Week In Review

Hello people! Sorry I’ve been MIA this past week. Sometimes life just happens. So today I am going to link up with Clean Eats, Fast Feets for the Week In Review.  Kind of like an achievement list, an ode to yourself, a celebration is how she describes it.

So…I can hardly remember what I ate for breakfast say nothing about what I did a week ago but I can hit the highlights –in my case some lowlights too but I guess you’ll have that, right?

I know I did start last week off with a much needed massage–it’s been months and had a gift certificate.  Oh–and washed that gray right outta my hair 😉   #winning

I attempted to keep my house clean and tackle the laundry and I wouldn’t invite any of you to ride in my Jeep these days.  I swear I am turning into such a procrastinator in my old age!  Am I the only one?  So many things to do at home and I find myself….mmmmmm doing anything but those projects.  I really need to get better at this.

Saturday I ventured out of town bright and early to a bodybuilding competition.  I’ve not been to one in a year!  I used to go to all the local shows.  It was a beautiful day for a drive and I got to catch up with many good friends.  I headed over to Whole Foods to see what I could see.  I’m still in prep (but probably not for long–more on that later) so my selections were limited…

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I love this stuff–can’t find it anywhere near me and it’s ridiculously expensive but since I don’t have a Whole Foods less than an hour from me and it freezes well, I picked up a couple.

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I was pretty excited to find this almond milk!  I’m thinking a splash in my coffee…and I’ve heard good things about this RXBAR.

But the BEST find of the day……………..

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I can NEVER find Kabocha squash!  So excited!!!

So this day wiped me out.  I was asleep before my teenager got home (bad mom) but when I woke up at 11 I called and he was home safe and sound.  He worked for community service hours towards his JROTC ribbon at a children’s festival all day.  Super proud of him although I THINK this had more to do with the girl he went with but maybe I’m wrong.  Either way he did good 🙂

He and I worked on a science project (a hot mess but I’ll share when we are done) and purchased a Teletubbie costume.  For school.  Twin day.  He is a sophomore!  They still do that shi*?  Apparently so.  This involved a good 30 minutes of laughing to the point of tears while we both tried it on after we got home and he attempted to teach me to “dab” which I continually called “jab” and he said I was doing it all wrong!  Good times.

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And now we are back to Monday, back to adulting.  Make it a great week people!!!  And be sure to check out Clean Eats, Fast Feets—she is hilarious and her daughter is adorable!

Thursdays are for Thinking Out Loud

Hi!!!!!!!!  It’s Thursday and I’ve had my clothes off twice before noon today.  I’d say it has been a good day!  HA, not for the reasons all of you are thinking!!!!!!! 😛

Started off my day with day with my body fat testing in the BodPod.  I wrote about this once before >here.  Let’s just say it went a little better.  I’m still feeling WAY behind but this is normal.  Check-ins with my coach are tomorrow and I’m thinking I may have a carbless, cardioful weekend 😦  That’s ok.. Whatever it takes, right?

Round #2 (clothes off) Off to a visit to my dermatologist who I see once a year–because I’m a pasty white Irish girl with TONS of freckles! Unfortunately, this did not go as well as I had hoped. Had a few things cut out of my back and sent off to the lab. Pray for me ya’ll! Two years ago I had to have some treatments that were not fun, expensive, and threw me into a bit of a depression. Hoping for a better outcome this time!  If you have spent any time doing bad things to your skin (tanning bed, sun with no protection, smoking, tons of freckles<<not bad, just a part of life) you should get checked!!!

Took myself on a Starbucks date because that always makes me feel better! I was also featured on an Instagram page which was kind of cool. Check it out here! Give me a follow while you are over there @consistentfitnesslife too!

In other news………I made brownies!!!!!!!
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Don’t get too excited.  They were a BIG FAT FAIL!  DRY AF!  Have to share the failures as much as the success stories, right?

Although I’m in prep, I also booked a photo shoot.  I’m excited.  I haven’t done much lately and this is going to be at a park…hopefully the weather will cooperate and we can do a fall theme–complete with cowgirl boots, flannel and denim cutoffs 😉

Today feels like Friday.  I’m looking forward to tomorrow.  And the weekend.  Going to be a busy one for me.  Anyone have any exciting plans???  Tell me something good!

Thank you to Amanda over at Running With Spoons for allowing us to all link up and read some random #TOL

LJ

Happy Tuesday!

Hello all you lovely people! I hope you had a wonderful weekend. Mine was just what I needed. I am 100x happier than last Monday although a bit emotional…

Watching all of the hurricane disaster unfold on television after just watching Texas go through it is just horrible. Irma is visiting us but only high winds and some ridiculous rain. 9/11 is on my mind as well. I’m sure most of us remember where we were…I was 8 months pregnant and living in Hawaii. I’ll never forget nor can those that gave everything on that day in so many ways. It doesn’t seem possible it was 16 years ago. I also can’t help but think of my Dad. Yesterday was his birthday. We haven’t spoken in 8 years. Sigh……..

