Monthly Archives: February 2013

THIS IS A MARATHON! NO SPRINTING HERE!

This is something I have to keep repeating to myself like a MANTRA!  I should get it tattooed onto my face so I see it EVERYDAY!!  I think all of us are used to the “instant gratification” that has become a luxury in our society… I mean you can get 3 shades darker in 15 minutes by taking a nap in a giant coffin.  You can look 10 years younger by shooting mayonnaise into the wrinkles in your face (actually I’m not 100% sure what botox is made out of).  We have become PROGRAMMED to get things right when we want them and what’s worse…we have come to EXPECT them that way.

I knew that when I decided to train for a bodybuilding competition that it was going to be hard work and it was going to be a PROCESS but I have to keep reminding myself that I won’t wake up one morning and be a ripped she-hulk monster.  OH THE AGONY OF WAITING!!  Why can’t I be a bodybuilder after working out hard for a few months?!?! WELL DUH!  It’s not an easy sport!  The easy things in life are those that people don’t truly appreciate.  Kai Greene (2nd place at the 2012 Mr. Olympia started bodybuilding in his teens.  He’s in his mid 30’s now and he is JUST NOW getting the recognition he deserves for his amazing physique.)

It took me 2 years to lose 170lbs.  TWO YEARS!  That’s a long time and I’m still going!  I’m not done yet. I’m not sure how long it will take me to get to a bodybuilding competition but I will be DAMNED if I give up my goal.  I will NEVER give up no matter if it takes me YEARS!  I keep pushing every single day.  I have a goal, I have a plan.  Do I screw up somedays? OH HELL YEAH.  Do I get discouraged and disappointed in myself for not having the results that I hope for along the way?  Totally!  But I will never quit.  I keep telling myself to PUSH, FIGHT, KEEP GOING and DON’T YOU DARE GIVE UP!

This training is not just me training my body but training my mind and strength as well.  I’ve been incredibly lucky, a lot of things have come pretty easy to me in my life; My parents always gave Johnny and I everything we wanted,  I was born with the ability to sing without having to take lessons and I didn’t really have to kill myself in college to get my degree, I have struggled with my weight sure and losing it has been a battle but now training for this competition is purely on ME.  If I succeed it’s because I put in the endless hours of HARD, DEMANDING work and to be honest failure is not an option here.

Every single day gets me ONE step closer to my goal.  Every day is an opportunity to learn something new about myself, this sport and the strength I have to push myself harder than I ever thought possible.

This is the FABULYSS Marathon!  ENJOY THE RACE!

 

P.S. I figured out how to put a before and after picture together into ONE picture!!  I’m not very computer savvy obviously haha

NOTE- This is not a Before and After picture since I am still going.  This is a Before and Current picture!

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It’s training tiiiiiiime!

I’m so glad you asked!! (Even though you didn’t!) Training is going AMAZING! I’ve been feeling great and my body is going through some great changes…not THOSE kinds I’m too young.  I am currently on week TWO of my P90X/Insanity hybrid program.  INSANELY XTREME!!!

But Lyss… How does it work?

Well I’ll tell you kind reader.  I follow the P90X weight training schedule and when the P90X cardio day comes, I do the Insanity routine.  Putting these both together will take until the end of April.

Aren’t you dying?! NEGATIVE! I’m THRIVING!

I decided to do this program A. because I want to see what my new body is truly capable of. 2. because my hours at work changed and when I go to the gym after work at 5:00pm I have to fight off small high-school manlets to get to the squat rack.  Now, I don’t have to wait my turn. and C. It’s always fun to change things up and keep things spicy and interesting.

I can feel my strength getting better.   The first week I was doing shoulders with the 20lb. dumbbells and back/legs with the 25lb dumbbells WELL this weel I did shoulders with both 20lb and 25lb and I did back with 30lbs.  My back is strong like bull

At this point I’m not trying to built a significant amount of muscle.  My number one concern is to maintain the base of muscle I have built thus far and lose a good amount of fat.  On weight training days I will get on the treadmill for 20-45 minutes at 3.5 speed as well.

AMAZING NEWS!  As of yesterday, I have reached my end of February goal of breaking 160lbs.  I came in on the scale at 158lbs and am hoping I can maybe get to 157lbs by the very last minute of February.

WHAT DO I PUT IN MY FACE?! Another great question.  What do I eat?!

