What NOT to do when preparing for your first show

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The other day I was speaking with a woman that is starting her first competition prep.  I asked if she had any questions for me.

She did, “What is a mistake you made, that you would change?”

Huh! That is a great questions that I don’t get really ever.  Normally I’m asked what my secret is, which we have already established is hard work and discipline. This question is great because this sport is a bit of a guessing game, because the target is always moving. I asked a few IFPA Pro’s that I respect because they are genuine, thoughtful, and really tell it like it is. It was interesting but not shocking that a lot of the IFPA Pros had the same thoughts when I asked them this question.

 

TIP OF WHAT NOT TO DO IN WHEN PREPPING.

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ALYSSA POLISANO- IFPA BIKINI

Don’t stalk girls Instagram fitness models and think that the process is so beautiful and easy because it’s not in reality ins very challenging. People tend to follow these “model” accounts and think you should look shredded everyday all year! It’s just not realistic.

 

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BRANDY CRAY- IFPA BODYBUILDING

Don’t have expectations. …if you place first or last,you are doing something that the majority of people would not be able to endure..if you walk on that stage knowing you have done everything in your control to be your personal best YOU have already won.

 

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GREG TROMBLY- IFPA BODYBUILDING

Don’t forgot you need carbs (you and your coach will figure out how many and the other details)!

 

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JENN SAMM-IFPA FIGURE & PHYSIQUE

Do not compare yourself to other competitors that you see on social media! I’ve seen more than my fair share of newbies literally drop out after being PSYCHED out!

 

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JONATHAN LAVOIE- IFPA BODYBUILDING

Don’t to worry about the placing. This is a subjective sport and you can’t let that ride or die on the fun you should have during the day. Your first show is always a huge learning curve. Take the time to look around, talk to other competitors and learn what worked for you and what didn’t.

 

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XAVIER LEWIS- IFPA PHYSIQUE PRO

Don’t Be Nervous on Show Day: Chill out, relax, breathe. . You did it. You won. This is the culmination. You’ve stuck to the plan, you’ve sacrificed your lifestyle, you’re better. I always tell people, “This is the graduation!”. By completing this process, you’ve just grown immensely. Go on stage, do what you’ve prepared to do, and celebrate.

Remember.. Focus on becoming more, rather than obtaining more. There is joy in the process.

 

I’ll end with my DON’T… have to many chefs in the kitchen.   You will read, see, or even seek out advice from other… because you don’t know what you are doing! That’s ok…  you can try different theories, but you have to give each theory a chance to “work” or “not work”. When you do to many thing or change your plan to much you will never know what really worked for you.

 

Good luck to you and best wishes on your journey! Enjoy it… it’s one hell of a ride!

Sissy that Walk: Down the Road to the Cup- Part II

On to the Yorton

I had six weeks after the KC show to get a little leaner, but not to lean. No big deal right? BRRRR This is the tightrope we as Bikini competitors walk. If I lose too much weight then I would place lower for being too lean. If I filled out in a “bad way” I wouldn’t be lean enough.  In this time I fell “flat”  (for those that don’t know what that means- my muscles didn’t look as full/ my skin didn’t look as tight around my muscle).  Andrew saved the day by adding carbs/meal and cutting my cardio… so all and all “staying where I was, but a little lean” wasn’t THAT bad ha!

 

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As the weeks ticked on I started to second guess myself a little. I thought maybe I should change my posing. I thought “maybe I can’t place 1st… Maybe I’m look too Girl-Next-Door and not enough Victoria’s Secret…. Maybe I want a doughnut!?”

Then I was reminded of the advice my husband, one of the best athletes I know, once gave me:

“There are hundreds of players just as good as Michael Jordan or LeBron James… the difference is that MJ and LeBron KNOW they are the best.”

Imagine what we could do if we stopped second guessing ourselves…. (deep stuff there)

Because I’m not MJ or LeBron, I left myself little reminders that I was capable of achieve my goal.

