I Own This + WIAW

We create our own destiny.

I refuse to read my horoscope.

Someone told me that Mercury is in retrograde.  After Googling to see WTF that meant, I called bullshit.  There are times where life gets more challenging, time is short, motivation is lacking… but in the end we decide how we handle it.

Right now my struggle is on the superficial side, but a struggle nonetheless.  It’s diet.  I’m supposed to compete in 8 weeks and I’m struggling with getting back on track.  However, I’ve decided to allow myself to be flexible.  If I don’t make this show, there will be one the next weekend.  And the next.  And next year.  I came to that realization by being honest about where I am.  I talked to my therapist trainer Monday night and he reminded me that a lot is changing for me.  I got married.  It’s a new life.  I don’t have to do EVERYTHING at once (insert shocked face).  Doing stuff like enjoying dinner with Vegas on her birthday is more important right now.

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That’s not to say I’m giving up.  But whatever happens… I own this!

One thing that helps is treating myself with healthy buys… like a haul from iHerb.  Beet powder (which I love in pancakes and Red Velvet protein shakes), Cocoa Cardio (Red Velvet Waffles!), peanut flour, and gelatin are daily staples. If you have any digestion “issues” I highly recommend it (here’s a post I did on it).  I’m trying the collagen version for the first time with this order.

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Use discount code USO924 for $5-10 off your first order!

Another motivator is energy.  I was thrilled when I received the two-10 discovery pack from FRS®.  The pack includes a big bottle of FRS concentrate, a sample pack of soft chews, and 2 cans of their energy drink.

My favorite thing about FRS is their ingredient list and why it was developed.  It was originally created by health scientists to provide chemotherapy patients with natural, sustained energy.  The FRS patented Healthy Energy formula has the all-natural antioxidants quercetin (found in blueberries and apples) and green tea extract, plus seven essential vitamins (B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, C and E).  I’m all about immune system support after getting the plague.

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Not only are these drinks more delicious than the junk from the gas station, but they also doesn’t rely on chemicals, sugar and massive amount of caffeine to give you the shakes energy.

Vegas and I both loved the soft chews on our San Diego hikes.  I could feel the difference mid-hike as I raced Vegas up a hill.  I won, btw.

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So, I’m challenging myself to go with the flow and not be so hard on myself.  At the same time, I’m committed to doing my best and staying active.  It’s what makes me happy!  #iownthis

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This post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of FRS.


This WIAW is 8 weeks out from my competition.  See above.

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Read on for my eats, and then check out Jenn’s blog for everyone else’s delicious creations!


Meal 1:

The usual morning cocktail, followed by my morning sludge.

Breakfast is the new standard – basil and garlic egg white scramble with a whole egg dropped in for #yolkporn.  Toast with coconut oil and cinnamon.

#yolkporn and toast

Meal 2:

I baked Sizzlefish trout with lemon and Italian herbs.  Eaten standing up with red bell pepper slices and kabocha.

Sizzlefish Trout and kabocha

Meal 3:

Chicken with sugar peas.  Simple… but a perfectly cooked piece of chicken is actually one of my favorite things.  That and hot sauce.

Chicken, sugar peas and hot sauce

Meal 4:

Rice cakes with Nuttzo nut butter.  I probably look forward to this meal a little too much.  I had one with chocolate protein “icing” too.

Rice cakes and nut butter

Meal 5:

Rinse and repeat from last night.  A giant peanut butter-sweet potato pancake made with Japanese white sweet potato.

peanut butter-sweet potato pancake

Peanut Butter-Sweet Potato Pancake

  • 2T peanut flour (an iHerb order)
  • 1/2 C cooked sweet potato
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp no sodium baking powder
  • 5-6 drops liquid vanilla stevia  

Blend and cook!

Meal 6:

I love yogurt.  Really.  I’m just as happy with bowls like this as I am with *most* regular desserts.  Well, average regular desserts.  Oh man, I love dessert.

Vanilla yogurt and chocolate fluff

This dessert bowl was 1/2 scoop of Growing Naturals vanilla rice protein mixed with plain Greek yogurt, cinnamon, almond extract, and vanilla liquid stevia.  Then I mixed up 1/2 T cocoa powder and 1/2 T coconut flour with stevia and just enough water to make it a fluff.  Topped with crumbled leftover pretzels from the plane.  Sweet ‘n salty perfection!

