What’re you waiting for?

October 27th, 2011

With halloween fast approaching, there’s no denying that the Holidays are right around the corner. It’s hard to believe that Christmas (yes, I said the C word) is a mere 58 days away…and just like my pre-contest countdowns in the past, this one can feel just as daunting.

Along with the joys of the holidays come the parties, family get togethers, and work shindigs…not to mention the dinners, desserts, and baking! (Oh my…) So how are you going to survive this years holiday season without succumbing to the temptation, only to feel the guilt and promise to banish you’re newly found bulk come the New Year?

That’s where I come in…consider this your pre- New Years’ resolution wake up call.  How many of you know friends, family members and coworkers that vow each and every year to make a change towards healthier living? Maybe you’re even the one that gets on the bandwagon kicking January in the face, only to end up dragging behind and letting go.  Too often I see highly motivated people with the right intentions attempting to jump right in with the others of the iron playground, usually unarmed with the proper knowledge, form, or etiquette that gradually comes with experience. Most of these newbies might feel the pressure from the New Years “fresh start” idea – don’t get me wrong, it’s never too late to get on the right path towards a healthier and happier life…but why wait until then?

Who said that lifestyle changes have to be saved for January, and not tomorrow? Now is just as great of an opportunity for you to get up, shake yourself and realize that your health should never take a backseat to your other priorities.  You’ll find that when you take on the responsibility of putting your body’s needs ahead, the energy to carry out everything else will follow.

There are still 2 whole months before we’re faced with the holiday bulge battles – yes, I said WE. I’m guilty of giving in a little more around Christmas just like everyone else, (those peanut butter marshmallow squares that always surface around Christmas…don’t leave them unattended) but it’s all about self control and not giving into absolutely every little indulgence that makes the difference.  These challenges can come up on a daily basis, not just around the holidays so it’s crucial that you find the best way for you to deal with the temptation and bypass the treats and unhealthy hurdles that cross your path.  One of my biggest tips for success is to surround yourself with like minded people.  Stay in close contact with friends that have similar goals and lifestyles as you – workout and train with a friend, swap recipes and treat ideas and keep each other accountable by sharing your goals while motivating one another.  I’m incredibly lucky to have several close friends, and more recently some coworkers that lead healthy and fitness focussed lives.  I am extremely thankful for the encouragement that I receive and am always more than willing to share my knowledge and experience with everyone around me…or even a butt kicking workout session when you need it the most! (Right, Andrew? haha)

Write out your personal goals and how you’re going to hit them.  If you have a long term goal, break it into smaller ones and knock them off successively until you reach that BIG one.  People don’t just wake up and run full marathons, they train and train and work their way up.  If your looking to compete, have stages you want to reach by certain dates and challenge your strength gains to keep things fun.  If you want to lead an overall healthier life, promise yourself that you’ll workout so many times per week, or challenge a new cardio routine.

If you need someone to keep you accountable and motivated, shoot me a message – I’ll make sure to check in and keep you going as so many people have done for me. :)

 

2011 season wrap up…

October 14th, 2011

Now that my 2011 season is complete, it’s time to move on and set some goals to keep me motivated and focused until 2012 kicks off in April for me.

Just to recap – I competed in March 2011 at MABBA Novice, placing 6th.  I was invited to compete in Provincials at the beginning of June, finishing 2nd and bringing home some new hardware…which looks fabulous in my living room next to my “Top 3 Iron Will Award” I scooped up at Novice for sharing how I fell in love with training and competing.  It’s a pretty good read so you should check it out too!

My third and final show this season was in Las Vegas at the Olympia.  This was my 2nd time competing in the Flex BIkini Model Search and I had nothing less than the time of my life!

Each show to date, (five for those of you who haven’t been following me for long) I have come in bigger and better and I owe so much to Ryan Malo for getting me to the point I’m at right now.  There has been SO much that Ryan has taught me, not only about training, dieting and the sport itself but also the mental game that comes along with it.

With the next six months off from competing I’m taking full advantage of this opportunity to grow! I would like to build up my booty and my legs…both of which have improved greatly over the last year, but there’s always room to improve.

I want to stay focused every day within every aspect of the sport – not just my training sessions, but my dieting too.  I need to make sure I’m getting my meals in at decent hours, and timed right…which means waking up earlier and not going to bed at 1am everyday cause I slept in until 9am. Oops…

I’m making a point to stop doubting myself all together as well.  I’ve made a lot of strength gains and recently realized that I was capable of pushing much more than I’ve been letting myself train with.  I needed a bit of a kick in the butt to see that I’m not lifting as heavy as I could be – and in the last 2 weeks have made huge improvements.  Never would I have imagined that I would squat 270lbs, incline dumbbell press 40’s or dumbbell row 50’s.  I had never even tried – so how the heck are you ever going to know, right? Even if you can only do 4 reps – TRY! You’ll hit a full set of 8-10 in no time.

The next few weeks I’m going to keep track of my training and make note of what I was training with vs. what I’m training with now.  My goal is to do 30lb dumbbell bicep curls by the end of the month – currently training with 20‘s for 15 reps, 25‘s for about 8 – and looking to do 8 with 30.   Check back in with me weekly and you can see how this plays out ;)

 

ALL DONE!!!