I put post-its around my house: in the bathroom, on my nightstand and on the fridge door. I made myself a poster of me and the Yorton Cup and made it my screensaver on my iPad and phone. No matter where I looked I was reminded of my goal and the outcome I was working to make come true.  Yes, I know I can’t control what happens when I walk on stage, but I did know I could walk out there feeling like THE Kristy Leconte. (cheesy but true).

 

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Show Time

Normally the week leading up to a show I have a mental countdown.  This time it wasn’t like that.  People would check in on me… “How do you feel?” The answer… “Nothing. Really. It doesn’t seem like the show is in X days.” I was so focused on what I had to do in the moment that I wasn’t looking ahead.  During my cardio I put my hat on, hood up, closed my eyes and envisioned myself on stage (a tip from Andrew). With every meal I thought of how it was fueling my body to be the best it could be. With every posing practice I called upon my inner Diva, her name is Felicity.

The drive to the show was about nine hours.  I listened to a book I listened to earlier in my prep “The Champion’s Mind” which helped me stay mentally focused. There weren’t moments of doubt like I had in the past.

When I got to the check-in I was relaxed.  Normally I’d have a mini anxiety attack at that point. Maybe it’s the polygraph, or when they give you your numbers, that normally made me think and feel suddenly “this is real,” but this time… nothing.

Next, it was tanning time. Yvette and her team were amazing and took all the stress out of standing in a tent naked and cold! 🙂

After all of my “to do list” was done and it was just and my thoughts again, I wasn’t nervous. I visualized hitting my poses, my walk and being called as the Yorton Cup Champion over and over again.  I prepped my mind just like had done with my body.

Day of the show I drove to the venue cool as a cucumber, which again isn’t my normal state. I normally get a rush of heat, get watery eyed, with my heart racing, and it gets hard to breathe just for a minute. This time I was in what some athletes call a “flow state.”

Backstage I enjoyed seeing everyone I had stalked for months on Instagram and actually talking to them in person, but I didn’t lose sight of my goal. Oh don’t act like you don’t do it!

During prep judging I wasn’t moved at all, but I did realize that they put one of the competitors I knew would be one of the top competitors next to me. I didn’t focus on it. I just did what I had practiced for hours without second guessing myself (which yes… I had done on stage before).

I didn’t know where I going to place after prep judging, but you never know in this sport. I took the rest of the show to enjoy my time with my best friend and other competitors (really one of the best parts of show… the people you meet).

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Sissy that walk to the top five!

In our league our evening show is made up of our Twalks, a 60-90 sec stage walk that we do alone.  I enjoy this, but I normally just go with whatever music they play. This time I picked the song “Sissy That Walk” by Ru Paul (I watched a lot of Ru Paul Drag race during my cardio sessions). I knew every beat to the song… it was like Ru herself took over for the 90 secs (which was the longest I’d done before). I was in a little bit of “awe” with how great it felt!

Next thing I knew they were calling the top five out. I was the last one called. I was standing closest to the front of the stage, with each place I took a step closer to the remaining competitors.  Five, four, three… I took a deep breath and said to myself one more time (FIRST place Kristy). Second place was called… instantly tear rushed to my eyes.  HOLY SHIT… I DID IT! Cry face and all… I WON THE YORTON CUP (I’m a crier, ever since the first time I saw Bambi).  My best friend was there to hug, thank goodness because I was a little weak in the legs and in full cry at that point (thanks Heather… she hates hugs). By the time I was backstage the husband was there.  I threw my arms around his neck and he picked me up like he did on our first date 15 years ago.

The show was live-streamed and by the time I got to my phone I had a mess of text messages, facebook messages and posts, and a missed call from 2014 Yorton Cup Champion Danika Johnson. It was surreal! It wasn’t cloud nine…. it was higher than that! I had reached a dream I had strived for! Holy shit.. again I did it.

