Less than 4 Weeks and I’m Struggling

Okay, there are only 22 days (but who’s counting) until my competition and I am kind of losing my shit (well, only 3-6 times per day).  My weight is not flipping moving!  I HATE the scale and wish it would just go to hell.  I like the changes I am seeing in my body but the scale is f*cking with my head.  I am supposed to be losing 1.5-3lbs per week.  This stopped happening about 4 weeks ago.  My coach keeps cutting my carbs and I am cycling them.  THIS SUCKS!  I love, love, love carbs and lose my shit when I am not eating them. On top of cutting carbs even lower, we are cutting out most of the variety in my diet.  I like to think of myself as a bit of a creative wizard in the kitchen when it comes to making healthy ass food that tastes like unhealthy food (protein cookies, muffins, cauliflower not so fried rice, etc.). Well, no more of that either.  Same food meal after meal, over and over.  So basically, if you see me just go the other way.

Why the hell am I doing this you are asking by now? Well, because I want to push myself to limits I have never gone.  I want to be leaner, stronger and better than that girl that hit the stage back in April.  I found the below quote that says change is hard at first, messy in the middle and gorgeous at the end.  It hit home for me and put things into perspective. I am officially stuck in the middle and a mess.  I need to refocus my energy and thoughts to the end and why I am doing this.  I have a lot more to gain than I have to lose.

Change

Six weeks down and six more to go!

So it’s official, I am six weeks out from my NPC Bikini competition.  This prep hasn’t exactly been as easy as some of the other ones. I switched trainers and my diet is much more restrictive with less flexibility.  I eat 5 to 6 meals per day depending on how early I wake up. For the first five weeks each meal consisted of 25 g of carbs, 25 g of protein and very low fat. Approved carbs are such things as oatmeal, sweet potatoes, plain rice cakes and brown rice. My protein sources are lean and I pretty much eat mostly chicken and egg whites. I eat green vegetables with almost every meal and my go to veggies are  broccoli or spinach.  When I’m craving chips or a snack I eat cut up bell peppers dipped in salsa. I eat  an insane amount of raw veggies when we are at parties or potlucks just to keep me satisfied. This has caused an uncomfortable amount of bloating and gas. My kids don’t even want to be in the same room as me after I eat. Last night on our walk home I looked six months pregnant and it was all gas. I’ve tried beano, Gas ex, digestive enzymes and probiotics. I can either go hungry because I’m out of food or eat some more veggies and deal with my pregnant belly.  Because I’m not supposed to snack between meals I have an abundant supply of chewing gum in my purse and drink an excessive amount of coffee. I need to replace every 8 ounces of coffee with an additional 8 ounces of water on top of the gallon I’m already drinking each day so I pee every 20 minutes. This makes traveling in a car with me difficult or even going to the grocery store. So not only am I bloated like I’m pregnant, I also pee constantly like a pregnant lady. I get hangry after about 7 PM and everyone in the house just stays away from me.  I’m either yelling or farting.

This past week has been extremely difficult because I am now carb cycling and I’m having a hard time keeping track of how many meals I get carbs in, etc.  My weight hasn’t really moved in two weeks and that is getting frustrating. I was consistently losing 2 pounds a week and this past two weeks I’ve lost only 1 pound.  Competition prep is really a mental mindfuck.  If you’re not strong mentally this is not the thing for you. Food becomes an obsession and skipping the workout is not an option.

Although everything I’m saying sounds kind of negative, the overall experience is pretty wonderful. You push yourself to extremes you never knew you could.   I also feel amazing physically. I don’t have any junk in my body besides the bloating and I wake up with tons of energy. My skin is great, my nails are growing, my hair is growing and I just feel amazing. Looking in the mirror and seeing a six pack after having three kids and being 35 feels pretty damn good too. My boys all know what a glute is and complement me on how big mine are getting.  This mamas got back!

So with all of that said, below are some of my progress photos and food pictures. I’m overall happy with the changes I’m seeing but would like to be a little bit leaner in the lower body.  Cardio absolutely sucks and I swear while I do it every single time.