Nutrition is becoming one of my fascinations very quickly.  I read about it ALL the time and cannot possibly learn enough about the subject.  As you can imagine there aren’t too many people who have been through bariatric surgery who are now bodybuilding so it’s not like I can just email someone who has done this before and ask them.  I have to keep both lifestyles in mind when doing my shopping and meal preps.  I keep a pretty clean eating lifestyle as I find my body just functions better with whole, fresh foods.  I eat pretty much the same things but change it up by cooking it different ways and using different spices (thank sweet Moses for Mrs. Dash!) Below is my usual shopping list:

Chicken Breast, Eggs, Coconut Oil, Broccoli, Sweet Potatoes, Black Beans, Cucumber, Cauliflower, Bananas, Natural Peanut Butter, Blueberries, Almond Milk, Almonds, Trail Mix (this is my weakness- could be worse right?!) Strawberries, Squash (spaghetti squash is the SHIT!), Tuna, Salmon, Mushrooms.  (I like to try ONE new thing a week- I still live with my family and do most of the cooking so I make them eat what I eat)

A typical day of meals would look like this (Keep in mind that because of bariatric surgery I am limited in the amount I can eat at one time.  Due to the fact that I cannot eat and drink at the same time I make 3 full meals a day but it could take me 3-4 hours to eat each as I can only eat about 4-5 forkfulls at each sitting.  Then I drink water 30 minutes later and cannot eat again until 30 minutes after that.)

Breakfast:

1 whole egg, 3 egg whites, 1/2 cup steamed broccoli, 1/2 cup cubed sweet potato.  Eggs are cooked in 1/2 tbsp. of coconut oil.  Sometimes I will add 2tbsp of cheese if I’m feeling saucy.

Lunch:

4oz. chicken, 1/2 cup of a steamed fresh veg., usually broccoli, green beans or squash (on days that I need some extra carbs I will have sweet potato or cous cous) I might also add black beans to this meal as well.

Dinner:

4oz. Chicken/fish, 1 cup dark greens, 1 tbsp. olive oil, 2 tbsp lemon juice.  (I put a ton of veggies in my salad; mushrooms, onions, peppers)

Before bed I eat Light Activia Yogurt (gotta keep everything smooth runnings if you catch my drift.)  I don’t like to get too caught up in pre, intra or post workout drinks.  After a workout I will have a banana with a little natty peanut butter and a packet of tuna.  I take a heavy dose of Vitamins and I also drink 1- 1 1/2 gallons of water a day.

I find that counting calories stresses me out too much and it’s just not realistic for me to do, I don’t want to be a slave to this I want to be able to enjoy it.  I eat when I’m hungry and I eat good, nutrient dense foods that my body needs and loves.

I will be posting an end of month picture at…guess when?!  The END of the month!  WHEE!

STAY TUNED FOR MORE TRAINING UPDATES!

Have a fabulyss night!

Being FabuLyss…it’s a lifestyle

LIFESTYLE!… it’s the way of life… let’s break it down shall we?  follow the bouncing ball…it’s the STYLE of your LIFE! BOOM! That was easy!  It seems like everything we do comes back to our lifestyle whether it’s good, bad, or just a floater (google it if you don’t know what a floater is).  Every aspect of our lifestyle has an effect on us, our bodies and those around us as well.

When i was 320lbs my lifestyle was terrible.  I didn’t want to go out with my friends because I didn’t want to be out in public, I wasn’t eating what I should, I wasn’t working out the way I knew I should and I wasn’t being as good to my body as it deserved.  My lifestyle needed to change.  YES I had bariatric surgery BUT that changed mylife… I needed to change my lifestyle.  I truly believe I wouldn’t have been as successful if I didn’t CHANGE.  There was only so much that the surgery was going to do for me.  If I kept eating IN N OUT, and Panda Express then I would stop losing the weight that the surgery was going to make me lose and just coast along.  My MIND needed to change.  Everything about my relationship with food, working out and myself had to change if I wanted to live the life I truly wanted for myself.  Two years, 170lbs and 12 dress sizes later…I did what I once thought was impossible…I changed my lifestyle.

When I decided that I wanted to do a bodybuilding competition it took me a lot of reading and research to realize that it is a LIFESTYLE.  You eat, sleep, breathe, and poop in a way that will get you the closest to bodybuilding perfection on stage.  I had to change the way I eat again, change the way I workout again and change the way I see myself…again.  For me, this is exciting!  When I have the opportunity to challenge myself, change a little bit in order to improve that excites me.  WARNING!  THIS DOES NOT MEAN I DON’T LIKE WHO I AM!  Don’t hear words I am not saying.  It took me YEARS, tears and a lot of soul searching to love exactly who I am and appreciate the skin I live in.  Now it’s seeing my true potential and working every single day towards that.

