All growth is a leap in the dark, a spontaneous unpremeditated act without the benefit of experience."

— Henry Miller, Author

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Late, but still on time

So here it is September 2009 and I have yet to reach a huge personal goal that I've given many half-assed attempts in the past 2 years. This is all about to change. My journey began nearly 2 years ago when I joined Cathy Savage Fitness. For those of you that don't know, Cathy Savage is the tip top coach for competitive figure and fitness athletes and if you don't know what that is, google it.

Through the Spring of 08, I gave about 80% consistently, and made some serious progress until I sprained my knee in June. Considering that I am NOT the type of person that can sit still for more than 5 minutes, being on crutches and having my mobility so drastically limited wasn't easy to deal with. Even after I was "healed" and able to walk independently, I still had some serious issues with my knee for many months later that continued to limit what I was able to do as far as fitness goes. No surprise, but all of my hard work went down the tubes. Over the next many months I stayed active and still went to the gym but the stress of nursing school  wouldn't allow me to totally commit to anything. I'm sure I also failed to commit out of fear, and I'm not talking about just one. Nonetheless, I'm pressing forward. Over the past year or so I've really paid attention to the things that would stand in my way even when I stayed on track. Things like missing my usual gym time and not having a backup plan, or if one meal was off, my whole day was shot. Or not checking in with my coaches to notify them of my progress. etc.


I've spent the past couple of weeks trying some things out. I've loosened up my diet so that it isn't so rigid and allows room for variety in its cleanliness. I've also added "back up treats" to help with with cravings, which I'll discuss later because some of them are sooooo clever! I've practiced my 'back up plan' should something stand in the way of my meals or my workouts, and I have to say I was so pleased at my success. I purchased a weight bench so I'm no longer limited in the moves that I can perform at home (save for heavy benching, squats, and pullups, but I'm purchasing a push-pull cage the help with that). I signed up for a Hip-Hop dance class with a friend of mine to add some variety in activity, I'm getting back into yoga twice a week, and spin once a week. I've got my "Savage Programming" for the month of September and I'm rip roaring and ready to go. I'm soooo on top of my junk this month, it isn't even funny.

So for the rest of 2009 my main goals are to decrease my bodyfat by 10-12% while losing as little muscle as possible, and to really make some significant gains in core strength, thought I don't know how I will make it measurable yet. I'll spend January, February, and possibly March (depending on when I find a show) on working towards my first show! Along the way I'll be sharing recipes that I stumble upon in my attempt to cram as many nutrients into as little calories as possible without sacrificing taste. I'll probably also be posting pictures of my favorite competitors for my own motivation. I plan to use this blog as another avenue to keep myself accountable, and honest, so the more people that read it, the better!

I hope everyone has a great day and I'll be back tonight to give a late recap of 'day 1' of my counted days, and today as well.


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