Friday, March 16, 2012

One More Day!!!!

It's been forever since i've blogged and I am so sorry that i've royally sucked at keeping you all updated on my progress leading up to my show.  The day is almost here and I'm so ready!  

Now I am not going into this show with a perfect body, nor do I expect to win or even place--though either would be awesome--but I have learned so much along this journey so far and I am just ready to step on stage and see how it goes!

Let me tell you a little about what I've learned:

  • Not all diets work for all people--you need to find what works best for you and your body
    • I have been eating just about the SAME thing for the last one and a half months.  I varied it up a little bit on pure necessity when I went to Arnold in Ohio but have basically stuck to the same foods.  I've learned that for my next show, I need a little more variation in my food sources to cut fat for MY body.  This diet may work really well for some people and they swear by it, but this girl is going to need to change it up a bit and experiment in order to find what works best for me.
  • On that same token, when prepping for a show, it is important to listen to only ONE person.  If you start trying to incorporate what everyone suggests, you'll get confused, overwhelmed, and you won't be able to determine which is the best thing for you. 
    • I stuck to the regimen proscribed by my trainer and ignored other information.  Though some things I should have changed, I never would have learned what worked/didn't if I had tried a bunch of different stuff at one time.
  • Take progress pics 
    • These pics will definitely show you how your body is changing over time.  We tend to look at ourselves daily and think we don't see the changes.  Have pictures from months ago really can show how far you've come and your progress.  These should definitely help in keeping you motivated.  
  •  Stay confident in YOU!  Remember that getting on stage, especially the first time is NOT about winning.  It's about putting the body you have worked so hard to attain on stage and working it.  It doesn't matter if I win tomorrow, or even place.  i mean YEAH of course I'd love to, but the main thing for me is putting my hard work on display and showing people what I've worked for.  I know I have things I still need to/want to work on and I will always feel that way.  But i have committed myself these last 6 weeks and I am ready to show off my work.
  • Have an awesome support system! 
    • I know I could not do this competition without the support.  I just didn't expect the amount of support I would get!  I have had so many friends and family members cheering me on and supporting me in this that I didn't expect.  Whether you told me I was looking good, or that you're amazed that I have stuck to this diet, or anything you might have said to support me, it meant EVERYTHING!  You all kept me working hard, eating clean, and pushing forward.  When i didn't feel like I was seeing progress, your comments lifted me back up.  I want to thank every single one of you who has supported me in this journey!  And i can't wait to see you at the show (if you can make it)

I hope you all have a great day, a great weekend and Happy St. Paddy's Day!  What are you doing this weekend?




 

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Operation ARNOLD!!!

Today commences Operation ARNOLD--me and bf's plan to pack, prep, and drive our way across the country--up the east coast anyway--to the second largest bodybuilding competition in the world--THE ARNOLD CLASSIC!  


Since i'm at work most of the day, he is in charge of beginning our packing for the trip.  We are leaving bright and early on Thursday so we need to have everything ready to go tomorrow afternoon before we go to my parents' house to spend the night--they are watching my baby boy 





 Not only does this trip require us to back clothes, but since my competition is so close, we also need to pack MEALS!  I know I know, i'm going to look like a crazy person rolling up to a hotel with a giant cooler and our kitchen microwave (since we already checked and our room doesn't have one) but it's all in the name of fitness!  Which of course is the whole purpose of the Arnold anyway!  

So i guess i feel a little more hardcore now that i'll be cooking up days' worth of fish and veggies and bringing along tupperware, egg whites and oats to cook in our hotel room to stay on my diet.  Better to be prepared than to have to drive around Columbus, Ohio searching for food that I can actually eat.  Plus i'll be able to spend more money at the EXPO!!!  


I'm pretty sure I won't be the only one whose packing list includes: egg whites, oats, brush, hair dryer, makeup, sports bra.  

ANYWAYS this is how I will be spending the last half of my LAST spring break ever and I could not be more excited.  I've never been to a bodybuilding show and I'm so excited that my first gets to be the Arnold!  Even though it is in such an unexciting town.  BUT Bf and I are already planning on saving to attend Olympia in the fall--which just so happens to be in...wait for it...VEGAS!!!  

