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No More Ignoring the Numbers

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So, I finally did it! I gathered up my courage to take my training to the next level…and bought a scale.

For the past two years that I have been competing in Fitness America and NPC bikini/fitness contests, one of the things that I refused to do was weigh myself on a regular basis.  Originally, I thought that something like a scale would’ve been essential to my training, but judging by the fit of my clothes, looking in the mirror, and being critiqued by pictures turned out to be good enough. Every now and then, after I felt that I was making good progress with my dieting and training, I would weigh myself just for benchmarking purposes.  That meant once before starting my diet for contest prep, a few weeks into it, and a few days before showtime. Never the day before or the day of, I would be nervous enough, I did not need the numbers on the scale making it worse!

There is something about the scale that in my mind just had a negative vibe associated with it. I think that like many who are health conscious, something like your weight is something that you are concerned or at least think about. If the scales tell you numbers you do not want to see, you might feel bad and frustrated, and that maybe all the hard work you did to get in shape was for nothing! That was the reason I did not want one. A scale, which supposedly does not lie, brings you face to face with these numbers. But, I could make it lie! When I weighed myself on the one at the gym, it told myself I was heavier because I had so many clothes on! Or maybe I drank a lot of water before working out! Or maybe the scale was just old and inaccurate! So, I figured it would be better to stop playing these mind games and just stopped weighing myself altogether. The practice of judging my photos and a mirror did work for a little while, and was like I said – good enough. Good enough to place me in top ten at a national level show.

Now I want more than good enough.

In my last post, I stated that i needed to learn from the past and search for ways to make continuous improvements in my goal to bring my best to the stage. The most recent change, I have decided, is to ditch my perception of madness and trade it in for method; I have purchased my very own scale that tells me not only my weight, but my body fat and body water percentages. Recording it once a week, i will use this information in  conjunction with my diet and training log so that I will know how to tweak things in order to reach my goals for the next competition. There will be no kidding with myself, it will be purely scientific. If the scale tells me numbers that are not in line with my program, then i will simply adjust the next week’s program. I won’t let the scale yell at me “you’re falling behind!” or “all that training for nothing!” because that is all in my head. Changing my views of scale and making it purely objective, i am able to use it as a tool. This will be just another way to fine tune my program and remove as much negativity from my training and dieting as possible!

As much as I always hated weighing myself before, I am happy about this purchase. In fact, I am sharing with all of you the readings! No more ignoring the numbers!


5 Finger Shoes

So, today was the first time in many months that I decided to work out in my Vibram 5 Finger shoes. The last time I wore these shoes was when I was training for the Boston Marathon in early 2011. It just so happened that during that time period I was also getting ready for the NPC San Diego bikini championships. As many of you might know, those two activities don’t usually go hand in hand! However, I happened to be the leanest that I have ever been at a show, understandably, and placed pretty well at that show at 4th place. So, my experience tells me that from all that running, I will NOT run my butt off… literally!

Now, given that some of my critiques from Fitness America Bikini contest that I just did last Saturday include me not being lean enough and suffering from some sort of “runner’s calf” (sounds kind of gross but it is just that the shape of the muscle makes calves look thicker at the bottom…not to be confused with a cankle!), I have decided to pull out the 5 toe shoes and work out my legs a little different. I could very well replace running with the stair master or bike to get the look I want, but as many of those who know me (or are getting to know me), I am a long-time die hard marathon runner. To stop running or even just run a little less is unheard of! I refuse to stop doing something I absolutely love…in fact, I am going to do it more! Check out my kicks below as I hit the pavement! Hopefully, I’ll still be able to walk tomorrow…

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