So I raise my glass of BCAAs and cheers to another 6 weeks!

Today I decided to use the marker board in kitchen to track my carbs each day.  My weight loss plateau is pissing me off. 

My low carb lunch consisted of cold grilled chicken topped with spicy guac and fresh green beans from my garden. (This meal gave me gas) 

I am happy with the size decrease in my waist and thighs.  My face looks a bit thinner also.  I typically lose it from by cheeks first.  Oh, and my boobs.  They go bye, bye really quick. 

My son kept snapping photos after I was done posing.  This is me relaxed and real.  No sucking in, twisting, etc. 


I have to bring my own food everywhere I go so I always have a cooler packed and ready.  This was two chicken salads I made for a day volunteering at my son’s senior class retreat.  

I took my youngest out to breakfast for his 10th birthday.  He ordered some fluffy pancakes and I asked for a western omelet with egg whites and no cheese. I also asked that the make it without butter and had a side of plain oatmeal as my carb.  

My go to breakfast is egg white veggie scramble (because I cannot make omelets), plain rice cakes and some organic salsa.  

I make my egg white scramble in bulk so it lasts a few days.  One this day I switched things up by having steal cut oats instead of plain rice cakes.  Yeah, I know, crazy! 

3 Weeks down, and 9 to go!

I am officially 3 full weeks into my competition prep and finally seeing some physical changes.  My total weight loss is 4lbs and I have have lost some inches in the waist and thighs.  I  do weekly check-ins with my coach and do not weigh myself daily.  The goal is to lose body fat and not muscle so I only shoot to lose 1.5 – 3lbs per week.  So far I am on track and loving the results.  This prep is different from my last two because I switched coaches.  The main difference is the diet and amount of cardio I am doing.  I love, love, love food and prefer variety.  This plan is slowly cutting all my variety out and I will eventually be eating the same thing every day.  It also has me doing five 45 minute cardio sessions per week and I hate cardio.  Good thing Beachbody just release Country Heat and I can get my cardio in by dancing!  I am okay with the changes though because my goal is to beat the person I was before and come in leaner and stronger.  To do that you have to step it up a notch and challenge yourself.  You cannot spell CHALLENGE without CHANGE.

The past week has been a little bit challenging with the diet because we have been traveling.  I spend 3 days in Indianapolis for my son’s AAU basketball tournament and had to watch my boys eat out each night.  I packed most of my food and traveled with a huge cooler.  We booked a hotel that had a gym and continental breakfast.  I went with plain oatmeal and a scoop of protein powder each morning.  Currently I am in Nashville for the annual Beachbody Summit.  My friend that I am traveling with is also in competition prep so we packed a huge cooker of cut up veggies for the road trip and did short workouts at each rest stop along the way. (I will post links below!)  Yesterday we hit up Whole Foods and stocked up on healthy groceries.  I brought half of my meals with me and had my yummy pumpkin protein pancakes for breakfast the last two days.  The condo has an amazing gym and this trip is going pretty well.  We walked a lot, went shopping, had pool time, etc.  No alcohol or partying on Broadway for us.

Here is my 3 week transformation photos and some links to all the quick workouts we did on the road trip!

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3 weeks of prep and down 4lbs.  Camera angle was a little off but I am liking the reduction in my waist and thighs. 

Pumpkin Protein Pancakes – Bikini Competitor Approved!

As my competition approaches I have to start cutting out a lot of foods from my diet which includes dairy, Greek yogurt and bananas (just to name a few). Most of my protein pancake recipes call for smashed banana or plain Greek Yogurt.  I had the choice to give up my favorite breakfast for 10 weeks or get creative in the kitchen; I chose to get creative.  I substituted pure pumpkin for the smashed banana and added some pumpkin pie spice and cinnamon to give them a new twist.  These are amazing and meet my morning macro needs.  Top them with some Walden Farms chocolate syrup and you are all set for your day!