I just wish today would go by faster at work so I can get home and get cooking and packing!!!  All after a hellacious leg workout and cardio with the bf of course!  Hope you all have a great day!  

Monday, February 27, 2012

My Super Packed weekend!

This weekend was slammed packed full!  Friday evening the bf and I drove to my parents' house to spend the night since i had TWO demos the next day.  Friday night was spent doing laundry and prepping meals for the next day since me and the bf were going on a mini road trip--from acworth to peachtree city to alpharetta and BACK to acworth.

We got up bright and early on saturday, ate our breakfast, packed up the car with my OhYeah! samples and headed out!  The first demo was in Peachtree City from 9-11 and the second was in Alpharetta from 12-2.  

Both demos went pretty well, with the exception of one particularly hostile woman who for some reason was mad at my for giving things away for free. I resisted my obviously lawyerly temptation to argue with her and put her in her place so I was pretty proud of myself. The second demo was pretty quiet but a success nonetheless.

We got back to the parents' house and I was just completely exhausted.  We ended up taking a much needed day of rest.  Good thing...because Sunday was FULL of activity!

Sunday morning we got up and headed to the gym.  I had training with Big E, my trainer.  We started early and he basically desecrated my shoulders--or CAPS as he likes to call them.   After the 45 minute shoulder crushing, bf and I headed over to the high school down the street to meet Big E and Jill, the other trainer for boot camp.


Now i have been dying to make it to this boot camp but the weather has been anything but cooperate these past few weeks.  Sunday was PERFECT!


Big E's boot camp is definitely not the typical boot camp.  We started by running on the field, down each yard line and then doing 10 jumping jacks at the end of each line.  After that we ran stadiums, flipped tires, dragged tires, pushed football dummies, and a bunch of other awesome and challenging stuff.  After this workout, i was down for the count...or so i thought


During boot camp my daddy called me.  I called him back and he invited me and bf to this mountain bike demo he stumbled upon during his ride.  We get there and end up testing out brand new mountain bikes on an hour long ride!  i was STARVING by the end of all this.  and incredibly tired.  Bf and I passed out quite early last night--well we had to...I had to teach spin at 545 this morning.  And let me tell you...my butt was not feeling not having any cycle shorts on during that demo ride!!




What did you do this weekend?

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

my HECTIC and beautiful life :-)

I cannot believe it has been over a week since I have posted.  A lot has happened since then so I will recap this past weekend since everything else is sort of a blur at this point.


Friday night the bf and I (along with my daddy and some friends) moved furniture into our new apartment.  We had planned on staying the night but definitely didn't have anywhere near the stuff we'd need to do so--meaning the bf left pillows at his parent's house and we had sort of procrastinated on repacking our clothes.  Needless to say we ended up spending the night at my parent's house.  


Saturday morning we got up bright and early and brought clothes to the apartment.  I had to rush off to go meet my fellow OhYeah! Ambassador Lauren at a demo we decided to do together so I didn't have time to unpack. 


The demo was at the Grand Opening of the LAfit that I teach spin at.  And man was this place packed!  We set up our table towards the staircase and started handing out goodies.  With all of the people there, we literally were forced to leave when we ran out of samples!  


 me and lauren at our demo 


After the demo I headed back to my parent's house for more clothes!  when all was said and done, bf and I were all moved in and worked on hooking everything up until late Saturday night.  

Sunday we headed back to the parent's house since I had training and we needed to do laundry--sadly our apartment only came with washer/dryer hookups.  By the time we got back to the apartment, it was 4PM and i had homework to do.  Basically we had a boring, yet very productive weekend.  

What did you do this weekend?

Monday, February 13, 2012

Getting stuff done!

This weekend was all about being productive.  well...sort of...

Friday was my first day off of the gym in a while so it was nice to get to relax.  and by relax i mean actually do my laundry.  The bf and I also finally got to watch some of our shows that we have recorded over the past few weeks so it was really nice to finally get to spend some time together.  most people think that if you live with your significant other then you spend a lot of time together...FALSE!  

