1. Muscles Take Time To Grow.
This is something that I always tell people, but it’s the one thing I tend to forget to tell myself. I lost muscle while being pregnant and had a very hard time getting back to my old routine. I have mentioned this before, that I had injured my right hip flexor. Unsure if there was any trauma from delivering Baby Shugs or if there was trauma when I got back to the gym. In any case, I couldn’t comfortably do any “heavy” lower body exercises until about 10 months post delivery. When I started back training in October of 2014 for this week’s competition, I had one major goal in mind…. AND that was to grow my butt back. I had somehow lost it. It was flat and that made me more determined to focus hard every time I hit the gym! Over the last 24 weeks, I have definitely made successful gains in growing my glutes! But this truly has been a focus for at least a year if not more. This leads into Number 2.
“You need to keep pushing yourself, keep trying to get better at what you do, even if it scares you.” – Kate Winslet
I know you have heard this before, but I want to emphasize how important and true this statement is. You didn’t gain all the weight over night… so it’s going to take longer than you think to get that weight off. My end goal is this week’s Gopher State Classic Physique Competition. I have been patiently waiting for over 4 months to get to where I am now. AND that’s not mentioning the other 11 months spend losing phase 1 of post baby weight. Just keep your goals in sight and keep reaching for them! You will achieve so many mini successes along the way!
3. Never Say Never.
Wow how many “nevers” did I speak of this training season? I’ll just start. These are in no particular order. I said I hate jumping and will never jump again, because since having Baby Shugs, I pee when I jump. Well in one week, my trainer, friends at the gym, and a fellow competitor all had convinced me to jump. I know that jumping is very important for me so I decided to just try it. I haven’t done anything elaborate like tall box jumps or jumping rope, but I have incorporated jumps on the bosu ball and squat jumps, etc. Small enough that I can keep my bladder in control! Yay for me. I said I would never drink my coffee black. Well guess what, this week I drank 5 cups of black coffee so far… and guess what… I actually kind of like it. I also said I would never stop sweetening my oatmeal. Over 2 months ago, I actually quit adding processed sugar all together. I now sweeten my oats with fruit especially with banana or apple.
4. Compliment Others In The Gym.
I have had so many people come up to me while I’m working out and say that I am inspiring them. The feeling is very humbling and appreciative. Truthfully, I am shocked every time someone comes up to me. What I realized was that these are total strangers reaching out to me. It got me thinking, when was the last time that I have reached out to a total stranger and said awesome job?
Life is so good so why not wear a smile to show others how happy I am? I tend to wear a “focused” or a “thinking” face when I am in the gym. I have always had this problem, but I continue to improve each and every day!
6. The Number On The Scale Is Not Important.
I have lost over 6% body fat in the course of 16 weeks and the scale started at 116# and I am now around 115#. Body fat percentage is what’s most important.
7. This Was a Choice.
It was my choice to prepare for this competition. No one made me do it, and I have been in control of this throughout the whole process. Everyone in my life have supported my decision from day 1. They knew that this decision was a step in the direction for me to continue to make a change… A POSITIVE change for me and for my family. Stepping on stage at the age of 32 and after having a baby is scary, but this is just one moment in my whole weight loss journey. I have learned so much about myself and what I am capable of achieving. This is one of those life’s moments that I want to be able to share with Baby Shugs. I want her to be proud of me and hope that moments like these inspire her in achieving her dreams!
“People are capable, at any time in their lives, of doing what they dream of.” – Paulo Coelho
8. Make Your Goals Public.
By telling everyone of your goals, you now have a support team to help you along the way. They are a great affirmation for the decision you made to better yourself!
9. Do More of What Makes You Happy.
I decided to compete again in a competition vs running another half marathon, for example, because I love working out. The gym is my happy hour, my happy place, and my #1 favorite hobby. I enjoy running, but the training for a half marathon, to me, is quite boring. I have no plans to run that far ever again. Life is short and I want to enjoy every second of it!
10. Perfection Does Not Exist.
As I look back at my progression photos since I gave birth, I realize how much I have truly transformed over the last 15 months. I am so proud of my gains. My smile on stage this Saturday will be powered by all the blood, sweat and tears that I have endured.
“The essence of being HUMAN is that one does not seek PERFECTION.” – George Orwell
Wish me luck this Saturday!