Second round of cardio complete! I enjoy cardio FAR MORE when it’s done outdoors in the sun. By the way, I choose to split up my 60 minutes of cardio today. An hour of cardio done in one sitting is mentally tiring for me so I would rather change it up and do it at separate times for a shorter period of time. 
In the past I would have most likely been stressed out right now at 3 days away from an event because I am not more ‘ripped’ ‘shredded’ or ‘lean’ than I am now…but not anymore. I am healthy, happy, and free of stress. I don’t need to prove anything to anyone except for myself. In my industry there will always be someone more ripped, more jacked, or more muscular etc. but at the end of the day I choose to do what works for me. I prefer not to be on crazy diets, not to do endless hours of cardio, not to compare myself to other physiques, and certainly not to be on any fat burners or other forms of drugs to enhance my results. The second I do not enjoy what I am doing or am feeling miserable is the time I need to check in with myself and see what’s up. I train to be healthy and to feel good inside and out and having set goals helps motivate me even more. My training and outlook has changed and I am the only one that needs to accept me and I do : )

Second round of cardio complete! I enjoy cardio FAR MORE when it’s done outdoors in the sun. By the way, I choose to split up my 60 minutes of cardio today. An hour of cardio done in one sitting is mentally tiring for me so I would rather change it up and do it at separate times for a shorter period of time. 

In the past I would have most likely been stressed out right now at 3 days away from an event because I am not more ‘ripped’ ‘shredded’ or ‘lean’ than I am now…but not anymore. I am healthy, happy, and free of stress. I don’t need to prove anything to anyone except for myself. In my industry there will always be someone more ripped, more jacked, or more muscular etc. but at the end of the day I choose to do what works for me. I prefer not to be on crazy diets, not to do endless hours of cardio, not to compare myself to other physiques, and certainly not to be on any fat burners or other forms of drugs to enhance my results. The second I do not enjoy what I am doing or am feeling miserable is the time I need to check in with myself and see what’s up. I train to be healthy and to feel good inside and out and having set goals helps motivate me even more. My training and outlook has changed and I am the only one that needs to accept me and I do : )

I survived. 15 minutes of cardio plus my lifting session is complete. 

I could feel the extra treats I had this weekend plus the extra EXTRA treats I had. Oh well, I enjoyed myself this weekend and if I didn’t have an event this weekend I wouldn’t even blink an eye. I think in the future prepping for events longer than four weeks will not be in my agenda. That’s why the goal is to keep as close as possible to ‘shoot ready’ all while living life at the same time. It’s a tricky thing to accomplish and it requires constant work and organization. I’m still working at it. I’m further than I’ve ever been but still plenty of refining to do. 

But interestingly enough I felt stronger today, MUCH stronger. My push ups were easier and quicker and my treadmill pace was quicker. I felt like a gazelle.

I survived. 15 minutes of cardio plus my lifting session is complete.

I could feel the extra treats I had this weekend plus the extra EXTRA treats I had. Oh well, I enjoyed myself this weekend and if I didn’t have an event this weekend I wouldn’t even blink an eye. I think in the future prepping for events longer than four weeks will not be in my agenda. That’s why the goal is to keep as close as possible to ‘shoot ready’ all while living life at the same time. It’s a tricky thing to accomplish and it requires constant work and organization. I’m still working at it. I’m further than I’ve ever been but still plenty of refining to do.

But interestingly enough I felt stronger today, MUCH stronger. My push ups were easier and quicker and my treadmill pace was quicker. I felt like a gazelle.

I do not feel like working out tonight…

When I go away on the weekends it usually takes me a day to rest up to get back into my routine but my event is this Thursday so I don’t have much time to waste.

This afternoon I did a solid 45 minutes outside of running bleachers, skipping, jumping jacks, toe taps, and box jumps.

So what’s left? 15 minutes cardio and 45-50 minutes weights.

How did I get myself to the gym? I remembered my goals for this year, this week and especially early October. But what helped me even more was putting on my new Public Myth catwalk leggings #TrueStory

I also know that the gym and my headphones has become MY time; my therapy.

Let’s do this!

This weekend we drove an hour past Pemberton, BC and hiked an hour to the Keyhole Hot Springs. The hike is listed as ‘moderate’ and whoever decided that is out of their mind. There were times when I was scaling a cliff and holding onto small branches and trees to ensure I would not go sliding off the cliffs. Luckily, the entire hike wasn’t like this but there were times when I was worried. On top of it all there is no cell service there so that did concern me. However, we were all responsible and fit enough and so everyone made it in and out safely. 

None of us had ever been there so it was an adventure for us all. My girl friend wanted to celebrate her birthday with this hike and hot springs experience and I am so glad she did because it was a trip I will always remember. 

These days I am more present than I have ever been and I feel relaxed. It’s easy to get stressed out when you are in competition prep mode and also trying to figure out how to make it work into your life. After stepping away from the stage this past year I now have more time in my schedule and MIND so I have been able to have a wider outlook on life and priorities. Taking this year off was the best thing I could have done for myself. For the last three years I was basically prepping for either a show, shoots, or expos with very little ‘off season’ time to practice living a healthy and fit lifestyle. The past three years taught me so much and prepared me for this year and today. I feel prepared, confident, and happy with my choices. I feel balanced, happy, strong, empowered, and healthy which are the most important things to me. 

This trip alone was a milestone for me because in the past if I was 6 days away from a show, expo or shoot I would have most likely have declined. I went on this trip, enjoyed my time, didn’t concern myself with missing a training session, or eating a burger, fries, cake and drinking wine, I was present, and went with the flow. 

We all have things we want to work on and only we can figure out how that will work for our lives. If you’re still figuring out your groove, keep going, it will come in due time, I promise.