Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Day 2 towards my 4 month goal

Today was day 2 on my path towards my 4 month goal. I decided to start now and not relax anymore, because I don't like the feeling of carrying even 5 more pounds than my competition weight in October. It's not comfortable and I feel like a fat cow right now. I haven't weighed myself but I can usually tell by the way my clothes fit. I knew I wanted to gain a little weight back, but I now feel that I would like to stay at 108/109 lbs.

So right now my goal is to take off the 5 lbs I may have gained and then just stay there until about 2-3 months out from the competition. Then, I'll try to reduce slowly down to approximately 100-105lbs depending on how I look. I need to gain muscle so losing too much weight now will compromise my end goal.

Yesterday and today I ate very clean foods. 5 out of 6 meals were whole foods. The other meal was a supplement. I've been enjoying ground lean turkey & sweet potatoes at lunch, and tonight I just loved my veggie hamburger patty dinner (from Costco). It was a nice change. The veggie burgers I bought had 150 calories and 5 grams of fat and around 18 grams of protein. It was the perfect meal before working out, since eating fat before a workout is not good. FYI: eating fat after a workout is not good either. I can eat some fat, but not a lot, otherwise the body is not able to use the nutrients in the proper way.

Right now, I'm also thinking about how I will navigate my way through holiday parties. My husband and I are leaving to San Jose for a business holiday party next week. So, I will plan to workout on a Friday morning before the flight and then when we return on Saturday, I will workout in the evening. I'll definitely be bringing my Good Earth tea bags with me for some comfort.

If you are worried about trying to reach your goal while in the midst of the holiday season and you would like any information that could help you, let me know. It would be nice for me to share with you and in return it would also keep me motivated knowing that you are training too.


Monday, November 29, 2010

Running on the Treadmill

Tonight I ran on the treadmill. I don't know if you have ever had this experience, but after a period of time of not eating well or training consistently, my lower half jiggles on the treadmill when I run. It's not so much that I'm bothered by the jiggling as I am with what it feels like when I run. The fat on my buttocks and upper legs hurts when they jiggle. I guess it could also be some of the loss of tight muscle. I don't know, but it hurts.

The other thing I experience when I'm getting back into the swing of things is that I want to work out longer than my ordinary workouts. For instance, instead of running for 30 minutes I often contemplate running for 40 minutes. Tonight I really wanted to run longer, because I have that urgency of wanting to make up for lost time. I didn't do it. I had to hold myself back, because I don't want to get in the habit of feeling like the amount of time I workout isn't enough. I have been able to demonstrate that a 30 minute run is enough time spent on the treadmill and overdoing it will have repercussions on my food intake as well as leave me too tired towards the end of the week when I still have a day or two before a rest day.

Example of my workout tonight:

Tonight I ran on the treadmill 30 minutes, and had a 5 minute walk cool down, then stretched.
Leg workout followed:
4 sets alternating leg lunges, no weights, and giant setted with buttocks lifts with a 25 lb weight.

Afterwards, I completed 4 sets of hamstring curls giant setted with standing calf raises, without weights.

1/2 scoop protein powder after the workout....within 20 minutes.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Back from Vacation

                                          Thanksgiving in Santa Fe, New Mexico
I was hoping to go to kettlebell & blog before I took off for Thanksgiving vacation, but both didn't happen. I know you know how busy we parents get doing everything to get ready for a small vacation. Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving, our family left for vacation. We returned Saturday evening. My older daughter got ill last night, so getting back into the swing of things has been way off. I'm glad I had a chance to get away for a few days, but being on vacation always gets me way off track from my normal routine and makes it hard to get back into my routine when I return home.

My husband is back downstairs in the home gym as I'm typing! Even though he has 4 competitions under his belt, he also confesses how difficult it is to get back into a routine again. He does the same thing, he just forces himself to do it. It really doesn't seem to matter how much practice one has had with nutrition or exercise or how long one has been doing it consistently, it is always a challenge when little life vacations interfere with  the normal routine. I will be back downstairs or at Kettlebell tomorrow, forcing myself until it gets easier again.

I think this time in between competitions is an incredible challenge and is so interesting, especially around the holidays. It's so much more difficult than I expected. I will look forward to sharing my daily struggles, what I've learned, and what went right or wrong for me.

