Thursday, April 4, 2013

The Rest of My Photo Shoot Photo's & A Goal

Here are the rest of my photo's from my shoot!










I look at these pictures and I feel so proud, I set a goal, worked my butt off and achieved it. But there is still a long way to go. I've realized recently how true it is when people say this is a journey, because it really is. You work hard, learn, grow, think you've gotten to just the place you wanted to be and then it starts all over again. My goals are forever changing and I love that-- it always gives me something to look forward to and something to push a little harder for.

As I was about halfway through prepping for my shoot I realized I never wanted to be where I was ever again. I don't want to have to cut calories. I don't want to have to say goodbye to my beloved oats, or ketchup, or greek yogurt. I don't want to have to do more than 20 minutes of cardio. I want to get my body to a point where I can maintain my ideal, everyday body while still enjoying all the things I love. Am I asking too much? I don't think so. I certainly understand that sacrifices will always need to be made, this can't be easy or everyone would walk around with their ideal body, but I think I can get pretty darn close. It might take me a year or two or five, but I'm willing to work for it, and I will get there with time. Obviously this is a long term goal and I'm sure I'll set a million more goals in the future, but I'm writing this one down so I can come back to it and remind myself where I want to be! 

Do you set short and long term goals? Which do you find works better? 

36 comments:

  1. You look amazing!!!

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  2. Awesome photos... Your shoulders look GREAT!

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  3. Awesome photos! And I love your new goal!

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  4. Amen sister!! No more starvation to achieve a fit look! I'm with you! Your hard work certainly paid off - these pictures capture all the cuts and definitions perfectly. Just beautiful.

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    1. Well, I definitely didn't starve myself, but I would like to sustain a lean physique on a bit higher calorie diet :)

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  5. Simply amazing B! You look fantastic! I'm at the same point in my journey; I have achieved the lean, fit body I have always wanted and I am trying to figure out how to maintain it without starving myself with only 1000-1100 calories per day and still have enough energy to workout hard.

    I haven't had a period in over a year and know that's my body telling me my body fat percentage is too low, but I can't bring myself to eat more and put some weight on because I love being so lean.

    I have been trying to find a better balance and after reading your post today I want to try even harder. You truly inspire me to make some changes and realize that my six pack may not be worth the abuse I have to put my body through to maintain.

    Thank you for being such an inspiration!

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    1. I have the same issue. It has been 8 months since I have had a period. I am 5"4..128 pounds and body fat is 10.5% and 20 years old. I have always been super athletic and eat clean so not sure why all of a sudden it happened . I have been upping my healthy fats for the past two months and recently began feeling that "period" feeling but still didn't get it. I was told birth control is needed to help but I want to try for another month of using nutrition to help cure my body. But since u are over a year i would use the pill as the last resort to prevent more harm like infertility etc.

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    2. Ladies, it sounds like you both have Exercise Associated Amenorrhea with is actually quite detrimental to your health and goes against what you're trying to achieve with your healthy, fit lifestyle! When your body fat reaches a certain low, your ovaries stop producing estrogen which, along with the stoppage of ovulation and periods, drastically affects bone denisty. Females with Amenorrhea dramatically increase their risk of developping stress fractures and future osteoporosis. Some studies even indicate that once normal periods return, bone density improves but doesn't return to it's baseline state.

      Be careful all you lean ladies!! Make sure you're checking in with your health care professionals :)

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    3. For the past two months I have been increasing my fat intake but my body fat still hasn't gone up. I have about 50-60 grams a day. And I have experienced bone aches..I am quite nervous ad scared about the situation. I am trying to be healthier and increase my calories and fat but don't notice changes. I have a doctors appointment tomorrow though actually!

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    4. I had low body fat and looked amazing at one time, but when my periods stopped, I developed osteoporosis and as now that I'm at a healthy weight, I still have osteoporsois and my joints crack all the time. It took me awhile to accept that my natural ideal with getting a period is nowhere close to looking like a fitness model. I had to choose, thin and fit with fractured bones or a little thicker and healthy.

