@SaturnMuscle Smart Whey Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies

I have been the BIGGEST dessert fan during this prep. Normally with sweets, I am give or take. It’s never been a big deal, but lately I have been wanting cookies, cake, ice cream, etc before bed. Kind of crazy really ha ha ha

I am a quantity eater more so than getting to eat snacks and what not. Basically you will see me eat more veggies and chicken than anything. Even when I do eat sweets I want to make sure I am getting as much as possible, so I am not hungry later. Finding recipes for macro friendly desserts has been my mission lately ūüėČ I kept seeing black bean brownies, so I thought I would try my hand at them. It’s actually quite similar to the chick pea recipe I shared with you before. These are super moist Smart Whey Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies

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Ingredients:

  • Canned Black Beans 840 grams or two cans I did not drain them
  • 1 scoop or 35 grams of Chocolate Smart Whey
  • 25 grams of Cocoa powder
  • 1 Tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 Tsp Baking Soda
  • Sweetener of your choice I used 5 packets of no calorie sweetener
  • Sugar/Fat free Chocolate pudding mix
  • 64 Grams of Creamy peanut butter
  • 80 Grams dark chocolate morsels

Pre heat oven to 375. I use a Ninja to blend/mix everything, so I assume you could just blend the beans in a blender. Once that is done you will mix the beans and all the powders really well and pour into a greased baking pan. I used a 9 x 12 baking pan.

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Once poured into the pan take your pre measured Peanut butter and microwave for about 25 secs or till runny. Pour over the batter then swirl with a butter knife. Drop the chocolate chips on top. You can mix them in too, if you like. Bake for 20 mins or till tooth pick comes out clean

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 With the 9 x 12 baking pan I was able to get 20 brownies. They are awesome plain and even better with whipped cream and chocolate syrup ha ha ha ha

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One brownie w/o the whipped cream and chocolate syrup ūüėČ is 90 kcals, 11 Carbs, 3 Fiber, 4 Fat, and 5 Protein. It makes for a great sweet treat, that is macro friendly and quite filling!

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SBSC Fit Tip: Nitric Oxide & The Power Of The Pump #PoweredBySaturnSupplements @SaturnMuscle

You may have seen me talk a lot about Nitric Oxide. In fact it is in most of the supplements I take, but what does it do and why is it important?

Let’s start with the basics. Nitric Oxide is a molecule. It relaxes the muscle cells of blood vessels, causing them to widen and allow more blood flow and the means of delivery of important nutrients like aminos and glucose to your muscles. It has gotten most of it’s attention due to it’s cardiovascular benefits. There have been over 60,000 studies done in the past 20+ years on Nitric Oxide and it’s benefits. What are these benefits? Anti aging, increased energy, insulin regulation, enhanced memory and cognitive function, just to name a few.

Just with those benefits alone, you can see it is remarkable, but what added benefits do athletes have and why add it to your supplement arsenal? Nitric Oxide is increased in your body by consuming more L-Arginine and L-Citrulline. This in turn increases blood flow to your skeletal muscles. It aids in reducing fatigue and recovery time, by eliminating Lactic Acid build up. As you train harder your body eliminates arginine, which is one reason we supplement it. It helps us keep training to our full potential. Another reason, is the “Pump”. Many in the fitness industry, myself included, talk about wanting and/or chasing the pump. The pump being when all the blood flow has gotten to the muscles you are training and they swell. This is vital to new muscle growth. The scientific name for it is¬†exercise-induced hyperaemia. Increasing the delivery of oxygen-rich red blood cells to depleted muscles accelerates the speed at which the system is able to cleanse itself of muscle toxins such as ammonia.¬†The removal of ammonia and other metabolites allows bodybuilders to recover more quickly between sets thus perform more repetitions, which could result in more growth. Not all supplements are created equal. This is why I have exclusively been using Saturn Supplements for years. Their quality is something I can and do stand behind.

