|Cardio vs. Weights|
|April 2015 NPC Show|
I prepped. I ate healthier. I meticulously meal planned. I worked out steadily- never too much, just enough. I incorporated cardio around the last 6 weeks to help myself lean out. I ate tilapia. A lot. More than one could imagine. I dropped weight, I leaned out, my muscles popped, I was spray tanned, makeup done, hair curled, and ready to step on that stage. I did. And I'm super proud of myself for getting up there and doing it. I didn't win any awards but that wasn't my goal. My goal was just getting up there.
|June 2015 NANBF Show|
December 2015 I set a goal to do my next one, one year from the date of my first. On March 26th. One week out. I quickly realized with the demands of nursing school, this being my last semester until graduation, my three children, my mobile work-from-home business growing rapidly, and my family life, that this was going to require a lot more dedication. And ultimately, I decided to quit.
Quitting in this sense of the matter is much different though. Have I stopped working out? No. Have I stopped eating clean? No. Have I neglected my health, my fitness, my passion, my dreams? No. These last few months leading up to show date, I've eaten A LOT more. 2,500 cal/day some days. I drink a lot of water, but I also drink wine. I eat pizza. I eat donuts. I eat tilapia, but usually only on Friday's because we're Catholic and it's lent. :) I feel stronger. I've been aiming to workout each day, sometimes 10 minutes, sometimes 22 minutes, sometimes 45 minutes but I'm not stressing if I don't miss it and I'm doing what works for me. No progress pics. No additional cardio. No posing practice. No spray tan.
I woke up feeling super energized today and took some pictures and honestly, the way my body is right now gives me a great sense of pride. To look in the mirror and be happy is a great feeling. To know that you can struggle, you can push, you can have weak moments, you can have strength, and you can do things on your own terms and still be ultimately satisfied is a dream come true. I saw some pretty spectacular abs this morning, abs that could be mistaken for #oneweekout abs in a bikini competition. Abs that are still there after eating a heavily oil-laden pasta dish last night and some cookie cake. Consistency truly is the key to results. I'm loving seeing the changes in my body as I grow more muscle, as I incorporate different workouts, and let go of my competition prep meal plan and follow my gut, literally. I don't know when I'll set foot on another stage and do another competition. But I do know that it'll be my own journey. My own terms. And regardless of anything else, I'm going to continue to be happy with this body that God gave me and enjoy the ride.
|1 Week Out: March 18, 2016|
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