Sunday, December 14, 2014

Momma I'm a Big Girl Now

YEEEEEEEAAAAHHHH buddy! I'm finally 21!!!! And now can't drink until after May… haha oh well, it'll be worth it! It looks like everyone is going to be receiving alcohol for Christmas, just so that I can have an excuse to buy it!

It really was a great birthday, and I'm so happy that I got to share it with my amazing group of friends up here in Boston! Of course, I am also PSYCHED that I'll be home for Christmas this year and will also get to celebrate being 21 with all my Missouri friends! The fact that bestie, Maggie is making me a memory book (in place of the traditional shot book) for my birthday is absolutely amazing and I could not be more grateful! I had my friends from up here contribute and well as my friends and family from home, so it should provide for a very interesting and eclectic book! I can't wait!

Unfortunately, the night of my birthday was the last night (aside from MAYBE New Years Eve) that I will be drinking until after I compete in the Cutler Classic here in Boston in May. The reason I'm getting extremely strict with my diet starting now is because Steffi Harvey has been gracious enough to offer to be my photoshoot sponsor and to do a shoot while I'm home for Christmas. This means that i'll need to be in show-ready shape by the time I get home in 2 weeks! I'll give more details on the shoot once we have the chance to discuss it more in-depth, but it's going to be an old school retro look!

Getting back to my birthday though, we started Saturday evening by partying in the community room of my apartment building. We ordered pizzas, binge drank and played games! Of course, I wasn't actually 21 until midnight Saturday/Sunday, so we had to wait to head to the bars until about 11:30. I am happy to say that I managed to make it through the entire night staying somewhat coherent, which is pretty impressive considering how early we started and taking into consideration my low tolerance! We ended up at Ned Divine's in Faneuil Hall and stayed there until the bars closed (which was only 2 hours after we got there), but it was still well worth it and made for a very memorable night!

Julianna (peanut butter) and Tori were my amazing party planners, and created a checklist for me that I had to complete by the end of the night. It had silly and ridiculous tasks like: kiss a ginger, take 21 selfless with strangers, dance on a table, take a picture with a cop etc. I didn't even come close to completing it, BUT I did get all the selfies….so most of the pictures I found on my phone the next day were of me insanely smiling with random strangers….hahahha they're pretty amazing!


 Dustin literally made the most amazing and creatively awkward birthday cake that has ever existed. He even made it out of angel food cake, which is butter and flourless!! Yes, that is a mini wiener dog perched on my head…I LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT IT.




 Let the stranger selfies begin! Hey mom don't worry, I don't think any of them were cereal killers… ;)
 One of my tasks was to take a picture with a cop. Looks like Barbie found her Ken….Bahaha
 Ginger? Check.
 Another stranger, although we got real intimate for this picture apparently!
 And a few more cops…one can never have too many of these pictures! Hehe #justdontarrestme

My Milkshakes Bring all the Boys to the Yard

Fitting title right? So I have had several inquiries about whether or not I did go through with the breast augmentation surgery, whether it hurt, how long was the recovery, how soon was I able to return to normal activities, was it worth it etc. So yes, I did get the surgery! I went with 275cc saline implants that were placed under the muscle for a more natural appearance. I went to Longwood Plastic surgery here in Boston. I have never been more confident and happy with a decision! The size is perfect and they really do look natural, aside from the slight rippling where the muscle doesn't cover the implants on the bottom of the breast.

The recovery was speedy and I was able to completely return to normal activities after 3 weeks with nearly no pain… and by normal activities, I obviously mean fairly heavy lifting that engaged my pec muscles. Some women who have gotten them complain of long-term pain that prevents them from doing strenuous chest work. I'm sorry but I don't really believe this. I do acknowledge that everyone is different and heals differently, but with the flawless recovery that I had I can't imagine that it would be so inhibiting to others; unless of course they got a ridiculously large size.

The night of and day after my surgery were EXTREMELY painful I will admit. I was allergic to the pain meds that my doctor prescribed and couldn't take them, but didn't realize until it was already too late and the anesthesia had completely worn off. Later the next day, I bought some tylenol extra strength just to have SOME pain relief, and this actually ended up working really well. It didn't help with the swelling, but at least my pain level was greatly lowered. The swelling in the middle of my breast was the worst from my skin being stretched just to cover the implants. I absolutely could not fathom what it would have been like had I chosen a larger size!!! Bigger is not always better in this case!

