Healthy Apple and Cran Cole Slaw with PorkTenderloin 

So I was shopping at Trader Joe’s when I stumbled across some different types of shredded veggies in the produce aisle.  I thought that they would be awesome for volume foods when calories are low during diet/competition prep.  (Volume foods are those that are very low calorie and you can eat large servings at once to help fill you up— think of it. You can have 1 oreo cookie for 35 calories, or you can have 3.5 cups of romaine lettuce, yes– the oreo sounds 100x better, but– say this is the only meal you could eat for the next few hours, which would fill you up?!   The salad that is the size of a 3 month old would.

So looking at these shredded vegetables, I thought how they reminded me of a cole slaw.  I tried this apple, cranberry, and kale coleslaw at one of my favorite local restaurants, and I was then inspired to recreate this as healthy as possible—san mayo!

I remembered I had reduced sugar dried cranberries and a green apple at home, so I was set!  But what could I pair this lovely cole slaw with??   Cranberry, apples….. PORK.  I chose a pork tenderloin , the leanest cut of pork available at the store I was shopping at.  Per 112grams/4 ounces:  120 calories 2.5 fat  0 carb  23 protein.  Not too shabby! Continue reading

Product Review: Arctic Zero

If you are like 98% of the population. You are a sucker for dessert. You know the hardest part of dieting is the dessert cravings. Wouldn’t it be nice if delicious desserts were low calorie and fit diet friendly?  Well consider it a reality with Arctic Zero Fit Frozen Desserts!  I was lucky enough to receive a care package from the Company Arctic Zero allowing me to try five of their newest flavors of their low calorie ice cream dessert (and add a super cute ice cream scooper to my kitchen utensils!) These desserts can be found in some grocery stores in the frozen dessert aisle.  Usually found by the dairy free options.  The ice creams themselves come in two different varieties: creamy and chunky.  Creamy is just a flavored ice cream, while chunky will have bits and pieces of yummy goodness inside.  All Arctic Zero products are low fat to fat free, lactose free, and GMO free.   Continue reading

Night Shift and Meal Timing

Hi everyone!

I know I have been MIA for a while, but I have been doing a lot of “me time” after the Arnold Sports Expo bikini competition.  The prep for that competition was the longest and most intense I have done so far and I’d be lying if I said it didn’t take a toll on me!  Over the last month I have been enjoying my time with my boyfriend and our furbabies– enjoying going out to dinner and cooking meals without weighing or measuring.  I can honestly say I haven’t truly tracked my macros since the competition.  I needed a break.  I am also now focusing on my career.  I have began studying (on a daily basis) to get my Certification in Critical Care Nursing, or my CCRN.   My exam is scheduled for mid-May, so wish me luck!!

Anyway, enough about me! I have had many questions and emails regarding when I would eat my meals on night shift.  I figured I would just address this question in a post. Continue reading

Dieting and Eating at Restaurants

It is going to happen.  You are going to be doing very well sticking to your diet– high fiving yourself in your mind– thinking, “damn, this dieting stuff is actually easy, why didn’t I start this sooner?”  when your dear friend, whom you haven’t seen in a while, asks you to grab dinner.  You immediately think that you absolutely can’t– It would ruin your work–  It would destroy the fat loss goals you are after.  False!

If you begin to choose your diet over your friends and your social life you will, sooner rather than later, begin to loathe it and you will be extremely likely to break off and rebound back to unhealthy habits.

You can go out and enjoy yourself with friends.  You just have to be smart.  I have a few recommendations for when this day happens.Kimpton Portfolio Shoot

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Competing in the Arnold Amateur

Hi everyone!  I apologize I have been MIA from blogging for a while, I was preparing for the largest competition I have ever had the privilege in competing in.  The Arnold Classic, aka the Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic, is an annual international bodybuilding competition held in Columbus Ohio.  “The Arnold” includes the well known fitness expo that showcases all realms of exercise and fitness.   Every means of exercise you can think of can be found at this expo– even those that you would normally not think of!  Such as pole fitness, arm wrestling, jump rope, etc. My boyfriend competed at the Arnold last year for Olympic Weightlifting and really enjoyed the whole experience, so he decided he would compete again.  That was when I had this crazy idea to apply for a position in the Amateur Bikini competition.
In order to be chosen, you had to have won a top spot in a national qualifier event within the past year.  My first place at my last competition in St. Augustine Florida made me eligible. I received my confirmation letter for acceptance into the competition approximately four months until the competition date.  I knew I needed to come in at my very best, so unlike my previous competitions, I prepared and cut for a total of 12 weeks– about 1 month longer than my previous competitions!

For this competition, again unlike my previous competitions, I had assistance with my macros and caloric intake while cutting.  My coach and sponsor, Lindsay Westfall of All or Nothing Fitness did a great job helping me get to my final goal during my cut.  I wanted to remove some of the stress of changing macros/calories during the prep as well as incorporate someones professional opinion.  If you are looking for macro guidance.  If you are looking for macro guidance for any means, not just competition prep, check out her website at Continue reading

Product Review: Six Pack Fitness Renee Tote

As a nurse, I am often away from home for long periods of time.  With 12 hour shifts and going to the gym either before or after, I could be away from my house for 15 hours at a time.  What do you do about planning meals around being away for 15 hours?  As you know, I am a huge advocate for meal planning and prepping for the upcoming week.  I prep all of my meals for the week either Sunday or Monday and have them ready to go in individual Tupperware containers.  Well, during a 15 hour span, that is easily 3 meals and some snacks.  I have been searching for a good solution to carrying all these meals and snacks for my shift.  I’ve been through a variety of lunch boxes, plastic bags, brown bags, you name it.   I was never able to find a carrier large enough to hold all my meals.  Until a few months ago when I found Six Pack Fitness bags. Continue reading