Here we are, entering a new (and the last!) month of the year – time sure does fly by! This is my favorite month of the year, mainly because it’s my birth month (haha) but also because it’s full of cheer, parties, holiday feel and all around a good energy, albeit a bit stressed! Typically, in my previous years, this month has also signified EXCESS: too much food, drink and laziness. A month where I just told myself “oh to heck with it” and went to one too many holiday parties and had one too many drinks or pieces of cake. I am normally scheduling a trip back home to my native Norway right about now, where food is synonymous with enjoyment (and the only one, since there’s not much else to do in my small hometown!).
Not so this year! Not only have I started my new diet in preparation for the 2012 season, but I’ve also enlisted my husband in a new diet and we’re doing it together! We’ve told ourselves we won’t go completely nuts, we’ll allow ourselves three cheat days this month: Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Years’ Eve. That alone will be excess, but hell – we can’t stop living! 🙂 Mark, my husband, is on a much more ‘forgiving’ diet, he has many pounds to lose and has gone from eating crap to more ‘clean’ items, whereas I am not allowed any dairy/cheese, no sugar, very little (interesting) fat and more supplements than I’m used to.
Today I also started my new workout program, and I’m incorporating a new diet, all designed by my new coach, Fakhri Mubarak. He is an IFBB pro based here in NY, and with a very impressive track record. He has turned 28 clients into pros and won 9 IFBB shows within the last 4 years. He is also an NPC judge, which helps, considering I’m now transferring over to the NPC as of my next show. Fakhri is old school (just the way I like it), believing in hitting it heavy and hard, and the diet is more heavy on carbs but also workout wise, he has me doing a LOT more cardio. I am excited to see how this new regimen will change my body up, as I’m all about trial and error at this stage of my fitness! The only way to find out what is optimal for YOUR body- is to try out different methods and decide for yourself. I was very happy with my progress from my show last year to this past show in November, and it can only improve from here! I will be posting my new diet and workouts in the coming days – so stay tuned!
In the mean time, enjoy your weekend, hit the gym, enjoy yourselves but don’t go too crazy at all those holiday parties this month – it only makes January SO much harder!! Fight to be fit!!