12 Weeks Out

As of today I am 12 weeks out to my next bikini comp. I have made huge improvements not only in my sleeping but my body composition in just one week. By upping my calories just by 200, I’ve noticed such a change. I am so excited to see how the next couple of weeks are going to go!

Here is a pic from last week. I was really bloated (oh the joys of being a woman), calories probably too low and my sleeping was pretty off. (I’m actually really embarrassed about this picture compared to where I was just a month before.)

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And here is this morning!!

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Here’s to the next 12 weeks!!! :)

*sigh*

That’s basically what I have been doing all this week.

For those who have been following my blog and goals, you know my next goal is a bikini comp on September 13th. Well I have decided to pull out of that one.

In short my body has not been cooperating the way it has for the past couple of comps and basically I am not ready for it. Upper body looks great. Lower body (thighs/calves) also look great. Abs/stomach…don’t know WTF is going on there. So why is my body not “cooperating” like it has? Well we did make some diet changes and my sleep has been pretty up and down for the last 6 weeks, which can and will mess with your body. And honestly these are the only things I can see that would make my body hold onto fat in the abdominal area.

But even this is not going to discourage me. I have decided to find out what went wrong and come back “stronger”. I am going to take the next 14 weeks to fix my diet and lean out for a competition on December 6th. My coach and I have a very strong game plan and I am very excited.

Here we go!

 

 

 

Spotlight: Amanda Wegner

I decided to write a post about Amanda because not only has she accomplished so much as such a young age, but I truly see her as an inspiration to all men and women.

I met Amanda when she started coming to BJ for personal training/KB training. Amanda was very overweight and at the age of 19, was looking at possibly being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes amongst other things. Amanda wanted a change, she wanted to be healthy, she wanted to live an active life. I’m not going to lie and say it was easy for her. But she stuck with it. She made the changes she needed to and has become an amazing athlete.

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(Picture on the Left is Amanda at age 18, around 300 lbs. Picture on the Right, Amanda now)

 

Here is our interview…..

What would you say your health was like before you started working out?

  • My health before beginning regular exercise was not good at all. My resting heart rate was probably in the 90s. I had difficulty going up a single flight of stairs, and keeping up with groups when walking. Mentally, I was also just not in a good place at all.

How much weight have you lost since you started?

  • It’s been up and down due to some health issues that kept me from training for 6 months, but the net loss is 80 pounds.

How has your food changed?

  • The biggest change was just cooking my own foods. Learning to cook simple, but tasty foods that were good for me. Learning that you don’t end a meal when you can’t eat any more. Sticking to the “basics” – meats, veggies, nuts, good grains – was really the only focus at the beginning.

What got you motivated to start working out and changing diet?

  • It wasn’t any one thing or event, but several years worth. Growing up I was always overweight, in 5th grade I was 200 lbs. From then until my freshman year of college I was always really upset about how I felt and looked. I didn’t feel that the person inside matched the person outside. I definitely dealt with a lot of name calling, jokes, laughter, etc. especially when I was at my highest weight. On a trip to Germany some kids were taking pictures and giggling. Couldn’t fit in the chairs at cafes, or in the seats in airplanes. I broke my bed frame sitting on the edge. Broke a (plastic) toilet lid sitting down to blow-dry my hair. Overall I was just not happy with the way I was.
  • I think I was in denial for a long time about how big I was getting, until I stepped on to a scale for the first time in years and years, and saw just under 300. So it all added up, but that was the straw that broke the camel’s back. People always ask, “How do they not realize how fat they’re getting and just change?” It’s like anything – you don’t realize on a day to day basis that you’re getting older, or that your hair is growing, but one day it hits you. At least, that’s how it was for me. I had to come to terms with my poor health before I could tackle the task of improving it.

What got you interested in KBs?

