Archive | November, 2012

The Mentality of Fitness

24 Nov

This afternoon, sore and stressed, I drove to Runyon Canyon in Hollywood. The hills, air and view transformed  my focus from the pain in my biceps (I’ll get to that later) and the day’s stresses into exhilaration and peace. As I climbed higher on this tougher route I periodically take, I glanced up and saw I had a little ways to go until I reached the pinnacle.

At that moment, I realized how often we focus only on our goals ahead  and not also on the amazing feats we have already accomplished…

Today was a particularly beautiful day in LA, and I was thrilled to set my previous days’ workouts and personal stresses aside to climb the hill and spot this gorgeous view.

When it comes to fitness, or in my case, an NPC Bikini Competition, I have found some major resources to keep me determined when the hill looks too steep and too long. Here, I share with you some top motivators to help you push through those last couple reps or to down yet another piece of broccoli.

1. Faith in self, a higher power or whatever gives you inner motivation and strength- I truly believe that having a passionate and unwavering faith in the best version of yourself or in a higher power will give you the gusto to practice and perfect your health goal when everyone and everything around you may attempt to pull you away. Keep up the faith!

2. Support System (or torture system if talking about a trainer or coach (kidding, sort of)- I have been fortunate enough to take part in BodybyVi’s 90-day health challenge (, which gives me another reason to stay on track. My boyfriend is my trainer for this competition so I get no mercy in the gym. Even trainers need trainers! A personal trainer or coach is a great investment when you have a goal that requires more motivation, knowledge and accountability. Take charge of your health and get help from a trainer or join a challenge or team!

3. Up-Beat Workout Tracks- When I dread certain workouts, like most of them lately, I need some music to pump me up. I recently went on iTunes and downloaded 10-15 songs that would specifically gear me through my workouts. Trust me, it works!

4. Find enjoyment in what you have accomplished while knowing you still have a great journey ahead- Write down your goals daily but look back at what you have crossed off the bucket list. You may be surprised at how far you’ve come.


90+ Day Challenge Begins!… Getting Stage Ready for NPC Bikini Contest

19 Nov

Today, Sunday, November 18th, marks my first official day of NPC Bikini training. I decided to embark on this 90+ day journey after a friend encouraged me to begin working with BodybyVi shakes and supplements (I can’t wait to show you guys tasty and healthy recipes!) But the best part of the Vi challenge is the 90-day commitment to any health goal of your choosing. And I chose to compete again in a physique competition.

Here, I will tell you the nitty, gritty details of goal-setting and ultimately, completing them. Yes, this is fun and exciting for me but ultimately, this is going to be TOUGH. But I like a challenge so bring it on! I won’t sugar-coat this (no pun intended as sugar is now not exactly a mainstay of my diet), but I will tell you my ups and downs of my journey with the hope that you may decide to embark on a similar Vi 90-day challenge or find a fulfilling one of your own. You may gain new knowledge of supplements, shakes, foods and exercises to take you in a healthier direction, or to intensify your already healthy resolve. You may even find some motivation and hopefully, humor in your day as you hop onto my ROAD to an NPC Bikini Competition.Image

I will periodically post videos and photos showcasing recipes, workout tips and progress updates. Or you may just see my glorious face as I “oh-so-gleefully” head to morning cardio. Note: “gleefully” and “morning cardio” should never be in the same sentence.

This blog will lead up to the National Physique Committee’s Bikini Contest on March 9th at Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Culver City, California. Let the games begin…

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