Our energy is being consumed all day. You might not even realize that subconsciously your energy is being spent on things that are holding you back, limiting you, or keeping you stuck.
We have all these thoughts and stories that we have kept in our brains and filed away overtime. We have thoughts and emotions which we have pushed back repeatedly in hopes that they'll go away or that we can distract ourselves.
Unfortunately, the body will still utilize energy to literally FUEL these things regardless of if you are consciously choosing to see, feel, or think about them THEY ARE STILL THERE.
Our energy is precious as it sustains us throughout the day and provides us what we need to keep on going. Maybe that is why sometimes you feel like you seriously can't go on any longer.
It's probably because your body is tired; tired of fueling every aspect of you and your mind and your thoughts.
Wondering why it feels like you just can't take on anything else? Because you have yet to RELEASE the limiting thoughts that are STEALING from your energy everyday.
I challenge you to write down all the things which are using your valuable energy. Could be thoughts, actions, past experiences, emotions you're pushing back, etc; no matter how big or how small!
When you do this you not only increase your awareness on where your energy is going but you shine light on things which you have literally kept in the dark for so long that your brain has just been holding it subconsciously for you waiting for you to Revisit.
It could be as simple as the button you were going to sew on that sweater that broke 5 years ago or as big as the self loathing relationship you have with yourself/your body.
See where your energy IS being utilized, decide where you don't want to spend it anymore and choose to HEAL, RELEASE, and SHIFT so that you can use your energy for GROWTH!
If you send me a photo of your journaling on this then I will send you an exclusive guided meditation recording from me for stepping into your next Best version of yourself, that next level identity, and releasing anything holding you back from doing so. ❤️🙌🏻✨
Here's Something that I haven't shared before but think is important to address. (Not for people who are sensitive to women's menstruation talk).
For those of you who have followed me online for any amount of time you know my goal is to always be transparent, share from my heart, open up about my experiences, and provide value and support to you!
I know I'm not the only woman, especially fit focused woman, to go through this so I want to open up about it.
➡️I haven't had my period in almost 6 months. It seems as though when my body weight is below 135 pounds my period stops and I then have amenorrhea.
This is common for women with low body fat or more active and 'extreme' lifestyles. A lot of athletes will experience this. Unfortunately, it most often gets overlooked and ignored as it's 'normal' however, it really is NOT.
We women are MEANT to menstruate (lol that'd be a good hashtag). Amenorrhea can cause a lot of problems for women and I have finally scheduled an appointment with my doctors to discuss it because I have no plans of gaining weight over 130 pounds as my competition goals won't call for this.
After my first show in 2015 I didn't get my period after I hit about 130 pounds. I then didn't get it for over 6 months AFTER my show (almost a full year without it). Before and after this I was very regular though.
Now, it's not like I WANT my period because it's fun and dandy, honestly my period sucks and I get HORRIBLE cramps and sometimes can't even stand straight.
HOWEVER, because I know my body is meant to have cycles I know I need to check it out. My body also 'tried' to have a cycle during my prep (not going to detail on this as the women will get this and if not just DM me).
Because my body is trying, my body probably needs it. I also have terrible pains in my bones, especially my spine and have ever since I was about 12 years old and NOT ONE doctor or specialist can truly pinpoint WHY I suffer with so much pain (I'll save details for another post).
Given my body already suffers with pain in some bones and I had weak bones as a young child and knowing amenorrhea can lead to osteoporosis, this works AGAINST my health goals so I need to get ahead of it.
Amenorrhea can also lead to other unfortunate health problems that I do not want to experience as it would interfere with my future life goals.
While it may be 'normal' for competitors and I'm not begging to get it back I do want answers and would rather be safe than sorry even if the doctors tell me what I already know, at least I won't be concerned and can know what to do 😊
To everyone who has read this, my main message is to LISTEN to your body and HONOR it. It's important to love your body in every way possible and make sure you are taking care of it on all levels. Pay attention to the signs your body is giving you, there's a reason for all of them.
Started my new phase of programming yesterday for my reverse plan and I did abs for the first time in over 8 weeks and today was the first day without fasted cardio though I did go to jujitsu for the first time in 8 weeks too (I took a break before comp to prevent injury and because I needed 100% energy for my prep).
I was doing 6x/week fasted cardio for 40 minutes and now I'm at 3x/week for 40 minutes (I miss it already tho haha. I learned to love it as it set me up so well for the day!)
