I’m going to post random things you may not know about me:
My true age:32
I have 1 child-a daughter
I’m happily married
I love stunting sport bikes
I love drag racing
I love dirt track racing
I love to hunt & fish
I skeet shoot better than most guys!
My favorite orange: Cara Cara ot Halo
My favorite drink: Aloe Juice
I workout 7 days a week
I am an entrepreneur
I play softball on both all men’s league as well as coed.
I am a youth sports mentor
My favorite sport is volleyball
I’m trained in: many various martial arts
I love lifting weights and despise cardio
My secret guilt, I love flaky pastries & little Debbie makes me her bitch!
I have a pit bull, boarder collie, & shih tzu.
I’m going to post random things you may not know about me:
As you can see I am pretty lean right now because this picture was taken today. I was prepared for the Miss Street Machine Nationals in Duquoin, Illinois. That was going to be tomorrow at 2:30 p.m., but plans have changed yet again. You know I love it when plans change!
I had registered with the Miss Street Machine Nationals. Then one thing after another seemed to fall apart. The air goes out on both of my vehicles. My friend volunteers to drive his Dodge extended-cab pickup truck with air. Then his air goes out on his pickup also. I was going to have have a spray tan, so the thought of driving four and a half hours into Illinois seemed ridiculous. My tan would have melted off by the time I got there.
I guess the thing that made me decide to change my mind was when I watched the weather last night. My worst fear was my tan melting off, but then I find out it’s going to rain up there at the time of the competition. At that point I realized it was pointless to even go. So I decided not to go.
It would have been fun to go and see 3,000 hot rods. It would have been great practice for posing for NPC. It just didn’t seem worth it for my point of view. I also got the opinion of my good friend Brittany Lynn from Las Vegas, Nevada. She agreed it was pointless to go.
So I did a mini prep for nothing, but then again a good practice for discipline and willpower. I slimmed up a bit in the process, & so I’m pretty well good to go on bikini season at the pool!
I’m not bummed, everything happens for a reason, and this just wasn’t meant to be.
How easy is it for us to blame everyone and everything that’s wrong in our own lives? We look around ourselves and we find that we are unhappy with the life that only we chose to create. Then there are those that look down on you for being successful and happy and they are the ones that are unhappy with their own lives. There is such a thing as being a great and positive person with the best of intentions towards everyone and everything, and then stuff gets rough and you can’t seem to catch a break. Who doesn’t this happen to? I know what happens to me on a daily basis. One minute things are great and you’re in heaven, and then the next minute it seems like your life is hell.
If you look for pain, dysfunction, drama, being broke, and struggling that means you have looked for every excuse in the book to why you’re not successful. It’s not your childhood or the environment you grew up in because I know some of the most successful in America, & those people are people that have grown up in the worst shitholes of America. Don’t be that lazy bum person that’s full of excuses as to why you’re not winning. You are the only reason you’re not winning in life. This blog isn’t to tear you down, but rather open your eyes.
You can do the same thing over and over and over again expecting different results, but five years later you will still be where you are today. The other option to that horrible situation is that you look up at the mountain in front of you. You can start today to climb that mountain and eventually reach its peak. Maybe not now, but definitely!
I know it’s not easy. Nothing good ever came easy. I’ve been told that my dreams are pipe dreams and that I cannot achieve my dreams. I’ve been told there’s no possible way to achieve my goals and that the things in life that I want I will never be able to do or have. Why? Because your dream died? Mine shouldn’t live? Oh! But my dream will live! I’m going to fight back for what I believe in, what I want to achieve, my own dreams, and my goals. I’m not just fighting for myself! I’m fighting for my friends, my family, and I will make certain I will fight back!
See, the crazy thing about greatness and being a champion, is that no one expected anyone to make it. In that same breath I go out, and I do it anyway just to prove them wrong. Greatness isn’t about having money. Greatness is about the achievements, about doing something great for others, doing stuff when others doubt it, it’s about listening to the doubters, and making those doubters eat their words. Today and each and every day hereafter is the day I will walk all over my enemies. I will reach that moment in my life when I become that person that others can look to and say she went through it and I can do it too. As humans we feed off one another. As humans we tend to look up to someone that’s great like they’re special, but they’re just like everyone else. Everyone is imperfect. Even I have people that I look up too, so that means each and everyone of you are exactly like me.
