Team Mind Strong Athlete Focuses on Mindfulness

mentaltraining2This week in the Team Mind Strong Athlete Members area we are focusing on mindfulness as well as anxiety reduction and relaxation. I know I am like a broken record with this thing. But the truth of the matter is once we master mindfulness, we can master any mental skill. If we want to be able to visualize our goals, regulate our emotions, streamline our focus, or let go of what is out of our control, the key step is mindfulness.

Just like when you start your diet, you first get rid of the cookies and junk food. That is the way I see mindfulness, an important foundation to our upcoming mental skills.

I have added a video and audio practice on mindfulness and I also have videos and worksheets. the worksheets will first help you to assess your anxiety level, second, establish your current relaxation resources, and create new ones, and finally to help you focus on what is important, controlling the controllables.

Feel free to email me any or all of your worksheets and I will provide you email feedback. For coaching clients we will discuss in our next coaching call the worksheets and how we will be incorporating those into your mental training program.

And if you are not already a member, what are you waiting for? Team Mind Strong Athlete is the only contest prep team that focus not only on your body but your mind.

Here is what I do specifically, I help figure, bikini and physique athletes who struggle with confidence, body image and distorted thoughts, and instead want to feel empowered, self-assured and mentally strong.

Check out the focus of the week here:
https://mindstrongathlete.com/focus-of-the-week-mindfulness

Talking Yourself Into Success

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Talking Yourself Into Success

I love talking to myself. I don’t always have the nicest things to say, but when I do, I am unstoppable. The trick is figuring out those buzz words that work for you that get you out of bed and into the gym, focused on your mission and eating your food like an Olympic athlete. Sometimes the not so nice things are what gets me motivated, and sometimes I need a good old fashioned glob of positivity to help me through the day.

How can you find those words that really resonate and fit with you that offer optimal levels of inspiration? I have a few ideas…

1. Start Where You Are:
There really is nothing worse than a well intended motivational message that energetically doesn’t resonate with you. If you are just starting a new goal and you don’t yet believe you can do it, saying you are the Ms. Olympia Champion is most likely not going to inspire you. Instead, take your message one step beyond where you currently are at energetically. For example, let’s say you have a new goal, but it is something you have never done before. Maybe you are going to take up Marathoning, or maybe you want to try a figure competition. The goal seems exciting and scary at the same time. You want to believe in yourself. You are not quite there yet, but you want it. Say to yourself: “I want to believe.” This is the first step. Then when you start feeling like it is possible, bump it up a bit, say to yourself: “I got this.” Can you feel the difference in energy from the first one to the second? There is more confidence in the second one, but don’t be afraid to start where you are, and for it to be ok where you are.

2. Know Where You Are Going:
Even though your goal may be far off in the distance, tap into and connect with the energy of how you will want to eventually feel. Have an energetic end goal if you will. We all have goals of what we want, but what about how we want to feel along the way. I never had a bad ending to an awesome journey. So really connect with where you are going energetically, so you can recognize it when you get there.

3. Create Visual Reminders:
It is easy to forgot what we want to say to ourselves without visual reminders. Put a sticky note on your bathroom mirror, wear a bracelet or ring with your message on it. Put the message somewhere you can see it so you can remind yourself of it and continue to say the word or phrase in your head over and over throughout the day.

4. Remember to Upgrade:
Once your message no longer has the juice anymore to get you going, it is time for an upgrade. Create a new message that is the next step closer to your goal. Keep on upgrading. If you can’t think of any ideas, look to some of your role models and get some ideas from them.

I hope you found this helpful. Be sure to check out the link below for my new Silver Coaching Program. Have a great month of February.

Nancy Georges
IFBB Figure Pro
Contest Prep Coach
Mental Coach
http://www.nancygeorges.com/programs.html

Fighting For What You Want

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Are you ready to put up a fight for what you want? What are your personal standards of excellence that you desire to live up to? As cliché as it is, at the turn of the year, we are all making plans for how we are going to make our upcoming year better than the previous year. It is not wishful thinking, rather good planning. If you plan your dream out in full and vivid detail, you are well on your way to achieving your desired outcomes. Here are some techniques that I use when it comes to the turn of the year goal planning.

