Why the Hard Times are The Best of Times

Every time we make a decision we change our lives. Sometimes we don’t realize the impact it will have on us until years later, other times it will be instant. Same thing happens when we set goals. Goals are meant to change your life, they are meant to guide you, grow you, make you stronger, and to push you outside of your comfort zone and expand your vision of yourself and your future. That’s why goals are going to be hard.

The HARD is what makes it all worth it, the HARD is what grows you. I heard a saying once about how you don’t practice faith on the mountain tops, you learn faith in the valleys. The Valley is when its hard, dark, long, often times dull, and you don’t see a way out. It’s THERE you learn faith and perseverance. All great goals will be fought in the Valley. If there is no Valley during your goal your goal is not BIG enough. “Don’t be afraid to dream a little bigger darling.” a quote spoken from an old prestigious actress who once had to fight her way to the top. A daring statement however considering the pain you will endure to get there. Thats the grand adventure of it all however.

I’m writing this as I am in the Valley. I set out late July on a quest for changing the viewpoint of others to help them see a better way of life is a balanced one, what I didn’t realize is I would end up changing my own life tremendously. My set goal to compete in my first bikini fitness model competition was November of this year. This has now been postponed until this coming April. Issues arise in life and set backs have a way of being, at times, frustrating but always needed in some way. Life has given me a few set backs that have pushed me to hold back until next year. Though I am not happy with having to wait I know I have bigger priorities and goals in life I need to attend to now that the competition was getting in the way of.

I’ve realized putting some ideas, goals, and situations aside to make room for your bigger goals is key and needed in order to succeed in life. The setbacks and hard decisions to be made on your journey is what pushes you to become better, smarter, stronger, and wiser in the future.

Don’t be angry about the hard times, be glad you have something so big to fight for.


Monday Morning Coffee: A Little Fitness Help

People ask me all the time what they should be eating after a workout. What many people don’t realize is what you eat BEFORE the workout is just as important as AFTER the workout. Here’s why:
BEFORE the workout you are prepping your body for the energy you will need to be physically active. Lack of food will likely cause weight GAIN because your body goes into survival mode. It holds on to whatever it can of your body fat thinking you are in famine mode. With proper nutrition your body will be ready to expend whatever it needs to without thinking your starving.
What it needs: Carbs and Protein with a small amount of healthy fats (helps your body burn clean fuel, producing better results)
TIME before: About an hour and a half is prime
Example: Chicken, brown rice, with sliced avocado OR a piece of Ezekiel bread with natural peanut butter works too.

AFTER a workout is also very important because you need to recover your body and rebuild the muscles you just used during the workout. Your body and muscles in it react and take what they need from the food you put into it. Certain foods are made to recover and rebuild like your body needs.
What it needs: Carbs (for recovery) and Protein (for rebuilding muscles)
TIME after: Within the first hour after
Example: Banana and protein shake, chicken salad, OR if you’re in a rush chocolate milk works well. I prefer the horizon Organic myself.
Hope this helps elevate some confusion for you and you are better prepared for your next workout!

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Monday Morning Coffee: A Touchy Subject

Hey you!

I’m sorry for the lateness today, it’s been a busy holiday with family and friends. Before I head out for a BBQ I wanted to share a very important health tip with you that will change your mind and body like nothing else. It’s a bit of a touchy subject though so I wanted to tell you face to face. Check out the video below to see what it is!


One Sentence That Will Change Your Life

I stumbled upon this quote this morning and it put a bomb in my mind. I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it all morning. So of course, I HAVE to share it with you. What kind of friend would I be if I didn’t?! It’s:

“Things do not change; we change.”  – Henry David Thoreau

 

Boom right? Things (aka life and the outside world) do not change…. WE (you and me) change. That statement couldn’t be more true. Or if you want to look at it from the eyes of Captain Jack Sparrow (the crazy pirate from disney who is quite dreamy and oddly very smart) “the problem is not the problem. The problem is your attitude about the problem.”

If you can change the way you think of obstacles (they are never REALLY problems since they always tend to work out for the better) you will be able to change your entire life around. What you THINK about you become. 

Today work on changing what’s on the inside, not what’s on the outside. It’ll make for a much happier life. :)

 

 

Carpe Diem


Monday Morning Coffee: Breaking Point

I have a confession to make… yesterday I hit my breaking point. I was ready to give up on this whole fitness model thing.

