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Either do it right or just stop now…

So today was kind of a big wake up call for me. Let me back track to the past month first. So in the past month my body has slowly gone into a plateau phase. So 2 weeks ago my trainer Sharon decided that it was time to do something drastic to restart my metabolism. She decided no carbs 4 days then 2 days with carbs. The first week it worked great. I lost 2 pounds. So she decided go another round of the same which was all last week. I did 4 days no carbs then when it came time for my carbs my mind went a bit crazy. I was doing good until I got home and was like hummm maybe I can have just a little bit of cereal. Well that little turned to a lot and I felt awful! I was IMMEDIATELY bloated. That carried into the next day. It set me back physically and mentally. I called my posing coach Katherine and she gave me some tips on how to avoid this from happening again. She really is a life saver when it comes to all my mental wtf moments. So Monday (today) I had to weigh in. I just knew I wasn’t going to have results. What do you know. Up 2lbs!!! So pissed at myself. I let myself down. And even worse all the people that are working with me to get me to the stage I let them down and feel like I wasted their time. Sharon brought me to John (competitive bodybuilder from the gym) who’s also been helping me and he basically said you gotta make a decision. Either you are going todo it and be all in and do it right or you are gonna just stop right now. Can I just say real tears in the gym today. After that talk, my trainer began our session. I’m still crying like a baby but what clicked was I really do what this! I owed that workout to myself. To give it everything!! And I did. It was a freak in hard workout. Shoulder press superset ending with 35lb dumbells. Holy crap that was hard. But I left there feeling better and refocused. I must keep pushing. No one said it would be easy!! No matter what, as long as I put in 100% on show day, I will look and be amazing!! It’s only my first show and it’s a learning process!! Using these pics to remember how far I have come! Trying to remain positive!! Today I’m 8 weeks and 5 days out!!! No time to waste!

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Posted by on March 11, 2013 in competition prep

 

Am I crazy?

I’ve decided to enter into the world of figure competing. I am so excited about this new challenge but has shown after just a week..it is not easy!

I get many questions about competing, what it’s about and why I’m doing it.
1. What is a figure competition? I try to find the most basic way to explain it and what I’ve come up with: like a beauty pageant for the best body. While true it sounds terrible and the meaning is way deeper than that. It’s a sport just like any other. You prep for 12+ weeks by changing your diet and working out in the gym most times twice a day. You bust your butt all this time and get on stage presenting all the hard work you have done.

2. Why am I doing it? Personal satisfaction. I love challenging myself. There is nothing more rewarding than doing something that most people are not able to do and kicking that challenge in the butt! Starting my weight loss journey there were many times that I wanted to give up. But once I hit my goal I felt on top of the world. I’m looking for that same satisfaction as well as challenging myself physically and mentally. Pushing myself beyond limits I ever even knew existed.

After 1 week…
I find that it is more of a challenge than I expected. I have been hungry, sore, tired, agitated, and more. But at the sane time I am feeling satisfaction from seeing results after one week! I had a break down after about 5 days. But I’m a big girl. Pulled myself together and kept pushing.

My diet right now is very low in carbs. And my body is reacting nicely. But I’m hungry. All the time. Like I can’t wait for the next meal..to eat..and be hungry still. Lol. Okay I’ll say and be a little less hungry.

The show I am doing is may 11. 17.5 weeks from today. Holy moly. Sounds far but so much will and needs to happen in 17 weeks!!!

I must continue to blog as this was quite stress relieving. Until next time. 🙂

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This is what I’m starting with. Lets see what happens in the next couple weeks!!

 
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Posted by on January 14, 2013 in competition prep

 

2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 24,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 6 Film Festivals

Click here to see the complete report.

 
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Posted by on December 30, 2012 in Random

 

Progress after crazy diet!

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I am so excited that I was able to accomplish this tough diet that I did for the last 6 weeks!! I had a meal plan created for me (contact her at bodyandlifebynicola@gmail.com). My goal has Been to tighten my body up. Mostly in my stomach area.

