almost show time

I thought it would be good to recap my activities leading up to tomorrow’s show; I had quite a few things going on. Work was relatively chill this week, I had a few things I had to get done but overall stress free; I took Thursday and Friday (today) off from work so I can run my errands for the show. Last Sunday, I did a photo shoot, I had a mid-term on Monday (I think it went well), I went to my BodPod appointment on Thursday, and got my tanning done today.

because the glass really is half full
After months of training, I think it’s safe to say that I’m currently in “the best shape of my life” {apologies for the cliché} soooo I decided to do a fitness inspired photo shoot to celebrate it {you know, just in case I need proof}. I really just wanted to do it to serve as a point-in-reference of this time in my life. I have a lot of positive things going on; I’m healthy, I have a great support system with my friends and family, I have an amazing boyfriend and things are smooth sailing for both work and school (getting my MBA). I have nothing to complain about – the glass really is half full.

I decided to do my shoot with Katie from kdPhotographyBoston; she was great! We first took some shoots at a yoga studio and then went to the nearby shore line for some outside shots. It was beautiful out and I wasn’t really planning on incorporating the outdoors into my shoot but I’m glad we did (Katie suggested it). Below are some sneak peaks that she posted on her Facebook page, I’m excited to see how the rest come out.

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when is enough enough?
So just a little background information on my training: I have a 3 day split for strength training and I do HIIT (high intensity interval training) 6 times a week so that pretty much means I go to the gym six times a week {I’m so good at math – Dave would be proud}. This also means I’m a gym “regular” {that sounds… weird}, needless to say, the gym staff know me. Last week as I was entering the gym one of the trainers stops me and asks me how much longer will I be doing this for {ummm, excuse me?}, he proceeds to tell me that I’ve been doing a good job at losing weight and getting toned {oh, well thank you} but, and I quote, “when is enough enough?” {huh?}. At this point all I could do was laugh, what do I say to that? I mentioned that I was training for something (although I never specified) and yes, it does require me to train 6 times a week so chances are you’ve seen me a lot. The conversation continues for a little bit longer, he even offered to give me information about becoming a trainer {no, thank you}. At this point, all I wanted to do was end the conversation so I could get my pump on. After a couple of days, I find myself still being annoyed at his comment. Even after this competition I plan to continue to train; when I decided to prioritize fitness into my life I did it for me, the decision to compete was only after I incorporated healthy eating habits and committed myself to the gym.

i’m ready
As I sit here with my icky {and very dark} tan I reflect on the journey that has brought me here. One of things that surprised me the most about embarking in this process is the level of commitment I gave it. Let me tell you that by no means was this easy. In retrospect, the hard part was not the 6x a week workouts, it was  everything else… it was hard to say no to free drinks and yummy sliders at work related networking events and skipping on beautifully seasoned steak with baked sweet potatoes at Dave’s family dinner {I demand a re-do!} – it was these tough times that truly tested my commitment. I also abstained from alcohol {this really isn’t as hard as you think} – in fact I still have a bottle of wine that I bought from my trip to Spain back in March! Getting back on a balanced healthy eating routine is what I’m most looking forward to. That excitement manifested itself in the creation of this blog – I have so many ideas and recipes I want to try that I wanted a venue in which to share. Back to the topic at hand, everything is packed: teeny weeny bikini check, stripper heels check, obnoxious rhinestone jewelry check, fatty treats [#icantwait #youshouldbejelly #getinmybelly] check, happiness and excitement… umm ok, yes… check. Ok, looks like I’m ready.