Saturday, October 30, 2010
Anyway, check out the list she posted....for those of you who compete, you can definitely relate and have a chuckle or two.....
You know you're a figure competitor when...
1. For a few days each year your toilet seat is brown and this time it aint the husbands fault.
2. You can honestly say you have spent more on a bathing suit than your wedding dress.
3. Six inch clear hooker heels is your footwear of choice in your own home (and not just in the bedroom).
4. Someone asks about the man in your life and you tell that Gym is fine!
5. You have two sections in your wardrobe. Contest and Offseason. And they arent mix and match.
6. Your top three priorities on any given day: A. Workout. B. Eat Clean. C. Check the fitness forum board. Not necessarily in that order.
7. You can name any pro figure competitor by seeing her butt alone.
8. When someone wants to take your picture, you immediately spread your lats, tighten every muscle in your body, point your fingers and SMILE!
9. You take more pills daily than your 80 year old grandmother.
10. Your idea of dressing up is taking your hair out of the pony tail its been in for a week.
11. If you have had someone close to you, hide food from you in your own house.
12. An easy day is lifting and only 1 cardio session.
13. Instead of carrying a Gucci pursue you accessorize with a Coleman cooler.
14. Waking up so sore you can barely move puts a smile on your face.
15. You cant do any work because you are to busy counting down the seconds until your next meal!!!!!!!!!
16. The faint smell of Pro Tan gets your heart pumping faster than your man’s cologne.
17. You leave a little trail of Splenda packets, tupperware, and empty water bottles everywhere you go.
18. Your hubby makes you pee in the guest bathroom because every meal includes asparagus.
19. You consider Beano an essential part of your supplement regimen.
20. Your jaws are sore because you can’t stop chewing sugar free gum!
21. You spend at least 5 minutes grilling your server at a restaurant, and another five minutes re-writing the menu until you’ve got a meal that meets your diet’s specifications…and then you devour it in less than 60 seconds flat!!
22. You consider a day when you only have to make ONE trip to the gym a luxury!
23. You think about having “relaxed hands” and sticking your butt out while standing in line at the grocery store. (Hey, a girl’s gotta practice her posing!!!)
24. You consider condiments and diet coke taboo!!!
25. And…your neighbors start gossiping that you’ve had lipo cause there is no way a girl could get that fit in 12 weeks!
My additions to the list :)
* If you act like a kid at Christmas when your order from bodybuilding.com arrives
* Your daughter asks if the meal you're eating has been pre-approved by your diet coach (true story!!)
* You're not sickened by the idea of going for days without showering or wearing deodorant
What would you add?
Friday, October 29, 2010
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Tom tried to kill me yesterday. Ok, I exaggerate but the leg workout he put me through was KILLER! There were a couple of times where I burped and wasn’t sure if it was going to be a burp or I was going to throw up. TMI, I know but have you ever had that??? I forgot my notebook to log my workout so I can’t tell you exact numbers but I definitely know there were weighted lunges, sumo deadlifts, stiff-legged deadlifts, hack squats, leg curls, and leg extensions! Good Lord!!!!!
I received my plan for peak week (can you believe it’s only a few days away?!?!?) and it’s going to be interesting. I sent Tom a text that said, “Got the peak week plan. I’m scared.” His reply (which was typical Tom) was “Be strong! You’ve made it this far!” so that’s what I’m going to do! I’m going to listen to Maino’s “All the Above”, Jamie Foxx’s “Winner”, and DJ Khaled’s “All I Do Is Win” on repeat for the next 9 days just so I don’t lose my focus. Ok…that’s a little extreme…but I’m definitely only listening to songs that make me feel like I can kick in doors like a member of a SWAT team and take names….what songs make you feel this way?
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Now that we’re done with that, let’s move on to prep updates. I’m doing 2 sessions of fasted cardio each day. It’s not a crazy amount of cardio but tell that to the Tenecia that’s trying to conquer the treadmill at 4:45 am! As far as diet goes, carbs and fats have been decreased. All in all, nothing I can’t handle but it’s still a long road to Show Day!! I’m seeing some changes physically that I’m very happy with and the scale is being kind to me! In fact, the scale was so kind to me this morning, I stepped on & off 4 times just to make sure it was giving me the correct weight!! I’ve been practicing my posing and I’m still have issues with my “relaxed” pose…I just don’t like it…I look like a dork…whatevs…
Since I knew the Princess was a little upset about missing computers since she was late to school, I decided that she and I would bake something sweet to rot her teeth and bring a smile to her face…lol…. I stumbled upon a blog over the weekend entitled Cookies & Cups and I live for every single thing that the author has baked. I decided we would try out the Candy Jar Brownies and it was a success. The proof is in the pics! I may make a pan of these to eat after the show along with a Dos Equis Amber to wash them down.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Check out the winner announcement at Project Tasteless Winner and take some time to look at the other ladies who entered including Cindy (my body is BEGGIN' for some of that mac & cheese) and Devon's Rice Krispie treats (candy corn is a nice touch!).
This next challenge will be announced tomorrow so be prepared for some more outta control behavior in my kitchen - should be fun!
