Bouncing Back

Life is full of speed bumps. Just when you think there is smooth sailing, something always seems to get in the way. This has been my roller coaster for the past 2 years. However,the one thing that has remained constant is my commitment to fitness and these last 6 weeks have not been any different. I had a stumble but picked myself back up and tried to move on. I refocused my energy on the goal ahead which was to get ready for the beach. I find that if I set a deadline, I keep myself more accountable. I got my diet back on track, left my heavy lifting behind (somewhat), and replaced it with a lot of higher intensity workouts. Below is somewhat of a description of my plan of action. Provided by the ever so great Josh Bowen. photo (5)

My struggles in the past year have led me to feel more in tune with my body. I know how it responds to certain things I eat or drink (i.e. wine and pizza vs. salmon and broccoli), and how is responds to different types of training. I know that if I want to build muscle I lift heavy and if I want to lose body fat I up the intensity and lower the weight. Simple enough right? I also know that in order to achieve any of those things I must keep my diet in check. As they say, “Abs are made in the kitchen”.

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I have 8 days until my deadline and it hasn’t been until the last couple that I have seen my hard work pay off. It is just how my body responds. It is almost as if the fat just falls off all at once. I know that isn’t the case but it sure feels that way. So do yourself a favor and set a deadline – whether it be nutrition or fitness wise. If you have something to focus one the results will be satisfactory.

Stay Beautifully Strong,

Lindsey

The Power of Struggle

As the saying goes, “the struggle is real.” It is said mainly in jest or as a satire but the struggle is real and it can be powerful. I struggle. You struggle. We all struggle in our own worlds, constantly fighting something.

The last six months have been the hardest for me. I have struggled through personal stuff that has knocked me down, but not out. Like a boxing champion, I come out fighting every time but it’s not easy. In fact it’s painful but I continue on. Only a small percentage of people know of my struggle (by choice) and for the purpose of this blog, I’ll keep that to myself, however I would like to use it as an example to inspire others who may be fighting something. Inspiration is my aspiration.

Some days are better than others but what I have found is if I take my struggles and convert them to positive energy, I become a powerful person with a mission. I use fitness as my vehicle to transfer this energy. Fitness gets me through this struggle. It is my shining light that shows me there is light at the end of tunnel and my struggle isn’t permanent, only temporary.

Problems are only tests for us. They are not meant to stay forever, only to teach us a lesson about ourselves on how to persevere. Here are three keys in showing the power of struggle:

1. Attitude
No matter what happens to us, it’s our attitude that dictates how we handle it. You can’t control what happens to you but you can control how you respond to it. Change your thoughts, change your attitude. Change your attitude, become powerful.

2. Outlet
Find a outlet that allows you to express yourself. This may be fitness, as in my case, that allows me to zone in on a great workout to boost my self esteem and focus on something other than my struggle. Food and alcohol are not good outlets Рalthough sometimes you may think it will help. Only focus on positive things, not destructive ones.

3. Support
Everyone going through hell needs a great support system to back them up. This could be family, friends or coworkers. Keep the positive people in your life and outcast the negative. If people do not add value to your life, they are not worth having around. It’s that simple.

The struggle is real and with a simple change of mindset you can turn a negative into a positive.

 

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Stay Beautifully strong, Lindsey

Winter Blahs

It’s January and I’m freezing. I am so over this winter and I am starting to get seasonal affective disorder. The only thing that is getting me through this is working out. When I am having a bad day, it keeps me sane. Channeling my frustrations in this way has helped me beyond my highest expectations. There is just something about putting your headphones on, kicking butt in your workout, and forgetting about your worries for the day.

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I will be honest. Mentally I have not had a good week but my workouts have rocked and I feel so great about the progress my body has made in the last month. Coincidence? I think not. Some of my best workouts are when I am mad and upset, which seems to be more days than not lately. At least I am benefiting from it! Instead of moping around and trying to control things I cannot, I am grabbing the bull by its horns and making myself a better person – both physically and mentally.

Speaking of changing. Yes, I have changed physically over the last year but what I am most proud of is how much I have changed mentally. That was my biggest success. I am now living for me and not worrying what others are doing or thinking. And I tell you what – it feels great.

How do you channel your anger or frustrations?

Stay Beautifully Strong,

Lindsey