FabuLyss FitLife- NEW YEAR IS HERE!

HELLO 2017!!!!  WELCOME TO THE NEW YEAR DEAR READER!!!

Thinking back to this time last year and all that has gone on in between…well… it’s been a hell of a year.  I think it’s safe to say that most of us had a few ups and downs in 2016 and welcomed 2017 with open arms and open legs! (hopefully more-so open legs).

2017…. a new year….a whole new motivation and a time to get re-focused.  At least for me.  I have a TON of resolutions that I made this year.  I have a few choice ones that I have put as “priority 1” resolutions.  Two of those are to get my YouTube channel up and going and get regular videos out to the cyber world and do the same for my blog.  My YouTube videos are geared toward the bariatric community (nothing against you normies out there), I wanted to have another resource for people out there who are going through surgery and I hope I can help a large number of people and offer solid advice and guidance on there (maybe a chuckle here or there).  The blog will keep following my training and diet.  My goal…. though it may seem crazy… is to be 120 pounds.  That’s my challenge to myself.  The last time I was 120 pounds…I was 8.

While maintaining my muscle mass and hopefully adding a little…I want to be 120 pounds in my off-season.  Will it be difficult?  UHM…HELL YEAH!  Will it take a while?!  LET’S HOPE SO!

Mom and I have been doing something a bit different with our diet the last two weeks.  We started the Isagenix program.  In a nut-shell: For the first 30 days you do 2 shakes per day, 2 snacks and one meal consisting of lean protein, veggies and a low-glycemic carb.  The meal can be breakfast, lunch or dinner and the other two meals are replaced with these shakes.  One day per week you do a cleanse day where you take the day to cleanse out your body with their cleansing beverages.

So far, mom has lost 4 pounds and I’ve lost 3 pounds.  The shakes are super easy peasy (especially at work- no egg white smell, no broccoli smell and no sesame oil smell…you’re welcome office peeps!) this past week, I started to feel hungry during the day.  I haven’t felt hunger in a long time!  So far, I like how easy the program is.  We are sticking with it until we leave for a family cruise February 18th so I’ll keep you posted!

Training has become more focused since the beginning of the new year.  My goal is to gain lean muscle while burning body fat…as we all know, that is essentially impossible BUT I don’t know what that word means so I’m going for it anyway!

Tonight was Chest/Shoulders with my girl Laurie

Dumbbell Shoulder Press / Superset / Dumbbell Lateral Raises

Machine Chest Press

Assisted Dips / Superset / Plate Upright Rows

Cable Upright Rows / Superset / Battle Rope Slams

Cable Flys / Superset / Planks

Pec Dec Rear Delts / Superset / Cable Rope Pull-Downs

Partner Leg Raises

Roman Chair Leg Raises

Steps today: 9,567

Being back in the corporate world means one thing…well it means a LOT of things (that’s a different blog post all together) but…LONG, STRESSFUL days stuck behind a computer at a desk are now a norm so getting back into a healthy routine while sticking to jobly duties are back on my radar and have to be taken into consideration when doing training schedule, meal preps and scheduling.

Had an AMAZING weekend this past weekend in Las Vegas.  I went to visit my beautiful friend Heather who is getting married in October and I’m lucky enough to be her maid of honor.  We went shopping, caught up, went for an AWESOME hike at Red Rock and as a total spur of the moment, Mark and I looked at houses…oh yes we did!  Just looking…you know… like when you look at the menu knowing you may come back another time and actually eat there.  Sometime in the future.

 

Progress pictures are from January 2nd so I’m due for new ones this weekend! These are sitting at 150 pounds and nice and fluffy

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Also check out the GORGEOUS pictures from our hike in Vegas!

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Stay tuned!  Subscribe to my YouTube Channel- From Bariatrics to Bodybuilding.  Videos come out Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  Feel free to ask a question you would like me to answer or throw out a topic I can chit chat about (be careful what you request-I can talk about anything…yes that’s a threat!) Stay tuned here for updates on workouts and diet Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.

OH AND HAPPY THROWBACK THURSDAY!!!!! Here’s an oldie but a goodie to celebrate!

 

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FabuLyss FitLife- BUELLER?!

I wouldn’t be surprised if you have been looking at my social media, my website and my blog asking this same thing:  “Bueller?”       “Bueller?”     “Bueller?”    Uhm…Lyss are you alive?

 

OH VERY MUCH SO!!!

Believe it or not…this last month has been dedicated to a few things that I have neglected over the last year; rest and recovery, family, mental health, family, balance and balance.

Many of you who know me know that I have an extreme personality…I’m not just happy majority of the time I’m “LYSS HAPPY!”.  I don’t just workout… “I GO HARD OR GO HOME BEASTMODE”.  I don’t just lose weight… “I GO FROM BARIATRICS TO BODYBUILDING.”  I compare myself to a bull in a china shop…I don’t just show up and wander, I bull doze into a place and make myself known.  I’ve been like that for a long time.  Sometimes people find it off-putting…that’s cool, I get it!  As I’m getting older and settling into adult-hood, I find that it’s something I have to learn how to balance.  My extremes are quite exhausting sometimes.

This past month, everything that has been going on the past year or so came to the surface and I decided that I needed all of the things listed above.  I just needed to chill my tits a little bit and take a bit of a break for ME.  I had to remind myself that it’s OKAY not to be go-go-go all the time, it’s okay to take some time to recover and be calm and be still and just….be.  It’s okay that I’m not running around saving the world every single day and some days it’s okay to be selfish and lay in bed all day watching cheesy rom-coms.  That’s what life is…balance.  Now, bull in a china-shop here learning how to balance has had its ebbs and flows but I think I’m starting to get the hang of it (gosh Adult-ing is SO HARD.)

