Tag Archive: weightlifting


MVM: Pain is Temporary

Monday, April 29th, 2013

Hello Dollies,

The end of the month is here! I swear time just flies when you get older. I wish it could just slow down as slow as it was when I was 20. Dang it!

Today’s motivational video was a game changer for me. It was what finally clicked in me and told me to get organized! For a year and three months I have been battling with this 135-145lbs body. In a year I went from 220 to 140lbs, but since then I have not been able to make much improvement. One of my most frustrating things has been my belly. It just won’t budge. It wont! I keep trying exercise after exercise, but NADA. Now I am not ungrateful for all of my hard work because it has changed my body to look much toner.

One of the things I realized, a few months ago, was that my diet really had to change if I really wanted the belly to change. I had to buckle down and not only eat a clean diet, but a clean designated diet. That means that I would have to plan my meals. Oh how I did not like this idea, I am still not a great fan of it. I kept putting it aside and putting it aside, ignoring the reality facing me. It is no secret that food is key to belly change along with exercise.

It wasn’t until I saw this video that I became determined to make the change. To stop the excuses of “I don’t want to get bored with my food, I don’t have time to plan it all, I don’t want to be eating chicken every day, I like variety in my diet.” It was when I saw those men in the kitchen creating their meals that the truth slapped me across the face. If what I truly desired was a smaller belly then I had to do what they were doing. I had to cook my meals, measure them, and prepare them the cleanest way possible. If I wanted to change my life, I had to change my focus, again. I had changed focus two years ago and accomplished what I set myself to do. Now it was time for another change. It was time to stop wasting my time and see my hard work across my body.

I know what I am worth and I will go for it. I am worth a lot more than variety in my diet. I am worth a lot more than eating a fruit whenever I want. I am worth a lot more than a handful of unplanned nuts. I am worth a lot more than food. Food serves me and not the other way around. Food is meant to create the beauty I desire and nothing more. I believe this step of planning my meals will get me closer to changing my mentality to that.

What is the next change for you? Are you ready to sacrifice what you are, for what you will become.

xoxo,

Bianca

P.S. I do quite enjoy the energy and speech Mike Tyson gives. Its quite exhilarating. 😀

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Monday, April 22nd, 2013

Hello Dollies and Gents!

I hope you woke up with a smile on your face and a thankfulness to the world that your eyes opened this morning. Today’s motivational video comes from MuscleProdigyTV on youtube. Off the bat though, a little warning, it is a little hard to hear the words behind the music. The music is a little too loud. So you will have to pay a little more attention. Yet the intensity is there. I love seeing bodybuilding men. Not necessarily because I think they are hot, which that much muscle kinda doesn’t really turn me on, but because it amazes me what the mind and body can create. It amazes me to see how men can commit to something so hard and accomplish it with hard work and dedication. It’s art.

One of the things that got triggered for me is about failing and trying again, not giving up. As I have mentioned before weight loss never stops for people who were as overweight as I was. For people, like me, that food has become a drug. It is an endless battle that I fight every single day. Every single day I have to say no to a million things, especially when I am out and about.

I have had to come to terms with my own mini failures as well. There have been meals, in which not only did I not eat healthy, but also lacked the will to go and work-out. Time in which I spent endlessly hating myself for being sedentary, instead of doing what I know its right. Those have been my failures. Before my failures used to be driving through the McDonalds drive-thru or eating a slice of cake. Each time though, that I did fail, that I did not stay true to what I knew was best for my body I would get up again and try again. I have not given up. It is harder to give up now that I am thinner, but even when I was at 210lbs and had eaten that cookie I wasn’t supposed to, I didn’t give up. I didn’t give up on my diet, on my exercise, on myself, and to those I was committed to. I picked myself from that floor I had thrown myself onto and tried again.

I tried so many times and failed so many times, but here I am now, 85 lbs. later. Will the failures stop now? Will I always follow my rules of being at the gym at least 5 times a week and eating a clean diet? I believe I will, but I know that if I do fail it will not stop me. I will not lay there and be trampled by failures. I will have the integrity and courage to get up and get back on my feet. I will be different. I will learn and as long as the getting up part is one more than the failure part I will be ok. I will be great. I will not be a sheep, I choose to fight, live and not die. I choose to live the life I want.