There are many Saturn Products that I currently use that have Nitric Oxide added:

Aminos Pump 50000¬†Ultra-Concentrated Amino Acid Protein Enhancer Predigested Building Blocks / Exercise Booster with Nitric Oxide / BCAA’s It’s¬†an easy-to-digest soluble concentrated amino-protein formula enriched with a powerful ratio of BCAA’s, Nitric Oxide and a full spectrum of Pharma-Engineered predigested amino acids that can be quickly and efficiently utilized by the body.
The ultimate way to build solid muscle is to have a constant intake of powerful, pumping amino acids, and that’s exactly what Amino Pump 50000 does for you. Each serving provides your body with an impressive nitrogen retention source of amino acid protein which helps you to achieve maximum muscle growth and protein synthesis while improving the time of muscle tissue recuperation.

Amino Pump 50000

K-Pump Hydrate¬†Pre-Workout Hydrate & Pump Cell Volumizer / Maximum Muscle Matrix with Kre-Alkalyn¬ģ, Caffeine & Nitric Oxide with Mental Focus Actives – Brain Power!¬†To enhance the overall effectiveness of our Pump & Endurance Drink, K-Pump is formulated with an impressive burst of muscle-building protein, enriched with amino acids. Calorie Burning, Muscle Building, Nutrient Replenishment, Performance Powerhouse.

K-Pump

Nitrox Pro¬†PHARMAFORCE-EFX Muscle Reinforcement Isolate Whey Protein Power Mix with Nitric Oxide Booster / Non-GMO Protein / Gluten-Free / BCAA + L-Glutamine Enriched. The perfect source of dietary performance nutrition. More than a meal-replacement, Nitrox-Pro encompasses breakthrough technology and scientific discoveries yielding optimum muscle-building know-how.More than a Hi-Protein Lean Meal-Replacement, Nitrox-Pro provides your body with all the latest advancements in protein absorption, breakdown and utilization, allowing greater support for creating muscle mass and strength.¬†In conjunction with our Ultra-Efficient Isolate Protein we have added Myo-Vasogen, our proprietary Arginine-Lysine based complex creating the ultimate muscle / vaso – nitric booster.¬†Enzymex-IV – Our Digestive Enzyme Complex was added to facilitate ultra-efficient protein digestion and absorption, allowing more of your body’s energy to be used for your potential muscle mass gains.

Nitrox-Pro

And one of the newest to my supplement arsenal, Outer Limits¬†Hardcore Blast + PUMP Extreme Stack Pack / Mass-Building-Strength Enhacing Muscle Pumpers Now with Nitric Oxide, Creatine, Acai, Spirulina, Omega EFA’s, OXO-Active Vanadyl Sulfate & Enhanced Caffeine. The importance of essential key nutrients that are not only vital to good health, but are required for strength training and growth. Outer Limits provides a precision blend of natural muscle-building ingredients offered in optimum proportions.
Saturn’s Outer Limits Hardcore Blast + PUMP Stack Pack has been one of our best-selling mass-enhancing formulas for over 19 years. Packed full of pre-digested Amino Acids, BCAAs, Digestive Enzymes, Omega EFA’s, Sports Enhancers, Caffeine and other highly supporting muscle actives, Outer Limits delivers what it takes to build solid muscle

Outer Limits

Last but certainly not least my other new addition, Nitric Oxide RAW¬†Ultimate Nitric Booster for Athletes with Vaso-DX The Most Intense Form of Nitric Oxide Available. It’s¬†formulated with Vaso-DX, a proprietary compound of arginine alpha-ketoglutarate (A-AKG), arginine-ketoisocaproate (A-KIC), and arginine pyroglutamate (APG); all three important biochemical factors associated with the dual-action of vasodilation and growth release. There’s no other product like it for delivering a constant ‘pump’, throughout the body.

