Oh, that fluffy feeling……

I have issues…….I think you know that if you’ve read my stuff :) If this is your first visit, well then, I’m human and have issues. Welcome.

This has been an off week for me. It’s actually quite beautiful here in Southeast Texas, but I have been fighting with wicked allergies. I haven’t struggled with allergies like these since my childhood days! The severity of my cough which stemmed from a head full of snot (not the exact term the doc used), resulted in two allergy meds and an asthma med….with little relief as of yet. I was also told to rest…whatever that is ;) . I am perpetually not a rester. I like to DO things. Unless we’re watching a movie, then I just sit there like a stump on a log. Moving on…rest to me is yoga, Piyo (great program!), low impact circuits, etc. You know, rest :)

This forced rest and fuzzy head could be a great time to work on the devotional book I am writing, but I have been utilizing it to allow my head to enter into a dark space instead. My competition was a little over a month ago and I have put on about 7 pounds since then (give or take a pound). My coach is trying to reverse diet me to a lean, mean, lifting machine……I find myself in a panic. These days I feel much more mean than lean. I call it “fluffy.” You cannot feel fat. Well, you can if you stick your hand into a tub of Crisco, but that would be gross. Fat is a nutrient that we need, fluffy is when you just don’t feel as lean as a certain part of your brain thinks you should be.

During the competition itself I was excited for this time…..then I realized that this time is summer time and includes swimsuits (see previous post for a good laugh on that one). This past Sunday we spend time at my brother in laws pool for Father’s Day (thanks MIKE!) and I realized from the reflection in the window that my mind isn’t always right. Even at 7 pounds heavier, things are still healthy looking. I’m not sporting a six-pack (I’m also not a teenage boy….so there), but everything looks in shape. Body fat is there, but not nearly as noticeable as the muscle and I seem to be in good proportion. I promise I wasn’t standing in front of the mirror for hours checking myself out, this was just in passing.

Musclemania 2015 Front Side Pose First contest pic on the blog! Thanks to Alfonso Aguire :)

OK, so the above pic is not a realistic version of where my body can stay. That’s why we get pictures at competitions! Duh….. So, the logical part of my brain knows this, but the junior high girl who was made fun of for her weight (and yes, I remember all the comments and all the names…..issues) wants to stay there for special occasions. This part of post-comp is hardly ever talked about though.

So, why am I talking about it? Well, for the .01% of you who may compete, I like keeping it real. For the rest of you, there is something you keep comparing yourself to that holds you back from progress. Let that sink in.

See, my goal right now is NOT to look like I did during my comp (well, I wouldn’t mind that when I hang at the pool…). My goal right now is to add muscle, increase strength AND set aside quality time with my family. That means I can’t spend all day in the gym. Holding on to a past version of myself hinders any progress because my mind is not taking in the present and looking towards the future. I am allowing what was once a small thought to fester and become overwhelming.

Don’t get me started on the old videos and pics before I started to put on muscle.

This can happen to all of us. We get fixated on what we used to look like or what we think we should look like. I cannot tell you how many clients have said, “You should have seen me when…” Well, what’s so bad about now?

I don’t know about you, but right now I do not have any bikini photo shoots in the next 6 weeks. I do have a family vacation, but if your family can’t love you then who can? Most of the time we are harder on ourselves than anybody else. This drives us to a sort of obsession and can literally keep us from reaching our goals!

What can we do?

You know I love it when you ask that! I have a few action steps to get us ALL on the right track:

  1. Get real about your goals. For me personally, I had to realize that I could not want to add muscle and want the body of a svelte supermodel at the same time. That did not lead to consistency of any kind. Muscle is good for me cause let’s face it, I really like to eat.
  2. Enlist some help you trust. Pay for a coach (mine has been so helpful post comp) or join a challenge group. Having this accountability and knowledge is super helpful.
  3. Consistency above ALL. I have said it time and time again: consistency is king (small king, big King is God just to clarify). You must stay consistent to reach any goal you set. If your brain is all over the map, so will your goals follow.
  4. Get a power song! I have a lot of them and my playlist is full of NF, Lacrae, Andy Mineo, and even some AC/DC  :) I’ll share my song of the moment with you though.

There you have it. Four simple steps to a better you! Don’t let the world tell you who you should be or how you should look and don’t let past events dictate it either. Strive for a better you to give back each day and things will start to happen :)

mc-7159 I wanted to use this one for a while :) Photo by Kendra Harwell Photography (in the Baytown/Houston area)

NOW, let’s hear it! Leave your tips and suggestions for reaching goals and not heading into a negative mind space in the comments below :)

 

Motivation Monday: A Peek into My Personal Training

 

***DISCLAIMER: this post is to give you an insight into what I am currently doing during this season to train for figure. It is meant to inspire and help others, but should not be taken as a replacement for training and/or medical advice.***

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So, normally I am just spouting off ideas of what you can do to reach your goals right? And that’s GREAT….but it may be nice for you to know that I am human (or so people keep telling me) and have goals as well. Today, I’m give you a tour of my training and nutrition plan as is at this moment. Ready to peek into my personal life? Let’s go!