I know this post might not help you at first, but in closing (finally… this was a long post, I know) with no bullshit here (thanks Michael, Chuck, and Andrew for never letting me BS myself)… Stop getting in your own way.  For some reason we think everyone else has this secret power and that maybe if we just knew what that was we would be better. Well, I really hate to burst your bubble, but the only difference between you and “the winner” is… hard work. Listen…. the only thing that makes me different from you is probably time in the field, posing and understanding my body. Maybe you will come across a liar that says they didn’t have to diet or do cardio. Don’t let them fool you! It takes hours in the gym (both cardio and weights need to happen) and following an eating plan. Even IIFYM people cut down to chicken, turkey, rice and sweet potatoes in the end (don’t be fooled).

You will be at the gym for about 1-2 hours a day. You will eat 90% “clean foods”. You will get your sleep.  You might feel weird about eating out Tupperware, making a special order out or not eating with your friends and instead just going out with them to enjoy their company. This is only for a small period in your life. Like I’ve said in the past, remember your why! When times get tough (because they will, this is not an easy sport) you can cry a little, but suck that shit up and get back to working towards your goal!

YOU will get there! Keep moving forward.

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Sissy that Walk: Down the Road to the Cup- Part I

When I stepped off stage last year I thought I was walking away from competing.  I thought my competing years had come full circle, I placed in the same spot I did in my very first show.

I’m what you call a planner, or as Mark Wahlberg’s character in “Pain & Gain” so proudly said “I’m a doer!” Now that I was done competing it was time to started researching my next big goal.  Part of being “a doer” is believing that YOU CAN DO ANYTHING YOU TRULY WANT TO, but this year I was slapped in the face with reality. Even though you can do anything you set your mind to, sometimes there are factors outside of your control that you must work with. To make a long story short, these factors were telling me that my goals were not the right goals for me at this time.  It didn’t mean I wouldn’t achieve them, just that I needed to consider a different timeline.

So now you have “the doer,” the planner, with nothing to do.  Those little voices in my head (yes you read that right, you know you have them too) yelled “It’s time Kristy… pull the clear heels back out”.  I listened and said back (this is what makes me crazy by definition right?) “If I’m doing this I’m not f’ing around… I’m going to win.”

Some of you might think that seems odd… will win?… Haven’t you already won before Kristy? NOPE. I have never won a show.  Yes, I have placed at a lot of shows, but never won the overall.  Even my pro card was at a double pro qualifier, a show where two pro cards are giving out, at which I was the runner up. I know boo-hoo Kristy, you haven’t won when some people don’t even place.  Well, I’m sorry to those that haven’t placed, but I was tired of being a bridesmaid, never the bride. Your hippie-girl, girl-next-door types can want to win just as much as the bitchy cocky girls!

To be coached or not to be coached… that was the answer!

Normally I do my own prep because I’m cheap, really no other reason. But after speaking to a very respected bodybuilder about my “bridesmaid-ness,” I took his advice and hired a coach to help bring me towards the end of my prep.

As a “hear me roar” kind of woman, I really wanted to hire a woman.  I interview a few coaches, but none of them had “it.” There was one coach that did keep popping into my world, Andrew Berry; clearly not female. After speaking with him a few times I felt that working with him was the right decision. It was on like Donkey Kong.

What did I like about Andrew?

– He was strict.  No BS with him.  It was not a IIFYM diet, it wasn’t bro science, and it was based on real whole foods.  I was told what and when to eat. This works well for me because I really like the structure.
– He pushed me to try different types of exercise.
– He was, and is, very science-based and does the research behind EVERYTHING he recommends.
– He gives you the WHY behind the food, supplement, exercise.
– He didn’t let me doubt myself, but he also didn’t sugar coat anything.
– He cared about all my goals, not just my competitions.
– I had the goal, the coach, and the plan… now it was my job to do the work; and work I did!  I busted my ass. I pushed heavier weights, did my cardio, was in bed at 9pm and up at 3 am.  I even did the poor woman’s sauna (Where I kept my sweats on in my car with the heat on in the summer) HA … this was my idea not Andrew’s… we had a good laugh about it.