Nitric Oxide RAW

With all of the benefits of Nitric Oxide as a whole, there’s no reason you wouldn’t want this as a part of your supplementary regimen! Check out all Saturn’s Quality Supplement products Today! Use code 25YEARS to get 25% off your total order!!!

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3. Guoyao W, Meininger CJ. Arginine Nutrition and Cardiovascular Function. J Nutr.2000;130: 2626-2629
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5. Taddei S, Virdis A, Ghiadoni L, Salvetti G, Bernini G, Magagna A, Salvetti A. Age-related reduction of NO availability and oxidative stress in humans. Hypertension. 2001 Aug;38(2):274-9.
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9. Elam RP, et al. Effects of Arginine and Ornithine on Strength, Lean Body Mass and Urinary Hydroxyproline in Adult Males. J Sports Med Phys Fitness. Mar1989;29(1):52-56. 10.http://medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/exercise+hyperemia

SBSC Fit Tip: Lose Fat With Fish Oils #PoweredBySaturnSupplements @SaturnMuscle

We have all heard of the many benefits of eating fatty fish and/or taking fish oil supplements. They benefit your heart, blood, skin, joints, well, a list far too long to go into today.

The main benefit I do want to talk about is fat loss. The active ingredients that seem to make fatty fish and fish oils so beneficial are the omega-3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA. There have been studies done where the subjects lost more than 2 lbs. of body fat in 6 weeks. The subjects also gained about 1 pound. What’s really cool about this is that they didn’t exercise, change their diet, or do anything else to lose weight. All it took was taking a couple of high dose fish oil capsules every day. Crazy right?

Fish oil supplements minimize the risk that the food you eat is stored as fat. This is because it increases your insulin sensitivity. Keeping the cells of your body sensitive to insulin is key to losing weight and staying healthy. The reason it’s so important is that the more sensitive your cells are to insulin, the less likely it is that the food you eat will be stored as fat. Fish oils also suppress your appetite. Pop a couple of fish oil supplements between meals to help you stay fuller longer. They regulate the release of serotonin. Serotonin helps to regulate your appetite and mood. Research shows that taking 2-3 grams of fish oil daily can help you lose about 2 pounds a month. While this isn’t a lot, it adds up over time. It also doesn’t require any extra effort and costs very little.

Cholest-Omega

Saturn Supplement’s Cholest-Omega is one of¬†the highest quality fish oils on the market today. Saturn’s Cholest-Omega is produced from pharmaceutical grade fish oil. All Impurities have been removed through a special series of processes to provide your body with the purest concentration of Omega 3 fish oil.

I I have been exclusively using Saturn Supplement’s products for over 4 years and I wouldn’t fuel my body with anything but the best!

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  1. Hill AM, Buckley JD, Murphy KJ, Howe PR. Combining fish-oil supplements with regular aerobic exercise improves body composition and cardiovascular disease risk factors. Am J Clin Nutr. 2007 May;85(5):1267-74.
  2. Noreen E, Sass M, Crowe M, Pabon V, Brandauer J. Averill L. Effects of supplemental fish oil on resting metabolic rate, body composition, and salivary cortisol in healthy adults. Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition 2010, 7:31.
  3. Parra D, Ramel A, Bandarra N, Kiely M, Martínez JA, Thorsdottir I. A diet rich in long chain omega-3 fatty acids modulates satiety in overweight and obese volunteers during weight loss. Appetite. 2008 Nov;51(3):676-80.
  4. Ramel A, Martinéz A, Kiely M, Morais G, Bandarra NM, Thorsdottir I. Beneficial effects of long-chain n-3 fatty acids included in an energy-restricted diet on insulin resistance in overweight and obese European young adults. Diabetologia. 2008 Jul;51(7):1261-8.
  5. Thorsdottir I, Tomasson H, Gunnarsdottir I, Gisladottir E, Kiely M, Parra MD, Bandarra NM, Schaafsma G, Martinéz JA. Randomized trial of weight-loss-diets for young adults varying in fish and fish oil content. Int J Obes (Lond). 2007 Oct;31(10):1560-6.