I just went online to sign up for 3 months of unlimited kettlebell training with Paul Daniels at The Body Warehouse, and I just got off the telephone with a friend talking about the fact that I'm not the type of person to wait for the "right moment" to get back into my routine. That "moment" won't happen. It's one of those things where I just have to do what I know I need to do not what I want to do.

I don't believe in waiting for the right moment to happen. Enough experience has consistently demonstrated to me that the right moment always happens when I'm already doing the right thing and I just want to continue doing more of the right thing.

After blogging many months, I just happend to look at the "comments" tab. I thought the comments showed up in a different place, until I discovered them tonight. So sorry. To answer a few of them...

1. I use a whey protein, not a soy protein. I use Lean Complex 4, vanilla flavor is my favorite. I love the chocolate too. You can get this protein powder at NutriStop or Nutrishop. I go to the one near Ralphs on Santa Margarita Pkwy & Margarite.

2. I use Canola oil as a substitute for butter. But if I can get away with it, I use Coconut oil instead. Coconut oil, even though a saturated fat, actually has the ability to reduce body fat. When I'm in competition mode, I don't cook with oil unless absolutely necessary. Fish goes directly into the pan. I cover the pan to keep in the moisture, so that the bottom of the fish doesn't stick. I cook chicken and ground turkey the same way, without butter or oil.

3. I always use egg substitute or egg whites whenever I bake and whenever possible.

Now that I know where to look for comments, I will enjoy answering them more frequently. Thank YOU!

Monday, November 22, 2010

The Architect of Oneself

I came across an article I hadn't read yet, but the title captured my attention. It was in my favorite magazine, Oxygen, by Robert Kennedy. I really liked the idea of looking at oneself as the architect of one's body. With that image in mind, whether one is building a house or a new body, the process and components are essentially the same. Build a foundation on a strong solid core, use the right materials, give oneself enough time to do the job right, adapt to change, and step back to see what has been accomplished, and enjoy.

Right now I'm in the "give oneself enough time to do the job right" and "adapt to change" phases. It's been really tough physically and mentally to get back in the groove of moving towards the next competition. Today was another day of taking one minute, one moment, and one hour at a time. I made it through successfully, but I always have those moments of guilt for the days I just let "whatever happen" with my diet or exercise.

I'm leaving on vacation until Saturday evening, so I'm trying to plan how I will fit in exercise and not to just eat everything. Tomorrow will be another tough day of hanging in there. I figure I have 3 weeks to "hang in there" before I reach a point where it will start to get easier.

I ran on the treadmill tonight, did 4 sets of sit ups, and 4 sets of pull ups (only 2 for each set). My number is way down.

Tomorrow is Kettlebell!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Precious Friendships in Difficult Situations

Changing one's body can make a huge impact on a friendship. Sometimes the impact is positive and sometimes it is not. Many times and maybe over many years the friendship is not affected, but then there is that point when one changes themselves (body or otherwise) and then the effect becomes apparent. I couldn't say conclusively that ONLY changing one's physique is the sole cause of a distant friendship, because sometimes as in my case, I pulled away from some friends because I really wanted to make physical changes that I could not see were possible while still maintaining the same habits with those friends that I once did.

After a few months of blogging and expressing my sadness and relief to not participating in get-togethers that were accompanied by lots of processed or unhealthy foods with people I knew for many years, I had a wonderful experience of hearing from a friend who had been apart of that group.

She was so incredibly understanding, thoughtful, and insightful of the things she said to me privately. She completely understood my position and offered up an idea where we could do things that involved exercise or good nutrition. It's not to say that we could not enjoy a yummy now and then, but that the foundation of rekindling the relationship would be about "health". A few weeks ago we went for a walk together, and last night we went to see a movie unaccompanied by POPCORN.

I know the minute I walk into the theatre I always want a bag of popcorn. Even though I have competed and transformed my body, I am still drawn to certain yummies. I had brought a protein bar instead and it was very satisfying.

I think my experience confirmed that making a change to one's health takes priority over everything else, even when it hurts to let go or change. Sometimes, like in my experience, not just good things, but great things come from change and the chaotic turbulence that one does not WANT to experience in the moments of change can ultimately bring about changes that are better than you ever imagined.