What you need:

  • 1 Cup Kodiak Cakes Pancake Mix
  • 2 scoops vanilla whey protein
  • 1-2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 6-8 packets of Stevia
  • 1 cup all natural canned pumpkin
  • 1 cup liquid egg whites or 5 egg whites
  • 1 – 1 1/2 cups water

Directions:

  1. Mix all dry ingredients well
  2. Add wet ingredients and mix well (batter may be too thick so add additional water until you get to the desired consistency)
  3. Pour on pre-heated griddle (~1/4 cup per pancake)

Nutrition Facts per Pancake (makes 16 pancakes):

53 Calories, 6.4g Carbs, 6.6 g Protein and .5 g Fat

I eat 4 pancakes at a time to equal: 213 Calories, 26 g Carbs, 27 g Protein and 4 g Fat

And so it begins

It’s official, I am preparing  for my third bikini competition. Monday was the official start day  and I’m not going lie, I was kind of dreading it.  We had a great 4th of July weekend on our new boat and I enjoyed the freedom of snacking and having a cocktail.  I laid awake Sunday night thinking about all the things I had to give up.  No more eating out with the family, no more red wine with dinner, no more cocktails on the river, no more snacks in between meals, no more variety, and the list goes on.  I’m working with a new trainer for this show and the nutrition plan is a lot less flexible.  I made this decision because I wanted to take my body to the next level and see how far I can go on stage. I was very excited to get started initially but as Monday got closer I kind of started feeling a heavy weight on my chest.  I only focused on all the things I couldn’t have.

Well, Monday came and Monday went.  I successfully killed my workout and stuck to my nutrition plan. Tuesday came and went. I exceeded my calorie intake by about 200 but my macros weren’t too far off so overall I’ll call it a win.  I also killed a double workout. Wednesday morning came and I jumped up out of bed at 3:53 AM before my 4:10 AM alarm. I had energy and I was excited it to start my day with a 5 AM workout. At the gym I killed legs with a friend and they did an hour of spin. I was filled with energy and powered through the whole class dripping in sweat.

It only took three days for me to remember why I do this over and over. Removing all the crap from my diet and structuring the timing of my food around my workouts does wonderful things to me both physically and mentally.  I have already noticed changes in my body on the outside but more importantly on the inside. My arms are more defined, my stomach is flatter, I have more energy, I am sleeping much better and not waking during the night, my digestion is more regular, and the list goes on.

My perspective has done 180 degree switch since Sunday. Instead of focusing on everything I have to give up I am start looking at all the things I have to gain. I’ve gained more energy, better sleep, leaner body, and more confidence. I am finishing date three of my 12 week plan and I am so excited to see what is to come.  I close my eyes at night feeling strong and accomplished and I do not lay in bed worrying about things I have to lose. I look forward to each day in the new things I have to gain. I set a goal and I have every intention of completing it.

This is me in the off season.  I continue to workout regularly just like competition prep but my diet is not as restrictive. I am 10-15lbs over stage weight.  My current weight is 148 and I am 5’6″.  

Banana Blueberry Protein Muffins

Are you looking for a healthy breakfast muffin you can grab on the go?   I took a recipe shared by a friend and modified it to fit into a healthy clean eating plan.  To do this I simply  replaced the sugar with stevia  and replaced the all purpose flour with a mixture of oat flour, coconut flour and whey protein powder.  The  sugar wasn’t really necessary because they are naturally sweet from the banana.  I also replaced the plain Greek yogurt that the original recipe called for with fat free ricotta cheese.  This helped eliminate the need for the sugar because plain Greek yogurt can taste pretty sour.  Ricotta on the other hand doesn’t need much to sweeten it up.  Yum!

Here is what you need: 

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Wet Ingredients

  • 275 g banana smashed
  • 6 egg whites (or 6 servings of liquid egg whites)
  • 1/4 cup fat free ricotta
  • 1 tsp pure almond extract
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries

Dry Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats blended into flour consistency
  • 4 tbsp coconut flour
  • 2 scoops vanilla why protein powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • dash of salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 5-10 packets of stevia

Preparation:

  1. Mix all wet ingredients in a bowl except blueberries (save blueberries for the end)
  2. Mix dry ingredients into wet ingredients.
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  4. Pour mixture into 12 muffin cups lined with parchment paper cups or sprayed very well

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5. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes or until done in middle.