1. Make your goal something that is important to you. 
If you don’t care all that much about achieving your goal, when the road gets difficult, it is unlikely that you are going to stick it out. Dig deep and ask yourself, what do you want to accomplish for yourself? Not for anyone else, but for you? That is where we are going to get our driving power.

2. Make sure that your goal lines up with your values.
Know what you value. Living a life of values is an important part of the goal planning process. When you make goals that you care about at the deepest level, when you need to dig deep to find your inner drive, it will be there waiting to be revved up.

3. Don’t compare your goal to other people’s goals or what you think your goal should be.
It is easy to make goals based on what other people are doing. Sometimes what is right for someone else is not the best for you. Use others as a source of motivation and inspiration, then ask yourself this question. What is the goal that is true and right for me, that is in this same area of achievement?

4. Make a detailed plan of action. 
A goal is a great start, a detailed plan of action with short term, medium and long term goals along the way is a great way to stay connected and moving forward toward your goal.
 
5. Create a supportive environment.
It takes an army of a support team to help me with my goal of becoming pain-free. I work with a chiropractor, go to Cryotherapy, work with a sport psychologist, nutrition coach and I make sure that my family and friends are at least neutral about my goals. I don’t need constant cheerleading every single day, but I want people around me that believe in me and support my efforts. Make sure you surround yourself with a support team that moves you in the direction of your goals.

6. Don’t give up.
It is possible you won’t reach your goal in the timeframe you have set out. That does not mean you have failed; it just means you need to readjust the plan of attack. Get rested, and then reset your new plan with a new target date. Develop mental toughness by being flexible with how you go about achieving your goal.
 
7. Make sure that you are in control of making your goal happen. 
It is great to have goals such as winning, but we also want to make sure that we set goals that are within our control. We want to have behavioral goals as well as outcome goals.Life is not going to just hand you what you want; you have to fight for it! What are you willing to fight for today? Pick goals that are worth your time and effort.

Nancy Georges

IFBB Figure Pro
Contest Prep Coach
Mental Game Coach

Mood Manipulation for Peak Performance

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Mood Manipulation for Peak Performance:
I needed a little mood manipulation this morning. I have been having such a great week bumping up my workouts and cardio sessions, since I am getting ready to be on vacation from school for the next month. Everything was going amazing. I felt great all week, super focused, and then, I got some personal news that really distracted me and brought me down. My morning cardio in the beginning was dragging and I had to really do some work to talk myself into a good mood. And that is exactly what I did. I manipulated myself into a good mood.

Sometimes we need to take a break, but sometimes we can talk ourselves back into the zone and back into a great workout. Here is an outline of how I talked myself into a good mood.

First: Identify your current mood. Don’t be afraid of how you feel, go ahead and name it. You may feel tired, sad, irritable, bored, just go ahead and name the feeling that is getting in your way of your workout.

Second:Recognize that your feelings are present for a reason. Thank yourself for the way you feel. Say: Thank you self. I appreciate this feeling very much, I am sure it makes sense.

Third: Time for some negotiation via internal dialog. Ask the part of you that created the feeling if it would be willing to subside temporarily until you get through your workout. Check in to see if you get a yes response. Once you get a yes response, negotiate for a time that you will tend to this feeling. Commit to checking back in for example, 20 minutes after your workout, or when you get home for the evening. Whatever it is, make sure it is within the next 24 hours or so.

Fourth: Recall a time in your recent past that you had an amazing workout. What was going on in your mind’s eye? What were you saying to yourself? What pictures were you making? And how did all of this make you feel? Really see this out in front of you clear and big and bright. Now step into this feeling and put it on like a coat, basking in all the wonderful feelings that were present for a time that you had an amazing workout.

Fifth: Go workout. Have an amazing, energized, fantastic workout!

I hope you enjoyed that quick mental exercise to help you manipulate your mood.