Thoughts ran through my head like “maybe it’s wrong timing” and “is it really worth it?” I was told by my coach yesterday I had to start over on a 10 day grind because I substituted asparagus for broccoli since I ran out. I was half way through eating the exact same thing for each meal. I was so angry. I talked to my friend who had done a show before and my boyfriend who has to deal with my craziness daily on this diet. ( I get really weird mood swings.) 

PS: Not everyday is bad, I was doing well on it, it was getting easier. When she told me to start over though, I lost it.

“I have to spend another $200 on a weeks worth of food for this stupid diet when I’m struggling to make rent and pay all my bills…I’m stressed out of my mind, I’m sick…I don’t want to do this anymore!..” rant came out of me. Tears down my cheeks, the whole diva thing. I was done.

Then I watched this: 

 

what did I do after?

I went to store… and bought more asparagus. 


7 Helpful Ways to Create Kaizen in Your Life

I just recently learned a term by a mentor of mine and I wanted to share it with you as I believe it is an important one. The term kaizen derives from Japan and it’s literal meaning is “constant improvement.” Constant improvement…what does that mean? Improve in business? In my relationships? No, it doesn’t give one aspect of life more importance over the next (although most people weigh others differently) kaizen refers to constant DAILY improvement in ALL aspects of life.

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I like that.

Think about it for a second… what do you think would happen if you got just 1% better in your the different areas of your life? Okay lets slow down, your work life. What would happen if you worked to get just 1% better? You think your boss would notice? If you did this continuously over the next 6 months the improvement rate would get higher and higher, your value to the company would get higher and higher, then naturally your income would get…yep, higher and HIGHER! Boom. Mind blown.

Lets take another scenario. Your relationships (one of my highest weighing aspects). What do you think would happen if you put 1% more effort into your relationships? The intimacy and the deepness would grow, your happiness would grow, and your life would find new meaning and connection with the ones you love most! AWESOME!

PS: If you do not have any solid relationship with family or a loved one…get a dog, a cat, a FISH even. Something. I used to be the girl who didn’t have any attachments and my family lived hours away, it seemed nice, but it gets lonely…don’t hide from it, IMPROVE from it.

Here are a few helpful tips how to get 1% better DAILY: (in case you are stumped)

  1. When you are with loved ones, DON’T be on social media. Give them your time, eyes, and attention.
  2. When you are in a meeting at work, take notes on what the boss is saying. Take one idea from it and run with it, even if its small or you have to go out of your way to do it. Trust me, the boss will notice.
  3. On your daily routine, give me 10 Jumping Jacks, 10 Squats, and 10 Push-ups when you FIRST wake up. It gets your heart rate and metabolism going plus gives you a burst of energy before even leaving the house!
  4. PUT DOWN THE DONUT. Pick up a piece of fruit. JUST DO IT.
  5. This weekend, go somewhere you have never been with a cherished person in your life. I just went to LACMA to see the Urban Light’s with my boyfriend and it was magical. Little things like this bring you closer to people and get you out of your norm. The human brain NEEDs that.
  6. Grab a book and read it. At least a page a day. It can even be one of those “A Page a Day” kind of books. Anything.
  7. Write down your list of Life dreams. It can be as silly as owning a bunch of Guess shoes (Don’t laugh at me) or as big as seeing the 7 continents. I don’t care, I won’t judge. In fact, no one will. Because this list is for you. Write them down, don’t show anyone if you don’t want to. BUT, you need to promise me you will READ them everyday. Seriously, EVERYDAY, until they start coming true. Then write a new list.

Remember, we are not going for a crazy big difference all at once. All you need is 1%. that’s not too hard right? you can give your life 1% more. I know you can,  because I believe in you.

 

#CarpeDiem

 


Monday Morning Coffee: Want a FIERCE body?

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CLICK HERE to see my new Fierce Body weekly Newsletter. It is a FREE way to implement new health information straight from the doctors themselves. This past IDEA I learned A LOT about nutrition, recovery, training, standards, mindsets, and ways to become the best version YOU were meant to be. I will be sharing these new tips and awesome news with you on here but for a more detailed version and to get strictly nutrion based help this FREE community is where you want to be! Before you sign up though, take a look at what I will be talking about:

Past posts:

  • Carbs and their bad name
  • the importance of fiber and how to get more
  • Protein and where to find it as a carnivore or a plant eater

Future posts:

  • How much water is too much
  • whole, fresh food vs. frozen food (it’s not what you expect)
  • the problem with our cows today

I am going to talk about some controversial subjects as well so be sure to ADD the Fierce Body community into your life! See you there!

 


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