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There comes a time in every athlete’s life where they have to step back from the weight room and their regimens and into their personal lives. This means workouts on the back burner. Yes, I said it; backburner. It has not only been a mental challenge to this once conditioned, bull-headed, no excuse fitness guru, but it has been disheartening and life altering. Once I stepped outside of my norm, I saw a whole new life, through a new set of eyes. It’s like a domino effect, and I knew I quickly had to make a move before the whole stack tumbled.
Then it tumbled and I was back to the start. I could sit around and cry about it, complain, and make the whole world around me miserable or I could stand back up on my two feet, wipe off the dust, and get back into the gym…..and that is exactly what I’m doing.
One month of not going to the gym can nearly destroy your entire condition and strength. (Especially for a woman who has only been on the fitness trail for a year and a half--- I don’t have the developed muscle maturity of some.) But so what? If I did it once, I can do it again, and odds are I’m coming out better, stronger, and my drive… well it’s 5am and I’m already plotting my next workout in the gym and my next steps in life.
Until now, working out was the only thoughts on my mind, nowadays, after stepping back from the competition light I see I used it as an escape, and made it an unhealthy and hostile addiction. Now, I see how I can channel it in a healthy manner and achieve the same results from it.
There are going to be some people who remember me as “the girl who left it all behind to make her dreams come true”. I admittedly did that. I gave up everything. I can see I was steered into the direction that it was what I had to do in order to get to the top. At the time I didn’t know how to handle it all. I was working 50-60 hours a week and training day and night on top of that. It left me with no family time and a broken relationship and friendships.
However, after the stage lights have dimmed and the music stopped I see the real meaning behind a healthy lifestyle and exactly where competing and working out fits into life. I no longer feel trapped into, “I can’t meet you tonight I have to workout.” Or “I can’t attend this function because there will be food”. So what, I can miss a workout, and I can eat that piece of pizza. The world won’t end if I can’t hit the gym, it’s all about a healthy perspective and respect towards yourself and others that will make one a success in their fitness endeavors.
I may not be going to the gym twice a day now, and I am just starting back up on my supplement regimen (after an 8 week cycle off), but just wait until you hear about my new workout routines. They will make my old ones look boring and obsolete. I’m stepping out of my norm, incorporating nature and life into my workouts, and putting HMB back into my system. Anyone who has doubts on HMB will become believers when they see some progress pictures over the course of the next 8 weeks…and I hope the world is watching, because I’m more dangerous than before and I’ll be the one at the gym making more noise than the big boys! BRING IT!