Thursday, December 29, 2011

Getting ready

I ordered my supplements this week and they should be getting here today. While doing my research on fitness and nutrition I found out that there are many essential vitamins we should be taking in order to restore and repair our bodies. Crazy that while training for the marathon two years ago I didn't take any vitamins or supplements. Although I was still able to achieve my goal I know I could have done better if I was properly educated on fueling my body properly.

I know that it was all by the spirit and grace of God that I was able to train and run that 13.1 miles. Knowing what I know now I can truly say that I was "powered by His spirit", like the back of my shirt stated.

Here is what I ordered:
Branched Chain Amino Acids – Leucine, Isoleucine and Valine – promote protein synthesis, lean muscle growth, and recovery! Branched Chain Amino Acids, which are building blocks of muscle mass and size. Metabolized directly in the muscle, BCAAs, may improve nitrogen retention by sparing other amino acid groups for repair and rebuilding.* The Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAA's), so named because of their unique branched chemical structure, are essential in that the body cannot make them from other compounds. In recent times, these amino acids have been investigated for their potential anticatabolic (preventing muscle breakdown) and anabolic (muscle building) effects.*



Smart Blend is a cutting edge, proprietary blend of "smart fats" that contains important essential fatty acids (both essential and conditionally essential), which may be depleted in the diets of many athletes and exercise enthusiasts. Regular supplementation with Smart Blend ensures a complete mixture of essential fatty acids such as omega-3, omega-6, EPA, DHA, CLA and GLA. Smart Blend provides optimal support for reducing body fat, increasing muscle tissue recovery and supporting normal testosterone and insulin production.



Vitamins, minerals and other essential nutrients are the body's fundamental building blocks. Among other things, they contribute to our energy levels, immunity, performance and overall vitality. Opti-Women has been designed as a comprehensive Nutrient Optimization System complete with botanicals, antioxidants, and other gender-focused components.* By packing 40 active ingredients into one pill, much more than a multi has been created.



I was told by someone that vitamins are isolated nutrients and they are not essential for our bodies. I understand that opinion but I also know that food is not what it used to be. So even if I have the time to eat all the calories and whole foods that I need the food won't have everything I need to reach the goals I desire. I also have to look at the people who are providing me this information. Do they look the way I want to look?

I am not a doctor, nutritionist or scientist so I can't evaulate all the information I get but right now I feel the need to take supplements in order to 1) achieve the goals I have 2) great a healthy body.

There are a few more supplements I need to order but this will get me started for the first phase of my transformation.

I also went to get a monthly memebership at my local community center gym. I don't want to jump into a commercial gym membership right now for a couple of reasons.
1. They can be expensive if you are not able to pay a large one time yearly rate.
2. Don't want to sign a contract.
3. Don't want to be in a large gym setting right now.

I love to workout privately and be in my own zone. When I get a little more familiar with my routine and have the money to pay for a year contract I will go ahead and do that but for now I think the small community center gym will work for me. They seem to have all the equipment I need for my first 4 weeks of my program.


I have some other awesome news to share but I will tell you about it in a later post. I am still getting all the details together.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Cleansing and preparation

This week is focused on cleansing my body from all the not so good stuff I ate during the holidays. I didn't eat a lot of food but I ate lots of sugary food. Since October I have been eating lots of chocolate, cookies and cake. I did put on about 8 lbs since October which is disappointing but I know I will get it off soon.

I am not taking anything artificial to cleanse my body. I am just staying well hydrated, eating as many raw veggies as I can, drinking green tea and avoiding sugar and processed foods. I have started my meal plan and will be back to logging my daily workouts and food here on the this blog.

I am excited about this new journey and will do my best to keep you updated on a weekly basis with pictures and journals.

This weeks food has been planned as follows:

Meal #1: tofu scramble burrito (tofu, veggies, pico de gallo in an Ezekiel sprouted tortilla) hot green tea, and water.
Meal #2: 4 homemade protein bars (will post recipe later)
Meal#3: quinoa, beans and broccoli with pico de gallo
Meal #4: homemade hummus and raw veggies
Meal #5: fish, sweet potato, veggies and salsa
Meal #6: protein shake (water, protein powder, strawberries, 1/2 banana)

I will post after this week and update you on my progress and accomplishments. This week I will not be doing any strenous workouts. I will eat to fuel muscle growth and avoid all processed food. CLEAN FOOD, LEAN BODY.

