Well what a whirl-wind of adventures this past month has brought on!
For those of you creepers / loving lovers who only know me as far as my random Facebook posts and Blog updates the last time we came together I had just returned from Israel and was heading to beautiful Phoenix, Arizona for a month for work.
Well……. Here we are, my flip-flops have been put away and the car scraper tool has been brought back out and put to work.
While in Phoenix not only was I in paradise with the gorgeous weather but I was able to explore the city and surrounding towns for the first time ever! Scottsdale was my favorite area. The shopping is fantastic and there are some great restaurants. A very special shout out to my two friends Anna Z. and Bobby B. for showing me around and driving me to desired destinations! You two made it a great stay.
Unfortunately, my job called and decided to cut my stay short. Instead of staying for 5 weeks, I was only allowed to stay for 3 weeks. Needless to say I was PIOOOSSED! BUT things truly do happen for a reason. Some of you may not know but before leaving for Israel I was offered a great promotion at another hotel around the corner from where I am now. I turned it down. The day that my property called me in Phoenix, the property offering me the promotion called again asking me to reconsider. I always believe that things happen for a reason and while I was very disappointed in my property for cutting short an incredible opportunity for me I believe that that opened the door for me to take this job that I have worked VERY hard for and feel that I deserve. I also look at it this way… this position is an incredible opportunity and if I don’t take the opportunity than someone else will. That means that someone ELSE is moving forward in their career and I’m still stuck at a job that I don’t love. I would really regret that and we all know how I feel about regrets! (NOT IN MAH HOUSE).
So…. Long story short… I HAVE A NEW JOB!!!! IN SALES!!! FINALLY!!!!!! My new position starts February 17th and I can’t wait to get started. Just like any new opportunity I am nervous about the change but I KNOW in my gut that I am meant to do this.
BUT!!!! Enough about that business. Let’s get down to training and lifestyle and what is happening there shall we? My last post went into detail about how difficult it was to train and eat well while traveling overseas…THIS post will be about how difficult it is to train and eat while living in a hotel for three weeks! (Can’t a girl catch a break!?) I can’t lie… ordering room service every night and not having to make my own bed was a beautiful way of life for those weeks and I miss it very much! Mom wasn’t too happy when I tried to call her to order my dinner the other night to have it brought up to my room (I would have tipped well… sheesh!)
The hotel I was living in was located in Downtown Phoenix which was a great location… I could walk EVERYWHERE! The first thing I did before I even opened my bags when I got there was walk to the Golds Gym that was 3 blocks away. While I knew that bodybuilding was not a cheap sport, paying $100.00 for a 1 month pass seemed a bit steep. What am I going to do STEAL exercise?! I even flashed….. my DIMPLES (haha) and that didn’t help…maybe I’m losing my touch. I paid it anyway.
The second stop I made was to take a cab to the nearest grocery store to get some chicken and necessities for my hotel room. The hotel was kind enough to give me a fridge the size of a microwave and yet…no microwave! I had to fight the housekeepers every day in the employee dining room for the microwave. So I had to get creative. I got pre-cooked chicken, almonds, beef jerky and brought half of my luggage allowance weight in protein powder and quest bars. With a $65.00 a day per diem on food I figured if I could get myself through breakfast and lunch on what I bought and ordered room service for dinner that it would all even out. (Come on, I’m a Jew…the money thing just comes naturally like a sixth sense).
My coach has me on a cutting diet now to get ready for the contest (ON FOR JUNE 7TH!!) The diet I am on has me on 500 calories one day and 1,500 calories the next day. I lift 4 days a week with moderate cardio and have three days a week with high intensity cardio. Due to the strict dietary and money allowance situation I actually ended up losing 6 pounds in Phoenix. YAY!
So here I am, back into my groove of home, my OWN gym, my OWN food (which I have to make myself- DAMN IT), and my OWN bed…(which I also have to make myself). The diet is going well. There are moments on the 500 calorie days where I want to gnaw my hand off and I have absolutely had moments of weakness but I keep telling myself that come June I NEED to know that I did EVERYTHING I could to look my best on stage.
A few things that have been weighing on my mind though:
(1) With another plastic surgery coming in August (thighs and bingo wings/back titties)- After my scheduled competition in June. I’m wondering if maybe I’m being too optimistic. I’m the first one to admit that there are jibbily bits that just don’t go back to where they came from after major weight loss and am I really ballsy enough to squeeze those jibbly bits into a teenie weenie bikini on-stage knowing that my body isn’t EXACTLY how I want it to look???
(2) Forgiveness—Just because I have changed my lifestyle doesn’t mean I have said goodbye to all of the cravings, thoughts and habits that sneak into my life and have to battle every day . There have been days where I grab an extra dunk of Peanut Butter, or an extra bite of a banana and even *GASP* a piece of chocolate to satisfy a sweet tooth. I get SO angry with myself! I have to learn a good balance between forgiving myself for making those slips and not making those slips too often.
Below is a picture from the other day when I put on my size 6 jeans and they FIT. Not only do they fit but nothing is hanging over the sides!!! ALSO a leg shot I got last night…While my weight has not gone down since coming home, I feel like my body is getting a bit tighter. I started to see my shoulders, a bit more of my back and EVERY now and then after a really good bathroom session I can see a bit of abs YAY!
Stay tuned for more updates on my journey from Bariatrics to Bodybuilding. Also, if you haven’t already- follow me on Instagram for updates and awkward moment pictures (fitnfabulyss).