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Every Gym Has Them

Every gym has them.  Next time you’ve turned on your beast mode and in between sets see if you can pick out the characters that exist in every gym I’ve ever frequented.

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The Little Old Lady

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I have seen a few incarnations of this.  At the first gym I frequented there was a lady in her 60’s.  She was only about five feet tall with white curly hair, she came to the gym, and danced her butt off while popping off squats, pull ups and push ups.  This is the lady I want to be one day.  She made even the big muscley guys stop and stare.  She was amazing!

The other common little old lady is a lady in her 70’s or more, she usually has a trainer and is in there doing her thing.  The current little old lady at my gym has a walker, and the trainer helps her from machine to machine.  Give her props – She’s doing it!

The Big Guy

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The big guy, lifts heavy, is usually a little older, He’s strong, and has big guns.  However, he is not really “fit” to look at.  He’s a perpetual bulker, the big guy is sometimes combined with the guy who only does upper body, and probably wears a weight belt.

The Grunter & Slammer

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Yes, I know and I even do it, the last couple of reps and you end up grunting to get er done.  That’s not what I mean here.  I am talking about the person who grunts and swears through every rep of every set no matter what the weight, it could be their warm up, or there heaviest personal best, they grunt through every single rep.  And usually drop their weights and leave them where they drop.

The Twit
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The twit can also be known as the bimbo.  She shows up wearing perfectly matched outfits that are more expensive then your rent.  She also wears full makeup, does her hair and usually wears earrings.  She spends half her time checking herself out in the mirrors, and the other half squatting with light weights and hitting on the guys.

The Guy Who Thinks He Used to Work Out

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I’ve dated this guy.  In both forms.  Either its a guy who is dating a girl who lifts and wants her to think that he used to work out.   Reality is there is no proof of this.  Take him to the gym and he has no clue.  Or he’s there, an “expert” but obviously has no clue.

 

 

Any other obvious ones at your gym?

Brain F!CK$%

I know I hav’ent been writing all that fitness related articles since restarting my blog recently.  I’ve actually had a hard time coming up with ideas.  I had thought to re-post allot of my old articles and while I know I saved them somewhere am having a hard time digging them up.

Last year this time I had a million things to write about.  This year, I feel like I have nothing to share even though I know way more than I did a year ago.  Two thoughts on this.  1.  I am losing my edge or just plain losing it.  2.  The more I know the less questions I have and thus the less things to ask others about.

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Here’s a mind F!CK for the night.  I have been working out 5-6 days a week for months, since the move back to my home town.  I am not eating as “clean” as I should.  Quite honestly I am eating badly.  Too few calories,mostly the right type of macros.  However, I look in the mirror and sometimes think “good job”  and other times think “ugh, you look awful”.  However tonight I put on a nightgown that I don’t often wear.  Its pretty and frilly.  There is nobody to see it, but it makes me feel good.  However when I bought it, I couldn’t do it up.  During my leanest in June for the UFE Showdown I could do up one button of two.  Tonight I put it on and it does up and is lose.  Yet I do not see it right now.  I feel very out of shape regardless of hitting my PB’S at the gym, fitting into smaller clothing I do not feel fit.

UFE SHOWDOWN JUNE 2013
UFE SHOWDOWN JUNE 2013

I totally know that its a mental thing.  I know I am not eating properly and stress is getting to me, and I also know I should see that I am leaner then before but I don’t.  For years when I was heavy I dressed like I was thin.  When I got thin (again)  I dressed like I was heavy.  I am completely aware this is some sort of psychological brain fart going on in my female mind but REALLY:?!?  Ugh.  I like to think that I have it together yet I constantly catch myself in the barbie doll mentality

EXPECTATIONS VS. RELALITY
EXPECTATIONS VS. RELALITY

Anyone else?

 

 

 

Expectations

What do you expect of yourself?

Personally, I “expect” that I will be a fabulous Mom, daughter, friend and one day a wife.  I expect that now that I have found what works for me with health and fitness that I will be perfectly fit and healthy for the rest of my life.  I expect that I will have a fufilling and rewarding career, my dog will be the epitome of well trained, and the kids will be happy, healthy, polite and grow up to be kind, loving, giving members of society.

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What is the reality?

