Friday, January 22, 2010

Protein Powered Week 2

Just over 20 weeks to transform my body for the Isabody Challenge...

Well, I can tell already that my life is transforming before my eyes... I feel amazing and I am just getting started.

Week 2 has been a powerful week for me. Everything seems to be lining up with my intentions and I feel stronger and more confident every day.

I started adding IsaPro whey protein to my post workout and evening shakes over the last week. After my 18 mile run on Saturday I was impressed that I had no muscle fatigue, aches or soreness. Mmmm, maybe I am in better shape than I thought. But then after Sunday's weight training, nothing. No muscle soreness at all. This is odd for me because I am always sore after lifting the lightest of weights and I have kicked up the intensity many fold due to this challenge. Monday was legs and I thought I nuked them. Same thing on Tuesday, no pain. And so on this whole week. I am honestly working it in the gym more than ever when it comes to weights. The only culprit is the Isapro along with the rest of my clean protein packed diet. It feels so good. I am even feeling faster and stronger when running.

I knew it was going to be interesting starting this while at the peak of marathon training. In fact, I was a bit nervous and was willing to show up on marathon day less than prepared. So we will see but I have a feeling that I am going to be surprised by my performance. I have renewed energy and excitement. Every day, every meal, every run, every weight repetition counts. I will not be denied. Strength, perseverance and discipline are my allies. I will give my best to become my best... and in the process I will inspire and empower others to be their best. This is what it is all about for me.

Be the change that you want to see in your family, your community, the world!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Week 1

Wow, what a week! Today has given me some much needed relief in my schedule and I am so thankful for some time to relax around the house. So I finally have some physical and mental energy to blog. Yay!!

I have made some major changes in my workouts and in my food so part of the exhaustion is probably my body adjusting. I have also committed to training 4 other local contestants so I work with them 4-5 days a week in addition to a couple other private clients, my running group and some distance coaching. Oh and I almost forgot, I am at the peak of my marathon training right now. I have 18 miles on my training schedule for Saturday.

Even though it seems like this is a lot, I am having so much fun. The women who I am training right now are amazing and inspire me everyday. We keep each other accountable and remind each other that it is a process of change. We are not going to be perfect everyday, but persistent and consistent effort will get us where we want to be. I love the one-on-one time I get with them to talk through challenges, process emotions and share victories.

Here is a typical day as far as meals and exercise:

Meal 1 - Isagenix Shake
Meal 2 - 5 egg whites, 1c spinach, tsp salsa
Meal 3 - Isagenix Shake
Meal 4 - 6oz Chicken, zucchini
Meal 5 - Isagenix Shake
Meal 6 - 3-4 egg whites, a few carrots
I also will have some raw almonds and Isadelights at some point in my day and I am drinking a lot of water.

I do 1 hour of weight training a day, an hour of running and some days I end up doing an additional hour of light exercise depending on what I am doing with certain clients.

I am not noticing any body changes yet, other than being pretty sore and tired. I trust the process though. I know that if I eat right and stay consistent with the weights that the results will come. I don't think I've ever eaten so much protein. This should be good!!

Saturday, January 9, 2010

5 Habits

I need an action plan in place to ensure that I stay true to my goal everyday. Success is about the little things that you do with unwavering consistence and persistence. So here are 5 habits that I am committed to on a daily basis. These are foundational and if I stay true to these, I am setting myself up for success.

1. Time with God - this is where I get my inner strength, my motivation and my focus. I want my success to be a result of His glory shining through me.

2. 1 Hour Minimum at the Gym - This has been the area where I need help. If I could afford a trainer it would definitely be easier. I am actually going to check out a segment in Oxygen magazine with the possibility of following a Ms Figure training plan. My friend Serenity is following it and it may be the solution I need right now. This is ironic that I am writing this because I am a trainer and am training other contestants for the Isabody Challenge. The fact is that having someone else push you beyond your limits is invaluable. The accountability and knowing that someone is waiting at the gym for you is also so helpful. But, I will prevail. No excuses. I will get it done!

