Whenever a good friend comes down to visit, I will drop my plans or reconfigure my day. In the past, I would pick the gym over everything thinking I was dedicated to my goals... But little did I know I was pushing people away in the process.
The key to healthy living is balance. Even though Monday’s are usually two-a-days, I skipped my evening workout to hangout with friends who are a big part of where I am today.
Friendships where you can pick up where you left off like no time ever lapsed since you last saw them are the best kind of friendships. The last time I saw her was last year when I woke up drunk next to her. We caught up about life, and by saying everything aloud, I realized what a miserable life I had been living... I give a lot of credit to her for getting me out of a horrible situation. So naturally, I had to come out today despite gas prices. 😜
Child’s Pose with Side Stretch
_________________________ 🤔: Walk your hands and head to one direction as you sink the hips to the opposite side. ✨
It’s such a simple stretch that feels heavenly as you release tension through the shoulders and side body. 😇 I definitely needed this one after working on assisted pull-ups/chest day. 😅 #HappyStretching
I realized recently that with all the traveling & chaos of my life, I’d gone more than two weeks without making myself a real meal beyond eggs on toast 🍳
So instead of eating out or living off @postmates deliveries, I scheduled a @hellofresh box. First up was this figgy balsamic pork with roasted potatoes & green beans.
I really need to unlock the secret of making my own sauces because it was the only thing in the recipe I hadn’t already made before! It elevated the entire meal & was super delicious.
This is the look of feeling defeated but grateful I did it.
I could have gone home and gone straight to bed after working almost 12hrs between two jobs today.
I could have told myself: “I’ll just wake up early and go tomorrow.”
Not gonna lie, I’ve been getting down on myself since I hurt my shoulder and a little scared to come back in the gym- in fear I’ve been set back and won’t be able to keep progressing towards my goal.
It took about 3 people on social media to motivate me to the gym tonight. So hopefully I can do the same for others. So.... GO! And if you ever see me slacking, tell me to get up and go too!
I have less than 3wks and a WHOLE heck of a lot more work to still do. It’s time to really kick my ass into gear and skipping the gym is NOT going to get me there.
Any and all encouragement is appreciated, even if I have my inner doubts.
WOD: 3 rounds
15 deadlifts @ 95lbs
20 sit ups
25 American KB Swings @ 35lbs
Today was a good lifting day. Goal was to get 3 heavy snatches. 2 misses max. Then scale back 10%. I made my first lift at 72lbs. My second I was in my head bc I had it up just didn’t follow through. Made my last lift. I stopped at 72lbs, happy with that weight even with a miss (my 1RM is 82- and that was on a not so good day...) So all that to say.... I’m working on staying over the bar!!!! And it’s all coming together and feeling great! Thanks coach Cruz! #BarbellClub#ACF#Oly#GirlsWhoLift#GettingMySnatch
Deadlifts: 100kgs X3!💪🎉
So today I had my first check in with my coach since my Bikini Comp. I have dropped more body fat! 😱😁👙🎉
At the start of peak week leading up to Comp I was sitting at exactly 15.0% body fat, today I as 14.7%! I am reverse dieting out of this comp so my food is slowly going up but our goal is to keep me lean this year, whilst increasing my food steadily so I can build some more lean muscle mass!
Just goes to show, a good coach and staying on track even after you’ve achieved your goal, is super important! Yes I’ve been eating more and yes I’ve had some treats BUT I have been consistent with my food, mindful of everything I ate/drank and I stuck to my workouts.
So next time you set yourself a goal to lose weight and you achieve that goal, don’t just go back to your old ways! You can slowly increase your food intake and have a few treats again and STAY LEAN! Consistency is key! Big love guys!😘💪🎉
Starting off block 4 with some major PRs! 70x1 bench | 90x4 squat
This was my first time doing a single on bench and my form was pretty off which definitely set me off, but not enough to still get through it!
My squats felt amazing, maybe the best ones yet!
I’m so proud of how far I’ve come in a short amount of time. Dedication and consistency is key 🔑
My short term goal is to reach 100lbs in bench and 115 in squat. I never would have thought this would be an obtainable goal for me, but I now see that anything is possible with a little hard work and dedication!
Tri’s for my guy today 💪🏽‼️ been loving arm days these past couple of weeks which is something I couldn’t have said when I first started lifting.
I grew up with parents, titos, and titas who were not afraid to let you know when you looked like you were gaining some weight, or when your arms and legs were “getting too big”. In traditional Filipino culture, the female beauty standard includes being just the right kind of slender/thin (I suspect so that male egos are appeased and leads them to believe they can provide value to women by “being the ‘man’ and doing all the [for a lack of a better term] heavy lifting and laborious work” — a conversation for another day). In the later part of my adolescence, I experienced self image issues that were partly fueled by familial chatter at parties — “you’re gaining a lot of weight! maybe you shouldn’t lift so much” or “na taba ka yata!”. Maybe that’s why I found so much comfort in lifting; I feel like a rebel when I get a gnarly pump 😈. Even now, when I’m told not to “get too big” or “get too muscular” in fear that I’ll ‘look like a man’ 😂😂😂, I train just a little bit harder to give people something a bit more to chew on at the next family party 😉 #chismes#lolbye
I’m sorry you deal with a daughter like this 😅
Me everyday 😘
PS Let’s be real, I makes life way more exciting and it would be rather boring without me keeping you on your toes
Happy #geminiseason 😉
Oh and thank you for letting me rant and rave about my day... everyday on the phone... you are my therapist if you didn’t know. Thanks for loving me at all my highs and even during my becoming less frequent lows 🥂 to a new job 💃🏻
“I only want to be on a team of encouragers”. I hate deadlifts. They’re super difficult for me with my injuries. The ACL, and MCL, coupled with the damaged Achilles and lack of range of motion in both areas makes it tricky. Years of gymnastics has made my lower back a problem area too.. (for the form junkies that will hate and be quick to critique me or discredit my lift, I question if you had my injuries and knew you couldn’t do it perfect, if you’d be trying as hard as I am daily..). Despite my loathing of deadlifts Pash had me do them anyway, and truthfully if I have the ability to do a lift, I’m blessed. That’s one thing I love about training with him, he doesn’t even acknowledge my limitations, and that’s never worked against me. Most of the time I achieve things I didn’t know I was capable of when put in that position. Other times I fail and that’s okay. When we struggle it means we are pushing ourselves and working hard! Pulled 225 for one but needed a spot on the chest to tackle my form issues. Thankful for all of his help! I have so much fun training with him! We stay laughing but still work hard. If you watch until the end, you can see Jess trying to teach me posing! She’s a master! I’m going to perfect it one day. 💧💧💧
“Surround yourself with people who lift you up and encourage you to your face AND behind your back. Part of self love is having higher standards for your inner circle. If people place doubt on how far you’ll go, go so far that you no longer hear them. Energy is contagious- it’s okay to protect your energy” .
New PR (185x3) I’m extremely proud of myself! Thanks to my friends for supporting me & giving me that push!!
I might be a tiny human that’s only 5ft tall but I can totally kick ass & lift more than twice the weight I am 💪🏼 #FeelingSoBuff#MyVeinsArePoppingOut