Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Monday, November 29, 2010
There was no guilt accompanied with my food consumption! I thoroughly enjoyed every morsel and I feel no shame in saying that! I am back to “healthier” eating habits today but I can’t make any promises in the coming weeks..lol…I’ve been reading way too many baking blogs!!!
I’m not sure how many of you are members of siouxcountry.com (if you’re not, fix it! You need to be! Best site ever!!) but Meriza DeGuzman (hello, hotness!) posted a circuit for tonin’ up & gettin’ lean. Since my dream team (love them!) has decided that I don’t need to add any more size during the off-season, my goal is to maintain my level of muscularity while staying as lean as I am able. How can I accomplish this…..drumroll please….Meriza’s Circuit Training Plan! I did the portion of the circuit that concentrates on glutes and hammies today and no joke, I walked out of the gym with jello legs! I'm definitely going to be sore tomorrow!! Here’s what it looked like:
set 1: 140 lbs x 250 lb
set 2: 180 lbs x 20
set 3: 230 lbs x 15
set 4: 270 lbs x 10
Lying hamstring curls
set 1-4: 50 lbs x 15
set 1-4: 270 lbs x 10
set 1: 65 lbs x 15
set 2: 75 lbs x 15
set 3: 85 lbs x 15
set 4: 95 lbs x 15
set 1-4: 270 lbs x 10
Walking lunges w/dumbbells
set 1-4: 25lbs x 12 steps each leg
Goblet squat w/kettlebell
set 1-3: 26.4 x 12
*I added this last exercise since I had a little time left in my workout
Eating has been on point today – I’m following a plan but it’s not as restrictive as a prep plan. Woo hoo!! :)
My weight is up a little higher than I would like but I’m not going to stress over it. I’ve also made the decision to put away the scale and not weigh myself unless it’s for check-in. I’m going to focus on how my clothes fit versus the numbers I see on the scale (even if I would like to weigh the same & look just like Courtney West or Erin Stern! LOL!). My date jeans still fit so I think I’m doing ok… :)
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Loss causes you to take a moment and reflect on your life and I am doing just that. Today is Thanksgiving and I will be sure to thank those that I love, squeeze them tight, and also tell them that I love them. My list of what I'm thankful for is simple but I would like to share it with you.
I am THANKFUL for:
- Hearing the Princess call me "Mom"
- Hearing the Princess laugh - the sound is like music to my ears
- Every day of health that the Princess has been blessed with
- The ability to fight with Tom one moment and cuddle with him on the couch the next
- Every day that Tom is able to come home from work to the Princess & I unharmed and in one piece!
- Family who stand by you no matter what they think of you & the decisions you make
- My body & health
- True friends
- Tom's mom creating the phrase "What the $hit?!?!" - sometimes it's the perfect thing to say! :)
I hope that you have a wonderful day with your family and/or friends! Remember to give GENUINE thanks for all that you have received!
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
One arm lateral raises (with dumbbells)
4 sets of 20 reps
Seated Arnold press
1 set of 25 reps, 1 set of 22 reps, 1 set of 20 reps
LifeFitness Fly machine
4 sets of 20 reps
4 sets of 12
Sky Pulls (with kettlebells)
5 sets of 15
One arm shoulder press (with dumbbells)
1 set of 18 reps, 1 set of 15 reps, 1 set of 12 reps
I'm sore today and I love it! Is that weird?? LOL! Today was a cardio only day...I knocked that out by doing 45 minutes on the Stair Stepper. The time went quickly because I was so focused on the novela (spanish soap opera) that was playing on the tv in front of me...as I've said before....don't judge me...I love my stories! :)
Tomorrow night I'm supposed to workout with a close friend and I have a KILLER back workout for us to do! Can't wait!!
Have a great night!!
Monday, November 22, 2010
I, along with countless others, have a tendency to pick myself apart. I have been doing a ridiculous amount of tearing me down in these weeks following my show. Yesterday, my mom gave me a reality check about my obsession with my weight and food.
I say all of that to share with you a piece that Genie wrote over the weekend. It's powerful and the message is ON POINT!!
Change of Thought by Genie Sammons 2010
We are not fat
We are not off season
We are not gross
We are enjoying life and improving on body parts that need improvement.
We are healthy and strong and beautiful.
We are working towards our goals.
We are working towards our health.
We work hard because we are worth it and we deserve it.
We love us.
