The Answer Is Yes!

Found on ashellinyourpocket.tumblr.com

Found on ashellinyourpocket.tumblr.com

“Are you going to be able to walk tomorrow?” I haven’t seen a back workout like that!!!”

“Who me?”

“Yeah!!”

“Well Umm.. I’ve got a strong back….”

Oh my gosh!! I am crackin up now. Lol!!

Unbeknownst to me, this guy (well constructed I must say) was watching me workout. Following the principle of switching things up, I did a workout that I found here.

I was focusing just like AR taught me… Mind body connection and zeroing in on the working muscle.

When this guy approached, he totally caught me by surprise. He was respectful, unlike some guys, who don’t know what to say to women and make ridiculous comments that make you really wanna slap the ish out of them. Lol!

This was the first time I combined back and biceps, but I enjoyed the workout.

Vanessa Tib's Workout

Vanessa Tib’s Workout

 This “sample workout” was a challenge but I felt great doing it.  I am so happy Vanessa Tib Fitness shares her workouts with the rest of us!
#100HappyDaysChallenge #Day 6

Oh, and yes, I will be able to walk tomorrow.  Haahaaahaa!

raceway

B’Dazzle at a raceway with a friend (yesterday).  He had a blast! #100HappyDaysChallenge Day#5

It is a gorgeous day out; I hope you are enjoying the day!  🙂

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Thinking About Figure Competing?

Disclaimer… I’m no expert and don’t claim to be one. As a blogger, with one competition under my belt, I’m getting lots of questions about how to get started.

When I decided to compete in my first figure competition (FC), I had no idea of how many people would be inspired my journey. Every day I’m asked about FC, so I’ve decided to dedicate a post to those pondering over taking the journey.

How to get started? 

To start you must be committed and disciplined. Not half ass committed, but 200%. Your diet, fitness routine, and lifestyle will change… forever.

Are you willing to workout (hard) everyday, twice a day, or whatever is necessary to accomplish your goal?

Are you a social drinking who occasionally indulges in an ice-cold beer, martini, margarita, or something else? Well… are you willing to give up your happy hour?

Do you have the determination to go out to dinner with family and friends but can say no to your favorite cheese cake, chocolate cake, or Alfredo creamed dish?

Seriously, I’m just saying. If you’re going to struggle with my three questions, you’re not ready, because that’s just the beginning.

I recommend you begin by reading everything you can about bodybuilding and figure competing. YouTube, Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook, has a plethora of information. Quite often, bodybuilder’s are eager to share their knowledge.

Check out bodybuilding.com  This site has articles on just about anything related to bodybuilding. Nutrition, workouts, motivation, and more.  Here is an article about getting started in figure competition.

There are also plenty of websites and bodybuilders’ who charge for their “expert” advice; however, I have yet to pay for any “how to” books. Before buying any “expert” advice, make certain that the source is credible.

If you cannot shake the desire to compete, you should consider the following:

Trainer

I recommend you find a good trainer to help guide you. Unless you have a solid knowledge base on weight training and nutrition, you’re going to waste time through trial and error in trying to get it right. The “it” is methodical weight training and a proper nutrition plan that is effective for you.

No two bodies are the same. What works for someone else’s body may not work for your body.

As far as selecting a trainer, the choice is personal. Just like a good shoe; it has to be a good fit because you are going to spend a lot of time with your trainer.

There will be days when you love your trainer and there will be days when, well you know… when you may not feel so fond of him/her.

I’m a fitness enthusiast and I get high off of intense workouts. Most people aren’t like me. I performed every exercise and did so without complaining or hating my trainer. Lol! I’m just keeping it real with you. Before I selected my trainer, I considered the following:

  1. Experience/Credentials – She competed for many years and is knowledgeable. You don’t want a fly-by-night trainer with a certification but who lacks the depth of knowledge required to sculpt your body to perfection.
  1. Gender/Age – Not that I have anything against a young man or woman, but I wanted a trainer who understood an older female body. Lol! No, I’m no dinosaur but I’m not 25 either. Training over age 40 differs from someone in their 20’s and 30’s. The needs are different. I wanted an experienced trainer who understood a female body over age 40. It was that simple for me.
  1. Personality – I wanted a trainer who was serious-minded but also, someone who told me what I needed to hear, not what I wanted to hear. My trainer was just that and more! I worked hard, laughed every session and, learned a lot and had a blast during the process.

I remember when she told me that I couldn’t listen to my music while training with her. I didn’t like it and was disappointed. I didn’t make the mind-body connection until after I worked out a few sessions without the music.  She was right.

  1. Budget – The costs for personal trainer sessions vary greatly. Shop around before deciding. If you belong to a gym or fitness club, observe the trainer’s there. Are they attentive to their clients or are they on their cell phone and talking to other members?

