Massive kudos to @donna_a_atkins for her post on post-comp depression - it is a real thing! The day after my last comp I was in tears as my purpose was gone. Everything I had been driving for and revolving around was over. I felt lost and empty and very, very tired (weeks of driving my mind and my body into the ground finally caught up with me). It got even harder when my trainer told me I was only to train 3 days a week to allow my body to reset and rest. Even now I'm sitting on the couch feeling guilty because I'm not at gym - and I've already done four sessions this week... and I know deep down I'll be hitting it today... and tomorrow. I also scrutinise my body in the mirror everyday, get on the scales regularly (some habits die hard) and feel panicky when I start to see them go up even slightly.
I know that comp prep is unnatural and not healthy to maintain but it's so hard to change a mindset you have been living and breathing for months. However, I am trying to focus on all the other stuff I love and can now do because I have more energy, space and freedom - like yoga, standup paddle boarding, painting and even - baking! I'm excited about being able to spend more time with my friends, not feel guilty if I have a donut - or two, wear clothes other than gym clothes and be "normal". I know it will be a journey though and for me it's more like a dial you have to turn down rather than a simple "off" switch.
Again, thanks so much Donna for sharing your post and reminding me that my self worth is so much more than my comp physique. I know many competitors feel like this so if you are - reach out, share what you are going through because I promise you - there is someone else feeling the same 💕#compprep#self love #lovelife
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I wish height gainz were a thing because ya girl is sitting over here at 5'2 and when you're short and trying to bulk you basically turn into a tree stump. Life's short and if building muscle means I have to gain a couple pounds, you bet I'm all for it.
When you get your first good lift back in about 3 weeks AND PR on your 2 mile run, and you're just really feeling yourself. 😎
Keep pushing, keep grinding. We all go through plateaus. What really tests your drive, is what you do when things get hard. Change won't happen if its easy.
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It's up to you girlfriend. I'm not a quitter, it's just not my style, so I'll be here for you ALWAYS 🙋🏼 cuz it would be rude AF for me to keep any of these opportunities from you.... You in or no? 🙈🤘🏼
I'm waiting at the doctors office to get a $350 medical check (apparently getting a visa is expensive?! 😱) and I just bought a chai latte that was supposed to be sweet but was definitely spicy but ya know what? I went for a run this morning and I'm seeing some of my best friends today and life is SO good 💖 I'm feeling so excited and motivated for this next chapter in my life 🤸♂️ Hope you beauties are having an amazing day! 😘😘😘
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•“if you want to look like an athlete. train like an athlete. the athletes, they train on their feet!”• @athleanx - Jeff Cavalier 👊🏽 when I train I FOCUS, and I don’t sacrifice my FORM for *heavy weights* only BC it makes my *ego* feels good. Call me The Form & Tempo Queen BC I believe, therefore- I AM 🤓 #meathead 🤛🏽 most of upper body exercises I train on my feet ! training on your feet with correct forms and appropriate weights doesn’t just strengthen the groups of muscles you are working on, but also helps engaging your whole entire body aka. stability, AND strengthens your CORE 👊🏽 I’m all in. 😜 [swipe left for more]
I woke up this morning knowing I was going to the gym but for the first time ever I walked in with out a plan. I didn't want to just do weights and didn't wanna just do cardio but I wanted to leave the gym feeling like I had exhausted my whole body, and that's exactly what I did! I did a medium resistance weights circuit for 4 rounds with no rest! Exercises ranging from leg press, squats, chest press, military press, flys, plyo jumps, press ups, whatever I felt like doing, I just did it! I then finished with some cardio on the cross trainer and walked my merry self home 🙌🏻
After months of having a strict training regime, not missing a rep or a set it felt so good to just do me, give my body a workout I felt it almost craved! I love structure and routine and this is why following a plan works well for me, I NEED it. But every so often I need a little blow out! Also my point here is that you must enjoy your training in order to reap the benefits, do what is challenging but what is FUN! This is where health and fitness become a lifestyle, JUST DO YOU 💫💜 I'm going on a date night tonight with my man so can't wait for a delicious dinner and some relax time, happy long weekend to all, enjoy this beautiful weather! 😘
Les dejo un poco de mi entrenamiento de hoy.
Recuerden que el peso no es tan importante pero siempre debemos exigirnos un poco y mientras no perdamos la técnica podemos aumentarle un poco más! Así que a darle con todo el poder bebes hermosos y bonito fin de semana 💪🏽😘