2015 Progress June to October
2015 Progress June to October

KC Classic

Before I could win the Yorton Cup (the IFPA’s World Championship) I had to qualify just to be able to step on that stage. At the time there were only two show left that I could compete in, The KC Classic and the Gaspari Pro.  Because I wasn’t going to compete this year, I wanted to keep my word that I would support my girlfriend as she competed in the Gaspari. So it was off to Kansas and Missouri (we never knew which state we were in at any given time while we were there!).

I like traveling for shows.  I try to make a mini vacation out of it. My girlfriend Megan was AMAZING and came to be my tanner (and butt gluer- a VERY important person to have “on staff” come show day!) With Andrew, Megan, my sponsor (Portland Nutrition Corner) and the support of friends/family I felt great.  It was the best I have ever looked.  Yes, competitors say that a lot, but if they keep getting better, which is normally the goal, it can be said every time.  But alas, I was a bridesmaid yet again, coming in second place. I wasn’t upset about the placement.  In this sport it can be the littlest things that will separate first through fifth place. I didn’t see it as a set back. I actually thought of second place as a motivator. I was so close to first place, I thought “I CAN DO THIS… I CAN WIN.”

One step closer to the cup… Stay tune for part two this week.

My second place first at the KC Classic 2015
My second place first at the KC Classic 2015

The Lazy Ladies Meal Prep

It is no secret, I am not a great cook.

When it comes to my food I keep it very simple. I don’t do any fancy sauces.  It doesn’t need to look pretty. Really, it just needs to be cooked enough so it wont kill me…. I know I set high standard.

Some days, like this weekend… after work, errands, and all the things that are on the to do list, I would rather sit on the couch and watch Adam Sandler movies prepping my meals is the last thing I want to do . Billy Madison may help make my abs better by laughing so hard (yes, I still laugh).  I know if I don’t do prep my meal I will have to either make food on a busier week day OR buy somethings pre-made… which hits the wallet and the macros more than I would like to.

A show of hands who has been there before? There’s no tricks and you still need to do it.  BUT here’s your promise to keep it simple!

Step 1: Make your plan for the week.

I normally make food for 6 days, leaving Wednesday as my “free” day. No, that does not mean I go out to eat or stay from my path really.  Normally, this meals I might  try my hand at making a fancy dinner (key word try) .

Step2: Make your shopping list for the store.

I write out my list to the oz/ servings I will need. This week:

Chicken 36 oz

Turkey 36 oz

Tuna 6 packs (which I forgot but I have 2 at home already)

Egg whites 3-4 different veggies for the 6 days (this week Green beans, Broccoli, Mushrooms, Asparagus)

Gluten Free bread

Quinoa/rice/ sweat potato

Apples

Coconut oil

Cottage Cheese

Hummus

This was all about $45 for the 6 days of food.

I already had:

Oats Nuts/ Nut Butter

Eggs

Protein powder

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Step 3: Plan your attack.

One of the reason I’m not a great cook is I can never get the timing down. Something is always done way before the rest of the things.  For meal prepping for the week that’s not a huge deal but I’m a clock racer… always trying to get one more thing done in a day.  This is also one of the “excuses” I get from my clients…. “Kristy, I just don’t have the time”… I say again, keep it simple.

Start time 7:30pm

Start oven and pan on stove.

Get the meats and the sweet potato going. Remember this is lazy meal planning so the sweet potatoes are washed and thrown into the microwave. (Yes, I know it’s not the best, but this is about quick and easy not if I’m going to die from eating microwaved foods).

Mrs. Dash is as creative as I get. This is the southwestern chipotle blend.
Mrs. Dash is as creative as I get. This is the southwestern chipotle blend.