Next time you fail, next time you have that chocolate you weren’t supposed to, next time you make the choice not to go to the gym, just know you just need to get back up again. Make your courage stronger than your fear. Be who you were meant to be. Be different, be unique, be you.

xoxo,

Bianca

Thursday April 18th, 2013

Heeelllllooooooooo.

Alrigties I have two videos for you all today. Music is very important for my work outs. It is what keeps me pushing set after set, especially towards the end when I have been pushing for an hour or so. One of THE songs that just gives me that oomph….that mean push to keep going is Mercy by Kanye West.

I use this song for my hard exercises. Here is an example in which I ALWAYS use this song for. I use it a lot during my leg days, but especially at the end when I do Barbell Step-Ups. In these exercises you put a barbell over your shoulders, like you do when you are going to do a squat, then step up and down on a platform.

http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/detail/view/name/barbell-step-ups

Depending on the day I can go from having 20lbs to 30lbs on the barbell. Then I push to do at least 12 reps for sets 1 and 2. During that time the song plays almost to the end and I have to restart it at some point. By the time I get to the 3rd set I am set up at the beginning of Kanye’s part. On my third set I set myself up to do 12 reps in each leg. After those 12 reps I begin alternating my legs as I step up and down the platform. I keep going until the end of the song. I do not let myself stop until the song has stopped. By the end not only is my heart rate up, but I am a little sweaty and feeling like a BEAST! I feel so strong and powerful. Like yeah! I just did all that and now WHAT?! I am also finished and ready to hit the showers….that is why I leave it until the end.

I just like the pace of the song and the intensity of it. I do need that male energy in my head blazing when pushing hard. I don’t know what it is…..probably the testosterone energy they are giving off, but I just need that. Not a love song or a club beat, but a hard core song. Which is what this song provides. No, I do not know all the lyrics and I am sure they are not all nice, but whatevers. It is not what matters to me. What matters is that it can trigger my motivation to keep pushing. Have an awesome Thursday!

Mercy by Kanye West

(This is the explicit version.)

Bodybuilding.com: Finding your plan

Hello Dollies,

I am super excited to share with you one of the websites that has helped me so much to not only loose weight, but tone up. I discovered this website perhaps about a year and a half ago. I was starting to get into weight lifting and was looking for a place to learn how to do the exercises properly. http://www.bodybuilding.com popped up and since then I have been hooked.

I mostly used this website to guide my way through weights. I was pretty confident on my cardio routine and did not use it for that. Now what is super awesome about this website, is that they give you full written out plans that any beginner can start using. In this entry I will show you how to find a plan.

  1. You launch the wesbite: www.bodybuilding.com  It will take you to something similar to this:

  2. You will want to go to your left hand side and click the FIND A PLAN link.

  3. Once you click there it will take you to a page that looks like this:

  4. Then it will be three steps…Click your gender (Female for me), what is your goal (muscle building for me), and Age (20-39 for me).

     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. The website will then take you to a list of plans. Then it is up to you to find one that either fits your time or your interest.        My very first plan was the one from Jamie Easton 12 Week Tone and Define Program:

 

 

 

Now as mentioned before the AWESOME thing about this website is that it gives you the program ALL LAID out for you. Day by Day, week after week. Until the end of the program. This is how Day ONE looks for the 12 week program.

 

The next awesomeness is that this website tells you and teaches you how to do EVERY Single movement. So for example lets say I have no idea what the Freehand Jump Squat is. Then I would click on it and go to the Full Details page. Not only will they give me a video that shows me how to do the exercise:

 

They also give you pictures of how you should start and end each rep.

 

They ALSO give you a written description along with a body highlighting the muscles you should be focusing on during the exercise.

 

Then they provide you with alternatives in case you don’t feel like you can accomplish this exercise and need something different!

 

An to top it off they provide an option to print out the exercises! =O I mean isn’t that just COOL!

On the next entry I will look more into the detail of the exercise pages. On this entry I really just wanted to introduce you to the awesomeness of this website and encourage you to use it! This website has been my exercise bible. It is what I rely on. The great thing is that if I view the videos on my android I can download them directly to my phone which is SWEEEEEEEEEETTTTTTTTT!!!!! *giggles* I LOVE that part.

Please do check them out! What I mentioned is one little part of all they have to offer. They also have fat loss focused plans. I hope you guys give them a REAL try and then follow their plans. Once you get more comfy with them you can start creating your own. Which is what I am doing this week. =)

Happy weight loss my dollies. 

xoxo,

Bianca

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