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If Mercury means being impatient, then maybe I am a believer… ha!

Do believe is horoscopes and Mercury and all that jazz?

What are you owning right now?

Competition Prep 10 Weeks Out + WIAW

I’m on the wagon.

Seriously. 9 days sober.

It’s finally time to get back on the stage.  I took a year off from competing to grow and it paid off well.  I put on about 15 pounds (20 at my highest)… and a decent amount of that is muscle.  Looking back at pictures from a couple of years ago, I can’t believe I was that tiny!

2015 Progress

I was hoping to be able to do Physique, but I’m not big enough yet so I’m staying with Figure.  Maybe next year…… 

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Ho Ho Ho, Ho + WIAW

Tis the season…

To bake all the foods.

Cookies, fudge, Devil’s food cake, ricotta cheesecake, malted walnut pie… you name it, I’ve baked it.  I’ve been baking like a fool!  Or maybe a ho ho ho?

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#dessertwhore

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Thai Peanut Baked Tofu + WIAW

Don’t fight the festive.

My former Grinch-self is kicking me in the shins.

As advertised, Vegas and I got a tree.  Vegas did the lights (after a debate over whether wrapping or running lights up and down is better).  We hung ornaments.  There was Christmas music and champagne.

This, after being opposed to Christmas decor of years.  My former self thought it was a waste of time and money, not to mention messy.

Our tree

My new smiley-self loved every minute of it.

(And that’s not just the wine talking.)… 

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A Case of the Tuesdays + WIAW

Total monkey.

There’s nothing more distracting than wanting to be somewhere you’re not.

Actually, I don’t really care where I am.  It’s more about who’s with me.  The company makes the location.  Which is why yesterday I had a case of the Tuesdays.

Case of the Tuesdays

But now it’s Wednesday.  The next sunrise I see will be with Vegas.  With the first Christmas tree I’ve had in 5 or 6 years.  And flowers.  I bought a poinsettia for the first time ever.  Who am I?!

ATL sunrise

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This WIAW I turned out a lot more prepared-looking than it felt!  Either way, it was good.

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Read on for my eats, and then check out Jenn’s blog for everyone else’s delicious creations!

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Breakfast:

After my morning cocktail, I ate my morning sludge.  While baking a pie.  ‘Tis the season!

Breakfast was a concoction I’ve been eating a lot lately.  TVP and oats made with carob powder, cinnamon, chcolate liquid stevia, and an egg white.  Topped with blackberries. It’s actually really good!

TVP Carob Oats

Mid-Morning Snack:

Arugula salad with raw zucchini, pepper, and fresh lemon juice with my Sizzlefish salmon. I really love salmon.  Would it be acceptable to eat it every meal?

Salmon and Arugula

Lunch:

Shredded up no-salt deli turkey with red bell pepper and tossed with salsa, nutritional yeast, and balsamic vinegar.  With one of my Apple Carrot Protein Muffins for dessert.

Turkey Salad and Muffin

Mid-Afternoon Snack(s):

I was feeling a bar.  Have you guys tried Think Thin bars?  I think they changed formulas… for the better!  I got this at Whole Paycheck Foods (obvi).  That Pumpkin Spice.  Get.  It.

Think Thin Pumpkin Spice

Dinner:

This… well… it was a little hurried.  But whatever.  Corn tortilla topped with red peppers, egg whites, nutritional yeast, and one tasty local #yolkporn moment.

#yolkporn

Dessert:

Milkshake Greek yogurt bowl topped with popcorn, chocolate chips, and cocoa powder sauce.  I used the new Quest vanilla milkshake protein powder, which I love.  It was an excellent post-workout dessert.

Milkshake Greek Yogurt Popcorn Bowl

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Is it just me, or has this been the longest week ever?  An. Tici. Pation.  (Name that movie.)

What is your favorite oatmeal mix-in?  Besides nut butter… too easy! ;)

What’s your favorite holiday decoration?  I love having a real tree – they smell so good! 

Pumpkin Pie Protein Ice Cream + WIAW

Winning is my favorite thing.

Really… everything is a competition.

I saw this sign walking to a meeting yesterday and literally laughed out loud.

I was wrong

Sometimes being wrong isn’t SO bad.  I’d decided never to date again.  Vegas has ruined me.  So… I admit it.  I was wrong.

But I am still never, ever having babies.  Take that, Universe.