Saturday, October 23, 2010
I was reading Hardbody.com and the question was posed about what makes YOU a hardbody. I thought about what my answer would be and this is what I came up with:
I’m 30 years old and have the bedtime of a 7 year old.
I eat cold chicken and veggies in the car on the way to work.
I would rather deadlift 185lbs instead of going to a Zumba class.
My digital scale is one of my most prized possessions.
I feel a surge of pride when I move and scream out loud because my muscles are sore.
Love the smell of metal on my hands.
I cancelled my subscription to Cosmopolitan & Shape and replaced them with subscriptions to Muscular Development and Muscle & Fitness Hers.
Here is a picture from this morning. We’re still working on the adjustments to the bottom of my suit but I think it will be perfect once it's done! I checked-in with my diet guru this morning. I’m frustrated with the fact that I’m not dropping weight like I feel I should be. I have two weeks until my show and I’m freakin’ out! I feel like there’s a TON of work left to do and not enough time to do it! But, it is what it is.
Stay tuned for a post inspired by a blog that has become one of my new addictions…click the link below for an idea of what my next post will be about…. http://www.rachelwilkerson.com/2010/10/20/food-blog-competition-project-tasteless/
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Anywoo, my daughter is considered "special needs" (umm....hello....what child doesn't have special needs...but that's a topic for another day) and has really been working hard at being independent and walking on her own (she utilizes a wheelchair for long distances). Her teacher, Tom, and I have really been working hard as a team to support her independence and my Princess is coming into her own! Her teacher was very informative about what her strengths are and what skills she needs to improve on. Her report had A's and B's with 0 days tardy and 0 days absent (which I'm most proud of - no staying home & missing school!!).
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
I'm anxiously waiting for the new copy of Muscle & Fitness Hers to arrive on newsstands....Courtney West is on the cover and I'm not gonna lie....I have a bit of a girl crush on her :)
That's about all the excitement that has taken place today...I'll try to be more interesting tomorrow...lol....
I'm off to watch Modern Family!
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
This is too cute and I just had to share it!!! Love that Sesame Street is teaching kids (and parents) to love themselves because let's be honest, sometimes we don't! I always wanted straight red hair when I was younger...not the nappy short hair I had...but you know what, now I love my sassy 'do! Not everyone can rock it like I can!! :)
Monday, October 18, 2010
We also celebrated by going to the gym on Sunday and while we didn’t work out together, Tom still managed to be close enough to smack me on the butt while I was doing deadlifts. What can I say? He likes my bootay :) I really enjoyed my workout yesterday – HEAVY back and I finished off with some leg stuff. I’m trying to tighten up my hammies and the jury is still out as to whether or not I’m doing a good job!
My weekly check-in went pretty well, I suppose. I’m dropping small amounts of weight but of course, not enough for me to be satisfied! You know me, NEVER satisfied…lol!! No changes to diet or training at this point but I have a feeling something will be shifting soon even if SOMEONE (aka my diet guru) is keeping quiet!! You will be proud to know that I did cross off some items on my “to do” list! Tom’s tickets have been ordered and so has my tanner and XPel! Also, I made my appointment for my brazilian (Dear Lord, help me!) and brow wax. But I haven’t done the most important thing….registration form!!! Yep…I’m still draggin’ my feet…and I can’t figure out why..????
I have about 20 days or so until my show….oh crap….I think I just threw up a little bit…
Friday, October 15, 2010
The 33 Chilean miners were rescued from the collapsed mine they had been confined to for 69 days!!! I’m definitely not a touchy-feely person but I will be honest when I share with you that watching those men come out of the ground to their families and supporters made me cry. It made me feel good to know that beneath it all, we as human beings still care about one another, still possess compassion, and will join forces to support those in need. It was a clear picture of what humanity could and should strive to be.
So, no “f%*k you” this week just a huge thank you to everyone who helped those men survive their ordeal and return to their families!!
At the end of 2008 I was thinking about my “goals” for the upcoming 2009 year…I’m not a fan of calling them “resolutions” so I call them "goals" It's my personal way of supposedly preventing failure…ha! One of the goals I wrote down was to prepare for and compete in a figure competition. Fast forward to the end of 2009 and I am about 40 pounds heavier than I was at the start of the year (WTF?!?!? Let's not discuss that right now!!) and again I’m talking about goals for the next year. I remember telling Tom that I would be turning 30 in the next year (2010) and I wanted to do something BIG for myself. I start talking about random things I can do…new tattoo….skydive….start dreadlocks….do a figure competition and Tom whips his head so fast in my direction that I’m surprised he didn’t get whiplash! He looked me dead in the eye and said, “You’ve been talking about doing one of those for over a year. Why don’t you stop talking about it and do it?” Umm….did my husband just check me?!?! Yep, I think he did!!! I’m not lying when I say that it was at that moment, I decided 2010 was going to be a year of doing NOT talking!
Fast forward to today and I am a little shy of 3 weeks out from my 2nd figure competition. It feels great to have accomplished something I wasn’t sure I was capable of. Go, Me!
Now if I can just place in the top 5, that would be the icing on the cake…..mmm….cake…
Thursday, October 14, 2010
I started this post with a clear idea of what I wanted to write about and now I can’t remember what I wanted to share with y’all!!!!