Discuss your fitness goals with the trainer and ask for one or two trial sessions. Remember the preparation period for your first competition could range from six to 12 months or even longer. Do the math to make sure that you can afford your trainer. You don’t want to waste you or your trainer’s time.

Expenses – So you know that a trainer cost money, but what else? Well, if you’re going to bother getting your butt on stage, you darn well better show your stuff in a quality suit. I’ve seen both suits of quality and of less standard. You want quality. If you cannot afford new, you can always buy a used competition suit. A new suit can cost about $400 or more. Remember quality!

You will see an increase in your weekly/monthly food budget. It stinks but the reality is healthy foods costs more than processed junk foods. For example, you’re going to eat more foods like:

  • Leafy vegetables
  • Fruit (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries & apples)
  • Boneless, skinless chicken breast (I figured out when it’s on sale at my grocery store)
  • Seafood (depends on you; I ate more shrimp and salmon)
  • Center cut pork loins
  • Protein shakes
  • Supplements (depends on your needs)

Training Schedule – You must be willing to commit to a consistent weekly training schedule, at least four days per week. If you’re busy like me with a child in sports, a steady training schedule is possible but requires planning and a little creativity. If you want it bad enough, you’ll work it out.

Patience – Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither is a good physique. If you maintain consistency on the gym floor, in the kitchen, and at the table, you will be amazed by how your body changes.

Nearly two years passed before I decided to go for it. I hope it doesn’t take you two years to decide because I wish I had competed sooner! If you decide to compete, please come back to and tell; I want to hear all about it!

What are you afraid of?

Make it a great day and remember to keep it movin’!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


A Quick Lesson In Math

It’s only Tuesday and I ran out of chicken! Darn! This is not cool on a weekday.  Clearly I underestimated and miscalculated my intake of protein for this final week.  Math lesson learned.  :0)

Was up at 4:30 a.m. this morning.

It is now just past 9 o’clock at night.

About 12 pounds of boneless, skinless chicken breast is baking in the oven. Two pounds of collard greens mixed with one pound of kale sit cooling on the kitchen counter.

The chicken is only seasoned with granulated garlic powder, black pepper, olive oil, and crushed red peppers.  No salt or "extra" spices.

The chicken is only seasoned with granulated garlic powder, black pepper, olive oil, and crushed red peppers. No salt or “extra” spices.

 

Kale/collard green blend with chicken.

Kale/collard green blend with chicken.

You’d think I would be exhausted after leaving work and going straight to the gym for more posing practice and a so, called “light” total body training at the gym. Haaahaaa! My trainer kicked my butt!

From crawling backward starting from a push ups position and dragging (backward) a 25 pound weight across the floor to arms curls and about 90 minutes of other “stuff” plus 20 minutes of cardio, I worked up a good sweat.

Wednesday I will be ready for the “light” workout. Lol!! I am not complaining because I actually enjoyed every minute of it.

Friends, family, and co-workers always ask, How do you do it? Where do you get the energy from?

The answer?  Eating healthy, which for me, means eating cleaning, getting enough sleep,  staying motivated and, keeping my head on straight (I don’t sweat the small stuff anymore) works well.  I want to say more, but I really have to go.

The transformation continues!!

A quick pic before showering and off to bed

A quick pic before showering and off to bed

Have a great day!


Saturday’s WOD

The CrossFit games are going on strong and so am I.

I see that the 14.3 was a beast!  While I am missing out on this round of the games, there will be others.

It has been nearly two weeks since completing my last WOD, so I was highly motivated to get to this morning’s class.

WOD: 5 Rds @ high effort:

250m Row
10 Thruster (75/55)
10 Pull Ups (24/20)
10 burpees
* mix order of movements each Rds

Stronger… I definitely am!  I did the thrusters at 55 pounds. There was a time, when the bar was the only option.

Not to get side-tracked, but speaking of options. The alternative to CrossFit this morning was a flapjack breakfast fundraiser at Applebee’s for B’Dazzle’s school.  Now don’t get me wrong, I support my son’s school 200%, but clearly, I would have been down right miserable picking over a plate loaded up with scrambled eggs while visions of burpees danced in my head!  Thankfully, hubby took him and his friend.

Anyhow, that’s the beauty of strength training and CrossFit.  Maintaining consistency with a healthy nutrition plan will produce amazing results. Your physic, performance/strength, attitude, and confidence all increases. That’s better than any drug!

Five rounds of pull-ups, nets 50. 45 of my pull-ups were using a thin blue ban.  So tell me why chicken-head, that’d be me, downgrade to a green band for the last 5 pull-ups?  I’ll tell you why.  I was tired, which is a BS excuse, but in retrospect, I got caught up in the time trap. Rarely does that happen to me, but it did today. I wanted to finish the WOD, so I slid over to the green band.

There is a solution though.  Next time, I won’t bring a “just in case” second band.  If I only have one on hand, no other option will exist and that’s what I’ll have to work with.  Clearly if I can complete 45, 50 is a done deal. So what if it takes me longer!  Next time! SMH!

