By Dr. Stacey Naito, Physician & IFBB Bikini Pro
Melatonin is a hormone produced by the pineal gland in the brain which regulates the wake-sleep cycle. Production is turned on later in the evening when lights are turned off for bedtime. However, there are a number of poor habits which people commonly engage in which interfere with the body’s production of melatonin, with harmful results such as impaired immune response, increased rate of cellular aging, and increasing the risk of cancer formation.
After having my second child, I wanted to train with a purpose. Not just go through the motions. I needed a challenge. I needed a goal. I wanted results. That is when my life-style really went from being a hobby to a life change.
I love to lift heavy and push myself to the limit. When there is no pain I feel like I’m not doing anything to improve so I get back at it and work harder and my favorite workout is legs and butt.
I was that girl who thought running 10 miles a day and consuming 500 calories was going to get me into shape. My husband begged me for over 2 years to start lifting with him. My exact response was “I don’t want to get big.”
The anxious thoughts and feelings leading into a show. I get impatient and just want the competition to get here as soon as possible. Closer to the show, I begin getting nervous and having all kinds of anxious feelings and wanting to know who my competition is.
The thing about this sport is that not only does it challenge you physically but it also challenges you mentally. When I started competing, I realized that I needed a thick skin to be able to make it through this sport.
When I was younger, I loved gymnastics. My heart loved it but my knees never did. They have always been weak. Even when I was eight, my doctor told me not to practice for a month.
I have been transforming my body into the healthiest version of itself through weightlifting, nutrition, and chiropractic maintenance for some time now.
Our next Rx Girl is Jill Bunny from Canada and is a successful bikini fitness competitor. She is 28 years of age and is also a driving force when it comes to other women who want to compete in various fitness divisions.