Thursday, June 25, 2015

Garlic Ranch Potatoes

This is a super simple recipe that was absolutely delicious and kept my potatoes fresh and yummy for the whole week! Garlic is an awesome ingredient to use when doing weekly meal prep because it helps to keep food tasting fresh even several days after cooking! I love ranch flavored anything and this seasoning combo was fantastic on my red potatoes! I alternate red and sweet potatoes so that I don't get burnt out on either. You just want to try and abide by the well-known rule of avoiding white rice, white bread and white potatoes as they are simple carbs without much other nutritional value. I typically add in 4oz of my seasoned potatoes to my meals just to give you an idea of a reasonable serving size!


-Red potatoes
-Ranch seasoning mix (I tried to choose the one lowest in sodium)
-Minced garlic
(All amounts will depend on how many potatoes you decide to cook, but I used half a packet of seasoning) 


-Preheat oven to 375 degrees
-Chop potatoes (keeping skin on) 
-Put potatoes in bowl and mix in desired amount of garlic and seasoning until fully coated
-Place on baking sheet (I used a pyramid pan to get them crispy) 
-Bake for 25 minutes 
-Toss potatoes and bake for another 15-20 minutes or until cooked fully and slightly crispy
-Divide up and pack your meals for the week! 

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Switching the Focus

I've been on vacation this past week in Vegas, so there's a lot I need to post about! I want to start with something that I consider to be VERY exciting news! Although I did have a blast competing in my first two bikini shows, it just wasn't as fulfilling as I was hoping it would be. I learned a lot about myself, my body and the industry, but I think it's time to broaden my horizon and try out something a little different. I am competing in a powerlifting meet in August! I've been contemplating it for awhile, but it always just seemed so daunting. It still does, but why not right? I love the mentality behind powerlifting meets in that you're striving for your next PR, not necessarily taking home that 1st place trophy every time. I love that I'll be judged based on how heavy I can lift in relation to my bodyweight rather than just being judged subjectively…

I may switch back and forth from physique competitions to powerlifting, but eventually I just really want to find my niche and stick with it. I'm a little overwhelmed with attempting to begin training for the meet, but have been making progress! It's a difficult type of training to do alone since you're working toward increasing your one rep max, which is terrifying to do without a spotter! There are also specific methods for how and when the lifts have to be performed which is also something I need to make sure is second-nature before I step on that platform in the fall!

I'm including the link to the show I plan on doing just in case anyone wants to check it out! I'll be competing in the 114 weight class soooooo let the bulking continue! I'm still right around 108 from my bikini show, but I'm completely okay with the challenge of gaining a few pounds in the next few months! Challenge accepted!

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Cutler Classic 2015

I apologize for the late post about how the show went! For anyone who has been close to me over the past year and a half, it has been obvious how much I've wanted this. Competing at the Cutler was always my ultimate goal, so to see myself up on that stage with all those other girls who have worked just as hard was absolutely incredible. I didn't place in this one, but I met so many inspiring people and learned so much. I did discover that out of about 15-17 girls in each of my classes, I placed about 10th in all of them. Not terrible, but there's definitely room for improvement…and GAINS! 

I'm so thankful for my incredible support system. My mom and aunt Kathy flew all the way from Missouri to surprise me the night before my show and stayed for almost a whole week! I had absolutely no clue they were coming (thanks to my amazing and sneaky brother organizing the whole thing) and them being here to support me in something that means so much to me made the experience that much better. All my friends who came out wearing my team shirts left me speechless; I could not ask for better friends and although due to our busy schedules we don't see each other all that much, we're always there for each other! 

Leading up to the competition, I was extremely stressed with finals for school, work and the workouts and diet were really starting to make me feel burnt out. Because of all these factors, I didn't do as well as I could have. I loved relying upon myself (and Pat and Jackie of course) to get me ready for the show. They were amazing resources when I would plateau, get stuck, frustrated or discouraged and would always find a way to remind me of why it was I was doing all this and how far I had come since beginning this journey. Being in charge of my own diet plan and training regimen made me aware of exactly how my body works and what I need to change to improve for next time. 

The week before a show is referred to as "peak week" and during this time a lot of people do some crazy things. All I did was increase carbs (yes, imagine that!) and cut back on sodium about 4 days out. The day before I also started cutting back on water, but I didn't do any of the hyped up sodium loading/depleting of anything else crazy. The week before, I also had an amazing photoshoot with the very talented Ksenia at Ksenia Photography who did a phenomenal job at capturing my personality while also showcasing my hard work. She is an incredible fitness photographer and I absolutely recommend her for any sponsor/competition/promotional/fun shoots while in prep! And my fabulous photoshoot and stage styling was done by Natasha Ledin! Natasha is clearly extremely talented and SO meticulous! She also gave me all my posing direction for my photoshoot! She not only stuck with me through the entire show to make sure I looked perfect every time I walked on stage, but she continued to motivate and reassure me backstage when I was FREAKING out and trying to psych myself out! Their work and dedication completed the package and I was 100 percent confident walking out on that stage and showcasing all my hard work and dedication over the past several months. 

Like I said, there's always room for improvement, but I have no regrets about anything and am elated that I could take the outcome as a learning experience to continue bettering myself! :) The photoshoot pictures will be released soon and I'm eager to hear everyone's feedback! 

 By the way, yes this is Jay Cutler himself!! He won Mr. Olympia in 2010…I take 100 percent credit for the flexing idea ;)