Tuesday, April 15, 2014

New Release Tuesday

I recently made the switch and now I officially own an iPhone. 
(Yes, I know. It's about time!)

I am in love with iTunes radio.
 I have 3 of A Kind Radio for cardio,  The Set List - Skrillex for sprints
Top 50 Hip-Hop/Rap for lifting...
the list goes on & on.

I noticed this morning that a new radio was being featured - 
First Play: Neon Trees! 
Ummm...yes please!!!

So far, pretty good stuff. 
The song below, which I've known about for awhile,
is one of my favs!

"I said, ooh ooh
We're in danger
Sleeping with a friend"

Friday, April 11, 2014

Week At A Glance!

I'm pretty sure at this point everyone in the city of Tucson, possibly the world, knows that I'm prepping for the NPC Dennis James Classic on May 31. If you didn't know, ya do now! Bamo! (as Tom would say..lol)

I have gotten some questions about what my training looks like now that I'm getting ready for a competition and the truth is, it looks pretty much the same way it did during my "improvement season". The only real difference is I am not lifting as heavy now as I was a couple of months ago.

Here's my training week at a glance: 

SUNDAY aka Leg Day!

20 minutes - StarMill - Thigh Toner program, level 6

Box jumps
10 (5 sets)
supersetted with
plie squats (using a dumbbell)
55 x 8 (5 sets)

Leg press
90/90 x 15 (2 sets )    180/180 x 12 (2 sets)

*this variation is a bit different than the one I did*
115 x 8 (4 sets)

Leg extension
65 x 10 (5 sets)
supersetted with
Squats (using the Smith machine)
35/35 x 8 (5 sets)

MONDAY aka I Wanna Be Like Dwight Day!

I think I see shoulders!! 

Front raises (using plates)
45 x 10 (5 sets)
supersetted with
10 (5 sets)

Sky Pulls (using kettlebells)
26.4 x 10 (6 sets)

Seated lateral raises
20/20 x 10 (6 sets)
supersetted with
Upright row
20 x 8  25 x 8   30 x 8   35 x 8   40 x 6   40 x 5

35 x 8   40 x 8   45 x 8  50 x 6  50 x 5

TUESDAY aka Quest to Be 
Jimmy's #FairyQuadMother Day!

30 minutes - Treadmill - sprints - jog at 5.5 for 45 seconds, sprint at 9.0 for 30 seconds

TRX Reverse Lunge
12 per side  (8 sets)

Leg extension
70 x 15  (5 sets)
supersetted with
Leg curl
65 x 15 (5 sets)

Single leg press
90/90 x 8 per side (6 sets)

35/35 x 8 per side (5 sets)

THURSDAY aka Operation Build-a-Back Day!

I need a Ninja Turtle back!

Seated row (wide grip)
105 x 12 (2 sets)   120 x 12  (2 sets)  135 x 10 (2 sets)

Humansport lat pulldown
14 x 10  16 x 10  18 x 10  20 x 10  22 x 10  24 x 8 (2 sets)

Kneeling lat pulldown
80 x 12 (2 sets)  90 x 12 (2 sets)  100 x 12 (2 sets)  110 x 10  110 x 7

Bent over row
95 x 8 (3 sets)  135 x 8 (3 sets)  155 x 5 (2 sets)
supersetted with
95 x 8 (2 sets)  135 x 8 (2 sets)  155 x 5 (2 sets)

Friday and Saturday are typically rest days for me. But there have been weeks when I have switched my first rest day earlier in the week, say on Wednesday, and kept Saturday as the second. It really depends on what I have going on and how the body is feeling.

Tomorrow marks 7 weeks out and I know there are some diet and possible training changes up ahead. I'm still taking those baby steps towards the finish line...

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

New Release Tuesday

Pretty sure they wrote this song for me... ;)

And while this song isn't technically "new", 
I'm in love with it and can't stop listening to it.

If you like this song, check out MKTO's song
"Thank You".
 It's definitely one of those song for us so-called rebels!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Baby Steps...

Baby steps.

That's what I'm taking each week.

Baby steps to the finish line and I'm perfectly ok with that. My goals last week were simple - I wanted to keep my stress levels to a minimum, get in bed on time each night and get quality sleep, stay on my food plan, and not miss a cardio or workout session. I am proud to say that I met each of those goals last week and I could tell the different in my body, even before I looked at my progress pictures.

8 weeks out!
Last week was really about not letting the little things overwhelm me because I have to be honest, during prep, the little things can crack my armor :) Tom once made a comment about me being hyper-sensitive once I start prepping and while he was joking, there was some truth in what he said.