Remember last newsletter, where I talked about getting in the zone? Well, It was such a popular topic of conversation, that I created an MP3 hypnosis session to help you eliminate distractions. Also based on feedback, I kept the session to 10 minutes. It is a great session to help you quickly get to what you want to focus on in the moment and throughout the day. See the link below to grab your copy.

http://www.nancygeorges.com/mp3-downloads.html

Until next time,

Nancy Georges

IFBB Figure Pro
Contest Prep Coach
Mental Game Coach

Time to Get in the Zone

Getting in the zone; in the fitness world we call that flipping the switch. Which is ironic since so much prep work needs to really happen ahead of time it seems like a switch is being flipped. In reality we are going over in our head all the ways in which said switch should be flipped. It is a mental game and a major struggle. Why? Often times we can’t seem to find the switch to flip.

Today I posted a short video in my private Facebook group a little mental exercise on flipping the switch. By the way, if you are not a part of my group and you are interested in taking your mind and body to the next level, you will want to add yourself to the group. Here is that link:

Step 1: How do you know you are not in the zone? The way you know you are not in the zone is that you have been there before, so we do have something to compare it to. Write out all the ways in which you know you are not in the zone:

a. What are you saying to yourself in regards to your workouts, your food prep, your cardio, your body, etc?

b. What pictures are you making in your mind’s-eye? Do you have an image in your mind of looking shredded? Or are you picturing yourself sleeping in and getting a little bit more rest?

c. How do you feel? How is your posture, is it upright or slouched over? How much energy do you have? How fast are you walking? Do you have a spring in your step?

Step 2: Recall a time that you knew you were in the zone.

a. What were you saying to yourself in regards to your workouts, your food prep, your cardio, your body, etc?

b. What pictures were you making in your mind’s-eye? Did you have an image in your mind of looking shredded? Or were you picturing yourself sleeping in and getting a little bit more rest?

c. How did you feel? How was your posture, was it upright or slouched over? How much energy did you have? How fast were you walking? Did you have a spring in your step?

Step 3: Try on a sample from your zone experience right now. The easiest is to try on the auditory. What were you saying to yourself when you were in the zone? Say that now. Now change your posture. Now change the images to match the type of images you had when you were in the zone.

I hope you enjoy this technique and find it helpful. Remember to join my private group for more videos and updates on mental skills.

Until next time,

Nancy Georges

IFBB Figure Pro
Contest Prep Coach
Mental Game Coach

Using Cue Words to Stay Motivated

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Lately I have been playing around with the voices in my head. OK, I admit, that sounds rather strange, but follow me for a minute. We all talk to ourselves. I think I probably talk to myself non-stop throughout the day when I am not engaged in an actual conversation with another person. I would love to have a transcript of all the things I say to myself throughout the day. I am guessing I am not alone on this.

Do you talk to yourself? What does the voice sound like? Is it generally pleasant, or it is mean and critical? One way we have a positive effect on our goals is by changing up the way we talk to ourselves, using cue words. I will admit, I won’t be able to change all the negative voices in your head in one article, however, cue words are a very effective way to easily help us stay on track with our goals.

Here is an example of how the process of developing cue words can work. This week I have been rather busy studying for finals. When I study, I feel extra snacky. I want snacks!!! The café cookies and brownies were looking extra good this day. I took a moment to check in with my body and really connect with my cravings. Urge surfing is a technique that I walk through with my clients in session that have challenges with snacking. So I checked in with my body and I said to my body, what is this feeling? Then I noticed I said to myself: “I feel unsettled.” I took a deep breath and did some brief mindfulness and I said to myself “Settle in.” Ahhhhh!! Instantly I relaxed and felt better. I repeated settle in a few times and the craving went away.

Now you can use this technique to help with cravings, to motivate yourself for a workout, or any other behavior that you are wanting a little extra motivation with. Cue words are usually used in a performance context, but I tweaked it, because those of us on a fitness journey of sculpting our bodies have additional challenges with our sport or lifestyle when it comes to hunger.
 

Step 1: Identify an area that you want to have more motivation with. It could be to workout, to eat healthy.

Step 2: Connect with the feeling. It is good to do this in real time. For example, if you are not wanting to go to the gym, do this right then on the spot. Check in with your feeling and ask yourself: “What is this feeling about?” Or something like that. Take a few moments to connect with it.

Step 3: Take a few nice deep breaths and you wait for the communication from your body. Relax into whatever the feeling is.

