Due to the overwhelming response from my last post about the transformation Abby has made, I have asked her to write a response answering your questions. You had so many questions and Abby has so many answers that I have decided to make this a 3 part series. So today is part one. This article may not answer all your questions yet, but Abby felt this was the biggest reason for her change and felt compelled to write about this first. Next article will be on her eating plan.
Here is Abby’s article!
Wow! I never would have thought there would be such a great response over an article written about me! (Granted, I never really imagined I’d be the center of attention for an article!) Thank you all so much for your wonderful comments and support. They motivate me to keep working hard & to get ready for the next show…at some point!
I’m not really sure where to start with my responses to all the questions. I guess I should first start by saying: I could not have done this alone! Of course, Dustin was a big help with the workouts, encouragement, and moral support (minus the fact he ate ice cream in front of me numerous times). I guess no one is perfect! 😉 My family was very supportive, as well, even though they thought the process was slightly crazy! They didn’t quite understand what I was doing, but knew that it meant a lot to me and that they needed to be there for me. Even my poor brother (and roommate) dealt with the crabby moods without saying anything. He was so patient during it all. They definitely did not “get it” at first, but saw what the end product was and they were impressed! It goes to show how important it is to make goals and let those people around you know about your goals and what they mean to you. Family is the best kind of support.
I also got a lot of help from other members of Team Supreme Figure and Fitness! Shana Martin and Lisa Mueller lead Team Supreme and they have a ton of fitness competition experience. (If you’re in the Madison area and are looking to do a competition, join Team supreme. It’s a great group of people and a lot of fun and support!) Shana helped with walking practice (yes, we practice walking) and was a great support system and cheerleader! Lisa met with us at least once a week to practice walking and was the person who came up with my meal plan. (Each of us competitors got our own mean plan based on our height, weight, and body fat.) It probably sounds funny that we have “walking practice,” but trust me, if you had to walk around in 5″ heels in an itty bitty bikini, you’d want practice, too. Plus, this gave us a time to get together to talk about our workouts, our eating, and complain about the lack of eating! Another important person in this process was my fellow competitor, Erika. This was Erika’s first competition, too, and I could not have done it without her. She was my real Go-To person when I was getting nervous, or hungry, or crabby, or…whatever…because she was going through it, too. This helps prove the point that it is so important to have a support system. If nothing else, your support system should help you, motivate you, push you, challenge you, and care about you.
As Dustin said in the article, surrounding yourself with a good support group is so incredibly important. Group exercise classes are the best support systems out there…you are already in a group that meets regularly and is working towards similar goals. Bootcamps are perfect for this! Most people are looking to lose weigh, tone up, and get healthier! I suggest getting to know the other participants. Partner up with a different person every now and then and really get to know that person. What are his or her goals? Share your goals. Is there anything you can do for each other to help both of you meet those goals? Finding this information out will keep both of you liable, and working your hardest. Having a bond with fellow bootcampers can help motivation levels. For one, we notice when a bootcamper is not there, which keeps people accountable! And second, bootcamp is also a social activity…and who doesn’t like to socialize?!
I find myself hanging out with fitness people more and more these days. I love being around active people and hearing what adventures they’ve had recently, or what their next challenge and goal is to conquer. That’s what keeps me motivated and coming back. Find people who you support and who support you. I wish I could tell you how many amazing compliments I received from people around the gym…some people may barely know me, but they are so happy for me because they know how much work goes into something like this!
Well, this first part may not have answered all of your questions about working out and eating, but in my opinion, it’s the most important part. If you aren’t surrounding yourself with the right people, the working out and eating isn’t going to matter. Having the right crowd around you will help you become mentally prepared. The mind needs to be ready before the body will be!