This past month, I went on vacation, I relaxed and slept-in.  I enjoyed food and good wine.  I worked out because I love to do it not because it needed a purpose or an end goal.  I enjoyed time with my family and my friends.  I had moments where I completely broke down and beat myself up because I’m not an international celebrity yet (one of my goals by the time I turn 30), and I had moments where I met new people who made me laugh so hard I piddled.  This past month, I enjoyed being in-love and exploring a still new relationship, I enjoyed being lazy and letting my body just…be.  I saw my dad and spent time talking to him (I’m not sure if he can hear me but gosh is he a good listener- haha I know, my sense of humor is sick).  I wrote more of my book and explored new workout plans and new ways of eating and exploring food.  There was no time-line or rush or goal…I just let myself…be.  As uncomfortable as it was at times…I really needed it.

As much as I work with my clients on BALANCE and finding a fit and healthy lifestyle.  There are times I need to coach myself too.  It’s so easy for me to go-go-go all the time and forget about the truly beautiful things in life that are just as important as saving the world.  I needed this past month away from social media and away from sharing ever detail of my life to really understand that.  Now hear me when I say…I’m still working on it.  My mentality of “I’ll sleep when I’m dead” is still nagging me in my mind but now the 28 year old adult me is saying, “bitch, you’re crazy!”

I can honestly say this last month has taught me truly how important balance is.  How important all aspects of life are, not just work, not just money and not just recognition.  Falling asleep because your body is ready to sleep, eating because you are hungry and being able to recognize when you are truly full, meeting brand new people who are fascinating, peeing in the trees hoping no one will see you, playing in the waves of the ocean and letting them scoop you to shore, eating food that tastes amazing and not tracking every single micro-calorie, crying because you need to and  not holding it in because you think you have to, being unsure and scared and questioning yourself…these are ALL parts of life that play such a crucial role in “balance.”

Feel free, if you see me getting “LYSS CRAZY” again… remind me….to balance.  I’ve already written it on my mirror that I look into.  BALANCE.  It requires focus, dedication and most importantly…practice practice practice.

 

NOW…. how about a few updates eh?

I am on day SEVEN of Jessie Hilgenberg’s Muscle Building program.  The program incorporates lifting progression and cardio recommendations to build muscle while staying lean.  She is one of my most FAVORITE fitness icons and someone who I respect and admire.  She is a mother, a wife, a fitness legend and runs a company like a BOSS (Check our Jessies Girls).  This woman is someone who I can learn a lot from and that’s what I love about this program.

My interest in utilizing different methods of food and nutrition brought me to “The Wild Diet.”  My fascination with podcasts found “The Fat Burning Man” where Abel James talks to top nutrition and fitness figures about their philosophies on diet and lifestyle.  Abel himself is the creator of The Wild Diet and although some might look at it and call it Paleo.  I appreciate his attention to natural remedies, natural energy and utilizing food for so much more than just fuel but actually using food for true nourishment.  I’m a fan.

Some of you may remember that on October 29th, I was lucky enough to receive my pro-card with UFE in Women’s Physique.  One of the most incredible moments in my entire life.  Not just as a former fat girl but as someone who was never athletic or even fit.  Standing on that stage, lights shining bright and hearing my name being called as a new UFE PRO…one of the TOP memories of my short 28 years.

Check it out!

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FabuLyss FitLife- It’s a Twisted Tale…PART TWO

WELL…if you saw the video I posted on Facebook earlier you’ve already heard the juicy news from this weekend…

Needless to say that there is never a dull moment in the life of FabuLyss FitLife.  No matter how much you plan, prep, schedule, prepare, arrange and consult with your voodoo witch doctor…you just can’t ever be ready for some of the curve balls that you get thrown.

IN A NUTSHELL- let’s do this bullet point style

  • Friday morning I thought I had gas pain
  • As the day went on it got worse
  • Fast forward to 8pm Friday night when I’ve spent all day in the fetal position on the floor in agony.
  • I tried moving, sitting, laying, going to the bathroom, getting in the bath, taking a hot shower, pepto, gas-x…when NOTHING I tried was helping with the pain…I knew something wasn’t right.
  • Side note- I had felt this agony before…three years ago when A Twisted Tale part ONE was created and I ended up in emergency surgery the first time for this… UH OH!  no bueno…
  • Mark took me to the ER on Friday night at 8pm and they finally got me into a room at 11pm.
  • CT scan showed swelling and fluid around my intestines and colon
  • Night of agony and frustration…no food, no water and no sleep to follow
  • Saturday morning, the Bariatric surgeon at the hospital I was admitted to here in the burbs wanted to talk to my bariatric surgeon in the city before moving forward with anything he said that with the amount of pain I was in and the CT scan results, it didn’t look good…
  • My surgeon in the city said to rush me to U of C ASAP so he can get in and operate on me (p.s. my surgeon was ON HIS WAY to Michigan for a 100 mile bike ride and had to turn around to come to the hospital to see me-this man is an incredible human).  He made it there by 2pm
  • Hospital I was at decided to drag their feet transporting me by ambulance and finally at 4pm my surgeon said, “EFF IT! get her into a helicopter and get here here” (not getting me there as soon as possible could have resulted in dead tissue inside my body so how rude of the suburban hospital)
  • Helicopter got me to the city in 8.5 minutes and within 5 minutes of arrival I was in the OR (side note- impending surgery considered…the helicopter ride was freakin AWESOME)
  • Three years ago this happened.  My doctor untwisted my intestines and stitched them back into place.  WELL, since I’ve lost even more weight since then, they came OUT of the stitches and twisted in on themselves AGAIN.  Something that he said is possible, that there was nothing I could have done differently or anything I did that caused it.
  • The result: Three incisions, hernia repair, totally unexpected surgery, feels like I got hit by a bus and totally swollen abdomen.