Step 4: Identify a cue word based on how you feel. For example, I was feeling unsettled, so I said to myself settle in.

Step 5: Repeat your cue word several times to test the effectiveness. If it is not very strong, repeat the steps and create a new cue word.

Step 6: Write your cue word down and use it as often as you like for similar situations.

That’s it, that’s all there is to it. I hope you enjoy this technique and find it helpful especially now at a very tempting time of the year. I like to say, if you can eat healthy this time of year, you can do it anytime.

Also be sure to visit my audios if you are wanting some extra motivation in this potentially challenging time of the year. Here is the link:

And if you are interested in some personalized attention, check out my customized programs. I would be happy to offer you a complete custom nutrition plan along with all the mental tricks custom to your situation. 

Until next time,

Nancy Georges

IFBB Figure Pro
Contest Prep Coach
Mental Game Coach

How To Win Every Competition

 

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The Mental Game of Winning

Fitness, Figure, Bodybuilding, Bikini Competitors
(applicable to other sports as well)

Every competitor has the goal of winning a competition. The problem is, only one athlete walks away with the overall title. So how do you make sure that every competition you enter, you win? One way to make sure you win is to set up a variety of goals. I like to have the goal of winning, obviously, but I also like to include goals that are within my control.

One of the greatest boosts to self-confidence for sport is feeling like you have control over your process. I like to set goals for my level of conditioning, communication with others during contest prep, mental skill that I want to work on, level of focus in my workouts, feeling joyful about the process, eating my meals on schedule daily, weekly and monthly and more. All of these goals we have control over.

When we feel in control of our process, we get to win every day! The outcome of the competition is almost irrelevant, but I have never had a good journey that did not have a good ending. Creating goals throughout the competition process, whether that be for three months or six months, is a great way to enjoy and win every step of the way. At the end of the day, we are challenging ourselves to become a better version of who we are. That does not get measured for twelve weeks, it only gets measured one time, on one day. Here are some ideas for setting winning goals

Setting Winning Goals

1. Set Outcome Goals: An outcome goal is the result of your efforts. The most popular outcome goal for competitors is to win. I like to make other outcome goals such as surpassing the level of conditioning I was at in previous competitions. Sometimes I like to make outcome goals of meeting a certain amount of competitors at the show that I connect with. Outcome goals are the easiest to set, but keep in mind there are other outcomes to measure besides winning. Shorter range outcome goals include hitting target weight, measurement and body fat markers, being able to do a certain amount of cardio, having a specific amount of strength and endurance for your workout. Most outcome goals can be measured by, you guessed it, the outcome.

2. Set Performance Goals: Much of our performance is in the gym, therefore our pre-performance is very important. Eating our food on schedule, taking our supplements, and drinking the proper amount of water each day are all performance goals so to speak. We have an interesting sport that unlike many others, needs to be thought about throughout the day in order to create success. When we set and meet goals of eating our food on schedule, not skipping meals or snacking, this is the foundation for creating the physique of a champion. We will not get to our outcome if we do not have this setup. I like to make daily and weekly goals for how many workouts I will do, how many cardio sessions, as well as when or if I will have a treat meal. Other performance goals include contest day, how you will do on stage, which can also be broken down into smaller daily and weekly goals.

3. Set Procedural Goals: Procedural goals are perhaps the most overlooked goals. In our sport it is important for our shape to have a certain look to it, for that reason, it is important to create goals within our training that change the process of the workout in order to hit the muscle more effectively. I spend a lot of time with my clients viewing videos of their form, to make sure that not just the exercise is being done, but it is also being done in such a way as to maximize the look of the muscle. This is one example of a procedural goal. There is also a most effective breathing that goes with the workout depending on what you are doing, you can set goals very specific in this way to improve your effectiveness in the gym. It seems micromanaging, but it really is the difference that makes a difference. Everybody works out, but at the end of the day it is how you go about doing it, that matters.