3. Follow Isagenix Program - Thankfully I am really in the zone with using all the Isagenix products. This is a blessing because nutrition is typically the hardest part for competitors.

4. 100 oz Water - I am going to have to track my water intake just to make sure I am getting enough. Drinking lots of water helps reduce cravings and appetite, aids in cleansing and is a major factor in releasing fat (among many other things).

5. Weigh Myself Daily - This is an odd habit on my list, but I find that the scale is a form of accountability and feedback. I have a tendency to resist the scale out of fear, so another reason to be consistent for me is to conquer that fear and separate my emotions from the number. Wow, those words carry a lot of weight (excuse the pun). I literally find myself pausing as I stare back at them. It is amazing that this little box that we stand on can have such a hold over some of us.

So there they are. My 5 habits of success. I need your support and accountability. I absolutely need to stick to these EVERY DAY for the next 5 months!

Friday, January 8, 2010


This first quote is my favorite. The words really pierce my core and inspire me to be all God intended me to be.

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us most. We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and famous?' Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that people won't feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in all of us. And when we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

I found these 2 quotes on Ashley and Kelly's Facebook pages. So true!

Courage does not always roar. Sometimes it is a quiet voice at the end of the day saying... "I will try again tomorrow." (the hardest part of success is overcoming the failures along the way... I have so much respect for those who get up, dust themselves off and keep on going)

"The miracle isn't that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start."
John J. Bingham (Ashley posted this after finishing the Disney Marathon last weekend)


Thank you so much everyone for your encouragement and support. I was overwhelmed by all the emails yesterday expressing support and excitement. This is just what I need to fuel me on this mission so keep it coming!

A few more details about the challenge: The end date is June 15th, so I have about 5 months to achieve a total body transformation. I will have to submit before and after pictures as well as an essay describing how this experience and transformation has affected my life. The winners will be announced in August at an event in California.

I started Day 1 with a cleanse day and running. Today I am in my normal routine of 2 shakes and a regular meal plus snacks. My major focus at this point is weight training and quality protein. I get a sufficient amount of carbohydrates in my shakes to fuel workouts and my daily energy requirements so I will be cutting back on complex carbohydrates. My meals will mostly be a lean protein (chicken, fish or egg whites) and vegetables. I snack on IsaDelights, Isagenix snacks, raw veggies or raw nuts.

The initial fear is being replaced by excitement and determination. Thanks again for being part of this experience with me. Let's go!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Isa What?

I am officially registered for the 2010 Isabody Challenge.

This body transformation challenge is hosted by Isagenix with $150,000 in cash prizes. The grand prize winner will take home $10,000!!

For those of you who are new to my blogs, Isagenix offers nutritional cleansing products and programs. They are all natural and stimulant free. I did the 30 Day Cleanse in December and took off 19 inches and 10 lbs.

At first I dismissed the idea of participating in this challenge because Sandy and I are trying to get pregnant this year. For some reason I just got really inspired a couple of days ago to participate and mostly to coach others to compete. This may just be the motivation that we need to make some major lifestyle changes and really this experience could change our bodies, minds and lives forever.

Due to my current weight range, I will have to sculpt my body to be even mildly competitive. Some contestants will be able to wow the judges with shear numbers, but I will have to transform my body to look like I belong in Ms Figure or on the cover of a magazine. This is really scary for me because this is taking me to a place I have never been before. I am going to be way out of my comfort zone. I will have to draw on inner discipline, motivation and strength that I have never touched before.

Mentally, I am going to have to allow myself to succeed. I have struggled with weight my whole life. I have never felt proud of my whole body. I'm sure part of me just tells myself to be happy with what I have (not a bad message) and that I am not meant to have the body I could only dream of (this is the bad message).

So here I am. Bold decision in hand. Scared. Excited. I'm not sure what to expect...

... but I will proclaim: I am determined to be an over comer. To overcome fear. To overcome complacency. To overcome the negative messages planted in my brain. To overcome procrastination. To overcome excuses. The time is now. Victory calls and I am calling back.

Join me on my exciting new adventure!