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.

Sunday Funday!

I am officially 9 weeks out from my first competition and this is where it starts to get interesting. My week consists of workouts (5 days of weights and 7 days cardio), food prep, meeting with my coach, posing class and then all the normal things like being a wife, mom and employee.

This Sunday was no different, except that this is the only day that I don’t set an alarm! I had my breakfast before hitting the gym, egg white pancakes – YUM! Then it was off to the gym around 9:00am on the agenda was triceps and cardio, I have 1:20 of cardio to do on the weekends.

As soon as I get home, its a shake and then a Gatorade, this is part of my meal plan as per my coach. We had plans to go out that day so food prep was super important. I ate my 3rd meal in the car…

Ground Turkey Quinoa Salad

Ground Turkey Quinoa Salad

I spent the next 4 hours touring around Granville Island with my husband, son and friends. I managed to consume only a coffee in that time period and I had my next meal waiting for me in the car on ice! It was turkey, cabbage and mustard – a staple right now.

Dinner was up next almost as soon as we got home. My go to right now is stir-fry, it simple and tasty!

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Now keep in mind, I have a two year old so in between all of this he would like my undivided attention. I don’t remember if he ate his dinner, probably not, but he most likely stole off my perfectly portioned plate of food! After bath, stories and cuddles he normally goes down around 8pm. Then I get to get creative with my select ingredients for my last meal of the day. Tonight, I wanted to try something a little different than my normal protein lava cake so I made FROSTED protein cake!

IMG_4780I think my head hit the pillow around 9:30pm, my alarm goes off at 4:10am…you can read all about that tomorrow!

 

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!

 

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!!

Day 6 – and the “Treat Meal”

My husband and I have decided that one day a week we are going to enjoy a “treat meal”. He is doing a carb-cycling diet right now and I am allowed one “treat meal” in my program, for now.

So, last night we decided to treat ourselves to a Papa Murphy’s pizza. And not thin crust, no cheese, fat-free, gluten-free – oh no my husband some how convinced me to get a 5-Meat Stuffed pizza!?!

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I was hesitant at first, I am not a big meat pizza eater to begin with but double layered pizza – WOW! I must say it was much better than expected. It was fresh tasting and not greasy at all! I managed 2.5 pieces (we cut it into 8 pieces). We also paired it up with a salad, I know boring!?! Why is that a treat you say?

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The treat about this salad was the almonds, parmesan cheese, strawberries, avocado and homemade dressing (avocado oil, honey, mustard, rice wine vinegar). It was so good, to me this is a real treat!!

But I got through it, and this morning WOW did I have a great workout!?! I went up in all my weights (it was leg day) and my cardio was great as well. I was very happy with my progress. I also thought my stomach looked flatter this morning…

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The picture in the light shirt was from one week ago, and the black shirt was this morning.

We will continue to do this, as long as I can because I think it helps me mentally knowing that I have a meal coming up that I can eat whatever I want. And who knows a few weeks into it, I may not crave anything?? There are good articles out there to outline the importance of these treat/cheat meals. Check out this one on Fit Day.

What do you think? Do you use “Treat Meals” in your program?

 

 

Here we go…count down is on!

I would kick myself if I didn’t start recording this journey from the beginning. It is day 6 of 246 but I am going to skip the 246 and just go with the 6 or even better its Friday! I don’t want to think about the days ahead, or weeks or months. I know I have a goal and that is to step on stage for the first time November 8th, 2014 with the best me I can possibly bring.

I need small goals along the way, that I have yet to determine but I once I am a couple weeks into the process I will figure it out. My go to is always the number on the scale. I would reward myself based on lbs lost. But since January of this year, I really haven’t lost one pound. My body feels like I have lost 20lbs but that scale says otherwise.

This program isn’t much different than the ones I have done before. It is basic, simple eating – chicken/turkey/fish/beef – brown rice/yams/oatmeal/quinoa – lots of veggies and fruits and of course protein shakes. The one difference is Gatorade, the full sugar one – YUCK! But it is once a day after my workout and I try to down it. Not sure the science behind it, I will ask!

The workouts are very basic right now, 5 days of weights and cardio 30mins 7 days.