Power Players: Catch DFAC Figure Pro Karey Salem as she discusses the realities of contest prep, and what the new norm in preparing for a contest should really be.
Episode 3 of Power Players: DFAC Natural Figure Pro Karey Salem sharing her three tips for competitors. While the questions were candid, and warranted a quick response in the interview, Karey nails down 3 vital components of a successful prep.
Power Players: Karey Salem Part 2: A must see regarding Karey’s take on the fitness industry as it relates to competing. There are sacrifices to competing but when done properly, as part of a healthy balanced lifestyle, as Karey outlines in this video clip, competing can be meaningful and enjoyable.
You will always move towards the direction of your FOCUS.
At the beginning of the day, the question “What am I moving towards that will improve my fitness, health, quality of life?” will direct you to act according to your goals.
Without that focus, that question to help you begin your day right, you will potentially be led astray by boredom, peer pressure, bad habits, misdirection, etc.
Where does your focus lie?
Watch as Karey Salem, DFAC Natural Figure Pro, sets her sights on her pro debut in Mississauga, Ontario this December. Part 1 of this series shares some of Karey’s insights.
People in search of change have great intentions. They hire a coach, ask for a program of nutrition and exercise and they are off to success in achieving the body of their dreams, right?
When they fail, they often question the program or turn to the next quick fix in search of “the right match”, something that’s “easier to follow”, a program that better fits their “approach to eating and exercise”.
Most quality programs are based on universally accepted principles of exercise and nutrition. Your failure to lose fat and get your desired results usually lies not with the program but rather one of the underlying layers of foundational progress principles.
- SELF WORTH. If you don’t value yourself and/or believe in your ability to make change, you are DONE. You won’t go anywhere. Many ride on the beliefs of their coaches or a respected peer. That’s a good start until they start building up their emotional muscles.
In my decades of coaching, I’ve come to the truth that
you will only rise to your level of belief in yourself.
2. INSPIRING GOAL. A goal gives you direction. An inspiring goal gives you the motivation and excitement to make good on following through even though there may be obstacles along the way.
You will always move in the direction of your focus.
3. ACCOUNTABILITY. Be in touch with someone you respect who is an expert in the field of nutrition, health and behavioural psychology; someone with proven results and a track record of experience. Secondly, tell people your intent on making changes. Some will laugh at your goals; let that serve as motivation. Some will offer encouragement and help you along the way. Both forms of accountability help.
Stay in touch with your coach daily. The more transparent your progress, the better your chances of success.
4. NUTRITION & EXERCISE. Look for a program that meets your individual needs. Your program MUST one that can be sustained.
Your program must be one in which you enjoy the journey as much as the results, and the personal growth that comes from the experience.
When you truly understand this foundational structure, you will begin to address the underlying reasons why you were unsuccessful in the past and begin to finally move forward in great health.
In the mood for a burger with melted provolone on a non-cheat day? It easily fits within the window of a 400 calorie meal. Fun for the family or your significant other, this easy to prepare dish can be made on the grill or in the frying pan. Make the bun extra crispy for some added texture.
Ingredients: 100g lean ground sirloin (Seasoned with Worchestershire Sauce, paprika, salt, black pepper), 1 oz slice provolone cheese, tomato slices, Slider bun, broccoli rabe.
Calories: 401 Protein: 34g Carbs: 22g Fat: 20g