This is the stuff that supports the statement "No Pain No Gain".
Today is day 6 of being on target for my next goal. Right now I'm just in the maintaining mode, but I still have to be as diligent in this process. Now is the time for me to be able to maintain my current weight, still enjoying yummies now and then, but not giving in to too much temptation.

As I said in blogs long ago, the goal of competing was only one part of a much larger system. To stay fit, balanced, and maintain my weight within 5 pounds is the current goal, until I am ready to reduce my weight for the next competition around March.

Please feel free to email me or post a comment anonymously or otherwise on my blog. I'm always open to your thoughts or questions.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

A New Day

Today was an excellent day sticking to good nutrition and exercise. Tonight I ran for 30 minutes + another 5 minutes fast walking for my cool down. Then I did 4 different exercises, 4 sets, for legs. It wasn't easy mentally, but it was definitely okay on a physical level. I had all that woulda shoulda couldas in my mind today and I couldn't help thinking about "the why didn't I-s..."Oh well.

So today was day 1. I pan cooked some chicken breasts today with salf free seasoning so that I wouldn't have to prepare my 3rd meal of the day for the next few days. Preparation is absolutely a necessity for me to be successful. My 3rd meal is always more time consuming to put together than the other meals.

If there is anything I learned again from the last few days is that I don't like the way I feel when I don't eat balanced. I don't sleep well, I don't focus well, I am cranky, and frankly I don't like being around me.
Staying balanced just makes every part of my life so much better, even though it's not always easy to stay the course with all the mommy and wife stresses. I handle the daily stresses so much better when I'm feeling fit.

Tomorrow I will be at kettlebell.
This weekend I'll start to look back at some recipes so that I'm more prepared with cooking dinners.
...and breath!



Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The post I don't want to write about

                                            BLOGGING IN MY BEDROOM.......

If you're keeping up with my blogs I know you know that I go through my highs and lows. Now I'm in a funk. I worked out all last week. I had a great week and felt like I was back on track. Then Sunday I hit a brick wall. Sunday was a day off, because I had worked out 6 days in a row. Monday came and went. I didn't get on the treadmill or do any strength training and I didn't eat very well. It felt good to just fully relax, but I know it didn't do the best thing for my psyche.

After Monday past, I was faced with today. I knew I was supposed to go to Kettlebell. I was even excited about going. I had so much going on today, and I wasn't in the mood to cook, and so I gave into Domino's and the bag of marshmallows under the counter. It's so unlike me, but then again, it must be like me or I wouldn't have had my husband order and pick up pizza nor dipped into the squishy marshmallows. So eating poorly tonight and not exercising and just giving into complacency set me back mentally and physically. I know where this is going.

All I have to say is that I have a LOT of work to do tomorrow on getting my mind and body back on track. I have a lot of sitting with my thoughts and emotions tomorrow while not allowing myself to react or do ANYTHING. I just have to let myself go through whatever feelings I'll have and just sit with ALL of it until it passes. And IT WILL. But time will be the catalyst that helps.

So, anyway, as Paul says in some of his closing statements after cardio kickboxing:

"Don't worry about the past, Don't think about the future, Just be in the present"
I know I just butchered what HE really says, but I hope you understand the point.

SO IF YOU SEE ME AT KETTLEBELL THIS THURSDAY...YOU'LL KNOW HOW HARD IT WAS TO COME! not because I don't enjoy it....but because I'll be pulling myself out of my funk.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Doing it Together

It really feels good when other people I know start to make changes in nutrition and exercise. A few people I know have taken baby steps to make small changes towards their goals. It's a great thing to hear, because I think that the small changes seem much more manageable, and don't interfere so much with day to day living.

Back then, when I wasn't in the mood to exercise or eat clean, I just changed one thing. I started to exercise 30 minutes a day 3 days a week (whether I liked it or not) to see if I could be consistent. I did it for 2-4 weeks consistently before I changed anything else. Then I took away only butter from my diet. I made minimal changes and practiced the new habits before I made any new ones.

Starting Small, Being Consistent, and Documenting the Success was how I got to where I am now. It wouldn't have worked for me if I had made lots of changes quickly. Some people may like the all or nothing, but I guess I didn't find much value in it, because I had done that before several times and it really didn't work out for me in the long run.