Wash the veggies and cut them. Because I’m very lazy I’m not going to cook the green beans.  I’m just going to eat them raw, they have a great snap to them. 🙂  I did cook the broccoli and the asparagus after the turkey was done So I could use the same pan. (Saving on dishes and clean up)

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The hardest and the task that takes the longest… find Tupperware and it’s matching cover! BRRR

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Once everything is cooked I weight and measure out the meat and the carbs. But because I am not in prep I don’t measure my veggies, I just make sure I have at least 6-8 cups a day.

Done and cleaned up but 8:08.

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The clean up crew

I know  the plan above seems so easy… THAT’S BECAUSE IT IS.  I get it… we all have the thing(s) that take so much energy to start, but all you need is to get the ball rolling.  (A confession I hate folding and putting laundry away… I have NO energy for that) 😉

I will leave you with  a link below… and yes, this applies to more than just prepping your food.

Keep Moving Forward.

Interview with Courtney Cronin

Hi everyone!

This week’s is a little something different. Courtney is a fellow competitor and blog, so we decide to interview each other and share our stories and blogs with each other’s readers.

Check out her blog:

When the Tan Fades- Fitness Fun and other Shennanigans
click here to see Courtney’s Blog

You started this journey in 2012 (correct)? How have you seen the sport change?
I actually started in the spring of 2011 with the OCB Spirit of America as my first show. Holy mackerel has it evolved! Just taking our division of Bikini, I remember there were 9 girls in my class…I think that show this year had over 40!
Not only are there more participants but the competition is increasing dramatically…in a good way. OCB Bikini hasn’t had a lot of street cred in the past but now you look at the lineup of Pro Bikini ladies at the Yorton Cup and it’s comparative to those at the IFBB Olympia…incredible.

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You had an injury, back I believe. How did you deal with that (mentally) and how did you come back from it?
What a learning experience! I had started feeling back, hip, and joint pain about 2 years ago and thought it was contributed to a mix of a bunch of different factors- stress, improper lifting form, too much cardio, etc…
A year later I found myself in the doctor’s office getting diagnosed with an early onset form of arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis. As with most forms of arthritis, movement and activity of the body is encouraged so I had that going for me! Between proper rest, better nutrition, and learning how to properly lift I experienced dramatic improvements in how I felt. I can certainly still feel it, even on the best days but
its been an amazing lesson in perseverance and APPRECIATION. I took my able body for granted before, now I am so very grateful for every step and movement it allows me to take.

You’re now fiancée is a bodybuilder and part of this life style. What are the pros and cons you guys have during prep and in off season?
Great question! We’ve experienced both prep and off season life for each of us and as with all relationships and the events that take place in them, there were/are some awesome pieces and challenges.
Our first date was to a Red Sox game while I was in prep (and he was not). I remember bringing my huge cooler of food down to Boston and sharing, laughing, and enjoying the day with someone who truly understood and respected my choices. It was the first time I dated someone who could appreciate planning ahead and striving for a goal, and that food choices were a component of that.
I think we balance each other. He’s VERY excited in the offseason, enjoying varieties of foods and drinks…I tend to be a bit more reserved with my indulgences. He gets me to try new things and understand I can’t be in prep mode 365 days a year. I get him to throw some veggies in his eggs once in a while!

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You have a ‘normal 9-5 job’ where you sit most of the day. How do you deal with having most of your day in the corporate world?
Well, funny you ask because I’ve learned you can also bring the fitness world into a corporate environment. Bringing my meals and putting them in the office refrigerator, having a CONSTANT glass of water going on my desk, and taking frequent walks around my building helps. I also discussed the benefits of movement/standing with my boss and am now one of two users in the office demoing standing desks! It’s pretty nice and enlightening to others I work with as well.

What’s one thing you have learned about yourself from doing shows? (Good and ‘bad’)
1. I have learned healthy living is my passion. By that I mean when I competed initially, I wasn’t very healthy about it- standard too much cardio/too little food situation. Through time, trial, and research, I have found that sincere healthy living is far, far more enjoyable and beneficial long term. It has taught me that competing is a hobby but health, movement, and proper nutrition is a lifestyle and my passion.