So here we are.  I have 4.5 weeks until my second bodybuilding competition.  I have ONE day until I go to California for an INCREDIBLE opportunity to do my first big motivational speech and teaching a group boot camp AND a fashion show where I am wearing a skin tight dress.

*INSERT UGLY TEARS AND EMOTIONAL BREAK DOWN*

Life is so incredibly short.  Things happen ALL the time.  Things don’t go as planned, life has ups and downs and turn arounds and unexpected victories and unplanned hardships and what do we do?  All we can do…keep going.  That’s exactly what I’m going to do.  I’ve already had my ugly crying emotional break down (two actually but who’s keeping track?!)

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The show must go on right?  I’m still going to compete.  I was ALREADY behind and was stressing about that…and now…I’m even MORE behind, but, I’m not giving up!  I have worked SO hard and busted my ass up to this point and I’m not going to let this stop me from getting on that stage.  The Dr. told me that I have to take it easy this week on the lifting.  I have been taking some time to rest my body but have continued with my cardio.  Diet is going to change a lot sooner than originally planned.  Training is also going to have to change a bit in order to make up for this set-back.  Diet is going down to 1100 calories, 130 grams of protein, 60 grams of fat and 15 grams of carbs.  Diet is going to remain SUPER clean and basic.  Egg whites, chicken, fish, ground turkey, green beans, asparagus, broccoli, olive oil, coconut oil, almonds and avocado are going to be the extent of my diet for the remainder of this prep.  I’m still going to utilize intermittent fasting Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings.  AM cardio is 50 minutes on the stairs.  I’m going to have to increase HIIT cardio to every day for 20 minutes.  Posing is going to have to be put on hold for a few days while my tummy is still tender and swollen.

(I keep trying to avoid looking at my tummy in the mirror because it is swollen and looks terrible.  Three days ago I had beautiful abs and now…just a swollen mound.  I know it will go away but the mini panic attack I have every time I see my body is not going to be going away until the swelling does).

Water intake is still two gallons.  Supplements are all still the same.  I have started taking Activated Charcoal to clear out my insides from so many pain meds and anesthesia from the hospital.

I won’t be able to lift until next week and even then, I’m going to have to be really careful.  I am going to have to really sit down and think about how to move forward with my training split.  Luckily, I have a long flight to California tomorrow (Thursday) to think about that

…WHICH BRINGS ME TO…

This weekend, I have an AMAZING opportunity to do my first BIG Motivational Speech at the Obesityhelp.com Conference in California.  Motivational speaking is something that I see myself doing and doing often as I move forward in this new career I’m building for myself.  The speech itself I’m not nervous about but the morning of my speech, I am teaching a Group Bootcamp workout and really want to be able to bring full throttle FabuLYSS to the group.  I have been practicing and while I know my energy and charisma will be there, I worry that my body will just not quite be right.  I keep telling myself that all I can do is my absolute best and that is going to have to be enough.

All of my meals are packed, my flight and hotel is taken care of by the beautiful Obesityhelp.com team, I have my speech ready to go (just need to practice a few more times) and bootcamp is ALMOST ready to rock and roll.

This whole thing has been a total inconvenience and wrench in my plans for the show, the conference and life in general.  HOWEVER, I try to look at it and handle it as I would guide one of my lifestyle coaching clients through a situation like this.  Life has to go on.  When things don’t go as planned you have to stop, regroup and find a way to keep moving forward with a different plan.  Every single struggle is an opportunity to see what you’re made of.  THESE are the moments that test your resilience and your ability to keep fighting for what you want because at the end of this, you can look back and say, “Even though everything could have fallen apart and gone to shit and I could have given up… I didn’t.  I FINISHED.  I did what I said I was going to do.”  That’s something to be really proud of.

Nothing will ever stop me.  It’s going to be REALLY tough for the next 4.5 weeks but now is when I really get to challenge myself and find out what I’m made of.

STAY TUNED!  CALIFORNIA….HERE I COME!

 

Last progress pictures...still pretty proud of how I"m looking even though I'm a touch behind

Last progress pictures…still pretty proud of how I”m looking even though I’m a touch behind

Abs looking so good last week

Abs looking so good last week

Just pouring salt into my open wounds looking at these!  Please come back my pretties!

Just pouring salt into my open wounds looking at these! Please come back my pretties!

 

FabuLyss Fitlife- Houston…we have 16 weeks…

Yeah….yeah…..I know…”Lyss you suck at keeping us updated about your Fabulyss Fitlife!”  Hop off my nuggets will ya?? I’m trying to save the world here!!  Oooooh but you would be right and for that…I deserve a spanking.  Go on…just be gentle…or not!

Today, July 12th 2016 as I sit here during my morning potty writing this, I am now 109 days away (16 weeks) From show #2.

Prep has molded itself into a different approach than I’ve ever done before.  I really needed to take a step back during this approach and think….”okay woman…what does your body NEED, what is totally UNNECESSARY and what is REALISTIC.”

You think just because I’ve done this once before that I know what I’m doing?! HELL TO THE NO! That’s what makes this process so much fun.  Sure, I did it once before but I want to do it BETTER!