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  6. It sounds more like your goal is about loving your body rather than perfecting it. You need to be happy in your skin and happy with the way in which you live your life! Xo

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  7. You are such an inspiation. I agree with getting to that 'ideal' point where you just eat to 'maitain' and enjoy every minute of your healthy life. The journey is long and I know I have a long way to go. seeing people like you are just so inspiring...

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    1. Thanks Dan! We are in it for the long haul :)

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  8. Gorgeous pics and great post! I 'm with you on enjoying the things you love while still being fit! Hard works pays off.

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  9. You are stunning! Proof that hard work pays off!

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  10. Your pictures absolutely beautiful! And I think your new goals are absolutely on track. I am still recovering from anorexia. I'm eating right, exercising just enough. But obviously the weight isn't falling off as fast as it used to when I didn't eat. It's so easy to just think, oh if I only stop eating, I'll be skinny again.

    But the problemis it's just not sustainable. I think the same can be said for extreme fitness competition or photoshoot prep. Yes, you can lose weight quickly, but as soon as it's over, your weight jumps back up. Would you rather be in perfect shape for one weekend? Or in practically perfect shape all the time?

    I'm so looking forward to reading more of your journey :)

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  11. My goals are very long term because I am un-willing to give up the things I enjoy as well. I eat clean, but don't obsess over calorie counting. As long as my clothes fit and I am pleased with what I see in the mirror, I'm good to go. Sure, the 6 pack goal isn't going to happen as fast as I'd like, but it's a goal for some day. :-)

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    1. Good for you Trang, that is the right mindset to have!

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  12. Luvena CervantesApril 4, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    So proud of you girl. Those photos are beautiful and belong on Oxygen's FRONT cover ;0).

    My goals are definitely long term. I am constantly changing things up to see what works best for my body. Loose skin after weight lose is a plaque but I refuse to have surgery. I may NEVER be completely tight but that doesn't mean I should give up improving myself and making my body the best that IT can be. Not Jamie Eason's best, Erin Stern or Nicole wilkins but Luvena Cervantes's best :0). I LOVE this journey and LOVE the feeling that weight lifting brings me.

    Thank you for all the inspiration you bring and I look forward to seeing your growth and where your journey takes you. This is definitely NOT a boring life style.

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    1. Thank you for all of your support Luvena!

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  13. ahh the amaze yourself picture is BEYOND amazing! That's my favorite by far!

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  14. I agree with the rest of the commenters, in that you look absolutely amazing.
    I've followed your blog for awhile now, but would it be possible for you to do a post-mortem snapshot of your photoshoot prep? ie, how many weeks out did you tailor your diet/adjust your macros, and what ratio of p/c/f did you determine worked best for you?
    Also, did your workouts change to higher reps/lower weight during your prep, and did you use a certain split/workout a certain number of days per week that was different from your regular routine?

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    1. Hey There!

      All of this is covered at some point in my blog, but I can do a quick recap:
      - I started prepping in Jan meaning I cut out alcohol and really buckled down on going to the gym and eating clean. I did not however start cutting in jan. It wasn't until 6 weeks out that I started cutting calories, lowering carbs etc.
      - Macros were 40-40-20 until 6 weeks, then dropped to 30-40-30 then about 2 weeks out I dropped my carbs to about 25%
      - I did the James Wilson workouts for the last 6 weeks- they are circuit style training

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  15. if you had more muscle in the booty, you'd have an A+ body. Do more squats to round out the butt. But with that said, you're arms look great.

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    1. Seriously? I don't even have words for you..

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    2. Wow... What a loser!!! Get off your lazy and I'm sure flat ass and do it yourself! People amaze me..
      B... Everything about you rocks. To the hell with arrogant and disrespectful haters!

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  16. Short term goals. I need me and my life to be nimble and make course-corrections as needed.

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  17. I think you should compete! You'd kill it, girl!

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  18. what was your weight and body fat the day of your shoot?

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    1. No idea on body fat- Weight is 102 I believe... I only weighed myself once and I think it was about a week before. The scale is pointless in my opinion and bodyfat is a best guess until you get it done in a bod pod.

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  19. I love those shorts, can you tell me where you got them? Sorry if this is a repeated question. Your pictures are beautiful!

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