4. Set Short, Medium and Long-Term Goals: When goal setting, many athletes focus simply on the outcome of getting to the stage and winning, but they don’t consider the wins they can be creating every week and every day. Break your goals down into short, medium and long-term goals. For our sport, I find it useful to have daily goals, weekly goals and a long term competition goal. My daily goals will often include for example: 5 minutes of mindfulness, 40 minutes of AM cardio, weight workout, eating my meals on schedule, having a positive attitude, feeling grateful for the process. Those might be my goals for the day. When I nail down the mindfulness for example, I may add the next day 5 minutes of visualization and have different behavioral goals depending on how my day was before that. When I lay my head on my pillow at night and I know I have had a successful day based on my goals; that is a win! I get a trophy. Do that over and over each and every day and I can’t guarantee you will win, but I can guarantee, you will feel like a winner!

5. Visit Your Goals Often and Be Open to Change Them: Having the flexibility to change goals is as important as setting the goal itself. Most often I find we think that something will take less time than it actually does. Be open and flexible to change your show date, increase or decrease performance and process goals and to in general be flexible to re-assess to see if you are still on target for the date you have selected. Many athletes feel like a failure if they change the date of their show. Nonsense! If you need more time, create more time by re-adjusting your goals. There will always be another show, so why not move forward toward your goals with success every step of the way? Win every day!

I am sure you have thought of other goals to include. If you want, create a list of short, medium and long-term outcome, performance and process goals. Then pick the most important one to work on. Once you have mastered that, move on to the next goal, while keeping the previous goal in check. This is a fun way to have a good contest prep, not just for the day of the show, but for the entire journey.

Nancy
http://www.nancygeorges.com

References:

Hanton, S., Mellalieu, S., & Williams, J. (2013). Understanding and managing stress in sport. In   J.M. Williams & V. Krane (Eds.), Applied sport psychology: Personal growth to peak performance (p. 207-234). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.

Pope-Rhodius, A. (2016, October 25). Lecture. JFKU

Robinson, S. (2016, October 25). Lecture. JFKU

 

 

The Mental Game of Dieting for Competition

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Transforming Hunger
The Mental Game of Dieting for Competition  

What I am about to talk about is a very controversial subject. I want to approach this subject with extreme care. I am going to talk about hunger, and how to accept it as part of the dieting process. I am sure you can already see why this is controversial, since hunger is our body telling us that we need food and it is mandatory for our survival.

So, I will issue a warning, that is, I am assuming that your diet is enough food to sustain you but you are still hungry. If you are having problems with memory, concentration and focus, extreme headaches, and lack of motivation, or if your diet is under 1200 calories, then the probability that you are not eating enough is higher. Each person will be on a case by case basis but, I want you to be responsible enough to gauge whether or not you need to change you plan of action (i.e.: the diet) or change the way you are thinking about it. If you feel you are eating enough calories and you trust your support team, then please read on. If you are having any concerns then please consider a second opinion to your procedure.

The subject of hunger came up because of several athletes that have mentioned to me they are struggling with hunger. In addition, I was having a conversation with my sport psychologist recently about the sport and we were talking about hunger, and he was asking what I do when I get hungry. And I said, well you are going to be hungry, there is no way around that. He seemed pretty surprised by that. I just accept hunger as part of the process. I told him that I reframe hunger into my hunger for how I want to look. And the better you look, the easier it is to live with the hunger. He really did seem shocked. He said, so hunger is inevitable? I said, of course, it is a diet. I said most people (non-competitors) eat at the smallest discomfort, they don’t even wait to be hungry. So the reality is, most people never feel real hunger. This got me thinking and wondering if people really think that they are going to diet and not feel hungry, seriously? We are reducing our calories, so of course there will be hunger. Which got me to wondering what other misnomers are out there about dieting and the competition journey. I always claim for things to be easy and I stand by that. However, I do feel hunger. It is the way I perceive it that is what makes the process easy for me. Here are some other common threads that we have as competitors. Now, this is not a license to complain, rather an awareness to reframe and use some mental techniques to help make the journey you are on easy and fun.

Normalizing the Dieting Journey

1. You will feel hungry. I think that we all are in agreement that we will feel hungry. However, stating it as such that everyone feels it, really puts it into perspective. There is nothing wrong with your hunger signals, they are real and we all feel them. We are used to grazing. So, when we set up a plan to eat every three hours and not snack in between, it is difficult. The sooner you make peace with hunger, the sooner you get shredded.