Anyways so Saturday we were going to get up early, go bikini shopping for my competition, go climb stone mountain, and go out dancing!  yeah...no.   We got up around 830--which, if you know me, you know this is sleeping IN--and had breakfast.  Another morning of egg whites and plain oats for me all mixed together with a LIIIIIIIIITLE bit of salsa.  Then we got ready and drove to stockbridge to buy me an itsy bitsy teeny weeny competition bikini!

We got to the store and i was instantly in love with this little custom bikini shop!  The lady who owns the place was SO helpful and really made me feel comfortable walking around in my 5inch heels while trying on bikinis.  She brought me different suits to try on and helped me figure out which style/color looked best!

I tried on everything from orange to pink to highlighter yellow!  BUT i finally fell in love with MY SUIT!  I won't reveal the color quite yet but i am SO excited about it.  This was the first suit this woman has ever made in this color!!!  I should have it this coming weekend!!


Anyways...bf and i left the bikini shop and ate lunch in the car--yes we packed food for a short trip haha.  We decided that stone mountain was NOT going to happen considering it was 4 degrees outside and I didn't feel like being blown off of a mountain by 80 mph winds.  So we made a trip to the sporting goods store.  After a few other stops along the way home, we were starving.  We stopped for sushi and had some of the best sashimi!  (don't worry i had low sodium soy sauce and BARELY touched it)


We got home and were just pooped.  We ended up snuggling and watching TV for the rest of the night--something we never get to do.  


The next morning was training with E.  We hit shoulders HARD and then, since boot camp was cancelled due to sub-zero temperatures, bf and I did abs.  The rest of the day was spent doing homework, cooking fish for the week, and dinner w/bf's parents--and yes, we did both bring our own food.  Surprisingly we weren't interrogated or made to feel horrible for not eating what was being served.  Everyone was genuinely curious about what we were eating and why.  This was so refreshing!


I could really use another weekend! How was your weekend?  What healthy things did you do?

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

day 2! Easy Peasy!

Six weeks...that's all the time I have left to cut fat and get bikini ready!  well...actually...it's more like 5 weeks and 4 days!  EEEEEKKKKK!!!!  oh well, i am on the right track with my diet and workouts and I am starting to feel like I might be able to pull this off!  


After yesterday I realized how this food is going to affect my body.  I am eating 6-7 times a day--basically the same thing every meal throughout the day minus breakfast and the one protein shake i'm allowed--just until the end of this week.  I've had to cut out my intra-workout supplement, my pre-workout, and basically anything other than sweet potato, tilapia (or orange roughy--which i've never tried), egg whites, steel cut oats, and asparagus.  Fortunately I get to have one protein shake a day for this week and I can snack on natural PB or almond butter or almonds.  BUT those come out next week so I am trying not to rely on them at all.  


I know most people probably think i'm nuts for limiting myself like this--i know my mom does--but I really think it is going to be worth it in the end.  It is all about sacrificing and committing to the goal of actually being competitive at this competition.  


In addition to dieting, i am also lifting every day in the gym and teaching spin twice a week.  I am going to have to incorporate more cardio pretty soon to get really lean so I will have to really plan out my schedule to fit it in.  


ALSO this weekend me and the bf are traveling to Peachtree City for an OhYeah! demo.  ANNNNNNNND We're going to make a not-so-on-the-way pit stop to bikini shop!  I'll keep you guys updated on what i find.  Finally, I am going to order my tanning stuff and bikini bite--the stuff that keeps my tiny bikini bottoms stuck to my ass and prevents them from riding up--this week!


BUSY BUSY week for me!!  Tell me about your week and weekend plans!

Friday, February 3, 2012

it's getting serious!

I haven't mentioned it a whole lot but if you'll remember back to my first post, I am currently training for a bikini competition.  Come to find out that competition is coming up QUICK and I feel anything but ready.  SIX weeks guys, that's all I have left to look incredible and I'm seriously far behind.  

My trainer emailed me today and told me my diet gets MAD strict on Monday.  Actually he said "strict as a mugg" but I didn't think i could pull it off as well as he does.  

