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Your Path Leads To A Better Path

6 Oct

Ever look at your day and say, “Well, that didn’t go as planned!” We have all been there, especially with the advent of social media, allowing instant comparisons of our lives and where we should be. It is easy to feel less-then like you drove into a ditch or, elitist and condescending if you dug your heels in early, riding smoothly on the “right path.”

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My life has been one of very exciting ups and terrible lows and it has truly made me who I am in all my glory (take that for what it is haha). But I am proud to say, my resilience is at its peak and it will not waver. However, I do sometimes compare my life at this point in my thirties and feel like I’m not alone in being affected by the “less than/more than” culture in which we live.

I grew up in a small, quiet town in Cleveland, Ohio with parents who are still married along with a younger brother and younger sister. We had good times and not so good times but overall, I know everyone does the best they can with what they have. I was inherently a perfectionist, wanting to have the best grades, appear the skinniest and be the best. Unfortunately, this came at a cost. I fell to the despair of eating disorders, anxiety and depression.

Pictured: A couple years before my issues arose.

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On the outside, I held it together, being “normal” with boyfriends, friends, getting straight A’s in middle school, high school and college, competing as a dancer and cheerleader, being involved in extracurricular sports, placing in writing competitions, and more. More so, I became a certified fitness instructor my freshman year of college. I wanted to be an entertainment reporter so I was accepted into a top two journalism school in the country. I also had fun. Lots of it. But I also would have horrible relapses with my eating disorders starting at 13 years old and with bouts of depression and anxiety. I just couldn’t have a seamless year without dealing with these problems. But my resolve to follow my dreams, pray for my health, and not let my much hidden, personal issues take hold became much stronger.

A few particular moments in my life solidified my ability to get back on track and it always came back to having a goal. I remember having “weigh-ins” at home and being faced with the constant threat of having to go to a psychologist. I prayed for my health every night and began to eat normally, albeit for a short time. I remember reading my mom’s Prevention and Shape magazines and was fascinated by all the exercises to build lean muscle and gain strength. I recall the day my mom said I could only join the basketball team if I was 100 lbs. I was 15 years old, fearing I could not gain that much weight. But I had a goal. It was all I needed. I started to eat and workout to build muscle and gain the weight I needed. I tried out and made the team.

Pictured: A beautiful sunrise driving in Southern California. A place I have wanted to live my whole life and a huge goal of mine.

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In college, I discovered yoga but it wasn’t until I few years out when I was living back in Cleveland, that the feeling clicked and the breath, movement and community of people around me helped me better accept what is but more importantly, envision what could be. Yoga became my go-to when I was in distress or felt weighed-down by the world.

Pictured: Photoshoot|Weston Carls.

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Another goal that helped shape my resolve to get healthier was deciding to move to California in 2012. That year, I faced “real-world” problems aside from my personal and family issues. I partially lived in my car at one point and also crashed on friend’s couches while I tried to secure extra work to afford the rent and my bills at the same time, I also had to learn how to date again after going through a painful break-up with a long-time ex who moved out to LA with me. On the flip-side, I achieved my goals: I secured commercials, infomercials, fitness videos, print work, and guest spots on tv shows while continuing to focus on my wellness and fitness ventures.

Pictured: An exciting booking – My casting for P90x videos with Tony Horton.

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A third goal I’ll share is competing in NPC Bikini. Ironically, the structure of eating a certain way and working out helped me feel more confident in myself and gain control over what I had in the past had no control over – my eating habits. I felt strong, powerful, beautiful and happy. I had a goal to compete on stage and look like fitness models that I had seen in magazines and although, the prep was very tough (especially for me with all my past insecurities), I had learned how to push them aside for this goal! I achieved 4th place.

 

Years later looking back, I feel like all my goals saved me along with my amazing friends, family and my faith. I still work hard everyday to keep balance in my life. What is second nature to some people is something I need to consciously acknowledge. I don’t always feel great as I haven’t used medication nor seen a counselor in years (but I highly recommend for anyone who is currently dealing with these or any similar issues!). I do feel great most of the time and I’m always grateful. ***I’ll share in a future post my tips to help achieve balance!***

I think if I were living the “normal” life, I would be married, with children, living in a home in the suburbs. And I do want to get married, possibly have children (dog mom for now haha) and have a nice home. But even though that path is not in the cards for me right now, I have faith, goals, incredible people in my life, freedom to date, explore, take adventures… And the freedom that we all have: to change or accept where we are at and where we are going.