2. I have also learned that I am my biggest critic. After competing multiple times, I no longer really care what others think of my body/physique…I care what I think! This can be good and bad- if someone doesn’t enjoy my physique, whatever! If I don’t enjoy my physique, well that’s a different story and something I’m trying to consistently work on mentally.

What advice would you give a first time competitor… That they won’t read onbodybuilding.com?
ENJOY THE DAY. So many articles, coaches, competitors, and websites focus on the necessary details of the food, the suit, hair, shoes, getting there on time, etc. very few mention to simply sit back and enjoy the day. Introduce yourself to a new person backstage, sit and watch a division you don’t know much about, step out in the sun for a few minutes and enjoy how freaking awesome your tan looks…take these moments during the hectic day to just BE.

Why did you start your blog?
I was seeking an outlet to express the thoughts I have an overabundance of! After writing a few a finding some people enjoy them, I realized I could also use it as a source of motivation and inspiration. I think it’s incredibly important for humans to feel like they can relate to others- I like sharing what we all may think, feel, doubt, or do.
I continue my blog because it’s enjoyable, I LOVE putting thoughts into words and knowing others read them. It also helps me process thoughts and learn more about myself than I ever thought possible- and yikes, there’s a heck of a lot to this little lady!:)

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Thank you Court for your time! I love your point of views and I’m excited to see what the future holds for you in this sport… and Life! 🙂

Their success is not your failure.

I saw this amazing quotes last week:

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Of course I thought right away of my upcoming competition.

In my sport I develop friendships with people that I stand next to… in a bikini…. and get judged on who has the better body… Ya! It can be a dangerous slope in to “hater mode”.

Even the most security person creeps on other competitor’s Facebook or Instagram and thinks… “damn… she has great (fill in the blank)…”  Then start to think less of your (fill in the blank).

For those that don’t do shows-  Here’s your world:

“Oh looking like Betty got a new car” or

“Frank is got a promotion” or

“Peg and Al are buying a BETTER house” …

Then you make the grumpy cat face…..

It’s human nature to want to be the best! We are wired for the “survivor of the fittest”.  Sure, there are some of us are more alpha people and may beat our chest a little more,  but we all want to be good, feel good, prove we can… the list goes on.

Whether your gut reaction is I NEED TO WIN AND THEY NEED TO LOSE! OR THEY ARE GOING TO WIN SO I WILL LOSE….  this isn’t Game of thrones!  If someone wins, doesn’t mean you lose.   So how do we play nice in the sandbox and not become green eyed monsters?

First, I think you need to be good with yourself.  If your parents pulled a Beverly Goldberg (if you don’t know who Beverly Goldberg is you are missing one of the best show on tv… THE GOLDBERGS) and told you, you were the best at everything… they lied There will always be someone better than you.  THAT’S OK! The real question is ARE YOU BETTER THAT YOU WHERE YESTERDAY? (Yesterday could be a day, a month, or years ago)… my point is ARE YOU MOVING FORWARD IN YOUR LIFE?

Next, it’s weird but try being happy for someone else… Even if they are your arch rival… and if they are a bad person.  I know, I know it’s not an easy thing to do, but you get nothing out of thinking negative thoughts about them.  Some people (hippies like me) think that if you send will-wishes to those negative people, you will have  better experiences with them.

But what about the people you care about… Are you a bad person if you get a kick to the gut when things go right for them and not you? I say, only if you stay in grump cat mode! SNAP OUT OF IT! THIS IS SOMEONE YOU CARE ABOUT.  Yes, it stinks when you don’t get everything you want but that doesn’t mean no one should get it.  If you care about someone you want them to be happy! Put your ego aside for the night and celebrate your loved one.  If you can let go of yourself just enough… it might bring you both closer.