SBSC Motivation Monday #PoweredBySaturnSupplements @SaturnMuscle

Happiest of Monday’s to you!

I am ready to have a strong week! Counting down to my competition. 15 more weeks and coming in bigger and leaner than last year. It is very exciting!!! Last week was a bit rough as I had a low carb week. I was ecstatic to be able to load back up yesterday and today! This week and next week my nutrition is strong. I am so focused this year on competing. Not that I wasn’t last year, just the USA’s is another level up. It is a new show for me and let’s face it, I will be competing against other Nationally qualified competitors from across the US. This show is for that coveted Pro Card. My coach Beckie Boddie and I are working hard to make sure no stone goes unturned. This is why we started preparing at 25 weeks out. I personally feel waiting to do a normal 16-12 week prep, I¬†would have been doing myself a disservice. I want this so bad, so I am willing¬†to put in the work¬†for longer.

This week I want you to focus all your energy on visualizing your goals. Where is it that you want to be? Know that you CAN achieve this! Do not allow self doubt to take anything away from you. Your thoughts become your reality. You need to focus on your intentions and then execute! You CAN and you WILL!

Let’s start and end this week strong xoxo
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Be Empowered During Your Training #LadyEnergy #PoweredBySaturnSupplements @SaturnSupplements

Pre-workout is typically hit or miss with most. For some ladies, the feeling of itching out of your skin, ready to rip someone’s head off, and seeing sounds isn’t that appealing.

Saturn Supplements has designed a new pre-workout, that not only delivers the energy you need to power through your training, but has bonus benefits as well! Let me introduce the Athena Series Lady Energy Pre-Workout

Lady Energy Pre-Workout

Caffeine-Enhanced Energy-Endurance Pre-Workout Fuel Designed For Women with Nitric Oxide, Vitamins, ThermoGeniX Burning Mix, Kre-Alkalyn‚ĄĘ & Amino Acid Power Blend

Lady Energy Pre-Workout is a delicious fast-acting source of energy fuel that nourishes the body with a healthy blend of energy-sustaining carbohydrates, muscle infusing protein packed full of amino acids, replenishing electrolytes and vitamin nutrition, and a host of supporting exercise-enhancing actives such as Nitric Oxide for cardiovascular and oxygen efficiency, and a natural source of Caffeine for increased metabolic burning. Lady Energy provides Calcium, Vitamin D and Biotin in every serving-all the more to benefit the female body.

