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Living in the Solution: New Goals/Perspectives

Hey friends! I wanted to elaborate on what it felt like for me to hit rock bottom, emotionally. I also wanted to talk about what I’m doing about it/how I’m currently coping and all that good stuff.

As much as I wish it weren’t true, I’ve always been someone who cares a lot about what people think. In the past I have let this keep me stuck in fear, but today I refuse to let that stop me from moving forward in my life. I know that I don’t have to stay stuck, so that gives me hope. Sometimes you need to create your own hope when you can’t seem to find it. There is always something to be grateful for. For the first time in my life, I like who I am, even though sometimes I struggle a lot.

I decided to set up a bunch of doctor appointments throughout the next few weeks to see what is going on in regards to my physical health. I doubt much has changed for the better because until a few days ago, I was struggling with consistency in my diet. It was the hardest thing to get through the past few days, but it felt amazing when I did. I have been taking things as slow as I need to, and incorporating healthy habits into my life while trying to be present and mindful of my feelings and thoughts. I set up an appointment with a psychologist to help me stay accountable and honest.

I have to keep focused and remember that my goals are going to be very different than they were before, and that my lifestyle is going to be different until I find some kind of balance that works with my fitness goals. I am used to being super structured as far as training and nutrition goes, but that is not conducive to my mental state right now. I’m not saying that I am going to stop working out or eating as clean as I can handle, but I’m not going to make myself crazy over it. Control is something that I lack right now, so attempting to control things is going to make things worse.

I am grateful through my hardships because they allow me to empathize more with others. They make me a better, less judgmental person. I gain perspectives that I would never have the opportunity to experience if they had never occurred. The best part of it all is that I might be able to help someone else through my experience.

Looking at what I can gain really brightens things up in this situation and gives me hope. It gets me excited to get better. I’ve never felt so scared, but optimistic at the same time.

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11 weeks out from the mental aspect

Happy Friday everyone! I hope everyone had an epic week. I posted yesterday about physique progress and the physical part of where I am at right now in my contest prep. Today I wanted to focus on what else is going on, including the mental and emotional parts.

It comes as no surprise that a lot of people struggle with some kind of method of covering up their anxieties or other emotional discomfort in some way. Food is a really common way to do this. Food takes our mind off a lot of things that we might not feel like dealing with in the moment. I know I was guilty of this. However, not being able to turn to food has forced me to deal with some things that I had been masking.

I am really fortunate that I have met a few really cool people in the last few months that share my passion for fitness and this lifestyle. For the first time in my life I feel like I have some positive people in my life and I actually feel worthy of good things. I have felt so good and happy, which has caused me to take a look and finally do something about a situation that was bringing me down and putting me into a continuous cycle of being in a funk. Sometimes we have these comfortable behaviors that we know aren’t good for our emotional and mental health, but we get stuck in them because they may remind us of what we were used to in the past. Unfortunately, though we know we deserve so much more than what we put up with, it can still be really hard to let go and move on from them.

So I’m going to cut to the chase now and get right to it. There was a guy that I met last year that I fell really hard and fast for because for the first time in my life I thought I found someone who had everything that I wanted. We had similar interests and got along really well and made each other laugh. I found out shortly after that we just weren’t on the same page and I could have stopped there and walked away, but I wasn’t confident enough to do it at that time. I was scared that I might not find someone I liked again. It felt like the small amount of time we spent together made it worth all the pain and suffering that I would go through after reality set back in. I valued him as a friend, but I wasn’t and still am not even sure that he even viewed me the same way. Anyways, to make a long story short, I decided to take a huge step for me and finally walk away from that situation. It might not seem like much to most people, but it was very freeing for me to make a decision purely putting myself first and doing what was best for me in the long run. I feel that it was blocking a lot of good things from coming my way in life, and I feel like I can finally breathe. Sure, I am going to miss this person a lot, but nothing is worth feeling like you don’t deserve what you want or that you just aren’t good enough as you are.

Rant over. If you read that, thanks. I hope everyone has an awesome weekend and does things that make them happy. 🙂 Life is meant to be enjoyed!

Progress is Progress!

Good morning! I just wanted to do a check in and put things in perspective for myself and anyone else if they are currently struggling with body acceptance. So, I’ve been working hard and making good progress, but from time to time I still struggle with accepting my body where it is. It seems I am always busting my ass and sometimes it seems like results should be coming faster, but that is not the case. Results take time, especially once you are already pretty fit. Last night I was trying on clothes at the mall and the lighting made me hate my body for a few minutes. Many people struggle with body dysmorphia, and it can be really frustrating.

I’ve been in a little bit of a funk since yesterday, but today is a new day, and I refuse to sit in those negative feelings. In the past I may have, but today I have an opportunity to move forward and keep at it.  The journey isn’t all physical, it brings up all kinds of emotional discomfort as well. I am aware of this from having had experienced this in the past. However, this time I wont let that stop me or take me off course. Instead, I will work harder and be patient with myself. I know it will be that much more rewarding in the long run.

Cleaning up My Diet and Update on My Progress :)

So, a lot of exciting changes have been taking place for me lately. I just wanted to share my progress and what I have been doing differently recently that has been making a HUGE difference in my energy and my training. I was in an accident back in January that left me with 3 herniated discs in my neck and a pinched nerve. Since the accident, I have had a lot of setbacks, discomfort and struggles with my training. The pinched nerve left me with a weaker left arm, which has been frustrating during lifting.

