Secret Weapon #1 - Reminders
of my Journey
In January of this year I started a program for my clients
called GAP (Goal Assessment Program). My clients create a short term goal
and for every new goal they start they start with a different colored
wristband (like the live strong wristbands). I decided to apply this to my
goals and my training. I am going to wear a different wrist band for each
show. For Fitness Atlantic on April 16 my wristband was white, for Central
US Championships my wristband was cream, for build and break before worlds
my wristband was lavender, and for the WBFF World Championship and my pro
debut my wristband is pink. I wear it all the time. It is a great reminder
even when I am at dinner with friends and getting so much pressure from them
to eat something bad "it's just one bite", or drink something I don't want
"it's just one sip"...that these are my goals not there's. What is really
cool is that you can write on your wristband with a sharpee marker or you
can order a single wristband with a msg already printed on them. This is my
wristband and I kind of like the sharpee. It makes it more real, organic,
and personal for me. www.wristbands-with-a-message.com.
Secret Weapon #2 - Secret Weapon Cardio
So we all have to step up our cardio before we compete, but
I hate cardio. So rather than stepping up the amount of cardio I completely
change what I use for cardio. I would normally do step, or spin, or run...So
when I am getting ready for a show I do the same duration of cardio but I
use a HELIX...It's like an elliptical but instead of peddling forward and
back you peddle in and out. The HELIX really is my cardio secret weapon 3
weeks out from show.
Secret Weapon #3 -
Eating Clean Made Easy
Eating clean for me is very easy, but eating really
structured can become a little bit challenging because I am so busy. It is
difficult to eat on time and to eat exactly what I'm supposed to during the
5 minute breaks between fitness classes I teach. Every Sunday I prep my
meals for the week; but that is not enough. I also prep my Post It's. So, my
secret weapon #3 is the Post It. On Sunday I post on my fridge a Post It for
every day of the week with my meals for that day written on the post it. As
I eat a meal or pack a meal to take with me it is checked off the Post It. I
save all my post its week after week until the show is over. If I love the
way my body looks like on stage (not if I won or not) I journal those meals.
This journal will become the framework for the meals I use to prepare for my
next show. If I feel I came in too hard or too soft I go back and look at
the Post Its, alter them and then journal what my diet is going to look like
for the next show. So needless to say I go through a lot of Post Its; but I
Secret Weapon #4 - Finding Peace During a Very Restless Time
We all have competition secret weapons that have to do with
the way we workout. I have already told you about Helix for my cardio. My
next workout secret weapon is Power Yoga. I do yoga all year long, but
starting 5 weeks out I step it up with a very specific yoga class. I drive
45 minutes once or twice per week to Bryan Kest's Power Yoga in Santa Monica
and a class by an instructor named Vytas. A mix between traditional Ashtanga
Yoga, Kest's Power Yoga, and a little bit of general fitness with a yoga
flare; this class never disappoints. It is not only instructionally dynamic,
challenging and mind clearing; but the environment from the room to the
people I am surrounded by is exactly what I need during this time.This
packed room full of a variety of yoga styles and levels pushes me in a way
nothing else can; especially when I'm exhausted and depleted. I am
completely drenched with sweat by the end, I feel energized, I am at peace
with myself and the world around me, and my body is flexible. I think Vytas'
quote explains it best for me, "Try dropping out of the rat race for a mere
hour and a half. Leave that insanity at the door and join us." I think every
single competitor can relate.
Secret Weapon #5 - My French Pedicure
Here is one of my most treasured competition secret weapons.
We all love to have french pedicures for a fitness show, but it is so
frustrating when they chip before we ever make it to stage. Well, have you
ever heard of Shellac....Shellac is this amazing permanent and no chip nail
polish. I love it. I can even do my fitness routine without it chipping. It
really is that amazing. So call a couple of nail studios and ask for a
Shellac French Manicure....
Secret Weapon #6 - Goal Planning
Creating and maintaining focus during such a long
competition season is a big challenge for me. In addition I find that having
a busy personal life will distract me from my fitness and business goals.