I find myself thinking about the gym all the time, thinking about different work outs, thinking about different “clean” recipes I can try, different stretches I want to try to keep my body limber.  I read as MUCH as I can get my hands on and am excited to talk to people who are in the industry to ask a trillion annoying questions!

Side note- Even if you aren’t training for a bodybuilding competition I think we are ALL building our bodies in one way or another.  Whether it’s to build a lean, toned frame, build more muscle, built better abs…Our bodies are the clay and we are the sculptors. – End side note.

Are you living the lifestyle that will get you to the best version of you that you invision? Once my book comes out and I get my personal training certificate what I really want to do is be a LIFESTYLE COACH.  I know now how IMPORTANT this word really is from my own weight loss journey and bodybuilding training.  If you TRULY want to get to a goal whether it be 10 pounds of weight loss, to run a marathon (no idea why would do that on purpose but more power to you) or even just to quit smoking, then you have to CHANGE. YOUR. LIFESTYLE.  You make your life a deep pool of positivity, support, helpful tools and motivation in order to jump in feet first and submerge yourself in the life you truly want for yourself.

This takes TIME!  It takes ONE day at a time.  When I was starting to lose weight I would get SO discouraged when I didn’t lose a single pound in one week.  But then I had to go back to my week and remember, “oh yeah I ate crap food and my portions were way too big.” So I had to break it down even smaller.  I took it each DAY.  Every single day I made it my goal to eat well, do one kind of pysical activity and only do things that were good for my body and made me feel good and before I knew it the weight was melting off.  If we bite off more than we can chew too quickly we will get overwhelmed and it will intimidate us and like a turtle in its shell we will just go back to our comfort zone.  HENCE WHY CRASH DIETS DON’T WORK PEOPLE!!!!

We ALL deserve to live the life that we want and that will lead us to the path of being the best version of ourselves that we see.  Let me make something clear…wanting to change, wanting to improve does NOT mean you don’t like who you are it means you see the true potential of youself and see a version of yourself that is even more wonderful and you want that!  Always stay true to who you are in your core.  Never deviate from your values, your beliefs and the qualities that make you YOU but always be able to see the potential in yourself.

BEING FABULYSS IS A LIFESTYLE…. SO GO OUT AND GET FABULYSS!

PROGRESS UPDATE:

Weight last week: 165

Weight this week: 162

Goal weight by end of February: 157

Training- I decided to change things up a little bit becuase my workouts were getting a little stale.  I decided to try a P90X/Insanity hybrid program.  Basically it’s the P90X weight training days and Insanity on the cardio days.  I. AM. LOVING. IT!  It is SO hard, tough, insane, and I love it so much!  I will keep everyone posted on how it’s going but week ONE is done and my body hurts SO good! I will also be adding pictures at the end of each month!

NOOBS GON’ NOOB- Being the new kid on the block!

“Every expert  was once a beginner.” Right?  To climb Mt. Everest you have to start at the bottom.  I knew this wasn’t going to be easy when I started but honestly…I didn’t realize how CLUELESS I was.   I figured “The Rock” could do it…how hard could it be?! Thank GOODNESS I can have a good laugh at myself because when I first started doing this… it was pretty hilarious.  I am not ashamed to give you the full vision of me and the Newbie mistakes I made my first weeks at the gym that probably had people going, “Freakin Newbies.”

*NOTE*  All photos or videos of any of these occurances will result in a visit from Uncle Vinny…

– First day on the Stairmill…Here is a moment I’ll never forget!  (…and neither will the dude next to me) I have NO coordination!  My first time ever trying the Stairmill I take the large step up onto the beast of a machine, press the start button and go to turn my iPod on.  How hard could it be to climb stairs and adjust my iPod right?  Apparently impossible!  I tripped!  BUT in my fall I grab onto the handles of the Stairmill.  So there I am…dangling from the handles of the Stairmill, stairs still moving pulling my boobs and belly with them until I FINALLY get my foot up on one of the stairs…then keep walking up them like it never happened.

– CARDIO CRAZINESS!  I thought I had to do tons and tons and TONSSSS of cardio to get even CLOSE to the bodybuilding physique I wanted…well… Aside from the stiarmill fiasco I would do the bike, the treadmill, the stair master, swim, spinning classes, I was driving myself CRAZY with options of cardio because I couldn’t find one that I could do for an HOUR without getting bored out of my mind and start playing the PEOPLE game (where you give each person in the surrounding area a back story!) After reading more and more it finally hit me… HELLO!!!! muscles don’t just grow on hope and wishes.  As my dad used to say, “Wish in one hand, shit in the other and see which one fills up faster.”  (And people wonder where my off-color sense of humor comes from.) Where did I think the muscle was going to come from? I had to BUILD. THE. MUSCLE.  Which lead me to my next mistake.