2. You will sometimes have lower energy. This also surprises some people. I am going to be upfront, we all feel this too. Some of us hide it better than others, some of us drink more coffee than others, but we all go through periods during dieting where we feel tired and we don’t want to go to the gym, or fold our clothes or wash our hair. Seriously, sometimes washing my hair during contest prep is just a hassle. Now you know, we are all feeling it, even if we don’t say so.

3. You will sometimes get irritated about things that normally don’t bother you. When I am dieting and I hear someone complain about something that seems trivial to me I am thinking… seriously? Do you realize that I did an hour of cardio, spend an hour packing my food, and had a weight workout before you even woke up this morning? I like to pretend that I am stoned. (not that I have ever been stoned) but if I had been, I would want to feel stoned when someone was saying something annoying so it would just roll off my back like no big deal. Realize we are a little hypersensitive and give others the benefit of the doubt that their behavior would probably not be that annoying if we had just ate an entire pizza.

4. Some people will comment on how you look in a negative way. This is probably the hardest one to deal with, feeling fantastic about how you look and then someone saying, you look tired, are you OK? Or you look sick, you really should eat. Or, are you still doing that diet thing? People don’t get it. I stopped trying to force them to get it. I don’t let it bother me.

5. You may feel lonely or isolated. This is probably the most difficult. We so want people to understand and appreciate what we do. As it gets closer, we do limit our social activities, but that does not mean we need to be or feel isolated. We usually connect through food, but we don’t have to. Find other ways to connect with people. It is challenging but it can be done. Make peace with many people not getting what you are doing, this will also be very beneficial in helping make the process easy.

6. You will wonder if this is worth it, or if you should quit. This may not come into play until a few weeks out. But, most athletes at some point in the contest prep will have an emotional meltdown (or two) wondering if it is all worth it. I remember one time having a meltdown and crying over nothing as I recall it. I was sincerely and honestly upset. I finished my rant to my boyfriend, then lifted up my shirt and said, and look at my abs, my abs are shredded! And I continued to cry. No joke. Doesn’t happen daily but it happens. Make sure you have a strong support team that will be there for you when you need it.

I hope you found this list helpful, there are of course many many other things I could have selected, but in the 20 years that I have been competing and coaching, those are the ones that stand out to me most. My thought process around all of these subjects is to find ways to make them a normal part of your process. Not everyone is going to understand what we do, personally I don’t care. I want what I want for me, not for anyone else anyway. So if I don’t get the approval, I don’t try to force it down people’s throat like a religion, but if they want to ask me questions about what I am doing, then I will share, and of course I hope they join in on the healthy eating bandwagon, because that is one less stressor in my life, however, I don’t need other’s approval in order to move forward to achieve my goals. I move from the passion of my heart, that is my guiding force. I hope that it is yours also. At the end of the day, very few will really get what we are doing, and that is OK. That is what the fitness community is for.

Mental Game Tools: Hunger Resources
Hypnosis Download: Appetite Control
Visualization Exercise: Nutrition Compliance
Nutrition and Life Balance: Inner Athlete Coaching

It’s Never Too Late to Compete

NPC Figure Competitor Spotlight: Nanci Teran

 

nanciteran2I am not a big fan of before and after pictures. The main challenge I have with them is that they sensationalize a person’s journey into this exciting before and after picture, which never tells the process the person went through, or tells the real story as to what they went through in order to achieve their goal. The exception I make to this rule, is when a client personally wants to share their story and they also want to share their before and after pictures.
This is a story of an amazing woman named Nanci, who came to me at 64 years young wanting to compete. We worked together for 6 months and she diligently followed the nutrition plan that I had prepared for her. In addition, she also had a personal trainer who was very helpful to her journey. I recall numerous occasions early on in our prep, she was asking me if I thought she was crazy and that she was too old to compete. I said, are you kidding? No way! Get out there on that stage and show everyone what an amazing body looks like at 64. I am pleased to say, Nanci did just that. She did it! Here is Nanci’s story. I am so proud of her hard work and dedication and for the time I got to share this amazing journey with such an amazing woman.
Nanci wanted me to post her pictures in hopes that she would inspire someone who is sitting on the sidelines wanting to compete but waiting for the right time, or wondering if they are too old. We had an amazing journey together, but more important, Nanci got to complete something that had been in her heart for a while. She got to say she did it, and not only did she do it, she looks incredible and is an amazing inspiration.

