All my life I've been pretty athletic, I have been in sports since I was little. I just love being active it’s so refreshing for me. When I stopped competing in sports I started training harder in the gym and following the competitions in the fitness magazines. That's when I decided to go for it... my first competition was last Year in April and got 2nd place. After that I was hooked!
I've always liked to lift weights but since I was more into modeling before... I couldn't get too muscular. So.. I have to admit that I turned a bit into a cardio bunny trying to get thin back then. I didn't lift too heavy which wasn't working for me because I wasn't toning up, I was just getting skinny but not tight... In other words "Skinny fat". It was when I started combining Cardio with Weight training that I started seeing a BIG difference.
I spend about 1.5 - 2 hr including weight and cardio altogether.
I don't always listen to music while I train... It just depends on what mood I'm in. Sometimes just me and my thoughts are enough to get me in the "Zone" but music it's definitely a lifesaver when I need the extra boost. Keeps people from interrupting me while I'm training, not that I want to be anti-social but I train at a really fast pace and try to make my gym time count so I don't have much time to chit-chat around, "Gotta keep my head in the Game... I'll be glad to talk when I'm done" ;)
When I find a song that pumps me up just put it on repeat..it helps me maintain my focus through the workout. On my playlist... Wow I like so many, I have a bit of everything but here are some I like: Linking Park-"The Catalyst"... Pretty much all their songs :), Prodigy-"Firestarter", Breaking Benjamin-"Blow me away", Evanescence - "Going under", David Guetta, Deadmau5, Metalica-"Enter Sadman", Paramore, Flyleaf, No Doubt, Black Eyed Peas, sometimes I even like Christian music to workout...It lifts my spirits!
I'm really proud of finding the courage to start training and stepping on stage to compete in Bikini, getting more involved in fitness was something that I was always looking forward to do someday. I’m amazed to see how my body has transformed before my eyes... it's very rewarding!
Outside the Gym I'm proud of everything I have accomplished in my life because it has made me the person I am today.... one thing that I'm really proud of is having the opportunity to represent my beautiful country "Puerto Rico" Internationally.
The only break I've taken since I started training to compete in 2011 was because of food poisoning, followed by an ankle sprain in between competitions... but even through recovery I was still training, I just had to learn to listen a bit more to my body and adjust my workouts in the meantime. I want to get my pro card before I can think of a break... don't want to lose momentum..lol
YES! I’ve had many obstacles and setbacks...I guess you can call it LIFE! :) My biggest obstacle has been breaking down "The Mind Wall", the mind is a powerful thing and if you give up mentally your body will follow.... so I became my own cheerleader and started learning to have control of my thoughts turning negative ones (I Can't/NO) with more positive ones (I Can/Yes). I'm constantly fighting with my body as well since I'm always pushing it to it's limits...Muscle rubs, Ice packs and Bandages are the order of the day for me...lol. When you are an athlete your body will never be at 100% but you always have to give your 200%!
One thing I do that helps me stay motivated and push through my workouts is writing on my gallon of water motivational quotes that come to mind before I train... that way every time I take a sip it reminds me to push harder. I constantly take progress pictures to make sure I'm on the right track and also have an inspiration board which I strongly recommend you do and put it up where you can see it everyday.
If you are starting to workout don't try to do too much too soon or you might give up half way, remember to be patient it took years to have the body you have right now so don't expect any changes overnight..."Easy come... Easy go" so if you want your results to last you have to be patient and create the habit of working out first and then keep increasing your intensity as you keep progressing.... and the most Important thing of all "BELIEVE IN YOURSELF"!!
Remember if you give up, you already lost... You can do it ;)
If you want it bad enough you'll find a way to make things happen.
Think of your fitness goals as a ladder starting with the more attainable goals up to the more challenging ones. Take one step at a time... you set the pace to get to the top but you GOTTA KEEP YOUR EYES ON THE FINISH LINE AT ALL TIMES!! Trust me... I know it is easier said than done but it's not impossible and if others do it why can't we... Right! Those who make it had their struggles too but they kept at it until they reach their goal, so DON'T give up.... To succeed you have to be consistent at what you do!
I just don't buy them "You won't eat what you don't have"! I prepare my meals in advance and carry them with me at all times, that way there's no excuse for reaching out for the "Bad stuff" (Not that I'm a saint about it... HEY! I'm human.. lol) I drink lots of water during the day which helps calm the "cookie monster" in my stomach, plus it doesn't add any extra calories. I do have one cheat meal (NOT a cheat day) on weekends and then it's right back on to my meal plan :)
A healthy treat I like and it calms my cravings for sweets is a bit of mashed sweet potato with cinnamon, Olive oil and whey protein powder. I blend it all together and put in the fridge and it’s like a pudding to me...yummy!
Two of my favorite athletes are Lolo Jones and Lance Armstrong they are fighters and amazing athletes... a true example of what it means to give 200%. In Fitness/Bodybuilding there are so many athletes I admire.... I honestly respect and admire all of them, it takes lots of discipline and guts to be a Bodybuilding/Fitness Athlete.
HIIT Intervals are the best to get your metabolism at full speed not to mention they keep you from getting bored of the repetitive motion of long cardio workouts. I do hill sprints on the treadmill or outside, also use the Stairmaster, they are both great for toning your tush.
I do 45 min- 1hr of cardio everyday and when I’m close to competition I sometimes do it twice a day. My Coaches from Team Bombshell, Shannon Dey and Rob Rosetti are constantly updating my cardio and workout routines depending on how my body is responding and how close I am to Contest day. Here's a sneak peek of my training ;)
Normally I drink a Gallon of water and eat 6 decently portioned meals a day (No starving crazy diets). I eat
lots of Lean protein (Fish, Flank steak, Chicken, Turkey), Complex Carbs (Brown Rice, Old Fashion Oats, Sweet Potatoes, Whole Grain wheat bread /Pasta), Lots of Veggies (Romaine lettuce, Carrots, Green beans, Asparagus, Zucchini), Fresh fruits (limited for it's sugar content) and Healthy fats (Flax seed, Olive oil)
Whey Protein Powder, Multivitamin, Flax seed oil, Glutamine
1. Nutrition is Key... You HAVE to EAT and eat LEAN, you can’t run a Lamborghini on an empty tank.. right!
2. Combine Cardio with Weights... Cardio alone won't reshape your body! If you want to get to the next level you need to build those muscles up.
3. Challenge yourself with every workout... You need Intensity! If it feels too easy you are not working out hard enough…NO EXCUSES!
Weights + Cardio + Good Nutrition = HOTTIE!! :)
Ana Delia De Iturrondo
Weight: 117 Height: 5’4”
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