Friday, August 28, 2009

Power of Verbal Praise

Huong can be a tough cookie. She definitely knows how to motivate me by giving me her death look when I complain or start to doubt my strength. I admit that I'm one who pushes to see how far I can get with slacking off when I'm lazy or tired. Huong puts a quick stop to that. So when she says things like "You look good today" or "You are so wide" or "You need to take advantage of your natural athletic build," my self-esteem just shoots through the roof. Inside, I'm thinking, "Alright! My hard works is paying off!" and I lift that much more.

6 weeks out til the October 10th show and this morning Huong said that I looked good! Hurrah! Way to start the weekend! My goal tomorrow is to get 2 compliments out her during the group track workout… This will be tough as I'm not one for running :)

Yeah... I listen to what she says. She definitely knows what she's talking about.


Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Building momentum

Since the Transformation Contest, I had a medical set back. I was hospitalized for a week with perforated diverticulitis and was on doctors' orders to not return to the gym for the following four weeks. Five weeks off track, I was unable to compete in the Contra Costa show in early May. I rested most of June until I started regaining energy. Hitting the gym the first day back was painful because I had to start with the small weights since I had lost so much strength. The good thing is I'm pretty much in remission and only have a diet void of nuts and seeds (you don't realize how many things have seeds on them, until you can't eat them).

I've been getting in the mental mode of preparing for competition - figuring out a nutritious diet with lots of fiber, protein, non-starchy cards, and snacks that didn't consist of handfuls of almonds (I'm going to really miss Miss Mae's Almond Clusters!). For the most part, I have a very good idea of what and when I should be eating. Now need to work on consistency of my diet and timing of meals.

For training, I'm back to pushing myself to the limit. Strength is back. Training 2-3x per week with Huong (www.fithuong.com). To keep working out fun, I'm taking a beginner's hip hop class and possibly a beginner's breakdancing class (holla!) a couple nights a week. Being a GOOD dancer has definitely been on my to-do list. Very excited that I can incorporate it into my weekly routine! I'm also doing Huong and Wendy's "Hard-Core Bootcamp" on Saturday mornings in Campbell. I love traning, but I still dislike conditioning aka cardio. I think Huong just calls it conditioning in hopes of getting me past the negative associations I have with "cardio." Evil, but very necessary (oh… I made a Salt 'n Peppa allusion :) I was secretly estatic inside when Huong said that my running had improved during one of our track workouts… too bad that was just the first 200yd sprint that we did.

All the prep is so that I can step on stage for bikini (I know, not my first choice, but these girls are getting harder with each show) on October 10th for the SF show. Wish me luck!

Tight Curves Transformation Results

So I didn't ending being the "biggest loser" or "most transformed" at the end of the TC Challenge. Here are some photos from our fun photo shoot at Thi studios in Palo Alto.

the team
June did an amazing job as our official team photographer!
I can't find the original copy of the photo. In the small one, you can't see how my awkward expression :) "Looking natural" is tougher than I thought.
After a long day of make-up, hair, and pictures, we ventured out to Palo Alto. We found one restaurant that would take our party without a wait.