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My name is Nanci and I entered the 2016 IFBB/NPC Golden State Figure contest held in Sacramento, CA August 13th 2016. I placed second in the 45 years and older category. In preparing for this contest my Figure Trainer and mentor was Nancy Georges.
 

These are my before and after photographs taken during my weight training regimen. I would like to thank Nancy for giving me the motivation and determination to complete this task. It was a satisfying milestone in my life and I am proud to say that I am 64 years of age!

As a side note, I have osteoporosis. This was the main reason I started a weight-training program. Since I started my training, I am happy to say that I increased my bone density mass by 17%!

Thank you Nancy
I am so grateful to have had the amazing opportunity to support her in making her dream come true of competing. I am so proud of you Nanci! It was a pleasure walking your journey with you.
I have a few openings for contest prep coaching. If you are interested in competing next spring, March, April or May, the time to start is now. 6 months is a good amount of time to allow in order to have a successful prep and an enjoyable journey.
Message me for info and a consultation, if you feel you are ready to step on stage and create your own amazing story.
nancy@mentalgamefitness.com

Top 5 Mental Secrets of The Champions

boxer2In honor of the Olympia weekend coming up in the next couple of days, I thought it would be fitting to talk about the mindset of champions. What is interesting about when someone has an ironclad mental game is that most people around them also know it.
Have you ever watched the pre-game interview of sport and knew who the winner would be? I feel certain you have. I have been to competitions where I knew who was going to win just by attitude and on a few occasions that person was me. Sometimes you are going to win, and you just know it, you have the proper flow, the correct mental game, and everything seems to be going your way.
But can we actually cultivate an internal environment that makes winning more likely? Can we set ourselves up mentally to be better equipped come show time? I believe we can.

Here are my Top 5 Mental Secrets of The Champions. There are obviously countless other things that are important, like doing the training, cardio and eating properly. From a champion’s perspective, those things are just the bare minimum.

 
Top 5 Mental Secrets of The Champions
  1. Champions don’t over think things:
    They have their game plan, and they have their team and they plug away without issues or questions. They don’t wonder or worry if they are doing it right, not because they are afraid to ask questions but because they have hand selected a team that they can trust has their best interests. Once that is set up, all they have to do, is run the game plan, and get results.
  2. Champions don’t gossip:
    They don’t invest time in small talk about potential competition politics, why this person or that person placed higher than someone else. They don’t gossip with family or friends. They keep their words positive and constructive. This is not to say that if a friend has an issue they won’t lend an ear, but they will stay neutral and positive. Gossiping turns into a downward spiral, and once you participate, you can bet your friends will be looking for you again and again to feed their negativity. Stay away!
  3. Champions mind their own business: Now this may seem similar to refraining from gossiping, but there is an important distinction, social comparison. Champions don’t worry or get involved in who is competing, what they look like at 8 weeks out, or what their training schedule is. Champions may take a social comparison peek in order to gauge the trends of the current industry standard, but they spend more time in the gym working on themselves than online watching others work on themselves.
  4. Champions do the work and then some:
    Doing the work, as I mentioned before is according to a champion, the bare minimum. Champions go above and beyond the bare minimum by increasing intensity and putting passion and zest into their every move at the gym. The focus on their goal, day in and day out. The visualize success in their downtime. They make use of their minds by focusing on what they are creating, staying positive and being committed and dedicated. They have daily mental rituals that help keep them focused and committed.
  5. Champions believe in themselves:

    Champions are not perfect. They have their doubts, but the overall tone is that of belief. Any doubts they have they quickly work on eliminating. They take proper action to live congruently by their values and standards. When one lives according to their own standards, they have a much easier time believing in themselves.
That’s my top 5. Like I said, I know there’s more and I am sure you have some examples of your own. Hopefully this top five has helped you to re-dedicate yourself and commit to the sport you love with passion and enthusiasm.
Nancy