Eating a clean diet (wholesome and natural) that is free of processed, junk, artificial, fast food is the best thing I can do for my body inside and out. There is nothing like eating for health and seeing the benefits of such eating in your glowing skin, lustrous hair, strong nails and a body that sheds fat. Training hard makes me feel in control of my body. It makes me feel that I can do anything I tell my body to do.
Lifting heavy and lifting those last 3 reps each time (when I feel I cannot anymore) and feeling those beads of sweat drip down my body actually make me feel powerful and strong! Not only does my self-confidence and self-esteem increase like I never dream before, but being dedicated and following through this rigorous training makes my mind stronger after each workout. This lifestyle has helped me stray on track of daily life activities and stay focused because my mind wonders off less (and I can retain a larger attention span). Knowing that I can focus well on my diet and training gives me the motivation and drive to naturally focus well on other areas of my life in order to reach balance.
Training hard gives me a fit, tone and strong body. I can lift heavier, push harder, run faster and as a result I have a lower resting heart rate. A lower resting heart rate helps me sleep faster by mediating and focusing on my deep breaths. I have deeper sleep, restful nights and sweet dreams waking up with a smile the next day. My heart grows and my spirit becomes stronger because the more love I feel inside, the more love I can share with others. By showing myself true love following this lifestyle, I feel free and inspired to show love and appreciation for those around me.
...So, this is why I train myself in what I eat and how I work out. It takes dedication, determination and perseverance. But it all starts with a dream, a dream to be your best self RIGHT NOW, today! It takes passion and commitment to follow a healthy and fit lifestyle. I see myself doing this for the rest of my life (eating clean, planning out my meals, packing them, always challenging myself and always moving and working out) !! :-D
Now I understand that every one has a different way of being healthy and fit. Hooray for that!! One should always follow what is right for ourselves. One should not suffer or put oneself through pain and hurt in order to get to where you want to be. You have to really want it and truly love the process. One should enjoy the process of your OWN path to success, what ever that path may be.
This is my process and this is my path to my success. I love it because it makes me happy. The pebbles and the rock in my path sometimes block me, and they slow me down, but they don't stop me. I am blessed to have the support of the people I love the most in the world: my family and Bret. Because of their love and support I can do this. Without them I'd be someone else and be somewhere else.
Follow your own path, live your journey and enjoy it. Along the way you will learn valuable lessons and you have to appreciate them for what they are. As I go through this 2nd competition prep, I continue to stumble upon pebble after pebble....I don't know it all and I make mistakes all the time. I can only chose to learn from them and try again, but never will I give up.
Here are some lessons I learned today....A few minutes before I sit to eat dinner, I will...
- Drink 4 oz. of water
- Eat my salad (2 cups - spinach, lettuce, tomatoes and cabbage + balsamic vinegar) slowly. Put your fork down.
- Serve my portion on a separate plate and eat slowly. Chew well and savor eat bite.
- Wait for a couple of minutes after finishing my dinner and will drink my vitamins and supplements (multivitamin, 2 fish oil caps, glutamine [for muscle recuperation]).
- Follow you my r ritual: Brush my teeth for 3 minutes. Floss. Use mouthwash rinse and wear my retainers [ so I am not tempted to eat again] and change to my PJs.
That is all for today. Keep on going!