Why I Chose to Compete

One week from today I will be stepping on the stage for my second time.  I am exhausted and have many emotions going through me right now; however, this time around the biggest emotion is excitement.  I am excited to go out there and beat the girl I was back in September.  She was nervous,scared, uncomfortable, timid, anxious and extremely frightened.  Today I am confident and excited to show that girl what a champion is made of.  I am competing against myself and pushing myself to be a better version of me.

So why on earth do I even want to compete?  Well, it all started 4 years ago when I started working out with a fierce group a ladies and an amazing trainer.  I gained strength and confidence and felt empowered to be who I wanted to be.  A few girls at the gym did bodybuilding competitions and I always imagined it was something I could never achieve.  After thinking about it for a couple years I just decided to go for it, why the hell not?    I wanted to show my kids that if you want something bad enough, and you work you ass off, you can achieve it.  Although not everyone wants to stand on stage in an itsy bitsy bikini and flex their glutes, the concept of determining your goals and staying commited to them is the same.   Don’t sit around thinking about your goals, get up and start working on them!  We can not change who we were yesterday but we can work on today and live for tomorrow.

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This is my 12 week transformation for my first NPC Bikini Competition. I placed 3rd in Open and qualified for Nationals.

So how much sugar is really in my latte?

I love coffee!  Did I mention that I absolutely love coffee?  My day does not begin until my keurig is done brewing.  During my work week I make daily trips to our local coffee shop with coworkers and enjoy every last sip.  One thing I do notice when purchasing my brewed coffee, which I simply sweeten with stevia and a splash of half and half, is all the fancy dessert sounding drinks everyone around me is ordering (Birthday cake latte, pumpkin spice latte, caramel mocha latte, etc.) Before judging them and the size of their ass, I remind myself that they probably don’t realize that they are drinking well over 300 calories and approximately 50 grams of sugar.  Yeah, that is why they are ordering those drinks, they simply don’t know any better.  Well, you are in luck because my son Bryson and I made a quick video to actually show you what you are drinking.  Enjoy!

Apple Cinnamon Protein Waffles

While cleaning out my cupboards I discovered a waffle maker hiding in the back.  I have not used it in years so I thought, why not?  Instead of making my traditional protein pancakes I whipped up a large batch of protein waffles and ate them all week post-workout.

What you will need:

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Ingredients for Protein Waffles

 

  • 2 cups Kodiak Cakes power pancake mix (from Costco)
  • 1 scoop of whey protein powder (I used Dymatize Iso-100 in Cinnabun)
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 3 tsp stevia
  • 5 egg whites
  • 8 oz. unsweetened natural applesauce
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 1 cup vanilla unsweetened cashew milk

Instructions:

  1. Mix all dry ingredients together
  2. Add wet ingredients and mix well
  3. Pour into pre-heated waffle iron and cook until done (It took me a few attempts to get it right) Makes 18 waffles on Belgium waffle maker
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Try not to make a mess!

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Nutrition Facts (per waffle):

63 Cals, 9g Carbs, 6g Protein, 1g Fat

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How I find the time to fit it all in

Lately a lot of people have been commenting to me I don’t know how you find all that extra time.
In this video I give a brief summary of my strategies and techniques for staying fit and living a healthy life.  Oh, and if you don’t like people that tell you how it is you’re probably not gonna love my video blog.

Quick and Easy Roasted Asparagus

With spring just around the corner the first vegetable to pop out of the ground is asparagus.  Asparagus is loaded with nutrients such as fiber, folate, and vitamins A, C, E and K.  Additionally, it is packed with antioxidants and can help detoxify your body.  I highly recommend grabbing some from your local farmer’s market and adding it to your next meal.

Here is a quick and easy recipe to get the asparagus from you fridge to your plate in under 15 minutes:

What you need:

·         Olive Oil Cooking Spray

·         Garlic Powder

·         Onion Powder or Onion Flakes

·         Sea Salt

·         Pepper

·         Fresh Grated Parmesan Cheese (optional)

·         Cookie Sheet

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1.       Preheat your oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit

2.       Wash and trim your asparagus. (To trim, simply snap the bottom of the stalk off where the soft meets the hard.  If picked properly, this should already have been done)

3.       Spray cookie sheet with non-stick spray

4.       Add cleaned and trimmed asparagus

5.       Spray asparagus generously with cooking spray

6.       Sprinkle generously with garlic and onion powder

7.       Sprinkle lightly with sea salt and pepper

8.       Bake at 425 for 10 minutes

9.       Sprinkle lightly with fresh parmesan and enjoy!

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Reflect and Refocus

What are the most important things in your life?   Does how you spend your time and money align with your answer?  I thought about that myself today after someone posted a comment on one of my recipes pointing out that I was obsessed with the two Fs, food and fitness. If you were to ask me I would say my priorities are the following four Fs listed in order of importance; faith, family, fitness and food.  However, I realized that recently fitness and food were dominating faith and family.  I reflected on that today and turned my focus to my faith and my family.  Sometimes our life gets a bit crazy and we lose focus on what’s most important.  This post is just a little reminder to take a time-out to reflect and refocus.

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