Conversely, having a busy fitness/competition life will distract me from my
personal and business goals. So finding harmony among all 3 aspects for me
is the hardest part about competing. Last year I went through a very
difficult time in my personal life where my goals and dreams were shattered
in a single day; but I had to pick myself up by my bootstraps and make the
best of a challenging situation (like so many of us have to). I went to
visit my good friend Alex Navarro and as I sat on her bed feeling sorry for
myself I looked up and saw her dream board. It reminded me of when I did
those in my 20's and how great it was for me. I returned home from that trip
and made my dream board and it was the best thing I could have done last
year; and I will continue to make a dream board for the rest of my life. I
include my person goals like "only love the deserving"; and my professional
goals like "host a booth at the IHRSA convention"; and my fitness goals like
"Eat clean 6 days per week" and "Do yoga 2 days per week". I hang my dream
board right outside my closet and bathroom, so every morning I have to take
a look at it. One last thing I do is add to it. There are fun shapes of
paper on it and as something special happens to me or I hear a great saying
I add that to my board. Lastly, I add mementos to the board to remind of
special things as they happen; a plane ticket for a special trip, a fortune
cookie from my best girls wedding, and most recently the top 5 medal and
blue scarf from the opening number of the WBFF Fitness Atlantic competition.
This really is a great way to remind myself of the many things that take me
off course, create an imbalance in my life, and distract me from all the
things that mean so much to me.
My dream board then...
My dream board now...
Secret Weapon #7 - Motivation When I Need it Most
Motivation is the key component to being successful in life.
I have a lot of little things that motivate me from my bracelets, to my
dream board; but a friend of mine turned me onto a clothing company a little
while ago. I have always been somebody that has gone against the grain in
life. People have always told me I couldn't do something and I proved them
wrong and did it. When I was a child I was a champion Equestrian and people
told me unless your parents are rich you will never win. Well guess what, my
parents aren't rich, and guess what, I won!!! I bought horses that were on
their last legs intended for the killers (this is not a joke) and won
against horses that people paid 100's of thousands of dollars for. A few
years ago I saw something with this Pole Fitness thing. I am a business
woman and I want to do pole fitness so their have to be other women like me.
I told my friends in the fitness industry that I was going to develop a
legitimate pole fitness program and teacher training program. Everybody
laughed at me. Well guess what I am the pioneer in the pole fitness industry
and I was first to have my program 3rd party validated. Then I wanted to
compete in Fitness and I wanted to use my pole as my prop. I was told you
will never win with that pole. I was told I was a one hit wonder that can't
do anything else. Also my judges score card said "stripping isn't fitness".
Seriously I am an acrobat not a stripper. So, what did I do. I created pole
fitness routines that had more strength moves then any other competitor. I
knew the judges wouldn't give me any recognition for my strength moves on my
pole so I did a minimum of 6 strength moves on my pole and an additional 6
strength moves on the floor. Well guess what, I did win on a national and an
international level. So every single time anybody has said I can't or I
won't I have told them I will, I have, and I did!!!
So, this is my new favorite clothing company "Say I Won't". Say I won't
reminds me every day what I stand for. I have this sticker in my studio on
the top of my pole. I love what I do and I love changing the face of fitness
every chance I get.
Secret Weapon #8 -
Stop Using Bikini Bite and Start Using Tupe Tape
Hello Ladies...we all know that having our suits crawl up
our bumms on stage is not only really irritating, but it is also really
distracting and can be pretty embarrassing. Most competitors use Bikini Bite
or Spray Adhesive which both work great, but they don't travel very well and
get really messy. Well what most of you don't know is that I have worked as
a costume tech. and designer for the musical theater stage since I was 16;
and I have learned some amazing tricks. Toupee Tape is a double sided sticky
tape that is used to hold toupee's on sweaty heads and I use these to hold
down anything. When you use Bikini Bite you have to turn to the competitor
next to you and say "excuse me do you mind"...then the competitor peals back
your suit exposing your ass and maybe a little more and with her face in all
of your business has to apply, stick and push. With toupee tape I place it
into the suit and then I just step in. No adjustments needed once it's on. 2
words of caution you have to stick it correctly the first time cause it is
really really sticky. Also, hollywood fashion tape is not the same and in
fact I don't like it. I tend to "glow" on stage (AKA sweat a little) and
hollywood fashion tape would slip. The best toupee tape to get is the short
strips either straight or curved, I prefer curved, but do not get the kind
on a roll. It is super cheap. A 2 year supply is about $14. Here is a link
to a site that carries it or any beauty supply that sells hair, wigs or
extensions should have it, but they typically keep it behind the front desk.
