Sept. 23, 2010

Well, it's been a while since I posted here!  My whole summer has been very busy, I've kept up with my wicked-fun workouts,but have been very off-and-on with the clean eating.  I was trying to learn to be a more regular person, not a competitor always training for a competition.  It was hard!!!  Although I have now decided on some fitness competition goals for 2011, I have made a commitment to myself to do it in a more long-term, healthy way this time.  My first competition will be UFE's Spring Bash on April 9, so I have about 6 months till then to lose about 20 pounds which I think is a good goal for me!  I really want to stick around my competition look (within 5 - 7 pounds) year-round.  I am giving up competing in the figure category all together and will only be competing in Fitness Model and Bikini categories so it's not such a big ripped look and will be more maintainable for me!  Most of all I really want to look fit year-round for my life in general!  Really dissapointed that I'm not at Olympia this weekend and I have made a commitment to be competing there next year!!! I promise to post more regularly here to keep you all posted on how it's going for me!

Sept. 23, 2010

Well, it's been a while since I posted here!  My whole summer has been very busy, I've kept up with my wicked-fun workouts,but have been very off-and-on with the clean eating.  I was trying to learn to be a more regular person, not a competitor always training for a competition.  It was hard!!!  Although I have now decided on some fitness competition goals for 2011, I have made a commitment to myself to do it in a more long-term, healthy way this time.  My first competition will be UFE's Spring Bash on April 9, so I have about 6 months till then to lose about 20 pounds which I think is a good goal for me!  I really want to stick around my competition look (within 5 - 7 pounds) year-round.  I am giving up competing in the figure category all together and will only be competing in Fitness Model and Bikini categories so it's not such a big ripped look and will be more maintainable for me!  Most of all I really want to look fit year-round for my life in general!  Really dissapointed that I'm not at Olympia this weekend and I have made a commitment to be competing there next year!!! I promise to post more regularly here to keep you all posted on how it's going for me!

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Sept. 23, 2010

Well, it's been a while since I posted here!  My whole summer has been very busy, I've kept up with my wicked-fun workouts,but have been very off-and-on with the clean eating.  I was trying to learn to be a more regular person, not a competitor always training for a competition.  It was hard!!!  Although I have now decided on some fitness competition goals for 2011, I have made a commitment to myself to do it in a more long-term, healthy way this time.  My first competition will be UFE's Spring Bash on April 9, so I have about 6 months till then to lose about 20 pounds which I think is a good goal for me!  I really want to stick around my competition look (within 5 - 7 pounds) year-round.  I am giving up competing in the figure category all together and will only be competing in Fitness Model and Bikini categories so it's not such a big ripped look and will be more maintainable for me!  Most of all I really want to look fit year-round for my life in general!  Really dissapointed that I'm not at Olympia this weekend and I have made a commitment to be competing there next year!!! I promise to post more regularly here to keep you all posted on how it's going for me!

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After May 15th competition

So, I'm back in training for my next competition (IDFA on July 17). I feel totally inspired and excited about bettering my body a lot from the last competition. I definitely wasn't in my best shape for May 15th, but I still wanted to get back in there and compete just to get back into competing as well as motivate me to do way better next time which it totally did! I have been experimenting a lot this week with various workouts and am planning a new plan of action in the gym that I will start this Monday. I have decided to stop weights (except for my problem areas like my butt and hamstrings) and do crazy intense workouts of plyometrics, intervals, lots of bodyweight stuff, etc. Only problem now with that is I have a bit of a shoulder injury so a lot of that stuff is out - guess I will be focussing alot on lower body stuff for the next few days (and hopefully it gets better quick!) Thanks for helping me win the Status Magazine fitness model online competition last month - that was incredible - woo-hoo! Now, vote for me in the FLEX Magazine Bikini Model Search online until June 15 at http://www.flexonline.com/flexmodelsearch/vote/ - I am in the middle of the page (Meagan H.), click on circle by my name, then scroll down to bottom of page and click vote! Thanks guys! I have so much more to write about, but I will save it for when I have a bit more time on my hands! Talk soon!

