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Lose Weight With ASEA

Lose Weight With ASEA

Today is the first day of my goal to compete again. 25 weeks until I’m on stage in a posing suit that takes about 6 inches of fabric to make. Even less, now that my breast implants live in plastic containers on the shelf and not in my chest. I haven’t competed since 2010. For years, I’ve said I would never compete again. Something shifted last week and apparently it’s time. This is my “before” picture with clothes.

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I haven’t decided if I want to share a picture with fewer clothes. I know we all want to see the real before/afters, but I’m not sure I want to see it on my phone, much less on the computer screen. Don’t get me wrong, I love my body!  I also know I’ll want to see photos when it’s in better shape! I guess it’s time to look in the mirror and remind myself that I completely love and accept myself, just the way I am. Funny how things reveal themselves when I least expect them to. Plus, I don’t like selfie pics with the camera and flash in the mirror. It makes me feel like I don’t have any friends who could take it for me.

I need to find my body fat calipers to find out where I’m at. Before getting pregnant, I competed at 130 pounds. While I was pregnant with Cameron, I took advantage of the crazy hormones and put on about 20 pounds of muscle. I gained 80 total, which was totally unnecessary, but back then, I gave in to juicy juice and tillamook sharp cheddar.  Over the years, I competed heavier. Once, I weighed in at 172. I only went to the show to support my husband at the time. On the way, we agreed to do mixed pairs to practice for another show that was coming up. Elaine, one of the promoters, talked me into competing in the open women’s division too, because there weren’t enough competitors. I ended up winning and feeling bad that I beat the woman who wanted so bad to win the weight class so she could go to nationals. I’ve been on both sides.

This morning, I got on the scale. I’ve never cared about my weight as long as I like the way I look naked.  Hmmmm…..
What weight will I compete at? How will I do cardio since I’m having difficulty breathing when I’m not doing anything strenuous? I treated the owie (undiagnosed melanoma because I’m stubborn and won’t go to my doctor) on  my chest again.  It feels like it has a web wrapped around my lungs that’s tightening at random times.

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I’ve never lost weight on my modified ketogenic diet. Maybe because sometimes around midnight, I check and my blood sugar is under 70. Not knowing how much it drops at night with so many possible variables, I eat, just in case.  I’ll put 6 eggs in the blender, then add 1/3 cup coconut oil, 1 can of coconut milk, 1T raw cacao, 6 drops of vanilla stevia and sunflower lecithin.I’ve never done the math, but it’s gotta be over 1,000 calories.Oh shit! I did the math and it’s over 2,000 calories. I don’t usually finish it, but still! No wonder I’m 180 pounds!  Or cinnamon nuts…or raw cacao mixed with raw almond butter and coconut oil. YUM!! Now that I have my goal, I will eat more plain coconut oil earlier in the evening and hopefully, that will keep my blood sugar stable.

I’ve used ASEA for the health benefits since I started last year. There’s so much I didn’t know it was capable of helping!  Today, my sponsor Lourene, posted this video on YouTube. It’s about ASEA and weight loss. What a perfect time for me to realize that!

It’s actually talking about fat loss, not just weight loss. Anti-aging, athletic performance/recovery, health and wellness and weight loss!  I am so thankful ASEA found me!

25 weeks. Join me on your own 25 week journey. Let’s do this! Follow along here or call to see if we are a coaching match. 425-347-1424 Pacific

Love, gratitude and blessings

~Susan

 



You’re only hurting yourself
February 22, 2014, 12:11 pm
Filed under: bodybuilding, coaching, contact me, fitness, health, Personal Training

I had a personal training client who wasn’t getting the results she should have been getting. I had seen her effort during her workouts, seen some of her additional cardio and gone over her food charts countless times, looking for reasons. She had a physical shortly before we started working together. Her doctor said everything looked great. She cried when we took her measurements because nothing had changed the way it should have. Nothing made sense.

I took it personally. It is important to me that my clients are progressing towards their goals. Personal training clients are striving towards mostly physical fitness goals, while my coaching clients are wanting to improve several areas of their lives and my cancer patient clients are all out fighting for their lives. For the cancer patients, they have more of a deadline than the others. Following a protocol is imperative because if it’s not working, it needs to be changed. Doing anything halfway won’t give you the feedback you need to add/take away/alter whatever it is you’re doing. Every moment counts.

Because I’ve been fighting for my own life for so long, I treat all my clients the same. Everyone is held accountable at a very high level. If tight accountability isn’t what someone wants, I’m not the coach for them. My ex used to tell me “Susan, they just want to go to work and talk about their trainer. Don’t worry about their results.” I never listened to him. I only want my clients talking about me if they’re getting results. If they’re not, it’s a waste of time for me and money for them. There are enough people who are willing to do the work…NOW!

Is that you? Are you ready for change and either don’t know how to do it or just need someone to be accountable to?

Back to the personal training client. It took twice. Once when I overheard someone telling her it was nice seeing her at the beach at Ivar’s on Sunday. A light bulb went off in my head, remembering her food chart entry of baked fish, small plain potato and cabbage (Hmmm – was it fried fish and chips and coleslaw? Ivar’s doesn’t serve plain cabbage)
The following week, I saw her at a restaurant eating fettuccine with excess alfredo sauce, cheese bread, more sourdough bread, followed by mud pie and a dish of ice cream.

As many people as I have coached and personal trained with great success, I felt stupid that I had been misled to think her lack of attaining her goal was my fault.

I continue to give all my clients the benefit of the doubt and do everything I can to help them achieve whatever goals they set. If you’re ready for change, call me to schedule a phone appointment and let’s get started. Today is the day!

Love, gratitude and blessings
~Susan
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