Thursday, May 30, 2013

Just Be Your Best You.

First, I just have to say how freakin' motivational this Under Armour campaign is and how much I love it. If you haven't been on the site yet, it's a must see-- hundreds and hundreds of women ALL working toward health and fitness goals together. Talk about motivation! Here's my burpee video since the link wasn't working yesterday:


Anyway, I just wanted to take a minute to touch on something that I've noticed as of late and I think it needs to be addressed.

Friends, I've said it before and I'll say it again- there is a big difference between the way I eat to prepare for a photo shoot and the way I eat on a normal basis. And, this doesn't just apply to me, it applies to anyone who diets down for a photo shoot or fitness competition. It gives me big time anxiety when someone comments or asks a question on a blog post or Instagram photo that was done during my prep and is comparing themselves to what I was doing then. Sure, if you want to lean up you probably should be extra aware of calories and macros, maybe limit your fruit, cut protein powders blah blah blah-- all the "standard" industry how to's. But if you're just a normal person looking to be healthy and look great in normal life, then eat a freakin strawberry and don't worry about it!

I always try to be as transparent as possible but I realize as I write this that there are things that I do that I need to start being more aware of so that I can share them with you guys. For example, when we were out of town this weekend we ate out every meal. One day for breakfast I ordered an omelette with a side of potatoes (yes, white potatoes) and corn tortillas. Guess what? I ate the tortillas AND the potatoes! Then the next day, I got an egg white scramble of some sort and it came with fruit too. Guess what? I ate it! Strawberries, watermelon, pineapple, and cantelope- all the most sugary fruits you can think of and I lived to tell about it. Not to mention, I didn't come back full of body fat, in fact, I feel awesome!

I know I've given the "standard" industry advice to people who ask about leaning out, and we all know I've taken the advice myself because well, it works. But this is NOT how I live my normal life. I am very good about keeping my eats clean, and I'm very good at tracking macros, and making sure I hit the nail on the head pretty much every day. But it's not 100% of the time because I don't need to look like a fitness model 100% of the time.



One of my big goals in this coming year is to NOT have to diet down at all. It would be great to maybe add in a couple extra sessions of cardio and maybe slightly decrease carb intake to get ready for a big shoot or something special. Personally, I think this just takes time and a very good amount of muscle mass to be able to do and that is what I'm working so hard for.

So please, I'm begging you, get out of this "I'm going to eat and do what this competitor eats and does every single day so that I can look exactly like her" mode, because chances are she doesn't do that day in and day out either, and you're just setting yourself up for failure. This is a lifestyle change and it's one you want to, and can be, successful at if you approach it with the right mindset!

Do you ever get the feeling that you're doing something horribly wrong just because you're not sticking to the "fitness lifesyle" 100%?

23 comments:

  1. this is HUGE GIFT OF AGING.
    I turned 40 and I just no longer cared :-)
    in a great way.

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    1. Hmm that's really interesting! PS I don't often comment, but I read your blog all the time and think you're pretty awesome ;)

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  2. great post! i always try to be the best version of myself.... whatever that may be... and on different days it may mean different things :)

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  3. Brilliant post - thank you :) I struggle with perceptions of myself and it's refreshing to be reminded that NOBODY IS THE SAME!!!

    Just a quick question, why cut out protein powders to lean up? I am very curious about this!

    Thank you from the UK :)

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    1. Because they tend to cause bloating even if you don't notice it on a daily basis. You also have the thermic effect of food which will help burn more calories.

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  4. YES!! I've had to step away from it all this past week and just LIVE. I was stressing myself out over trying to be perfect and I was on an awful, emotional roller coaster. I've been eating healthy, don't count calories (though, still measure and pay attention to macros), and if I want an apple, I have one, if I want rice with supper, I'll have it! I feel great and much less stressed! Thanks for another great post!

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  5. Thanks for the burpees video. I can do burpees but can you tell me how I learn to lift my own body weight as there is no way I could jump up on that bar and pull myself up like you did in the video, at this stage, how does a beginner learn to do that? Also, what are macros?

