Hey there all! I hope everyone had a great week. I gotta say that I did. I just felt a good balance and serenity that I don’t feel all the time and I’m diggin it! I decided to take a few minutes and go over my goals and aspirations for after my competition because I think it is important to always have a solid plan. That’s just how I roll.
First and foremost, I plan on reverse dieting and slowly increasing my calories and decreasing my cardio as I continue to put on size. I refuse to let myself completely rebound after working my ass off. I would like to still seem relatively lean in this off season. I am excited to eat more and rest my body more and get healthy again so I am in the best position possible for the next prep.
The original plan was to hit a few stages, but I am listening to my body and it definitely doesn’t want that for me right now. I am also going to finally be responsible and think of my health and make a bunch of doctor appointments that I have been putting off for far too long.
I also plan on getting back to consistently working on my NASM corrective exercise certification and applying what I am learning with myself and my clients. I am almost finished but I have to study for the final exam, which I heard is pretty difficult. I am looking forward to focusing more on work and seeing what else is out there in terms of training. Some exciting things are in the works right now actually. My friend Lori and I are working on building a company that specializes in in-home personal training, so that’s really exciting and I’m looking forward to seeing how it grows.
A big one for me is that I also want to travel more and gain more lovely experiences to look back on. Life is too short and I feel like I haven’t done much because I was never in the position to. Not that I’m loaded or anything, but I have some money saved and I have a more flexible schedule now than I will probably have again for a very long time after the next year or so.
Somewhere in between all those other goals, my priority is to save money at the same time and work on moving out of my house and living on my own. I’m not sure when that will be. My goal for myself is sometime next year or the following year at the absolute latest. I would like to live in Florida, so that is something I have been seriously considering.
So, that’s where I am currently at. This experience has definitely made me look at life differently, but I will save that for another post! Hope everyone has an awesome weekend! Thanks for following.
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!
Good morning 🙂 I Hope everyone is having a lovely week. I just wanted to post about what is going on at this time during my prep because I haven’t posted in a little bit. To be honest, I wasn’t feeling well for those weeks and found it nearly impossible to get anything extra done in my life. I missed several weeks of going to the chiro, which isn’t good for me with my neck issues. I ended up passing out at the gym one day last week, probably due to something with my pinched nerve (no bueno). I’m happy to say that as of the past few days, I am feeling much better and healthier.
So, I have 11 weeks left until my show on April 9th, and it has definitely got a lot more challenging for me to stay focused. I had almost no fats in my diet and it was taking a toll on my body. I didn’t feel as if things were functioning properly and I was in a bit of a funk. I also struggled with going overboard on my cheats, which only made things worse. I sort of took my diet into my own hands and very slowly added certain healthy fats in place a some of my macros that had been coming from carbs. I still followed my plan, but used my knowledge of nutrition (NASM FNS FTW!!!)
I am learning a a lot about my body and what is best for me. There are so many different approaches to bodybuilding, and not all of them work for everybody. Some people do better on higher carbs while some function better on a higher fat diet. I think I am the latter. So, now I am at a point in prep where I am carb cycling. Right now this means that I have several days a week which I take in almost zero carbs, except for very low carbs from my veggies and nuts that I am eating (which are almost nothing). I am doing well with this so far.
I also experienced a lot of mental/emotional stuff that I will post about in a separate blog, because that will make this much too long and I don’t want to ramble. I’m going to post pictures of my physique progress in another post following, so y’all can see what work was done so far during prep.
Have an awesome day! ❤ xoxox
Good morning everyone! Happy Monday! I’m feeling pretty damn good about this being the first full week of 2016. I was never really one to come up with New Year’s resolutions, because I try my best to live with integrity every single day and always have a few goals that I’m working toward. Timing will NEVER perfect in anyones lives, so I’m a firm believer in just going for what you want and what is going to grow you and get you closer to who/what you want to be.