Friday, November 19, 2010
Do you remember awhile back I mentioned that I would be doing a photo shoot around the time of my show?? Well, I have pictures to share from the shoot!!!
I categorize myself as an awkward, goofy, klutzy, not comfortable in her own skin kind of girl but I have to tell you, I don’t see that when I look at these pictures. Ana has the magic touch and transformed me into…I don’t know…someone completely opposite of who I actually am!!
If you are ever in the Phoenix area and need to have pictures taken, you HAVE to contact her. You can find info about her rates, portfolio, and her goals as your photographer on her website. She also has a great blog entitled Fit, Fun and Delish! that you should check out as well!
Well, I read a great list of suggestions for adding some spice to your protein shakes while visiting the Fitness & Spice website. The suggestions are simple yet made me go, "Duh! Why didn't I think of that?!?!"
If you have few minutes and are interested in viewing the list, you can find it here.
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Saturday, November 13, 2010
For those of you that aren’t from the good o’ state of Arizona, we are known here for our extreme heat. It’s the kind of heat that melts your hair grease when you walk 200 feet from your car to your office (happens to me all of the time). It’s the kind of heat that makes you say, “It’s cooling down next week” when you see the 7 day forecast and it’s going to be 104 degrees versus 114 degrees. It’s the kind of heat that makes you play games like “Bet you $5 that my skin will be hotter than your’s after standing outside for 3 minutes since I’m the color of a Tootsie Roll and you’re not”.
I am aware of the fact that people will want to say that a dry heat is better than the heat + humidity of, let’s say, Florida but I have one thing to say to those individuals. Shut the heck up because you have no clue what you’re talking about!!! Being in a state that is HOT AS HELL is not a prize - we don't feel special because our skin boils when we go outdoors!!!
Now, it is very common for the meteorologists (I have no frickin’ clue why I can’t just call them “weathermen” but they want to be bougie so whatevs!) of local news stations to have contests where people try to guess the first day that the temperature will reach 100 degrees. It’s a stupid contest to have but you know what….don’t judge us….it’s what we do in the Southwest!!!
Let this serve as your official notification that this drink is for big kids. If you want a creamy, frothy, pretty, minty holiday cocktail that you drink out of a fancy sippy cup, this drink is way outta your league!
Here’s what you need:
½ Dos Equis Lager
2 shots of Vodka
2 dashes of Worcestershire sauce
3 dashes of Tabasco
Pinch of salt
Pinch of pepper
Pinch of celery salt
So you'll start with....
Friday, November 12, 2010
So, let’s start with a certain group of individuals who, despite knowing that I should have been in the top 5, insisted on robbing me!!!!!!!! F%*K YOU!!!! If I didn’t have home training, I would have walked on stage and snatched one of those trophies. But I am a lady and my mother taught me better, so I gave you my fake smile and went to eat my feelings at Chili’s! Mofos!
Moving on….f%*k you to my co-worker who scratches the wall every single frickin’ time she walks down the hall. I’m not kidding! She intentionally runs her nails along the wall as she’s walking EVERY single time she walks to the copier, fax machine, printer…you catch my drift. To her I would like to say, if you don’t stop putting your nails on the wall I will be forced to put my size 10 in your ass. Thanks and have a nice day.
Lastly, I would like to say f%*k you to Walgreen’s. If you didn't already know, these stores are the Spawn of Satan. It’s obvious that they knew that I am trying to eat clean and they deliberately sabotaged me by putting their Halloween candy on sale for 75% off. Hello, I’m a woman who lives on a budget so you throw up a sign that says “SALE! 75% OFF!” and you know my black ass is going to buy 15 bags of flippin’ candy without thinking twice!
P.S. My mom taught me to never waste food so that’s why I’m puffy and rummaging through bags of candy like a scavenger. Thanks a lot, Walgreen’s.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Rihanna (or Ri-Ri as I like to call her) is lookin' so fantastic these days. I love the bright red hair that she's rockin'. I haven't been a fan of the last few singles she's released but I love this one! I just wanna shake my bootay (just like she does in this performance!!) when I hear it!
