Hump Day – March 19, 2014 – Day 11

Well, it is coming up on the end of Day 11 and the best advice I was given, was take it “day by day”. And tonight I thought, I just have to get through a few more hours and then it is off to bed and a new day starts. Not, oh my gosh I have 200+ days and 8 months of “dieting”, no that is not the point and I am not dieting. I am trying to be the healthiest me I can be, one day at a time.

This is a true test of one’s mind, I have spend 30+ years doing things one way, change is not going to happen over night. This has already been a 19 month journey for me, I can get through a day 🙂

But seriously, I can taste my egg white pancakes topped with blueberries, Almond Butter and SF pancake syrup already! LOL! I am going to bed now – good night!

Chocolate Protein Ice Cream

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This one is very simple – Protein Ice Cream or Protein Fluff, as some call it. It is easy to prepare and can be done in a hundred different ways. I originally found the idea on Protein Pow.com.

Basically, take your protein powder mixed with milk, almond milk, water – whatever liquid you choose and then add frozen fruit, or I just used ice and then the magic ingredient is Xanthan Gum (I used 1 tsp).

Get creative (but on your plan) and Enjoy!!

Chocolate Protein Lava Cake

My last meal of the day is 30g protein and 1 cup strawberries. I think dessert! So, I either make a strawberry chocolate shake or chocolate protein ice cream or tonight I made Chocolate Protein Lava Cake!

Mix one scoop of your favorite protein powder, 1/4tsp xanthan gum and just enough water to make it batter consistency. Then put it into the microwave for about 1min.

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Evening Ritual

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I am currently using Pump-HD for my pre-workout, it has BCAA in it so I don’t need to add it but I do add 2 scoops of Glutamine. I have BCAA and Glutamine 3x a day (morning, lunch, before bed). During my workout I have either just water or crystal light.

Off to bed I go, it’s legs tomorrow at 5am!

Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows

HaHA!HA! It is not all sunshine and rainbows when prepping for a show. It is not even when prepping for life! I think a lot of people post all their great gains, all there good pictures or how in shape they are. But how often do you see where they came from? Or sweaty, no makeup, muffin-top photos? Do you see the countless hours they spend in the kitchen, in the gym?

Here are my before and after pictures. This is about 2 years apart, actually right before I became pregnant.

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I am not going to sit here and say that it is easy. But it is a choice that I have made. I don’t do a lot of socializing, I don’t have a lot of hobbies outside of my family and the gym. This is my way of life, and I wouldn’t change it for anything. I am learning everyday, making choices and trying to enjoy my life the best way I know how.

I am a wife of almost 9 years, a mother of a 19 month old son, a mother of 2 four legged children, a full-time employee and a gym rat. I get up at 5am everyday, including weekends, I workout in the morning – 6am and spend on average anywhere from 60-90mins at the gym. I spend about 20ish hours in the kitchen prepping my food, my husbands food and making sure my son has food as well. I commute to work, about 30mins each way and work a 7-8 hour day. I live in a house that requires cleaning, up keep, yard work and general household duties. I go to bed at night around 9pm, luckly my son goes down like clockwork around 7pm each night and sleeps a full 12 hours. Oh and right now, posing practice every Sunday for 30mins! Oh and, I am training for Ride to Conquer Cancer in June 2014.

So, where there is time left – I try to spend with my family. I am not complaining, I just have a busy life and I love it! I make sure that my workouts don’t interfere with my family time and I cook on weekends, mostly in the evening when my son has gone to bed.

Don’t let anyone tell you it is easy, but remember it is a choice. It is a very mental game and I am up for the challenge!

 

Sunday March 16th – Day 8

The weekends are big eating days! 4 large meals and two shakes. Along with BCAA and Glutamine three times. I make sure that these are good workout days too, just mentally makes me feel better.

Here is one of my meals, mid afternoon. It’s basic; chicken, rice and veggies but it’s good!!

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I don’t go too crazy trying to think of new and exciting ways of cooking my food. I have enough going on in my life, food = fuel. It has to taste good, but I am about quick and easy!

All of my food gets prepared in advance, except some dinners I like to have something that hasn’t been previously frozen at least a couple times a week  – usually weekends when I have the time.

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It has been a good week though, feeling really good. It is amazing what a few days, or weeks does of clean eating. It wasn’t that I was eating bad before, just not paying attention and slipping back into the processed foods. We will see what this next week brings, and how my first check in is with my coach next Sunday!

Saturday March 15th – Day 7

It is the end of the first full week. I am finding the program pretty easy to follow right now. The food is basic and the workouts are pretty simple. I do all my food prep on the weekend for the week. Most everything goes into the freezer and pulled out the night before. It makes our life easier. My husband is doing a Carb Cycling diet right now. And so, we prepare everything in advance.

Believe it or not, I have not lost 1 lbs this whole year. But I think my body composition has changed.

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But I am not going to worry about it, I am weighing myself every couple weeks just because that is so ingrained into my brain I don’t know how not to! I see my coach in another week, so I will be 2 weeks on her program. I will see what she says about how my body is changing. She does this for a living, 20+ years of experience so I need to trust that she will change my program as she sees fit. My job is to make sure I am following it!!

I have gone through all my weight workouts this week, today I started back at Day 1. It is a 5 day split. Day 1: Hams/Calves Day 2: Shoulders/Abs Day 3: Back/Biceps/Abs Day 4: Quads/Calves Day 5: Chest/Tris/Abs. It is a pretty basic workout plan. Keeping in mind I have been going to the gym constantly for over 10 years and have seen countless trainers. But the results will show in the coming weeks!!