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
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 www.allornothingfit.com Continue reading
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
I have a confession, I do not use a protein supplement often. I am a “I’d rather eat it” type of person and prefer to get my protein from food sources. That being said, there are some times when life gets in the way and between going to the gym, going to work, having to go to the grocery store, doing laundry… well, sometimes you just don’t have time for those whole meals.
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As I’ve mentioned before in previous posts, you must meet your macro nutrient and calorie requirements for the day in order to see optimum results. I know there are people, females especially, that LOVE the days that they are “too busy to eat” because they only consume about 500 calories. They think they are on the fast track to losing weight and one day closer to that hollywood ‘J-Lo’ body. In fact, this is absolutely wrong. Too low on calories actually can cause your body to hold on and retain fat. Too low intake of calories is detrimental for someone who is trying to add lean muscle. Muscles need protein to build, repair, and grow. Proteins have calories. Your body NEEDS calories. Continue reading
Last year I was lucky enough to find the company “The Lions Choice” on instagram. This company produces high protein, superfood infused products such as bars, peanut butters, and pancake mixes. All products are gluten free, non-GMO, no sugar added, contain 20 superfoods, and include an active probiotic. If you remember, a few months ago, I presented you with my review of The Lions Choice Protein Bars. To view this page click here: The Lions Choice Protein Bar Review As promised, I wanted to provide you with my review of their High Protein Pancake mixes.
The pancake mix comes in 12 ounce packages and, so far, comes in two delicious flavors. There is a Cookie Dough flavor and a Cinnamon Twist flavor. Continue reading
Two shrimp recipes back to back. Can you tell what I found in sale at the grocery store this week?! This time it is my spin on an Italian favorite, shrimp scampi. This recipe is made low carb using spaghetti squash instead of the normal angel hair pasta.
If you have never worked with sphagetti squash because you are intimidated by its size and have no clue what to do with it, now is the time to overcome that fear. Spaghetti squash is extremely versatile and can replace pasta in any of your favorite dishes. When cooked, it strands into fibers and looks like — you guessed it, spaghetti!
The easiest ways I’ve found to use sphagetti squash Continue reading
Cauliflower is such a versatile veggie! It really tastes like what ever you cook it with! This allows for a world of possibilities! I’ve already made faux mashed potatoes with the cauliflower. Now, I’d like to share a recipe starring cauliflower as a substitute for rice. I found these need packages of already “riced” or crumbled cauliflower at Target, and it made life much easier!
You certainly do not need to buy the pre-crumbled cauliflower– it is cheaper to actually buy by the head. If this is how you purchase you can simply finely chop the cauliflower, or grate the cauliflower raw into a large bowl. Once you have your grated cauliflower– add veggies!! Any and all veggies you would like in your stir fried rice. I chose peas, onions, carrots, broccoli, and green beans! I supersized this recipe so I could meal prep with it for the next few days! I made a total of 10 1-cup servings!! If you do not plan on meal prepping leftovers, I would recommend cutting the recipe in half!