Monday, June 20, 2016

#PrepWithPurose -- Day Sixteen: Tripp Halstead

For backstory on what #PrepWithPurpose is all about please read the blog entry and/or Instagram Post.

Hey Everyone,

I had a prep slight set back that really stressed me out this weekend. I was traveling alone and didn't have a way to take check-in pictures for my coach on Saturday. I also didn't have a scale to send him my weight. I tried to take pics myself but my hotel room was so dark that it was pointless. And to be honest .... I didn't feel 100% .. not even 90%. Flying and no sleep really affects my body and I felt like it was showing this weekend. Being less than two weeks out from stage ... this of course stressed me out! Thank goodness I was around such positive energy and people at 1st Phorm Summer Smash. That really helped so much.

Saturday's check-in was a little more important than others because it's the final week of "prep" before we begin peak week. But as usual, my coach makes me (and my way too obsessive mind) feel much better. He said he's not worried a bit, to not stress out and check-in on Monday. So ... that is what I'm doing today. Sending my update in this morning! Fingers crossed that things look to be on track. Such a short prep scares me (only 4 weeks total) .. but this was a goal of mine all "off" season. To remain healthy and reverse to a MUCH higher macro count .. but still be within a few weeks from stage. So we will see!! I know some people would say this means I didn't work as hard as others .. that I don't deserve to "win" as much as they do ... but boy are they wrong. It just takes a different kind of dedication to reverse *properly* and be strict even when I didn't HAVE to be. I spent an entire 8 months tracking down to the gram .. not one single "cheat" because everything was tracked and always "fit". I didn't miss a workout and think I took one (maybe two) days "off".  It doesn't mean I worked harder than anyone .. or that anyone worked harder than me .. it just means that I went about things DIFFERENT than someone else may have.... and that is okay :) We need to embrace the fact that everyone has methods. Everyone has the way they want to do things. Do I think mine are better? I mean .. they are better for me .. right now! So the answer is YES .. for ME! As long as the methods people use are safe and make them happy (not miserable) -- then who are we to  think our way means we are "better". I saw a competitor I don't know (they popped up in my explore feed) post on social media that "It is suppose to be hard and miserable. That for months they ate the same things everyday for every meal, did fasted cardio, pm cardio, went to the gym twice a day, didn't have any cheats, etc. This person implied that is the way it SHOULD be in order to be the best. It made me SO mad. People need to open their minds a little bit more. Just because this competitor CHOSE to use this method during prep and be much more lax the rest of the year ... does NOT make them some superstar competitor worthy of pro status more than the rest of us.

ANYWAY ... off my soap box and onto what this entry is all about :)  

The thing I've done the MOST different this prep is this little PREP WITH PURPOSE project. I was telling some people this weekend how it's changed my mindset. Sure .. I'm still stressed, I still over-analyze, still doubt, am still my biggest critic ... but I just feel different. I feel like there is something bigger going on here. Not for me ... for others. A bigger picture that goes beyond the stage or a pro card. I sure hope I am right. It certainly worked yesterday. The LAST thing I wanted to do was train. After flying all day, I had to sit outside the airport in 110 temps ... waiting over two hours for my husband to pick me up (with no water and no meals left) because the interstate was shut down! I had to rush home and eat and get to the gym before they closed. I got done with my training with 3min to spare, shew! But then guess what ... I went to the football field and did some HIIT sprints!! Yup .. after a leg day and all!! I did that in order to be proactive. We are set to have record breaking 115+ degree heat in Vegas this week ... so I'm not sure what the week holds. Doing one set of my sprints last night guaranteed I got at least one session out of the way!  It was so much easier being pushed by #PrepWithPurpose. Thinking about Nancy (yesterdays person) and how she is in her final days of life and her family is planning her funeral :(  That really got me out of my pity party!!!
I also can't speak highly enough about my 1st Phorm pre-workout that I use on days like these. I've described it before as ADD medication for gym sessions .. lol! It just gives me razor focus and TONS of energy! You can check it out HERE. But as always please EMAIL ME so we can get you on a supplement plan that works best for YOU!

Moving on to DAY SIXTEEN of PREP WITH PURPOSE!! Today we are praying for someone that is being sent well wishes from all over the world and has been for years. His journey began in 2012 but it continues today. He and his family have sort of become "viral". But as I was saying the other day ... sometimes prayer requests are very silent while others are very well known. It doesn't make either less important. So today ... I will be lifting in honor of little Tripp.

Prep With Purpose -- Day Sixteen: Tripp Halstead 

Tripp before the accident
Talk about how life can change in one split second. Oct 29, 2012 Tripp was playing on the playground at daycare and a huge limb fell out of a very high tree. It fell on his head and crushed his skull into many pieces. Doctors gave them no hope he would survive. But Tripp proved them wrong, he is a fighter and he pulled through.

His mom says he makes baby steps forward every day but still needs prayer. His entire family does. But they are such an inspiration to others. This is a paragraph from their webpage ......

"I wanted everyone to know how important every single day is with your loved ones, hug them, kiss them, let them know how special they are to you. Even if Tripp hadn't pulled through, I can honestly say there wasn't one single day of his life that he wasn't hugged on, kissed on and told "I love you". He is a very special boy and thank you all for loving him too."

Aren't those words so beautiful?!

Today I will lift for little Tripp! I will use his story as my motivation and his families attitude will inspire me to be better, do better, live life to it's fullest.

When I am out there sweating and the sun is beating down on me and I don't want to run .. I'll do it because I AM ABLE!! I will do it with little Tripp in my heart and on my mind. Lifting up Tripp and his family with every single step! You can follow along on Tripp's journey by visiting their webpage and facebook page for almost daily updates!


I hope you are joining me on this prayer journey as I prep for #TeamU on July 1st & 2nd! If you are please post/share and use the hashtag #PrepWithPurpose! Let's get a huge prayer chain going and in the process maybe make the sport of bodybuilding less about "me, me, me" and a little more about helping others! Our motivation doesn't have to come from ONLY ourselves!

If you know anyone that needs urgent or ongoing prayer for any physical reason please email me all the information and a picture (or a few) to

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