Good luck ladies and keep up the great work.
Secret Weapon #9 - The Best Cooler I have Found
Competing in itself is challenging you have to be organized
and prepared and live in discomfort and isolation; but for most of us that
compete it is an amazing experience. I love it!!!
So, in order for me to compete and limit the negative impact competing has
on my life, so I can enjoy it that much more, I have learned some really
cool things. I call these my competition secret weapons.
My #9 weapon is the 6 Pack Cooler
6 Pack is a company that developed a Meal Management System for competitors.
They make it so easy for competitors to travel wit food. It is set up with
dividers, drawers, pockets, places to put shakers, bottles, supplements,
etc. You will love this system.
The small one is plenty big, fits under the seat in front of you on a plane,
is light weight, and retails for $69.99 which is well worth the investment.
www.6packbags.com, get one today you will love it!!!
Secret Weapon #10 - Protecting the GOODS!!!
So this is a very delicate conversation specifically for the
ladies. I have been competing for well over 5 years. Since the beginning I
have gotten terrible yeast infections every single show. I first thought it
was from the diet, but that has changed throughout the year. Then I thought
it was from the water loading, but I don't always do that. Then I thought it
was from the sodium loading, but I don't always do that. I finally figured
it out 2 years ago it is from the overspray from the tanning products. So I
started wearing an itty bitty tiny g string when I tanned and they went away
but I don't want any lines or anything. Then I started the research process
and tried/researched 10 different tanning products. Same thing happens with
all of them. Then I got this bright idea...Panty Liners. Hallelujah. I take
a panty liner that is intended for thong panties. I face it sticky side
toward me and stick it on to me. PROBLEM SOLVED!!! Now I use pantzies....
Secret Weapon #11 -
Getting Water Down the Hatch!!!
So when we are in competition season much of the time it is
the little things that bring us joy on a daily basis. For me, I start to get
very testy by the end of my week. I start feeling like each next meal I have
to eat is a chore and my next bottle of water is an inconvenience. The
inconvenience of water is two fold getting it in and getting it out. I feel
like I spend my entire day in the bathroom; unfortunately I can't fix this
problem as much as I'd like to. But I have found a little secret weapon to
get the water in. I love BIG THICK STRAWS... At Smart and Final one day I
could not find regular straws to go in my competition makeup kit (by the way
you should always have these. Great way to sip water and not mess up your
makeup or spill on your tan) so I was forced to purchase Milk Shake Straws.
OMG that might have been the best day of my life. I stuck one in a 16 oz cup
of water and in 3 drinks it was gone. So, my competition secret weapon #11
is the Milk Shake Straw. I can help you get the water in and your gonna have
to handle getting it out.
Secret Weapon #12 -
So I have shared quite a few of my secret weapons and I only
have a couple more for you. This one is one of my favorites My Binder. Yes
it is as simple as that. I keep a binder of everything I have learned over
the last few years. It has tons of tabs in it. Tabs include things like
Tanning, Makeup, Hair, Competition Suits, Off Season Workouts, In Season
Workouts, 5 weeks from Comp Workouts, 5 days to Show Workouts, Off Season
Nutrition, In Season Nutrition, 5 weeks from Comp Nutrition, 5 days to Show
Nutrition, and Ask the Experts. I then put my show prep for a specific show
inside a manila folder in the front of the binder. I carry this with me
everywhere I go when I am prep'ing for a show. It is another visual aide
that makes show prep so much easier. Lastly, on the outside of my folder I
write down sayings that make me feel powerful and successful.
Secret Weapon #13 -
I have a terrible problem with under arm sweat back stage.
So what I do is take 2 car buffing pads, pictured below, and place them
under my arms. They absorb the sweat and make my armpits look fresh on
stage. You can get these where any automotive supplies are sold.
Secret Weapon #13 -
Touch it UP
IThese are a must have back stage. I use them to touchup any
tanner and to lay on a coat of shine over my tan. They are perfect for the