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Some words about SUMMER'S BLOG

I love peanut butter, avocado and oatmeal. Not together of course, but nearly any recipe that calls for these ingredients I'll probably enjoy. I have the misfortune of living with some food sensitivities but the extreme fortune of knowing what those sensitivities are - gluten (only mild, thank goodness), nightshades, lactose, and refined sugar. I'm not a formally trained chef, but I love cooking (and eating!) delicious, guilt-free food. I'm a fitness model, certified nutrition coach, trainer and an IFBB pro bikini athlete... and I eat 6 times a day. When I'm not in the kitchen preparing something extraordinary, I'm - in the gym, rushing off to an audition, at a photo shoot, studying nutrition, or planning a vacation. Hope you enjoy my site! For nutrition consultations or more information on training, contact me at summerwhitefitness@gmail.com

It’s SHOW TIME!

As I prepare for my pro debut, and this show season, familiar words come to mind. Dedication, sacrifice, perseverance. Weight training is heavy, cardio hours relentless, diet unforgiving. As competitors, we all know the challenge, we all fight the battle. As a pro, there is no room for error, no cheats allowed, and money, sponsorships, public critiques and even fan support are all riding on your every placement. The competition is fierce and us newbies have to prove ourselves. We are up against the girls we’ve admired, some that inspired us to compete in the first place. We have family and work commitments, social pressures, financial issues and body plateaus. But these are challenges every competitor must face. Just as a baby must stumble when learning to walk, you expect road blocks of this nature to arise. What you dont expect, and can never prepare for, are life’s traumas. Nonetheless, you have to figure out how to overcome.

I’ve been reluctant to say anything on facebook, twitter or any other social media site because I didn’t want pity and I didn’t want criticism. I wanted to show that I’m a true fighter, that I have real heart. The past few months have tested every cell in my body, every emotion in my soul, but still, I carry on.

Most of my friends and family know I’ve been living overseas these past few months training a handful of clients. May seem glamorous, and trust me, im not complaining, but I had to fly at least once a week and often times more than 4 times a week to different countries. What that meant was, I had to train in different gyms and source fresh meat and veggies to cook on my george foreman grill or condition chefs in dozens of countries on how to properly prepare my food. This constant schedule is very tough on the body and can take a toll on your energy and stress levels. Unfortunately, health standards aren’t what you hope for an one of the many reasons I have come to really appreciate our country.

I fell ill with acute food poisoning not once… Three times. 
I’ve lost a combined total of 22 lbs (mostly muscle), was admitted to hospitals a total of 10 days, almost had surgery to remove a part of my intestine and wasn’t allowed to lift for 5 weeks due to blood clotting in my arms from all the blood draws and iv cannulas . As a result, I’ve developed some pretty narly digestive and nutrient absorption problems but hey, when it rains, it pours. Since the food poisoning I’ve sustained a heartwrenching breakup, an out of state move, and shocking news of my father’s sudden illness (which, I’m pleased to say he is fighting -a characteristic he’s passed on to me).

The reason I’m saying all this is because despite all these traumas in my life, I’m overjoyed and ready to get back up on stage. The gym had become my sanctuary. My music was my meditation. I lost myself in my training, and now I’ve found myself awakened in overwhelming gratitude and restored strength and confidence. I’m ready to rock that stage. I may face more challenges, and stiff competition, but I’ve already won. I fought a battle that would cripple even the strongest of soldiers. And I will take the stage with grace. Thanking my family, true friends, and coach for supporting me and encouraging me to be my best, every day.

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7 Responses to It’s SHOW TIME!

  1. Mom says:

    So very proud of you and your focus. You’ve been climbing a mountain and are about to reach the summit. “Quitting” isn’t in your vocabulary (or DNA!). You are a true champion.

    • summer says:

      Thanks mom! I owe it, in part to you. :0) See you in New Orleans! You just being there is a birthday present in itself! So lucky!

  2. Tamara White says:

    Congrats Summer. I love the new site. Your first post is awesome and I love the honesty in it all. Keep writing!!!

  3. Rose Vizcarrondo says:

    So proud of you, Summer. You’re smart, beautiful & STRONG! Keep on pushing, girl… You’re an inspiration!

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