Thru my 8 year battle with illness and multiple knee surgeries… Going from a size 0 to over 176 lbs. I lost my ability to be strong and disciplined. I kept getting depressed and giving up on myself. I HATED what I saw in the mirror and I would have anxiety about having to get dressed because none of my clothes fit. I was embarrassed to see my friends in LA because most people remember me as the “Fitness Chic” and in my head I could hear them whispering “OMG Mary got FAT!” (Not that anyone ever said that to me as I said it was all in my head) So then I would get super depressed again and cancel or flake. Not just because of my weight but also because I was feeling so sick for so many years at one point last year I just asked God to take me… “I’m done” (Then we immediately found out WHY I was sick from an intestinal parasite infection) Bikini Body Building Competing again is helping me to get that discipline back because of how committed I HAVE TO BE to a GOAL of strict diet and exercise. (This time as a VEGAN COMPETITOR) These competitions are also helping me to get completely healthy again which is going to benefit not only me but everyone around me, my work, my marriage, my friendships, my attitude, self-confidence, etc. I am also getting my body healthy and strong again to carry a BABY next year within a healthy body! 🙂 Not to mention in just the last week I have had hundreds of postings and emails from people telling me that I am inspiring THEM to get healthy and THAT is PRICELESS and worth everything I am doing 🙂 In a way I feel like I was supposed to have all of these challenges so that I could HELP OTHERS which really is my main purpose in life… The more I can help others every day helps me to be a better human
❤ to U from Mary Lou
Day 21 #progressphoto I’m getting pretty BUFF! It’s feeling pretty AWESOME! 11 weeks till my first competition in 11 years!
My first #competitiontraining #progressphoto!! The last year has been challenging with finally learning about my intestinal parasitic infection that has made me sick for almost 8 years. I’ve been in painful treatments for a year now and we “think” I’m finally healed! I’m feeling GREAT! This has been such a growth journey of learning what to eat etc. on my 2nd year of becoming a #Vegan. My insides both mentally and physically have grown and healed beyond measure! I’m almost glad I’ve suffered for so long! I needed an ego check and time to become a better human. Because of my infection and other challenges as well as just old fashioned laziness… I’ve been yo yoing up and down with my weight. NOW THAT I FEEL HEALTHY AGAIN I HAVE A GOAL! I’m competing in my first bikini / bodybuilding competition show in 11 years on Nov. 2nd (Shelton, WA) and Dec. 14th (Culver City, CA) As of 8/18/2013 this is my Progress. @marylousandler
Here are the competitions…
November 2, 2013, Shelton, WA ~ 2013 NPC FitStop 24 Northwest Bodybuilding, Figure, Fitness, Bikini & Male Physique Championships *National Qualifier* ~ http://olympiabodybuilding.com/olybb/index.php/northwest-championships/contest-info
Dec 14, 2013, Culver City, California ~ NPC Excalibur Bodybuilding Championships *National Qualifier* ~http://lindsayproductions.com/13EventInfoEx.php
My start date was 8/1/2013 of dieting and training in baby steps the first two weeks. This week I’ve been hitting it HARD at the gym. The MIDDLE photo is me 8/18/2013. The far right photo is MY GOAL. (Me in 2002… not me now) But… WILL BE ME AGAIN SOON!! Hopefully I can inspire others to get healthy and fit 🙂 You CAN overcome obstacles! Love yourself ❤
Mary Lou ~ Feb. 5, 2013
Dear P90X2: So that’s what a good core workout feels like… I haven’t felt this in YEARS! I’m having a little trouble moving today after my first time with you yesterday… THANK YOU! May I please have another! #feb2013 #progressphoto #getlean2013 #fitnessjourney #fitness #fitinspiration #fitspiration #fitnessmotivation #fitlife #organic #Vegan #raw #juicing #juicecleanse #juiceeupmylife #weightloss #weightlossjourney #beachbody #p90x2 #training #core #workingonmy6pack
You gotta have GOALS to SUCCEED! My #getlean2013 goal is ME MOTIVATING ME!