After surgery on June 4th for my tush (yeah…again) I got really sick with mono.  I had unbelievable body aches, it hurt from my hair to my toe nails, I had fevers, chills, sweats, vomiting, the runs…seriously… some instances I wasn’t sure which end it was coming from.  It was bad.  After 7 days of these symptoms, I went to the hospital where they actually told me it was mono (I had no clue before this and just thought I had the flu or a virus from surgery).  When the hospital took my blood they indicated that my liver enzymes were REALLY high.  This was a huge moment in my brain.  After this whole saga with the surgeries and the hospital nonsense and the drama…II want to be able to heal my own body and make my body function optimally by using what I have available and what I know how to control instead of depending on medicine and another person’s level of expertise to heal me.  I want to be able to compete in an incredibly demanding and exhausting sport without having to depend on unknown products, fillers and high doses of caffeine.   I can take all the supplements in the world, I can eat as healthy as I want and I can even drink all of the water and all of the land…but I need my body to be healthy.  That is the WHOLE point of my journey and my transformation.  I mean…sure, the sexy guns and tight ass are a nice bonus but my body needs to be healthy and needs to function optimally in order for me to continue to get better at this amazing sport and this incredible life.  So what did I do?  I did a little summer cleaning…notice I said CLEANING…not DETOX.   I believe that the body cleans itself when you use the right tools.

Everything “EXTRA” had to go.  My body needs as much GOOD fuel to process as I can give it.  I need my body to run like a MACHINE.  A machine doesn’t run properly when you give it the wrong fuel, even the “little things” the “extras” make an impact:

Gum- GONE

Supplements/Vitamins that were not NECESSARY- HAD TO GO

Tylenol, Muscle Relaxers, Pain Meds, Allergy Meds, Cold/Flu- BYE BYE

Fiber powders, laxatives and fat burners- DON’T LET THE DOOR HIT YOU ON THE ASS

Artificial Sweetners, Artificial Flavors and Condiments/Spices that are not home made- ADIOS

I did a LOT of research on foods that have a PURPOSE.  I want to eat for a REASON.  The reason isn’t just to get calories in to fuel my workout (this is a VERY important reason, however, my meal plan needs to fuel my workouts and my insides).  I wanted to build a food plan where everything I ate had a reason for being eaten.  Not only that, I only wanted to take vitamins and supplements that would help keep my body strong and healthy and give me the things that I wasn’t getting from FOOD.

I’ve included things like; Apples, Avocado, Oranges, Salmon, Sauerkraut,  Organic Eggs, Chicken of a MUCH higher quality than I was getting before.  Dark green veggies like kale, swiss chard, brussel sprouts, rampini, collards etc. I’m eating more coconut oil and olive oil for my fats.  I have started using Apple Cider Vinegar and things like garlic, ginger, dandelion root.  I am drinking green tea instead of coffee, I am drinking water with lemon and lime.

Training has changed quite a bit as well.  Most of my cardio has been short bursts of either bodyweight movements or rowing on the rowing machine.  I need to be able to be strong enough to move my body as it is as well as heavy objects around me.  I want to be able to be strong and fast and lean and agile.  I don’t want to just look healthy.  I want to BE healthy.  Physically, mentally, emotionally, ..you get the idea.

Wow… as I’m writing this, just had a thought.  Health is kind of like an addiction.  Once you get a taste you want another taste and you want to keep tasting until you can’t go through a day without thinking about it.  You can’t function without it, you focus your life around it and your thoughts around it and it never seems like its enough.  You spend time and money on it, people in your life know how much you participate and there are people in your life who enable it, others who don’t understand it and those you disagree with it.

……. I’ll just let that stew for a bit…….

PROGRESS PICS!!!!!!!!

16 weeks out!  Weight: 151

Feeling AMAZING.  Feeling strong, energetic, excited.  Most importantly…I’m feeling like myself again.  I missed me.

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This is LIFE…

Look, I get it…THIS is life…

Sometimes, thing go really really great.  You get your dream job and you make great money.  Sometimes, things go so unbelievably great that you can’t imagine things ever getting better, but they do! You meet the person of your dreams and build a dream house and travel the world. Things are even better than you imagined and you are so grateful for everything you have and are and do.  Sometimes, things go really bad.  Things get so bad and so shitty that you can’t make ends meet.  Things are so bad that you have to make a choice of which bill not to pay.  You are exhausted, lonely, frustrated and angry.  Sometimes, things are really scary.  You have to worry about going to a festival or a gathering.  You have to keep a security alarm on your house or a fire arm under your bed.

I would tell them that life is unpredictable.  You get sick out of the blue when you never saw one warning sign or symptom.  You glance to your phone for just a second and end up in a life changing accident.  You aren’t paying attention and walk right into the person you were meant to be with.   Sometimes, things are so frustrating.  You have to wait for 20 minutes to speak to a human being just to ask one simple question, the person who just cut you off is going exactly the speed limit in the fast lane.  Sometimes, things are so beautiful.  You witness the birth of a new human being, you watch a family reunite after years of being apart, you see the selfless gestures that people give to each other every day.  There are times when life gets overwhelming.  You have people depending on you and a job that bores you and paperwork piling up and bills piling up and responsibilities and obligations and they all have to be taken care of right away.  You have goals and dreams and ambition and ideas that all swirl in your mind at once and you don’t know where to start or what to do first but if you could just figure it out you would be the next hit.

Sometimes, life is not fair.  Your loved ones get taken from you too soon, you miss the deluxe upgrade by one point, you fall to the ground two feet from the finish line.  There are days when you don’t know how you are ever going to make it to the next day.  There are moments when you feel yourself look to the skies and thank whatever is up there that this is your life.  Life is complicated and exciting and disappointing and terrifying. People put each other down and say ugly things to each other and themselves.  People give the shirt off their back to a stranger on the streets and they spend hours of their day giving free haircuts to those less fortunate.

