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Monday, Session 2 Episode 15. On this episode of the Union of Muscle’s Podcast I will take a moment of a one-on-one with you. I will talk about personal identity and how that leads my desire to Inspire. I will talk about the difference between Inspiration and manipulation. I will give a few Fit Tips and I will address those who are identified as Millennials.
It’s Monday. The humanity is waking up, individuals are activating. And you’re listening to the Union of Muscle Podcast. Lift Strong and Prosper!
As babies research seems to indicate that we have not always self-identified. We did not always realize we are not all we see and hear. We did not always realize we weren’t a part of our parents. Further proof of this is our desire to assert our independence in our youth.
And maybe a part of me has not grown up or maybe I have just grown out. This is what makes it so hard for me not to help other improve on their fitness. Because I still feel as though the world is a part of me that humanity is an extension of myself. Not like I feel like a car is an extension but like my stomach.
My stomach sends signals to me about discomfort, pleasure, and I can affect the signals it sends back. And while my stomach is a part of me it is a bustling metropolis of microorganisms, enzymes and more. And while I do not have direct control over all that happens in my stomach I can affect and influence reactions.
You are like my stomach. You can send me signals and I can respond to that. It can affect me when you are upset but I do not always have to listen and I have control over what I do with you and to you but you also have the ability to react as you like. Although it seems like we have come so some agreement on what you like and what you do not like.
I would not do well without a stomach. And like wise I would not do well without a connection to humanity. But we all have the ability to choose how we connect.
This is why I feel that if you and humanity are doing well then it will help me do well. It is not directly determinative either way, but there still are correlations and sometimes causations.
Humanity is a part of me like my stomach is a part of me.Inspiration
Mariana Fernandes is a born and raised New Jersey girl, but this IFBB Pro athlete has tropical Brazilian blood running through her veins. Ever since Mariana was very young she has always been very active and attracted to this kind of lifestyle. At the age of 8, she became a part of a local dance company and pursued ballet, modern, jazz for the following 10 years of her life. However, when she got to Rutgers University she put her dancing aside and began focusing on her studies where she earned her degree in Psychology and a double minor in Public Health and Women & Gender Studies.
Nevertheless, in order to stay fit, she joined a local gym and began exploring different ways of staying in shape. At first, as any typical rookie to the gym, Mariana was completely intimated by the endless sea of equipment, which caused her to only stick to her comfort zone of treadmills and ellipticals. But with time she began exploring weight training and preparing for 5k races and obstacle challenges. When she began to realize how she was able to shape and mold her body to her liking she wanted to push herself even further. This was when she reached out to Bombshell Fitness and began preparing for her first NPC show.
February 2014 marked that date she first began to seriously prepare for her first NPC Show. From the moment she stepped on stage she knew she had found her calling and completely fell in love with the sport. Mariana pushed herself not only physically, but mentally and emotionally as well making her grow in ways she had never expected. Her first show was in April 2014 and by her 5th show on July 2014 she was on the NPC National stage and earned her IFBB Pro Card as well as taking the title of Overall Bikini Champion.
Mariana is determined to continuously push her limits to see how far she can go. Her heart is all about fitness, having fun, and being adventurous. She loves to be able to inspire others and the biggest compliment she can receive is when someone tells her that she was the one that caused them to change their lives for the better.
WBFF Pro Figure Diva/Athlete
Also being a figure competitor and doing Paleo has some people scratching their head, since it is considered a “low-carb diet”. Paleo is naturally low in carbs, but can be modified to suit your nutritional needs depending on activity level. I add additional carbs when necessary to help me with my training and performance.
100% confident in my program translates onto the competition stage and as long as I am happy with me then I am already a winner!!
Also another key to a successful healthy lifestyle is planning your meals and snacks. I cook and prep my food weekly and it takes all the guess work out of what to eat each day. If you have it planned chances are you will follow it since you went to great lengths to cook it yourself and you know exactly what you are eating. I think
many people have a hard time with this step, but if you plan ahead and design some really simple recipes then you have just made a huge leap to a positive change in your health goals. That is what I hope my meal plans will bring to people is the ease of cooking while enjoying some really yummy foods.
I have developed a Paleo meal plan and currently working on my website Paleofitchick.com WOW, had no idea of building a website is a big challenge, but it’s a dream and goal I intend to finish and so excited and worth every minute! Below are a couple of recipes I out of my meal plan I hope you will enjoy!