As for price….I paid A LOT for mine, but signed up for a payment plan and now just make a more manageable monthly payment. I won't discuss how much I paid exactly, but I did go to the most reputable and highly-regarded place in Boston (which is already known for it's impressive healthcare). They are an investment that I will never regret and I did it for ME, which is the only reason and way that I think plastic surgery is acceptable. I had the mind-set that if I work as hard as I do to have a body that I'm proud of, why not be completely confident? Obviously boobs are not something I can attain from hard work at the gym, so getting this surgery has really given me even more motivation and courage to compete in my competitions coming up! If there are any other questions you have, please feel free to ask! I'm not shy about any part of the decision or procedure at all!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Planet Fitness Selfies

As I'm sure you've seen in their latest ads, planet fitness claims they are not a gym…okay…that's fine. I utilize their facility for the tanning beds and well-lighted selfie areas (aka the locker rooms). I'm still 3 months out from my first OCB show on March 8th, but I'm already trying to be stricter and more precise with hitting my macros and really pushing myself at the gym! Switching up workouts and including plyometrics and more cardio into my circuits and at the end has really made a huge difference in my definition and stamina! Eating adequately and making sure to consume enough fat and carbs to power me through my workouts and protein to help recover and build muscle after has really helped improve results and my energy and endurance levels as well. I can't wait to see where I get in the next few months!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Quest bar midnight snack

I always want something sweet after dinner, but don't want to ruin a whole day of healthy eating! Plus, I almost never have real sweets in the house...good thing I love quest bars!! Usually I'm struggling to reach my protein goal for the day, but this snack usually does a pretty good job of making it up while also satisfying the dessert craving! Macros: fat: 5g, carbs: 39g, protein: 32g, calories: 270


Ingredients:
-quest bar of choice (I chose Apple pie)
-100 calorie yogurt cup (I chose vanilla
-dash of cinnamon

Directions:
-preheat oven to 350 degrees
-rip up quest bar and roll into small balls
-bake quest balls for approximately 8 minutes (until expanded and soft all the way through)
-mix quest bites and yogurt together 
-top with cinnamon if desired!


Thursday, November 13, 2014

Spinach Turkey Burgers

I get tired of eating chicken, eggs and white fish all the time, but was always reluctant to stray too far from the chicken because of how cheap it is! I have started buying the ground turkey and round steak when it's on sale which has helped maintain my sanity! I know some people strictly eat to live, but I am not one of those people. I don't live to eat necessarily, but I certainly loooooooove the grub!

My recipe here is for turkey burger, but I had some spinach that I needed to use up and thought it would give them a little color and extra flavor! You can get as creative as you want with the recipe and add in some egg whites to the mixture is always good too, but mine held together really well, so I didn't see it necessary. More protein in your burger certainly wouldn't be a bad thing though! The macros in my turkey burgers (mine came out to 3.3oz each cooked) include: Fat: 7.1g, Carbs: 2g, Protein: 19g and Calories: 147





Ingredients: 

-2lb package lean ground turkey
-2 handfuls spinach leaved (ripped up)
-1/4c diced red onion
-2tsp minced garlic
-Garlic salt
-Black pepper
-Crushed red pepper flakes

Directions: 

-Mix all ingredients together
-Mold into 5 equal burgers (will end up being right around 3.3-3.5oz each AFTER COOKING)
-Grill, bake or broil 
(I used my george foreman grill)

I often have burger cravings, so I always have wheat sandwich thins, reduced sugar ketchup, mustard and burger toppings on hand for when I make these! Whip up some baked sweet potato fries and it's that all American meal we all love, but health-i-fied! :)


Meal Preppin'

Until you're lucky enough to have your pro card and have this be your entire life, meal prep is key to balancing a busy life and still staying on track with health and fitness goals. I can't stress enough how much of a relief it is to be able to come home from work and already have my dinner cooked, weighed and ready for me to heat up really quick! I'm constantly on the go, and with money also being pretty tight right now, grocery shopping and doing weekly meal prep saves SO much time and money. I have learned to get pretty creative with my seasonings, marinades and recipes, so feel free to reach out if you're bored with your plain old chicken breast! I never knew a person could go through so much tupperware…I'm not sure I remember the last time I had a dishwasher full of actual "dishes!" 

Typically I try to carry 2 meals with me at all times and 2 snacks. What these are vary greatly (especially the snacks) because I get bored easily and don't want to be tempted to opt for that delicious looking donut instead…Oh wait, that will inevitably ALWAYS be a temptation! Darn you Dunkin' for being on every corner in Boston! Haha it's all about moderation and self control right? 