Life is a lot of things and these things happen to every single one of us no matter who we are, what we look like or what we believe.  Life happens and it will always keep happening…so when will it finally be time to take care of yourself?  You need to survive and enjoy all that life is going to throw you.  You have to build a strong army inside of you of healthy organs and muscles and courage.  You have to understand what your body is capable of and what challenges you can meet to be fully prepared for the battles of life.  When life is good, bad, scary, wonderful, exciting and traumatizing, you deserve to feel strong enough and capable enough to handle it.

Live this life.  Don’t just survive it.

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Fabulyss Fitlife- You Can Do ANYTHING

If you would have told me 6 years ago,

“Lyss…one day, you are going to love going to the gym.  You are going to crave healthy and wholesome foods, you are going to be excited to look in the mirror and you are going to participate in a sport that requires you to stand on stage in front of hundreds of people in a bikini…” I would have laughed in your face and asked you to pass the cheesy mashed potatoes.

If you could do ANYTHING…what would you do?

Would you skydive in Thailand?

Do you want to run a naked marathon?

Would ride a donkey up Machu Picchu?

Do you want to be able to breathe at night and be taken off a C-PAP machine?

Let me make this easier for you…

YOU CAN DO ANYTHING

Don’t ever…I repeat EVER let society or the ignorance of on-line strangers tell you that you cannot do something, that something is impossible or that your dreams/goals are unattainable.  Who are they to tell you what you can or cannot do?

Don’t ever tell YOURSELF that you CAN’T do something.   How do you know?  You are the only one who can make it happen.

I believe that NOTHING is impossible.

There are people out in the world who have been told that they would never walk again…they are running marathons.

There are people out there who cannot hear… creating some of the most beautiful music out there.

There is a girl who could barely make it up a flight of stairs competing in bodybuilding with a dream of being Ms. Natural Olympia one day.  (that’s me by the way!)

These people had an idea, a spark of a dream and did ANYTHING they could to make it happen.

 You have to be willing to do anything it takes to get there.  Sitting and wishing won’t get you there.  Complaining and making excuses for yourself won’t get you there.  Money, time, energy, resources are all realities in all of our lives and when you stop letting those get in your way who knows what the possibilities are.  Just because something is HARD doesn’t mean its impossible.  When you put it in your mind that you are going to do something…make every single day one step closer to getting there.  Keep asking yourself what you can do today?  Is what you are doing  right now helping you get there?  Are you doing ONE thing every single day to get you there?  Are you doing everything you can think of?  Are you pushing your comfort zone? Are you making sacrifices?  Are you doing new things that you’ve never done before?  Are you doing what other won’t?  Are you opening your mind and your heart to new opportunities and uncharted waters?

If not, why not?  If not…start TODAY…start right NOW.  Why are you waiting? Start now before you can convince yourself otherwise.

If you want something bad enough you will do ANYTHING to get there. BUT…It’s up to you.

No dream is too big, no goal is too crazy when it’s what you really want.  It may take years and even a lifetime to get there, it will be hard and you will want to quit and you will stumble along the way, hell you may even crash and burn and decide to do something completely different along the way…but when you make it…you will be able to look in the mirror and say…”I CAN do anything.”

What are you doing still reading this?!  GO OUT THERE AND DO IT!

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Fabulyss Fitlife- Day #25 I’M SMALL!

I originally typed “Happy Memorial Day” as a first line to this post…that seemed a bit morbid to call it “happy” so I would like to say “THANK YOU” to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.  Thank you to those past, present and future who put their lives on the line to protect us and keep us safe.

Today marks the beginning of week TWO of the 28 day fast metabolism plan.  I KNOW you all have been refreshing your facebook feed everyday with hopes of my updated post to show up on your screen!!  So here’s the scoop!

Things I like about the plan-

*The plan does a great job of cutting out all “extras”.  She really wants you to focus on wholesome foods.  Good quality foods that are dense in nutrients make up the whole plan.  You are eating fruits (mostly dark berries, mangos and apples), a variety of veggies (veggies that are higher in sugars like corn, tomatoes, egg plant are not on the approved list.   Wholesome grains like oats, quinoa and brown rice.  Lean, grass-fed proteins like; fish, chicken, nitrate-free deli meats and sausages, grass-fed beef, turkey and eggs.  Healthy fats like nuts, oils, avocados and egg yolks are all on the list of fats that are a green light.

*You have such a HUGE variety of foods to choose from.

*The plan really TEACHES the follower about different foods and their nutrients.  She does not want to you count calories or macro-nutrients but to just eat from the list and let the healthy foods to the work.

*The plan changes every 2-3 days, you are not eating the same things every single day with the risk of the plan getting boring.

*You are totally detoxing your body of artificial sweetners, caffeine and alcohol during this plan.

*Water and decaf tea are your main liquids and it has been really interesting exploring different flavors of teas that are out there.

(Check out some of my high school buddies and their tea company Tiesta Tea for some amazing tea options! )

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*She encourages you to try different sources of activities based on the phases of the plan.  Days that are higher in carbs she suggests a HIIT based workout.  The Friday-Sunday days, she encourages lifting and one day of yoga, swimming or low impact activity

Things I’m still on the fence about

*We are only going into week TWO but my body did not like the first two days of the plan.

(due to the bariatric surgery, the good fats in my diet help with going to the bathroom and keeping things regular.)

The first four days of the plan do not have any fats.  This made bathroom issues arise and made me feel a little bloated and uncomfortable.

*The amount of carbs/sugar the first two days of the plan make me just a bit uncomfortable.  I am super sensitive to carbs and even though they are all good sources of carbs, the lack of protein those two days made me a little worried (this was ALL mental as the only physical feeling I had was the bloatey feeling from not going to the bathroom all the way).