I recently switched from PT to Chiropractic therapy, which has made such a difference in my energy and comfort levels. I finally feel like my CNS is communicating with my body a lot better, and I’m not in as much pain. I don’t feel as restricted in my lifting, even though I am still mindful and careful.

I felt ready two weeks ago to increase my training volume and intensity, and I got a lot of motivation back that I was missing SO much.  I feel strong and capable for the first time in a long time and I am BEYOND grateful. I decided to start training for a competition, which I never thought I could do before. I have been doing a lot of research on nutrition as well, and I have changed my diet a lot as a result even though I was already eating pretty clean. I started recording everything and paying closer attention to my macros. Some of the biggest changes I have been incorporating that have been the most helpful are drinking at least a gallon of water a day, adding more essential fats into my diet, getting more sleep, changing up my splits and having less protein shakes/bars and sticking to mostly whole foods. The last has made a huge difference in the way my body feels. I try to stick to one shake a day (right after my workout) and I try to avoid quest bars, which has been the hardest! I didn’t think I would be able to hit my daily protein goal without multiple shakes/bars a day, but it hasn’t been as hard as I thought. It just requires more meal prepping and food shopping.

I will definitely be posting more on my progress because I have a lot to share about 🙂

Don’t Hit That Plateau!

There are so many variables that can be manipulated to avoid hitting that dreaded plateau during training, no matter what kind of training you’re doing. I’m a firm believer in not pretending to know it all. My focus throughout my fitness career consisted of mostly lifting/body building, so that’s where this post is headed. I’m definitely more into circuit training a lot more lately, so I’m always changing it up.

Unfortunately, the human body does adapt fairly quickly to the same old routine, but there ARE ways around this no matter what! So DON’T get discouraged. Life happens, things happen and life throws you curve balls, but it’s how you keep it moving and stay focused that makes you stronger and more fulfilled as a person. It’s okay to slip up but NEVER stay there and always keep it moving because what is the alternative?? A way to avoid being stuck in that plateau is to be sure to periodize your routines and manipulate training variables to always keep the body guessing. You can manipulate training variables like amount of sets, rep ranges, range of motion, tempo (like really focusing on that negative), frequency of training, rest, intensity, and the list goes on and on. Unloading is essential for muscle recovery, which involves decreasing intensity and amount of exercise for about a week. This should happen about every three weeks of intense lifting if you’re into serious body-building.

So, keep all of these things in mind, because it will affect your results and ultimately, your goals. Plateaus can cause many to give up and I’ve been there before, which has given me the drive that I have now to push through it. That’s why working with a trainer is so important. You can never know enough, and that’s what their job is! So take it into consideration. No matter how much you think you know, you probably don’t know nearly as much as someone else with more experience and knowledge. I personally think that every CPT can benefit from working with other trainers as well. It’s not always easy to recognize imbalances within ourselves. That was kind of a side note, but I like it so I’m going to leave it alone.

I think that the main take away from this is to just keep an open mind and use science and facts to propel you forward to a place beyond what you thought you were capable of. Always ask for help. Like I said, I don’t know it all, but if you are struggling with a plateau, feel free to reach out to me and I will be happy to help as much as I can.

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Helpful Perspective Changing Technique

Some days we wake up with feelings we don’t enjoy feeling, but a good way to shake it off a little bit is to write something down. It can be anything, preferably some kind of positive affirmations to snap your self out of that mindset. When I wake up feeling sluggish or out of it, I like to remind myself that I AM capable of whatever it is that I am in the process of accomplishing. It can be painful to write when we aren’t feeling good about ourselves or where we are in that moment, but it does help change your perspective for the most important part of your day, which is the morning!

This does not guarantee that you will have a perfect day or that you still won’t struggle a little that day, but it does help a lot of the time. It gives you an opportunity to psych yourself up and maybe even get a little pumped to get out of bed and get things going! Also, ALWAYS have some kind of plan. Structure is a huge motivator. Set goals for the day, but realistic ones. Like Arnold Schwarzenegger said, “sleep faster” because there are only 24 hours in a day and most people sleep 16. There are only so many hours, so make them count. We all only have so much time on this Earth in this body, so each day try to make the most of things.

Helpful Perspective Changer

Some days we wake up with feelings we don’t enjoy feeling, but a good way to shake it off a little bit is to write something down. It can be anything, preferably some kind of positive affirmations to snap your self out of that mindset. When I wake up feeling sluggish or out of it, I like to remind myself that I AM capable of whatever it is that I am in the process of accomplishing. It can be painful to write when we aren’t feeling good about ourselves or where we are in that moment, but it does help change your perspective for the most important part of your day, which is the morning!

This does not guarantee that you will have a perfect day or that you still won’t struggle a little that day, but it does help a lot of the time. It gives you an opportunity to psych yourself up and maybe even get a little pumped to get out of bed and get things going! Also, ALWAYS have some kind of plan. Structure is a huge motivator. Set goals for the day, but realistic ones. Like Arnold Schwarzenegger said, “sleep faster” because there are only 24 hours in a day and most people sleep 16. There are only so many hours, so make them count. We all only have so much time on this Earth in this body, so each day try to make the most of things.