– Fear of the Free! I was terrified to head into man meat territory and hit those heavy weights.  I have a deep, fiery-hot attraction to men with big muscles…the bigger the better for me!  I mean… total lady wood problems.  I was worried that if I didn’t know I was doing that I would be judged and guys would not find me cute!  I would stick to the machines and just keep adding weights to the machines.  THEN I had to smack myself back into reality.  I’m doing this because I WANT IT!  I do not give one flying rats smelly ass what anyone thinks of what I’m doing or how I’m doing it.  I’m new at it but I’m HERE!  I’ll learn everything I need to know…who cares if I look like a brand new baby giraffe in the process.  My first day of trying the bench press was quite interesting…(I train by myself-no training partner so I have to be careful to NOT lift for my max weight.)  I put 45 lbs on each side and laid under the bench to make it my BITCH! I”m pumped up!  Music blasting, blood flowing… aaaaand I couldn’t even pick it up off the rack.  Oh how salty I felt.  I had to get back up off the bench, tail between my legs, and just see if I could lift the bar!  AND I DID! WHEE!  Baby steps!

– I can just eat it!  I NEVER EVER realized how important diet is in the success of bodybuilding until I started doing this.  It was a TOTALLY different beast when I was just losing the weight.  This is a whole new world and I still kept my eating the way it was when I was losing the weight.  This was NOT working.  I had to spend a LOT of time learning about diet and a brand new eating lifestyle to change up what I’ve already taught myself.  Not that I was eating poorly but I was eating wrongly!  I would give myself a weekly cheat meal…when I wasn’t even really watching what I was eating…?! Riddle me that Batman!  I hate the world “DIET” because all I hear is “DIE” I believe eating should be a LIFESTYLE (Read my book to get more information on changing my eating from garbage to glorious!) I needed to do another lifestyle change which was so exciting for me!  I thrive on improving myself, trying new things and making changes that are for the better.

– PROTEIN POWER!!!! This goes with my eating… I thought that I had to STUFF MY FACE with protein.  I was drinking a TON of protein shakes, eating tuna, turkey, CHICKEN and packing in the protein well…. this wasn’t working either.  First, I hated the protein powder it made me feel boaty and gassy and my wallet hated it even more.  I realized if I just rearranged a few things I could get the protein that I needed for the day from FOOD and not have to drink the stuff (which I prefer and which my BODY prefers).  ALSO!  there ARE other foods out there other than protein Lyss!  Well now I know!  Side note- favorite non- protein food right now= grilled Zucchini with garlic.  FOODGASM!

– I would LOVE to hear everyone’s newbie mistakes they have made!  This is a safe space…no judging!

Look, we all start everything as a newbie.  We never come out of the womb at baller status.  BUT if we work our ass off (literally), push ourselves harder than we ever thought we could push, then push some more, keep learning, keep asking questions then there is no reason why we can’t dominate anything we set our minds to.  I truly believe that the things you work the hardest for are the things you take the most pride in…and you should!

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Goals are like farts…

Some are big, some are little…some are silent but can rock your world… others are loud but quickly forgotten.

Basically… there are goals that you just keep to yourself, quietly doing everything you can to reach that goal and when you reach it BAM! It happens before you can even say, “Who cut the cheese?” Then there are goals that people talk about and talk about and taaaaaalk about but then that’s all they ever are…talk and they are just forgotten and lost and were nothing more than just dust in the wind.

Goals are incredible tools to have…WAY better than having gas!  I speak from person experience.  Having a goal no matter WHAT it is gives you a great chance to work towards something great, making you better than you were yesterday and getting you closer to the best version of yourself that you want.  Wanna do something crazy?!??! MAKE A GOAL!  A CRAZY ONE!  Me? I’m a full out, balls to the wall, let’s shoot for the stars kind of goal maker.  Yes it’s risky because there is always a chance I will fail but I’d rather fail because it didn’t work out then fail because I never even tried.  This is where my crazy idea to train for a bodybuilding competition came from.

I have always been pretty strong (thank you daddy- he’s also responsible for the chunker genes too so I’m not TOO mad at him about it).  At age 13 I made the “wall of strength” in my middle school.  You made this wall by doing; bench press, squat and military press and the total had to be over 300lbs.  It may not sound like much to those who lift regularly BUT to a 13 year old girl.. I was pretty excited. PLUS I was the first girl to make it…BOOYA!

