After having taken some time off, I wanted to pop in and say hello. I have really enjoyed just living in the moment and not always writing about it, but I do have moments that I miss my blog. Some things have changed and some things have remained the same. Where to begin….
After my shows, I had the elbow surgery, which was successful. However, my shoulder started locking up and pulling on the tendon again. I took quite a bit of time off from training…and quite frankly caring about being healthy. My food slipped and became a crutch for feeling blue about my inability to train. And then I started putting on weight and the holidays came. It became a vicious circle. I was beginning to dislike my body and had lost so much appreciation for it. In January, I did a 21 day cleanse. It is called Standard Process. I am not here to push the cleanse, so if you want info, Google it or call Pete at Thrive Chiropractic. I am not usually someone who does a cleanse, but I really needed a physical and mental reset on food. And not just a 3-5 day reset. I was really strict in following the cleanse guidelines and lost almost 10 lbs. I was starting to feel better about myself. After the cleanse, I went back to more of a primal way of eating with a keto twist. I wanted to do some diet experimentation. I know a lot of people don’t agree with really low carb eating. I don’t believe it to be a long-term solution by any means. I eat High protein and fat most of the week. And then, one evening a week, I give myself lots of carbs. I refill my glycogen stores and indulge a little. Frankly, this keeps me from cheating on any other day and I find myself getting really excited to plan out what I will eat. And it’s not like my normal days are boring. High fat keeps me really satisfied. I am really enjoying eating this way for the time being. And…….I have lost a bit more weight. I am just 3 lbs away from my show weight. Now….that being said, it is NOT about how much I weigh. That is just a gauge so I can see progress. It is about what I see in the mirror. I do not want to lose muscle, just fat.
As for my elbow and shoulder, I went to Airrosti and it is now fixed, but 6 months of little to no upper body work means a slow build back up. I did the open this year, but it was mostly at 85-90% effort. The first workout made me sore for a week. Walking hurt my arms…yeah, it was like that. Ha! After having done 14.1, I remembered how much I enjoyed crossfit style training and rededicated myself to the training. I am currently back to the OPT She track and am deciding if I will stay on it. It has a lot of upper body work, which I need at this point. Slow and steady. And quite frankly, I really enjoy the She track and being a part of OPT’s inline community.
Work has been great. It seems as though things are finally clicking. I understand so much more and am able to take on more challenging tasks. I have also been home (Texas) more since starting with Compcare in the past 1.5 years than I had in 5. Bonus family time is always a good thing.
As of the beginning of February, I am a dog owner. He’s pretty awesome. His name is James Fitzgerald Furbottom and he is a Dobbie or Rott and German Shepard mix, we think. That has been a huge adjustment, but it is already proving to be pretty amazing. He goes almost everywhere with me. I love taking him on errands and to the gym. In fact, he spends most of his time at the gym and loves it. He gets lots of love from members. We also recently starting running together…just a little. I need to build up both of us on running.
I am also considering venturing back into the bikini world. I think I have found a method of eating that works well for me. I am planning to give myself a little more time to decide as I build my training volume back up. I have already mentioned this possibility to Marie. I will definitely work with her on posing and making sure I am on track for a show….once I decide to compete and choose one.
Well, that is all for now…perhaps more to come in the future. We shall see!