In other news……….I’m sad summer is coming to an end 😦 I haven’t had the chance to highlight any of our summer trips here. My son and I visited Vermont (my home), Savannah, GA and one last quick trip to the Great Smoky Mountains in TN–along with several weekends at the beach which is my favorite!

Some of the highlights:

They painted this silo in Vermont—beautiful.  There were a couple of them.

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Tybee Island, Savannah GA

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Arriving in TN and dinner at mom’s…she’s the best ❤

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The view from our airbnb rental which was AMAZING!

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We also visited Dollywood which I HIGHLY recommend!  Yes my 15 year old wanted to ride the Merry Go Round ❤

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While waiting for our dinner reservation we walked around–never a shortage of moonshine in this state and you can sample away…

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Our dinner selection was an excellent choice and although we took first available seating, I am so glad we got outdoor seating at Old Mill Pottery House Café and Grill.

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Dinner was amazing and we tried their signature dessert–Lemonade Pie…I had a bite (or two) and was unfortunately a little disappointed but I’m a Key Lime fan anyway!

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I hope you have all had a wonderful Summer–link your vacations–especially if they involve lots of pictures–and finitely if they involve food!

LJ

Thursdays are for Thinking Out Loud

Kolby.pngGuys.  It’s realllllly hard to write when you’ve had a craptastic week.  Like it started Saturday and I’m STILL waiting for it to end!  OK, to be fair, today hasn’t been bad.  I really wanted to write a Happy Monday but it was far from happy.

Anyhoo……..moving on.  Cuz who likes a whiner?  Definitely not me.  Not even going to touch on the negatives.  Why?  They are in the past!

THANKFUL…So, let’s start with what I’m thankful for.  My son.  He may be a PITA (pain in the a** for those of you aren’t in the know 😉 but he’s been a huge help to me this week.  Gosh I can only hope I’m raising him to be a compassionate, kind, honest and grateful young man.

DIETING…don’t laugh–sometimes the monotony of being in prep for my show in November keeps me focused–or I should say as focused as I can be when your life did a 180 like–overnight and you MAY or may not have a touch of ADD!  I am not 10 weeks out and yes, I’m still scared to share photos ha!

IRMA…we haven’t even begun to get over the devastation in Texas and now Irma.  I pray Texas, Florida and probably me too (NC).  :\

STITCH FIX…I have a few friends who love this and I really want to try.  They keep sending me e-mails and one of these days I’m going to have a weak moment and just do it!  I have zero fashion sense and I haven’t bought new work clothes in …years?  Gym clothes, of course but I even had to put myself on restriction from that!

ZAYCON…ever heard of them?  Basically, meat in bulk–at a great price.  I’ve been ordering from them for years.  I’ve tried beef, turkey breast, chicken, salmon, shrimp, steak–check and see if they come to your area: https://zayconfresh.com/refer/zf201517

PUMPKIN…I’m one of those people who is thrilled about pumpkin season!  Bring on the basic b**** pumpkin everything LOL.  I’ve already got two recipes up and more to come!  PUMPKIN…and more pumpkin…Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

And to end my #thinkingoutloud with a #throwbackthursday…a few weeks ago in the Great Smoky Mountains when all I was worried about was making the most of my time with the ones I love and hoping I had enough coffee in the morning 🙂

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So… let me know what’s on your mind–think out loud–it’s ok, we all talk to ourselves and remember, be true to your work, your word, and your friends…you can’t photoshop life!

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The BEST part of competing

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Bodybuilding is hard. Sometimes, people are not nice. Keyboard warriors giving their unwelcome opinions and unwanted advice. The list goes on. I have never focused on any of those things and prefer highlight the positives. Today, I want to highlight the best (in my opinion) part of this crazy journey of competing some of us love–camaraderie. The people you meet, the places you go, the things you learn from each other, the support you receive from other competitors who were total strangers just the day before and the memories you make. Some of the best times!

I’d like to introduce you to Cambrae Thompson. She is a Facebook friend. I’ve never met her in real life–does that matter? Nope. I was told her story by a friend and so I decided to give her a “shout out” if you will. Why? Because I think she did an amazing job and should be given credit for her hard work. Cambrae you are beautiful and I wish you all the best in your future endeavors! Give her a follow on Instagram too!

Below is the interview (conducted by Tim R., our now mutual friend and a fellow blogger).

Panama City, Florida had the opportunity to host its first All Natural Bodybuilding competition in July of this year. While the show itself was a huge success and there were many competitors, I had the opportunity to sit down and interview the young lady who took first in both Figure and Physique, as well as walk away with her Pro card in the One World United Natural Bodybuilding Alliance.

