Well, here we are. I've been talking about this for years and now, it's finally becoming a reality.
So to follow along, I'll give you a little back story. Since I was deployed, I used fitness as an escape from everything that was happening. It was relatively simple; wake up at 3am, eat at the same dining facility every day at 6am, 12pm, and 5pm, go to bed at 10pm, wake up and do it all over again. Was it exhausting? Yes. But it was well worth it. The changes I noticed in my body and my mind were something that I couldn't begin to explain.
Fast forward to 2017.
I've maintained a certain level of activity and dietary control, but have been wanting to get into the competition circuit. I've hired the one and only Dallas Rae as my competition coach. She's competed at the WBFF level and that's where I'm going to be one day, so what better person to learn from? Not to mention, she's local to Salt Lake and let's admit that I need all the help I can get for posing and stage presence.
My biggest challenge right now is the diet. Everybody always says "if you want it bad enough, you'll make it happen." But honestly, it's not as easy as people play it off to be. When you're so used to eating a certain way for so long, it's extremely difficult to curb the cravings, adjust your habits, and control the impulses. We're 18 weeks away from my first competition and I've just placed the order for my custom figure suit from my sponsor Angel Competition Bikini's.
I know this seems like a pointless ramble to you, but I wanted to keep everybody updated since I promised I would once I began the journey to competing. I'm not going to hide anything, I'm not going to make this look easy because this is not going to be simple. This is a challenge and this is going to teach me the capabilities of my mental and physical strengths and develop my weaknesses. I hope that through this journey, you'll find the motivation to make a change within yourself and do something you've always been afraid of.
Quite a few people have asked me what my current workout playlist consists of; unfortunately for me, that's a LOT of songs. (I currently have over 5600 on my ipod, and 50 on my 3 workout playlists) But, I will post 1 right now.
Our Last Night - Never Forget You
Our Last Night - Eleanor Rigby
A Day To Remember - Bullfight, Bad Vibrations, Life @ 11, You Be Tails.., Violence, Dead and Buried, Best of Me
Limp Bizkit - Nookie
Escape the Fate - No Consequences
Psy - Snoop Dogg - Hangover
Red Jumpsuit Apparatus - Misery Loves Company
Chris Brown - Look At Me Now
As I Lay Dying - A Greater Foundation
Korn - Falling Away From Me, Make Me Bad, Freak On A Leash
We Came As Romans - What I Wished I Never Had
Parkway Drive - Crushed, Dark Days, Vice Grip
Escape the Fate - Ungrateful
Bullet For My Valentine - Waking the Demon
Imogen Heap - Hide and Seek (Roksonix Remix)
Krewella - Come and Get It
Roadrunner United - The End
Static X - I'm With Stupid, Push It, Destroyer
Life is about challenges and feeling an array of emotions.
During a single challenge you can feel elated, depressed, agitated, triumphant, and question yourself. If you keep pushing, you will find out who you really are.
I have changed the direction of my modeling and ultimately, my life. Where I once was a lingerie and glamour model, I am now aiming more towards fitness/lifestyle/glamour/fashion and for somebody like me it's not easy. My bookings have taken a hard hit, my self worth has been questioned and my relationships have suffered.
In the end, I know this is worth it because I'm out to set that I am more than just a body; I am a heart, soul, personality, and spirit. THAT is what you are capturing when you see me whether it's with your mind or your camera. This is me and just like I overcome each goal I set in the gym, this will be just another stepping stone in my career.
I say that to tell you that no matter what you're doing in life, if you're not happy and are dreading it then it's time for a change. It may be difficult at first and it might not seem worth it, but if you know in the deep down depths of your soul that it's what you want, get after it.
To those who are continually standing by my side and supporting me, pushing me, and sharing your stories with me, I thank you from the bottom of my heart and look forward to showing you that you can change your stars.
Photo: Dejan Dimkovski
So, I've been wanting to bench my body weight for a while.. ever since high school. If I remember correctly, the most I've ever done was 120 on flat-bench. Now, today, I benched 125. ULTIMATE PR!
While it may only be 1 rep, it's enough to know that no matter what, as long as I keep focused on the goal and keep pushing myself, I will reach it and set a new standard for myself.
That is applicable to ANYTHING in your life.
This is also my post to say that I doubt I'd be able to push myself as hard as I am without my boyfriend Matt or my family with Millecor. Any ideas I have about new exercises, diet problems, bitching about cravings, or anything in general, I know Matt is right there. So, this one is for you.
