My next shoot is in 2 weeks so once again I'll be stepping up my training and being a little more strict with my diet. As you guys know from my previous blogs I always try to stay 2 weeks out from a shoot to ensure getting to how I feel is best for me, doesn't become that hard or stressful as thats the last thing I need. When my diet is relaxed I tend to have sweet potato or rice with a meal throughout the day along with my oats still in the morning. Now though, I'll cut back on them. I'll stick to my oats first thing and increase my fats slightly in replacement. (ain't no body taking carbs off me all day!) ;)
Training wise I'll add in a few extra cardio sessions as well as my usual weight / HITT / ab sessions. My Boyfriend has a Schwinnn air bike so I'll hop on that for 20 mins a day either in the morning or the evening.
I often get asked what physique I'm going for and will I ever compete? I can categorically say I will never compete. Its not for me at all. That's not to say I don't admire those that do. They work bloody hard and put there bodies through so much both mentally & physically and good for them! I have friends who compete in fact, its just not something I aspire to do. Plus the physique your required to have when competing isn't one I desire to have either.
Which leads me on to another thing when training, CRITICISM. There will always be someone who thinks you don't look right. I know ladies who train who are ripped and look so strong but rather then people step back and look at how hard they work, they would rather say "they look like a man" I know men who have gone from morbidly obese to slim and because they are not yet ripped or carrying a six pack people say "he's not exactly in shape though is he?" The guys lost 10stone! Id say that's a Great achievement! People often comment on my photos saying "she's no waist" and they are also quick to say "well id look like that with a boob job" wtf? (sooooo boring!) I'm almost 30 so surprisingly I've spent a lot of time with my body so i am fully aware that I don't have the Kim kardashian curves or the Gisele Bundchen Gorgeously toned legs. Its not new information so commenting negatively on it is both boring & pointless. I am however, the best version of me, that I can be. And that's what matters and what makes me happy.
Its the same when people in your life try to put you down, its mostly due to jealously, insecurity and a fear, because people fear what they can't understand. We will always be too fat, too muscly, too tall, too short have crap tattoos or the wrong hair colour to someone. What's important is what you think of yourself and how happy you are with yourself. One guy once said to me "its a shame about your belly tattoo isn't it? A shame for who mate?! I happen to like it! Yes, its dated and doesn't look the best but the story behind it is me & my 4 best friends all got them when we were on our first holiday together aged 17. I've thought about getting it removed in the past but when we are all together we laugh about them, and the fact we all have them and we are all still so close is too good a memory for me to get them removed because of people I don't even know sitting at a computer and telling me they look shit!
In life and in training you have to be prepared for people to say your not good enough, you not lean enough, your too muscly for a woman, your not muscly enough for a man.... Blah blah.... You have to ignore it. Don't compare yourself to anyone else as we are all different. I always take weekly pictures of myself in my shorts & training top and send them to Olly and use them as my competition & reference points to my progress. He can see what changes I need to make from my progress pictures and adjust my diet and training accordingly.
That's another reason I wouldn't compete. To go through weeks of Intense training & restricting your diet to be told on stage your not as good as the person next to you just wouldn't be worth it for me. Again, to those that do compete, its Great! I'm just talking about me & my opinion. So in a nutshell I guess what I'm trying to say is to ignore everyone around you who is negative about how you look. We all start somewhere and we all progress but at our own level. In school I was always 1st when running the 100 meters. I found and still do find sprinting easy. I used to run for Manchester girls in the 100 meters. Long distance though.... Man I'm knackered after 15 mins and I really dislike it and because of that some people actually say "its because your not fit" YES I AM AND YOU ARE REALLY ANNOYING!!!
So, stick to what you know, what you like, what works for you and be your own best critic not your worst. There's already a load of them around you so give yourself a pat on the back for once. I go off the opinion of my family, boyfriend, friends & agent. They are the ones I listen to and the ones who's advice I trust and take. Everyone else's opinion weather it be Good or bad, in the big picture, isn't really important is it?