Ms. Cambrae Thompson was an absolute pleasure to talk with. Vibrant, energetic, dedicated, driven and setting a course to help others reach their maximum potential in the future. As we spoke, it became apparent that fitness has always been a part of her life. She was a dancer, runner and swimmer while growing up and had always been a competitor. She is also a climber. Cambrae has a weakness for dogs, books, and the outdoors. She has a drive to excel at whatever task she sets her mind to. Out of High School she enlisted in the Marines. It was clear she has a mind of her own and is a clear patriot. This opportunity gave her the chance to earn her own way through school which she is now attending. Her major is Kinesiology. While in the Marines, she says she was slow to get to actual lifting, preferring the high intensity workout routines more. Things like CrossFit stylized WOD’s and lots of cardio. But when she found her way to the gym and began lifting heavy with intensity, she took to it like a fish to water. Cambrae now loves her lifting time! So much so it annoys her when it’s referred to as ‘the grind’. “Lifting is a privilege” she says “and those who can go should always be grateful for the opportunity”. I could not agree with her more.

Over the years, she has had the opportunity to help others as a Personal Trainer and a group fitness instructor. I asked her what some of the more common goals people have are and while I think we’ve all heard some of them before, the most common being the desire was to lose weight and a common misconception to that desire was the fear from clients that they would become too “bulky” and a lack of understanding that muscle assists in burning fat. I think all personal trainers can agree they have encountered that same mindset. Cambrae has decided on her Kinesiology degree in an effort to pursue Physical Therapy where she can undoubtedly help a lot of people. The second challenge is the notion that there is a quick fix to obtain the results clients desire and the likelihood they will go back to the way they were eating and their former lack of activity levels. She often has to explain this is a lifestyle change. What people are looking to do takes a lot of effort and it must be a continued one.

With that in mind, I asked her how her training changed when she decided to compete. She used a local coach, Tim McClain, to help with her posing and diet. She faced calorie restrictions as many do, but was supported by her lifelong habits of meal preparation and healthy eating. She also changed her lifting focusing on lifting for aesthetics and reducing her maxes. A lot of cardio was added back in…not her favorite part from what I could gather from her facial expressions. Overall, her lifting schedule remained the same, more fine tuning to achieve the desired effect. Given her results in the show, I’d say she was successful! While she is unsure if she will compete in the future, there is always the desire to push herself and see what she can accomplish. Personally, I’d love to see her compete in the future and bring the same drive and dedication with her to other organizations.

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Happy Monday!

Good morning and OMGosh can you believe it is almost September! It definitely felt like September this morning. I arrived at the gym for cardio at 0500 to find THREE fire trucks in the gym parking lot. No idea what was going on. The let me on my stairmaster and that’s all that mattered to me :D. I would have been hella made if I got up at 0430 and couldn’t get it in! So, that leads me to … a quick contest prep update. I anticipated writing more about this journey and well, like most, I have a kid, a house and a full-time job and sometimes life just gets in the way! I was out of town visiting the Great Smoky Mountains weekend before last so coming home and going straight back to work just leaves you feeling like you are waaaay behind the power curve. I’m all caught up now and planning to post a little “fun” about my trip this week too.

So I am now 12 weeks out. Doesn’t seem possible that November will be here in 12 weeks. To some, that sounds like a long time. To me and this process, that isn’t long at all! Things have been going well–so well I even got a cheat meal! Five Guys burger and fries never tasted so good! Unfortunately, I still struggle with the mentality that “cheating” is wrong and woke up the next morning up 3lbs (can you say holy sodium in those fries Batman!). So, I kills the cardio, drink ALL the water, get back to plan and BOOM—next day, extra weight gone. PHEW. So a few changes have been made to my macros and cardio. Yes, I use flexible dieting (you can e-mail if you are interested in knowing more). Which reminds me I have another recipe to share!

OK–back to prep. I have been scoping out flights and hotels. This is NOT a cheap hobby. I guess I need to think about a suit…so many choices! Maybe next week I’ll share progress pics. MAYBE.

I have a great week planned and hope you do too.

LJ

Happy Monday!

blue.pngI hope you all had a great weekend. Mine was quiet–just the way I like it. Finished my book, let my just last week legal to drive teenager drive me around–only drove through one red light (ok yellow–flaming yellow) and drove over one curb ha! I also did a whole lot of experimenting in the kitchen!

My favorite bakery in town closed and so I decided to attempt to recreate one of my favorites from there. They were called Harvest bars so that is what I shall call these. Blueberry harvest bars. They did not really make a “bar”.  More of a baked oatmeal to eat with a spoon? I loved making my own blueberry jam but as a whole, these are not sweet so if you are into “not too sweet”, give them a try!

For the blueberry jam:
1.5 cups (roughly) blueberries–I used fresh
2 tbsp. chia seeds
2 tbsp. VitaFiber – you can also use maple syrup here
Put the blueberries and syrup in a sauce pan on medium. Heat about 5-10 minutes. Add chia seeds and stir 5-10 more minutes. Set aside to cool.

For the oatmeal part:
1/3 cup oat flour
1/2 cup oats
2 medium bananas
1/4 cup VitaFiber
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla
Mix it all up. I used an 8×8 pan and parchment paper Pour half the oatmeal mix on the bottom, blueberry in the middle, the rest of the oatmeal on top. Bake at 350 for 30 min.
I cut mine into 6 bars.
Macros:
C:117
Fat: 2
Carbs: 24
Fiber: 4
Protein: 3

Let me know if you make these and what you think!