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Antonia Perdikakis

What is Normal Anyways?

I would love to meet the person who says that they have found balance and are living with it! I struggle all the time to find balance. I either work too hard, or am knocked on my hiney with a sinus infection; I either buy the whole grocery store, or nothing at all; I either stay in like a homebody, or go out like three nights in a row (for me, that is ALOT lol). Everyone in my family is like that, and it can be totally exciting and fun, but other times, I wonder what it would be like to be “normal”. Ehhhh, I don’t think I am meant for an adjective like that! Growing up, I didn’t have a strong self esteem or sense of self confidence, I actually was the exact opposite; I couldn’t make a decision for the life of me and always wondered what it would be like to be someone else. Young girls always go through phases like that, but it wasn’t until I found bodybuilding, that I realized what it was like to be confident, strong, and comfortable in my own skin. I was always athletic and a gym rat, but when I really started to train hard and eat in a structured manner based on my goals, both long and short term, I found this sense of strength that started form within and made its way to the outside. I loved it! After I went pro in 2012, I had my first offseason where I really pushed the weights in the gym, and ate more to take advantage of the extra calories and macronutrients to really bring up my weak points. It was the most fun I have ever had. Slinging around iron in the gym with the energy and fuel that you really need was like a playground! After my first season a pro, I knew that I had work to do so I had fun with my offseason again. This time, I kept doing some cardio and kept my food tight, but still crept up to 15 pounds over show weight, which in my opinion, for a female is a little too much. I struggled to find that balance, but had a really hard time. The 2014 season has proven to be a tad challenging with an injury a couple weeks before the New York Pro, not even being able to pose let alone give my cardio and training my all. There is something to be said for staying on your diet 110% because I still came in looking good; strong, sexy, and feminine, but I lacked the size in my back and conditioning in my legs. I finally got on stage in Colorado, just because I was really missing that rush from shining and showing off all of my hard work. My callout was not so great, and I finally decided to give my back a break and compete after the Olympia. My struggle was then to really find that balance. I had to keep it tight, but still let my body rest. I experimented with different foods, workouts, and cardios and finally found a combination that worked for ME. Being a personal trainer and coach, I am a firm believer in every body being completely different. Every person responds different to certain foods or workouts, so its important to have a strong sense of self awareness. I am only five pounds from show weight and still enjoying rest and more food. Finding that balance was so important to me, because I wanted to stay within arm’s reach but not totally drive myself crazy. Its good to have fun and relax, and the “fit life” should be because you enjoy it, not because you feel like you have to. If you don’t enjoy prepping for a show, then don’t do it! If you don’t enjoy training and cardio, then you need to find something else to keep you healthy and fit. Its all about knowing yourself and your limits, so take tabs and now how you’re feeling about your fitness regimen. I am off to Sam’s Club to pick up my weekly grub, with my Myofusion in hand. Anyone that didn’t catch the recipe on my Facebook Fan Page (IFBB Pro Toni Perdikakis), I put together a Lemon Cream Pie Myofusion concoction that is to die for!!!!

  • Water or almond milk
  • Ice
  • 1 scoop Vanilla MyoFusion
  • fresh lemon
  • 1 scoop all natural almond butter

Blend and enjoy! A perfect summer treat! Happy Fourth of July and remember to have fun (well be fit and have fun)….. :-)

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