My workout program officially starts Monday. I will post that schedule later this week.

Monday, December 26, 2011

EXCITED

Okay this is my personal journal of my journey so I guess I might as well start today.

Today I am super excited because I am so motivated, determined and prepared to do some really hard training this year. I have been doing a lot of research and educating myself on bodybuilding.

My goal for this year is to get as lean as I can and achieve the body I have dreamed of for my 35th birthday. I have lost 70+ lbs on my own and I know that I can achieve this new goal the same way.

What has stopped me from achieving this sooner? My mind. Now that I have conquered that beast I can go for it.

I have my plan mapped out. My workout schedule and meal plans are all written out and I have them in a nice binder. This week I am going to treat myself to a few new gym outfits and a new pair of shoes.

I am prepared to succeed and I am about to go out there with relentless passion and determination and fly....I am going to make it happen this year.

Stay tuned for pics, and a little more information on my new workout plan. Hope you are motivated to pursue your goals this upcoming year.

NEW MIND

If you are familiar with my blog or know me personally you know my beliefs about wellness and how the mind plays an intricate part of transformation.

Over the last 2 years I have done a lot of growing, soul searching, learning and transforming. I have developed a pretty strong sense of who I am and in turn was able to get rid of a lot of heavy emotional baggage.

The journey to this place has not been easy. I can honestly say I am not all the way where I want to be but I have chosen to stay positive this year. I have decided to embrace all the positive and amazing things about myself. From that place of surrender and peace I will see the most growth in my life.

Reflecting back will only be used as a reference point. I will no longer make excuses, feel sorry for myself or allow the past to blind me from the visions I have for my future.

I realized that when you are so used to being abused, rejected or going through drama you tend to bury yourself in a cocoon. Even though you have transformed you are afraid to break out. You are afraid to spread your wings and fly. You are afraid to succeed and truly be yourself.

We are often afraid of falling or being judge. We would rather stay curled up in what feels comfortable....the place we are used to.....what is familiar to us. Even if it is stealing our very breath and squeezing the life out of us. We would rather die than step out.

In order to fulfill all my dreams and visions I have to step out. Even if I struggle to fly I have to try.....I have to manifest my calling.

I know without a shadow of doubt that this year will be one of the most amazing years I have had yet. I feel it in my spirit and I am truly excited.

I pray that you will continue to follow me and that I meet new followers along this journey.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

New Year....New Mind.....New Body

PLEASE STAY TUNED. I HAVE LOTS OF GREAT THINGS TO SHARE WITH YOU. I AM ON ANOTHER JOURNEY AND WOULD LOVE FOR YOU TO FOLLOW ME AS I REACH NEW GOALS THIS UPCOMING YEAR.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Update

Hey I have not been on her in a little while. I thought I might update this blog in case someone is secretly following me. But to be honest with you I really post blogs so that I can look back and also have some form of accountability.

So I finally finished my personal training certification course and I am about to do my final exam. I am a little nervous because deep down inside that little insecure me wants to show it's ugly little head.

I know I can and will do more than fine because there is no pressure with the online exam but I always seem to try to find a place to hide. I had someone tell me that I was afraid of my own monsterous potential. I think they are right.

Although I am much more confident than I used to be I think I worry about disappointing myself. I think about being less than perfect as if I need someones approval to be awesome. :)

I think we all battle this from time to time. We want to be great and accomplish our goals and we truly all have the ability to do it but we doubt ourselves. As I learned from my daughter's Jr High play The Lion King.....We don't truly know who we are.

We are all connected in the great big circle of life. We all come from God and depend on one another to help reach that next level in our lives. We don't serve anyone any good by playing small. We are great and were created to fulfill so much more than we even know we are capable of. That calling is what drives us to seek better and never settle. Many of us step forward and attempt to answer that call and other just hide. I refuse to hide anymore. I know I can and I will. It is so close I can taste it.

I was inspired by God to read a scripture that I had never even heard of before. It said, you have circled this mountain long enough. Wow! How much louder must He speak before I take heed to His word?

Sometimes taking on a new journey requires us to let go of somethings and sacrifice others. I think nothing is more valuable than walking in total peace as you manifest your calling and live authentic to yourself.

Thanks for reading.