I wore my Wonder Woman shirt AND my quads! :)
I am a visual person so as the week was coming to an end, I decided to put my Ws on my chest and finish it strong. It might seem a little goofy but sporting one of my favorite superheros made me feel extra badass and like I could just let the little things roll off my back. Or as Jay-Z says "brush your shoulders off"... :)

As I head into a new week, I am feeling motivated and determined to walk away from my next show victorious. I am feeling extra motivated thanks to the man in the picture above. Let me introduce you to Jimmy of Iron Bros. He looks like a beast....and he is....but he's also a big o' teddy bear (but don't tell him I said that!). Anyway, I had the honor of watching him compete in his first powerlifting competition this past weekend and to say he killed the kilos is an understatement. I was that person in the crowd who could be heard yelling "lightweight baby" and "get it" when it was time for him to do his lifts and when he completed his 600.8 lb deadlift, I screamed when all 3 white lights lit up (white lights mean the lift was good and counts). His first powerlifting competition and he walked away with hardware. He wanted it - he trained for it - he earned it. I want the same to be said about me.

"Victory loves preparation"

I want to be victorious.

I will train for it. I will earn it. It will be mine.

8 weeks out.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Go Ahead...Wiggle It....

I didn't share a new release yesterday
despite intending to do so.

No worries...I got you covered...

Karmin is puttin' it down. 
I love love love their new album,
especially this song!

"I wanna make your heart beat...
I love it when it beats for me...yeah..."

Go ahead...wiggle it....
twerk it...
drop it like it's hot...

You know you wanna... ;)

Monday, March 31, 2014

We Made It Official

My love affair with the Iron Gals brand began a few months ago when I was Instagram and saw a picture of a shirt with the word "IronGals" on the front and "Strength is Beauty" on the back. I saw the shirt and instantly knew I had to have it. It was more than me thinking the shirt was cute. I had to have it because if you ask anyone who knows me, I always talk about the beauty of being strong not only physically but also mentally. 

Motivational & Posing Seminar with Jessie Hilgenberg on March 8th

I talked about my newfound love affair in my "It Could Be Love" post and the second I saw they had the shirt in other colors, I snatched it up! I've been wearing them everywhere including the posing clinic I told you guys about a couple of weeks ago. I felt (and still STRONGLY feel) like I had found a message that spoke to who I was and what I believed in. 

I have always been a huge fan of supporting local businesses so I loved (and still love) that I can order my supplements locally and they are hand delivered them to me - can you say perfection?!?! The first time I met each one of the guys, we had the best interaction. We laughed and talked like we had known each other for years. It was these connections that solidified for me that this was a business I would save my allowance to support :)

I was blown away when Nate (on the right in the picture above) pulled me aside at the NPC Terminator show and informed me that they wanted to sponsor me. I think I stood there with my mouth open for what felt like hours. I mumbled some ridiculous (I'm sure!) response and we agreed to discuss it in more detail at a later date. I ran power walked strolled back to my seat and excitedly told my friend KC "I just found out that I'm sponsored!!!"

They surprised me with a delivery of goodies last Friday!

I am incredibly honored to be sponsored by & working with the Iron Bros. The fact that they see potential in me and want to support me on my journey to the stage this year is crazy to me!! I can't tell you what it feels like to have guys like this in my corner - telling me that they know I'm worth the investment - that I'm going to do well this year. It means more to me than I can express!! 

Thursday, March 27, 2014

That's Not You!

I posted this collage on my Instagram account about a month ago in honor of "Tuesday Transformation" and Fitfluential was awesome enough to repost it on their page that same day. I  honestly was really surprised at the reaction it got.

People seemed genuinely surprised that yes, it was indeed me in the first picture (compare the bell pepper nose in both pictures....it's me...lol). My mom even made a comment when she saw me that she doesn't remember me "looking like that".

Sometimes when I share my journey to now (this body, this attitude, this mindset, this "no, I won't eat the whole box of Thin Mints), people don't believe that I weighed in at almost 200 lbs (It's quite possible that it could have been more. I stopped weighing myself after the scale hit 198.8).

The pictures don't lie.

I was soft. I was doughy. I was ___ (fill in the blank).

It's not Tuesday but I thought I would share the picture above because it's Throwback Thursday...and technically both of these pictures are "throwbacks" :)

*I just realized I'm wearing the same exact dress & hair bow today 
that I'm wearing in the picture on the right*

If you want to see some other throwback (aka old!) pictures of me and my thoughts about shifting gears and becoming a healthier, happier Tenecia - check out a post I wrote a couple of years ago entitled "Face to Face with the Old Me"!