It has been 30 days since my return from Afghanistan and life is different…….
After this deployment I have changed in so many ways…mentally, physical and emotionally. I am stronger, more hale, and energetic. My body and mind are finally in sync. There are things that happen during war that changes a person forever; it’s an experience that only a few can ever relate to. I have learned the true meaning of the phrase “life is too short.” In the blink of an eye everything can change, so every day should be lived like it is your last.
I want to compete wither it’s at an amateur level or professional level. I am an active duty soldier but this is my dream, what I want, and NOTHING is going to stop me. Life is too short, so dream big and go after everything you want. GO HARD!!!!v
With each day there comes new opportunity ....there are new beginnings ....a chance to start over. We have to take advantage of today and stop putting off until tomorrow. If you think you only live once you are wrong....you live every day. It is up to you to make the best of it. Stop making excuses, and go after your dreams! If you want it bad enough then go make it happen. Only you can make yourself happy, if you want a 6 pack then go get one....work hard for it. Commit yourself to your goals......it's not going to be easy as nothing in life worth having comes easy. It's going to be hard...your body's going to hurt...your friends may turn on you....you may have a few sleepless nights but it IS all worth it. It will be a test of mental, physical, emotional, and pure will power. Never listen to the nay sayers, there will be people who doubt you....people who mock you....people will tell you you are crazy....just tune them out. If you want it GO AFTER IT, give it everything you've got. Someone some where right now is getting it in, someone is making there dreams a reality.....is today going to be your day? Make every day count ....go get it....today is a brand new day. GO HARD!!!!
Ladies and Gentlemen.....as most of you know I posted a blog around new years titled "2012 Here I Come." Well I have been meaning to update you guys on my progress. The bet was between me and a friend, I have two little nieces HARMONY(6yrs) and HEAVEN(4yrs) my sister Tiffany(24yrs) has been going through a tuff time. I wanted to start a trust fund for my nieces. So for every mile I ran my friend and father would match it $1 dollar for 1mile. I started 1 Jan 2012 and it was suppose to end 1 April 2012 but due to my friends getting hurt we paused for a few weeks. I still ran but they didn't count towards my total because he couldn't run. Anyway I have decided to continue until my b day 18 Aug. My dad said he will still match it but my friend unfortunately dropped out. Well the numbers are in thus fare and since 1 Jan 2012 till present I have a grand total of..........292.71miles. I want to reach $500 before 18 Aug. I love my nieces so much and I wish I could give them the world but for now I want to make sure they have a bright future. My sister dosent know Im doing this so I hope to surprise her although I will be in Afghanistan when 18 Aug comes. Rule number 6 "always give back," every day we take and take sometimes we need to give back. HARMONY and HEAVEN this is my gift to you. Gota keep pushing no matter what. I will continue to update you guys as my end date is near. GO HARD!!!
Today am proud to be in my own skin. This journey started so long ago, at 205lbs I tried to tell myself I was happy. But today for the first time I stared in the mirror and took a long good look at myself. I cried at the fact of what I saw. Its been such a long time since I have been happy. I can think back to middle school when I was bullied and teased because I was not like the other girls. Well today I can say I am so happy with myself. I have never felt so comfortable in my own skin. I go to the gym every day, and I love the sound of my own heart beating, the fell of my muscles contracting and releasing after picking up a weight. I love that I have full control over my own body. I know when I'm tired and I know when I need to push myself. I have never been so in tune with myself. It is such an amazing feeling that I wish everyone could understand. You get in what you put in and I am so regretful for not listening sooner to my body. I want to teach other people how to love and understand there bodies. There is NO other greater feeling in the world then being comfortable in your own skin. I am no longer afraid to look in the mirror. I can handle ANY and ALL issues that come my way. I will never forget the first time I ordered a supplement on line with bodybuilding.com. I will never forget the first friend I met on line. Every experience I have had has been amazing....thank you for everything you have done to support me. I am for ever in debt to bodybuilding.com. I am happy in the skin that I am in, no one can change that or take it away. I know I have the strength to over come anything. I will never stop...I will never quit....as long as there is a breath in me I will fight to be a better soldier and a better person. I AM FINALY COMFORTABLE IN MY OWN SKIN. GO HARD!!!