Each day I’m tested by life in a like manner. If I persist and I continue to try to move forward I will succeed! I’m not a sheep needing prodded by my shepherd. I’m alone, and I don’t live or lie down with the sheep.
I will not hear those who weep or complain. For those who weep and complain are a disease, and that disease is contagious. Let them join the sheep with the rest of the flock. This is not a house of failure, and I will persist until I succeed! Never will I consider defeat even though I know it will happen. When defeat finds me it will not define me, and it will make me stronger. The words I can’t or impossible are simply words of fools. Those foolish words will simply be ripped from my vocabulary forever.
I will toil forever and always keeping mine eyes on the gold and the prize at the end of the road. I know from where the driest desert ends, the new world will arise for myself. I will try again and again defeating each obstacle. I’ll consider every obstacle and derailment a mere detour and challenge to my own profession.
Don’t let the biggest enemy be the enemy within your own mind. I know for myself my own mind is my worst enemy. Whether it’s working out, cleaning the house, or just doing something stupid I have to be the hardest person on myself. I really don’t even give my husband the opportunity to get all over me for anything because I’m so hard on myself. I’ve slowly come to realize that I am my own enemy half of the time. The other half comes from the BS you put with from everyone else.
As I have said at the end of some of my other post… in the Cowboys locker room it says be your best regardless of the circumstances!
I cried myself to sleep that night. All I wanted was my mother. When I woke up that morning I thought it was all a bad dream. You know the kind you have when you wake up in a sweat in your own bed, but you’re at home and it was nothing more than a bad dream.
When I opened my eyes I saw the sweetest thing in the world. It was what I have been wanting, it was my mama. I started to cry, but it hurt too bad to cry in my chest and my shoulder. All I could do was lay there & simply look at my mom and just let the tears roll down my cheeks. I still had no clue if my family was dead or alive. All I know is there was a car wreck and it wasn’t a nightmare. The comfort of having your mother there is the sweetest feeling in the world. I know I’m a hard-ass, but even a hard-ass needs their mother.
My mother then uttered the best words I’ve ever heard in my life! I wasn’t the only Survivor! My husband and my daughter are both alive!
My mom explained that my daughter was two floors below me in the children’s unit and was perfectly fine. Oh! My heart was so relieved. My angel, my sweet perfect angel, was alive and I wasn’t the only survivor. I don’t know if I could have lived without my daughter! Half of the weight was lifted off my shoulders at that point. The question remained, what about my husband?
My mom then tells me that my husband is sitting in the Baxter County Jail in Arkansas. I know most people would be upset knowing their husband was in jail, but the relief knowing he was just still alive was enough. I was actually happy he was in jail. Now the question remained, what the heck is going on? Why is he in jail? What the hell happened while I was asleep? I I fell asleep in a car, woke up in the hospital, and now my husband’s in jail?
Could this possibly get any worse? The answer is yes!
I never sleep in the car. Whether it’s my control issues we all know I have or my fear of something happening while asleep, but I have never fallen asleep in the car with my husband driving in the 13 years we have been married! This is the one time I fell asleep, but it was late!
I had not been asleep long when the inevitable happened. My husband had crashed the car, but I will not find out till later as to what happened.
Since I was asleep I have no clue to what happened. During the crash, I for the first time ever, got knocked out. I want you to note here I have taken some blows to my head, but never once knocked out!
I was not told this till later, but when my husband pulled all of us out of the car he layed me beside my best friend. My best friend said that he was sure I was dead because my eyes were as big as quarters and not blinking.
I remember coming to on the side of the road. My first initial thought was where is my daughter. My best friend was to my right moaning in agony from broke ribs, a punctured lung, & broke back. To my left was my daughter & she could talk to me so I knew she was at least semi-ok.
The only humor here is: during the EMTs cutting off my clothes I was so out of it & could barely hear, that I fought them. I wasn’t about to let them cut off my Victoria’s Secret bra I had gotten a week before! I paid $80 for that brand new bra! My $300 Guess Jeans! Hell no! Then I’m back out in blackness. I awoke to being naked on the side of highway 62 in Arkansas. Loading into the ambulance I looked for my daughter & beside me she was, so I grabbed her hand. Her hand so soft & angelic! Comfort! My baby!