Even if you post a comment anonymously I would love to know where you are in achieving your goals. What works for you? What is hard for you? Where are your week points?

Tomorrow is my day off from working out. I worked out this week Monday -Saturday. Saturday I was pretty tired, so I need a good day of recovery.


Thursday, November 11, 2010

Listening to your body, following your gut

Okay, so I should give you the ins and outs of my 3 days off from eating clean and not exercising. Those 3 days were this past Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. A week after the competition had passed and I was finally ready to just relax and do whatever. Since I love Reese's Peanut Butter Cups & Butterfingers, and the girls had saved all of them for me from Trick-Or-Treating, I decided to dive in. I'm not just talking about one or two or a bite here or there. I totally ate all of them. I know there were at least 7 Reese's & at least that many of those little Butterfingers. They were so good. Oh yea...Friday night my husband and I went to a movie. I hadn't had popcorn for so many months, I decided to have a small bag while we were there. He didn't eat any, I ate it all! I not only have a sweet tooth, but I love buttered and salted popcorn. Of course I would have to be the type that loves all the fattening, unhealthy foods that make my body hate me.

Saturday night I think my body really hated me. I didn't sleep well, probably because of the spike in blood sugar, and I was a little too full from all the junk.

I remember thinking about the importance to not let this get totally out of hand or it would be hard to reign it back in. I reminded myself that I had only been really strict for 4 months and prior to that 1 year of trying to be consistent with exercise and clean eating. Overall, that time period is not a long time to completely have mastered consistency. So getting back on track quickly was a priority no matter how difficult or unwelcoming it would be. Monday I went to Kettlebell and had a good workout, but Tuesday (yesterday) was very difficult as I had previously written about. The horrible part was that my legs were itching during my run most likely because of all the toxins in my body from eating junk food. That is the price I paid! Was it worth it? Yes!!!! I needed to just fully let down. Moderation unfortunately was not my priority or in my ability at the time.

The positive side is that getting back on track with both this week has been relatively easy. I'm tired this week from doing so much on a day to day basis, but getting back into eating the typical foods I have felt good, felt familiar, and tasted good. I like the fact that it felt familiar and tasted good. Those are the two areas that are key to being consistent. Being able to return to something that is comfortable, but healthy is what makes consistency possible.


Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Anger and Hormones

Last night I meant to blog, but I had so many things on my to do list last night, and I was angry and my hormones were going crazy. I can tell you that I worked out last night for a little over an hour. I ran on the treadmill for 30 minutes, cooled down for 5 minutes, and did a leg workout which consisted of 3 different exercises, 4 sets each. During the whole time I was angry. I just wanted to hit something. My husband was close by??????? but he was being very understanding, so I thought that it might not be a good idea to take it out on him!

With 3 days off from eating well and not exercising, I know my hormones were off, and so was my mood. It was an incredibly hard workout. I kept thinking that it would have been nice to have some gloves and a punching bag. Instead I kind of threw my water bottle into the treadmill drink pocket and it missed. It hit the floor with a big thump. I hit the treadmill once with my hands. I didn't hurt myself, I just needed to get the frustration out. I had this odd energy that I really needed to express and since I was working out the energy just came out where I was.

Anyway, I felt better afterwards. Tonight I worked out and I felt fine. I've been eating well 3 days and working out 3 days and I just feel so much better. I don't know if you've ever had those moments or days where you just know your hormones and temperament is off because you haven't been taking care of yourself, but I can easily recognize where it happens to me.

It's amazing how much more I can accomplish in a day's time when my body is fed well and my workouts are consistent. Even though I have days where I just don't want to workout, it's a good thing I force myself. I always feel better afterwards.

FYI: for those of you who want to try a FREE Kettlebell class with Paul Daniels (www.thebodywarehouse.com), I think he is going to have a class at 7:30am December 4th, Saturday at Rancho Santa Margarita Lake. I know he teaches Kettlebell in Foothill Ranch in the morning for his boot camp. Anyway, I'm passing this information on to you, because Kettlebell just builds such a strong core in such a short period of time, and I think it's really important that if you are going to try this new sport, that you learn properly.

On another note, I am still going to train for another competition. I will probably do one in about 3 months. If you are keeping up with my blog, why don't you join me in reaching your goal while I'm reaching mine.