I'm enjoying all my meals so much because they pretty much all have some sort of a carb in them and yo girl loves her carbs 😎.
Really proud of myself for staying on track, loving myself and my body (I've had my moments though that's for sure), and really making sure I'm enjoying this process.
Reversing is basically like being on prep without the stage in mind so it can be much harder to give it your all but in my mind anything less than my best is moving backwards so I have to be honest with myself and get it done.
I was straight cheesin for this pic because my vein (named forest) popped out on a leg day 😱😂.
Anyways, I am planning on sharing something that isn't discussed enough about competing for women in the next few days so be on the lookout as it may surprise you ❤️
p.s. Sorry I've been lagging on my last vlog of my bikini prep series on YouTube.
I will get around to it, just trying to be kind to myself in the meantime because post show is no joke and requires just as much commitment and mental focus as prep 😋❤️
Consistent results only come with consistent effort.
Everybody talks about sustainability and long term success but what does that really mean for you?
Next time you consider starting something new, ask yourself if this is truly a change your higher identity could sustain.
The reason you want to ask your higher identity is because that is the person you are about to step into and fully embody and if your higher identity can do it then you sure as hell need to do it to grow into that next level version of you.
No surprise that things show up for us when we show up for ourselves 😍💪🏻💜🙌🏻
Happy Motivation Monday!
Some photos and thoughts from my most recent show ❤️❤️
I remember at my first show I felt like I was pretty alone on show day. I had seen countless numbers of times on social media how many friends people make backstage or how supportive everyone is or how fun it is to be surrounded by so many other women who know what you've been through and I gotta say, I didn't experience ANY of that until I joined @teamedge1.
I was pretty hesitant to join a team thinking that I wouldn't really connect with anyone or I'd go through what I did with my first show.
I'm pretty shy when it comes to new people sometimes and I was nervous but so excited to be thrown into a group full of other seriously badass champions and ass kickers.
I am so happy and grateful I made that decision because I've now made friends, online and in person, who are so amazing and in some cases closer to me than people I know in person.
I am glad I joined a team with coaches,
@ingridromero1 and @joediscuillo that foster these amazing relationships too and really allow us to support each other so much.
Not only do we understand what each of us is going through but we know what we need in the tough times, exciting times, and every other part of the journey.
I ❤️my team.
Thank you to everyone on the team, those who aren't pictured too, who sees this who inspires and uplifts everyone everyday.😍
Seriously, I wanted everything under the sun.
I kept going back into the kitchen and taking bites of things or munching and just stuffing things down because 'I could'.
I started avoiding the kitchen because 'I couldn't control myself' or sometimes I would even sit on the couch because I'd be CLOSER to the food.
Then, I asked myself, "why am I ACTUALLY doing this?"
I knew I didn't really need the food because I was full. I also knew I wasn't enjoying it as much because I was full. And I was also eating it so quickly I barely even tasted it.
So what was I REALLY doing it for??
In all honesty, I was afraid to shine the light on the darkness of my hidden truth...
Then it hit me, "I'm eating because I can. I'm tasting my freedom. I'm eating whatever because now it's 'okay'. I'm doing this only because I can, not because I want to".
Whoa. There is it. The light couldn't have been ANY brighter...ouch.
I realized that I didn't really want to eat the food I was munching, my body certainly didn't respond well to it, and I didn't even taste it anymore.
I was only doing it because it GAVE ME CONTROL.
I wanted control SO bad that I was gaining and taking it it by just showing myself that I could eat whatever I wanted without any rules or restrictions.
My life seemed so purposeless at that point that it was a very easy and accessible way for me to just have some sort of POWER over my life and myself.
This was something I could CHOOSE something I could CONTROL.
And what I then realized was that by seeking control, I lost it. I lost all my control. I wasn't empowering myself. I wasn't fulfilling myself or supporting my journey.
I was crushing everything in my hands because my grip was so tight because I was too afraid to just let it go and embrace the power within me already.
When I let go, I gained control.
When I stopped trying to fill this hole in my life with food, I actually found more enjoyment and more health.
But I couldn't do this without first saying out loud that, "I'm only eating all this because I can".
When we restrict ourselves, we want more of it--that's proven in psychology.
So what does this mean?
It means that in order to ACTUALLY have the control and the freedom we want, we must SURRENDER.