  • I found kettlebell sport in an interesting time in my life. I played the trumpet from 6th grade through my first year of college. That was all I had really ever done, and I wouldn’t say I was an amazing player but I was good. So I just kinda went with it. After the first year of college I realized that I wasn’t passionate about it at all, I had just gotten swept along. That was really hard to come to terms with – I don’t want to play the trumpet… what do I DO with all my time?
    The first kettlebell workshop I attended, I think a few different things pulled me in. First, I was actually not bad, even just starting out. Somehow, despite never having done any kind of sport or exercise, I had pretty decent body control. Maybe I just had a blank slate…. they do say that it’s harder to change old habits than to create new ones. Being a perfectionist I loved the technical challenge it presented. I don’t event want to know how many hours I have spent watching myself lift…. watching others lift…. in real time… slow motion…. etc. It’s a lot. Second, it gave me an outlet for my competitiveness. The world of music is obviously a very competitive one, and without it, I didn’t have something to strive for.

What is your favorite part of training with KBs?

  • My favorite part of all of this is surpassing my own preconceived limits. There’s no way a year ago I would have said I could snatch a 24kg kettlebell almost 100 times…. as in, I would not even think it physically possible. But it happened somehow. Now I’m trying to find how to get out of my own way and keep pushing forward.

What advice would you give to a woman who is starting at ground zero with losing weight or just getting healthy?

  •  Don’t make excuses and don’t over think it. It’s so easy to get bogged down in glycemic index and this diet and that diet and don’t eat after this time and DO eat at this time…. If you’re just starting out, in my opinion, the 3 EASY things you can do are:
    1) Stop drinking your calories!! Self-explanatory. Put the soda down – diet or no.
    2) Learn proper serving sizes, and actually measure them. That 6oz serving of chicken is probably more like 12…..
    3) Shop the edges of the store and stop trying to look for “healthy” alternatives to crappy food. The cookies in the organic aisle are still cookies.

In a short 4 weeks Amanda is going to begin her new journey in life. She is moving to Russia to get her master’s in the Russian language and learn more about Kettlebells and Kettlebell sport.

  • August 24th, directly after the USA Nationals for kettlebell sport, I’ll be flying to Chelyabinsk, Russia where I’ll begin my master’s degree in Russian as a Foreign Language. I am really excited to begin this journey! I won’t just be studying, I’ll also be able to train with my coach who is the absolute best in the sport, as well as with several other great lifters. No one has ever done something on this scale before, I just had to take the chance while it was available. It is and will be hard, but I hope to make some very valuable contributions to the North Texas Kettlebell Club and US kettlebell sport with the knowledge and experience I’ll gain in Chelyabinsk!

To say we are proud of Amanda would be a great understatement. She has not only become an incredible Kettlebell sport coach, but an amazing athlete and woman.

I’m Back!

OK, so to say I have been slacking on my blogging would be a HUGE understatement. To be honest I didn’t know what to write about. I mean, sure I have goals, but if it gets boring for me to write about it, it has to be boring for you to read about it.

But now I am back and yes, this first post back will be about my goals. Sorry. Anyways…in one of my last posts I let you in on my secret that I have gotten a little addicted to the bikini comps. Scary…I know! So, I have one coming up in about 7 weeks and a couple of days. For this one we really honed in on what I needed to work on. My upper body for one, which by the way looks PHENOMENAL if I do say so myself! ;) And my glutes. I mean c’mon….your booty is where it is at!

Also, while I am training for my third comp, I am also going to compete in a Kettlebell competition. When it comes to Kettlebell comps, I do them for fun. The energy at them is great and it gives me some other ways to train.

So that’s about it for this post. My next comp is on September 13th and I am really excited for it. Check back here because I am going to be featuring some well deserved recognition for some AMAZING women!

 

OK, so I lied…

Well not really lied, but more like changed my mind.

When I started this whole journey of getting my pre-baby body back I set goals for myself. First was the KB competition, then was my photo shoot and finally, my two bikini comps. My intentions were to do the two bikini comps and then move on. I honestly didn’t think I would like it.  I am not one for wanting attention on me, especially in a bikini. But after my second competition, the Europa Games, last week…I really want to do another one!

