Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Thank you, Jennifer Aniston

I gotta say, it feels good to be back on track! In the spirit of being honest (that seems to be my theme lately), I want to share what helped snap me back into contest mode. Please don't laugh, scoff, or smirk too hard, but my mind finally made the shift after I was looking through the latest US Weekly magazine. (I swear, it's not mine! Jerry loves those trashy gossip mags, so I find them lying around the house until I gather them all up and return them to the gym, from which Jerry "borrows" them.)

What was it that made the lightbulb finally light up in my head? Actually, it was looking at the "article" about star's Bikini Body Secrets. As I looked at the photos with a critical eye, I had to admit that most of the women in the article look pretty good (especially 41-year old Jennifer Aniston!)! Not really athletic, Figure Girl good, but definitely better than the average American. As I read about their diet "secrets" and their training routines, I realized something: these women worked hard for their bodies. So how can I expect my body to be tight and toned if I don't work hard for it?!

She's even got a bit of an ab outline!

I kept thinking about Jennifer Aniston and how she ALWAYS looks great! It's very clear that she follows a relatively clean diet and puts in her time at the gym. To her, eating healthy and exercising is just a part of her life. She doesn't half-ass it and expect to look good ... like I was doing.

She looks better in a bikini than I do right now!

Half-assing it never got anyone anywhere ... in fact, it's a great way to remain stagnant. Rationalizing those cookies or that glass of wine only serve to set you back from your goals.

It's kinda funny that it took a trashy gossip magazine and a movie star to make me realize what I needed to do and to re-motivate myself. Of all the threads on fitness forums, the quotes and stories online, the radio interviews of pros, and the videos of pro workouts that I've read, listened to, and watched ... nothing snapped me back into place quicker than seeing the beach bodies of celebrities and reading about their workouts. Whoda thunk??

So thank you, Jennifer Aniston, for re-inspiring me and kicking my butt firmly back on the contest prep wagon. I'm making a CHOICE to be fit, healthy, and lean. It's not something I HAVE to do ... it's something I WANT to do. I want to be able to go to the beach at any time this summer and feel confident about my body. I don't have to be in contest shape by any means, but I want to feel good about myself. I don't want to feel embarrassed, or have to explain that I'm "off-season," "bloated," or "retaining water."

My diet and training are on point this week, and I've already dropped 3 lbs since Sunday (water weight). We made some adjustments to my diet, tightened things up a bit, and added in morning cardio. I thought I'd feel crappy today, with my body trying to shift into ketosis, but I actually feel ok (albeit a little tired). I'm ready to stand on stage again in 5.5 weeks!


  1. I just wanted to say I have been following you now for a short time and you have been somewhat of a rock to me during my first competiton prep. Reading some of your posts about how you feel on some days as far as energy and moods really has helped me soooo much because it validates what I am experiencing and has given me more drive to push through and keep on keepin on! Keep up the outstanding job and I look forward to your daily posts! :)

  2. Like Jennifer Anniston, you inspire me and motivate me to keep going! When I think about skipping a workout, I automatically think "Is this what Kari or Melissa would do, no they work hard for their bodies and if they can do it, then I should be able to as well!"

    I have always liked J.A....I call her "America's Sweetheart!"

  3. Thanks so much! I'm flattered you find such inspiration in my blog. Keep up the hard work! :)