Knowing and Growing

When I first starting lifting weights and had a secret wish of competing hidden away deep in my heart, my mantra was ‘More is better, WAY better!’

If protein helps build muscle, wouldn’t consuming a ton of it be the best choice?  On a daily basis I consumed more chicken, eggs, and protein supplements than a 250 pound severely muscled man would need for three days.

And if lifting heavy things is good for you, wouldn’t lifting two times a day EVERY SINGLE DAY of the week be even better?

What about carbs?

I mean if they just make you fat, then I won’t eat ANY of them.

After all, I was out to grow me some muscle!

Turns out more is not WAY better, in fact its not even better. My poor kidneys were backlogged with protein, my muscles were screaming for a rest, and my nutrition was anything but balanced.

Then I started working with Joe and got on track. I learned about rest, how to eat healthy, and that carbs are not the enemy. In fact, rest is what makes the results happen. What a hard lesson for a doer such as myself to learn.

Resting is when you grow; counter-intuitive to say the least!

Well I’m at a resting period in my life. It is time for me to grow more than just my muscles. I get to be still and grow in who I am while I focus on building my health and overcoming this newest hurdle in life.

I read this today and it hit my in the stomach like a sucker punch.

You can tell the size of a person’s self worth by the size of the problem it takes to discourage them.

Truthfully, today I want to be discouraged and give up. Then I remember that I don’t want to live that small. I desire to be sure of who I am no matter what I am doing or not doing and whatever comes my way.

In this season I get to water and tend the seeds of self worth, esteem, and passion that have been planted in my heart WHILE I grow some amazing muscles so I can kick some Figure arse soon!

True achievement comes not from what you’re doing, but who you’re being.

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  1. Really REALLY liked this!

    “You can tell the size of a person’s self worth by the size of the problem it takes to discourage them.”


    Really enjoying your blog. Glad we connected. Can’t wait to meet you in a few months!! I’ll be cheering for you!

  2. I know exactly how you feel and I’ve been exactly where you have been. 5 years ago I started running. I trained for a 10 mile race and then started running marathons, it was the first time in my life that I started to exercise and I just became obsessed with it, because it was so rewarding. I loved running so much, I ran 5-6 days a week, sometimes after a weight session. Eventually my training, which was supposed to me making me stronger bit me in the butt. What I didn’t realize was in my pursuit of strength I was over training and as a result I was constantly getting sick and running became painful and unenjoyable. It made me so sad and I got very depressed not being able to do the activities I loved. After spending thousands on physio and trying to work through chronic injuries, I finally listened to my body and just rested.

    Although resting was hard, it was the best thing that every happened to me. It taught me to learn balance. It taught me that too much of anything (even good things) can be bad for you and it most of all taught me to set reasonable goals for myself. Now training for my first competition, I work out 4-5 days a week max, no more than 1 hour at a time and I’m in the best shape of my life.

    You are an inspiration. Take this time to get back into other hobbies you love, try yoga or getting back into crafting and just enjoy the healing process, you’ll be back on your feet in no time and when you are back, you’ll be better and stronger than ever 😉

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