As I’m about to step on stage with some of the BEST BODIES I’ve seen, I’ve had to remind myself that no matter what happens… everyone up there worked their ass off… and we all have things we are worried about.  But we shouldn’t worry about the person next to us. That person is more like you (me) than we know, and they have some of the same fears… So instead of adding to the list of things to worry about why don’t we celebrate our sisterhood! Step on stage, let our swagger shine, and celebrate all that we have accomplished with a spoon FULL of peanut butter!

 

Cheer ladies! I am honored and thankful to share the stage with you…. Sure I want to bring some cash money home with me… but that’s second to the friendships and moments I get to share with you… Plus there’s no taxes on that!

 

Keep Moving Forward!

The Why behind it….

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Ok friends, this is one of those deep post.  Surprise, Surprise.

I’ll try to keep it short and not ramble to much.  But knowing me that’s not likely.

When was the last time you stopped and though about WHY you do or don’t do things?  Here are some examples:

Why are you do what you do for a living?

Why do you eat pizza instead of chicken?

Why do you react when your loved ones says or does X?

Why did you start this journey to your goal?

 

WHY? WHY? WHY?

 

My clients may think that this is my favorite thing to say.  When they are having a problem staying on track, the first thing I ask them is WHYWhy are you not staying on your path to your goal?  Why haven’t you started that goal? Why are you doing this in the first place?

I don’t just do this to you.  I’m  always asking myself why…  Here’s a few of my WHY’s

Why was I so scared to start this blog?

I didn’t want people to think I wasn’t “smart”…. when I spell or read I miss things, (you may notice a few here and there) and I don’t use the right grammar.  I write like I speak.

When you do something like this you are putting yourself out there for people to judge you.  Being judge is never fun… but whether you are in 5” clear heel, writing a blog, or walking down the street it’s going to happen.  It’s out of your control what people think or say about you.  I’m learning to have a thicker shell when it comes to this.  Also, I’m not trying to change people’s thoughts as much anymore.  (a work in progress).

 

Why do I eat the way I eat?

(Good)- without sugar coating… it’s so much cheaper to cook 95% of my meal for the week, then to buy it on the go.  I’m on the go a lot.  I schedule myself with 10 min buffers, so if there’s a line at Taco Bell and I needed to eat I would be screwed.  (I use to love Crunchwrap Supremes).

And of course it’s healthier to eat a stuffed pepper with quinoa, which helps me feel better.

(Bad)- Because yes even I get lazy and emotional…. There’s days that I want to say “F this. F you, and you.. you’re cool”  I just want to open a bottle of wine, throw a pizza in the oven, and sit down to do nothing.  I’m happy to say there are less of these days than in the past (because I ask the why) but I’m still working always being “strong”.  If I don’t “stay strong/ on my path”  I’m not going to reach my goals…. and that’s what it’s about.

 

Why I do what I do for a living?

This is not an easy job.  It’s going to sound like I’m complaning or saying poor me… and to you maybe I am, but anyways- My pay is never set, (some months higher some lower).  It’s long hours up early and in bed later.  I’m responsible for people’s goals… but I’m only in control of it for the x hour(s) I see or talk to them…. which me lead to being blamed if they don’t see results. (I know it’s not my fault… but some people still try to say it’s the trainers fault… yada yada yada).

It’s not a long list of negatives, but WHY am I still a personal trainer after 9 years?

Because when you watch someone walk through the WHYs of their life and they put the pieces together… that my friends is the most amazing and inspiring thing to witness.

Stepping on stage.  Having more self-confidences.  Having a better relationship with their loved ones. Doing a Pull up.  Getting out of bed without pain. It’s all things that lead to them having a more fulfilling life… and I was there to help move them forward.

 

To put a nice little bow on this… My challenge to you: Ask yourself  WHY are you doing the things you do day in and day out?  No matter what the topic…..

Be honest with yourself… (this can be hard) but once you stop and ask that why you can then take the next step to being and doing what you always wanted.  Stop holding yourself back from your greatness.

 

Keep Moving Forward.

 

FYI- I will be on vacation next week so there will not be a blog.  Work a little more on this topic! Let me know what you find out about your WHY.  I love to hear these things.