Most people who lose a significant amount of weight decide to compete in a marathon or run of some kind…I don’t run…I always say that I would only run if someone was chasing me and even THEN I would try to negotiate.  So that was out.  Crossfit looked a little scary and the pull ups alone would probably take me 3 weeks.  Well…what about bodybuilding?  There are different categories so I don’t have to look like those scary she-men who would scare a man’s penis back inside like a turtle!   WHY NOT?! So there it was, I set my goal.  I was going to compete.  I didn’t know ANYTHING, I had NO idea what the hell I was doing (usually I don’t… I jump into things feet first and ask questions later) and I’m still learning but I knew I had to set little goals to get to my big goal right?

Okay Lyss… so what are your goals?  I’m glad you asked!  Here’s what my goals are looking like for the upcoming future:

I am focusing on losing bodyfat and gaining muscle. Since it’s difficult to lose bodyfat and put on significant muslce at the same time, from February-May I will be focusing on losing fat, from May until surgery I will be focusing on building some great muscle.  Building a large amount of muscle isn’t a huge priority because I can really focus on that after I am healed but I do want to have a solid base when I go in for my nippage and tuckage (I’m hoping when they peel away the extra skin and goo that there is a ripped monster under!)

By August 9th, 2012 which is when my plastic surgery is- I would like to be 135lbs, able to see muscle definition without flexing, able to bench my bodyweight and a reasonably low bodyfat percentage (I want it to be a realistic number though- the exact number is still being determined…I’ll get back to you).

Side Note- for those of you who are wondering what procedures I will be having; They are doing a full lower body lift- extended tummy tuck (then they get the back titties), thighs lifted, back tightened AND they are taking all of the fat from my bat wings under my armpits and putting it into my boobies which used to be full, beautiful and amazing but now look like 4 day old deflated birthday balloons.  A few months later they will be tucking my bingo wings. -End Side Note

(AUGUST IS WHEN I WANT TO BE DONE WITH MY BOOK AS WELL!!)

I would like to then start prepping for a small, local show which I would like to compete in in February just to get my feet wet.  I will be competing in the Women’s Physique division and that will give me an idea of where I am, what I need to work on and what improvements I can make.

My goals are always changing, always evolving and I am always challenging my goals and myself as much as possible.  I don’t think anything is impossible and I truly believe that the only thing that can stop me from doing everything I want in my life…is myself.  I keep a huge bucket list of things I want to accomplish and things that I have already accomplished and I am always adding and scratching things off of there as I do them.  Try making a goal… no matter how “out there” it may seem… you just might surprise yourself…just remember to febreeze after!

 

This morning- 2/6/12 CREDIT TO MAMA REMALY FOR THE PHOTOGRAPHY SKILLS!

This morning- 2/6/13 CREDIT TO MAMA REMALY FOR THE PHOTOGRAPHY SKILLS!

 

In the beginning…there was obesity…and it was NOT GOOD!

Welcome to my attempt at a blog! 

I have NO idea what I am doing with writing a blog but I know I have some fun stuff to talk about so while it’s not going to be technologically sound…it’ll at least be entertaining.

OH YEAH! I’m Lyss!

I started my weight loss journey in December 2010 at 320lbs when I made the life changing decision to have bariatric surgery.  Side Note- I am writing a book about my weight loss journey called, “Confessions of a Funny Fat Girl,” that will take you through my crazy stories of fat camp, male strippers and keeping a sense of humor no matter what and will use this blog to keep you updated on book progress! End side note-

In August 2012 at 170 lbs. I was healthier, WAY happier, and I could FINALLY fit in an airplane seat again!  I decided I wanted to challenge my body and my mind even further and train to compete in a bodybuilding competition.

This is where this blog comes in!  This blog will follow my journey; continuing my weight loss to my goal, diet, training, plastic surgery (to have all the excess goo and skin removed) and all the dirty, sweaty work that goes into this amazing sport!

Join me on this amazing adventure that so far, has proven to be an amazing experience!  I’m just getting started and I want to share it with YOU!

I’ve attached a few progress pictures already so you see what I’m working with!

 

My birthday- August 18, 2010

My birthday- August 18, 2010

November 2010 (1 month before surgery) 320lbs

November 2010 (1 month before surgery) 320lbs

 

 

Weight 170 lbs.

Weight 170 lbs. I can actually breathe again! OH AND HEEEEY! are those heels?!

Week One!  August 2012

Week One! August 2012

 

September 2012

September 2012

 

November 2012

November 2012