I was aware of all that was happening or so I thought. I fell asleep in the ambulance.
When you Google the word superset this is what comes up:
So by terms of the gym, supersets are when two exercises are performed in a row without stopping. There’s no rule saying you have to rush from one exercise to the other. Supersets are not done for time. At first, some find endurance to be an issue, but the more you work at it the better your endurance will get.
There are two options when it comes to supersets. You can do supersets working the same muscle, or you can do supersets by working two different muscle groups.
Some examples of supersets working the same muscles are:
Rear Delts + Lateral Raises
Goblet Squats + Sumo Squats
Deadlifts + Suspended Hamstring Pullins
Crunches + Situps
Some examples of supersets working two different muscles are:
Hammer Curls + Weighted Tricep Dips
Deadlifts + Squats
Bicycle Crunches + Situps
Lateral Raises + Renegade Rows
The best thing about working two different muscle groups with supersets is in between each set the muscle will get a short break.
Supersets are some of my favorite workouts to do. I find that I get the most results out of a good couple of different superset exercises. Some workouts I concentrate on a single muscle group. There are some workouts that I will do two muscle groups in a super set. I try to vary them in my workouts, & I seem to get the most results that way.
Some of my favorite supersets are lateral raises combined with front raises, any squat combined with any lunge, & and when doing core I always do the same muscle group. My favorite two muscle groups to work in a superset is shoulders and back. Every superset will consist of anywhere between 4 to 8 sets. The reps on each set can vary between 10 to 15. When I’m pulling 8 sets, my reps can be only between 2 and 5 reps in a set at the end. It’s always wise to rest 2 minutes between each set. Your muscles need time to reset.
VISUALIZE THE WORKOUT LONG BEFORE YOU BEGIN IT!
The intensity of my workouts demand a lot from me. Not everyone’s workout will be as hardcore as mine, but no matter your level of exercise or fitness, the same focus I use to my workouts will also apply to you. Your normal day to day life can never prepare you for the type of workout you will get results from.
I prepare for a tough workout 60 minutes in advance, but I recommend at a minimum of at least 30 minutes before your workout. Whatever I do, I will not wait till I’m staring down the barrel of a gun (the weights) to get mentally prepared.
As I walk into any gym I get invited to workout at, I visually prepare mentally to what I’m about to do. I visualize why I am about to do the workout. I think about the $10,000 I could win in 8 weeks. I visualize the beast mode engaging within me. Then last, but not least, I think about how I want to feel after I am done with the workout. Do I want to be proud or disappointed is the the question in my mind.
I figure I have 2 ways to look at a workout. I can either do it because I have to or do the workout because I actually want to. Which sounds better to you? I have done both with all honesty. No one will ever want to do a workout because they want to 100% of the time!
PREWORKOUT INTAKE TIMING IS CRUCIAL!
We have all seen gym attendees chugging the preworkout either in the locker room or in the gym right before their workout. Then those people walk out into the gym & are prepared to bust it. Drinking a preworkout then is entirely to late.
Let me explain why this is wrong. The caffine & enhancers have not had time to kick in. The label on most preworkouts suggest 30-45 minutes before your workout. I personally take my preworkout 30 minutes before I begin my workout. Mentally, from habit it, it helps me also put me in workout mode by drinking it.
Sometimes I feel down to some medical issues, & I will eventually disclose those issues in time in future posts. For me, taking my preworkout & giving it time to kick in is key. Cellucor C4 is crucial to me being successful in the most intense workouts. I feel it kick in when the Beta-alanine, & makes my hands & feet tingle.
You can get Cellucor C4 at Walmart, http://www.flexitnutrition.com, or @bodybuilding.com.
MOTIVATIONAL MUSIC & VIDEOS ARE A MUST!
Looking for something to do while in the locker room getting ready or mentally preparing? Looking for something to motivate you during your workout? Looking for something to listen to as you mentally prepare while sipping your preworkout?
I listen to Rob Bailey’s music on Bootheel Fitness’ Rap Playlist or Bootheel Fitness’ Motivational Playlist. Rob’s music has changed my life for the better & has personally empowered me. Sometimes you just need a good motivational talking to! The motivational videos on Bootheel Fitness’ playlist are another key to my fitness success.