Supplement Facts:
Serving Size: 23g (1 Scoop)
Servings Per Container: 56
Calories
22
Calories from Fat
0
Total Fat
0g
Saturated Fat
0g
Trans Fat
0g
Sodium
5.6mg
Total Carbohydrates
10.6g
Dietary Fiber
0g
Sugars
3g
Protein
8g
Vitamin A
5000iu
Vitamin C
60,000mcg
Vitamin B1
1500mcg
Vitamin B6
2000mcg
Folic Acid
400mcg
Vitamin B5
10,000mcg
Calcium
4800mcg
Potassium
2630mcg
Zinc
72mcg
Copper
9mcg
Iodine
0.66mcg
Vitamin E
30iu
Niacin
20,000mcg
Vitamin B2
1700mcg
Vitamin B12
6mcg
Vitamin D3
400iu
Biotin
360mcg
Magnesium
1950mcg
Phosphorous
3550mcg
Manganese
133mcg
Iron
77mcg
Lady Energy Proprietary Blend
16,800mg
Amino Acid Power Mix:
L-Arginine Alpha-Ketoglutarate/Malate, Citrulline-Malate/Alpha-Ketoglutarate, L-T aurine, L-Histidine-Alpha-Ketoglutarate, Amino-Glucose-Polymers, Alpha Lipoic Acid.
Kre-Alkalyn¬ģ Creatine Enhancement Blend:
Kre-Alkalyn¬ģ (Buffered Creatine Patent #6,399,661), Trimethlyglycine, Glycocyamine,Vanadyl Sulfate, Lipioc Acid, Guanidinopropionic Acid, Cinnulin,Keto-Isocaproate Potassium, d-Pinitol.
ThermoGeniX Burning Mix:
L-Tyrosine, L-Taurine, Glucuronolactone, L-Tyrosine-Alpha ‚ÄďKetoglutarate, Caffeine.
Phosphate & Hydrating Mix:**
Calcium (carbonate, citrate, aspartate, fumarate, malate, succinate, alpha-ketoglutarate), Magnesium (oxide, citrate, aspartate, fumarate, malate, succinate, alpha-ketoglutarate), Potassium (phosphate, aspartate, citrate, fumarate, malate, succinate, alpha-ketoglutarate), Zinc (picolinate, citrate, aspartate, fumarate, malate, succinate, alpha-ketoglutarate), Manganese (gluconate, citrate, aspartate, fumarate, malate, succinate, alpha-ketoglutarate), Copper (gluconate, citrate, aspartate, fumarate, malate, succinate, alpha-ketoglutarate), Iron (ferrous fumurate), Phosphorus (potassium phosphate), Iodine (marine organic minerals), Selenium (selenomethionine, citrate, aspartate, fumarate, malate, succinate, alpha-ketoglutarate), Chromium (yeast free GT citrate, aspartate, fumarate, malate, succinate, alpha-ketoglutarate), Molybdenum (molybate, citrate, aspartate, fumarate, malate, succinate, alpha-ketoglutarate), Boron (from tri-boron citrate, aspartate, glycine).

You are getting all the energy benefits of the best pre-workout, plus it keeps you super hydrated, has essential vitamins, nutrients, and aminos to fuel your body to not only train at optimal performance, but to look and feel it’s best as well!

It has a delicious sweet orange flavor, that I can’t get enough of!

Without the jitters or shakes, I get an energized training session. I always feel empowered, healthy, and hydrated!

Check out Lady Energy today!!! Be sure to use code 25YEARS for 25% off your total order!!!

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SBSC Fitness Motivation Monday #poweredBySaturnSupplements @SaturnMuscle

Happy Monday!!!

It has been CRAZY busy in the SBSC household!!! Tons of new life experiences, opportunities, and  clients this week to welcome. I am always excited to share in your journey with you as well as venture into new things for myself.

I am 16 weeks out from competition and my conditioning is heads and tails better than last year at this time. I feel really good about how my body is responding. I have much better knowledge this year of what works for my body and what needs to be done, as well as when to do it. Every year is different, but it also is a learning experience.¬†If you have been following me for a while, you know that my daddy has been battling leukemia for the better part of 10 years. He was told about 8-9 years ago that he may not make it a year and here we are. He has been so strong, positive, and just overall a warrior. ¬†He recently decided to stop all treatments for personal reasons, which I totally respect. With that being said, I really want my dad to see me accomplish my goal of becoming an IFBB Pro this year. It is something we have been talking about for a few years now. He has always been supportive of me and my goals and for him to see me reach them would mean the world! We talked on Saturday for quite a while about what my game plan is and how my training has been going. I have to say, he has a way of helping me see my potential. As if my fire wasn’t already lit before….he just fanned it into a 4 alarm blaze!!!