Please feel free to leave me comments or ask me questions on my blog. I'd love to hear from you. Keep it anonymous if you'd like.

Tomorrow night I will be at Kettlebell Class at California Elite Sports Center in Rancho Santa Margarita at 6:15pm.


Monday, November 8, 2010

Days Off

This weekend I was ready to just relax and not worry about what I was eating and not worry about whether or not I exercised. I did just that! It was nice to just enjoy foods I hadn't had in a long time, and not have to worry about measuring any food or watching proportions. I totally enjoyed.

However, the flip side is that I knew that Monday, today, I needed to get right back on track. If I had taken anymore days off, It would have been harder and harder to get back into the swing of things. As it was I didn't know if I was going to go to Kettlebell tonight. There is always so much to do at home with the family and children, that I have a list of excuses why I could have skipped tonight and gone Wednesday instead. Also my body was kind of feeling fluffy after not eating clean this weekend, so that would have been another reason why I could have waited to go to class. I just have a bunch of excuses and all would have been valid.

I decided to make myself go to class. First, I missed going to kettlebell. It has been a little over 1 week since I had been to class. Second, I knew that if I just went, I would feel calmer and fitter. It was a really good class. I would have preferred it to be harder, but it was good that it wasn't, since I hadn't been doing it for a while.

Today, overall was a good day. I ate clean, ate every 2 1/2 hours, had my favorite tea several times during the day, and worked out. I don't know about you, but when I workout and eat well, physically  and mentally I'm definitely more balanced in everything else I do on that day.

I'm also getting more comfortable with homeschooling. I'm getting more organized, more thorough, and more confident. I still have a long way to go. I'm impressed with all those teachers out there who love teaching and do it well. I wish they all made over 100K a year. It's simply not fair.

Tomorrow will be day 2 on my road towards my second goal. I'm very aware that the holidays are coming up. So, I'm just letting my mind ponder about how I want to deal with the holiday meals. It may sound strange, but dealing with it now, will help me stay on track.


Thursday, November 4, 2010


So I had an easy day overall with my nutrition UNTIL THIS EVENING!
I don't think I ate enough fat during the day, so I was munching on some lightly salted cashews & some dried mixed fruit from Costco. It was so good. I have not had either of those for months! Then I was feeling a little like I didn't want to work out either.

I knew I was there in that bad place where I just wanted to sit, relax, and munch. I can feel on top of the world with what I ate for the entire day and plan my exercise routine for the evening and then wham....in a few minutes I go from 100% go to 100% no.

Anyway, I just kind of sat and thought "what good is it going to do me if I don't work out?" or "munch" some more. I could only come up with "absolutely nothing". So, after the girls went to bed, I put on my workout clothes, went downstairs into the garage, and ran for 30 minutes, with an additional 5 minutes of cool down.

I counted minutes again. I tend to do that when I'm just not in the mood to workout. I ran hard and had a very good run. Then I did 4 sets of 3 pull ups and giant setted those with 4 sets of holding a plank position.

The other thought I had tonight was that my first goal will be to maintain my current level of nutrition and exercise for another year. July 2009 my goal was to get fit and be consistent. In July 2010 my goal was to enter a contest. My goal now will be to stay consistent until July 2011. It's certainly a more realistic goal than to enter another show. However, I have not given up on entering another show.

It's adding the "extra"
to the ordinary-
and that takes persistence.
-Bryce Courtenay, B 1933
Australian Best-Selling Author


Pictures of Prejudging

 The picture above was taken during the prejudging. I was wearing the black suit that I had planned on wearing for both the prejudging and the evening show.
Here I am in the line-up with the other competitors who are 35 years old and up to 44 years old. I'm pretty sure I was the oldest competitor. I haven't quite perfected my stage posing. I was trying, but I definitely felt nervous and stiff.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

My Favorites

Here is a list of my favorite things that help me day to day.

I love Lean Complex 4 protein powder, vanilla or chocolate. I buy it at NutriSport or NutriStop.
I love Promax Bars when I have a craving for a goody and don't want to eat my regular meal. I like the chocolate chip, peanut butter crunch, double chocolate ones. I buy them at Trader Joe's by the box.

