2018 Victory Classic Results: BLUF: I didn’t do as well as I had hoped. I did not place in the Open and came in 3rd out of 3 competitors in Masters 35 and up “B” class. Nothing to write home about, but then I have to remind myself that it’s not my fault that only 3 of us showed up. Combine that with the fact that I was up against two monsters in the Masters class, and I’ll take it. All that said, I’m proud of what I brought to the stage and that I nailed my posing. Thank you to everyone who has continued to show support. I would not have made it this far if it weren’t for my amazing wife @cristina_sawh and her efforts to keep me on track, meal prep in the late hours of the night, and support me throughout this process. I also want to thank my gym squad aka fit family for continuing to push me and help me improve. I’ll do a separate post about our awesome coaches @teamhainestraining after this next competition this weekend. I don’t have any pictures from the Open yet. Stage photos courtesy of @fitmom843 #victoryclassic#victoryclassic2018#mensphysique#npcathlete#npc#ncnpc#npcmensphysique#teamhainesstrong#teamhainestraining#teamhainestobattle#staypositive#experience#fitness
Happy Monday, World! 💕
If I had to pick one word to describe this past weekend it would have to be GRATEFUL! ✨ You guys, I was SPOILED. Spoiled with time, love and beautiful and thoughtful gifts from some of the most important people in my life.
I don’t know about you, but gratitude is an overwhelming emotion for me. Having the opportunity to be present in a beautiful moment and stopping to acknowledge how lucky I am to have such an amazing life is humbling. My heart races, my eyes swell with tears and my palms get sweaty...I become a big giant mess when I feel grateful, yet it is the most amazing feeling my soul has ever felt.
Gratitude is an amazing feeling, isn’t it?! Being grateful has the power to change my mood almost instantly; it generates the most amazing vibrations within my heart. I feel like good feelings and positive energy bloom when I start acknowledging what I am grateful for.
My friends, no matter how small the reason, I hope you find something to be grateful for today. I hope your heart feels happy and that you feel loved and cared for and wanted. This life is seriously an amazing experience and it is SO important for us to realize how wonderful the moment that fill our lives are.
Have an awesome week, dear friends! 🌷 #makingmoreofmondays
Most of my childhood was spent in the water. I was blessed enough to live in the islands called the Philippines. I guess it was innate for us to gravitate towards the water. I wasn’t scared to get tanned even though the accepted societal norms of my motherland was to be light skinned and even skinny. When I was younger, I didn’t give a flying fuck what everyone thought of me and was sassy as a child. ——————————————————————-
Every time I have self doubt on my path, I would always ask what would 4 year old Mara do - the answer was do what my heart feels warm, do good for those who need to feel better, smile and be loved. The messages I’ve been getting lately makes me so proud to be a part of this wonderful community - #Yoga , #Cannabis , #mentalhealthsupport and more. ———————————————————————
My 4 year old self would say, I don’t see you as a person who has bipolar, depression, anxiety, MS, Cancer, and other medical disorders. I give 0 fucks if you’re LGBTQ, Christian, Muslim, Black, Yellow, Brown, White, Purple, a size zero or plus size. I don’t even care what your political stances are. I see you as a human being that needs to be loved and to be treated kind and fairly. I mean that’s what life is all about right? To live the present moment, one day at a time with compassion💕. #IKnowHowItFeels
STAY HYDRATED ALL SUMMER
During the warmer months of summer people tend to be more active and with the hot sun, we sweat more. Its important to drink a little more water then usual.
Every cell, tissue, and organ in your body needs water to work properly. For example, your body uses water to maintain its temperature, remove waste, and lubricate your joints. Water is needed for overall good health.
SIMPLE SUMMER HYDRATION TIPS:
•Keep a bottle of water with you during the day. To reduce your costs, carry a reusable water bottle and fill it with tap water.
•If you don’t like the taste of plain water, try adding a slice of lemon, limes, cucumber or your favorite berries to your drink.
•Drink some water before you leave to start an outdoor activity and when you come back in. (NOTE: If your going to be getting a good sweat going outside, bring some water with you.)