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    1. Practice the pull ups on their own first, until you can do a few :) Macros are the different ratios of foods you eat; carbs, proteins, and fat.

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  6. Luvena CervantesMay 30, 2013 at 7:53 AM

    Great post girl!!!! Perfectly worded :0). I have been working on this as well. I have started look to other fitness models/blogs as inspiration only and not comparing myself to them. I am working on being the best me I can be and being a better me daily in every aspect of life not just fitness. I have had to find what works for ME!! and what makes me happy.

    Know if only I could get over my fear of restaurant eating. That is one thing I have not conquered yet. I still take my food into restaurants or just turn down dining offers which honestly I am getting sick of doing. I know it is not a healthy mindset and one I REALLY need to kick to the curb.

    As always thank you for amazing posts. Great job rocking those burpees with pull ups!! :0)

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    1. Yes maam you do need to get over that!! I'm sure you are missing out on great times with friends and family!! Do you follow Bella Falconi? I feel like she literally eats out all the time AND she looks ridiculous :)

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    2. Luvena CervantesMay 31, 2013 at 8:02 AM

      Yes!!!! SO tired of missing out on all the great times, memories, celebrations and FUN!!!! Thank you for suggesting Bella I will definitely be looking her up. THANK YOU!!!!

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  7. I totally agree. I am a fitness instructor and I want to set a good example when teaching classes (not just with form, but in overall lifestyle and appearance) so I really aim to emote a healthy and clean attitude torwards my participants. However, with that being said, I still enjoy the occasional beer and ice cream...and don't stress about it. I still want to be able to have these things, I guess its all about moderation. Most of us are our own worst enemies when it comes to our appearance. Sad but true. Everyone needs to find their balance, and go with it. :)

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  8. Hi! I have just started reading your blog (maybe for a few months?), this is the first time I have commented. However, I think about your posts a lot when i am working towards my goals with both eating and exercise. You are such an inspiration of putting your mind to something, and getting it done. You are not easily distracted my temptations and I want to be more like that! I am a 32 year old mom of 2 very small kids and although I think eating as clean as you do is especially difficult in raising small kids, I am trying as hard as I can! You know how many play dates, birthday parties, school parties, etc I have to go to??? Its always involving fast food/cupcakes/pizza, etc. Sometimes it is "just easier", ya know? BUT- then I started reading your blog and realized it is ALL about planning! Even though I have always been a very healthy eater, I live a life of convenience because my husband and I work full time and raising two kids its just easier sometimes to heat up a lean cuisine then chopping veggies! Since I have been following your posts, I have not been perfect, but have significantly improved- thank for this post for reminding us that we are all striving for the same goal, but we are just human! Also- I don't understand Macros at all? Without having to read a book, can you maybe give the short and sweet version? Thanks!

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    1. Macros are just the different ratios of carbs, protein, and fat that are in your diet. 40% carbs, 40% protein, and 20% fat is usually a good place to start :)

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  9. This is very inspirational! I have struggled with diet for a while, eating clean and not reaching out to other "fun foods." I would always be scared to go away for the weekend knowing I won't be on my diet plan. This article, even though is few words, it has MILLIONS of inspirational meanings :)

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  10. This is a great post that gives so much important perspective. My friends and I always look at fitness models and stive to be like that but I think that it's important to remember that it's part of your job to be that fit and that you are being extra strict on your diet for that shoot. I agree with the idea of focusing on being better than you were yesterday. I'm going to be passing this post along!

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  11. Great post, b! You are so right in everything you said! It's so easy to get caught up in that comparison trap with all this social media. There is no need for so much restriction in people's lives unless they've got a show or shoot to prep for. People need to start worrying less about being perfect and just enjoy life and FOOD!

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  12. Great Post - you are so right, but for a person like me, who really have to lean out and who does not have so much control like you, it is not so easy to accept "bing-eating". I will read more of your post - they are very motiving. Thanks for sharing!

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  13. when leaning out for your shoots - you said you cut out protein powders, dairy, and got most of your carbs from yams and veggies. how long did you do this before your shoot?

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  14. I really love the image with the woman. Its a really good quote.

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