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This WIAW I ate a whole lot random food after getting stranded an extra day out West.  First time in my life I missed a flight!  Didn’t feel like a mistake after I made it though. ;)

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Read on for my eats, and then check out Jenn’s blog for everyone else’s delicious creations!… 

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Ahnu Hiking Boots + WIAW

The only reason I like winter is the fact that I get to wear boots.

And snow, but we don’t get much of that in Georgia.

But, it does get cold!  When I wanted to get outdoors during our first cold snap, I was really happy to have my Sugar Bowl boots from Ahnu!  Unbelievably, my feet stayed toasty – that never happens.  In fact, I have Raynaud’s Disease; usually my toes and fingers are so cold they turn white and go numb!  While my fingers did turn white, my feet were actually warm!

I was also pleased with the look.  Black and blue are my favorite colors.  The laces in the front are stylin’, but not at the expense of function.  These boots have side zips so you don’t need to spend 20 minutes tugging them on and readjusting them.  I’ll be taking these to Lake Tahoe in a few weeks!

Ahnu hiking boots… 

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All About That WIAW

Who loves leg day?

Not. Me.

Leg day is my least favorite.  It’s why I always do it with my trainer.  He pushes me harder than I would push myself, and it’s like a mini-therapy session.  My least favorite thing in the WORLD are Hack Squats.  I’s rather do 25 reps of something (I also hate volume) than do Hacks.

You may have seen the pic below on Instagram or Facebook.  I call it “The Hack Squat: A Hate Story.” In my face you can see my progression from determination to “I might puke” to… the “poop” face.

Hacks

Because misery loves company, I brought along my baby sister, Madison.  If you have siblings, you know that everything is a competition.  I won.  Not only did she admit that I’m stronger, but we also compared butts.

31 year old vs. 23 year old butt. Just sayin’…

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Cryofreeze: My Real-Life Frozen + WIAW

Who’s singing the Frozen song?

I refuse to see that movie.

you’d think I’d rather see a movie than actually be frozen.  But no.  I got frozen.  My friend, Tori, heard me complaining about all my injuries (shit falls apart when you get older, y’all!), and offered to hook me up with a trial for Icebox Cryotherapy.  Basically, they freeze you with gasified liquid nitrogen.  It looked like I was standing in a cylinder of dry ice – but it’s not as dangerous.

In Tori’s words: “You know how when you bang your thumb, blood rushes to it and it gets really hot because your body is trying to fix it? Basically same body response when you do cryo. Your body thinks you’re freezing to death, so it sends signals all over and sees what’s ‘broken’ or hurt and focuses on it.”  Sounds great, right?! It really is great for recovery; in fact, many professional athletes have been using if for years!

Cryptherapy

Recovery aside, Cryotherapy has multiple other benefits:

  • Increased circulation
  • Reduction in pain & inflammation
  • Assists in a quicker surgical recovery
  • Aids in the treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis and osteoarthritis
  • Boost immune system
  • Decreased fatigue
  • Tighter skin (cellulite, say what?!)
  • Increased libido (woot!)
  • Weight loss assistance

So was it that bad?  It was 3 minutes at negative 130 degrees Celsius (-266 Fahrenheit). It wasn’t a cake walk… but honestly, I didn’t ever think I’d never make it out alive.  I had gloves and booties on (I have Raynaud’s, which the owner made sure she looked out for).  The parts that hurt the worst were my legs (which are sore and injured) and my nipples (apparently common), but I recovered right after.  Your core temp doesn’t actually change, so you don’t freeze to death.

After wards, my body felt SO relaxed, I slept like a little baby that night, and hit a couple PRs in the gym the next day.  I’d like to do it a few more times for my injuries, but it definitely helped with the general soreness and recovery!  If you’re in Atlanta or have a facility in your city, I definitely recommend it!

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Halloween Wednesday

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays.

It’s the only holiday not masquerading as a religious or national holiday.

There’s something in the air this time of year.  It’s exciting – they weather is nice, people are energetic (it’s a massive relief from the Southern summer heat and humidity)… and who doesn’t like to pretend to be someone else?

The “yard art” along the Beltline is even dressed up for Halloween!

Beltline ghosts

The family dog, Honey, is also festive.  My little sister brought her by my office for a visit yesterday.  My socks matched her candy corn handkerchief.

Can you believe she’s 13?!  Cutest Corgi-Golden “puppy” ever.

Halloween Honey

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