Competition Decisions

My last competition was last year in April.  I had full intentions of competing again in the fall but between administering a flop of an organization and planning my wedding in 2.5 months I eventually said screw it.  Following the wedding in August I was one big walking accident.  Displaced ribs, which lead to pneumonia because I couldn’t take a deep breath.  Got attacked by a ninja in my kitchen (blender) and had 5 stitches in my hand making it near impossible to lift for a month… ya, you name it.

So, I decided to compete with UFE again in June this year and started working toward it.

Except, I am sooo not into it.  I generally do not get serious about a competition until I have registered.  And its about 8 weeks out from now and I still have’nt.  I’ve been consistently losing weight every week since I began prep 4 weeks ago, and I have’nt missed a workout however I really don’t think I am going to do it.

Where did the drive go?  I think my goal may be to book a photoshoot this summer, it costs about the same as competing and its far more fun plus you get the evidence as well.

For so long I was chasing first.  I have 2 second places and a third under my belt but I’ve never broken that 1st place spot.  And all of a sudden, I just don’t care to try.

 

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Do What Works For You

Too often lately I have seen posts bashing IIFYM (If it fits your macros)  vs Clean Eating and strict dieting.

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If following a strict diet works for you… do it.

If tracking macros and making pop tarts fit them works for you… do it.

Too often lately I have seen posts bashing Cross fit or military training vs Traditional weight lifting or bodybuilding

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If doing HIIT accompanied by monkey bars and rope climbing works for you… do it

If doing traditional sets, drop sets and weights focused on contraction works for you… do it.

 

Too often lately I have seen things bashing the girl that wears lipstick to the gym… “because she is obviously just looking to pick up”

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If you want to wear lipstick because being surrounded by meat heads and mirrors it makes you feel good… do it.

If you want to roll out of bed and go to the gym… do it.

 

Its supposed to be about what works for you.  Because lets face it.  You go to the gym for you!  Weather it is because of health, beauty, strength… you are there to better yourself.  Do what works for you!  And please stop bashing others who are trying to better themselves.  Everybody starts somewhere.

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UFE spring bash 2015

spring bash has come and gone.  My apologies for not updating more lately however life has been insanely busy.  Between prep with my new coach ask-big-frank, working full time and my other half moving his shop add in more kids than I ever imagined and it’s so wonder that I remember to brush my teeth.  

Spring bash was another wonderful experience.  However it was much different than any I have had with them before.  There are big changes in the works.  Just not ready to announce them yet.  Needless to say I placed second in masters fitness model and third in open tall.  Have to say I am far more proud of my open placing against 20 year olds then 2nd in masters however I am still chasing that first place finish and hungry for it.  

Sunday I had the amazing opportunity of shooting with Rick Oliver and Jill Fowlie.  

Sharing some images from both my competition and my shoot.  Thank you to all of you who have supported my journey

   

                             

Happy 3 Year Gym Anniversary

3 Year Anniversary in the Gym.

They say that it takes consistency for 21 days to form a habit.  Doing something for 21 days straight makes it an ingrained habit.  That was my thinking on November 18, 2011 when I joined the gym.  Goal 1 was 30 lbs by New Year’s Eve, to accomplish that goal, I would spend a minimum of 1 hour a day at the gym working out, I also changed my diet drastically.  And January 1, 2012.  I hit my goal.

No, I have not worked out 7 days a week for the past 3 years.  There are times I am there 5 times a week, and others seven.  There have been whole months where I let it slide and just quit going.  However I always go back and I have to say I am very consistent.  I know that my well-being is much better when I spend time on me, and my “me” time involved some serious heavy metal.

That being said, I am into “B-O-D-Y-B-U-I-L-D-I-N-G” and that means the longer, more often and heavier you lift consistently the more you can change your body.

The picture on the left is November 18 2011, as you can see I won’t even look in the mirror, looking back I wish I’d taken one head on so you could really see what I was dealing with.

Second picture was a year later.  As you can see a lot had changed.  I was beginning to get ready for the first competition I would do in April 2012.

Third Picture was 2 years in the gym November 18, 2013.  2 years of lifting, clean eating, and having competed in 2 bodybuilding competitions.

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Today’s photo.  Well 3 years later.  All of that hard work has definitely made a difference in this Mama.  It’s never too late to change your life

 

To every one of my readers, friends, and especially my family that have supported me through this crazy journey, both the ups and the downs I want to say THANK YOU.  There have been days I just want to say enough is enough, I’m going to eat the cheesecake like everybody else.  And there are days when I have.  But those days are the exception, or a planned treat.  I wake up every morning and lift, I am proud of my strength, proud of my accomplishments and very happy with the way life has turned out.  I couldn’t of done it without you.

Moms Blabber, Food Prep, Life Update…

I give so much thanks to all of the friends and like minded friends I have made through this blog.  Some have sincerely become people I consider friends. Even if we have never met face to face.  I am just two days out from my 3 year anniversary in the gym.  That post I have written and re-written multiple times  Who knows what form it will take, however there are alot of things I have learned over the last three years.  Most of which is, you don’t know everything ever… just keep trying.

 

So, this is just a blabber post about life in general, because well… that’s how the blog started.  One post about why I wanted to blog that basically said, put it out there and maybe my mom or then bf would read my drivvel.

 

So, this week’s tip.  Food Prep.

Ya, sucks.  But honestly for me, if I don’t do it I am far more apt to fail.  I generally prep my food in the morning for the day, alongside making breakfast and a whack load of sandwiches and things I cannot eat for the boys who are bottomless pits (all 3)  and can eat whatever they want with no consequence.  I booked a photo-shoot for 2 weeks from now with Dana Brushette which I have wanted to do for close to a year.  She does boudoir and pin up shoots.  This one is at a retro style house and I can’t wait.  And while I am nowhere near competition shape, I need a goal and a motivation right now, cause I am 19 weeks from my next competition and I’m kinda in a rut.  No goal, great program, not so sure about my diet (following coaches plan please don’t tell him)    So cue goal, two weeks out and I spent most of the day cleaning, laundry and cooking for the week.  But not just for me, for the kids too.  (sorry coach, I’m on my plan for the next two weeks)

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So, my food for at least the next few weeks.  Egg whites, green beans and spinach twice a day, extra lean ground turkey with green beans, onions, asparagus and a lil salsa and Italian seasoning twice a day, whey protein, peanut butter and tuna steaks.  Two weeks to rip it into shape.

 

I also made 8 cheese bagels with cream cheese, 8 sandwiches with different meat, condiments and ingredients, packaged muffins (the big costco ones in half per bag), cookies, carrots, separated yogurt containers and loaded up on bananas and apples for the boys.  Should make lunch making easy in the mornings, I hope.  Cause stead rate is going out the window for full blown fat burning HIIT.

 

Two weeks to stunning 50’s pin up.  GO

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