Update

I've actually changed my debut plans since my last post. I'm definitely still planning of focusing all my efforts toward going pro in NPC but my first competition will now be the OCB Green Mountain Thaw in Vermont on March 8th! I wanted to compete sooner than May and also wanted to make sure I had some stage experience before I attempted an NPC comp. I'm SUPER excited to have already received my competition bikini (I literally ordered it the day I selected the show). I'll be posting my progress pictures as I get closer to performance time. Also, I've gotten stricter and more precise with my diet to make sure that I'm hitting my macros daily, and it really is making a huge difference! Abs really are made in the kitchen!

I realize I still have A LOT of work to do, but with the holidays and MY 21ST BIRTHDAY quickly approaching, I want to make sure I leave a little wiggle room for some fun too ;)


Saturday, October 18, 2014

First Competition

Since I should be released to start training for competition on November 1, I have chosen the Jay Cutler Classic in Boston in May to be my bikini debut. I AM SO EXCITED! Fortunately, I have plenty of time to enjoy the holidays (and my 21st birthday) before I really have to hit training hard and getting strict with my diet. I plan to enter in the bikini novice and bikini open category and WIN of course! ;) I've already made a ton of connections in the industry and have secured 2 sponsors! I also love the peer motivation and dedication that I'm surrounded by; I plan to enter the Bodybuilding.com contest of "Shred Vs. Bulk" and will hopefully win some major $$$ to fund the competition prep! I'll keep posting updates as to how my training is going and how the end of my healing process (for both boobs and foot) is. I'm so happy with the results of the boob surgery by the way! I think I chose the perfect size for my body size, and they really do make me feel so much more confident!

All About the Progress

I'm pretty proud of the progress I've made despite everything that I've been through over the past year! These pictures were from last week, and I've been working extra hard in the gym this week in preparation for Halloween in two weeks! I am gonna be a sexy ninja; now I just need to get some weapons! :) Also, I had a podiatry check-up on Thursday and should get the results within the next few days. I've tried to remain optimistic through all of this, but if I don't get good results from these X-rays I really don't know what I'll do…If they're good though, I'm released to start training full out on November 1! 

On another note, I've finished my first 2 classes toward my sport management degree! I turned in my last final paper tonight! It's been tough going to school and working 2 jobs, but it's definitely worth it! The classes I took during this 8-week session were Fundamentals of Speed Training and Intro into Fitness. By taking my final test and receiving a 96% in the speed training class, I became NASE certified as a speed and explosiveness coach! Now I get a 2 day break before I start Anatomy and Physiology and Psychology of Sport. The A&P class will be less than thrilling but it'll be vital to have that knowledge when I'm done with school and really able to focus on my fitness career. 




Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Revamped pumpkin snickerdoodle protein smoothie

I recently posted a pumpkin protein smoothie, but decided to use the new PEScience select protein I got and make a new delicious fall treat! The macros on this one are a bit different. Macros: calories: 263, fat: 3.1g, carbs: 9g, protein: 25g.


Ingredient:
-1 frozen banana
-1/4c sugar free chai latte mix
-1 scoop pes select snickerdoodle protein powder
-1c water
-1/3c pumpkin purée 
-2tbs natural zero calorie sweetener 
-pumpkin pie spice
-cinnamon

Directions: 
-place all ingredients in a blender 
-add cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice to taste 


Thursday, September 25, 2014

Pumpkin Quest Bar Sandwich

I found a similar recipe on ripped recipes, but wanted to customize it a bit and was in the mood for a double chocolate chunk quest bar rather than a cookie dough one! I added in some calorie-free walden farms marshmallow dip as an afterthought, which was SO DELICIOUS if you happen to have it on hand!
 My tweaks changed the macros a little bit, so here they are for my specific recipe: fat- 9.5g, carbs- 31.7g, protein- 24.8g = calories- 240





Ingredients:
-1 double chocolate chunk quest bar
-1tbs raisins
-1tbs coconut flour
-1tbs Libby's pumpkin purée 
-1tbs unsweetened applesauce
-1tsp pumpkin pie spice
-1/2 tsp cinnamon
-1tsp zero calorie natural sweetener 

Directions:
-preheat oven to 350 degrees
-warm up quest bar enough to be able to cut in half and mold into 2 circles for the sandwich 
-mix all other ingredients together in small bowl until dough forms 
-place in freezer
-put cookie circles on cookie sheet and bake until soft (about 3-4 minutes)
-remove from oven and let cool slightly
-assemble your sandwich and add the walden farms marshmallow dip if you have it on hand! 