THE GOAL:

I am competing in 2 figure competitions in 2015. The first will be March 28th and the second will be May 10th. If you’re unfamiliar with divisions in competitions, FIGURE are the gals who are lean with a nice amount of muscle definition. I can compete in the Bikini division now, but wanted to push the envelope even further for myself (that is NO disrespect to bikini competitors, ya’ll rock!). So, the goal of the moment is to put on muscle and lots of it. I have to be mindful of nutrition because I do NOT believe you have to put on FAT to put on muscle (call me crazy, but I call it science). I’ll be walking you through both AND give you a link to my workouts as well.

THE WORKOUTS:

Right now I wake up about 3:55 a.m. and START THE COFFEE :) I get dressed, grab my coffee and supps, and try to hit the gym by 4:30 a.m.

My weekly split looks like this:

Monday: BACK

Tuesday: SHOULDERS/ABS/Cardio (maybe 20 minutes)

Wednesday: LIGHT LEGS

Thursday: BACK

Friday: CHEST/ARMS/SHOULDERS

Saturday: HEAVY DUTY LEGS (I usually lift around 50K pounds this day)

Sunday: NOTHING….absolutely nothing. This is the Lord’s day and I use it to worship and rest….and work the church parking lot once a week :)

This split will probably change in a few weeks, but right now it works. I need to grow the width AND thickness of my back, so it gets worked heavy 2x per week. I’m also hitting shoulders 2x per week, but they are responding VERY quickly. Legs are hit twice, once for development and once for conditioning. I added some MMA work last week, but have to be careful with anything that will cause my back to lean out as I am already quite lean there.

Want to see my workouts? I track them ALL at Bodyspace. You can find them under my workouts. Just remember to adjust sets/reps/weights to your goals and current fitness level.

This particular week is an UNLOADING week. Basically, I’m taking the load of exercise down a notch to give my muscles the chance to adapt. I did it this week because I was starting to feel quite fatigued and having a little longer recovery periods. How I accomplish an unloading week is pretty simple: the VOLUME of exercise decreases. I don’t want to decrease the WEIGHT, just the volume. So, for example, I normally do 5 exercises 5 sets on back day. Today I cut the sets to 3. I don’t want to decrease weight, just the time under the load. This will amplify recovery and I’ll be ready for higher volume AND weight sets next week.

How do I know this?

education You know I LOVE certifications! My newest one :)

NUTRITION:

My nutrition stays very steady and I have found what works best for ME. Please note: following somebody else’s nutrition plan can be detrimental to your goals! You have to figure out what works best for you. Below is an example of my plan. I usually have a 50/30/20 split in macros.

Upon waking: 6 oz coffee mixed with 1 scoop protein powder (my fave drink of ALL time)

During morning training: 1 scoop SIZE ON with water

Meal 1: 1 serving gluten-free cream of rice cereal with 1 scoop chocolate protein powder and 1 tablespoon peanut butter

Meal 2: 5 oz chicken/steak OR 7 oz tilapia, 1/2 cup rice, 1 cup veggies

Meal 3: same as #2

Meal 4: 1 apple, 5 oz chicken, 1 cup veg

Meal 5: 7 oz tilapia OR 5 oz salmon, 1 cucumber

Meal 6: 1 scoop chocolate casein/whey mix, heated gently and mixed with 6 oz water and 4 ox unsweetened almond milk (basically protein hot cocoa)

I’ll get into the supplements later (drat!), but will be sharing what I have found to work WONDERS. I do take a multi-vitamin daily and recovery supps. No fat burners or anything excessive though.

As you can see, I eat a LOT! I can maintain my weight easily around 2500-2800 calories (I totally realize this is a BLESSING!) since I reversed myself out of chronic diets and beefed up my metabolism. This SHOULD make cutting a little easier when prep actually starts (around Christmas, cause I’m crazy). I do a reefed when needed, but right now that’s only every 3 weeks or so. I do not have cheat meals regularly as I have found that the more balanced my nutrition the less I crave anything. A treat for me may be some dark chocolate or even a piece of pizza (healthy pizza) and those fit easily into my macros.

Some other GREAT news is that I got my first sponsor (woohoo! Official ATHLETE!) and you can find my page and supps HERE. So check it out, cause the more the page hums the more my sponsors love me :)

That’s the basics. I will be keeping track of my prep on INSTAGRAM and YOUTUBE, with a few rare posts here. Thanks for your love and support!

Michelle