I see this all the time in every area of life with the people I work with, especially with nutrition.
So many people have committed to this idea that we must restrict and hate the change and have a hard time to achieve results that when the weekend comes or the box of cookies are in front of us or the chips are out we just 'can't control ourselves'
The reason you 'can't control yourself around food' is because you are trying so hard to monitor, judge, track, and ridicule every, single, detail of your choices that you FORGET to give yourself FREEDOM.
The all time best decision maker already lies within you.
Your intuition KNOWS what your body needs in order to OPTIMIZE. Unfortunately, many have forgotten how to really listen and honor their intuition.
This is a huge area of focus in my 4 Week Food Freedom Academy which focuses on;
It's time for you to trust your intuition, release your fear of foods, and feel amazing about the food you choose to nourish yourself with daily.
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My motivation for the week. This picture was taken the day before my show and I seriously love how it showcases my happiness and pride.
I have been Thinking a lot about how far I've come on my fitness journey with all the ups and downs and lessons learned I'm really happy to be so passionate about this lifestyle.
Something I learned through the last prep was that I am a much happier and a more loving person with less junk, less fat on my body, and more muscle/strength.
While this may not make everyone happy, it has proven time and time again to allow me to show up at my HIGHEST level for myself and others throughout the day because I feel my best!
This is my last week on phase 1 of my reverse plan and then next week I start a new one which I am VERY excited about as my body needs to grow!
I am going to be keeping things tight and clean so I can enjoy the holidays and birthdays while prepping for a show that's in February (that's the goal anyways, though I'm either showing up better or not at all so I will do the show that makes the most sense for me).
I want to take a moment to also say Thank you to all of you who support and follow my journey. ❤️
What's your motivation for this monday? What goals are you committed to?? ⬇️
P.S. Just a few more beta tester spots open for my new 30 day women's program. For more info or details just shoot me an email firstname.lastname@example.org 💜 first commit, first serve basis only
Despite Popular Belief; You don't have to change everything in your lifestyle to achieve your goals...
A lot of people avoid beginning new training or nutrition programs and ultimately changing their life because they think they have to change their whole entire lifestyle and alllll their habits in order to achieve success.
I don't blame you though, if this sounds like you that is, considering we live in a world that pretty much feeds us this belief that in order to have the body we want, we have to do these very specific and strategic things and that's the 'only' way we will get there...
The good news? you don't actually have to do that.
Yes, of course there will be changes to see changes... but I want you to know that it is possible to achieve your goals in a way that feels good for you, supports and complements the lifestyle you want to live, and allows you to progress at a rate that makes sense for you and your body.
You don't have to be a crazy gym addict, eat all the greens, track until your thumbs fall off, or control every aspect of your life just so you can have the body or the shape or you name it!
I teach all my VIP Building More than Just a Body Membership Site members how to do this and I make sure that with each and every one of my 1:1 clients we create a program that FITS TO YOU (not one that forces you to fit to it). I always make sure you have what you need to truly succeed not only today but years down the road.
I believe in creating long term sustainable results and unlike most 'sustainable' programs, I am very committed to making sure YOU feel it is sustainable because at the end of the day this is YOUR lifestyle, YOUR body, and YOUR well-being.
I invite you to start Building More than Just a Body with me today!
For Online Coaching Inquiries and Programs I offer please message me or click HERE
I am so excited to connect with you and see what the best options are for you! <3
If you aren't sure what type of program would be best for you and your goals or if this is the right fit for you, I am also happy to jump on a quick call to discuss your goals to see what you need.
The macros and calories are based on 25 servings but it makes a LOT so you can always divide into even smaller servings for less calories and macros. I am satisfied with a spoonful, honestly!
I'm smiling because I am so proud of how much work I've continued to put in since my show.
As many of you know, after my first show I had a HORRIBLE rebound physically and mentally but NOT this time. I am killin it everyday to stay on track, I am thinking about bringing a BETTER package everyday to my next show, and I am staying positive all while tracking foods within my macros and calories, keeping sugar intake low, and ENJOYING every meal and every workout.
This is a journey and there is NO point in hating every step of the way so I am committed to LOVING the process and I totally am.
Right now I am hoping to compete in Vegas on feb 10 but we will see what my coach thinks as I'm either coming back BETTER or not at all... especially because this means I'd probably prep through my bday (early December) and holidays but I'm willing to do what it takes for myself so we will see...