Preparation Yields Success

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Time check: 8:12 a.m

B’Dazzles track meet begins in about 15 minutes. Oh how I wanted to sleep in this morning, especially since today is a rest day.

Yesterday I was beat up from a week of intense weight training. I woke up feeling sore and achey. My trainer thought it best that I take the day off because my muscles need to recover.

Today is the two week mark from show time, but there is still time to further develop muscles. This period for me is like running 15 miles with two miles remaining.

You don’t coast, you shift gears, gain momentum and kick it out with all that you’ve got.

Track meets are long days… VERY long! Although I’m not weight training or doing cardio today, my diet is critical at this juncture.

I have always preached to my children about preparation and it’s connection to success. Success, whatever it <emmeans to you, isn’t about random luck, or being in the right places at the right time. I believe that making the day-to-day commitments and sacrifices by any means necessary prepares and readies one for such entity’s as a run of luck or unexpected opportunity.

Supporting B’Dazzle at his track meet, means sitting at the track all day… 7:30 a.m to 4:00 p.m. or later…

For me that mean food prep and major packing. So… After working yesterday, I ran a few errands then headed to the gym to do back. After the gym. I went home, ate dinner, started laundry, and began cooking and packing meals for today.

Yesterday, 4:30 a.m. I started my day… I finally climbed into bed at 10:45 p.m. Was I exhausted? Absolutely!!!!! Ugh! But– I am prepared for today!

Coolers in hand. Spoons, forks, oats, water, shakes, veggies, chicken, and more. That’s the only way I know how to roll!!

Luck without preparation just ain’t gonna work out.

Since I am straight for the day. I can focus my attention on B’Dazzle’s track meet. Woop! Woop!! We just took a 1st in the 4 x 100 relay!!!

It’s gonna be a good one! Happy Saturday!

Have a great day and enjoy the sunshine!!

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On Finding Confidence

One important key to success is self-confidence.  An important key to self-confidence is preparation.

If it had not been for the wind in my face, I wouldn’t be able to fly at all.

-Arthur Ashe

Three to four inches heels have never inhibited my ability to confidently strut my long lean legs across a room…. that is until today!

After shredding my shoulders this morning, I moved on to my first official posing session!  In the locker room, I changed into my very short and tight shorts (I need to see my body, sweat pants won’t work).  The whole time, I’m thinking about folks, particularly the guys checking out my ass as I creep to a more private area to practice.   “Baby’s got back?”  Yup-always did!  Lol! But I have never been the type to wear ridiculously tight fitting clothes that bring unnecessary attention to myself.

You’re probably thinking,

She’s worried about walking across a gym floor in tiny shorts, when in two and half months, she’s gonna be half-naked on a stage in front of a 100 or more people!”

I know– I thought the same thing.  Mentally, I’m not quite there yet, but I am work in progress.

The chill of the room took my mind off my outfit and shifted my focus to my trainer’s instructions.  The mirrors are perfect for visual learners like me.  Walk with confidence!  Walk like you own the room!  I thought I was, but I was not.

Over-thinking movements and instructions got me feeling a little discombobulated.  Chin up, hand positioning, shoulders down, soft elbows, foot placement, transitions, smile……   Woo child… I’m dizzy just thinking about it!   Once again, I find myself extended beyond my comfort zone.  Hello?  Where the heck am I?

Out of corner of my eye, I could see gym members peeping in the room. Oh my gosh, can they see my tiny spider veins and other imperfections?  My inner voice shouts, Get over it girlfriend!!  Brene Brown’s, Vulnerability discussion on SuperSoulSunday pops in my head.

Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity and change.
Brené Brown

Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen.
Brené Brown

Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage. Truth and courage aren’t always comfortable, but they’re never weakness.
Brené Brown

Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy—the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.
Brené Brown

Empowered by Brown’s wisdom, my determination, my coach’s encouragement, and positive reinforcement I was guided across the room again, and again, and again, until I improved.  Posing is more involved than it looks, so is life; I tell my kids this all the time.  Today I took a dose of my own medicine.

What’s next?  My competition shoes are ordered– they should be in any day now. Meanwhile, practice, practice, and more practice.   I should have gotten pictures today, but my mind was occupied.  Oops!

Talk to you later and have a fabulous day!


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.

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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!


Finding Balance

Happy Sunday!

If any of you are Philadelphia Eagles fans, I feel for you!  My hubby, a long tine Eagles fan is catching hell from his so-called friends today.  Oh my!  Being an Eagles fan is not easy.

Today is rest day for me.  Well… not exactly rest from everything, but rest from weight training and CrossFit.  Yesterday was leg day at the gym and I am a little sore.  I know my legs are the strongest muscles on my body.  At their sorest (if there is such a word) they are never as sore as my arms and shoulders post workout.

My blog description talks about trying to find “balance” in my life.   It’s tough, but I am not complaining.  I just make it work.

Though I woke at 8:30 a.m. this morning, I lounged around for a few and cleaned out my junky nightstand draw.  The “lounging” around set me back, but I’ve come to accept the fact that setbacks are simply part of my norm.

Typically it goes something like having a to-do list of about 10 items or more. There’s no way in hell, everything is getting crossed off the list.  So I prioritize what’s most important and chip away at it like that.  Whatever is left on the list, I will tackle another day.

Lounging recharges my battery.  One good night of 7-8 hours sleep and waking without an alarm clock at 4:30 a.m. puts me in the energy bunny mode.  I go on and on and on….  Lol!

As I write this, I am also cooking my meals for the week and figuring out tonight’s dinner for my family.

Parts of my “mini” grocery haul still sit on the kitchen counter.

Mini grocery hall

Mini grocery haul

While shopping this afternoon, my son discovered this nail in my tire.  I need to get his fixed ASAP!

While shopping this afternoon, my son discovered this nail in my tire. I need to get his fixed ASAP!  I hope my tire isn’t flat tomorrow morning.

SuperSoul Sunday plays in the background and I leisurely move from computer to stove, to oven, to fridge and so on…. Y’all cookers out there know exactly what I’m doing.

I just finished tossing my steel oats in the crock-pot, white baked potatoes (for my peeps) and plain sweet potatoes (all mine) in the oven.

Next on the list…. Ugh! Chicken drum sticks for my family and boneless, skinless chicken breast for me.  Ugh, because of the clean up after I’m done.  I bleach out every part of the kitchen sink and around it.  There will be no cross contamination in my kitchen!

I  haven’t made zucchini cakes in about a month, so I picked up four decent size ones at the produce store. During the winter months, medium to large size zucchini are hard to find in South Jersey.

What else?  Broccoli, broccoli rabe, mixed vegetables, a pot of quinoa, brown rice, and small whole wheat buck wheat pan cakes–  No syrup thank you.  A friend recently hipped me to these.  Yum!

I think that’s it.  There’s so much stuff on the counter, I could be missing some food.  🙂

Oh yeah, I have to slice up two fresh pineapples.  I hate doing this, but I like to keep fresh pineapples in the fridge.  They are great in smoothies and are good for you.  Read more about pineapples here. 

Well, I really need to get back to my cooking.  I will chat with you later.  Tomorrow is a busy day.  After work, I’m headed straight to the gym, then later, B’Dazzle (my son) has a basketball game.  The holidays are over and it’s back to the grind.

Talk to you later and thanks for stopping by!