“But I Don’t Wanna!!!!” *said in a whiny voice*

You know that feeling.

You know you need to get your training in but no matter how much you try and talk yourself into going and getting it done, you just don’t want to!

That was me yesterday.

I tried to think of every excuse as to why NOT to train.

You know…

  • I should really clean
  • I have phone calls I have to make
  • I’m tired
  • I’m cold

I could go on and on.

Finally after going back and forth on why I should or should not train, I got my butt up and went to train.

And you know what?

I was SO happy I did.

After warming up and getting myself ready, I actually had a phenomenal training session.

Here is a little of my training session with the 20kg Kettlebell Snatch…


Now, I’m not going to lie. There are some days I DO talk myself out of training.

And you know what?

That is perfectly OK because sometimes you need that.

The problems happen when you talk yourself out of training day after day after day.

So what can you do about it?

How do you talk yourself into actually going and training?

For me, like yesterday, it’s a couple things…

  1. I made a decision to have my pre-workout meal. I always make sure I eat about 1.5-2 hours before I train. If I make a decision to eat my pre-workout meal I know I need to use those calories for what they are intended for. Meaning, I don’t want to “waste” those calories and I want to make sure I put them to good use.
  2. I know I will feel better when I am done then when I started. Whether I feel good because it was a great set or I was able to PR or just got those endorphins going, I know after I train I will feel better and I always look forward to that.
  3. Even when I don’t have set goals, I still have goals. That may sound a little weird, but it’s true. Right now I don’t have a set goal for a set date, I just have goals. My goals…getting better. Whether that consists of getting better at certain lifts, such as the KB Snatch or getting better at my mobility/flexibility or getting better at my nutrition. I always have goals to GET BETTER.

Those are the reasons why I make sure I don’t talk myself out of training too much.

If you are talking yourself out of training more days then actually training, try sitting down and writing out WHY you DO train.

On the days you do go in and get a great workout in….WHY did you do it?

Have these somewhere that you can look at them when that little voice in your head tells you…”Come on….sleep in!” or “You can skip another workout.”, etc. And you can remind yourself WHY you DO train.

 

 

Kettlebell Competition-2/27/16

Earlier this week I mentioned I went to Southern California to participate in a Kettlebell competition.

Here is the video of my competition. I’ll be honest, I’m not super happy with the results, but I did get up there and compete. That makes me happy.

 

Competing/training with Kettlebells has been one goal I have gone back and forth on.

I’ll have days where I absolutely LOVE it.

And I’ll have days where I absolutely HATE it.

But it is something I always come back to.

Main reason why is because I haven’t met all my goals with it.  Mainly due to me not giving enough time to work towards my goals.

Competing with Kettlebells is not something one can just pick up one day and compete within a month or two. There is much to learn and perfect, before ever stepping foot on the platform.

But it is fun when you do! 😉

Well, I’ve decided to actually give this a go and really train with Kettlebells.

I’m excited to see where I can get when I put my all into it like I have with other goals. 🙂

My training so far….

I haven’t been real happy with my training lately.

It’s not that my program is bad, no the program is great.

It’s that my training has been getting the best of me.

But that is another blog for another time.

Last night I actually had a really great training session. Made me so happy! 🙂

Like I had mentioned in an earlier post, I am training for Kettlebell Sport and my event is Snatch. My goal is to do 10 minutes with the 16kg (35.2#) Kettlebell.

For those of you who don’t know what I am talking about, here is a short video of some of my training from last night. I am using a 16kg Kettlebell.

I know I have stuff I need to work on, technique wise, but I am ready to work. I know it’s not going to be easy, great things never are, but I’m excited to put my all into reaching this goal.

1st Performance Goal for 2016 Set!

It’s been exactly 1 week since the start of 2016.

And I’ve seen a lot of people starting to work on those New Years resolutions.

As I said in a previous post, I don’t make weight loss New Years resolutions. They don’t get me to my goals. Instead I like to make performance based goals to help me reach fat loss, if that is what is needed.

Over Christmas and New Years I decided I was not going to let myself go and eat whatever I wanted but I was also not going to deny myself things I wanted. Such as cookies, candy, etc. I only gained 3 pounds, and I’m willing to bet, it’s mostly water weight.

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I’m not as lean (aka a little “soft”) in the ab area as about 1 month ago, but overall I am happy how controlled I was over the holidays. I am a sugar addict, if there is a cookie or piece of candy in front of me, I eat it. And my clothes fit the same, so the 3 pounds and “softness”, not worried. And do you see those guns!?!? 😉

So now onto my new goal.

I will be working on my performance goal.

My goal is to be able to compete with the 16kg Kettlebell in Snatch for 10 minutes. (I’ll be posting some of my training for those who don’t know what this is)

I have never competed with the 16kg, so this will be a great goal to works towards.

The one thing I’m not going to worry about is my weight. Like I had said in my previous post about resolutions, the fat loss will be a byproduct of hitting my goal. I know with my training and nutrition, fat loss will happen.

I will be posting updates of not only my training but pictures like the one above to show that you can have fat loss even if that is not your main goal.

 

3 Excellent Exercises to Build That Booty!!!

Since tomorrow is “Hump Day” (or what I love to call Wednesday’s….BOOTY day!), and bikini season will be here before you know it, I wanted to share with you 3 butt exercises you need to do to get a booty like this!

