Monday, September 30, 2013

Mr. Olympia 2013

I can barely keep my eyes open as I sit here writing this, but it's 100% worth it because my weekend was so amazing! Just being at the expo was an unreal experience, seeing all the thousands and thousands of people, the awesome booths, it was all perfect. Meeting James in person was great and he's exactly the way he portrays himself online- genuine, nice, and fit! It was great talking to people about his program and the future of, and I'm beyond excited for what the future holds. Here are some pictures I had from the weekend, but I know I took a whole lot more than this, so if you have pics please put them on my Facebook page or email them to me! 

Thank you a million times to everyone that stopped by, I loved meeting and chatting with each and every one of you! 

Thursday, September 26, 2013

It's (almost) here! Olympia 2013!

I can't believe it all starts today! I'll be heading out to Vegas this evening after work, and then the expo starts bright and early tomorrow morning. James sent me this photo yesterday of the banners for the booth and my jaw literally dropped. I don't think I've ever seen myself so large! 

Seeing this definitely made it more real and raised my excitement level 100x. I still don't really know what to expect, but I am definitely super pumped about meeting so many of you that will be there! 

I had to squeeze in one more workout before heading out, even though I wreaked of spray tan and sweat. Yuck! I did shoulders and tri's and realized I've dropped in weight pretty much across the board. It makes me sad but I know that after the honeymoon I will be focused on building and eating for a few months and hopefully these muscles will fill back out and then some! 

If you're going to be in Vegas this weekend please please come say hi and introduce yourself! Can't wait! 

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

What I Ate Wednesday, ish

Hmm yet another WIAW that I managed to forget about halfway through the day. Shoot! I did look through my phone and find lots of recent food pics though, so although this is not what I ate in one day this is what my eats have looked like lately. 

Top left: oat cakes! Simply oats, egg whites, spices and stevia. 
Top middle: My infamous yam scramble that I just can't get enough of + a piece of chicken sausage.
Top right: Pumpkin protein muffins!!! (Super happy about pumpkin season)
Bottom left: Chicken fajita salad
Bottom middle: Chipotle... I haven't had this in ages and to be honest I was a little underwhelmed. 
Bottom right: Primerib and veggies from our favorite steakhouse

What's the last thing you were excited to eat but was a bit of a let down? 

Monday, September 23, 2013

Weekend Wonders!

Just thought I'd do a little phone dump of our weekend.. well, actually it's mostly our Saturday night! 

This past weekend was basically the last one we had to get anything done before the wedding, since next weekend we'll be in Vegas for the Olympia! We spent all day hashing out the final details, getting the seating arrangement perfected, buying candy for the candy table and dropping off some checks. By Saturday night we both felt really accomplished so we treated ourselves to a little sushi date night! 

 The bathroom lighting was awesome and I had just had to... 

I keep saying I feel like I've lost some muscle, but I suppose my arms still look ok! :) 

And what's a celebration without a glass of champs, right? 

We found the coolest little rooftop bar in Old Town Scottsdale that neither one of us had heard of. They had music and it was a beauuuutiful night out on the patio. 

We did lots of lounging on Sunday, hit up the grocery store, and I did a little cooking. First batch of pumpkin protein muffins of the season! They came out so good and moist- I made one change to the original recipe, I didn't have applesauce so I substituted 1 T of coconut oil. So yummy! 

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

What I Ate Wednesday

So this is going to be a quick post because my entire night consisted of this: 

Seating chart and name cards. I honestly thought the name cards were going to be the death of me- trying to figure out the printing placement is nearly impossible, but thank goodness I finally figured it out. We are going to finish up the seating chart together this weekend and that will be our last big task crossed off the list! Woohoo! 

Here is the WIAW I promised! 