Damn diet brain!!
I’ll be back when I can remember….
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Linkin Park (or LP as some of us so fondly refer to them) has a new cd out. A Thousand Suns is completely different than their other cds and I can truthfully say that I like the direction they're going in!!
The first time I listened to the cd, I was instantly drawn to "When They Come For Me". I kept playing it over and over because there was just something about it that I loved!
Hope you enjoy it!
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Friday, October 8, 2010
Let’s get this thing rollin’!
This week’s big o’ “F%*K YOU!!!!!” goes out to…..wait for it….wait for it….
That’s right, folks – I got on my own nerves this week! I have been struggling with feelings of inadequacy, fear, resentment, list goes on and on. Last night while my hubby was working, I texted him that I was pretty sure that I was to ready call it quits. I told him I wasn’t sure I could cut it and that I didn’t want to make a fool out of myself for a second time. I may have also complained about not being able to eat like a normal person…lol…
During this past week, I did A LOT of comparing myself to others. I compared myself to someone I know who is competing in the next few weeks. I compared myself to the girls who were on stage with me at the July show. It seems like I compared myself to every female on planet Earth. And you know what I got from that?? NOT A DAMN THING!!!!
I’m scared – bottom line. Because let’s be honest – putting on a ridiculously small bikini and walking across a stage in front of hundreds of strangers can be a little intimidating. That fear is heightened when you are self-conscious (like I often am) and you feel like you’re the Marshmallow Man compared to the other competitors. So, this week I laid out the welcome mat for fear and it came right in and made itself at home!
Now, I’m not going to lie and say that today all of those feelings magically disappeared but I will say that I’m not a quitter. In times of difficulty, I have always found strength in a poem entitled Invictus by William Ernest Henley. In fact, the word “invictus” is Latin for unconquer, unconquerable, undefeated. I fell in love with this word and I have it tattooed on my right wrist to view each day!
The poem is as follows -
Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My Head is bloody but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find me, unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll
I am the master of my fate
I am the captain of my soul.
I also received a nice kick in the butt from my friend Chelsea. Her post today was just what I needed!!! Check it out at http://gititgirlaz.blogspot.com/2010/10/trust-your-inner-wisdom-and-follow-your.html
So there you have it…f%*k you to me and my self-doubt this week…I can’t promise that it won’t happen again….but I can promise that it won’t last very long!
Have a great one!
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Did anyone catch the Modern Family season premiere? In this particular episode Claire asked her husband Phil why they had so many containers and not enough lids for them? I busted out laughing because that is me almost every Sunday as I’m prepping my meals for the week.
Tenecia: “Where the hell are all the Ziploc containers?!?!”
Tom: “Did you look in the cupboard?”
Tenecia: “Really?!?! You’re seriously going to ask me that?!?! YES, I looked in the cupboard!”
*walks to cupboard and opens it up*
Tenecia: “Umm..ok…I looked again….I found 4 four containers and only 2 lids. Why do we have containers but no lids?!?!? This is some bullshit!!”
Tom then gives me his “You’re completely ridiculous and a Drama Queen” look and walks away.
There you have it…it’s like the movie Groundhog Day every Sunday….I don’t really look before I start complaining…then when I open my eyes and shut my mouth, containers magically appear yet the lids continue to hide from me! LOL!!
But I would be a liar if I said I could live without my Ziploc containers. In fact, I have next Monday off and guess who was planning on making a special trip to Costco specifically for containers! Actually, that’s not true. I’m going to stock up on a ridiculous amount of salmon and chicken breast...whoop whoop! Now guess what was waiting from me when I came home from work today??? A package of containers with pink lids to support breast cancer awareness month - thumbs up to Ziploc for supporting a great cause and thumbs up to my hubby for hookin' me up :)
Tuesday is typically the day that new music is released so with that in mind, I share with you the video below.
The song isn't technically "new" but this version was "new" to me when a friend introduced it to me. I am in love with Niia's voice - its beauty & richness is effortless.
Saturday, October 2, 2010
I'm not disappointed with the pictures this week. In fact, when my husband showed them to me I was pleasantly surprised! That may sound weird but when you look at yourself every day, it's hard to see the changes your body is making. I like the way my legs are leaning out - last show I felt like they were one of the main reasons I didn't place higher. My back is coming in nicely but I would like to see more detail.
Friday, October 1, 2010
I'd like to take a moment to say "f%*k you" to something that pissed me off this week...Sorry, Mom for cursing!
I'm happy that I'm dropping weight...that's the whole point of what I'm doing right...lean out so my muscles are POPPIN' when I step on stage....I get it...
BUT.....I'm not happy about the fact that I've looked down at my girls and there's frickin' space between my boob and my bra. Yep....I'm talkin' about boob shrinkage!! NOT COOL!!!! Can my thighs shrink instead?!?! What the heck?!?!
So there you go, f%*k you to boob shrinkage. You may stop now!
I leave you with a great song by Cee Lo Green that goes along with today's theme (do not watch if you have ears that are sensitive to the word "f%*k"..lol..)