The year has almost come to an end, and I’ll readily admit 2012 wasn’t stellar for me. I had hoped to be able to compete at some point, but had to give up that goal as I have been battling not one, but multiple injuries this year. It started off with shoulder pain, then went into several knee injuries coupled by a pinched nerve in my neck that has been bothering me for the past couple of months. While I’d like to be able to write that I am perfect with my diet, this has definitely not proven to be the case this year. Working in the food and wine industry is an additional temptation for me, being surrounded daily with friends, colleagues and events who indulge in delicacies not occasionally but daily. I admit that I was tempted and gave in on several occasions, mostly because I was depressed that my training wasn’t going as smoothly as I’d like it. I also suffered from fatigue, from working out like crazy and not ever taking a break. Well, while I’m in no shape or form unfit, I am carrying some extra poundage that I’d like to get rid of, and have been trying to get motivated to get off, for the past few months. Finally, this week I lost all interest in snacking, drinking (alcohol) and being “bad”. Guess I hit my “bottom”. I have a new date in mind for a show in 2013, which is April 13th – in NYC – and will be my first NPC show. I’ve been blessed to have met and gotten in touch with some amazing fitness professionals who are associated with this organization and will help me with both training, diet and posing. I turn 40 next month, and I want the next year to be the best ever both physically, mentally, professional and personally for me – the new decade is going to be brilliant!!
As the saying goes; the mind is a powerful tool. Whatever you tell yourself, that is how your life will be shaped. Wake up in the morning and tell yourself the day will suck, most likely it will. If you, on the other hand, tell yourself “I’m going to take three new steps to improve today from yesterday”, you will begin to take ACTION to better your life and change a situation. Baby steps. Rome wasn’t built in a day – your body is the same way. It is a lifetime commitment to stay healthy, fit and continue your journey of improving your physique. While goals, like dates and shows and “12 week challenges” serve a good purpose and will get you started, it won’t keep you motivated until you “get it”. Find a lifestyle you can live with, where you don’t “hold your breath until it’s over and then I can do whatever”. Whatever you choose, there will be a sacrifice one way or another; be ok with it and its consequences, and be at peace with your decision.
Hope you will stay with me as I am not giving up on staying Sunny and Fit – I will post some new pictures soon!