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Enjoy!

 

Nutrition Facts: 

1 Muffin is 93 Calories, 12 g Carbs, 9 g Protein and 1 g Fat

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How to stay on track with your nutrition while traveling

I hear from a lot of people that they’re not ready to start the challenge group or their diet because they have a vacation scheduled. Well that’s not really a very good excuse. I have gone on two vacations now while prepping for my bikini competitions and had a blast on both. The key is to plan and prepare ahead of time.  I am not currently in competition prep but I do still try to maintain a healthy lifestyle and do not binge on vacation. You can’t outwork a bad diet and I don’t want to come back 10 pounds heavier. So in this video I share some tips that I am doing for my up coming memorial day trip to Cape Cod for my sister-in-law’s wedding. ​​


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3 Ingredient Protein Pancakes

Proteins are an essential part of our diet and are the building blocks of our body.  I like to start my day off right with a breakfast high in protein.  I am not a huge fan of meat and eggs in the morning, and have a little bit of a sweat tooth, so I make a lot of protein pancakes and protein muffins.  Whenever I have an overly ripe banana sitting around and not much time I like to whip up these simple three ingredient protein pancakes.  Top them with a little bit of coconut butter to get some healthy fat in your diet and you are all set to crush your day!

What you need:

  • 1 Scoop Whey Protein Powder (Flavor of your choice)
  • 3 egg whites (can use liquid egg whites)
  • 75 grams of ripe banana
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3 Ingredient Pancakes: Banana, Egg Whites and Protein Powder

 

Directions:

  1. Smash the banana until smooth
  2. Mix in egg whites and whisk
  3. Add protein powder and mix
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Mix all ingredients until smooth

 

Pour batter on preheated griddle to make 3-6 thin protein pancakes and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts:

251 Calories, 41g Protein, 19g Carbs, 0g Fat

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My Second Competition was a Success!

Last weekend I competed in my second NPC Bikini Competition.  I went into it with much more confidence and determination.  I turned 35 since my first competition so I was excited to compete in the Master’s division (35 and up).  The goal I set for myself was to take first in Masters and top 3 in Open.  Well, I concurred that goal!  I placed 1st in Master’s and 3rd in Open.

Because I had competed before the fear of being on stage and being judged was completely gone.  At my first competition I spend a lot of time looking around and comparing myself to others.  I counted how many girls were in my height class and let their appearance bring my confidence down.  After the show I looked at the pictures and videos and realized that I had nothing to feel insecure about and that the only person on stage I should have been focused on was myself.  This show was completely different.  I didn’t even look at the line up or know how many girls I was competing against.  When my friends arrived and asked how many girls were in my class I simple said “I don’t know, I didn’t even look.  Who cares, I am going to go out there and rock the stage.”  I was competing against the girl I was last time around and no one else.

It has been a week since the competition and I kind of feel a little lost without that goal.  I didn’t go crazy with food after the competition but I can say that I have overindulged on red wine.  Tomorrow I am starting the 22 Minute Hard Corp challenge with my husband and a challenge group I am leading. The program is 8 weeks log, comes with a balanced nutrition plan and 22 minute workouts.   This will allow me to focus on my fitness and nutrition again without completely consuming my time and energy.  I will be blogging about this challenge so others can see what it is like.

Here are some photos from my competition:

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This is the top 4 in Master’s Division

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This is the Open line-up.  I placed third.

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Bikini Competitor Banana Protein Oatmeal Bake

During the last few weeks of my competition prep I began to cut many things out of my diet and stick to the basics that I knew my body could handle and digest well.  This means my meals were very repetitive because I didn’t want to chance anything not agreeing with my body and halting my progress. For breakfast this was your standard oatmeal and egg whites.  I wanted to add some moisture and flavor to them so I incorporated ripe bananas and my favorite protein powders to make a super simple and quick oatmeal bake.  It yields six servings so my husband and I have breakfast ready to eat on the go 3 days in a row.   I have made it three times now and each time I love it more so I decided I just had to share the recipe.

Ingredients:

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