Either way, I have to waive BYE BYE to berries, apples, and pretty much anything other than tilapia, asparagus, egg whites, chicken, sweet potatoes and plain oats. I get one protein shake per day and no more pre workout!!  grrrrr i'm starting to dislike this idea!  OH WELL...it'll all be worth it in the end.  

On a slightly more positive note, i made one of the BEST investments the other day!  A SIX PACK BAG...

I have wanted one of these things for a while now and so i finally broke down and spent the money on it.  Basically it is a giant lunch box.  It holds EVERYTHING i need for the day and keeps is nice and cold so i don't have to try to shove it into the fridge.


I used it today and I am officially in love.  It also holds protein shakes or water bottles or produce in the side pouches and my vitamins and silverware on top!

Here are two of the meals I had packed in there today: 
this is going to be my go-to meal starting monday (minus the brown rice).  Tilpia and asparagus.

I also packed a salad with chicken, blueberries, and broccoli slaw.


Then my third meal that i've had today (fourth if you count breakfast) was at home so I didn't need it packed up.

Chicken with mixed veggies and steamed sweet potatoes with cinnamon and splenda.  If you aren't a fan of sweet potato but want to love them--because their SO SO good for you--try cutting them into cubes and putting them into a tupperware with cinnamon and splenda.  Microwave for about 3 minutes with the top on and they'll be perfectly steamed and SO good that you'll never believe they're good for you.

Anyway that was my day SO far.  I'm really nervous about the upcoming weeks and being able to get my body where it needs to be in such a short period of time.  Any words of wisdom or encouragement will be greatly appreciated!

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Falling off the wagon--JUMPING back on

I'm not perfect.  DEFINITELY not perfect.  This past weekend is a sentiment to that statement.  I'm not going to confess the extent of my food sin this weekend but let's just say, it was BAD.

BUT, I didn't let it get me down.  I was back in the gym Monday morning DARK and early--since it was before 5am--teaching spin and getting some legs done!

Yesterday was also a big day.  me and the bf decided to both sign up to do the Bodybuilding.com $100k transformation challenge.  We took before pics and started our profiles.  We picked training programs to follow and committed to pushing each other.  I really think this is going to help in my ultimate goal of the bikini competition in mid-March.  

This morning I got up and hit the gym around 7.  I have a long day of class until 9 but didn't want to miss my workouts.  Eddie, my trainer, and I did back and abs.  I'm definitely feeling it today.  I also packed up all of my meals for the day.  Speaking of which--I ordered a six pack bag the other day and it will be here tomorrow!!  If you don't know about these bags, check out www.sixpackbags.com.
I can't wait to start packing my meals in this thing.  

How do you guys plan and pack your meals?

Monday, January 16, 2012

life is a balancing act

Balance. Something we all strive for in life. Balance between school, work, family, friends, significant others, working out, relaxing, alone time, and everything else we try to cram into life. But how do we fit all of this stuff in?

I don't know how you guys do it but I know what I do--i get up REEEEEEEEEALLLLLLY early!

But seriously, I wanted to share with you guys what my typical week looks like and how I fit in being a full time law student, working, teaching spin, training for a bikini competition, eating healthy, and still managing to be a girlfriend to the bf and a daughter and sister.

Let's start with Monday. Today was NOT the typical Monday since I didn't have school or work, so we'll just look at my typical week. Monday starts BRIGHT and early--well not so bright considering it is dark @ 5am. The alarm goes off at 5 and I force myself and bf out of bed. We get ready as quick as possible that early and head to the gym for spin class, protein shakes in tow. (this is after consuming a preworkout to get the blood flowing) Spin is from 545-630 then we lift until we have to get home to get ready for work.

I work normally from 9-130 then head to the apt to take Bronson Bear out and to get ready for school. At this point I've already had a protein shake, breakfast, and another meal. I have class from 245-530 then home to do homework and eat and sleep. We're usually in bed by 9:00.

Tuesday is normally my day off from working out since I have class from 1030-900.

Wednesday is the same as Monday except I don't have class in the afternoon. I'll use this time to do homework, catch up on anything I hadn't finished, and try to relax a little on hump day.

