Faith

When Life Happens: Training and Travel

I’m kind of a control freak. There I said it. When a family emergency lead to a unplanned seven hour road trip to Louisiana (aka pretty much the most delicious slash unhealthiest state ever) I kind of had a minor panic attack. What would this impromptu trip mean for my training?! Do you know how hard it is for me to resist the amazing Cajun cooking down here? After being at 12% body fat for Miss Oklahoma in June, and taking time off to recover from the stress that put on my body, I have honestly just recently gotten back into the swing of things as far as eating clean, meal prepping, and lifting/doing regular cardio. And with my ankle injury 2 weeks ago, the last thing I want to do is take another step backwards away from my fitness goals. So what did I do? I made it work. Because sometimes conditions are not ideal. At all. And making it work does come at a price, be it monetary or losing valuable sleeping time. I literally threw together a last minute, make shift meal prep with stuff I had in the pantry as well as some pre-made meals from a popular meal prep service in the DFW area. Here’s a picture I snapped of some of my necessities I gathered for the trip: IMG_2994.JPG

6 low carb meals from My Fit Foods, my custom mix from myoatmeal.com, plain fat free Greek yogurt, natural peanut butter, a few Xyience, salt free rice cakes, Quest Bars, and of course my Leaner Creamer for my coffee in the morning!

Eating clean is HARD y’all but the best way to ensure you’re fueling your body correctly is to have heathy food on hand to avoid snacking and eating things you wouldn’t typically have in your diet! This isn’t all of it, and thankfully there’s a Whole Food’s here where I can shop for some clean food, but these were my essentials (outside of my pre-workout, vitamins, and BCAAS). Somehow I managed to forget protein powder and a blender bottle so I grabbed some samples from the Whole Foods that I can’t wait to try! I also found a really awesome gym to work out at and my parents promised to take me down to New Orleans for my birthday on Thursday (needless to say that WILL be my cheat meal ) so here’s to trying to make the best of a bad situation! This trip has really shown me that you have to make it work no matter what to get the results you want. And if I could do that I promise you can to!   One thing that really has resonated with me these past few days is the sermon Pastor Craig gave this weekend for Lifechuch.tv. It was about temptation. As a model and dancer, having a healthy relationship with food has always been really hard for me. (I know right, so cliche but it’s true.) Training for Miss O and working with Brian Attebery really have taught me so much about fueling my body as an athlete rather than “dieting” and really helped me to move on from the truly toxic relationship with food that I struggled with for years, but no one is perfect and sometimes I fall off the wagon and back into that old mindset (especially when I’m stressed out).

The sermon was part of a 4 week series at Lifechuch called "A Way Out".

The sermon was part of a 4 week series at Lifechuch called “A Way Out”.

In the sermon, several times he mentioned the temptations so many of us have with eating and resisting the urge to over eat and it really spoke to my soul. I’m going to be vulnerable here and say that when I’m about to put something in my mouth that I know will make me sick (because I have an intolerance to sugar and most processed foods), or I’m really over indulging and binging, I feel like I don’t have any control. Which as a control freak, scares me. But he made the point that God has given us each the POWER to resist temptation, and right now for me that temptation is beyond real with all the sugar coated beignets and deep fried crawfish in Louisiana calling my name.

“No test or temptation that comes your way is beyond the course of what others have had to face. All you need to remember is that God will never let you down; he’ll never let you be pushed past your limit; he’ll always be there to help you come through it.” ‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭10:13‬ ‭MSG

Isn’t it so comforting to know that EVERY temptation we face, someone else has gone through the same thing? I walked away from this sermon realizing more than ever that I need to give God control in all aspects of my life, even something as simple as the food I eat every day, because He has the power to help me resist any temptation that comes my way. Like the fried catfish that I really really wanted to eat at lunch. Every time I feel tempted now to endulge my earthly desire of eating sugary, deep fried goodness, I cast my sights towards the Lord and let him help me. Because if there’s one thing I’ve learned from this past year of my life in pageant land, it’s that I have to let go and let God. Which seems like giving up to a control freak like myself. But I’m learning more and more that temptations that could take us backwards can become a victory to propel us forwards. Which makes it kind of weirdly exciting to me. You can view the whole sermon online but I hope what I got from it is something one of you can benefit from as well! <3 Victoria