Fats: I love the organic peanut butter from Costco, unsalted walnuts, cashews, and almonds.
Carbohydrates: I love sweet potatoes in the day with my protein, because it stabilizes my blood sugars and provides enough energy to get me to the next meal. I eat broccoli practically every day. I buy it in bulk in the refrigerated section at Costco. I love the brown rice rice cakes lightly salted from Vons. I love the prepackaged apple slices from Costco. I usually buy two boxes in the refrigerated section, because I eat one package a day. I also love vanilla Greek Yogurt. I can't remember the name, but I get it from Henry's.
Protein: I love steel head trout (frozen) from Costco. It's so good. The family loves it too. Sometimes I cook it with a little garlic salt and sometimes with nothing. It's easy to overcook. I can thaw it out 20 minutes before putting it in a pan and dinner is done within 30 minutes. I also love the canned white chicken from Costco, and lean ground turkey from Costco. I also have hard boiled eggs always available in the refrigerator.

I love, love, love and have it at least 2 times per day: Good Earth decaffeinated tea. I also love Ginger Chews from World Market and I've tried the Ginger chews by Newmann at Henry's, but there not as good as the ginger chews. I like altoids once in a while. I rely on these things to keep me on track.

What I don't eat:
I do not eat pasta, white bread, or white rice. In fact, I rarely eat bread. I do not eat sweets other than my protein bars and supplements and the Soy Vey I put on my vegetables.

Favorite Places to Shop for food:
I love the Sultan's Market off of El Toro Road. Amazingly inexpensive produce. It's right next to Fudruckers.
I shop at Costco obviously and Vons, Henry's and Trader Joes.

I eat approximately every 2 1/2 hours to keep my blood sugars level, keep me from those nasty cravings, and watch the quantity of food I prepare...which is key for my age: 42.

My Motto: Try one thing new today and do it for one week and see if you can stay consistent with it. If you can, do it for another week....

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Free Weights, Weight Machines, & Kettlebells

Tonight I worked biceps, triceps, shoulders, and abs with dumbbells and machines. For so many years I have loved working out with dumbbells and machines, and thought I would never want to part with my first love. After having spent 4 months using the kettlebell 3 times a week, and having gone back to weights tonight, I really miss the kettlebell.

I went to Paul Daniels website: www.bodywarehouse.com and figured that if I went 3 times a week to kettlebell class, I could take them at 6:15pm Tuesday & Thursday evenings and then Saturday at 7am. He teaches these classes at California Elite Sports Center in Rancho Santa Margarita, which would be easy to get to for me. The workouts are only 45 minutes long, so that's good too. It doesn't take much to burn a lot of calories with the kettlebell, so it will save me time.

Then, I would do cardio and specific weight training for my legs at home on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Sunday would be my day off. I'm just brainstorming right now trying to figure out the best workout schedule for me.

Anyway, I had a good workout tonight, but I can tell that part of the reason why my workout was good was because of all the core strength I had developed from using the kettlebell.


Monday, November 1, 2010

First Day Back Workout

Tonight's workout wasn't as bad as I expected. I ran 30 minutes with a 5 minute cool down, and completed a leg workout. I counted minutes while I was on the treadmill (like I sometimes do), but at least I wasn't dreading being there. I started my workout around 8:20pm and ended at approximately 9:30pm. Now I can just relax and watch television with my husband.

I thought a lot about the next competition. Now I'm thinking I may wait until March to do the next one. I really want to make some more significant changes, and it's just not possible to do that in 35 days. I really want a 4th place or 3rd place trophy the next time! I need about 3 months to make some significant changes to my rear and back of my legs. I think I'm going to increase the number of leg workouts I do per week, continue kettlebell for overall core strength, lean muscle, and definition, and of course continue my 30 minute cardio sessions throughout the week.

I'm glad I got back on track today. Friday and Saturday I didn't workout. Sunday I had planned to, but the Resees Peanut Butter cups from the girls' trick-or-treat bags were too good to pass up, and I really wanted to just hang one more day. So now that I've had my rest, I feel ready as one can be to just get back on track. I've always said that regardless of my feelings wanting to pull another direction, I know what is best for my mind and body.

Tomorrow I'll try to post a few more pictures, so you can see the other posing suit I used during the precompetition. It's a little bland, but does have it's good points.