This week I want everyone to start fanning their own flames. Your outcome and results are based on what actions you take now. Sometimes it can be hard to believe that you can make it. Trust me when I say, YOU CAN!!! I was not always a fit person. I was a binge drinking/eating young adult who spent most of her life with no muscle definition and being what I suppose many label “skinny fat” Fast forward to motherhood and yep you guessed it, I gained a TON of weight. My heaviest was over 220lbs. I have no clue what I got up to, because my hubs took away the scale. I cried a lot and my depression was taking an effect not only on me, but my family as well. It was my rock bottom. Since that time I researched so may different trainings, diets, supplements, etc. I devoted my time to figuring out what would work. Somewhere along the way, competing fell into the mix, then helping others along their journey. There is SO much information out there and it can be so hard to know what is a true healthy and sustainable way vs a scam or fad diet that will cause your metabolism to crash and burn. This is why I do what I do. I love helping others succeed. A fit lifestyle is a healthy and happy one. Once you get into a routine, those results become addicting!

Let’s burn the bridge from our old habits and way of thing and make this week the week we begin to believe in ourselves and actually visualize our success!

Let’s start and end the week strong! I already know you can do it, now we need to get you on board xoxox

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Top 5 Supplements For Beginners #PoweredBySaturnSupplements @SaturnMuscle

When I first started lifting, supplements were a mystery to me.

I worried if I took them, would I look manly? Would they hurt me? Would gain weight? Would I lose weight? I had SO many questions! After doing a ton of research, I realized the many benefits of taking certain supplements. The first supplement that I found to be the most important for me, is Whey Protein.

Most people, especially females, have a hard time hitting the appropriate amount of protein. For me, this is where my shakes come in. I typically have a protein shake pre-workout and if I have errands to run afterwards, I also have one post workout. Protein is essential to grow lean muscle. For all the ladies who want to be “toned”, please note, you have to have muscle first. ūüėČ And unlike popular beliefs, it is difficult for a woman to grow huge mass, so there are no worries that drinking protein shakes will have you looking like Arnold. Protein of choice for me is Saturn Supplements Nitrox Pro. I choose this one, because it is top quality protein and one serving is HUGE!!!! ¬†When you consider how many servings are in a container, it truly is the best value for the money! My personal flavor of choice is Vanilla ūüėČ

Nitrox-Pro

They also have Smart Whey, which is a phenomenal choice as well!

Smart Whey

Next is Fiber. Like protein, you certainly can hit your fiber goals by eating foods, however in the hustle and bustle of life, there are days where it can be difficult. I always turn to a fiber supplement like Saturn’s FiberMax 1450. Fiber keeps you regulated and your system running top notch!

FiberMax 1450

Daily Multi Vitamins are very important to your bodybuilding stack. You always want to make sure that you are not only hitting your macros daily,but also your micro-nutrients! My multi of choice is One Source. I love them, because you get everything you need in individual packets. There is no need to purchase multiple bottles and no keeping track of all the different pills. It’s just grab and go. Quick, easy, and quality assured!

One-Source

Next up is Aminos. I have preached to no end the importance of this supplement. Recovery, muscle growth, protein synthesis, etc… The list goes on and on. I love my Aminos Pump 50000. They come in vanilla flavor, so can be a drink on it’s own, or mixed with just about anything.

Amino Pump 50000

Creatine Monohydrate is always a go to in any stack. This supplement increases strength, so you can push out more reps and increase the weight you are lifting. More reps, more weights, all equal more muscle. It is also important to replenish your natural levels after weight training. You lose a lot, so I always recommend 5 grams pre and 5 grams post. This will help deliver nutrients where they are needed for recovery and muscle growth.

Creatine Monohydrate

Last, but certainly not least, is a good preworkout. This is typically only needed if you lack energy. Saturn has a couple that I like. My main choice is K-Pump Hydrate. I drink it during my training. I like it better than your typical preworkouts, because it not only gives you a stellar pump, but it also keeps you hydrated, focused, and energized throughout rigorous training. My training sessions can last between 60-90 mins, so I tend to need the extra energy and hydration. There is no worries of getting the shakes or tingles with this one. I know many of my female lifters are not a fan of either of those feelings. What you get is a sweet refreshing drink. Definitely a go to in my stack!!!