Me as a daughter: I have no relationship with my Dad but I love my Mom like no other and respect and cherish everything she has ever done for me  She gives me hope that even though my kids sometimes drive me batty at some point they will calm down and do better and love me again…. 

Me as a Mom: I am a good Mom, but I am not perfect.  My children have to make mistakes to learn from them, which I wish they would do just a little less often.  I sometimes yell at them, sometimes they really deserve it, and sometimes I have to apologize.  I think the fact that I know when and how to apologize is probably one of my better qualities.  They need to know that Mom’s make mistakes too, and I can’t always ask them to apologize and not do the same.  I thoroughly believe that time-outs were not made for children, they were made for parents!

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My Dog:  Smudges was the newest addition to the family last Christmas.  She’s a cute little girl dog that is mostly sweet.  However we got her in December and she hates the cold with a passion.  She does’nt bark, like ever!  Which is awesome.  And she lets us dress her up like the little cat in a dog suit that she is.  But she still craps on the floor in the basement every once in a while…. hmmmm, I blame that on the kids not the dog!  Oh well.

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Me and my career:  I have done amazing things over the years.  I know that I am smart and a quick learner, so why am I still struggling to find a job?  I will blame the awful employment market here.  I’ll honestly do just about anything but the jobs I am qualified for they think I’ll charge too much (i wouldnt, I just want to work)  and the jobs that I am over qualified for, won’t hire me because they think its just a stop gap till I find something better.

Me and Fitness:  When I started this journey I was pushing 200 lbs at my heaviest.  Its been two years this week since I started working out.  My attitude, mind, body and life have changed since.  I can honestly say that I am positive that I will never ever go back to the way I was before I learned to love weights.  However, right now I have no specific health goals.  I do not look the best I ever have, because well…. when you diet down for a show, and dehydrate to show off every single good thing there, and  you’re a mother with two kids… you cannot maintain that!  So, I look in the mirror some days and think “damn!  I look good” and in the mirror others and think “ugh, not my best”.  I go out for dinner and order a beer and a burger when my friends all expect that I should order a salad or something, and I see the looks.  I sometimes feel that I am letting my friends who are struggling with their own health down when I do it.  That’s not a good feeling.  

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Wish… I could look like this all the time… sigh

Nobody perfect all of the time.  What are some of the unreasonable expectations in your own life?

 

Competition Decisions

I have decided to do a 4 week cut over November.  The point is to decide weather I want to compete again this April.  I have enjoyed my relaxed diet for the last few months but this should show me where I am at and help to make my decision.

Day 1 of the cut
Day 1 of the cut

I will be adding back in fasted cardio for 30 minutes in the morning and continuing with my 3 day workout split (Back and Arms, Chest and Shoulders, and Legs)  Also cleaning up my diet, cutting out the wine and adding in more water.  I’ll be cutting back on carbs and upping my protein intake as well as avoiding fruit.

 

Let’s do this!

1 year anniversary

My first post was a rambling about why I wanted to start a blog, in all reality I did not even read that many blogs at the time. What a difference a year makes. Last year I thought that maybe my boyfriend and my mom might read what I wrote. I never thought it would turn into a Facebook page, twitter following, you tube channel or that I would compete. I never ever would have believed I would be embarking on the One Fit Mama Canada brand, or that I would be a personal trainer. Then again, when I started working out on November 18, 2011 no matter my best intentions I’m not sure I knew how addictive this healthy lifestyle could be.

 

November 18, 2011 and November 18, 2012
November 18, 2011 and November 18, 2012

What a difference a year makes!

I have made many new real friends, some absolutely amazing virtual friends and learned things from every single one of them.

A big big thank you to all of my followers, reader, tweeters, and friends! Wonder how big I can make this?!?

As a fun little exercise I thought I would share some of the stats that I have achieved this year.

I have published 228 posts.

There have been 1001 comments in total on those 228 posts.

The blog averages about 200 views in a day.

My busiest day was November 18, 2012 which was the 1 year anniversary of me deciding to change my life. On that day I had 532 views.

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433 times someone has landed on my blog by searching for me “one fit mama”. I think that is really neat.

 

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I have 181 followers on the blog directly, 287 followers on theFacebook page, 22 twitter followers and another 151 followers onInstagram.