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Yes…that is MY butt. I’ve worked hard for that 🙂

First exercise is the squat. Here I am using a KB for my weight, but you can use any sort of weight (barbell, dumbbell, etc) or no weight at all.

Second is the Bulgarian Split Squat. This is one of my FAVORITE exercises for the butt. You can use weights or no weight at all. Just make sure you keep that front heel on the ground and do each leg.

Lastly is the Deadlift. Again, here I am using a KB, but you can use barbells (my personal preference) or dumbbells.

There you go! Add these to your weekly training and by the time bikini season comes around you will have a booty that begs to be shown off!

 

4 Keys to Fat Loss Success: Key #2-MOVEMENT

Key #2 to fat loss success seems pretty obvious.

MOVEMENT

Movement

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I mean you have to move, i.e. exercise, in order to lose fat right?

But just because it’s obvious, doesn’t mean people know exactly what to do or how to move to reach their fat loss goals.

Should you lift weights?

If you lift weights, how much weight? How many sets? How many reps? And exactly which exercises?

Should you do cardio? And for how long?

Or maybe HIIT (intervals) are better?

So many choices, yet each can fit into someone’s workout routine, you just need to know where you are on the fitness scale.

So what does that mean?

Well, if you are someone who workouts regularly, but looking for that extra push, then maybe changing up your routine is what is needed. Or if all you do is strength and long cardio, then adding some HIIT (intervals) to your training will help.

But if you are someone who is just getting back into working out, or someone who has never worked out a day in their life, then starting off slow is where you are going to need to start.

I have seen it too many times, and I have done it myself, people start out going “balls to the wall” with their new exercise routine. They try to lift weights, do tons of cardio and fit in a lot of exercise every day of the week. Because more=better…or so they think.

What happens then?

They are burnt out and so sore that it can lead to injuries.

So, if you are just starting back, or even starting for the first time, start slow. Find a good program (such as the TLAG program that will be coming out in 2016 ;)) and work up from there.

Here is a little clip of me “moving”. LOL This was my metabolic after a great strength training session last week. I did 20 min of this…15 KB swings with a 20kg bell, pushed the prowler, 10 ball slams with the 20 pound slam ball and then pushed the prowler back to the start.

 

Hitting 2 Goals in 2 Months

Over the past 2 months I have had 2 goals in mind.

  1. Get my weight down to 58kg (127.6lbs)
  2. Get 200 Snatch reps with the 12kg bell in 10 min at the Kettlebell competition in Austin this past weekend.

Excited to say that I achieved goal number 1. It was not quite that hard as I was already at 135 lbs starting on April 1st, but it was something I still had to work towards. (I like to eat :))

As for goal number 2, well that didn’t happen.

Am I upset?

Yes and No.

Yes, because hitting 200 Snatch reps with the 12kg in 10 minutes has be a goal of mine for quite a while.

But no, because not only did I compete in a weight class I have never been able to compete in before but I also still got a PR (personal record) of 178 for my reps while dropping down in the weight class and ONLY training for 2 months. So in short….I’m still pretty happy about this. 🙂

(Here is where I wanted to put the video of my set. Sadly because of some music copyright issues, it won’t let me. It should be fixed and up on here by tomorrow)

Sure, I have been using Kettlebells in my workouts since 2001, but I have not seriously trained in Kettlebell Sport in about 8 months. And just like everything else, once you stop using it, you will lose it. And for any of the other competitions I have competed in, I really didn’t train hard because I was just there to have fun and do the comp.

I decided I wanted to get serious about this competition for a couple of reasons. The first was because, as I have said in previous posts, I didn’t have any goals that I truly wanted to work for. Nothing seemed interesting to me to work towards. And this time around, training for the Kettlebell competition did. And the other reason….well that will be in my next post. (Stay tuned!)

I have a good list of goals now, half-way through 2015 LOL, but I still have them. 50% of them will be with the Kettlebell and 50% will be about vanity. But I will put in 100% of the work to achieve them and that is what it is all about.

Goal #1-Completed

Well I did it! I completed my first goal which was to compete in my first Kettlebell competition this past Saturday (July 6th).

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All in all I feel I did great. I walked away not only completing my first goal, but I placed 3rd place in my weight class. I wasn’t looking to place, I just wanted to go up there and finish my 10 min.

Now we are on to working towards my next goal…photo shoot!!! Except there is going to be a twist! I can’t talk about it right now, but once everything is set in stone…it’s going to be GREAT!!!!

First Goal-Kettlebell Comp (How’s it goin’?)

So my last post I wrote about what my goals were going to be to ultimately get to my main goal which is getting my body back after having Parker. My first is the Kettlebell competition in Austin, TX on July 6th. At the competition I will be competing in the snatch event with the 12kg bell.

So how am I doing you ask???

Well to be honest the first couple of weeks sucked. 🙂 Not because I was getting back into it, but because I did not feel like I was making any improvement from day to day. My programming (which of course is done all by BJ) is perfect and how it should be, I just wasn’t hitting my numbers or minutes. Last week I declared to BJ that I quit. I basically threw the bell down and told him I quit. No worries he talked me out of it, and I will get more into why I felt that way in my next post.

This week has been so much better.  Hitting my numbers and feeling strong. Why is this week better? I’ll be honest I don’t know. It could be mentally I feel stronger. It could be physically I am able to go longer. It could be that I just have one more week behind me that I am post partum. I just don’t know. But I am OK with not knowing, because what I do know is I am one step closer, one week closer, one Kettlebell snatch closer to my first goal.