October 14th, 2011

2011 Canadian Nationals

Well it is all done…. the 2011 competition season for me is over, and i must say those last few weeks just flew by. This years show was the biggest Nationals show to date … with over 250 competitors, it was stack with tons of great bodybuilders. It was really good to see that the sport i love is growing and growing each year. There were two classes in the mens open that had over 20 competitors, the light heavies and the heavies. The super heavy class which i was in had 13 guys in it… now that’s a lot of beef on the stage at one time… all of us weighing over 225lbs  and one weighing close to 280 WTF!!!  …. i weighed in just under 240 so i was pretty much in the middle and a good weight for a super heavy…. not too big where i would be holding water and still a bit of fat and not too light where i would look over dieted and depleted .

This year was my best ever placing and showing (placed 4th).. i was dialled in perfect and in the morning i was bang on for the pre judging…i will be posting a video of the prejudging on youtube so stay tuned an i will let you know when it its up … might even be able to showcase it on here… i will see what i can do… i had a lot of good feedback from this show.. and a lot of people who were there at the prejudging feel that i was ripped off and deserved first or second based on the fact that my conditioning was better than everyone there and when it came down to it… pose for pose i beat everyone.  Yes my legs are lacking size when it comes to the front shots… but condition was there and they weren’t that off. Read more…

American health care…OUCH!

October 9th, 2011

I was going to share this story with you in my post-Vegas update but as you can see my blogs turn into novels rather fast and I just had far too much to say about the show to fit this in.

As you know I was in Vegas for The Olympia this year and competed in the Flex Bikini Model Search for the second year in a row.  The show was a 2 day event held at the expo on Friday and Saturday.  What you may not have heard about was what happened to me after the show.  Saturday night was my first night OUT in months! We hit Surrender with some of the biggest names on the fitness scene and Olympia athletes – of course I can’t forget my fellow Gorilla Athletes that were amongst the crowd.  I felt fantastic as we stayed out until the wee hours of Sunday morning.

Sunday was our shopping day! I know from past shows and was reminded by Ryan to make sure I get my water in throughout the day, especially after a 2 day show.  It wasn’t until Monday morning that I realized that I didn’t put as much thought into it as I should have while we outlet mall hopped and enjoyed our last full day in Sin City.  I woke up after only a few hours of sleep with pretty bad stomach pains and got up to get a glass of water before crawling back into a ball and whimpering like a baby until I fell asleep.  I woke up at about 8am before my alarm with even worse stomach pain, and absolutely no energy.  I managed to crawl into the bathroom in the other half of our suite and spent the next hour on the bathroom floor. Never in my life have I felt SO sick, been in so much pain, or felt so weak! I’ll spare the greater details…but it was BAD. I immediately remembered a conversation I had with a woman I know whose son had just been hospitalized for severe dehydration – and I was experiencing exactly what he had gone through.  I managed to make my way into one of the beds and text Ryan who told me to get to a hospital ASAP when I told him what was happening to me.  This was honestly the conversation that saved my life.  Reena (my friend that was staying with me) had come in and I told her what was going on.  An hour later I was on my way to the emergency clinic down the street…an hour before we were supposed to hit the airport.  I was immediately hooked up to an IV for the next 4 hours, as I was severely dehydrated and spent the rest of my morning with Reena and my hilarious Nurse, Paul!  Although I can look back on it now and laugh about the various jokes and moments we had in the hospital I still remember feeling incredibly helpless and definitely won’t forget the experience as a lesson and learning opportunity.  You hear about these things happening to other athletes but I swear I never imagined it would happen to me.

I spent the rest of the afternoon curled up in bed with my giant powerade, jug of water and box of Ritz crackers.  After spending months dieting, it was definitely a shock and well, who am I kidding – a joy to hear that all I could eat the rest of the day was pasta, chicken noodle soup and Ritz crackers.

I don’t want to think about what would have happened had I not have talked to Ryan, or if I didn’t have Reena with me but I am forever thankful and more appreciative than I could ever express to have a trainer who truly cares and is there for me every moment, and friends who pull through for me and take charge when I was clearly in NO position to.

This ordeal hasn’t turned me off of training and competing by any means, but I am much more aware of my body and what it can and can’t handle.  Take care of your health  in mind and body.  There’s only ONE you, after all.

 

What happens in Vegas…

October 1st, 2011

It’s been a while since my last update, my apologies – I’ve been in VEGAS! My idea was originally to update right after my show and a couple of days after to share that I was still on track and feeling great – but this time around there was a mild hiccup in my plan…

Before I get into the details of my trip, one major update that I’m excited to share is that I’m now officially a Gorilla Girl! I was approached by Gorilla Jacks on my birthday actually (greatest gift ever!) and asked if I would join their team of sponsored athletes.  This is a HUGE honor for me and I definitely accepted – who wouldn’t?

I have built some of the greatest relationships with the other athletes and I feel so blessed that I was considered to join the rest in representing what I’ve always felt is the elite in the industry for supplements, advice, support and just all around fantastic-ness ;) Read more…