Sunday, June 30, 2013

NorCal FitExpo

Today, my friend Emily and I went to the Norcal FitExpo! I wasn't sure what to expect, I had never been to an expo before... there were so many people hawking supplements, it was almost hard to believe. I tried pre-workouts for the first time and learned that my body responds quickly to them, I tried squats on a power plate, tried a bunch of different protein powders, and a really yummy lavash recipe that I'm going to be snacking on this week (with a few modifications... of course!). But what I'm most excited about was meeting this lady right here.

We met Jen Aragon at the FitExpo!
I've mentioned a few times that I'm having trouble with work taking up a lot more time than usual this past month, meeting Jen was exactly what needed to happen to me. When we met her, the Optimum Nutrition booth was pretty deserted. We introduced ourselves and I told her that I admired her for being such an awesome role mode while coming across as a real human being. I told her that I felt too many people that I follow through whatever social media came across as robotic but that she was one of the few people I find relatable and personable. She thanked me and then we got to chatting. She gave me a few suggestions and things to think about, we snapped a quick pic and then went on our way to watch some people set records in powerlifting.

But meeting Jen got me to thinking, I've been using work as an excuse lately to slack a bit with my diet and certainly with my training. Fact of the matter is, I'm perfectly capable of changing my "routines" (I hate calling them routines) and adapt to this new and temporary schedule. So why wasn't I? Because it requires a greater sacrifice. I have been being lazy the past few weeks because I didn't want to make any additional sacrifices.

I marinated in that not-so-great moment of self-realization while watching some tremendous feats of strength (we're talking people benching 400+ lbs) and I started to get a little mad at myself. I know exactly what I need to do, I know exactly how to do it.... what the hell is my problem?

My problem is that I have become too comfortable. 

I feel like this a-ha moment was meant to happen today. Lance and I watched the most inspiring TedTalk over coffee this morning all about seizing control of your life in your twenties and it resonated with me. That talk was what put me in the right mind-frame for this revelation of sorts. You can watch the video by clicking here, I suggest you do. Remembering the video, I switched gears from feeling sorry for my lazy butt to feeling inspired to change. 

I decided that I'd rewrite my workouts since my current split was too hard for me to maintain and I was becoming bored with it. I also decided that I'd spend an hour or so this evening making lunch and a few extra meals for the week so I have absolutely no excuses to eat the take-out we've been having at work lately. Not only is this going to make me feel better mentally because I'll no longer be eating crappy food, I'm going to feel better physically. 

The past month, I've been just a little off and it has been adding up to some noticeable consequences. I feel weaker because I haven't been going to the gym as often, I feel slower because I haven't been doing my weekly long cardio session, I feel out of breath much more than I have in the past year because I haven't been eating as well as I could be, and I feel bigger. The last one has been hard on me. I've only put on a pound or so, but that's been mentally and emotionally taxing. I wish it didn't affect me so much, but it does, and it's something I can work to change. 

So what does that mean for the blog? It means you will all be seeing more photos like the one below.

Mmmmm, tons of grilled chicken breast, grilled eggplant, quinoa, steamed green beans, and steamed baby zucchini

I've made good on one of the promises I made to myself, I prepped a bunch of lunches/meals for the week!!! The square containers will be paired with some lavash for wraps and the rectangular containers will be mixed with some lettuce and cherry tomatoes for salads. 

Next up is rewriting my workouts which I am really looking forward to! I plan on still maintaining a mini-split, but will plan on hitting each muscle group twice a week instead of once. This should help me progress and break through the plateau I'm experiencing in a few areas and if I absolutely have to skip a planned gym session because of work... I won't have to skip a muscle group for an entire week. 

I feel good about this plan!

Tell me, have you ever had to change your routines because of circumstances you had little say in? What did you do and what do you wish you had done differently?

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