Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Injury update, and Chocolate Fudge Brownie Protein Ice Cream Recipe!

No cardio last night, I was banned from the gym. Good thing, as I could barely get up the stairs at home. Blek, stupid injury. I rested, iced, rested, and worked on my e-book for recipes (twenty-two pages in 3 hours, not bad, right?). My protein ice cream of choice last night was Chocolate Fudge Brownie. I gotta say, I wait all day for that bowl of ice cream :-) Supremely yummy.

Chelle's Chocolate Fudge Brownie Protein Ice Cream

1 scoop Chocolate Beverly Ultimate Muscle Protein powder
1 cup chocolate unsweetened almond milk
12 drops Capella Chocolate Fudge Brownie flavor drops
8 drops Chocolate Stevia

Blend well, then pour into ice cream maker (or do the ziploc thing)

While my pre-bed treat was awesome, sleep was so/so. Kept waking up in pain, cramping/spasming. Bleh. 4:30 came too early, but with it was a reduction in pain! And a realization. The injury whipped up my worry-ometer, and I've been stressed over how far this will set me back, is it a tear, is it bad, blah blah blah. Round-about 3am, I realized that it doesn't matter. I can't change it. I have no control over it, and so worry is pointless. Plus, and here was the biggie... for each exercise I can't do because I'm hurt, there's another I can. As Tab is so fond of saying, there's always a plan B (or C, or D...). Always. Nothing is absolute. 

When I started my day, I might not have been well-rested, but I was well-fired-up.
Good thing, as it was Back/Biceps day :-) Tab kicked my ass from the Assisted Pullup machine (one more, yeah right! you mean 5 more! I know your tricks!) to the low rows (I am squeezing my back!) to the treadmill (gotta get that heart-rate up) - round and round! Then it was Triceps press-downs with random holds (3 seconds, 5 seconds, 10 seconds while Tab tries to pull it away), followed with 15# dumbells and bicep curls, then posing - then repeat. I'm already sore! :-)  Yes, I'm a little sick, being sore makes me happy.

My hamstring hurts, but nowhere near the levels of yesterday's 7th circle of hell-pain. I have an appointment at 4pm with a fantastic sports massage therapist (she helped me with a screwy lat muscle when I was training for the burlesque show). Hopefully she can get this worked out for me, and put me back on track with legs. I'm not worrying about it, I'll just wait and see what happens.

It's funny, I had this epiphany, then had my workout, then when I got to the office, Tab had sent me an email that ended my hopes of wearing my mascara all day. It was exactly what I needed. Here's what she sent me...

Dear Diary….

My sport is bodybuilding and my game is the day in, day out preparation for my first FIGURE COMPETITION. Like any sport, sports like football and triathlons, there is a goal. In football it is the long blare of a final whistle. In a triathlon it is the white tape flowing across the finish line. For me it is standing on a stage in front of the judges, the crystals of my suit sparkling under the lights as I show off my golden tan and lean physique that is unlike any other I have had before.

My “game”, if you will, is the hours, days, weeks, and months spent cooking, eating, weightlifting, cardio training, posing, planning, and RE-planning. Similar to the other sports (football and triathlons) my sport includes two games: the physical game and mental game. Recently I have come to realize that even when I do not have to focus on the physical game, the mental game continues. It goes beyond the hour of weightlifting and cardio training. It is a constant 24x7 thought process designed to exhaust even those with the most elite mental endurance.

“Have I eaten enough? Too little?”
“OOOPs I for got to eat, what do I do now?”
“Did I workout long enough today?”
“Do I need to change up my routine?”
“Is my bodyfat where it is supposed to be?”
“Crud! I am injured, what do I do now?”

Then it became obvious……In the end how I respond to these thoughts and manage my mental game is going to determine my success. As with all sports “obstacles” are inherent. Football players fumble and turnover the ball. Triathletes have bad transitions or even trip and fall. Bodybuilders pull muscles, sprain ankles, or even strain knees. No matter what the obstacle, usually they are never planned for. However, that doesn’t always mean that the “game” is over. It is these nuances in a sport that make the “game” more challenging and interesting for all the players.

Unfortunately, these challenges are directly correlated with the mentality of the players causing them to flinch, get scared, and sometimes even quit trying. They have the power in their mind to either turn and run or face the obstacle head on. The advantage of facing the obstacle head on creates a diverse learning experience designed to physically challenge and mentally tune the mind and body. Avoiding challenge is not what makes a champion. Champions will choose to refocus, work harder, and come out on top. Being able to stay mentally in the game is what makes a champion. Accepting the things you can’t control and applying yourself 100% to the things you can control makes you a champion.

To me, there is no question that the mental game is sport proves to be more grueling that the physical game. After all….our minds control our bodies. As such, I have chosen to put 100% into that which I can control…..MY MIND. I am ready now. I am ready to push past the many obstacles I encounter in my “game”. I know ultimately, my WIN will only end up meaning so much more. See you at the FINISH LINE….when the FINAL WHISTLE blows……I will see you when I get on STAGE!

Seriously, folks... How much does my BFF rock?? Boy, I needed that. 


  1. Wow, is it bad that I got sidetracked at the burlesque part? (I'm a burlesque performer - for over 4 years).

    But back to the real nitty gritty, it put me back in my goal of working out and muscle!

    I hope you have no more injuries and you keep rockin' it hard core!!!


  2. That was absolutely fabulous!!! kudos to Tab for sending such a wonderful message!! I am sure it struck some cord in all of us who have read it, so thank you!!!
    I hope your injury is better soon, but I know you will succeed. You have come out on top every time so far!!!!