Surprisingly, the temps were mild at 8 o’clock this morning, so I opted for the 250 meter run instead of the row.  Any excuse to run!

Happy Saturday and enjoy the weekend!

~ Keep it movin’!


Conditions For Success… One Rep At A Time

If you are serious about your goals, drop the conditions.  Go directly to your goal.  Be your goal.

Be your goal! Conditions often disguise strategies for escaping accountability.  Why not just take charge and create the experience you are looking for.

Eric Allenbaugh

By 7:45 this morning, I was well rested and warming up on the treadmill. Coasting along at 3.5 mph I hum and sing along to the music pumping into my ears. Give or take about 15 fellow gym rats ran on the tread, glided on an elliptical, or banged out weights to their maximum ability.

Anticipating today’s work out stirred me. For nearly three months, we’ve yet to repeat a routine, and that’s so cool. The routine is always a surprise–I only know that the routine will be increasingly challenging.

Within 30 minutes, my biceps and triceps “felt like fire running through my veins.”  That’s what my friend and trainer told me my arms would feel like.  She was right!  Some of the sets that flamed my muscles were:

The burning, the aching, and the explosive muscle stinging is necessary for muscle growth.  During the lifting phase of strength training, the muscles tear and are broken down.  Proper nutrition and rest allows the muscles to repair and grow.

Hallelujah!  It’s not easy, but I’m finally meeting my daily calorie goals. I forced this plate of food (dinner) down tonight because I cannot skip a meal.  I’ve gotta eat.

6 oz. chicken breast, 1 cup of white sweet potatoes, 1 cup of leafy frozen spinach

6 oz. chicken breast, 1 cup of white sweet potatoes, 1 cup of leafy frozen spinach

The LIVESTRONG application is helpful.

Because of my high metabolism, my daily calorie goal is 2000 - 2400

Because of my high metabolism, my daily calorie goal is 2000 – 2400

I got my hands on some fabric samples for my competition suit.  The vivid colors and the soft fabric are beautiful!  I have no idea what color suit I’ll be wearing, but I do know that it will be bright.  I love bright colors and they look stunning against my dark tanned skin.

fabric

There’s just so much to think about.  I know that schedule wise, I’m on track, but I’m a planner and will not satisfied until all the pieces are in place.

One day at a time and one rep at a time puts me one step closer to my goal.

Enjoy your weekend!


Workout Of The Day

“To the timid soul, nothing is possible.

To the aggressor,

everything is possible.”

John Bach, NBA Coach

Monday, December 16, 2013 –  (8 more shopping days til Christmas)

Warm Up:       3 Rounds – 5 Jump Squats, 10 Push Ups, 10 Air Squats

Mobility: 7 Min

WOD: 21 – 15 – 9

Power Clean (115/75)
Burpee
Rest 2 Min
**REPEAT**
20 Min Cap

SWOD: 5 Min EMOM of

5 Strict Press **Go Up As Needed**

Buyout: Cal Row 2 Min AMRAP
Rest 1 Min

2 Min AMRAP ABMAT Sit Up Wall ball (20/14)

The word “timid” is often and inappropriately associated with females.  Growing up I was surrounded and dominated by males my age and older. One particular cousin made it his business to try— notice the word “try” to show me that boys always win over girls.  Ha! Ha!  Pre-puberty years created an equal playing ground and I also enjoyed the wins.

Only two months separated us in age, but once the teen years arrived, the physical battles became an uphill battle.  In my mind, beating 15-year-old Curt was always possibly.  To win, I physically fought hard and sometimes dirty.   In the back yard, I took the hits, never let him see me cry, bit down and came back fighting with a vengeance.

Today we laugh at the silliness of our competitive spirits, but those early years seasoned me and toughened me well for life.

The WOD today was definitely not for the timid.  LOL!  As with many WOD’s, the door to the mental opportunity to quit is always cracked.   From the start, you’ve gotta slam the door shut.  If not, you’re done.

21 – 15 – 9 Power cleans and burpees were exhausting today.  I tried to make the 20 minute cap, but ran out of time after my last 9 power cleans.  I fell short, by 9 burpees.  But the good?  I did my first 21 at 75 pounds!!!  Heeey!!  I dropped down to 65 pounds for the 15 and 9.  What a different 10 pounds can make!    I am also mindful that I cannot afford injuries while training for the spring’s figure competition.  Better safe than sorry.

Okay, so the 5 minutes of strict press were no joke either.   I completed the first minute with 55 pounds.  I managed to squeeze out 4 on minute two.  When I could not get the bar past my the top of my head without using my legs, I knew I needed to decrease my weight.  There’s no shame in my game.  Respectfully I finished the rounds with 45 pounds.  I’m getting stronger!

I’m finally running out of steam and need to re-energize…   SLEEP!

Sweet dreams!