Signs you’re a bodybuilding competitor


1. You have more selfies in your phone then a 14 year old girl…..

photoWe call it “checking progress”


2. You have an entire drawer / cupboard full of vitamins, supplements and protein powder….

military-amateur-roberta-hatch_hIts necessary

3. You’re fridge is full of spinach, fish and an assortment of tupperware containers….

LEftovers-in-frig-jepge-225x300We really only cook once or twice a week.  Its called food prep.

4.  You have more stretchy pants, tank tops and running shoes then you do work clothes….

c7b417b911dfae4fde346c7abd4395b7You may also occasionally try and figure out how you can wear the gym clothes at work.  Its just easier.

5.  You’re Facebook feed, blog, etc is full of other people who lift…

rottenecard_59569040_fysbfxf7ccthere’s probably also some friends that post stuff like “I don’t care you went to the gym”  pfffttt… surround yourself with like minded people.

6.   At the gym you can pick out the newbies and cardio queens in less than 5 seconds.

imagesYou also may start to do this in every day life like at the grocery store, when people have a cart full of chicken and green stuff you wanna give them a fist bump

7.   You’re iPod is full of “motivational” music.

images (1)Like “Work Bitch”  and “99 problems”  you also occasionally think you’re a 20 year old thug while lifting.



Now that I have your attention!

The personal side of this

Evolution Left was after Big Kid (hey, I was 20 or so), Middle is afterBoo.... Right is After the weight loss
Left was after Big Kid (hey, I was 20 or so), Middle is afterBoo…. Right is After the weight loss

When I was in my teens I was an optimistic B cup.  I used to say that I wanted a breast augmentation.  I researched it, loved the way it looked and wanted boobs.  The reality is after my second son I was pushing a DD!  They were heavy, didn’t fit in normal clothes and they were likely much bigger but I never had a proper fitting.  However when I started losing weight and they started shrink I was thrilled!  Then only a few months after I got them back down to a B/C cup I got diagnosed with breast cancer and risked losing them all together.  That was terrifying!  However, I still didn’t want them big, I just wanted mine.  I’m lucky enough to still be cancer free.  And if you haven’t lately, DO A BREAST EXAM!

The Facts

You cannot lose weight and keep it only in your chest and butt.  You can do chest exercises and make them look better, and more perky.  You can do squats and build a lovely round bum.  However anyone out there that thinks spot training works is deluding themselves.

Some women will loose weight in specific areas quicker then others but if you are in about the 20-22% body fat range (healthy) then you’re likely not much more then a B cup.

The Fitness Industry

This is Vlatkadragic There is no doubt she is fit and stunning.
This is Vlatkadragic
There is no doubt she is fit and stunning.

Here’s my issue.  Why is it that all of these beautiful fitness models that devote so much time to health and fitness all have breast implants?!!?  They are beautiful and fit, and personally I don’t think it looks good.  That’s not to say that there is anything wrong with it.  I am not going to knock a personal decision and if it makes you feel good, do it.  My issue is that the industry is inundated with images of women with 6 packs and DD’s.  The image of healthy, natural and beautiful needs to contain more images of people that are “natural”.

2013 ArnoldClassic Bikini Division Winners.  What's the common denominator here?
2013 ArnoldClassic Bikini Division Winners. What’s the common denominator here?

What are you’re thoughts.?


Today’s workout

Having switched to all over body workouts from a body part a day. Thought I would share today’s workout.

Circuit 1
Leaning shoulder dumbell raises 3 sets each side 10x10lb

Kettlebell swings 3 sets 20x10lb

Round the world Kettlebell swing 3 sets each direction 20x10lb

Circuit 2
Curtesy lunges 3 sets 15x40lb each side
Decline bench torso twist 3 sets 20x10lb
Decline bench sit-ups 3 sets of 25

3 sets 100lbs

Dumbell rows 3 sets 10x 50 lbs each side

Pec flys 3sets 10x75lbs

Trx push-ups – 3 sets of 20

Calf raises seated 3 sets 15x90lbs