WILL LISTEN TO MY BODY AND BE SMART IN EVERY DECSION. I WILL BE STRONG PHYSICALY, BUT EVEN STRONGER MENTALY. I WILL FACE EVERY CHELLENGE WITH A "CAN DO ADDITUDE." I CAN DO ANYTHING IN THIS WORLD WITH HARD WORK AND DEDICATION. MY BIGGEST COMPEDITOR IS MYSELF....CAN I DEFEAT MY OWN WEEKNESS? I WILL NOT QUIT, I WILL NOT HAVE TINY HEART SYNDROM, I WILL NOT LISTEN TO THE NAY SAYERS, I WILL NOT BE DEFEATED. GO HARD!!!!!
I will make everyday better then the last! Every min, every sec, of every day I will give my all. I WILL WIN I will give 110% at everything I do. A work out missed is an opportunity missed to be a better person. Every rep, every set, every session, I WILL WIN. I will give my absolute all, my heart and soul to be the best I can be. I WILL WIN ....at the end of pain there IS success. GO HARD!
I learned that being healthy starts with what you put in your body. In order for your body to perform at its best you have to fuel it with the proper foods. This was hard for me in week 10, 11, and 12 due to some dental things I had to get done But this was a typical day for me.....
4:45a.m - whey French vanilla protein shake 1 scoop & 1 red apple (I love fruit in the morning)
8:00a.m- 2 eggs with red and green peppers & I drink my first (38oz of water)
11:00a.m- tuna with 1/2cup whole grain rice and 1/2cup steamed broccoli (16oz of water)
2:00p.m - I eat light because I head to the gym around 5:00 ½ cup oatmeal with 1tsp of honey oats (16oz of water)
4:30p.m - Pre work out shake and 1 banana
5:00pm-7:15 at gym (38oz of water)
7:30pm- protein shake and 1 can of V8
8:00p.m - baked lemon chicken breast & 1 sweet potato (16oz of water)
9:30pm- starting to wine down but I sometimes get hungry. I always have protein snacks laying around weather I made it from a recipe out of Her Fitness Mag or it’s from GNC. I also snack on my fav walnuts, cashews, or almonds.
11:00p.m- time for bed 1 scoop of whey casinen (16oz of water)
I also used alot of supplement for added performance and nutrition. I received a prize package from MP so at the time it was my main supplement brand. But here is a list of all the supplements that helped during this challenge.
Pre work out- MP Assault
Vitamins- MP Armor V multi-nutrient complex (week 10 switched to ON daily womens vitamin)
Fish Oil- ON complex fish oil
Recovery- MP Ammino Acids
Protien- ON Whey French Vinnila & Vinnila Caseine befor bed
Fat Burner- Oxy Elite Pro
It took me a little bit of trial and error to find a work out plan that worked for me but I mainly used "Alpha Omega Power Systems Periodized Bodybuilding Program" it is 5 days per week system. I used the other two days 1 as a rest day and the other as a yoga or stretch day. It consist of the following....
WORK OUT PLAN
Mon CHEST & TRICEPS- bench press, decline bench, incline dumb bell, fly press, tricep exensions, an pushdowns.
Tue LEGS- leg extensions, squats, front squats, calves seated raises, and hip sled.
Wed ABS & OBLIQUES- leg raises, twist ups, rope crunches, hanging leg raises, and med ball throws.
Thur- REST DAY
Fri SHOULDERS BACK & TRAPS - seated rows, pull overs, military press with dumbless, shurgs, and lat front raises.
Sat DISTANCE RUN DAY & BICEPS- I ran indoor and outdoors for 7-10miles. Then in the evenings biceps, bar curls, and dumbell curles.
Sun YOGA DAY or STREACH- I often used this day to relax and treat myself weaither it as a ped and manicure or a day in the sauna.