Paleo Immune Booster Power Bars
8 medjool dates, pits removed
¾ coconut flakes, shredded
½ cup of raw unsalted pumpkin seeds
¾ cup of nuts, (I used ½ walnuts and ½ pecans)
½ cup cacao nibs
½ cup dried goji berries
1 tsp raw unfiltered honey
½ tsp cinnamon
Kickin Chicken Thighs
3 pounds of boneless skinless chicken thighs
4 jalapenos diced (I use the jar jalapenos and just chop them up)
2 garlic cloves minsed
2 tbsp olive oil
4 tbsp dijon mustard
2 tbsp raw unfiltered honey
2 tsp sea salt
1 tbsp fresh or dried Rosemary
1 tsp black pepper
In a bowl, combine all ingredients except lemon. Next pour in a gallon ziploc bag and then add your chicken thighs to the bag. Seal shut and then I take the bag and work the marinade around the chicken make sure it is good and coated. Place in the refrigerator overnight. Next day grill them on medium heat sealed up in aluminum foil for about 20-30 minutes. Next open the foil and squeeze lemon on thighs and seal back for a few minutes.
I feel so blessed to be at this point in my life and very thankful! My goals are to help and to inspire others, especially women my age. You are never too old to chase a dream whether to get on stage or just to improve your overall quality of life. I have a wonderful family, job and coach and wonderful teammates that are always
Also, a huge thanks to my coach, Greg Hasberry with Elite Fitness and Figure, for training me and believing in me.
He is passionate about health and wanting the best for all of his competitors. Greg is like family to me and I am so thankful he is in my life and is constantly guiding me and my other teammates the value of success. I have so many wonderful friends and teammates that are constantly supporting me as well as each other to reach their goals.
In conclusion, as individuals we all have dreams and to turn that dream into a reality is an absolute joy that cannot be duplicated. Wherever the road my lead you, I say go for it!!! You have nothing to lose other than not trying it at all. You just have to get up and get to that start line of that race and go!! Needless to say I have my challenges just like everyone else, but I get up each day full of new goals and hopes that are waiting for me to accomplish.
We are never promised a tomorrow, so embrace each day and live your life to the fullest!!
I invite you to my facebook fan page and other social media sites to get more great nutrition tips and recipes and my journey to the 2015 Worlds Figure Pro show August in Las Vegas!!
Do you have room to grow?
I would imagine that many of you have access to the internet if you are listening to this podcast, reading this blog, finding us on facebook, iTunes, Stitcher, or getting email notifications. All of these sources can be found on the internet.
However, not under any false impressions that I am the only voice of fitness. In fact I listen to many other podcasts and watch Youtube clips of others engaged in fitness. With all the voices out there it can be hard to know who to listen to, who as the best information. who it worth getting filled in by. Well who says you have to choose, just one. I say find those voices who add something to your life and don’t try to dominate your mind space. If you were to believe some of the loudest voices in fitness you would come to believe that every success in fitness comes from protein shakes, pre-workouts, steroids, and synthol. And if you listen to these voices too much it can distract you from filling your mind with things that can inspire you to lift strong and prosper. In fact by listening to these voices over and over you may even begin preparing yourself to use these very substances that are being sensationalized.
Those who are often Feed Up with one thing or another are often Filling you up with fear and follies. With diet and fitness advices always changing how can anyone genuinely say there is only one right path to fitness. Now I have my ideas of what has worked for me and others, but I do reserve the right to change my mind when new and hopefully reliable information is presented. And as many of you know who are subscribed and have listened to past episodes know that I try to be sceptical of health claims as far as it is healthy to do so. But beware of fitness fear monger who use fear to fill you up with things that in the end wont help you to lift strong and prosper.
Just a quick note on synthol and other injectables. Please see a doctor or even a plastic surgeon to review options before injecting yourself with stuff that could rot your body from inside out or cause muscle demolishing infections. Implants might be safer. And before for you spend stupid money on these fake fixes to fitness why not spend that money on a coach who can help you maximize your natural human potential first. Just to use fear to get you one of our trainers… you know they can be found at the http://www.UnionOfMuscle.com.
But remember the more we fill up on unproductive ideas the more likely we are to get feed up and frustrated with fitness.
Now it is time to shock your body into shape. I have been engaged in a bulking rounds of exercises with high weight and low repetitions over these past months, however the itch of lean, mean, and ripped is creeping into a frenzy of excitement. But my life is not quite ready of the extra gym time needed for high reps. So as I have begun increasing my rep range I have decided to jump ahead. And do something I normally work up to.
100 reps do in a for 5 sets for 20 reps. This way I can get in an intense shorter workout with high rep range. But having just started increasing my rep range my mind is still ready to lift heavier then had I worked my way up to that range making these rounds more intense, muscle building, fat losing, and enjoyably, laughably, painfully. yummy.
So I encourage all you fitness freaks, geeks, and athletes to shock your body, Take a quick step and do your next week or round of exercise sessions doing all your exercises with a 5×20’s for 100 reps. Even if you have to start heavy and move down in weight during that set try to keep the weight at what you might do for a warm up set of 10. That 10 -15 range you might be able to do try this week to do those exercises for 20 reps per set and 5 sets. And know that as you do it this week myself and other fitness, freaks, geeks, and athletes will be laughing our way through the pain with you. And we will all lift strong and prosper together.
