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″.  

20 Minute Calorie Blast

 

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Short on time but need to fit in some cardio? Well, I have the perfect 20 minute high intensity workout for you that will have you sweating in no time! My favorite piece of cardio equipment at my gym is the stepmill. If your gym does not have one then I suggest cranking that treadmill up to an incline of 10 or more and work those hamstrings and glutes!

Workout Speed Time (Minutes)
Warmup 5 0-2:00
Climb 8 2:00-3:00
Climb 9 3:00-4:00
Climb 10 4:00-5:00
Climb 11 5:00-7:00
Climb 12 7:00-9:00
Max 13 9:00-11:00
Descend 12 11:00-13:00
Descend 11 13:00-15:00
Descend 10 15:00-16:00
Descend 9 16:00-17:00
Descend 8 17:00-18:00
Cool-down 5 18:00-20:00

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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Quick and Healthy Salmon Cakes

Looking for a tasting recipe this Lent that healthy and good?  Whip up a quick batch of these salmon cakes and enjoy them for lunch or dinner.  I created this recipe during my competition prep because I wanted to get more heart healthy fat in my diet.  I am big into flavor and texture so eating salmon straight from the can was not an option. Costco sells canned pink salmon in bulk and it is much cheaper than buying fresh salmon fillets.  I also like to prep a larger batch of these and eat them through the week or freeze half.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Cans of drained wild Alaskan pink salmon
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  • 1/4 oat flour (put oatmeal in blender)
  • 3 servings (9tbsp) of liquid egg whites
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  • 1tsp Wildtree Dill Dip Blend or dill seasoning of your choice
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  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Instructions:

  • Mix all ingredients together and let sit for 5-10 minutes
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  • Preheat griddle over medium heat
  • Spray griddle with non-stick cooking spray
  • Take a large spoon full of mix and put on griddle
  • Pat mix down into cake with fork
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  • Cook until firm on one side
  • Spray with non-stick cooking spray and flip
  • Cook until firm and brown
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  • Repeal above steps to make 6 salmon cakes

Enjoy with spicy mustard!

Nutritional Facts (per cake, recipe makes 6 total):

70 Calories, 1g Fat, 3g Carbs and 13g Protein