I also tried to mix things up and use cables one week and dumbells the next. Weeks 1-3 were for reps, weeks 4-6 were for weight, weeks 7-9 were for max reps low weight ( I tried to focuse on sculpting), and weeks 10-12 were back to heavy.
This has been a fun amazing journey, I am stronger mentally and physically then ever before. I want to thank my bb.com family for helping to support me during these difficult 12 weeks. With out the motivational threads and post from everyone I know I could not have made it. I am very greatful to have such an opportunity to be apart of this Transformation Challenge. To the bb.com team thank you for the opportunity, and to Dazziling Danniel thx for putting up with us from week to week. God bless and as always.......GO HARD!
I can't beleive it has been 12 weeks already. This has been an amazing journey. I have met so many beautiful, motivational & insperational people and I have grown as a person. Looking back at where I was and where I am now the only thing I can do is smile. My journey started more than 12 weeks ago, this is my second online competetion. I started off at 205lbs with 34% bf miserable and unhappy, I now weigh 164lbs at 10%bf. My goal was to be 145lbs, but after dropping to 151lbs I started to pack on mean muscle so I did not reach my goal. But I couldn't be happier with where I am, and after careful consideration I don,t know if I would look healthy at 145lbs lol. I have learned the true meaning of living healthy. Over the past 12 weeks I have had my fair share of mistakes, break downs, and mishaps. But through the amazing support channel that I have been blessed to have I found the strength to keep getting up. Whether it was support from my chain of command or my bb.com family everyone was there to help pick me up.
Everyday I wake up I consider myself blessed, when I look in the mirror I am a winner! I want to inspire people and show them if I can do it, they can do it!Doctors told me long ago that after having knee surgery I would never run again, they said after breaking my arm in three places I would never lift another weight or do another pushup. They told me I couldn't serve my country beacuse I was "too physically broke." Well today I have the fastest female 2 mile run time in my company and every sun/sat is a distance day were I run 7-10miles. Although still unable to bench press my old max weight of 291lbs I can lift as many weights as I want and do as many push ups that my little heart desires.
My biggest thanks goes out to all the contestants in the bb group. Everyday it was motivational quotes, stories and insperational threads. I looked forward to logging on and seeing what everyone was up to. I wish I could name off everyone that has help support me but I would be here until Christmas. So to each and everyone of you "Thank you." I hope to continue my transformation through the summer and one day stand on stage and compete. Thank you again to ON, bb.com, and everyone who had a helping hand. God bless and as always......GO HARD!
I just had to share my excitement! This week has been a very crazy week. I have been fighting for my reenlistment in the Army. As everyone knows the Military is down sizing and there are allot of solders that will be civilians soon. For the past week it seemed like I would be one of those civilians. My BDE SGM told me I had no self improvement over the course of my 3.5 years in the army. He told me I had a low GT score and they were not going to retain me. It was a very big blow to my heart, I felt like a pice of S*it, and didn't know if I was getting out or staying in. I spoke with my chain of command and they assured me that they would all fight for me to stay in. Well yesterday they finally won the battle....at 0930 on 21 March I raised my right hand and swore to defend this great nation for another term.
As if that was not enough stress on my shoulders, I was told I had to take a P.T. test today! I have been so busy in the gym going hard because this is my last week of the $100K Transformation that I did not have a rest day to prepare for this P.T. test. I was so nervous, I kept trying to sike my mind out but my nervous got the best of me. Anyway My last P.T. test was in Nov 2011 and I did awesome. I had the fastest 2mile run time ever at 17min 14sec, and I was 5% under for tape. But this is why I consider myself blessed.....
I fought and fought and finally I rein listed, with out the determination and grace of God I would not be able to still consider myself a solider. I took my P.T. test and gave everything I had. My run time was 15min 58sec new record, and for the first time in my military carrier I made weight at 164lbs...2lbs under what the military considers my max weight and I did not have to be taped. The only thing I could do was cry! I am blessed to be here, and able to share my stories and thought with you. Some of you know what I have been through, after my knee surgery doctors told me I would never run again. After breaking my arm they told me I would never lift or do push ups again. Everything they told me I couldn't do, or I could not accomplish I have done!
