Update on me! I returned from Denmark and a three week trip around Europe about 5 weeks ago, took a summer Anatomy & Physiology course, and now I am ready to get back to BUSINESS with my blog and wellness adventures 🙂
I have always loved doing little experiments on myself relating to health and fitness. It’s a huge reason why I pursued an exercise science major. Part of it was out of necessity—as A figure skater I had to figure out a way to get lean in order to perform well in my sport. But part of it was out of curiosity, too. I am fascinated with the fact that we have the power to shape and manipulate our bodies to points we never would have dreamed of. Yes, genetics play a large part in where you hold your body fat, how fast you lose weight, how easily you gain muscle, where you gain weight, etc, but your lifestyle choices HUGELY affect your body fat percentage. Over the years I’ve learned a lot of the things I did intuitively really helped me reach my goals (intermittent fasting, learning the importance of consistency but also changing ingredients up). However, I’ve also made a ton of mistakes and wreaked havoc on my metabolism. Having always executed my little “experiments” on my own, and finally reaching a point where I’m fed up with all of the conflicting health info out there, I decided to finally look to what works and get a coach. I’ve always been engrossed in the bodybuilding community and the sculpted athletes involved in the sport. Even if I never compete, I decided I want to push my body to achieve the same strength as figure competitors. So this time I hired a coach to guide me through the process. I’ve done extensive online research but nothing is quite the same as having a real person available to answer all of your questions, and I am glad to gain more knowledge of health and fitness through such a different lens. Not only is it nice to have the moral support of someone who has achieved results before rooting for you, but it is also important to have that person as a constant reminder that I’m not alone in this journey. I have been flying solo for long enough.
I have also avoided the strength training trend for long enough. I have always been someone who puts on muscle pretty easily (my figure skating coach once told my mom I should be a bodybuilder—haha) but growing up as a figure skater I was pressured to achieve that lean look. Well, now according to widespread fitness advice on social media, a lean, sculpted, and badass aesthetic is achievable through lifting heavy. This is the exact opposite of what my skating coaches used to tell me. The feelings I hold towards the media for telling women we have to work out differently than men to achieve the results we want is another whole blog post (or should I say rant) in itself so…I’ll save that for later. Of course, living for health experiments, I have to find out for myself if these Instagram transformations are another marketing scheme or the real deal (I think I know the answer to that). So I have decided to fully commit myself to the Lifting Life and see what happens.
Rather than waiting until i have achieved optimal results, I am going to share my journey as I go, something that i have not seen done often besides the awesome vegan YouTuber High Carb Hannah. This is the ultimate way to put myself out there and share my journey but it is totally honest, so it it works you’ll know it’s real! If I have craved one thing when doing research it is to follow someone along as they execute major changes in their lifestyle which is what I plan to do with the help of my coach, a specialist in competitive bodybuilding and muscle hypertrophy. If you are sick of seeing just the before and after success stories with anecdotes of the actual process, follow my journey through Youtube, this blog, and Instagram because i am here to share the process, what works what doesn’t, and all about what I have learned in the past so you can at least avoid some of the massive mistakes I’ve made.
P.S. Are you wondering what that lovely melon-looking orange thing is in the cover photo? Well, that is Kabocha squash, whom I am in a long term relationship with. I FINALLY found it at the store again. It is like a mix between pumpkin and sweet potato and is so tasty, so don’t sleep on it!
Disclaimer: I am not an expert. I am merely here to share my own experiences. What works for me will not necessarily work for you. Consult a medical professional before changing your diet or exercise habits.