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New Year, New Me!

New Year, New Me!

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Can you believe it? The new year has finally arrived! I feel it in my gut, 2016 will be a great year! (maybe because I’ve gained 10lbs in just 2 months & my gut got a little bigger but we will get to that later)

Ok, I’m not one to make a resolution but I do have some big things I’m ready to commit to in 2016… and maybe I did make a list of a few things I would like to work on too.

1) Compete in BOTH an NPC and WBFF show this year. If you followed along in some of my previous posts, you might know that I trained for my first NPC show in November but came up short due to an injury. I WILL NOT LET THAT HAPPEN AGAIN! So here is the tentative plan (dates and shows are subject to changes due to financial circumstances)…

  • June 11: Chattanooga Battle at the River (NPC)
  • July 23: WFBB Tampa Bay, FL
  • Possible 3rd show in fall (TBD)

2) I commit to weigh my food and log it all in MyFitnessPal. Of course things happen and I realize I may not complete this 100% but at least working toward 6 days a week is my goal. When you log each day and see what you eat, it is easier to reach you goal and stick to your plan. That  400+ calorie Wendy’s Frosty might just have to wait for a special day. (ugh)

3) Workouts will be on point! Following the plan designed by my coach, Theresa (BikiniBossChicks), I will resist temptation to skip. I have two days for that, 5 days a week is totally manageable!

4) Not fitness or health related…. but just one for fun… WEAR MORE LIPSTICK! :-) I don’t wear makeup every day but there is something about a great new lipstick and mascara.

Ok so that is it! I’m so excited to get this year started off with a bang and see where life takes me.

What are your New Year’s “Resolutions”?

 

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Easy Food Prep Idea

Easy Food Prep Idea

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As I started my healthy lifestyle I had to find simple yet healthy meals that I could prep on Sunday and have for several days. Training for a Figure competition can be “easy” for me in the gym, however nutrition can be quite a challenge. Lucky for me, I am simple when it comes to meals. I don’t like a lot of sauce and have always been one to cook something I can use around 5 ingredients or less. I have discovered I enjoy cooking, but don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen doing it.  So here is one meal I make frequently that I really enjoy and it is easy to reheat the next couple of days.

First, to start with the greens and veggies. I am in LOVE with green beans and broccoli slaw! They are so easy to cook in the skillet and just love the flavors I can add to it. Green-Beans

For the green beans, I buy the bag of fresh greens and just put them in a large skillet. Add a little cooking spray or butter, add seasonings, and there you go! Cook until soft.

Broccolli-Slaw

 

 

 

 

For the broccoli slaw, I like to cook mine with mushrooms and onions. First, chop the mushrooms and onions to your likable size, then cook them into the skillet with a little butter. (Butter is not your enemy, good healthy fats are needed in moderation. MARGARINE IS BAD, avoid this. A great alternative is coconut oil).  Once cooked and soft, mix in your broccoli slaw and heat until soft. I also like to add in steak seasoning for extra flavor.Meal-Prep

I am a little picky when it comes to my meat selections and chicken is not used very often. However, when I find a good chicken breast I like to cook it in the Crockpot. Add your breast in with a little water and let it cook for 2-3 hrs. Separate with fork and your good to go! Put around 4oz into each container, even out the veggies, and you have meals for the week.

What do you make for your Sunday meal prep?

Happy Cooking!!

 

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For the Love of Cauliflower

For the Love of Cauliflower

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After several weeks of my low-carb diet, I have started to get bored with the same old meals. I’ve decided to experiment with new ways and one ingredient I never thought I would enjoy… CAULIFLOWER! I’ve never been able to eat it like my mother, cold with a side of veggie dip. Yuck!!  However, lately I keep hearing about this new craze about a cauliflower crust instead of your usual flour pizza crust. Sparked my interest so I gave it a try.  Women Cook

First attempt failed but in the making, I did come up with a great side dish.

  • 1 head of cauliflower (chopped in a food processor)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Push flat on greased cookie sheet and cook at 450 for 20min.

One step that I didn’t do well enough was you MUST squeeze the cauliflower to get the water out! I used a paper towel but didn’t get enough out to make it a flat-bread style. Instead, it reminded me more like cheesy grits! Haha, it was SOO yummy and I will definitely be making it again.

No picture for now as I totally messed it up but I’ll give it another go soon!

P.S. Was it just me, or did anyone else not know there was such a thing as PURPLE cauliflower? So cool!

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Weekly Food Prep

Weekly Food Prep

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The countdown continues to my competition and Sunday is always the day to take care of business: grocery shopping and weekly food prep! Planning all your meals in advance can be challenging. Ask me two years ago I would have said I wouldn’t touch a “left-over” meal, but today that is how I keep to my clean-eating lifestyle. Sunday food prep is a must and I have found cleaver ways to mix it up with my limited menu options.

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Breakfast 1: (cooked after my workout)

2 eggs, tomato, grass-fed cheese, spinach, and onion mix

– Mix all together and heat in microwave! Simple as that

Meal 1: (makes roughly 4 servings)

5 oz Chicken Breast w/ Broccoli Slaw, Mushrooms & onion mix

– Cut up chicken into bite size pieces, cook with 1 tbsp of coconut oil, add seasonings to taste

– Set aside and cook onions, mushrooms until soft in 1/2tbs coconut oil. Add broccoli slaw

– So easy it takes me less than 20min!

Meal 2: (makes roughly 3 servings)

6 oz Ground Turkey w/ Broccoli, Snap Peas, Mushrooms and Salsa

– Cooked turkey in 1 tbsp of olive oil, added some simple seasonings for flavor

– Set aside and cook veggies on skillet in 1 tbsp olive oil

– Add 2 tbsp of salsa and ENJOY!

Remaining 2-3 meals each day I usually repeat the food I already prepped (meal 1 & 2) or cook up something simple like fish and more veggies. Evening snack will include Protein shake and almonds.

There you have it! Simple cooking 11 weeks out from contest. Hope to continue to see changes this week as I am going to ramp up my daily cardio and continue to lift heavy each morning.

Happy Monday!

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Journey to the Figure Stage

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Well as I start my website here I have decided to share my journey to the NPC Figure stage. My dream of becoming a competitor has been a long and bumpy road. Starting back in college when an old professor hosted an annual bodybuilding show, I knew that someday I wanted to be among those on stage. After graduating and moving I found myself looking for the right coach to get me there. Meeting various people along the way, 3 new cities, and a few failed attempts, I have finally found the help I needed and I am only 11 weeks away from my first competition!

Follow me in my journey as I go through the ups and downs of contest preparation. Having already begun… here is a fast recap….

1) Started two years ago at 167 pounds and currently stand at 128! (inching closer to my 40 pound goal)

Transformation

I find this embarrassing to share but I almost can’t believe my transformation in just 2 years!!

2) Found a long-distance online coach that got me started on an eating healthy lifestyle.

3) Attended my first bodybuilding show this past summer and met a great team that I just knew I wanted to join. Walked over to the owners and next thing I know, I have a phone number and a future consultation appointment!

4) Now I have committed, found an excellent coach Julie, and preparation has begun.

5) Contest prep officially started a few weeks ago and currently sitting at 128-130 pounds and eating a zero/low carb diet to lean out significantly in the quick coming weeks.

Check back for more this week on my progress and new workout posts!

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