Top to bottom, left to right: 
Breakfast: Yams, eggs, Applegate chicken sausage
Post workout: Shake with oats (not pictured)
Snack: Lactaid cottage cheese with peanut butter, cinnamon, Kal Stevia, and a few carob chips and a piece of Ezekiel 7 Grain bread with almond butter
Lunch: Salad with chicken and red bell peppers and a mixture of hummus and hot sauce as dressing. This is a new favorite of mine! 
Snack: Leftover "sushi" rolls from a quick dinner we picked up yesterday. These are actually wrapped in lettuce and rice paper- super yummy.  However, not something I would eat on an every day basis but remember how I didn't prep much this week? :)
Dinner- Clean pizza, side salad and kombucha in a wine glass
Before bed- Casein shake with almond milk 

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Food Prep and Finger Sprains

If you follow me on Instagram, I probably don't need to to tell you how much fun I had this past weekend celebrating my Bridal Shower with all my friends and family. My poor right index finger may have another take on it though... I'm a big dummy and managed to sprain it :( I haven't injured myself in a long time (knock on wood) and I was definitely really nervous it was going to have me out of the gym for a while, and that's the last thing I want since we're so close to the Olympia. I gave myself two days off and today it is feeling better but not 100%. I worked out shoulders and triceps today and was just really aware of my finger and if anything hurt at all, I stopped.

It was actually a great workout and I threw in 14 minutes of intervals on the stairs just for fun- ha!PS can we talk about how un-even my shoulders are? Not cool!

 I've been trying to keep my nutrition as on point as possible without counting calories (because let's be honest I barely have time to breathe right now let alone count calories) and I think I've been doing a pretty good job. I would love to see some more muscles pop in my arms before the O, but we'll see!

Speaking of food, prepping and I have just not been getting along lately. I tend to go through phases, I am either super adamant about it or I pretty much do nothing at all. For me, I can still make it work without prepping too much and spending hours in the kitchen. Last night I chopped up a bunch of yams, seasoned them with salt, pepper, and rosemary and then drizzled some olive oil on top. I popped these in the oven at 400 for about 25 minutes and I'll be able to use them all week long-- usually in my morning scrambles or with some protein at lunch. 

And that's about as far as my prepping is going to go this week. I know I've been slacking on this lately, but I promise to do a WIAW post tomorrow so you can see what my food is looking like and how I make it work without doing a full food prep!

Do you do a full food prep or just wing it?

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Holding Myself Accountable- 16 Days to Mr. Olympia!

I figured since I've committed myself to getting my act together before the Olympia, quickly sharing meals and workouts would a good way to keep myself accountable. For some reason, when I know there are people watching me, (or reading me?) it gives me that little bit of extra pressure I need to keep pushing through. 

I've found that my mornings either make or break me. I'm an early morning worker-outer (up at 5am to the gym by 6am) so breakfast and workouts really set the tone for my day. If I wake up and feel tired and decide to skip the gym or breakfast, it's almost inevitable I will have a tired and sluggish day. Maybe it's just mental, but it happens every time. So I do my best to pop out of bed as soon as I hear my alarm and get started on breakfast right away. After I eat, I'm always ready to get out the door, and if I'm not- I know my body probably actually needs the rest. 

If I don't make myself overnight oats, I will usually set my alarm 5 minutes earlier to whip up something quick. (Yes, you can make breakfast in 5 minutes or less so I don't want to hear the "I don't have time" excuse ever again!) This morning I threw some yams I had diced and baked in the oven on Monday and egg whites in a pan and that was that. Filling, delicious and great to fuel my back, bi's, and cardio workout. 

I mentioned on Instagram this morning that I didn't realize my shoulders were getting so... shouldery (?) but I'm definitely liking the progress! 

Then for my post workout meal. I've been keeping a little secret from you guys... or maybe I'm just the last to know about them, but Vans waffles are the jam! The ingredients label looks great, and they are gluten free! Now before the clean eating police come to find me, I realize these are a technically a processed food however like I mentioned the ingredients are great and I probably eat one twice a week, if that. Anyway, you don't even need any syrup- I just top mine with some fruit and I'm good to go! 

On track day 2 in the books! :) 

What is your "make it or break it" for the day? Does it usually have more to do with workouts or nutrition? 

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Puma FormLite & Leg Workout

The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Puma.

It's not very often I give advise on workout apparel or shoes because to be honest, I usually just use the same ol' stuff until I think I've had it for too long and then I buy the exact same thing again haha! This is why I was super excited to receive the Puma FormLite shoes to try out. 

They are actually a cross training shoe that were inspired by a feather, and that is definitely obvious. They are SO light I literally don't feel like I have shoes on and that is not an exaggeration! They allow you to breath but still give you the support you need to get the job done. 

