Your slight edge

In terms of training, Thursday was  a “meh” kind of day. I trained my back, and it was just OK. Nothing worth writing about. That happens sometimes. No big deal. Those “meh” workouts, the ones that you do even when you don’t really want to, are probably the most important …. nothing fancy, just getting the job done, you know?

So the workout isn’t worth writing about. What is worth writing about is a podcast I listened to before work. The podcast itself had to do with my Isagenix business. But the underlying message reaches far beyond business — it’s about giving yourself the slight edge toward success in everything you do.

How do you do give yourself the slight edge?

By working. Again, not glamorous, but it’s the little extra bits of work and diligence that make the difference between succeeding and settling.

It’s easy to occasionally skirt the edges of work. To kind-of/sort-of work. To take a break when you’re kind of tired, because you’re kind of tired, even though there are a few things you probably could/should do. It’s easy to leave things till tomorrow.

If you do that often enough, though, you’re left with a whole lot of things that didn’t get done. The person who took those few extra minutes to get those extra little things done even though they weren’t really “into it” will have an edge, yes?

Put that into something like losing weight. That one cookie isn’t going to make a difference really — that’s kind of/sort of dieting. But that one cookie several times WILL make a difference in your outcome. It’s about consistency, about willingness to do what others aren’t, about going that extra mile/foot/inch.

That’s what gives you the slight edge: the decision not to half-step your life. If you’re gonna do it, you might as well do it all the way, right?

(P.S. truth: After I initially published this, I went to brush my hair to get ready for work. Shoulders and back = ouch! That back workout might not have felt stellar, but it sure did work! Glad I did it even though my head wasn’t in it.)

Here goes nuttin’ :)

I’m airing it all out for everyone to see, right here: exactly what I do to get ready for a competition. I’m kind of nervous about doing this because I’m afraid something will happen — as it has during the past two years — for me not to follow through and I’ll look like a quitter. I don’t like to be a quitter. Part of my head isn’t even IN the competition game, truthfully. But I want a goal, I enjoy parts of the prep process (I do not enjoy forgoing the occasional cookie and bucket o’ popcorn), and I feel as if it’d be good for me to push through my comfort zones and fix some things that discouraged me about the past shows I participated in. Plus, let’s face it, I’m not getting any younger, and I think it’d be awesome to rock the figure stage at this age. 🙂

I have a couple (few? several?) shows in mind, but I’m not yet committing to any of them. One is 8 weeks away, others are deep into the summer/fall. Financing the competitions — hotels, fees, travel, tanning, etc. etc. — is part of the deal. No credit cards for this chickie!

I’ve blogged privately — for a small circle of close friends — for years, but this is the first time I’m laying it all out for the public. I’m kind of freaked out by it. Warning: contest prep is boring. heh. But I’m going to be doing some new/crazy things this time to get ready, which should be fun.

Here’s a quick wrap-up of the week so far.

Monday: I trained legs … high volume, moderate reps (12), supersets: squats, romanian deadlifts, stepups, leg extensions, leg curls, not necessarily in that order. And then I ran 10 incline sprints on the treadmill, which I do not love. It was the first time I’ve used my “barefoot” shoes, and it took a couple of sprints to get the hang of running in them. I like them a lot. My sprints were not so fast as I am not a runner — I think 5 percent incline at 8 mph? It was the first time, I’ll get better. 🙂 Mostly, I was worried about falling off the treadmill. Heh.

Tuesday: Chest and shoulders day. My strength is finally starting to get back to where it was before I got sick last fall (I didn’t work out for about 7 weeks after developing pneumonia). Yay! Another superset/volume day. Then, later, I got to teach a bonus BodyCombat class. For the record, teaching classes throws a bit of a monkey wrench into my training, and bonus classes throw machetes at it.

Right now, my biggest challenge is getting my meals in order. (Isn’t that EVERYONE’S biggest challenge? LOL!)

Meals (I will only bore you with Monday). There are a few problems with this configuration that I have to figure out, but I’ll get it.

rising: Cleanse for Life/Ionix Supreme. Coffee, vitamins/product B
M1: 1 egg, 4 egg whites, 1/4 cup black beans, 1/4 cup salsa, 2 tbsp. lowfat shredded cheddar cheese
M2: scoop Isalean, scoop IsaPro, greens
M3: 3 oz lean ground beef, 1/4 cup quinoa, 2 cups green beans
M4: 2 scoops Isalean, .5 ounce almonds
M5: 3.5 oz ground beef, 2 cups spinach, 1 orange, 1 tbsp. flax oil
2 tbsp. natural peanut butter
Vitamins/Product B

On tap for Wednesday: Zumba and BodyFlow. No weights! It’s a recovery day. Sort of. heh.