I got up and did my workout which was lower body this morning. I was grateful that my legs weren't as sore when I woke this morning! Doing the squats in the new form that I have learned also helped to remove any remaining discomfort that was in my legs. Now there is just the feeling in my muscles that they have been worked - tired, a bit shaky, and a bit sore.
After my workout I had my superfood protein shake with Recover in it. The extra BCAAs are definitely helping my muscles recover more quickly - hence the name!
For my second meal, we went to Joe's parent's house for his birthday lunch. Joe's Mom, Helen, made prime rib roast, roasted root veggies, peas, and sautéed mushrooms. There was other things, of course, but this is what I ate. I didn't realize that it was going to be prime rib or I would have brought some homemade horseradish!
Recently Ethan and I watched, "When the Game Stands Tall" which beautifully covers leadership and all the different phases of leadership. Through watching the movie, Ethan learned about giving his perfect effort and decided that he would like to do that from then on. It's great when lessons come from other sources as he isn't always excited about information that Joe or I give him these days!
I felt that he definitely gave a perfect effort in Saturday's game. While we were driving home, I asked him how he felt about the game. He said that he had given a perfect effort and I agreed! He definitely gave his all!
Recently I mentioned about the messages on my tea. I wanted to share a few other meaningful ones that I have gotten over the last few days.
"Your great happiness is based on the warmth of your heart." This message says to me that our happiness comes from within. Often people confuse happiness and believe that it is up to others or outside influences to make them happy. I believe that happiness is a choice that we get to make each and every day. In fact, we can choose happiness each and every moment. One of the things that our family has been practicing when we are in a grouchy mood is to focus on 10 things that we are grateful for in that moment. This very easy and quick exercise allows us to shift our attitude quite quickly as "we cannot be hateful and grateful at the same time" as my team mate, Melvin says.
"If you are helping somebody, you are awakening somebody." I loved this one as it takes the focus off of me - and hence the pressure off of me. Life really isn't about me. It is about helping others. This was a great reminder to me and helps me to get out of my head when challenges come up.
"Never try to impress others, try to impress yourself and find happiness within you." Here I was reminded that although life is about helping others, it isn't about doing things to impress them! I need to live for myself. One of the important lessons that I learned in high school was that if I tried to impress one friend doing one thing, I would make another friend angry. By not doing the exact same thing, I would make someone else angry. I learned to live for what made me happy and not to worry about what others thought. I believe that as long as I am a good person, do the best that I can, and work to help others that that is the best way to live.
Dinner was turmeric, garlic chicken that Joe had made the day before, rice, and cauliflower. After dinner, Ethan and I coloured together and then headed to bed.
I can train in front of a large group of people as I do not feel judged. In this competition I will definitely be judged. I am working to get better at being in a situation where I am judged and being comfortable with it. I am working to learn that judgment, specifically self-judgment, is my friend as it demonstrates to me that I am still working on getting better at new skills that I am learning. I am working to not get angry at myself for making mistakes and remembering that mistakes are how I learn.
Here are my latest posing pictures that I took for Coach Zara with the tweaks that she has given me so far including a new pose that she taught me. I am more pleased with the back pose although I chose to change to different bottoms as I am not ready to post that shot with reduced clothes yet! I working to become more confident with the back pose and know that will come as the fat is released. I really like the way the new pose looks. I think that It will look nicer still with even more twist at the waist so I will work on that this week during posing practice and let you see the difference with the next posing pics!