Name: Shani Ariel Mojica
Why I Got Started
The girl inside of me was not what I saw in the mirror. The girl inside is vibrant, gorgeous and sexy but every time I saw a picture of myself or caught a reflection of myself I felt crushed; it reminded me that the girl in my head didn't match this overweight girl that existed in reality. I knew this spark inside of me was there and I would try on and off throughout my life to ignite and keep it going.
I fluctuated drastically through the years, with my heaviest being 215 pounds through most of high school, but it wasn't until March of 2009 that a rude comment from someone on the streets of my Manhattan neighborhood gave me enough fuel to keep that fire burning for good. It hurt so badly that a stranger could be so mean, but it made me say to myself "If I am so miserable ... then WHY am I not getting fit?" I wanted so badly to stand out in life and NOT belong to an American obesity statistic, but I was content for so long with being fat and invisible and I hadn't known any other way to be. It was time to step out of my comfort zone and shine the way I knew I was meant to.
How I Did It
The day of this epiphany was March 21, 2009. That day I balanced myself atop a wobbly chair in my hallway and set my camera timer to capture the girl in my reality one last time. That same day I made a trip to sign up for the gym, and armed with dozens of articles from bodybuilding.com, loaded up on groceries and supplements that would get a plan in motion. I vowed to become a student of the lifestyle and told myself I would live and train like a bodybuilder. Most importantly, I made a promise to myself that I would not quit - for AT LEAST two months. And after one month of this strict lifestyle, I was insanely addicted to the results I was getting and continued to feel better and more confident with every passing week. I toyed around a lot with my own body's formula and concocted many spreadsheets to keep track of everything. As I got into my rhythm, the spreadsheets and the overthinking became less prominent. Today, my training and eating habits have become second nature.
But I lifted heavy, supplemented with things others who didn't understand called insane ('you're taking creatine? You don't know what you're doing - you're going to get bulky!'), and ate so much that it was constantly a topic of conversation among friends and family. It wasn't until others started noticing my fast results that they "laid off" on the criticism (many be can be quick to make comments when you put yourself and your goals out there).
Today, I consider this journey to not even be about me, but to be about the lives I can inspire with my own transformation. Being able to inspire others holds me accountable to posting up progress! The inspiration works both ways.
Upon Waking/Cardio Prep:
- 1/2 scoop Optimum 100% Whey
- 1 OxyElite Pro
- 1 tbsp NOW L-Carnitine Liquid
- 2 tbsp Resveratrol Juice
- 2 ON CLA caps
Morning with Meal 1:
- 1 serving ON Opti-Women MultiVitamin
- 1 Calcium/Magnesium/D-3 caplet
- 1 ON Fish Oil tablet
- 1 serving MSM/Glucosamine
- 1 serving NOW Vitamin C-1000
- 1 serving NOW Zinc Picolinate
- 1 serving NOW Mood Support
- 1 cup Green Tea
Pre Workout Meal:
- 1 scoop Optimum 100% Whey
30 min after Pre Workout Meal:
- 2 scoops Scivation Xtend
Immediately Post Workout:
- 1 scoop ON Casein
- 5 Egg Whites Omelet
- 1 cup chopped (fresh) Broccoli
- ½ cup Oats
- 1tbsp Extra Light Olive Oil
- 1 cup Black Coffee
Meal 4: Pre-Workout
Meal 5: Post Workout
- 1 scoop ON Casein
I drink 1.5-2 liters of Water daily and the occasional (small) glass of Fresca. The only seasonings or dressings I use are cayenne pepper, red wine or apple cider vinegar, cinnamon and limited amounts of Splenda.
|TERMS YOU'LL NEED TO KNOW|
Day 1: Legs/Glutes/Abs
- Lying Leg Press (Outer Plate Placement): 8 sets of 8-12 reps
- Lying Leg Press (Center Plate Placement): 8 sets of 8-12 reps
Day 2: Shoulders/Triceps/Obliques
- Dumbbell Shoulder Press (Alternate last four sets as an Arnold Press): 8 sets of 8-12 reps
- Tricep Bench Dip: 8 sets of 10 reps
- Cable Triceps Pushdown: 8 sets of 8-12 reps
- Oblique Crunch: 4 sets of 20-25 reps
- Cardio: 25 minutes HIIT
Day 3: Rest
Day 4: Chest/Shoulders/Obliques
- Barbell Bench Press: 5 sets of 10 reps
- Upright Bar Raise: 2 sets of 20 reps
- Ab Twist: 3 sets of 20 reps, each side
Day 5: Hamstrings/Glutes/Abs
- Stiff Legged Deadlift: 5 sets of 15 reps
- Hyperextension: 2 sets of 30 reps
- Lunges: 5 sets of 12 reps
- Leg Press (Center Plate Placement): 5 sets of 12 reps
- Glute Kickback: 8 sets of 8-12 reps
- Kettlebell Row: 2 sets of 50 reps
- Cardio: 25 minutes HIIT
Day 6: Plyometrics
Tri Set :
- Jumping Calf Raises: 3 sets of 40 reps
- Jump Squat: 4 sets of 20 reps
- Kettlebell Row: 3 sets of 50 reps
Day 7: Back/Biceps/Abs
Repeat Day 1.
Suggestions For Others
Make and keep promises to yourself! An excuse is nothing but a waste of your thinking space - really, who is benefitting from excuses? Anyone who wants a slamming body badly enough will stop at nothing to make it happen. Find whatever makes you stronger and keeps you going. Why do you do what you do? Why don't you do what you haven't?
I encourage others to be mad scientists about their bodies - find your base formula and work the hell out of it! Model your formula after the tried and true techniques found all over this website. I did, and it's the most amazing thing I've EVER done for myself.
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