For me, the ultimate tests for shoes are 1) can I do leg day in them and 2) can I do cardio in them. 

These passed both tests! 

I was also able to test out workout gear from their compression line, which also feels like you're wearing air. I absolutely love this line, especially the tank tops and will definitely be buying some more. 

So what is one to do with new shes and new workout clothes? Come up with an awesome fun leg day routine. (Yes I said fun and leg day in the same sentence). 

Let me know if you try it out- but be warned, it's a tough one! 

It's Never Too Late!

I feel like I've been saying this a lot lately, but I can't believe it's been almost a week since I've blogged! Lots has happened in the past week- grandpa's funeral, broken down car, out of town, fighting off sickness, and more wedding prep. This is definitely, hands down the busiest and craziest my life has ever been but I will have to say I've learned a lot not only about myself, but about true love and true friendship. But, that's another post.

So in the midst of the crazy, I have not been very good with my nutrition. Many meals have been skipped due to lack of planning and prepping and the gym has been sporadic. This is killing me because I have the most amazing opportunity to be at the booth at the Mr. Olympia and I should really be working my butt off to be in great shape, and well, I haven't been. But, that doesn't mean I can't start today! 2 1/2 weeks is plenty of time to plump up these muscles and get back on track.  (On a side note, we will be at booth #2368 and if you are reading this and planning on being there, you MUST stop by!! :) )

I started my day off with some overnight pumpkin oats in a mason jar (my new favorite thing) and then we hit legs at the gym. I enjoyed my post workout shake while taking Charley for a walk and prepped all my meals for work today. Tonight we'll be having chicken fajitas with black beans for dinner and I'll probably cap the night off with a casein shake and a bite of a Quest bar :) I'm not counting calories right now, but I am being aware of portion sizes and weighing most my food and would say I'm in the 1700 calorie range.

Remember, it's not about how long or how hard you've fallen, what counts is that you get back up and keep on truckin'.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

What I Ate Wednesday- His and Her Clean Eats

As you can imagine, I'm just a tad bit behind on responding to emails and messages so I'm going to try to do my best to turn my most asked questions into blog posts so that they're always here for you to refer back to. One of those questions is how to make it work when your significant other or children don't eat super clean. When we started this journey 2 1/2 years ago, B was on board with me 100%. He would try all my crazy concoctions even though they oftentimes tasted like absolute garbage. Now, he tries to keep his food pretty healthy-- I would say he lives by the 70-30 rule ;) This is what works for him, it's what makes him happy so I'm all for it. This does mean though that sometimes I have to tweak his dinners a little so that they're not too boring. 

This was from last night- we do taco night a lot. Like, probably once a week a lot and this is what it looks like every time. His is 4 tacos with corn tortillas, turkey taco meat, avocado and cheese. Mine was just a taco salad with black beans and avocado. Didn't take much if any extra work and we were both completely satisfied. 

This night I made chicken sausage and put his over brown rice noodles and added fresh Parmesan. I just ate my sausage by itself with a big side salad. 

And here, all I did was add cheese and a little marinara sauce to dress up his chicken and turn it more into a chicken Parmesan while I ended up just dipping mine in ketchup :) 

So, you probably noticed the tweaks I make for him are usually adding in a carb source and then some sort of cheese. I don't do it for every meal, but that's usually what helps fill him up without me having to cook insane amounts of protein. 

Hope that was helpful and let me know if you have any other tips, I'd love to hear them! 

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Long Weekend Fun & Vacation Prep!

For once, this weekend actually seemed like it was extra long- in the best way possible of course. We had lots of family fun which was definitely much needed. From Friday happy hours, to a Diamondbacks game, Bridal Shower shopping, and yummy eats it was a fab weekend! Oh! And can't forget some good James Wilson workouts! 

I'm off to Cabo on Friday so I'm going to be extra aware of my food this week. Cutting out protein powder and greek yogurt, drinking lots of water, and doing lots of sprints this week. Keeping up your nutrition and fitness most of the time means when you have events or vacations you just have to make a few tweaks to get to where you want to be! 

Tell me one highlight from your long weekend! 

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