So what made me change my mind? For one, I was so much more prepared for this one. Even though it was only 4 weeks after my first comp, I felt so much more prepared and confident. I knew what to expect (although every comp is different) and I looked the best I ever have! Also, for my first comp I placed last, 16th out of 16 women. This one….13th out of 16 women. Not a huge jump, but for me this felt awesome! I took this week to really think about what I wanted to do. What my next goals were going to be. Remember, for me it all leads right back to goals and having an end date. I HAVE to have an end date or I get bored and I will fail.

While I was contemplating my new goals I looked back at some of my pics from the Europa.

Here is me and my partner in crime Kristy…

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Here is me on stage…workin’ it ;)

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So now what??

Well I have decided that I am going to do another comp in September. This is going to give me enough time to work on areas I feel need to be improved. But that is not the only goal I have. I want to place in the top 10 for my next comp. I am not a competitive person, but something has awoken that part of me and I’m running with it! I’m still not looking to get my Pro Card, as cool as that would be, just want to possibly make it more than a hobby.

My First Bikini Competition-Texas Shredder Open

WOW!

Honestly that’s all I can say about my experience from this past weekend.

If you have not been keeping up, this past weekend I competed in my very first bikini competition in Austin, TX. If you know me, you know this is completely out of my comfort zone. But that is one of the reasons why I did it.

The entire weekend was one of the most exciting, tiresome and longest weekends I have ever had. I did this competition with one of my good friends Kristy Wall (see pic below). We wanted to do this together since it was both our very first time. I was glad to have a “partner in crime” the help with the nerves.

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We drove down on Friday to Austin and right away checked in and got our tanning on. I don’t think I have ever been so dark! LOL! Then we had the pleasure of waiting inline for 2 hours to check in….again. Not fun considering we were both very hungry and tired, but knowing everyone around us was in the same boat, helped. After the second check in we went back to the hotel to get a good night’s sleep. Although trying to sleep and making sure your tan doesn’t rub off results in not so much sleep. Plus, well I was extremely excited!!

Saturday I woke up at 5am and it was time to get all dolled up! Once that was all done we were off to the show to pick up our numbers!
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Then it was a waiting game. Unfortunately the bikini category is the last to go on and I didn’t get to go strut my stuff until around 2pm. Like I said…it was a long day.  So we watched some of the show and tried to relax a little before getting all excited to go on. We also decided to practice our posing…
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Then finally…it was our time to shine!!! I was literally up on the stage for maybe 5 min. Did my posing for about 10sec. But I was so happy! I, Kori Bliffert, former fat girl…really not that long ago. Was up on stage IN A BIKINI in front of 100s of people! Never in a million years did I think that would happen. I didn’t do this to win an award (I’ve won already by reaching my goal) or to go pro or to make it in this sport. I did it because I wanted to feel sexy again. I wanted to do something that would take me to the next level. And you know what?? I can officially say I DID!

After going on stage the first time (we did have to come back later that night to go on and walk up to be introduced…but nothing exciting) I went through my phone and found a picture I took from the morning I went into the hospital to have Parker (see below). That was taken on 4/25/13 and the pic next to it is 50 weeks later (4/12/14). I don’t brag about myself….well ever. I like to brag more about my family and friends, but I am so freaking proud of myself that well….I LOOK FREAKING HOTTTTT! ;)
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From the first check in, to the tanning, to the hair and make up, to the “hurry up and wait”, to going on stage IN A BIKINI and then finally the not showering for almost 36 hours (yeah we smelled). It was so much fun and such a great experience that I am doing it again in 4 weeks!! Yep, on May 10th I am going to compete in the Europa games bikini competition. And I even have higher goals for this one!

So please make sure you follow me through these next 4 weeks and even longer….because yes, I do have more goals for this year.

3 Weeks Out

As of yesterday I am 3 weeks out from my very first bikini competition.

YIKES!!!

Up till now my training has been strong and my nutrition has been great. I will say, I’m craving a cheeseburger right now ;), but in 3 weeks I will have it.

Here are my “3 Weeks Out” pictures.

