Okay, so after an amazing weekend off, filled with Friends, Family, Food and Football; its back to the 2-3 hour daily cardio workouts (done in 2 separate workouts of course…super boring). Diana and I have the countdown to our competition at 25 days of hell left. No carbs but for some on Thursday Night-Sunday Afternoon, weird I but it’ll make our muscles bulk when that time comes. We get to try on our suits on Thursday, mine is emerald green and Diana’s is red; I can’t wait, when I get the suit on I’ll then know that this is all real and that its almost over. Well that’s just a little update…oh yeah, so this sleep thing…I need my sleep with all this crazy extra cardio but last night 4 hrs of sleep, kill me now, for I have a long day of teaching four classes! Ekkkk…here’s to Tuesdays!
The training is going good, well the weight lifting and cardio are at least. I am gaining size, not weight though, so that’s good. My mom bought me a super cute top and the arms of the shirt were so extremely tight I had to go and get a size medium. I never thought I’d would ever be in a size medium top, I have not breasts…just little bee stings. Funny, and my biggest judge of all Ms.Diana..she told me I looked HUGE! Which I am trying to take as a complement. I’m cutting carbs tomorrow. Five Days off and two days on, we’ll see what happens. I had a great kettlebell class tonight and later barre and then I think I’ll hit the gym for 1 hour of cardio, if I’m not too tired…we’ll see.
So, the Holiday are not kicking me in the butt yet, but in two weeks its tamale time with my family. Perhaps just one on Christmas Day…Why just one..you ask? It’s still training and cutting time for Diane and I in this wonderful idea of competing in this fitness/figure competition on January 29th. I really didn’t think of the date when planning to do this, Jackie (I) now realizes that it is the Holiday Season filled with booze, great food and parties (because after all I am Mexican, anytime the familia gets together watch out). Working out on my own has its challenges but then again when I feel like doing a power lifting session at 11pm, I can and I don’t have to work it outI with anyone’s schedule. I do need the occasional push, but after all I have Diane asking if “I’m Cheating” all the time. And not to lie, I have to have cookie maybe once a week, but the good ones…I tell myself that a graham cracker is a cookie…super lame..lol. All is well though, I’m at 128 and holding at 13% body fat…My goal 125 and 10%, I’m close with 2 months to go, keep your fingers crossed and prayers said that I don’t blow it.
Fatigue is probably my biggest hurdle, the extra training and the dieting is seriously like another job. Dedication and willpower, that about sums up training for a competition, any competition. When I begin to get discouraged and think about cheating or skipping meals, which I sometimes do, I picture myself on stage in front of friends and family, being judged for my body, my muscle tone, my shape, and that image, brings it all back into perspective. I want to win! At the same time I really feel like I need a little balance in my life right now, I’ve been super focused on my fitness competition training and diet, I feel like I’ve neglected my Pole Dancing. I vowed earlier this week to take time to myself to dance, even if it kills me. Sleep is another issue, or lack thereof. I’ve found out in my old age, (haha I don’t feel 42) I need more sleep than I did in my 30′s. Weird right? So I’m commiting to 8 hours a night, no matter what! Sleep is when your body heals and regenerates, no doubt this will help with the fatigue. Did you know the gorgeous Sophia Loren gets 12 hours a sleep every night no matter what? Ok, so awesome day with the ladies at Open Pole, where we danced and played for 2 hours, now off for a 5 mile run.
This past month has been super hard with my training and diet with my Birthday, 1st year Anniversary with my hubby Jon, and lovely Halloween. I am now on the right course with all that has to be done with this competition, eating right (almost no carbs) and working out at the gym twice a day, plus not to mention teaching six days a week. It’s only Monday and my body feels fatigued and my legs feel a little like jello. My own classes have stepped up a notch with working my students as I would like to work out on my own; I had a couple of good comments about it so I’ll continue to roll them out. Random but I just got a super new water bottle that keeps track of how much water I drink, its not even 7am and I have already finished 34 oz. only 5 bottles left! Anyways all is well, I am finally off the weight part of it, not really weighing myself just making sure that each day I look leaner, I feel the scale discourages me often, trying to keep up with Diana’s rapid weight loss is not going to help me. Well I’m off to do some hour and a half of cardio after office work today, pray for me!!
Kicking Butt and Taking Names!!