 

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One Fit Mama on Stage at the UFE Spring Bash 2013

All these people read what I write! And while one may be my boyfriend, and one may be my Mama the rest are wonderful and supportive people that make it so easy to stick with this lifestyle I have chosen.

 

Cheering Section

A huge heartfelt thank you to all of you!  Thank you for reminding me that one bad day is not a reason to quit.  And that sometimes life will force you to slow down!  Thank you for pushing me when I needed it, making me laugh when I was down, and most of all for just being there!

Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you!

 

Keep Calm and Relay on June 2013

Over the years I have lost many important people to Cancer. My Uncle Tom was taken far too young. My son’s grandfather again lost his battle and last year my son Jacob walked with me. Robin, Lissa, Kelly, Pam, the list goes on and on. All of these people have battled, some survived, some lost that battle.

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This year will mark my 3rd year walking with the Freedom Fighters Team. Last year mere weeks before the fundraiser I received the news that I had a malignant tumor in my right breast. The walk took on new meaning. Over the previous year I had lost over 30lbs and many inches when I had enough of being over weight and decided to get fit. I took on bodybuilding, lifting weights. In May of last year I was the healthiest I had ever been in my life and I was very angry at my diagnosis at first. During the relay I ran laps occassionally and ended up running 20 in total. I also rarely sat down or took a break. My feet by the end of the 12 hours were like lead weights at the end of my feet, but somehow in my head I knew that if I could keep walking, and keep focusing on all of the love and support pouring out of all of my friends, team mates, family, the volunteers and participants I would be fine… I would win my fight. During the walk I realized that while I was angry that Cancer had invaded my healthy body I also realized that I was in the best shape of my life and in a great place to win my fight. My body was ready for it, and maybe that happened for a reason.

I had surgery in July 2012. It was a best case scenario and I am now on hormone therapy. Not many people know, but there has been a reoccurrence. It is small and I am following doctors orders. I have side effects from the medication but I am still a fit girl and preparing to compete in my second bodybuilding competition the week after the relay this year.

I am a personal trainer and blogger and I advocate whenever I can the need to not only find a cure but the amazing benefits of healthy eating and exercise while dealing with this debilitating disease. I managed to run 20 laps last year and I plan to double it this year. I will run for my health and the hope that everyone’s fight will someday end with the same outcome.

Please join me in supporting this amazing cause. I will walk for 12 hours and remember, believe and know that no matter what I will fight and so will the doctors, nurses, patients, volunteers, caretakers, family and friends of everyone who has been affected by Cancer.

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1 Year Anniversary

Its been a year!
A whole year since my first blog post.

1 year

November 18, 2011

My first post was a rambling about why I wanted to start a blog, in all reality I did not even read that many blogs at the time. What a difference a year makes. Last year I thought that maybe my boyfriend and my mom might read what I wrote. I never thought it would turn into a Facebook page, twitter following, you tube channel or that I would compete. I never ever would have believed I would be embarking on the One Fit Mama Canada brand, or that I would be a personal trainer. Then again, when I started working out on November 18, 2011 no matter my best intentions I’m not sure I knew how addictive this healthy lifestyle could make.

I have made many new real friends, some absolutely amazing virtual friends and learned things from every single one of them.

A big big thank you to all of my followers, reader, tweeters, and friends! Wonder how big I can make this?!?

As a fun little exercise I thought I would share some of the stats that I have achieved this year.

I have published 228 posts.

There have been 1001 comments in total on those 228 posts.

The blog averages about 200 views in a day.

My busiest day was November 18, 2012 which was the 1 year anniversary of me deciding to change my life. On that day I had 532 views.

433 times someone has landed on my blog by searching for me “one fit mama”. I think that is really neat.

I have 181 followers on the blog directly, 287 followers on the Facebook page, 22 twitterfollowers and another 151 followers on Instagram.

All these people read what I write! And while one may be my boyfriend, and one may bemy Mama the rest are wonderful and supportive people that make it so easy to stick with this lifestyle I have chosen.

A huge heartfelt thank you to all of you!  Thank you for reminding me that one bad day is not a reason to quit.  And that sometimes life will force you to slow down!  Thank you for pushing me when I needed it, making me laugh when I was down, and most of all for just being there!

Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you!