photo taken 12-12-13
Today I hit three weeks post filming and photo shoot. To say the road after the training for this goal has been easy would be lying to you. After the adrenaline wore off, I was faced with the big question…What now? My greatest piece of advice would be to debrief with a trainer, mentor or good friend. Talk about the process, your takeaways, the things you loved and the things you would have done differently. Also re-establish your goals. What are you working towards now? Do you want to maintain, strengthen an area that is weak or totally change your style of training? Whatever it may be, make sure you have a fresh set of goals. This will keep you motivated and when coupled with honest communication with someone you trust, you can be sure you are setting yourself up for success!
Where did I struggle and what am I currently working on?
On the weekend we filmed I was totally happy with my body and felt great about the work I had put in, but I knew there was still work to be done. In my previous blog post I talked about the training process and my body fat results. I knew before I got my body fat results back that although they would be low, my lower body still had room for improvement. This is a challenge for me due to the low testosterone levels in my body, but like all challenges I face, it is just a mountain I need to climb to build a strong and defined lower body. Nothing is impossible, you just need to find the right tools and experiment a lot! With that being said, my new training schedule for the next 6 weeks includes a ton of heavy lifting for the lower body and plenty of carbohydrates and protein to feed the muscle. Adding more food to my diet after the shoot was actually really hard. I was already consuming a lot of calories and then to increase them again was a bit of a mind game for me. I loved the way I looked when I filmed, but the reality is I do need to come up slightly from 6% body fat to build real muscle in my glutes and hamstrings. So as of today I’m officially 4 pounds up from my shoot (my goal is to stay around this weight) and I’ve been killing my lower body 3 days a week with heavy workouts (6-8r reps, 4-5 sets). My new goals are out in front of me and I’m determined to push until it meet them!
Will I ever be content?
I’ve received multiple messages and have had many conversations lately where people have asked If I will ever just be content with the goals I have reached , my current body and would I ever just relax!? My answer…Absolutely not! I love training and I also love the science behind what the body is capable of when put to the test with different styles of training. When I became a trainer I made a commitment to my clients and myself to always stay fresh, try new things and never lose the passion for learning. I love experimenting with my own body as a test subject, which makes my new findings that much more personal. This fuels my desire to always be learning and searching for the more efficient ways to train.
To keep my holidays healthy, I curb my sugar cravings with healthy desserts like the one posted below!
1/2 cups unsweetened organic shredded coconut
2 egg whites
1/3 cup xylitol
1/3 cup Dark chocolate chips
Two Bananas wrapped in foil
1 bag Gluten free, non GMO, Lactose free Marshmallows
1/3 cup unsweetened carob chips
Mix the first four ingredients and spread in a foil-lined pan. Bake coconut mixture and bananas in oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Banana and coconut mixture will be brown. Take bananas out of skin and spread on top of coconut mixture. Top with marshmallows and carob trips. Place back in oven on broil until marshmallows are browned. Enjoy!