Meal Planning and Exercising Day 1 After Competing

Here is an example of how I think about and do the meals in a day:

Yesterday, I went to the store to buy my favorite Greek Yogurt and some yams, so that I would have all the foods in the house that I will want to eat today. Meals 1, 2, & 4 are a no brainer for me. Meal 3 I'll probably have a 1/2 -3/4 yam and some chicken, which means that while the girls are doing their daily calendar and writing assignment this morning at breakfast, I'll boil some chicken, so I can have it to eat for my 3rd meal. I love Soy Vay (spelling?). I use about 3/4 Tablespoon on this meal most of the time. I just drizzle it over the yam for flavor. It's yummy. If I'm not in the mood for a "chinese flavor" I'll use some salsa fresca I made instead...for a Mexican flavor!

I forgot to defrost the steel head trout last night, so there is a meatloaf recipe in my favorite magazine that I'm going to try tonight. Oxygen Magazine put out by Robert Kennedy is awesome! I can't think of a better women's fitness magazine on the shelf. I'll pull the recipe this morning, since later today, things are going to get hectic. If I wait until later to think about it, then dinner will be prepared too late and I will be too hungry by that point.

My older get's out of gymnastics at 5:45pm, so preparation is so important. I will have to make dinner prior to the time I would normally make dinner, so that I can eat my portion at 5:30pm while I'm waiting for her to finish up gymnastics, and then feed the rest of the family at 6pm when I bring my daughter home from gymnastics. I'll sit with the family at dinner tonight having my favorite Good Earth tea. Dinner time is social time, so if at least I'm sitting with the family it's a good thing.

This morning I really feel amped to workout! I'd like to take a run or do some kettlebell this morning, but it's not going to happen. Sometimes when I have these feelings, by the evening those same excited feelings disappear by the time I will workout. By the evening I can be all pissed off that I missed out exercising WHEN I really wanted to. Nonetheless, I will go downstairs in the garage and run for 1/2 hour and I may do a light leg workout afterwards. I haven't really thought about what my workouts will be this week. I'm probably going to check out Paul Daniel's website: www.bodywarehouse.com and see what time his schedule of classes are in the mornings and evenings this week. I'll check out his boot camp schedule for kettlebell, just to get an idea of how I want to reconstruct my exercise program this week. I'd like to continue kettlebell training, because it's such an awesome workout, and did so much for my physique. 3 days /week  would be perfect, but I'll have to see what classes will be most economical for me. I'm going to be doing some leg workouts at home in the garage gym. I'm going to have to take some time to really plan my new exercise goals.


Analysis after the competition

I had such a great time at the fitness competition. I definitely want to do it again. This morning as I was tossing and turning in bed flooded by my thoughts of whether or not I will compete in December, I do know that there are some definite things I will need to do to be more competitive on stage.

For one, I need to work on my rear end and back of the legs. While I really want to compete in December's competition (just to keep the momentum going) I may have to wait a few more months to really change my physique. With only one month away before the next competition, I don't have the time to make significant improvements. Competing in December will probably allow me to try out my new posing suit for the prejudging contest, so that I can see how much a difference that makes for the judges to see me in this suit verses the black suit I wore this time for prejudging. Also, I would have time to change some of my posing routine to be more flattering on stage. I would also be able to drop a few more pounds, which would be good. However, without enough changes to the rear end and back of the legs, I may not show as well as if I waited a few more months. I have until November 25th to decide.

In the meantime, today is MONDAY! I'm really excited about starting anew today, but I also realize it's MONDAY!...and most of us women probably have the same feeling about MONDAYS! I hate that feeling inside that says "don't blow it, it's Monday", "it's my first day back on track". I feel the extra added pressure of not only being Monday, but also being November 1st (another whammy). It's so funny (in a pathetic way)how I'm just so entirely programmed to let my thoughts and feelings be totally consumed by that pressure.

Anyway, today is an important day, because I know that staying super focused and disciplined today will be extremely important. Meal planning for the day and making time to workout tonight will be harder, since I took Saturday evening and Sunday evening off from eating clean. It's always so easy to just say "what's a few more days of relaxing", but honesty, it will turn into a disaster for me if I relax and NOT think about what I am doing.

I'm going to post in the next email how I will get ready for being successful today.
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