My diet consisted pretty much of chicken tilapia salmon vegetables eggs oat bran and quinoa. Eating about 1800 calories each day. I am very excited with the progress.

Just wanted to share 🙂

 
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Posted by on November 16, 2012 in Fitness, Motivation

 

What I have to say about women working out and their hair…

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Here’s how I feel about women and their hair when it comes to working out…

Figure it out.

Period. There’s no reason why you are not being healthy because you do not want to mess up your hair. There are many things you can do. As you can see, my styles change often and usually includes me wearing my hair natural, having a sew in or wearing the Senegalese twists. I can sweat in all of these styles without a problem.

Ladies! Figure out what works for you!!! You can still look cute and be in shape. Make it happen ladies!!!

For natural hair, it can be rough at first but once you figure it out its great!! There are many great hair products out there. I use Shea moisturizer products that are found at target. I condition my hair most days and would twist it at night while its still wet. When I wake up it has a nice curl pattern where I can throw it in a big pony like in the last picture or wear with a head band or whatever I may be feeling that day!

For my sew ins I spend a lot of money of good quality hair because I want it to last as well as look cute!! It’s extremely convenient!

No more excuses! Get your hair in a style you can keep up and sweat in and get to work!

 
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Posted by on October 28, 2012 in Fit and Sexy Tips

 

Turkey Chili

1 lb ground turkey
1 onion
1/2-1 green pepper
1 zucchini
1 can diced tomatoes
1 can kidney beans (can omit if doing paleo diet)
1/2-1 cup low sodium chicken broth
1/2-1 cup pasta sauce
1 tbs minced garlic
Chili powder
Cumin
Oregano
Basil

When it comes to me making some things I don’t measure. So I have a guesstimate for most things. As far as the seasonings..I didn’t measure either. It’s more of season to taste. Sorry I wasn’t much help with this one! Still a good recipe though!

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Posted by on September 24, 2012 in Dinner, Healthy Eating

 

Turkey meat loaf

1 lb ground turkey
1 egg
1/2 cup shredded zucchini
1/4 cup tomato sauce
1 chopped onion
1/4 cup oat bran
1 tbs minced garlic (I like garlic :-))
Cumin
Pepper
Salt
Oregano
Mix all ingredients in a bowl
Add to a baking bread pan sprayed with non stick spray

Bake on 350 for about 45 minutes

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Posted by on September 16, 2012 in Dinner, Healthy Eating

 

Spinach and cheese turkey burgers

1 lb ground turkey
2 eggs
Handful chopped spinach
2 oz goat cheese (feta cheese would be great as well
Garlic powder
Onion powder
Cumin

Form into 4 patties and put in oven on high broil. Brown each side and done when the center is no longer pink. About 20 mins (10 each side)

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Posted by on September 8, 2012 in Healthy Eating, lunch

 

Chocolate sweet potato pancakes

1/2 sweet potato
Handful spinach
Almond milk
1 scoop chocolate whey protein powder
1 egg
2 egg whites
Agave nectar
Coconut Flour

In a blender put the sweet potato (already cooked) and spinach together. Blend with a bit of almond milk at a time until they are both completely blended.
Pour into a bowl and mix the remaining ingredients. I ended up adding about 2 tbs coconut flour but I didn’t measure, was going by the consistence.
Cook on medium-low heat in coconut oil.
Top with whatever you like! I topped with just strawberries so the vitamin c in the strawberries can help absorb the iron in the spinach. They are so good and moist, no syrup or anything was necessary. But that will be up to you

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Posted by on September 5, 2012 in Breakfast, Healthy Eating

 

Chocolate banana protein bars (paleo)

1/2 cup almond flour
2 tbs coconut flour
1 tbs ground flax seed
2 tbs almond butter
2 tbs honey
3 scoops chocolate whey
2 mashed bananas
3 egg whites
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking powder

Bake on 350 about 15-20 minutes
Makes 16 bars

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Posted by on September 4, 2012 in Healthy Eating, Snacks