Oh na na....what's my name...what's my name... :)
Monday, November 8, 2010
The show was a TON of fun - I met a lot of great competitors including this guy who competed as a super heavyweight in bodybuilding - he was MASSIVE!!! Last show I didn't talk to many of the other folks who were there so I made it a point to chat up anyone in close proximity to me. Now that I think about it, I probably got on people's nerves...lol!! I was able to meet up with two girls from the world's best website Siouxcountry.com which was really cool. I also met Felicia Romero and her boyfriend Damian. They own AZ Pro Physiques and were backstage with some members of their team who were competing. Felicia is much shorter than I thought she would be but she's just as gorgeous in person as she is in photos. Her body is AMAZING and she was so down-to-Earth!!
So, I didn't place in the top 5 *picture me screaming at the top of my lungs* At this point, I don't know exactly where I placed - there were 12 girls in my class. I was measured at 5'7" at the athlete's check-in on Friday night so I was placed in E class for the show. Anyway, I will be completely honest when I say that I felt pretty confident when they lined up our class and I saw my competition. I felt so strongly that I was going to go home with a trophy at the end of the night that I would have put money on it! When I didn't get first call-outs, my heart broke. I could see my husband's face in the audience and the look on his face made me want to cry. We had both worked so hard and I felt terrible - it was like I had let him down.
Now, don't get me wrong - I didn't do the show just because I wanted a trophy. But those of us who have competed in anything, know that it feels pretty damn good to have a trophy in your hand as documentation of your blood, sweat, and tears. I didn't want the trophy only for myself but also for Tom who helped me kill it in the gym and picked up the slack at home, Genie who helped me with my diet this year, the owner of my gym who sponsored me, my family who supported me, the list goes on and on.
On a lighter note, I had a mishap with my bottoms during pre-judging! Right as I walking on stage, my Bikini Bite decided to stop working. So my bottoms looked like they were being eaten by my butt and I tried to discretely fix them but was completely unsuccessful. Crap like that only happens to me...lol!!
My post-show chow down took place at Chili's. It was a Jalapeno Smokehouse Burger with a 23 oz Fat Tire beer...oh yeah...that was AFTER I ate an order of Texas Cheese Fries! Sunday I had a photo shoot with another great photographer who will be competing in the near future. She was so much fun to work with and I can't wait to see her on stage. I'm excited to see the results of the shoot. I'll share those with you guys as soon I receive them...with her permission, of course!! After my photo shoot, we ate at a great little restaurant that made my tummy smile by serving me two buttermilk pancakes the size of my plate and thick crispy bacon. I was so fat & happy it was kinda ridiculous! LOL!!!
I'm back to eating clean which is not as fun as my post-show eating but I really want to stay as close to show weight as possible. It's not a lie when I say that I felt mighty fly rockin' my "date jeans" on Saturday night and I want to be able to put those jeans on at anytime! I'm taking this week off from the gym & cardio but will be hittin' it hard starting next week. Not really sure about future shows...I definitely want to compete again...I'm just not sure when...
Whew...that's a lengthy recap....I do have pictures to share but my computer is being a jerk right now so I'll post those as soon as I can....
Thank you guys for your support, kind words, and encouragement throughout this process....it meant more to me than you know!!
Saturday, November 6, 2010
Friday, November 5, 2010
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Monday, November 1, 2010
Anyway, my parents turned 50 last week (can you believe that their birthdays are a day apart??) and my sister & I decided to have a surprise party for them! The party was a success – everyone enjoyed the food and company – and our parents didn’t kill us for going against their wishes and making a big deal about their birthdays! :) But I was exhausted by the end of the night! Add to that, the Princess wanted to go trick-or-treating and I still had cardio to do! Needless to say, I was DRAINED by the time I crawled in bed. Then guess what happened?? That’s right….I couldn’t sleep…go figure! But it gets even better!! When I did finally fall asleep, I kept dreaming about Big Macs and chocolate-covered pretzels! Torture…lol….
So, peak week is here!!!!!!!!!!! So many things to get done this week – every time I think of something that I need to do, I write it down with the day of the week it needs to be done by. Lord knows I’m a little forgetful these days! :)
I received the thumbs up on my suit bottoms so my mom will be putting the finishing touches on those this week. I have a list of outfits I think I want to use for my photo shoot but I still haven’t been to the store – hopefully, I can do that tomorrow night after work.
Let’s see….what else? Only 5 more cardio sessions and 3 lifting sessions left!!! I’m eagerly waiting for Wednesday night when the treadmill reads 60:00 because that means I can stick a fork in cardio!!! Woo hoo!!!
I leave you with a few of my progress pics from this past weekend…excuse my squinting…gotta love the AZ sun in your eyes :)