Christie Bailey set herself a goal of appearing on the cover of a fitness magazine. Here’s how she made her ambition a reality.
How I got started
When I began training, my initial purpose was to look good. I had a vision of my dream body and I wanted more than anything to achieve it. I began to educate myself on training and nutrition through articles and Bodybuilding.com.
As I empowered myself with this knowledge, and began seeing results in the gym, I quickly came to realize that I was not only training myself physically, but mentally as well. It was the first time that I had made a focused effort on educating myself on the real science behind weight loss, fitness and nutrition rather than listening to the status quo of endless cardio and restrictive diets.
My cardio strategy
Sprints are very liberating for me as I’m able to totally blank out my mind and spend all of my energy. I typically do 30 seconds on, 30 seconds off for about 20 minutes. I also like doing battle ropes and plyometric intervals. I’ll do 30 seconds on, and 30-60 seconds off, depending on the exercise.
What I discovered
My fitness journey first began when my father handed me a book about weightlifting and nutrition for women. Prior to reading this, I had thought that, if I went to the gym and ran on the treadmill, eating as little as possible, I would achieve the body I wanted. I soon learned this wasn’t the case and, as with most women, I’d become frustrated and give up. After reading about weightlifting and nutrition, I began to grasp that training, weightlifting and eating correctly would create the toned, lean look that I wanted.
Christie’s meal plan
Meal 1: 2 slices of turkey bacon, 1 cup egg whites, kale/spinach, co ee
Meal 2: cup jasmine rice, 3-4oz chicken or lean ground turkey
Meal 3: cup jasmine rice, 3-4oz chicken, salad or green veggies
Meal 4: Whey protein shake, apple with cinnamon or stevia
Meal 5: 3-4oz salmon or steak, 4oz sweet potatoes, salad or green veggies
Meal 6: Zero fat Greek yogurt, rice cakes
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