#gogina

Tough "Pink" Mudder Magic

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#GoGina Challenge II:

What brings 12 people and 2 supporters, who were strangers 6 months ago, together to be electrocuted in hot pink? Well it’s starts with individuals looking at their lives, looking at themselves and saying, you know what, I am capable of more. Everyone looks in the mirror and thinks this at some point, it may look/sound/feel different but it happens to us all. Some of us take a course, some of us buy a new car and some of us sign up to jump into ice bathes.

Tough Mudder has become one of the most profitable obstacle courses making Will Dean a millionaire in only 2 years. There are many business decisions that Dean made to get Tough Mudder to where it is today, but the first step was developing a good product that people want. Tough Mudder falls in line with other weekend warrior urbanathons, but what makes it different is that the focus is on camaraderie and teamwork, as opposed to “winning” or being "perfect." Player beware that the game makers have a sick obsession with live wires.

Back to the 12 apostles and their 2 supporters. Each one of us had our own #GoGina moments throughout the day; for some it was pure fitness, some it was overcoming fear of heights, for others it was being patient, for me it was being responsible for a team.

Everyone kept asking us "Who is GINA?" And our answer is, "YOU! You are Gina, she is in everyone." Gina is that place of fearless freedom in your heart. When you have a #GoGina moment, it is when your heart overrides your head.

Take aways: Supporters make everything worthwhile. I will pretty much do any physical feat as long as I have supporters holding signs and shouting my name.

Own it

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#GoGina Challenge:

My friends and I decided to rollerblade down Santa Monica/Venice beach in bikini's with our less-than favorable body parts highlighted in red lipstick. As you can see from this picture one message, was "child bearing hips," written down my thighs were "thunder thighs," and "saddle bags." It was very liberating to have a stranger excitely shout, "thunder thighs" as a compliment as we rolled by. When I own my insecurities, it naturally makes me more attractive.

As a trainer, I spend many hours of my days discussing how people want to change their "less-than favorable" body parts. What I have found is that people/clients who own their bodies actually transform them. I will never have petite hips/thighs nor will "boyfriend" style jeans or potato sack dresses look flattering on my lower body. Instead of pining after what will never be, I spend my time focusing on strengthing and capitalizing on what already is.

My "child bearing"hips come in handy when I want to sumo deadlift and squat. My "thunder thighs" support me to run a marathon, box jump like a champ and squat 165 lbs. I have changed my relationship with my body by training for performance first and aestics second.

Take away: If you were only given one car for the rest of you life, and you didn't even get to pick it out at the lot; would you spend hours on hours bitching about it and let it rust or would you get some rims and "pimp YOUR ride?"

5 DAY juicy Cleanse

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Juice cleanse, juice cleanse, juice cleanse....I decided about 7 days ago that it was time for me to participate in my FIRST EVER juice cleanse. WHY NOT, RIGHT?!?! I have done the master cleanse, check box (http://themastercleanse.org)

I have done an intensive alkaline food and enema retreat, check box

(http://www.bodymindretreats.com/philosophy.html). It seemed the next logical step would be a juice cleanse. For those new to cleansing it is an amazing process that allows you to really experience your mind and body connection. I have felt so high and so low throughout the last 5 days. So let me break it down real quick...

Day 1, was exciting I was proud of myself for committing, I worked out hard, felt good, if only slightly hungry. Managing the right amount of juice and timing it throughout the day seemed pretty easy. I scheduled time to make my own juices, nothing fancy just a combo of tuscan kale, carrots, lemons, green apples, celery, cucumber and ginger. Plus, I GOT to tell everyone I was on a juice cleanse! Go F*#& yourself VEGANS.

Day 2, FML... SERIOUSLY I wanted to smack everyone who agreed to do a juice cleanse with me because I could not give up on them. I was HANGRY and I did not care who knew. Honestly, there were moments were I just did not think I would be able to finish this cleanse, I was SO hungry and WEAK and TIRED and BLAh, blah blah blah... I felt like a starved lion caged and watching my pride feast, it was painful to say the least.

Day 3, residual frustrations from day 2 but something was different... I could feel that my body was adjusting or "detoxing." My #2s started to change and so did my outlook. I started to feel clear, calm and like I could go on juicing forever. Don't get me wrong there were still moments of complete and utter despair but like all good things they too passed.

Day 4, the day was amazing, I was POWERFUL, CLEAR, FOCUSED, SLAP HAPPY and most importantly juicing felt rather natural. No more blame, no more anger, no more crazed lioness smelling co-workers' food. I accomplished great things this day, however the night was rough. My body was tired and I just wanted to be horizontal resting.

Day 5, in currently... today I have been enjoying my thin figure. I have caught myself checking myself out more than a few times. There were still the ups and downs of feeling hungry and ready for food but I was not attached to them and they have passed rather uneventfully. I still have a LONG night of adventures ahead of me but so far the cleanse has passed my test... DOABLE and WORTH IT.

Breakthroughs:

  1. I don't need food or coffee to feel good, I can surrender and let go of my hunger/appetite (see blog from 2013)
  2. My mind is more powerful than my body
  3. "Toxins" in my body slow me down and make me feel "foggy"
  4. Emotions ebb and flow like the ocean
  5. If I want to be thinner, I just have to juice more ;)
  6. We have have energy squirreled away everywhere... just keep digging

ADVICE to future "JUICeNATORS"

  1. Carry mints because your breathe is going to be HOT!
  2. BREATHE, it will pass
  3. Plan, organize and space juices throughout the day to avoid blood sugar FREAK OUTS
  4. Drink a lot of hot herbal teas (my favorite is peppermint, also helps with your breathe)
  5. Stay warm, you will feel cold
  6. Don't go anywhere that does not have a bathroom, you will be using it

VIDEOS to AMP you up: On netflix, "Juice Nation" and "Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead"

website I used for recipes: http://www.justonjuice.com/7-day-juice-fast-plan/Recipes