Here’s the links:
BOOTHEEL RAP WORKOUT MUSIC: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8bFDSI4tDN0rC4BNyqz1x0QGVryhh5EU
BOOTHEEL FITNESS MOTIVATIONAL VIDEOS: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8bFDSI4tDN2MLATtMOcfAeCXes2uTglD
GIVE YOURSELF THE OPTION OF GOING BALLS TO THE WALLS!
My success was largely built by a few simple rules of ethics. I operate by a few simple words. The words speak for themselves. My words of wisdom are: Consistency, dedication, sacrifice, resourcefulness, & disapline. I will break down each word of wisdom in short.
Consistency in my training, my effective movements, my nutrition, & my living my life PERIOD! My schedule is my best friend!
Sacrifice…. where should I begin. I have sacrificed friends, family, and more than I care to ever explain. If they bring you down or talk about you, they are not worth your time.
Disapline was when I blocked family & friends because of unneeded drama. If you aren’t bringing me up, you had to go! When I did this act, I had nervousness, but once it did it, I told my mom that it was like a 100 pound bag dropped off my back and I was free! Disapline on nutrition, living style, & trainings should never be overlooked.
Dedication is when life hands you those lemons. What are you going to do? Are you going to quit or are you going to say not today! I have had derailments along my way that will all be posted eventually. The key is if you get knocked down, by golly pick your ass up! It might be 3 weeks later. Reset & recover, then don’t let it stop you!
Last is resourcefulness, & this is a key to not burning out! The options of fitness never end. Don’t burn out on 1 thing. Variety is the spice of life! A routine can kill sometimes. Try at the beginning with something fun after your warm up. A new exercise try is not only fun, but it is also educational.
KNOW ALL YOUR NUMBERS!
Magic can happen for me when I do measurements. I do my measurements once a week. It makes me accountable to myself. Not to mention, weight watchers success was the accountability by a number system! I use my Bodyspace account for my tracking.
ADD SOMETHING NEW ON 2 A DAYS OR THE MOST INTENSE OF INTENSE DAYS.
I add a cup or 2 of coffee in the morning. Sometimes combined in my protein shakes for breakfast. I use Cellucor’s C4 for preworkout. Then multiple drinks made with Optimum Nutrition’s Pro BCAA Raspberry Lemonade drink mix. BCAAs also help in the my delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS).
Be proud of what you achieve! You’re better than those not even trying. You stepped in the gym. Making fun of an overweight person at the gym is like making fun a an alcoholic at a NA meeting!
APRIL 6, 2016
Today was really hard. My motivation was low. On some days my mind says you need to workout, but then just simply has problems executing the task. It’s a side effect of Bi-polar.
Drug ass all day, but once I got my child home & my hubby settled, I made myself get up & go do leg day. My effort wasn’t what it normally is, but at least I got it done.
I got a new deadlift 1RM of 100 pounds! That was a plus, but my squats suffered. I guess what I did is better than nothing. Nothing is worse than dealing with your own inner voice nagging at yourself about what you didn’t do. At least I will be able to sleep tonight.
I opened my eyes around noon that Sunday morning. While most people are busy getting ready for church, I was talking on the phone to my best friend disgussing when to leave in order to have my daughter back in time for bed. I remember going out onto my front porch, looking at the sky, thinking of how beautiful it was. The sky was crystal clear & blue, like our senior year when 9/11 happened! When most things are to perfect, they usually are.
We leave at noon, which was entirely to late, but his son wanted my daughter to go too. Feeling bad that he had to leave, I pushed back my motherly feelings & said ok. Sometimes those instincts need to have more attention paid to them, I now think they are little moments in life our spirit guides try to give us a warning.
The drive was beautiful. As we drive through the town my best friend and myself had grown up in so many years ago, we spoke of all the fun we had. We told my loving husband all our shinanigans as we passed each place, it was super nice reliving memories from 16 years past. We head out across Crowley’s Ridge, & as we top the last hill you can see for miles. More memories flooding our brains of happy memories. It was as if we were watching our life flash before our eyes together.
We head towards our destination, little did we know what devestation lay ahead for my family.
-I’M SORRY FOR THE SLOW POSTS. EVERYTIME I WRITE IT’S HARD BECAUSE MY FIRST SERIES (THIS STORY) IS FRESH & CHOKES ME UP. I NEED A BREAK OCCASSIONALLY FROM WRITING IT TO BREATHE-