I’ve found that sharing my journey with other people makes me feel better and hope that it inspires people as well. I decided to try and grow my social media platforms to reach more people and connect with more people who have similar goals for themselves, not only through fitness but to just do better in life in general. I wanted to post about this because it helps with accountability to tell other people about it. OK, so the point of this post is that I have decided to start a youtube channel. I’ve had one to watch other people’s videos, but I have never posted anything of my own. I have no idea how to really use it, but we all have to start somewhere and that is what I’m going to do. I will post it when it’s up in case anyone is interested.
Have a lovely week friends.
I guess I’m just bad at blogging. I try to stay consistent with this, but life gets the best of me and I forget. I’ve been enjoying the work that I’ve been doing. It is a blessing to be able to make a difference every day and to help motivate people go after their goals and put themselves first. I love it so much I just wish I could do more of it! In the meantime, I can give my all to my current clients.
So, I decided to go after a goal of mine that I’ve been considering for a few months now. I decided to get my certification to be a Corrective Exercise Specialist. This will allow me to help a lot more people get the most out of exercising. I will be able to better spot imbalances in people and correct them so that they can get awesome results and avoid injuries. I am really excited to do this program through NASM. It is going to be very challenging, but so worth it.
So I’ve recently made the decision to go take a little leap of faith because life doesn’t have to be SO serious all the time. I’m all about responsibilities and being accountable, but I’m also human and I fall short sometimes like everybody else out there. I’ve had a lot of time to think about what I want in life and I’ve also been doing a lot of questioning as to why things need to go certain ways in society to be considered acceptable. I’ve been coming to realize that maybe I just see certain things differently than a lot of other people do. It doesn’t mean that they are right and I’m wrong, vise versa. From what I hear, a lot of brilliant and successful people didn’t live like everybody else. I’m not saying that’s me for sure, but its keeping me very hopeful and positive. Here’s the deal. I’m 23 years old. I live at home. I’m not on my ass struggling to get by right now. I don’t have any crazy debt that I owe. I haven’t gotten to experience too much in my life because I’ve always been pretty sheltered if you will. If there was any time to take a chance on something that I know I can do, it would be now. Worst situation, I fail and I get up and start fresh with more knowledge about what and what not to do for the future.
Aside from that tangent, I decided to take a chance and do what a lot of other people would say was crazy or frowned upon for various reasons, probably having to do with money because money seems to be the most important thing in this world, right? SO, I decided to start doing some serious work toward building my own private personal training business and possibly staying away from the floor trainer gym scene for a little bit. I have a few amazing clients, who I am proud to work with for their motivation and investment in their customized fitness/nutrition programs. I get just as excited if not more excited than my clients get when I see that we achieved a goal of theirs. I know this journey is going to be hard and require patience and persistence, but life flies by, and I think anything that you want can be achieved if you put your whole heart into it, and that is what I do when I am truly invested in something. That is all I know how to do when I’m set on something. There is no other in between with me. I can’t afford to hear any discouraging words because I know positivity will keep me motivated and in a good spot. I have faith that this will take off because I know my shit, know that there is always more to learn, so I actively seek that knowledge daily, I’m eager to learn, and am ambitious. Any support would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for reading! If you or anyone you know on the Long Island, New York area is interested in improving their lives through living a healthier lifestyle in a realistic pace, and very affordable rate, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Before meeting with potential clients I would book a brief meeting with them to help clarify their goals and get some background information on their health history, what worked or didn’t work for them in the past, what motivates them and get an appropriate starting point in which begin their program planning. Also, a few measurements are taken to track progress periodically. I care about each of my clients and make specific programs for each of them so they can achieve the best results possible in the safest, most efficient way for them. I also offer nutrition/supplementation guidelines and prepare workouts for my clients for the days that they don’t meet with me. I know what and when to progress my clients and when to tweak up programs to prevent plateaus. I’m actually going to school to become a nutritionist as well , so it’s part of my training. There is always something new and exciting to strive for and that is what I’m here to help with 🙂 So don’t hesitate to contact me. I am always more than happy to help. I posted the link below to my training facebook page. Likes and shares are greatly appreciated ❤