*I am curious how a plan like this will be sustainable as a long-term lifestyle.  In the book she gives details on how to maintain this for long-term use as well as repeating the cycle multiple times for bigger results.

 

Weight has gone down 2 pounds!

I can’t lie, I still chew gum during the day BUT! I went from 1 pack of gum a day to 3 pieces a day!

WEEK TWO….HERE WE COME!

FUN FACT!!!!!  I NOW FIT INTO A SIZE SMALL T-SHIRT!!!!  I HAVE NEVER EVER EVER EVERRRRRRRRRRR NEVERRRRRRRRRR fit into a size SMALL!  I was BORN in a size Medium-Husky T-Shirt!  CHECK IT OUT!!!!  The TRAIN shirt is my work shirt which is a small and the big shirt is an XXXL.  AH!!! SO EXCITING!

I'M SMALL!

I’M SMALL!

 

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UPDATES

  • Contest prep starts June 6th!!!!  YAY!!! I’m competing with the UFE again on October 28th!
  • I’m going to be having surgery again on June 4th for the same issue as before…let’s hope THIS is the winner!  *FINGERS CROSSED*
  • My LyssRemaly.com website is under construction and will be coming to a webpage near you in July!
  • I’m up and running with Bariatric Lifestyle Coaching and am taking on new clients!  Phone, skype, in-home and on-line coaching is all available (email me if you have any questions at all).
  • Personal Training at Equinox in Highland Park is an absolute BLAST!  I’m learning SO much and meeting so many wonderful people!  I love that Equinox puts their trainers though an intense certification and training process that feels like being in college again (it has been so amazing learning and re-learning and practicing the practical aspect of training).

Fabulyss Fitlife- Day #18 and the Fast Metabolism

HAPPY MONDAY!!!!
It’s a BEAUTIFUL DAY to be motivated, inspired and kick some serious ass!
Mondays are a great day for a fresh start.  It’s the beginning of the week, you have just hopefully had an amazing night of quality sleep and you are up and at em like a hungry beast!
Make sure you have a SOLID breakfast this morning.  Take a second to reflect on everything you HAVE and everything that you are grateful for.  THINK about your goals for the day.  What do you want to accomplish?  Write them down if you have to!  Do ONE thing today that will get you one step closer to your goal!  Not even just physically.  Do something that will emotionally, financially, technically, virtually, unstoppablly (did I just make up a new word?!) get you to your goals you have set for yourself.  It’s not going to happen overnight BUT, if you do ONE thing every single day that gets you one step closer… you’ll get there a HELL of a lot faster than someone who just sits and WAITS for it to come to them.
As a coach and a trainer I very much value “practicing what I preach” so to speak.  If I ask something of someone I am working with, I need to be able to do the exact same thing or have done the same thing in the past.  How can I support someone through anything if I have never seen it or done it myself and can encourage them on the journey?  Health, Wellness, Fitness is not a one size fits all selection.  Everyone is different, bodies are different and respond differently to different plans and lifestyles.  That is what I love most about the lifestyle…there are ENDLESS options, answers and possibilities.
There have been a few times where the 28 Day Fast Metabolism Diet has come up in conversation over the past few months and Mama Bear has been participating in this lifestyle for the past few weeks with great success!  I LOVE working with women who are around the same age as my mom and who are going through menopause or have just gone through menopause.  This is an amazing time in someones life when hormones are changing, your body is changing and you get to recreate a whole new lifestyle to support that!  Not just that, but in conversations with the general public, people seem to think that the MORE you deprive yourself of food, the most success you will have losing weight and “getting healthy”.  I can’t disagree with this MORE.  You NEED food, you NEED fuel and your body NEEDs the nutrients to function and survive.  I have decided for the next 30 days to give this lifestyle a try and see for myself how this plan works!  The reviews are all very positive and the creator; Haylie Pomroy is well respected in the wellness industry.  She comes from an agricultural background and the lifestyle is based off of how foods can heal what we do to our bodies when we diet for too hard and for too long.  This plan in intended to repair metabolic damage that can occur when we deprive our bodies for too long and the damage that happens to our thyroid, pancreas, adrenal glands and metabolism.
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I have exactly FOUR weeks until my prep starts for the October 29th show date!  WHOOP WHOOP (oh yeah, I chose an October show!  WHEE!) This is a great time to get my body fully nourished, my metabolism racing and diet cleaned up to be fully prepared for that #preplife.
The diet is broken down into phases
Phase ONE
Monday-Tuesday
Consists of 5 small meals per day of; grains, fruits, veggies and proteins
Phase TWO
Wednesday-Thursday
5 small meals per day of protein and veggies
Phase THREE
Friday-Sunday
5 small meals per day of; fruit, protein, healthy fats, grain and veggies
Caffeine, artificial sweetners, processed foods, processed condiments and sugars are removed from this plan and wholesome, nutrient dense foods are encouraged and listed for each category.
We are going to be eating things like; steel cut oats, quinoa, chicken, fish, avocado, almonds, spinach, kale, cucumbers, squash, sweet potatoes, broccoli, apple cider vinegar, stone ground mustard and BERRIES (I’m so excited I could piddle).  I have made just a FEW modifications for my own personal plan knowing that my body requires additional protein.  During phase one, I have added one serving of protein with each meal.  While meals are determined to have one serving of a grain and one serving of a fruit, I know that I need the protein so for these meals I will select EITHER a grain or a fruit and have that with my protein selection.  For snacks that are designated as fruit, I will keep these as-is and include an additional protein snack for pre and post workout.
My workouts are going to remain the same to the plan I created for myself and mentioned in a previous post.  Three day split, each body part worked twice per week, mixture between heavy lifts and high-volume lifts and different lifting techniques sprinkled on top.  I also am doing varied forms of cardio each day; HIIT, Tabata, Group Fitness Classes, Treadmill, Stationary Bike, Stairmill, Swimming…you name it… i’ll try it!  We do happily accept requests if there is a form of cardio you are scared of trying and would like for me to test run for you!
Here is where I am physically at the start of this plan.  We have 30 days…let’s see how fast we can get this metabolism going and see if we can race it all the way to the stage!
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STAY TUNED!!!!

