Hi all! I am happy to report that my absence yesterday was the result of having another awesome day of butt-kicking workouts that resulted in my falling asleep on the couch, rather that the resent stress related/I may throw my computer out the window reason.
Today I had another Bloggie Meet-up with Averie ! We met at Whole Foods again (it’s the best one in the Valley and I love a great excuse to go there). We chatted about pursuing passions, following your beliefs, juggling crazy schedules and Fitness! I’m so excited for Averie that she’s planning to compete in the Bikini division. People have very different experience, but in a way, I think you can be what you make it. I had such a wonderful experience for my first show, so positive and it ended up being completely life changing.. literally! Averie has such a wonderful attitude with it, I can’t wait to cheer her on!
I think I’ve mentioned it in passing, but I’m planning to get my personal training certification this year; mostly likely in the fall. I’m still deciding which to do, but most people have recommended NASM and ACE, so I’ll probably go with one of those. I want my training certification for a few reasons: 1) General knowledge. I feel like I’ve learned a lot from experience and have developed practical knowledge, but I want to know the specifics & book details too. 2) Credibility. When I say, “I do yadda yadda yadda,” I’d like to have something behind that other than just, “well it works for me.” 3) Fitness advice will likely be a part of my devleoping health coaching business.
The thing is, when I really care about something, I struggle to work with people who don’t. I can’t care more than you! When I’m in the gym on a daily basis and see people completely wasting their workouts or doing something with horrible for, I for some ridiculous reason take it personally on some level. It takes actually effort to not walk over and suggest they not heave ever ounce of their weight and swing backwards in a lat pull-down. But of course I don’t say anything because 1) who am I do tell anyone what to do and interrupt their workout, and 2) I’m not a certified trainer.. well yet . Similarly, I’ve coached gymnastics in the past, but I only like working with the team/competitive girls because I don’t get people that come into the gym, cheat on conditioning and are lazy. I mean why bother? I take the same approach in the gym. Of course, everyone has bad workouts, or days when they are tired, but on both of those days you can still put in 100% effort, and you’ll probably end up learning even more from those rough days than the good ones. But with all that being said, if you really want it, then I want it just as bad for you and will do everything in my power to help.
A positively beautiful workout day. I hit Back & Shoulders with my trainer (where I’m becoming a pull-up master, haha), did my old favorite Spin class, then finished my day up with a 60 min Flow Yoga class.
Took this on the way to Yoga
Got my workout in first thing today, focusing on Arms. I’d hoped to do Kickboxing today, but it didn’t end up fitting in with my schedule. So it ended up being my weights-only day. Each week I have 4 days were I do cardio & weights, 1 day of only weights and 1-day of only cardio.
Lifts: BB Curls, Concentrated Curls, Front Raises, Lat Raises, Press downs, Skull Crashers, 1-arm Push-up
Lots of good soreness from Sunday – Tuesday workouts, reminds me that I’m getting it done in the gym. I’ve been working hard to put on muscle, and I’m really starting to see the changes, especially in my Shoulders, Upper Back & Traps. I’ll be honest.. I love how it looks while I’m lifting, but the rest of the time I feel pretty big. I just keep reminding myself that what I’m doing now will make me that much more competitive on the nation stage. Seeing my progress is getting me excited and super curious/anxious to see the fruit protein (:p) of my labor.
I decided that I’m probably going to do a local show here in the Phoenix-area (just Figure though because they don’t have Fitness) a couple weeks before Jr. USA’s in order shake off the nerves and feel ready. Doing that of course means I’ll need to start cutting & carb cycling earlier.. which is just over 7 weeks away (also known as the weekend after my MBA graduation). A month ago the prospect of hard core cycling again, with the food monotony & hunger, seemed daunting, however, now, I’m actually kind of anxious and will be totally ready for it!
Its been a delicious last couple of days.
Monday’s breakfast was a fresh Strawberry Protein Shake (1 scoop Protein Powder + 1 tbsp ground Flax + 1 tsp Bee Pollen + 1 tsp Glutamine + 1/2 c fresh Strawberries + 1/2 c frozen Peaches + 1/2 tsp Xanthan Gum + 3/4 c UVAB + Ice) topped with Goji Berries..
For a late morning snack I had a lovely bowl of Apple Cinnamon Yoats! I used 1/4 c Coach’s Oats cooked in 1/2 c UVAB + 1/2 c H20 and mixed in 2 tbsp Unsweetened Apple Sauce and Cinnamon at the end. I topped that with 1/2 c plain Greek Yogurt + 1/2 scoop PB Protein Powder..
Later I snacked on Kale Chips and 1/2 c Cottage Cheese + 1 tbsp Nutritional Yeast..
And an un-pictured protein pancake.
I always want salad after Yoga, and Monday was no different. I had Baby Spinach topped with Smoked Salmon, Cottage Cheese + Nutritional Yeast and Acorn Squash slices..
Today it was a Coconut Cinnamon Roll Protein Pancake (1 scoop BSN Cinnamon Roll Protein Powder + 2 tbsp Lite Coconut Milk + 3 tbsp Egg Whites + 1/2 tsp Cream of Tartar + Cinnamon & Stevia ), topped with 1 tbsp Unsweetened Shredded Coconut..
Post-workout I made a perfect warm-weather shake inspired by this recipe from Allison (great name ) at Eat Clean, Live Green (basically I just added protein powder)..