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Monday, May 21, 2012

Reflection 2 weeks until show time!

After taking the last year off from shows due to adrenal fatigue and a messed up thyroid, I am so excited that I am able to get on stage again in less than 2 weeks! I am blessed that my body was able to heal through the collaboration of my Savage coach, my Holistic practitioner, my family, and my own determination!
It's been three years this June that I first started competing, and I don't blame just overtraining and misguided choices in my first few shows with undereducated coaches. I wasn't listening to my body or respecting my body- but this is how we learn right?
Before being part of the Cathy Savage Team, I worked with a couple of different coaches to help me prepare for my first few shows. They had me overtraining- doing cardio up to 3 times a day, not resting enough, and taking what they called "natural fat burners." Natural by what standard?! Just because there is a picture of it in a magazine with a figure pro holding the bottle, or it isn't something that the organizations drug test for doesn't mean that it isn't a cocktail for disaster! I would crash so hard after those shows and was told it was normal. Normal to feel like you had to sleep for 15 hours a day, feel like you had just come off of anesthesia for 2 weeks, and put on half the weight you worked so hard to loose. GROSS!
Once I switched to Team Savage, I was so happy to find that I didn't need to put my body through that to get on stage and win shows! But, I was still dealing with another beast- ME. I was so used to overtraining and not resting that even though I wasn't taking stimulants, I was still overdoing it in the gym which forced to me off the stage for a year. I tried to train for a show last November and my body said "HELL NO!"
This drove me to find a natural way to heal myself and inspired me to finally become a certified personal trainer. I knew that I would eventually want to get certified so that I could 1: Learn more about what I love to do so much and 2: help others achieve their health goals and do it the RIGHT way! So I used my down time to my advantage:)
This will be the first show that I have trained for completely free of any stimulating supplements and without overtraining. My body finally feels like it is working on its own to peak and I feel amazing! I'm not scared of a post show crash this time around, and I am looking forward to maintaining the balance this year of healing has brought into my training.
Regardless of the outcome on stage, I feel like I have already won. I have overcome some major obstacles and the possibility I might not be able to compete again. The show is my trophy- my moment to appreciate and be thankful that I am able to be there!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Pass the carbs!

I'm less than 3 weeks out from my next show (WBFF in Boston) and right about now the food craving monster starts to creep up on me. I was totally feeling it this morning! My husband's nutella was winking at me!
My coach Jen just wrote a blog about having goals and she is so right! (check out her blog http://nvyourbody.com/blog ). You need to have these goals in place to fall back on in your moments of weakness!
To pull myself together, I looked up pics of my competitor Heroines like Emily Sterling, Chaddy Dunmore, and Lori Harder, put my suit in and started practicing my posing and stage walk. Visualizing myself on stage got rid of that craving in a hurry and I got some focused practice in! Getting in touch with your goals is such a powerful strategy- you better have some to fall back on! It doesn't have to be a show. It could be a vacation, or wedding, or just fitting into a new bikini this summer. Just set the goal!

Monday, May 14, 2012

What's she doing over there?

When I started training for shows, I would see what the other competitors were doing to train because I needed to learn. Now, that a few years have gone by, I still look up different training ideas- I always want to learn! However, I avoid looking at other people who I might be on stage with like the plague! I think that can really mess you up.
If you know that you are killing your workouts and being religious with your diet, why psych yourself up by watching clips of the competition? What people post is usually a snapshot of their roughest routines and pics of a moment in time when they look pumped- kind of like scare tactics if you ask me. I know they have people following and interested in learning how they train- these posts are necessary, just not necessarily for me when training for a show!