Fabulyss Fitlife- Day #10 and the cardio dance class

There is never a dull moment in a Fabulyss Fitlife!

I’ve been at Equinox doing the new employee orientation (since I can’t start working with clients until I go through the process and I can’t start making money until I take on clients… DAMN IT)

I am also in the process of working with the special man in my life to convert my home garage into a home gym so that I can also train clients out of my house as well.

Not only that but I am working on a NEW project that I am keeping top secret for now since it is still in the embryo phase of it’s life.  You know when it’s still too early to SAY you’re pregnant because it’s too early but you are SO excited that you want to tell the whole world and are going to BURST out of all of your holes if you don’t tell someone soon??? THAT feeling!  I can’t tell you… BUT… if it works… if we make it work… it could be seriously EPIC!  STAY TUNED!

 

Training has been going really well these weeks:

I had legs on Friday (this is the first time in my training that I can actually DO squats.  The fissures are still there but not AS numbingly horrible as they were before)

Leg day starts with a warm up 3-4 sets of 20 to get everything warm.  This workout was 3 sets of 20 reps for everything

Leg Press (2 plates on each side)  superset with Dumbbell walking lunges

Barbell Squats (at 135) Superset with curtsey lunges with plate

Cable pull throughs superset with leg extentensions

Laying Leg Curls (with iso hold) superset sumo squats

Glute Kick Backs superset adductors

Seated Calf Raise superset standing calf raise

Today (Sunday, May 15th) was BACK ATTACK (I really want to chisel definition into my back before the next show)

Warm Up 4 x 10 seated cable row at 80 lbs

This workout was moderate weight and high volume 4 x 20 for each superset

Wide Grip pull-down behind head superset heavy pull down in front

Assisted Pullup superset seated rows underhand grip

One sided lat pull down with squeeze superset pull overs

Kayak Rows superset cable pullovers

Deadlifts (@135) I did 5 x 8 on these

Good Mornings superset Bent over BB rows

Shrugs until failure

This week cardio was:

30 minutes of Steady state on the stairs (level 9 the whole time)

Sprints on the treadmill (30 seconds full-on balls to the wall sprinting and 1 minute walking) for 30 minutes

I took a cardio dance class called WERQ (this is specific to Equinox but WORTH IT if you can get to a class).  Below is the website!  What a BLAST!  It’s not quite Zumba where you follow the instructor and don’t quite get the move right until they change the move…you know what I am talking about!  You follow the instructor to popular food-tapping beats you hear on the radio that you end up dancing to in your car but can never quite get a beat down when you hear them at a bar.  This class gives you some great options that you can use in everyday “dance” opportunities.  I mean really, who doesn’t love the chance to dance like a fool in public… right??  RIGHT???

We were doing body rolls, jump steps, I have NO idea what these moves were called but I’ll tell you what…I felt SEXY doing them.  Not only that but EVERY single age, color, gender and body type was accounted for in this class.  EVERYONE was having a blast and everyone was able to follow the moves.

http://werqfitness.com/

I’m a big fan of doing all different classes- Zumba, Step, Cardio Kick-Boxing.

 

Let me know what kind of cardio classes you want me to try and I’ll give you the feedback!

 

This week’s meal preps consist of the following:

Hard Boiled Eggs

Rotisserie Chicken, Shredded Adobe Chicken in the Crock Pot.  I also baked chicken with garlic puree (I’ve been making garlic puree a LOT lately and putting it into mason jars for when I cook).

I pulverize garlic cloves in the blender by pulsing, then add a 2 TBSP of olive oil and a pinch of sea salt.  Once it is bitzed, I put it into a mason jar and in the fridge.

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Green Beans and Shredded Cabbage/Kale Mixture

Baked Cod with Lime and Cayenne Pepper

I started eating Nitrate free deli turkey with cucumber slices for snacks in between meals and I am LOVING that snack!

At night, If I’m having a sweet tooth, I have been making egg bread.  This bread has been AMAZING for my sweet tooth.

Separate 7 eggs (whites in a bowl and yokes in a cup)

Whip the egg whites until stiff peaks and add one scoop of protein powder (I’ve been using cinnamon bun protein powder)

In the yolks add 1 TBSP of honey and 1-2 packets of stevia.  I also add a splash of vanilla.  Fold yolks into the whites and protein powder and blend until JUST combined.  Put into a greased bread pan and bake at 350 for 20 minutes or until the top is golden brown.

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I haven’t been as ON TOP of my protein shakes as I should since needing to up my protein intake, so this week that will be my focus.  I am also starting a liver detox this week.  (With the fissures comes horrible, mind boggling pain, with that pain comes the use of narcotic pain killers…with those comes the unneeded toxic chemicals that make up those painkillers into my body.  I HATE taking medication if my body doesn’t need it.  The painkillers make me feel tired and drowsy and of course, being my spunky, goofy, energetic self.. I HATE feeling less than overly, annoyingly excited and energetic.  This week I am going to detox my body of those pain killers and go back to the natural way of pain management.  I’m going to keep doing my sitz baths during the day, marijuana as needed at nights before bed when the pain is the worst and INTENSE distraction by staying as busy as possible so I don’t think about it.  *FINGERS CROSSED* this will be the answer!

