Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Now that my show is over...

I am prepping for my upcoming power meet on June 26th! I registered for the CT States RPS meet the day after my show in March, and have been working toward regaining my ability to have a work/life balance. With sort of achieving this, I have been hitting some new PRs! Currently, I hold the RPS New England records for all my lifts, but want to keep improving and setting new goals for myself. My ultimate goal is to beat the RPS world record in deadlift. 300 is a far shot, but I think I can get there eventually! My numbers I'm working with right now on my major lifts are 110 bench, 185 squat and 245 deadlift. Unfortunately, these aren't numbers I hit every time I try for my PR, but I'm determined to build up the confidence and endurance to be able to hit them in my upcoming meet!

I definitely have off days where I start to doubt myself and my abilities, but looking back on my previous lifts from my meets, I'm always re-motivated by the desire to win the competition against myself. I am looking forward to school being out for the summer in 3 weeks so I can really shift my focus to training for the meet and also giving 100% to my clients at Healthworks. Being a full-time student, having a full-time job and being a competitive athlete takes a toll, but I love everything I do and wouldn't change it for the world. Having a little break from school does help though, and also gives me some time to have fun and actually enjoy being 22...something I don't always prioritize...haha

I debated deleting the video of my deadlift fail all together, but then accepted that failing is a part of life and I may as well own it. My deadlift is my favorite lift, but with that comes a lot of pressure. I am so terrified of failing at a PR attempt that I mentally abort the lift if I know it's heavier than I've done before. I have been trying new training strategies to overcome these inhibitions, but it's a mental battle I still struggle with! I do a lot of accessory work as well: grip, hamstring, upper back and lat strengthening are my main focuses to make sure I don't let these weaknesses inhibit my potential.

Oh, and I can't COMPLETELY stop with the hypertrophy training...I worked hard for those poppin' arms and booty! Hehe


I do a lot of endurance training as well, so this is me deadlifting 205 for reps. I feel SOOOO sore after these days, but have noticed a major improvement by switching up my training. 


This was last week when I attempted the 245 again. Didn't feel nearly as easy as it did 2 months ago! 


Just some accessory work. I love good mornings because of how compound and effective they are. My abs, hamstrings, upper and lower back are all sore (in a good way) after! 

 
This was my successful 245 deadlift PR, which I haven't managed to hit since the very end of February. Clearly it was forgoing my shoes that gave me the advantage here... ;D






Cinnamon Apple Crock Pot Oats

I've had my pumpkin pie oats for the past 3 weeks and am getting a little burnt out, so this week it was time for me to switch it up and get a little creative! This recipe is similar in macros to the pumpkin pie oats and was just as easy to make. I love the difference in texture with adding in the apple chunks and sliced almonds as well! Adding in some greek yogurt would also be a way to get some more protein in as well as making it extra decadent! It was so voluminous that I ended up splitting it into 6 servings. Macros (per serving): 178 kcal, 4g fat, 33 carbs, 4 protein




Ingredients: 

-2c old fashioned oats
-3.5c water
-1c unsweetened applesauce
-2tbs cinnamon
-1/2c baking stevia
-1/4c sliced almonds or 3tbs chopped walnuts
-1tbs vanilla extract
-2 medium apples (I used honeycrisp)

Directions

-Put everything in crockpot (except almonds)
-Cook on low for about 2 hours 
-Divide up nuts between the 6 servings

Monday, April 11, 2016

Healthworks Reflections

Growing up I always saw my parents rushing off to work and then returning home exasperated only to do it all over again the next day. I feel this is pretty standard and most people just monotonously perform their "jobs"every day for that paycheck at the end of the week. I have always aspired to do more and to find a path that provided gratification and fulfillment. No amount of money could make an awful job worth my time. I suffered through several trivial jobs for said paycheck, but knew I was on my way to doing something more. It wasn't until about 2 years ago I realized that "something more" was helping people change their lives through healthy living and exercise. I still have days where I am exhausted and can't fathom waking up at 4:30am the next day to do it all over again, but as soon as I am in the session with my first client I lose all my reservations and know I am exactly where I'm meant to be. There is rarely a day where I go without taking a picture or video of something amazing one of my clients has done and because of this, I obviously owe them all a shoutout for their badassery and perseverance! I couldn't be more honored to work with the women I do! I even rope some of them into working out with me bright an early on Saturday mornings followed up with some well-deserved brunch deliciousness after! ;)