Wow, I can’t believe that 2 months have already gone by. 2 months of not really enjoying life, I mean no ice cream or my favorite chips and salsa, nothing of the salty snack that I love so much. But in about 3 months Diane and I will be standing in bikini’s in front of hundreds of people and having the fitness gods judges us on our lat’s and legs. Crazy!!! I’m feeling a little better about the competition daily, it’s hard not to be a Debbie Downer when you feel you look leaner yet when you look at the scale, it reads 130-128-124-130-132….like a seesaw…it really sucks. I have to stop being a little bitch, put my big girl pants on and go by what I look like, yes I’ve dropped a pant size and have lost my big ghetto booty, also I am now in training bra sizes. So something is working, it might be all that extra cardio that I loathe so much; the 1.5 hours that I have been putting in 5 x’s a week. I’m thicker so I have to put in more work, but it’s all coming in nicely. Thank you Casey our trainer and to Diana, there would be no way I would have done this alone and gotten this far.
One month down, only 4 more to go. I’ve lost 6 inches, gained 2 inches and lost 4lbs and I’m below 15% body fat. Not to bad, my favorite body part is now my shoulders, I think there sexy. I have never once said any part of me would be sexy..but my shoulders totally are now. The eating is getting better, I’m just used to the seven meals a day. I try not to cheat but if I do, it might be a coke zero or a reduced fat Oreo cookie. My husband is so super supportive, I thank him for eating the same dinner with me almost every night, even though I know when I go to bed hes out there eating chips and salsa (my favorite) and drinking Corona’s. Having Diana doing this with me is a blessing we now have something else to bitch about…funny but we have a little routine for our Wednesdays…meeting for our 1.5 workout and training with our awesome trainer Casey, we then drink our protein shake and head to 24 hr fitness for 45 minutes of boring cardio, followed by waiting 30 mins to eat our 2:30 pm meal at Diana’s house as we talk shop. Well that’s the first month…and 4 to go, I’m currently battling a cold but other than that all is good.
On Wednesday, that was what…3 days ago, I do a leg training with Casey and Jackie, Jackie, of course, kicks ass, because she has the best legs in the world, I’m trying really hard to kick ass, and Casey keeps piling on the exercises and weights, “Time to up it girls, everytime it’s gonna get a little bit harder,” he says. WHAT! I’m barely surviving now! Ok, so 3 days later, I’m still sore. At least now I can sit down on the toilet without holding the walls for support. Still we pounded it out in Kettlebell today and Friday! Endurance, strength, motivation, no shortage of that at Embody Pole Fitness! You guys rocked it!!
I’m definitely in the swing of this whole fitness competition diet, I’ve got it down. It’s funny, once you’ve begun eating so clean, thinking about going back to eating anything processed would seem unwholesome. I knew this would happen to me, with my crazy, type A, OCD personality, I was afraid I would turn into a complete food nazi with myself. What’s interesting is the diet has given me a sense of control over what I put in my body that I never felt I had before. All in all I’m feeling confident about this competition and am soooo excited for January 27th!
Holy chest!!! Great work out today, even though I still have a problem walking correctly due to the fact that my quads hate me!! It was nice to incline chest press today and its always nice to find out you are stronger than what you think. Well here’s to hoping that my legs feel better by Friday! Diana and I will be having our long awaited cheat day on Saturday…time for some ribs and sweet tea with our lovies!!! Woohoo!!!!
The weekend went well, I was super busy to even think about the fact that I’m not eating delicious food and I can’t have chips and the occasional Dr.Pepper that I love so much. Friday was my off day but I still woke up early and got in a hour of cardio…just the treadmill and elliptical nothing to fancy. We went out with friends to Costa Mesa where everyone enjoyed bottle service as I drank Tonic Lite Water with Lime…I felt like it tricked me into thinking I was drinking too, just no sweet drunkenness and I could drive my saucy husband home. Saturday I taught two boot camps and had my Pico Park Kids Picture Day for Hip Hop they looked amazing, I forgot my food so I was almost two meal behind, but made it home in time to enjoy and day with my hubby and our dog Tito. Went to bed super early, woke up super early…got to the studio at 7am and choreographed for Hip Hop, taught and small yet fun Barre class and then Hip Hop went great. Until’ I decided to go back the the gym for 45 minutes of cardio and box jumps and arms with Jon. Holy crap and then remembering it was my Cheat Day!! At 6pm….I’m planning my dinner for my cheat day..Mexican Food of course…Carnita’s and Rice at my favorite place in Ontario..I ate less than Half so lame!! Anyways it’s Monday I’ve done my work out of crazy legs with Diana and Casey and then my 45 minutes of Cardio, now ready for Barre tonight at 8:30. My lats hurt from holding my weight hanging doing leg raises…but I feel great…did I mention I leg pressed 270lbs??? If not I did and I feel super awesome…like a super hero…5 months to go!!! We got it!!!