And its 8w 4d – Can’t miss a beat!

I feel like my world revolves around the gym and food right now, and really it kind of does. But there is more to life, and I know that. Monday was a prime example of how days go sideways and sometimes you just have to roll with it.

The morning routine at our house right now is gym for me first, alarm goes off at 4:10am and I get up to get ready and be at the gym (sometimes pounding at the door) at 5am. I have to be home by 7am for my husband to switch with me – 2 year olds can’t watch themselves – and then I try to shower and get ready before the rugrat gets up around 7:30am.

Monday morning I could only do my 1hr cardio because I needed to be at work early to leave early and pick up my car getting fixed. GET ON WITH IT ALREADY RIGHT!??! Well that left me to do my weights at night.

I got all my meals in during the day, had a shake when I got home, picked up my car, had supper and then headed to the gym around 8:00pm. This way the kid is down and hubby can relax. But holy cow I forgot that the gym turns into a night club after dark! I was supposed to do legs but heck no was I going to attempt that. I ended up securing a cable and went to work on back and biceps.

I managed to do;

Straight Arm Lat Pulldown

Lat Pulldown (wide grip)

Cable Double Bicep

Bicep Cable Curl

Seated Row

Barbell Curl

I was home by about 9pm and had my last meal of the day – protein and water, made into a cake. I don’t think I fell asleep until past 10pm which is super late for me! So, 4:10am Tuesday morning was SUPER early.

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1001 Steps

IMG_4322There is a place near my house called 1001 Steps. I have lived in this area for almost 10 years and had never been! I had only heard stories… well when my cardio was increased from 30 to 35, 40, 45 to 55mins every day I knew I had to find something outside to get my heart rate up and kill an hour!

I finally went one Sunday morning and it was beautiful – ironically – it was hard, I managed to get up and down those stairs 11 times on the first attempt. The second attempt, you see my rocks above – 12 times 🙂

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It is so nice to get out into nature and see what your local parks have to offer! I am so lucky to live in a beautiful place and with short summer season, it is so nice to get outside!!

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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!

 

Egg White Muffins

What is another word for “Muffins” when referring to a savoury dish? My Mom would like me to call them “Rounds” but I am not sure I like that?!? Ideas?

On the Jamie Eason Livefit program the evening meal is 5-6 egg whites and vegetable. So, to make life easy I put in the food processor – spinach, brussel sprouts, mushrooms and parsley.

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Then I put a couple of heaping tablespoons into a greased muffin tin and added 1-1/2 Tbsp of Egg White (because that is all that fit!)

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I put them in the oven for about 15 mins at 350F.

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And the Egg White MUFFIN was born! They are pretty tasty, I think next time I will add onion to my mixture of vegetables to give a little bit more flavour and moisture. Enjoy!

Turkey Muffins

I made Jamie Eason’s Turkey Muffins for my program and they turned our great! A little bigger than expected considering I am supposed to have 4 of them per day! I used my same vegetable mix that I used in my Egg White Muffins

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I also made a second batch to put into the freezer so that I just have to defrost and cook. We are all about easy around here!

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Here is the recipe direct from Jamie Eason herself…