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Have you wondered what it would be like to be an Ironwoman? Would you be able to keep up? What’s stopping you?
Meet Nicole Levenson
Originally from San Diego California, Nicole ran division 1 Track at UCSD focusing on the 400 & 800 meter sprints. After college, she started running half marathons and eventually transitioned into triathlons which led to half and full distance Ironman triathlons. In 2017 she qualified for the Duathlon world championships in Penticton Canada as well as Boston Qualified in the Marathon at California International Marathon. In 2019 she qualified for the Ironman 70.3 world championships in Nice, France. Now, she and her husband are training for a full Ironman in Sacramento California on October 23rd.
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In This Podcast
- The first step backward is the hardest
- Skinny doesn’t mean healthy
- The importance of an accountability partner
The first step backward is the hardest
“Listen to your body”
When you’re in a race of any kind, It’s exhilarating! The longer Triathlons almost seem easier because there’s a ways to go. You focus on breathing and endurance. Shorter Tri’s seem harder because you’re pushing to finish quickly. Who doesn’t want to finish first? But, let’s say you’re training and you feel a pinch. You think “Ok, not too bad, I can power through” you don’t adjust your position because the pain is minimal. Then the workout is over and everything is good. But then comes the next day and you’re in some serious pain. What happened? A wide range of injuries can derive from not listening to your body during a workout. Now you’re out for close to six months and any races you were working towards are in the rear view. Coming back from time off like that is not easy but staying active as much as possible and slowly rebuilding will bring you back better than ever.
Skinny doesn’t mean healthy
“Don’t marry the scale”
Sleep is so important, nutrition is so important. Don’t starve yourself. You should be snacking all day. Between meal snacks such as yogurt, protein bars, fruit, and bananas are always a good idea. Not letting yourself get hungry is what is going to stop you from reaching for a quick easy (drive thru) fix by lunchtime. And though it may be hard to believe, the scale in your bathroom is not your friend. Starving yourself will have you itching to binge on snacks by bedtime and losing weight without working out will make you fragile and weak all for a smaller waist. On the other hand, eating more often but eating better and working out will still make your waist smaller and as an added bonus you’ll feel much healthier. Skinny is ok but strong is so much better.
The importance of an accountability partner
What motivates you? Your kids, your job, yourself. That’s great! But, who holds you accountable? It’s extremely beneficial to your success to have someone that holds you accountable. Better yet, someone doing it right there next to you. That support, no matter who that person is to you, be it a significant other or friend, is unmatched. You’ll have different strengths. If you and your partner lift the same weight on the leg press but your partner can do more reps, won’t that motivate you to keep going, to keep up, and vice versa? Having an accountability partner is only going to improve the both of you.
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Meet Melissa Vogel
Melissa Vogel is an energetic keynote speaker, business owner, certified personal trainer, certified group fitness instructor, 1st degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do, a mother of three, and a podcaster.
Melissa was voted Best Personal Trainer for 2020 by Inland Empire Magazine, and built the Busy to Bomb Fit Mom exercise system.
She is quickly becoming recognized for her expertise and influence in her field!
Melissa has also contributed to numerous publications and has been featured in the Trail Blazer Magazine, and published in the April 2020 edition of Health Magazine. Her approach incorporates personal experience, energy, humor, and charisma.
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