Oook so, this was me 3 yrs ago! I constantly look back at this picture and think “damn, I look good”! 3 years ago I was prepping for a bikini competition and I had gotten so lean. This picture shows the leanest I had ever been. But my eating was so restricted. I was following a plan that was low in calories and my workouts were intense.
Looking back I wish I had not followed the low calorie plan. And placing crazy restrictions on myself. Yes I look good but was the diet plan good? No.
Now that I’ve grown and matured, I’ve learned that balanced meals are important for a healthy lifestyle. Being fit is not about only looking the part. Its about feeling the part. Fueling your body with good nourishing food, eating the unhealthy food in moderation, and being able to kill it in the gym because you’ve fueled your body with good food.
I plan on doing a bikini competition next year but this time I’m going to do it the healthy way.
Bent-Over Dumbbell Rows💪🏽 This is on of my favorite exercises for my back. Make sure you get a good squeeze at the top, and keep the lower back tight, putting all the tension on the middle traps and lats🏋🏽♂️ Usually do 4 sets 10-12 reps with relatively heavy weight. (65s used in video)
It was so easy to laugh it off and make jokes. One of the quickest ways to push down fear & insecurity is with sarcasm and an “I give zero F%*ks” attitude.
If I laugh it off, no one will know I care. If I make all the jokes about “why would I ever start a diet when I’m about to eat all the Halloween candy, then Thanksgiving, oh, and Christmas cookies, then before I know it it’s Easter dinner then time for cookouts and I ain’t about to skip no burger!” Or make smug remarks like, “Enjoy your salad and workout. I’ll be over here with my pizza & Netflix.” .
In reality, I wanted those things, but I was afraid to fail. I was afraid to let anyone know I wanted them and then let them see me fall on my face if I tried. And deep down, I just didn’t believe I could do it so I’d convince myself that junk food was more important than my life. 🤷🏼♀️
It’s crazy what our ego will do. How powerful our thoughts can be and we tell ourselves lie after lie to shield ourselves from hurt. .
Most people gain like 8-10 lbs between now and Jan 1 because we say screw it, it’s October, why bother now?
Real talk-the holiday-it’s like 3-4 days out of 3 months. Halloween. Thanksgiving. Christmas. That leaves you 87 other days that you CAN treat your body well. And can you imagine how it would feel to hit Jan 1 already working toward your goals, already building strong habits, NOT feeling like you just took 10 steps backward, not beating yourself up with regret? .
I just wanna help you. I wanna do this with you. I wanna keep growing our tribe of ladies who believe we deserve better than we’ve been giving ourselves and who want to stop the lies, excuses and pretending. Will you join us? .
My 2nd Annual NO OFF SEASON challenge starts Monday 10/1! .
It will take us allll the way to the New Year. We will:
-incorporate daily exercise
-teach you my meal plan & holiday recipes -enjoy holiday treats. (Mom’s noodles & pie? Yes & Yes!)
-have dense nutrients every day
-have daily check ins and accountability
-virtual gym workouts together
-holiday themed challenges & prizes for each month
-Finish all 3 to earn the Holiday Trifecta!! 🎃 🦃 🎅🏻 Enrolling now. You in? Get in my inbox!