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So I have been out of my blogging cycle for almost two years, which is crazy to think its been so long, but life happened and I have lost sight of certain things….blogging being one of them.
As of now, Sept 2016 I am well on my way to stepping on stage as a bikini competitor for the first time. I bought on a bad-a** amazing coach to help me and its been almost a full year working with her. and the changes are phenomenal so far… I have been tracking my macros as well as lifting and doing cardio. I am at 261 days straight of macro tracking and I am down about 20 pounds. I went from a size 12 to a 6.
The journey has been crazy, I have never experienced so many different feels in such a short period of time. Over the past 11 months I have had to deal with so many various emotions and I have hit some really low lows while keeping this fitness journey going. I still have 8-ish weeks to go before I step on stage in November. I still have about 10 pounds to lose and this is probably the hardest part of the journey. Progress has really stalled, my scale weight has been stubbornly stayed the same for the last 3 weeks. Mentally its been tough to keep the journey going at this point but its become such a habit to hit the gym and track food its almost impossible to go back the other way, but it feels more like work now then it did in the beginning.
None the less it onwards and upwards. I will post my current progress photos which are January 2016 to July 2016:
still work to be done but I am proud of my progress so far….The journey continues and my updates will as well as I get closer to my first show.
A great article on breathing while working out to really take your workout to the next level. Click below to read the article on fix.com!
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Surgery…….nothing will bring you down quicker than an emergency appendectomy…… damn appendix.
Day before Thanksgiving my appendix decides what better time to get infected than NOW!
I was on a roll, and am 4 weeks out to not only our beautiful, wonderful Thailand trip buuuut my next mile marker for weight and body composition. One step closer to competition, many more steps to go but one more closer none the less.
So I am frustrated as my minimum recovery is 2 weeks, and even after that I am not sure if I will be able to get back to lifting, it may just be stretching and maybe light cardio.
Feelin like this is my 2 steps back……but gotta look at the bright side, I caught it before it ruptured which would have set me back 4-6 weeks and quite possibly put a big fat cancel on my trip; so there is a silver lining.
It is 5 days after surgery so focus this week is healing; gotta eat clean (even though I have no appetite and my brain wants me to indulge in comfort food…weird battle), do light walking, and some upper body stretching making sure not to involve a lot of ab muscle movement. (nearly impossible by the way, you never really realize how much you use your stomach muscles until their are cut open and when you try to breathe, cough or for crimany sakes sneeze you feel like your going to die!)
I put a reminder in my phone for everyday to remind me that food choice is what will keep me from going backwards, since I cannot make up for extra calories from working out! Fingers crossed that it will !