Check out my VLOG of of May 15th competition at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QDc1iXMKUl0

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After May 15th competition

So, I'm back in training for my next competition (IDFA on July 17). I feel totally inspired and excited about bettering my body a lot from the last competition. I definitely wasn't in my best shape for May 15th, but I still wanted to get back in there and compete just to get back into competing as well as motivate me to do way better next time which it totally did! I have been experimenting a lot this week with various workouts and am planning a new plan of action in the gym that I will start this Monday. I have decided to stop weights (except for my problem areas like my butt and hamstrings) and do crazy intense workouts of plyometrics, intervals, lots of bodyweight stuff, etc. Only problem now with that is I have a bit of a shoulder injury so a lot of that stuff is out - guess I will be focussing alot on lower body stuff for the next few days (and hopefully it gets better quick!) Thanks for helping me win the Status Magazine fitness model online competition last month - that was incredible - woo-hoo! Now, vote for me in the FLEX Magazine Bikini Model Search online until June 15 at http://www.flexonline.com/flexmodelsearch/vote/ - I am in the middle of the page (Meagan H.), click on circle by my name, then scroll down to bottom of page and click vote! Thanks guys! I have so much more to write about, but I will save it for when I have a bit more time on my hands! Talk soon!

Check out my VLOG of of May 15th competition at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QDc1iXMKUl0

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May 5, 2010

10 days from my next competition - IDFA's Novice Classic!!!  I can't believe it!  I was unsure of whether I should compete or not (even up until this past weekend) as I feel so far off from my real goal, but I think I need to get in there and just do it so I'm back in the world of fitness competitions again and I can just keep progressing with each show this spring/summer!  I plan on doing one each month for the next little while and there will be improvements with each!  SO the next 10 days will be ultra-intense with lots of cardio, weights, and of course a tight diet!  I'll keep you posted on how it's going as I go!

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April 16, 2010

I'm in the midst of a very very busy time, but thought I'd take a moment out to update my blog here!  So, if you keep up with my new video blogs (check out the latest one at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Beoq7i-GVxg ), you know I'm prepping for IDFA's Novice Classic where I will be competing in the Fitness Model category instead of my usual (Figure)- it's almost 4 weeks away - wow!  But, this and next week is full of prep for a non-fitness-related event that's coming up next week, and that is the International Bellydance Conference Canada!  For non-bellydancers who are reading my blog - it's a huge bellydance event held for four days here in T.O. every two years that brings in bellydance stars from around the globe to teach workshops and perform, plus there are lectures, panel discussions, and so much more.  I am deeply involved - I'll be performing a solo on Wednesday, two of my troupes are performing on various days, I'm speaking on a panel about bellydance and body image, my bellydance magazine has a table in the vendor's area, and of course I'm gonna try to take in as many workshops, lectures, and shows as I can!  So, there's a lot of sewing, choreographing, practising, and getting promo material for MID-BITS Magazine (plus the actual new issue) together right now!  Since I have very limited time in the day to really work on stuff cause I have a 1 1/2 year old running around and jumping off the couch, etc.  I have decided some workouts may have to be sacrificed for some of the IBCC prep this week.  It hurt a bit (cause I love to workout and don't feel right when I miss a morning workout), but this morning I got up at 4:30am and instead of happily heading out to workout, I stayed in and got down to choreographing my solo dance for Wednesday!  I'm trying to look at it in this way... I know my body responds most strongly to eating totally clean (and working out is a small part of my fat-loss usually), so if I miss a few cardio sessions here or there over the next few days it will just make me stay even cleaner with the diet.  I have been really great this week eating only lean protein (egg whites, chicken, protein shakes), a few veggies, and small amounts of fat (to make up for the oh-so-low carbs).  I am 1 pound away from my big goal for tomorrow - so I know I will make it!!!  Something else that's really been helping me stay on track with the diet is promising all my students that I'm back to sporting belly-baring tops for classes from now on (no excuses!)  If I have to have my belly out there for everyone to see and me to see for hours in the mirror at the studio - if it looks great I feel proud of all my hard work and if it doesn't look so hot, it keeps me from eating bad when I get home at night.  It also keeps me from eating bad stuff all day as I don't want a big bloated-looking belly in class!  Plus this way I see my progress from week to week and hopefully my students can see what's possible if you clean up your diet and workout!  Anyways, I'd better be getting back to choreographing or sewing or something now!  Talk soon!