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Now comes the hard part believe it or not. Calories will start to decrease (but not too much, remember we are not starving ourselves) and cardio will start to increase. This is called the “leaning out phase”. But it’s only 3 weeks right? :)

 

Increasing calories can do what?!?!?

 

 

As a woman the last thing I used to believe is that INCREASING calories helps DECREASE your body fat. I mean I grew up in the “Jane Fonda Era”. My mom would eat cottage cheese twice a day and do her JF tapes. That’s how you lost fat. Right??? WRONG!!! Sure the scale might go down, but everything is still jiggly.

Over the past couple of weeks I have slowly, repeat SLOWLY, been increasing my calories to over 2000. And what I have found is I am getting leaner, my “muffin top” is slowly going down, I am getting abs….like you can see them!! and over all I am feeling great! And here is the proof…

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And this picture was even taken during a bloated part of the week.

As of today (2/8/14) I have 8 weeks till my first bikini competition. Seeing this picture right here, I am confident that I will look my best on 4/12/14.

Ladies, and men, don’t be afraid to eat. Your body is like a car, if the car has no gas/fuel, it won’t run and neither will your body if you are not putting food in it. If you are one of those people who won’t go over 1200 kcals a day, start slow. Don’t try to eat 2000 kcals and think you will drop weight. Slowly, even 50 extra kcals every week, add those kcals in. Add in lean protein, healthy fats and yes even carbs (my favorite).  You will not only feel a great difference in your training, but you will see a great difference in your body.

Sacrifices

I’ve been thinking about this word all day.

Sacrifice: NOUN  the act of giving up something that you want to keep especially in order to get or do something else or to help someone. 

I’ve been thinking about this word because people always use it when they are dieting and I have recently used it in my life. I’ve heard “I’m sacrificing my daily glass of wine to get into a smaller size of jeans” or “I have to sacrifice my sleep to workout in the morning”<<<<This was mine. So it got me thinking….are we REALLY sacrificing? I mean, if you’re going to sacrifice your sleep by getting up early in the morning, you can go to bed earlier the night before…right? And that glass of wine, or piece of chocolate or night of chips, salsa and margaritas…..is that a life or death situation? Water…you need, oxygen…you need, but wine? Chocolate?

Then I got thinking about what I am sacrificing my sleep (at the time) was for. Being a mom now, I only have a small window in which I can train. Mostly because I want to be able to spend as much time as I possibly can with my daughter when she is not sleeping. So getting up an hour early to train so I can spend that time with her…is that sacrificing? Now that I think about it…no.

I also have been looking at my goal and why I am “sacrificing” or getting up early. My newest goal, my bikini competition, is huge! At least for me. And if that means for the next 10.5 weeks (OH CRAP!) I have to get up an hour, possibly 2 hours, early..then that is what I have to do. I won’t be doing it forever, unless I want to.

So…what are you “sacrificing” and is it worth it to you????

Goal #3…..This is a BIG one!

If you have been on this little journey of getting my post-baby body back, you know I didn’t just say “I want to lose weight/fat/etc”, I made goals for myself over the year to reach my ultimate goal.

I hit my first and second goals, but now this is the big goal. The goal that is going to make or break me! Not really, but it will be a lot of hard work and really stepping outside of my comfort zone. I am going to be competing in my very first bikini competition on April 12th! If you don’t know….THAT’S IN 14 WEEKS!!!!!

This is probably my scariest goal so far. Competing in the KB competition, not nervous at all. Doing a photo shoot, yeah a little nervous. But getting on a stage with a ton of strangers looking at me, judging me, possibly even criticizing me….well that freaks me the F&$% OUT! But, I’m going to do it! :)

I will be updating a lot more than I did with my second goal. Mainly because when I have to update I stay focused and that is what I need for the next 14 weeks…focus.

Here is a starting pic taken last week. As you can see…I ate maybe 1 or 2 cookies too many over the holidays, but I’m not going to let the

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And here is a woman who is a 9 time bikini competition champion. Here name is Amanda Latona and is my motivation. She is strong….NOT skinny.

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