Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Figure Competition Prep Finished Week Five

Its almost Christmas and I am on this amazing journey. Getting ready to compete in my first Figure show is exciting. When I first started training, I was very excited for a couple of reasons. One, since last year after my surgery, I gained about eight pounds and struggled to get it off, having to take time off for injuries and not getting in my own workouts was very hard for me to do. Even though I was still in pretty good shape and everyone was nice and told me they couldn't really tell that I was heavier, ( how nice, but really?) I was still teaching my classes and eating pretty clean, I felt heavy and not as in shape as I had been about three years back.
Second, this is my dream!! I have always worked hard at accomplishing my goals and help others do the same. I shared in my first post about this journey that this is my dream and my turn to show everyone that it can be done. That is whatever your goal is or whatever your goals are, you can accomplish all of them. For me being a Fitness Professional and helping others get in the best shape of their lives is very rewarding and also a blessing. Having a very successful business as a rep for Beachbody is the reason I get to do this now!! I have come very far in my life, with financial hard times to being sick and this is my time to say: WE Can Do It, WE Are Worth it! I am on a mission to reach as many people as I can and help them live a better balanced and quality filled life, emotionally, physically and financially.

OK, so has it been easy? Um, yes and no! I struggle like anyone else with making it happen, the difference is this. I know that I am making progress, I also know I have a long way to go. I may be hard on myself and say, come on really more muscle please lets go already, but at the same time I am taking pictures along the way and when I look at them I see the difference, sometimes just a bit and sometimes more. I am keeping track of my workouts and what I am eating and where my body fat percent is at as well as my body weight. So, each week I adjust depending on how my body responds.
So, I may want more changes now, but I am only in my sixth week and wow what a difference already. If I beat myself up with negative words, that won't get me anywhere. I am in this to go far and to help others as well. So on to week six and more great changes to come.

I am so blessed to be able to share this journey with a very special friend, here name is Lori McGraw. We are friends, fellow fitness girls and she is a coach on my team. Lori and I now get to share this most special bond of training together. We both have a huge passion for motivation and helping other women reach their goals. So we are in this together and I plan on sharing some of our pics together soon as well.

Continue to look for more updates and I will share more as we go along.
thanks and have a Blessed day.

Dani Laux

Saturday, December 10, 2011

My Journey to compete in a Figure Competition!

I am getting ready to start Week Five in my journey to compete in a Figure competition. This is my DREAM. Years ago I started and then life got in the way. Well, for the past three years I have been meeting more goals and dreams than ever before because of my Fitness Business; so it is time for me to revisit this dream and make it happen. It is so amazing to see others reach their goals and dreams and while I am helping them, I hear that voice in my head saying "what about you and that one dream you haven't done yet"?  So here we go!

I have to say that for me to say I was heavier and struggling is rough, but it keeps me real and let's you know that I understand how things happen and I can honestly say that all I have been through is why I help others and show them how to live a Quality filled Balanced life. For me it has been a year of being about 8-10 pounds heavier then when I was in the best shape of my life from doing the P90X program and eating clean. After my gallbladder surgery and being diagnosed with Hypothyroidism I put weight on and my same old routine of teaching classes and fitting in a workout here or there and eating clean on and off was not working. It was time for me to get back to what works and stick to it! I was told to back off of my own workouts except for therapy, due to a shoulder tear from years ago and an accident that lead to sprains in my ankle, neck and back. Anyway, I still do therapy and self care it is so important but I have gone back to my own workouts and eating clean and I am seeing results! Yeah!!!

Before at 130!

In week four training 122!
 So it is an amazing journey so far! I am so excited about moving forward and seeing results. I have to still work on adding more muscle to my body and leaning out as well, but I am fitting in my jeans and they are loose!!! WOW!! I even got my skinny jeans on and they were big! Say "YEAH" with me!! "YEAH!!!

As I progress I would love to share my journey with you and talk about how it is going, post some pictures and videos as well.

Even though I am a Fitness Professional, I still hired a Figure Coach. This is what I recommend especially for your first year of shows. They know all the information to help you and they have it down to a science so why not! After all people hire me and come to me for help, why wouldn't I go to others as well. Learning all you can is important and taking Action is what makes your Dreams come True.

Please continue to follow my journey and see how I am doing! I am always looking forward to sharing with you. Find me on Facebook:
Be Blessed in all you do,
Love Life, Laugh as You Live And Stay Fit,