Can you guys guess how old I was in the left photo? I was only 12. Guess what I was making? If you guess brownies, you were right. I ate over half of it by myself. I was 12 years old and well on my way to becoming an obese teenager and adult. My father had literally just passed away when this photo was taken. He passed from Congestive Heart Failure.
That's when you have excess cholesterol buildup in your arteries and your heart cannot pump enough blood to your body and essentially works itself to death. My father was a very tall and skinny man, but just because you're skinny does NOT mean you're healthy.
We had just moved back to California from Japan and he was just remarried to a woman I was unaccepting of because I felt it should have just been the two of us.
Over the next few months, I learned I had a mother and siblings. So, mother gained sole custody of me and I had a whole new life to live in Washington.
I was sent to the doctor every 6 months to have my cholesterol tested... My first test the doctor said I had the results of a 60 year old male who lived off fast food. Since then, I have participated in every sport I could, spent hours outside working, and watched (for the most part) what I ate. --
I still have my moments 14 years later but I have much better knowledge about my heart health now than I could have ever imagined. I'm not telling you this for a sob story, but to show you that YOU CAN change your stars.
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Alright guys, for those of you who are unaware, I have officially teamed up with Millecor - Supplements. A little background, this is a company owned and ran by a Marine and proceeds from EACH purchase are given back to organizations that LEGITIMATELY help fellow brothers and sisters who need it. Now, not only do they basically give away money, but they also have allowed me to give you guys all discount codes! On the website, if you are a Veteran (Current/Retired), LEO, First Responder you are automatically given 25% off (when proof is shown) and the directions are super simple, so I highly recommend doing it. Ontop of this HERO discount of 25% off, you can use LEIGH5 to add an additional 5% off your order! If you're not qualified for the HERO discount, simply use LEIGHM for a quick and easy 20% your total each time!
Now, a little bit of information. For my daily routine, I use the Millecor Women's Multivitamin every morning, followed by my MILLETOV Pre-Workout Cocktail. Not only does this stuff taste great when mixed with ice, but it's really given me the energy boost I need to push the weights and my body to it's max potential when followed with drinking my Millecor Amino's during my therapy gym time. Throughout the day, I will also drink my Millecor Protein with SILK Almond Milk and it's so yummy that I look forward to the next protein shake I gotta take.
There are so many of my friends who have tried this product and I firmly stand by it 100%. Those who know me will vouch that I do NOT endorse products that I don't believe in. . . which says a lot about me. So, if you're needing a boost of even just a good protein to add to your day, stop by the website and pick up a bottle to try. I guarantee you'll be hooked like I am.
it's Monday! You know what that means? I don't either. But, Stop the 22 A DAY is trying to find donations for updating their computer system. In the beginning, it was 1 man, maybe 2, and a laptop. With over a MILLION people now tracking the efforts and actions of this certified non-profit organization, it is nearly impossible to keep track of life and business on something that weak. We are trying to obtain a Mac Desktop computer with a processor strong enough to handle the numerous documents, photoshop abilities for clothing designs, logos, etc.
If you're interested in making a donation or could help direct us to somebody who can help, we have all the documentation needed to return for tax write-off purposes. Simply send us a message either to me personally through this page (Leigh And Bloo), stop by my website www.leighandbloo.com, or stop by Stop the 22 A Day fanpage and send a message. We have already changed the lives of so many and we look forward to creating a real difference.
So, as most of you may not know, I have started school full time. Unfortunately, while I'm only taking 4 classes (considered full time for FTA benefits) my class load is atrocious. With the classes I'm taking, I have small writing assignments (3-5 pages) due each week, sometimes twice a week and Major Writing Assignments due every 3 weeks (5-7 pages) for each class. Combined with part time employment, keeping up with my social media pages, and booking shoots, I am definitely already getting burnt out. It's only been a couple of weeks. So while I will do the best I can to showcase new material often, I will need your help to motivate me as much as you say that I motivate you.
I truly appreciate each and every one of my followers. You guys have been there for me when I needed you most and continue to support me through all of my journeys. I've made it a vow to make this year count and meet all of my goals. Hoping that I will relieve myself of all credit card debt (which is a struggle being financially struggling), making trips all over the country, and building my empire, this is when I will need you most.
IF you're interested in helping me along this journey, I will be selling instax, prints, and possibly even doing some free giveaways. I may also be updating my amazon wishlist for new shooting wardrobe since I hadn't updated that in a few years and it's time for some new material. We will see! Cross your fingers because we are in for a wild ride.