I have been blessed to have an amazing support channel full of people that have helped push me and motivate me every step of the way. Being in the army has taught me allot, from leadership to respect. It has been the best period of my life thus far. But being apart of the bb.com community has also taught me how to be a better person. This web site gave me all the tools to success, and taught me a whole new meaning to "dig deep." If I made a list of everyone who has help me during this difficult time I would be here until Christmas, so to EVERYONE who had a helping hand in my success I thank you from the bottom of my heart!
It is a honor to reenlist to protect and sever each and every one of you. Thank you again for ALL the support. It is a blessing to be apart of something bigger then myself. Thank you EVERYONE...GO HARD!
- I try to read this every morning...it really helps get my mind right for the day and fits well with the hard journey we have all chosen to make.
1. I will promise to do my best. My best will vary from day to day, from hour to hour, and from minute to minute. But in that minute, I will do the very best that I can.
2. Lactic acid is my friend. The wind is my friend. Anything that opposes me is actually helping me to become stronger. If I had no opposition, I would be weak.
3. If I can run, I run. If I have to walk, I walk. When I am forced to crawl, I crawl. And then I rest and live to fight another day, but only after I have gave my all.
4. I fear no man, but I do fear my workout. If I don't fear my workout, it is not hard enough and I need to re-evaluate it.
5. I may hurt, I may puke, I may even cry. But I will never quit. Ever!
6. I never cheat. There is no honor in cheating. What joy can there be in a victory I did not earn?
7. A workout missed is an opportunity missed. I will not cheat myself of the opportunity to become a better athlete and person.
8. I understand the value of the push-up, the pull-up, the sit-up, the squat, and the deadlift. Do them correctly and explosively.
9. I will give everything I have. And when that runs out, I will find even more within myself.
10. I don't complain, Complaining is for crybabies. There are 11,232 babies born in the US every day. I will leave the crying to them. I will soldier on!
- Oliver Blanchard
I have 4 weeks left of my 100K Transformation. I can not believe it, as I look back it doesn't seem that long. I wish I would have keep track of all the hours I spent in the gym and all the time I spent at home. I bet the hours at the gym would be twice what I spent at home. It is apart of me that I hate to love. I hate pain but sometimes its the only thing that reminds us we are still alive. I love transforming my body into something that I WANT. When you work hard ANYTHING is possible. I was a weekly winner back in week 5....as I think about it I am still in shock. The 100K Transformation challenge has over 6,000 active members. But it was me....they chose me as the weekly winner. To know that someone sees your hard work, to be recognized for busting you butt....now that is a feeling that will last a life time. When you dedicate and commit yourself to something, its like nothing and no one can stop you from achieving your goal. I believe that with hard work anything is possible. I have never wanted anything so bad in my life then to join the fitness industry. I love helping others...I love positive energy.... and I love seeing people transform themselves. This transformation has taught me that there are positive people in the world. People just like me who have the same goals, they're not afraid to fail, they are not afraid of a little pain. I love the new friends I have made. I am so excited to see everyone's 12 week results. I don't know if anyone will read or see this but THANK YOU to everyone who has inspired me and helped me along this long journey. If I could personally see each and every one of you I would shake your hand (velvet you would get a hug) and thank you for being there listening, motivating, and inspiring me every step of the way. To be apart of something bigger then yourself is amazing. Also I want to thank bb.com for giving us the chance to change our lives and be rewarded. This web site is a huge information and opportunity outlet. The management team is amazing, and there online store IS THE BEST. I remember being in Afghanistan unable to find an online store that would ship supplements to AE or APO address's. But thankfully I found bb.com and feel in love with there outstanding service. Well good luck EVERYONE remember if your dreams do not scare you...then they aren't big enough. Thank you goes out to EVERYONE, good luck and as always....GO HARD!