Stress is Good
On the early Episode 4, Katrina Starzhynskaya, commented that many of the things that ail you may by just in your head. So own it.
Where you contribute this to mind over matter or the placebo effect. What you believe can affect how you feel.
Tony Robbins once shared a story of a man in one of his conferences who stood up to announce that he was blacking out. Tony replied well, “white it out.” It caught the man off guard but it worked.
For many years now science and the media have been pushing the bad side effects of stress. I even review an article about stress last month.
However, the stress most often spoken of in health magazines is the stress brought on by your perception. It might also be that any situation that causes us to be active, take action, or change could cause stress. However, many believe that exercise, as it seems to be shown, can minimize the effects of this stress even thought you are putting your body under stress. And some still may view the act of exercise as stress situation too.
I have found that when we identify ourselves as feeling stresses when the proceed to tell ourselves that we are getting damaged which may further lead to more stress.
But if however, whether it is true or not, decide that stress may be good for you, would only possibly minimize any negative effects. In fact some adrenaline junkies enjoy stress and live possibly more rich if not exciting lives.
Obviously, I am not claiming that you can make the effects of stress good but I think you can make them worse.
Few of us can avoid stress without becoming complacent and uninspired dragging ourselves mundanely through the world. So what can be done.
Trick yourself, I’ve had to start doing it.
Whenever I have noticed that I am feeling stressed I tell myself: “Self Stress is Good.” Not only do I find the stress easier to handle but it also gives myself permission of find joy in the journey and to turn stress into an exciting motivator instead of a complacency driver.
Stress is Good.
Unfortunately, New Years Resolutions are dead. However, end of the year reviews are in.
Why are New Years Resolutions dead?
New Years Resolutions are dead because they are pointless. Few do them and those that do, do not care what day of the year they start a new goal.
However, whether or not you need a date set on the calendar where you and your community have agreed to set goals, the end of the year is still a good time to take stock of what you have done, what you would like to do, but most important who you want to be.
Who you want to be starts with habits not resolutions. Habits do not start to form on a date. Habits start to form right now. As soon as you can identify a new habit or how to change a current habit to create the character and life you want to live. Then that’s the time to do it. Or a least to engage in the steps necessary to “make action” and “take the habit.”
Habits do not come willing. They must be taken, they must serve you and not turn you into the servant. This is what has happened for many of you who engage in fitness. The goal/habit becomes the end and not the means.
Habit should serve the goal and the goal should serve you.
How to discover if you are clowning around.
Take a look at the habit you have formed or action you are taking. Ask yourself, does it or has it helped in achieving the goal? Has it helped you?
Example. A person had decided to snack on popcorn instead of other things to help them lose weight. This person should ask themselves first if they have lost weight. Second if any weight lose can be contributed to the popcorn eating.
If not then stop eating popcorn. It is not working. Or at least stop lying to yourself that it is helping you. Stop placing clown shoes in the way of real change and real results.
The reason you do this is beyond this podcast. You might need help.
Example 2. Monday is Chest day.
Now this is a little different. But its effect is the same. Many who start New Years Resolutions or the like to get fit start by setting a goal to exercise. This goal is insufficient. Now some might say it is not specific enough. I say even if you set a goal to workout 3 times a week making Monday chest day. I still say your are less effective.
What happens when you can not work out on Monday? Now this throws your workout/goals all out of whack. This now my be the excuse to stop working out or to not workout for the rest of the week or to just skip chest day.
Stop clowning around.
You’ve almost set goals that maybe even subconsciously you knew you would brake, which then might give you the permission to through in the towel. And now you can say “Well, at least I tried.”
A better goal would be: to be in the best shape of my life.
This goal does not break if you can not work chest on Monday. Now if your goal is to be in, or get in the best shape of your life, then set up a daily or weekly review of that goal. Set habits now that will bring you closer to that goal. As you review you will find better ways to get there.
For those of you who care about fitness and have fitness goals. Get a trainer/ coach. I you can not afford one try a book, follow a podcast, or get advice how ever you can. Chest day should hot be on a day of the week. Chest day should be a part of your workout routine. I break it down like this.
A round is the whole routine. Every exercise, every cardio-session, each muscle.
A session is the workout routine for a day/ gym session.
Example: Chest workout
Exercise Two: Flat bench – …
Exercise Three: Decline bench – …
Whether it is an hour on a treadmill, stair stepper or squat.
A group of repetitions. (This should not be under three most of the time). “Full Sets” are commonly known as 10 reps
The speed of the different parts of the rep
The time in between sets
How hard the exercise/rep is to perform.
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