Happy Thursday! It’s freezing here in good ol’ Austin, its kind of nice b/c my supervisor called me this morning and told me I could work from home. Definitely a nice message to hear when my work for the morning was to go out and complete a couple of tobacco surveys for some research we are doing back at the offices. Hallelujah!
I have some news:
1. On May 14 (before our ACTIVE Life Festival) from 7am-10am, I will be running a booth at an HEB walk event. Guess who their celebrity guest is……
The one and only JILLIAN MICHAELS!
Ya’ll in case you don’t know me, or much about my fitness journey, but Jillian Michaels is my biggest inspiration when it comes to the world of fitness and helping others achieve their fitness goals. I cannot believe I get to meet my idol (when it comes to the world of fitness of course….my mom, dad, and sister are the three people I look up to most, other than God of course who is my #1 inspiration in EVERYTHING I do).
SO, I’m really excited. Then end. 🙂
2. I have an interview with a guy from 24-hour fitness to start personal training for them as soon as my internship is over! I was working out earlier this week (obviously at 24-hr) and was approached about considering to personal train for them etc…..long story short, I have been saving up so I can get NACSM certified to personal train so this works out great!
Ok, to the meat of this post:
How I got lean.
A little background on me:
I played basketball from the age of 5 till I was about 16, then stopped playing to start concentrating on volleyball (I was entirely too burnt out from bball to play in high school let alone college). I have always dreamed of playing collegiately whether it be basketball, volleyball, or high jump/triple jump/long jump. I was offered a volleyball scholarship to play for California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo.
(getting my first tattoo) Not the most flattering picture by any means, and is definitely embarrassing putting this on the web, where it will always be. BUT, if anything I hope that this can possibly inspire someone out there who reads this silly blog of mine to go accomplish whatever they set out to do.
Now, half of the weight I gained (10-15lbs) was from lifting weights and college training. The other half of the weight was just pure fat from eating so much taco bell and dorm food.
After 2 years at Cal Poly I decided to transfer schools (I went to University of North Texas in Denton, TX) for reasons I’m not going to mention on this blog. I’m sorry but they are very personal. I went to the doctor when I moved back to texas and got my cholesterol checked and found out that I had super high cholesterol (don’t remember the exact numbers but it was HIGH). I decided this was time to make a change.
I didn’t know what to do, where to start or anything so I looked to Jillian Michaels.
I learned so much from her website and from watching the biggest loser and found so much motivation from her to get healthy and make a true LIFESTYLE change. I have now lost all the weight except about 5lbs…
NUTRITION NUTRITION NUTRITION!
I was a D1 collegiate athlete. I played for a team (CP) that was ranked #11 in the nation, and the training at UNT was no joke either. It’s not that I wasn’t getting super hard, intense workouts in or anything like that. I had plenty of calorie-burning muscle….but I ate like crap!
I ate TOO much and it was not nutritious whatsoever. At all.
Now I eat things like this:
tofu (grilled, baked, sauteed)
seafood (lots of it, salmon, tilapia, shrimp, tuna, mahi mahi…the list goes on)
Vegetables (WITH ALMOST EVERY MEAL)
Fruits (at least 2 fruits a day)
Kombucha (everyday, thanks to Lindsay 🙂 )
Healthy fats in moderation (avocado, organic nut butters, EVOO, Coconut oil, etc)
SPiciness (jalepenos, cayenne, etc)
LOTS OF WATER
Cutting out the processed foods, I don’t much meat, but if I do its usually lean meats like turkey and chicken
Now that I’m done training (kind of) for volleyball (now I train for beach volleyball)
I do lots of sprints. High Intensity Interval training. Also toning cardio (like plyos, builds nice lean muscle which burning fat). Hill sprints have become a favorite of mine (incline at 15, mph at about 8.5-9 for me) and sprint 15 sec on 30 sec off for 20-30 min.
Recently, I have been doing bikram yoga at least 3-4 times a week and have noticed a HUGE change in my physique. My tone is really coming back and I lurve it :-).
On my days off, I like to go on easy hikes, kayaking (a new fav of mine), and easy runs or walks at the parks.
Sand volleyball is another great workout as well.
I still lift, but I usually just do circuits. Burn fat, get the heart rate up, and build some muscle. Circuit training is so easy to mix up (b/c boredom with workouts happens a lot) and gives you RESULTS.
I have now started to get into a little bit of modeling….but nothing big time.
If you have any questions about my journey or just want someone to talk to about the steps to take to start your own journey or to just talk period. You can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org I would love to hear from you!
I hope you are all having a wonderful week!
Stay warm 🙂