Thursday is CRAZY in the morning. I get up and drive to Acworth to train with my trainer at 8am. I haul it back to the apt to get ready for school. Class from 1030-230 then home to start working on the work for the next week.

Friday--ahhh at last! Bf and i get up early to workout--or, depending on how exhausted we are from the week, we'll "sleep in" until about 645 (i have to be at work at 830) and we'll workout in the evening. I work until about 3-330 and then home for more homework/extra curricular school stuff/class prep/try to breathe. If we didn't workout that morning we'll go to the gym in the evening.

Saturday is never really predictable. I try to go home every weekend to see my parents and brother since I'm MIA all week. Sunday consists of training with my trainer at 1030, then boot camp--which i'm yet to attend, and prep food for the next week. Bf and I try to cook all of our meals for the week--with the exception of breakfast and normally dinner--that way we can just put meals into smaller tupperwares from the bigger tupperwares that were already in the fridge and head out for the day. I think we singlehandedly keep gladware/rubbermaid in business.

Somehow in all of this we each manage to eat between 5-8 times a day, communicate to one another through chat or text, and come home to each other without getting sick of one another. I think anyone who can handle my crazy schedule and still have a smile on his face when he sees me at home is a keeper :-)

What is your week like? How do you balance?

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Resolution? Isn't that just a fancy name for giving up?

I admit...I am 100% cynical of new year's resolutions.  And in my mind, rightfully so.  How many of you made a resolution this year and have already given up on it?  IT'S ONLY JANUARY 5TH PEOPLE!!  The funny thing is, most people with start out the year completely gung ho about a goal and then drop off within the first month.  


Why is this?


It's because people set nonspecific, long term goals.  I've heard "my goal this year is to be healthy," or "to workout" or "to eat better."  All of this sounds great in theory and I wish people would stick to these broad goals, but it is human nature to give up once we decide we aren't seeing results fast enough or we are already tired of eating the same thing or getting up early without results.  We are a species that values instant gratification.  Once hard work isn't paying off quick enough, we jump off the bandwagon like our life depended on it, because it is definitely easier than the alternative--committing to that hard working and *gasp* spending the time it takes to see results!  


I am definitely guilty of setting the goal to be this or that and falling off the band wagon when I wasn't seeing the results I wanted.  But I've learned--and I know this is going to sound obvious and you're probably thinking, well DUH lex--that when you want something, you have to commit to it, 100%, through the good, the bad and the ugly.  Now this could be committing to a diet, to a workout, or even to a person.  But you have to remember that ultimately whatever it is you are committing to, you can't just stop the second it gets hard, or boring, or you're just tired of the same food every day and want ice cream.  That doesn't work and ultimately takes you further from your goal.


I decided back in November--I say it like it was so long ago--that I want to compete in a bikini competition this year (or maybe a few).  I started dieting and lifting weights again.  When the holidays came around I cheated on my diet BUT they were cheat meals, NOT cheat days.  I didn't take the whole week of the holiday and binge and skip workouts.  Yes i did have the sweets that I don't normally eat, and yes i did have a few drinks on new year's to celebrate, BUT the next day or even the next meal, I was back on track.  


This is how resolutions SHOULD work.  So you fall off the wagon for a meal or miss a workout--WHO CARES?  As long as you get back on or hit the gym the next day, you are still on track to get to your ultimate goal.  It is healthy to take a day off for rest and to have a cheat meal ONCE in a while.  This is where people go wrong when it comes to resolutions.  The thought process goes from "oh man I cheated and ate a sweet, this day is probably a waste so I guess I'll just binge all day"  or "I missed a workout, now my whole week is messed up, I'll just take the week off."  This mindset leads to--"well i've already stopped eating healthy or stopped going to the gym, I might as well forget it."  


This mindset also comes from making goals that are too broad.  If people set specific resolutions that gave them small goals to push to, then I think more people would stick to their resolutions.  So maybe someone really wants to lose 40lbs this year.  Well making a goal to lose 40lbs is great BUT unless someone gives themselves a timeline or smaller increments--like I want to lose 10lbs by the end of the month--then the 40lbs is going to seem completely unattainable.  