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I believe the fanciest roads are the ones you unapologetically take on your own, whether or not, they have been easy, tough or somewhere in between. Your path will always lead you to a better path. So lets get moving and enjoy it along the way 🙂

Christy

 

Re-entering the Competition, Motivation Upgrade PLUS Friday Fit Cardio

29 Mar

So writing this post feels like de-ja-veux as I am about 8 weeks away from my current competition. I needed to attend graduate school orientation this weekend of my previous competition so I was very fortunate the promoters could switch my entry to May 25th. Frankly, I am secretly happy because I was not prepared mentally as I should have been. It is very difficult training oneself/having a boyfriend and friends help along the way. I felt I could get away with cheats and skipping on workouts because I had no one to whom to be objectively accountable.

I took advantage of my extra weeks until I saw a posting on IFBB Figure Pro Nicole Wilkins’ Facebook site that she had few openings in her training schedule. I leaped at the chance to work with her because she would definitely kick my butt, and I would not slack off like I had before. I messaged her, and we had our first training session this past Tuesday. My legs have never felt the kind of soreness walking up and down stairs, sitting, standing, ouch! I had apparently not really pushed myself to competitor standards. The upside is Nicole thinks I am right on target for my NPC Bikini comp, and I need to just get my lower half down about 10 lbs. I think I lost a pound or what feels like 10 after that workout!

I only cheated on my plan once since we met, and I thought I would share with you something Nicole said to which I think we can all relate: “Motivation will wax and wane.”  We cannot rely on our motivation and excitement to always get us through the healthy eating and workouts. Some days we will feel like we can eat perfectly and workout to the max and other days we’ll not want to workout or we’ll prefer to eat that cake when we know it is not on our plan. At those times of general lethargy or feeling blah!, we just need to not give in to our feelings and instead stay focused on the plan. No one ever regrets eating healthy and working out. We only regret the days we missed our chance to take care of ourselves because we were not feeling up to par.

I have devised a treadmill circuit for you to try (2 different settings depending on your comfortability but adjust as you need) to prove to yourself you can take charge of your health regardless of your motivation today. I will have a strength, fat-burn circuit video for you next week too woo-hoo! Even if you are feeling down or tired on this Friday, I guarantee you will feel better when you are done. Get ready to sweat!

FRIDAY FIT CARDIO: TREADMILL HIIT

LEVEL 1:

5 min/2.0%/3.0mph/walk

2 min/5.0%/3.0mph/hill-walk

1 min/5.0%/4.5mph/run (or if remaining walking: 5.0%/3.5 mph)

Alternate the 2 min/1 min sequence 10 x

5 min/2.0%/3.0mph/walk

Total time: 40 min

LEVEL 2:

5 min/2.0%/3.5 mph/walk

2 min/8.0%/3.2 mph/hill-walk

1 min/8.0%/6.0mph/sprint (or may increase to 8.0%/7.0 mph)

Alternate the 2 min/1 min sequence 10 x

5 min/2.0%/3.0 mph/walk

Total time: 40 min

8 Weeks of Training Down for NPC Bikini – Progress Update

28 Jan

A lot can be accomplished in eight weeks. In my case, sticking to a plan, falling down, rising again, repeat. Sometimes when we have a fitness and health goal, we forget that all the stresses that prevented us from embarking on our plan in the first place are still there. Some of the best advice I can give you to prevent those nagging stressors (or excuses) from blocking your ultimate goal is to remember:

“Excuses are temporary words we say to ourselves. Are you going to let temporary words dictate your entire future? Then, no more excuses. Just action” 

Now, in regards to my progress, I still have more changes to make but I have definitely improved, and I stopped (for the most part) letting excuses mold my weeks ahead. I highly encourage all of you to take body fat measurements, progress pictures, etc to monitor your progress and to celebrate changes.

My results in 8 weeks? At 5’2″, I went from 23.2% body fat at 116 lbs to 15.3% at 117 lbs meaning, I was able to increase my muscle mass while I lost significant body fat. Weight is only important if you take into account what that weight is composed of: fat or muscle, tissue and water.

Now onto my progress pic comparisons from 11/25/12 to 1/28/13 (8 weeks):

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Next post, get ready for one of my full-body fat blaster workouts. Stay tuned…

-Christy

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