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April 16, 2010

I'm in the midst of a very very busy time, but thought I'd take a moment out to update my blog here!  So, if you keep up with my new video blogs (check out the latest one at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Beoq7i-GVxg ), you know I'm prepping for IDFA's Novice Classic where I will be competing in the Fitness Model category instead of my usual (Figure)- it's almost 4 weeks away - wow!  But, this and next week is full of prep for a non-fitness-related event that's coming up next week, and that is the International Bellydance Conference Canada!  For non-bellydancers who are reading my blog - it's a huge bellydance event held for four days here in T.O. every two years that brings in bellydance stars from around the globe to teach workshops and perform, plus there are lectures, panel discussions, and so much more.  I am deeply involved - I'll be performing a solo on Wednesday, two of my troupes are performing on various days, I'm speaking on a panel about bellydance and body image, my bellydance magazine has a table in the vendor's area, and of course I'm gonna try to take in as many workshops, lectures, and shows as I can!  So, there's a lot of sewing, choreographing, practising, and getting promo material for MID-BITS Magazine (plus the actual new issue) together right now!  Since I have very limited time in the day to really work on stuff cause I have a 1 1/2 year old running around and jumping off the couch, etc.  I have decided some workouts may have to be sacrificed for some of the IBCC prep this week.  It hurt a bit (cause I love to workout and don't feel right when I miss a morning workout), but this morning I got up at 4:30am and instead of happily heading out to workout, I stayed in and got down to choreographing my solo dance for Wednesday!  I'm trying to look at it in this way... I know my body responds most strongly to eating totally clean (and working out is a small part of my fat-loss usually), so if I miss a few cardio sessions here or there over the next few days it will just make me stay even cleaner with the diet.  I have been really great this week eating only lean protein (egg whites, chicken, protein shakes), a few veggies, and small amounts of fat (to make up for the oh-so-low carbs).  I am 1 pound away from my big goal for tomorrow - so I know I will make it!!!  Something else that's really been helping me stay on track with the diet is promising all my students that I'm back to sporting belly-baring tops for classes from now on (no excuses!)  If I have to have my belly out there for everyone to see and me to see for hours in the mirror at the studio - if it looks great I feel proud of all my hard work and if it doesn't look so hot, it keeps me from eating bad when I get home at night.  It also keeps me from eating bad stuff all day as I don't want a big bloated-looking belly in class!  Plus this way I see my progress from week to week and hopefully my students can see what's possible if you clean up your diet and workout!  Anyways, I'd better be getting back to choreographing or sewing or something now!  Talk soon!

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

This past week or so has been so killer hardcore (which is great!!!) I've kept my eats clean, my workouts insane, and have been really proud of my efforts. Only problem is that I'm not seeing my progress visibly too quickly this time. Usually as soon as I clean up my diet I drop fat instantly... but not this time! I know I've been on-and-off a bit since January, but I'm so used to it being a little easier than it is this time... I don't know what's wrong, but I'm trying to take my own advice that I give my students about not worrying so much about what the scale says and judging more from how you look in the mirror each day or week. I also tell people that sometimes you reach a sticking point and you need to just be all the more stringent in your diet and keep on trucking and then all of a sudden big changes will happen if your patient! So, I'll be staying strong in my competition prep and waiting for some terrific results to show up soon I hope! I also just started Crossfit (aiming for 2 times/week) to mix up my training a bit, shock my body, as well as learning a whole new work-out mode! It's awesome and I love the feeling of being a beginner at something rather than the expert or teacher. That always humbles me, makes me work harder, and helps me better understand beginner students who come to me! So, my first competition of the season is in less than 4 weeks - UFE Spring Bash, too soon - getting a little worried about reaching my goal weight/look for that show, but staying positive as that's the only way to be! I'm also very excited to have made the decision to compete in IDFA's Novice Classic after that on May 15. I'll be competing in the Fitness Model Division and plan to be at my very best by then!