Thursday, September 18, 2014

Pumpkin Protein Smoothie

Summer is officially over! You know what that means? Puuuuuuuuuumpkin everything!! Yum! I was inspired by bestie, Julianna's recent Instagram post about a veggie and pumpkin protein shake she concocted. It looked yummy, but I wanted to try something a little more decadent, so I got creative! My delicious smoothie only had 200 calories! Next time, I think I may also add half a frozen banana to make it even creamier! 




Ingredients: 

-1 cup ice cubes
-1/2 serving vanilla whey protein (although chocolate would be yummy too)
-1/4 cup pumpkin purée
-1/4 cup sugar free chai latte
-1 100 calorie vanilla Greek yogurt cup
-cinnamon (to taste)
-3/4 cup water
-pumpkin pie spice (to taste)
-natural zero calorie sweetener (to taste)

Directions: 

-Put everything in blender
-Blend until smooth 
-Add any remaining cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice 



Sandbag Clean/Front Squat

I'm wanting to get some feedback from my first few tutorial videos that I'm going to post. This one includes a little sandbag work and is just a short video describing proper form. Let me know what you think, and also if you have any requests for videos about specific movements or exercises!!



Sunday, September 14, 2014

Southwest Quinoa Bowl

I hope you're super hungry! This meal was so delicious, easy and filling! I usually eat rice (just because I always have it around) but I went out to a Latin restaurant a few days ago and had the most delicious chipotle chicken quinoa bowl EVER! I was inspired and thought tonight would be perfect since I was starving once I got home! There are only 410 calories for the whole meal!



Ingredients:
-1/4 cup uncooked quinoa
-1 5oz grilled chicken breast
-1 cup ranchera fiesta blend vegetables
-3 tbs lawry's Santa Fe chili marinade

Directions: 
-cook quinoa according to directions 
-cube and cook chicken if not done already 
-microwave frozen veggies (or boil in saucepan) 
-put everything together and add marinade
-mix really well, and enjoy!!!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Roasted Veggies

There is no side dish tastier (in my opinion) than well-seasoned roasted veggies!! My favorites are sweet potatoes and zucchini, especially when they're fresh and in season! Here, I've sliced a full sweet potato and half a zucchini and had this with a delicious chicken breast! Healthy eating can be delicious! :) 



Ingredients:
-1 medium sweet potato 
-1/2 large zucchini
-1tbs oregano
-1tsp garlic salt
-1tsp ground black pepper
-1tsp taco seasoning
-1tsp ranch dressing seasoning mix

Directions:
-preheat oven to 400 degrees
-slice sweet potato and zucchini
-top all with garlic salt, pepper and oregano
-top sweet potatoes with taco seasoning
-top zucchini with ranch seasoning 
-roast for 10 minutes 
-flip all the veggies
-roast another 10 minutes 
-dip in your favorite sauce, and enjoy!!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Sausage and Egg White Breakfast Bowl

had some sausage that I had bought and forgot to freeze, so I had to get creative! Normally, I would make this recipe even healthier by using turkey sausage, but this is what I had available and it was yummy! Macros: carbs-14g, sugar-5g, fat-19g, calorie total-308




Ingredients:
-1c egg whites
-2oz (heaping 1/2cup) ground sausage
-1/2c sliced mushrooms
-1/4c diced vidalia onion
-1/4c diced red pepper
-1/4c shredded fat free cheddar cheese
-salt and pepper
-hot sauce

Directions:
-cook sausage and veggies thoroughly on medium heat 
-add egg whites 
-add salt and pepper to taste
-cook until egg whites are nice and fluffy 
-remove from heat
-top with cheese and hot sauce!


Thursday, August 21, 2014

Quest Cookies

I am addicted to Quest Protein bars and eat at least one a day. They're packed with protein, low in sugar and are delicious. That combination is nearly impossible to find in a protein bar! I like to get creative sometimes, especially when I'm wanting something more dessert-like. Tonight's late-night clean cheat was Walden Farms calorie-free marshmallow dip and a cookies 'n cream quest bar! 





Ingredients: 

-walden farms calorie-free marshallow dip
-cookies 'n cream quest bar (although any flavor would be delish)

Directions:
-preheat oven to 350 degrees
-microwave opened quest bar for 7 seconds to soften 
-cut into 5 pieces
-smash pieces out flat on cookie sheet
-bake for 5 minutes 
-let cool and enjoy with the yummy dip!