Mary Lou ~ Feb. 5, 2013
MISUNDERSTANDING… Regarding my change in career direction… Just so you know… I AM NOT RETIRING FROM PHOTOGRAPHY! I am just not spending most of my life promoting our 3 Cubed Studios, LLC business on the net and trying to get photo clients 24/7 🙂 so I am going into the health and fitness business “as well” to live a more stable and structured life working for a gym (Hopefully Equinox) with regular hours, health insurance, benefits, and clients at my disposal so that I can enjoy life with my hubby and have a family 🙂 I AM STILL A PHOTOGRAPHER FOR HIRE! Hint Hint 🙂 My health and fitness career change (or should I say career return) is about stability and helping improve others life’s as well as my own. With my recent health battles I have learned that WITHOUT YOUR HEALTH… YOU HAVE NOTHING! So I want to dedicate my life more to helping others become healthy, happy, shiny people. I will still be doing creative / photography projects as well as an on going series of photography charity based books. I realized after a few have asked me lately that… maybe I sounded like I was quitting being a photographer / director…. No Never! I am just done haggling for my worth to get paid as an artist! Now I will be molding bodies, bellies, spirits, and minds and… still doing creative collaborations for fun, passion, and FOR HIRE! ♥ Blessings and Beauty from Mary Lou
Time to start studying for my personal training re-certification!
- Mary Lou ~ Feb. 2013
Mary Lou ~ Feb. 4, 2013
Above is February’s progress photo and Below is from Aug. 2012 to Jan. 2013. My actual weight has stayed the same this last month as I am replacing fat with muscle I am getting leaner and smaller tho. I am liking what the mirror is showing me and paying no attention to the scale I am feeling FAB! I did a week of the AR perfectly and lost more inches than weight. Since I used to be a fitness competitor and dancer I have a lot more dense muscle mass than the average person. I wanted to do another AR but I am really addicted to hitting it hard working out right now (I haven’t felt this addicted in years to training) so I do not want to stop that while doing a juicing fast. I will reward myself with a juice cleanse again in a month or so… I haven’t seen my abs or been as lean as I used to be since 2004. I am so inspired more than ever before and looking forward to the future! Juicing has changed my life! Years ago I may have “looked” healthy as a fitness competitor but on the inside I was not healthy at all with not enough nutrients needed to be alkaline and disease free. I feel so much healthier and better at 42 than I have EVER in my life! Thanks and!!
I also can not forget my holistic practitioner !! THANK YOU! Because of you and your help I am almost parasite free!!!
- Mary Lou ~ Jan. 2013
All this cleansing, juicing, eating clean, losing weight, and working out is making me feel SUPER SEXY! MEOW! #nomakeup #fitness #fitnessjourney #fitnessmotivation #fitinspiration #fitspiration #weightlossjourney #weightloss #getlean2013 #veganfitness #vegan #juicecleanse #cleanse #gettinglean #gettingmymojoback #gettingmysexyback
Mary Lou ~ Feb. 1, 2013
Since I have been eating cleaner and cleansing I notice a lot more within my body and I have a clearer mindset… Now that I am more aware of myself… I have during this time learned that I STOP once I start seeing results… (This happens not only with my physical fitness goals but with my other goals in life as well) This last week of my birthday I cheated on my diet then felt weak and lethargic so I didn’t work out. Then I noticed I started sleeping more and waking up later and my mood wasn’t as happy go lucky. I also noticed myself gaining a few lbs. back and getting flabby and the cellulite coming back in my legs. Even though my cheats are all organic and vegan and cleaner than most people’s cheats that is no excuse I need to keep sugar and gluten out of diet PERIOD! The few bites of gluten and sugar are NOT WORTH MY HEALTH and MY GOALS! We all slip and fall but it is when we get back UP that counts! I am learning more and more about myself and how I repeat habits. NOW I can STOP and MOVE FORWARD! Now that I am more aware of my patterns and how my body is responding to clean eating and training I will not be slipping again. Today is an awesome day of protein shakes, juicing, salads and clean eating! Today has started off with good news, working out, and feeling good about myself that I am learning, growing, healing, and living a full beautiful healthy life! ~ Healthy Hugs to You From A Thing or Two by Mary Lou”
Mary Lou is not feeling blue about turning 42