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Thursday, March 11, 2010

I'm taking a cue from my usual Wednesday mornings (I teach a 7am workout class at the studio, so I decide to be even crazier and get up at 4am so I can run or walk to College & Dovercourt to squeeze in a weight workout at the YMCA before I teach). I figure if I can do this every morning or at least maybe 3 or 4 a week, I can fit in even more workout time before my family wakes up. I usually go down for when my condo gym opens (5am), but I have a new plan for the next month (as I have to go to extreme measures to get ready in time for UFE Competition - April 10)! I got up at 4am this morning to get out and running, sprints, jumping, stairs, etc. outside until the gym opens at 5, then I do my normal weight workout, plus 40 - 60 minutes cardio in gym. And my plan is to get more cardio later in the day as well by either going back to the gym when Zak naps or running to/from studio on nights I teach (like tonight). I realize I will totally be over training, but I have to lose at least 20 pounds within about 4 weeks (5 lbs/week - eek!) now so whatever does it does it! Mainly I realize it will be my consistent clean eating , but I'm ready to do whatever I can to speed the process! Priorities have been elsewhere for the past few months, but I'm taking this time to re-focus on fitness! Once I've done this competition, I plan to have a competition each month so I don't yo-yo and just stay strong at anice fit feminine 130 pounds (which is totally realistic and not an unreasonable ideal I don't think). That's what I like about my switch from Figure to Bikini or Fitness Model category... it's a more natural shape that you can totally maintain year-round if you're fit and eat right. Insanity for a month, then just maintenance!

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Tues. March 9, 2010

t lately have been falling off the clean eating wagon every few days and I think it has a lot to do with stress and being too busy to really visualize and daydream about my fitness goals and dreams! I was planning on competing March 27 for Fitness Star, but it's too late now to get my body the way I want it to be for that, so I will prep just for UFE April 10th. Still a real stretch, but I feel I can do it as long as I stay totally strict and strong for this month leading up to it (and I think I need that stress to make me make these changes)! Then I plan on doing a comp on May 22, IDFA in July, Neutron in August, then the big finale of the Flex Bikini Model Search at Olympia in Vegas in September (if I can talk my husband into another trip!) I am very excited about bettering my body and presentation with each competition and photo shoot I do this spring/summer!

I plan on doing my early morning muscle and cardio workouts as well as an additional cardio later in the day, and I want to add crossfit once or twice a week to mix things up! The most important element will be my eating. This month will be lots of lean protein and very minimal carbs if I want to lose at least 5 pounds/week. Then I will alter things to incorporate more carbs once at my goal. I think having so many competitions (1 per month) will help me stay focused on my healthy eating and not yo-yo so much. I'll definitely keep you posted!

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Wed. Jan. 6, 2010

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! I started my new life/competition training this Monday and feel AWESOME so far!!! I ended up ordering a workout and nutrition plan from the totally awesome Mike Davies - http://www.mikedaviesfitness.com (who trains all my fave fitness stars). His plans are totally whipping my butt already, and I feel a lot more accountable knowing I have to send him progress pics each month. I'm so used to being the person who pushes other people, I felt I really needed someone to do the same to me so I could push myself ahead to the next level! I am totally determined to make 2010 a magical year for me in all aspects of life (especially in fitness). My first competition of the season is almost 11 weeks away and I have a whole lot of fat to lose! One of my fitness goals is to lean out and have a pleasing feminine fit figure (rather than my previous a bit bulkier figure look), so no more figure comps for me, I will be only competing in fitness model and bikini divisions from now on. I'm also looking forward to trying out different federations like Fitness Star and UFE this spring! SO much more to say, but am finding myself swamped with stuff to do lately and a crazy, running around baby to deal with at the same time, so gotta run for now!