By giving ourselves small milestones to reach for, it is much easier to stick to a long term goal, and hell, who knows, maybe we'll enough the process.  


I've made several resolutions for this year, all of which are ultimately longer term goals, but i've broken them up into smaller milestones to reach to keep myself on track.  Obviously bikini competition is a huge goal for me.  But I have a daily goal of eating a certain amount of protein, and consuming certain healthy meals.  I have a daily goal of training a certain body part or kicking my cardio up a notch.  These smaller goals have led to some bigger results so far.  By not focusing so much on the end goal, but always keeping it in mind, my bigger goals seems less daunting and more easily attainable.  


I hope you all have made resolutions or goals for this year and that you decide to stick to them.  That's all it really is anyway--a decision to commit.  Just remember that committing, I mean REALLY committing, is for the long haul--through the good, the bad, the bored, and the ugly (i know I'm not particularly pretty at 5am but i'm still getting up).  It's your life, decide to do with it what you will, but if there is something you REALLY want, don't let it be just another resolution that gets lost after a month.  Make it a lifestyle change or a daily challenge to keep yourself interested and motivated.  And I'll definitely be here to support you through whatever your goals might be.  


SO let's hear it, what are your resolutions?  

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

2012!!!

Happy New Year everyone!! I know I'm about three days late but better late than never right?


I don't know how you guys started off your new year but I went DANCING!!!  Dancing is definitely one of my most favorite things to do.  I'm not really into the whole bar scene but put me in a club with some good music and I am happy as a clam!  Let me recap my new year's eve.


It all started last week when the bf and i were trying to figure out what to do for new years.  See he knows i LOVE to dance because we actually ended up dancing for a few hours the first night we met.  He tries to make it sound all romantic by saying we started dating that night after we had our first dance.  In theory it sounds so sweet until you hear the context--it was an after party for a wedding we both attended at a club in Milledgeville and our first dance was to the Ying Yang Twins or some equally talented musician.  Either way we most definitely love to dance together. 


We started looking up stuff online about new year's eve parties that were going on in Atlanta and seeing what our friends were doing.  We ended up finding a deal for tickets to Aja for $40 a piece.  This was a surprisingly good deal considering it said open bar and open food.  Little did we know that those two were complete BS.  


We got to Aja around 930 or so and learned of this BS about no open bar and no food.  Good thing we're normally bottomless pits and ate before we left.  In the spirit of the new year we decided to head to the bar for a drink.  I admit this night was definitely a cheat night so don't judge me!  


We get our drinks and start walking around scoping the place out.  The bf and I don't normally drink so we were feeling drink #1 pretty quickly and somehow decided drink #2 would be a good idea.  I give you, exhibit A:



Not real sure what happened with the light there but this is a very good depiction of how he was feeling after drink #1.

Anyways, so once it started getting later, the party really got started.  We saw a good bit of people we knew and talked to them but mostly we danced.  My feet were killing me by the end of the night because I was of course wearing heels.  But it was completely worth it!

We'd been dancing for a while at this point.

We left Aja around 2 after witnessing 2 fights, dancing the night away and sharing one hell of a kiss at midnight.  Although we were pretty irritated about the lack of open bar and food, we most likely would have paid for the tickets to Aja anyway if we had known that those weren't included.  Big fail to them though for the false advertising.  Oh yeah, and for this:


For those of you who can't tell, this is a row of porta-potties outside of Aja.  The restaurant itself only has single stall bathrooms so they made them both ladies' rooms and moved the men outside.  Keeping it classy!

After leaving the club we both realized we were starving--BIG SHOCK--so we decided on one of the only places open at this hour that we could count on--Waffle House.  I know, I know, please keep the shock to a minimum.  We decided Waffle House would be a good way to finalize our cheating day considering we won't be having very many in 2012. Plus, we had burned plenty of calories dancing to justify it.  YEAH....Right... ;-)

That was basically our NYE.  I can honestly say I have never had such a fun NYE and can't wait to go dancing again.  Bf and I decided it has to become a more regular occurrence.  



What did you do for NYE?