 

Stay tuned… it’s a Fabulyss Fitlife and I want to share it with you!

 

P.S. Tomorrow is my dad’s birthday!  HAPPY 70TH BIRTHDAY PAPA BEAR!!! I love you SO much and miss you more than you know.  (some of you may know but my father suffers from the last stages of Alzheimer’s.)

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FABULYSS FITLIFE- THROWBACK TO BODYBUILDING.COM FEATURE

Have you ever had one of those days where the ENTIRE day feels like a dream?? You have to keep reminding yourself to REMEMBER every single moment happening that day.  You can’t seen to take enough pictures, you want to soak in everything and as the day goes by you desperately try to figure out how you can invent something to freeze time in the next hour!

Let’s rewind shall we?

In August, I sent an email to Bodybuilding.com to their Transformation division telling them about my story and asking if there was anyone I could talk to about sharing my story on the website.  I have been an active bodybuilding.comer since 2012 and figured I couldn’t lose anything by at least asking right?  The worst they could say is “NO”.  Well actually, the worst they could say is, “How dare you email us asking such a ridiculous request!  You’re BANNED FROM THE SITE AND ANY BODYBUILDING SHOWS IN THE FUTURE.”  Luckily, they didn’t say that so yay! In September, I got an email from one of their writers saying that she found my page and wanted to do an interview with me for a “Transformation of the Month” feature!  AH!  I was SO beyond excited!!

She called me later that week and we had a phone interview where I told her about my journey and experience losing weight and competing.  She asked some great questions and then that was it!  I sent a bunch of photos and asked when the article would run.  She told me it would take about a month or so to write it, edit it, have it approved and then appear on the site.

After a month, I didn’t see anything on the site and decided to reach back out to her and see if she had an idea on timing for the article.  She told me it was being edited and should be another few weeks.  (I’m not very good at waiting).  A few weeks later, I reached out again and got a similar response.  By the time January rolled around there was still no article and no follow up from bodybuilding.com.  I figured maybe they found someone else’s transformation story to run and decided I would just keep badgering them until they run my story!  (subtle right?!)

In February I missed a phone call from a number I didn’t recognize (okay I didn’t miss the call so much as screen the call).  The message beeper beeped and I listed to the voicemail:

Bodybuilding.com was calling ME to let me know that they wanted to do a VIDEO feature about my transformation story and asked if I would be available to come to Boise where their corporate office is for a few days to film?  They would also like to fly out someone very important in my life who has been with me through the process that they can incorporate into the video.

UHM…. WHAT?!??! I had been in my office at the hotel when I listed to the voicemail so I RAN outside and screamed and jumped up and down like a little kid!  *HAPPY DANCE* *HAPPY DANCE*  (followed by a little bit more screaming and a few tears).

I called back and the production manager asked if I would be available towards the end of March.

WOULD I BE AVAILABLE?!  I would run naked across the country if I needed to to MAKE myself available! (I’m not sure how it would come to that but hey, I’ll do whatever it takes people!)

Of course I brought my beautiful mommy with me!  Timing also worked out perfectly that I had quit my job already and would be job-free during that time!

The end of March, mom and I flew out to Boise where we met Jordan Grahm and his girlfriend.  They were also doing a story on Jordan who lost a TON of weight as well and now competes in powerlifting.

This was waiting for us when we walked into the lobby of the building

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I piddled a little when I saw my photo on the wall of Bodybuilding.com

The office is AMAZING!  The staff is so incredibly nice and welcoming and EVERYONE hugged us and said how great it was to meet me and they kept saying how excited THEY were to meet ME!  I was in SHOCK!!  ME???? are you kidding?? I’M EXCITED TO MEET YOU ALL!!!!

They met us with a custom made bag filled with tons of swag and goodies.  They drove us around in the bodybuilding.com hummer which was totally badass and made me feel KIND of like a bodybuilding superhero! Jordan had a full day of filming first and then I had my filming day after him.  The day that he was filming, the Director of Marketing invited me to his office and when I walked in who is sitting there?!?!

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JESSIE HILGENBERG!!!!!

This woman is seriously the FIRST fit chick I started following when I decided to compete!  Not only is she absolutely stunning but she is a total SHE-BEAST in the gym!  I was SHOCKED when she jumped up to surprise me!  We got to work out with her and we all went to dinner together!  She was so unbelievably sweet and SO FUN!  She answered all of my silly questions and was so open and honest about her own journey.

When we were getting ready to lift she goes, “you have a big responsibility now to share your journey and experience with others.  People look up to you and it’s up to you to help inspire others.”

That right there was just another confirmation that I’m doing EXACTLY what I was born to do!

The day of filming was an absolute dream!  Obviously, being in theater for so many years I’m RIGHT at home when I am performing and loved the filming process.  We got our makeup did, we took some B-Roll shots, I got to change costumes, we hung out with the camera crew (who were all freaking hilarious).

The filming part for mom and I was very emotional.  We talked about my history,  my emotional ups and downs and the impact this experience has had on her as my mom and my family.

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After filming was time to head home.  The whole experience went by WAY too fast!  I loved every second of it!

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I’m not 100% sure when the feature will be coming out on the site but I JUST sent the team some more videos and photos of me as a chunky monkey kid.

The experience was so surreal.  I STILL can’t believe that this was an opportunity for me.  Five years ago, if you would have told me that I was going to be filmed for Bodybuilding.com, I would have laughed in your face and gone back to eating my mashed potatoes.

You NEVER know where life is going to take you but I’ll tell you something, just because you never imagined it could happen doesn’t mean it’s impossible.  I can’t WAIT to share the feature with everyone once it comes out!

HAPPY THROWBACKTHURSDAY!!!