sends me because I know that together we are going to take it to the next level this show and I will get to be a better example of a vegan athlete. I am so grateful for her guidance and bravery. I am also so lucky for the patience of my clients, sorry I am so often foggy or seem a little disconnected... and as always humbled and appreciative for the support of my friends and coworkers.
I had a great check in this week- probably my best yet, and have made strength gains steadily leading up to this point. Feeling strong and ready for more as we push forward through this last 38 days!
Here are some progress photos which I know you all love and also a request that you do something hippy-ish and send some energetic thoughts my way if you think of it. I may need them!
Macro Friendly Pizza

I am getting abs!

And Striations
I love flexible dieting!
Two year progress

Sunday, April 5, 2015

The secret to successful fat loss...

Here it is guys, I am going to give you my big secret to losing fat, gaining muscle, eating better, creating healthy habits, and changing your life... You ready??
You thought it was really going to be a secret, haha. In all things in life that you want to improve at, for all habits you want to create or behaviors you want to change consistency is the key to success. You want to stop smoking? Most people don't just flip a switch and never want a cigarette again- you have to consistently chose not to have one hundreds of times before it becomes your new pattern.
This is the time of year where people who have fallen off their new years resolution diets and workout routines are coming back into the gym. I am getting a lot of "Wow, you look lean! What have you been doing?" Umm, what do you think I have been doing?!! Eating on my diet and working my ass out every day. It isn't rocket science! Lol. 
Losing body fat, increasing muscle, increasing overall fitness- none of this is unachievable for any person, it just takes an adherence to your plan and consistent effort. Nothing happens instantly, your goals are attainable by day after day of tiny changes and improvements... the battle isn't lost because you have one off day, it's what you do the 99 other days that are going to make or break you.
There are a couple really motivational people in my gym right now that are making me want to go harder everyday. These two specific men are a part of our 90 day fat loss challenge and have without a doubt given it their all. Not a week has gone by that I haven't seen them in the gym at least 5 days a week... They have both made HUGE improvements to their health and body composition. It is so inspiring to see someone do something that life changing. I can imagine how scary it is to even take on that level of planned fat loss, as both were well within the obese range. It makes me so excited for them because they are now going to be able to do things in their lives that would have been super challenging or even out of the question for them before due to their size or poor cardiovascular health.
Bottom line, in and outside of the gym, consistency is the key to winning at life. Try it... Pick something you want to learn to do, or a new habit you want to adopt. For the next 30 days just do it, every day... You'll see.
And here I am at 9 weeks out... still a long way to go! I'll get there though because I am going to stay on my diet, do my workouts, and do my cardio!