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Wed. Jan. 6, 2010

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! I started my new life/competition training this Monday and feel AWESOME so far!!! I ended up ordering a workout and nutrition plan from the totally awesome Mike Davies - http://www.mikedaviesfitness.com (who trains all my fave fitness stars). His plans are totally whipping my butt already, and I feel a lot more accountable knowing I have to send him progress pics each month. I'm so used to being the person who pushes other people, I felt I really needed someone to do the same to me so I could push myself ahead to the next level! I am totally determined to make 2010 a magical year for me in all aspects of life (especially in fitness). My first competition of the season is almost 11 weeks away and I have a whole lot of fat to lose! One of my fitness goals is to lean out and have a pleasing feminine fit figure (rather than my previous a bit bulkier figure look), so no more figure comps for me, I will be only competing in fitness model and bikini divisions from now on. I'm also looking forward to trying out different federations like Fitness Star and UFE this spring! SO much more to say, but am finding myself swamped with stuff to do lately and a crazy, running around baby to deal with at the same time, so gotta run for now!

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Wed. JAn. 6, 2010

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! I started my new life/competition training this Monday and feel AWESOME so far!!! I ended up ordering a workout and nutrition plan from the totally awesome Mike Davies - http://www.mikedaviesfitness.com (who trains all my fave fitness stars). His plans are totally whipping my butt already, and I feel a lot more accountable knowing I have to send him progress pics each month. I'm so used to being the person who pushes other people, I felt I really needed someone to do the same to me so I could push myself ahead to the next level! I am totally determined to make 2010 a magical year for me in all aspects of life (especially in fitness). My first competition of the season is almost 11 weeks away and I have a whole lot of fat to lose! One of my fitness goals is to lean out and have a pleasing feminine fit figure (rather than my previous a bit bulkier figure look), so no more figure comps for me, I will be only competing in fitness model and bikini divisions from now on. I'm also looking forward to trying out different federations like Fitness Star and UFE this spring! SO much more to say, but am finding myself swamped with stuff to do lately and a crazy, running around baby to deal with at the same time, so gotta run for now!

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Tues. December 22, 2009

Happy holidays everyone! I haven't done one bit of Christmas shopping yet - aaaahhhh! Man, this sure is the time of year when things get a little crazy for everyone especially diet-wise I find! I recently found myself thinking 'there's just 2 more weeks of holidays, I may as well let myself eat anything I want throughout the holidays and start fresh in January', I realize this is the way most people think about the whole month of December... it's a free-for-all diet-wise and you have the holidays to blame for it. Yes, there are more parties, more chocolate hanging around, more baked goods coming your way, more heavy family dinners, more hectic days of shopping which can = mall food... but then I really thought about what would be happening over the next 2 weeks... there are 2 days when I might like to forget total healthy eating and have a few drinks, mashed potatoes, cake, etc. - Christmas Day at my mom's and New Year's Eve. That's just one cheat meal per week which is my norm even when being really clean leading up to a competition. So, why would I allow myself to be bad for the whole two weeks? I guess we trick ourselves into thinking it's the holidays that make you break your clean eating, when really we're just searching for a reason to let loose! So, I had a bit of a rocky weekend, but yesterday I started back on strong. I think that's another important tip to eating right and losing or maintaining weight, is to never give up or lose faith in yourself. I mess up so frequently by eating sweets, etc. but I always believe I can pick up and continue on anew the next day (or even better, the next hour!) Once people screw up too big or too many times, they often lose faith in themselves to eat right and live a healthy lifestyle and they do the worst thing and give up... resign to a life of abusing your body and not seeing and feeling your full potential. Remember, "if you believe it, you can achieve it!" - keep the faith and everything will work out in good time. And think about your day today... is there really a good reason to eat goodies all day today just because we're coming close to Christmas? Probably not! So grab some halthy eats that will really fuel you for all your holiday busy-ness and make you feel great!

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