K-Pump

What is your favorite supplement? Check them all out at Saturn Supplements! Be sure to use promo code 25YEARS to get 25% off your total order!!!!!!!

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SBSC Fit Tips: Potassium And Weight Loss #PoweredBySaturnSupplements @SaturnMuscle

First off, what is Potassium? Potassium is one of the most vital minerals and is found in abundance in our body when we are healthy. Potassium is an electrolyte that neutralizes body acids and restores the alkaline salts into the bloodstream. When the alkaline levels in your body drop and excess acid can no longer be neutralized or eliminated, they linger and begin to cause health issues. When your body is too acidic, acidosis can take place.

A lack of potassium can actually cause you to retain water. When you retain water, your body looks more swollen and you weigh more. Potassium keeps your electrolyte levels balanced, which is very important in  maintaining a healthy level of water and to ensure that it all gets distributed evenly throughout our tissues. Along with that, it aids kidneys in flushing out toxins, which also includes excess salt and water. Lack of potassium can also cause muscle weakness, cramping, muscle pain and more. Not enough potassium can result in soft and flat muscles. To get toned, you need potassium in your body. Also, remember that good quality muscles burn more calories. Potassium not only provides you with enough energy for stronger muscles, but it also indirectly encourages greater calorie metabolism. Potassium plays an important role in the production of proteins, cell growth, and keeping our metabolism balanced.

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There are so many foods that you can add to your diet to keep your potassium levels running optimally. Things like sweet potatoes, tomato sauce, beet greens, beans, clams, prunes, carrot juice, molasses, halibut, tuna, cod, rainbow trout, and of course bananas. Too many people I know and even several of my clients still lack in getting the proper nutrients they need. I always highly recommend to supplement your diet at this point.

Saturn Supplements has the HIGHEST quality natural supplements on the market. Saturn’s Potassium formula is derived from a Gluconate source which is thought to be one of the most effective sources on the planet! Each serving provides your body with premium grade elemental Potassium. I don’t put anything in my body, but the best!

Potassium

I have been using Saturn Supplements exclusively for over 5 years. My overall health and wellness has improved 10 fold! If you are looking into supplements, I highly suggest checking out their full line. Again, top notch quality and phenomenal pricing!!! Thy just can’t be beat!!!

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SBSC Fit Motivation Monday Don’t Give Up Work Harder #PoweredBySaturnSupplements @SaturnMuscle

Happy Monday!!!

!8 weeks and counting, till I am back on stage!!! My sponsor has my NPC Membership in, my tanning is paid and appointment made, hotel is booked and paid, and I paid my contest fees. I am entered and ready to go! I am on the road to earning my pro card and very excited about it!

I have several new clients starting this week. Even though change can be scary, they most often lead to amazing things! This is a new beginning for you. Everyone starts somewhere and this is your starting point. I am proud of you for taking the initial step. Let’s get you motivated and start this week strong!!!

This is YOUR time. It is the time where you prove to yourself that you CAN reach your goals. How bad do you want it?
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SBSC Fit Tips: Sleep and Fat Loss The Reason You May Have Hit A Wall #PoweredBySaturnSupplements @SaturnMuscle

I hear this story a lot. The first few weeks of your fat loss journey went awesome, then all of a sudden everything just stopped. You are still working out just as hard as you were, your diet is on point, but why has your fat loss stopped?

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Most times the answer is a simple one. You aren’t getting enough sleep…

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Sleep is SO important!!! My husband worked in the mattress industry for years, so I know all about the importance of sleep. It seems to be more of a problem with women than men, but both seem to suffer from lack of sleep on some level. It’s a fact that people who get 7+ hours of sleep a night tend to have less body fat than people who don’t. Of course nutrition and activity level play a factor, but sleep is a huge part of the fat loss equation. If you are sleep deprived, physical activity is probably not something you look forward to, but that isn’t the only thing that will contribute to your weight gain. Sleep deprivation causes hormonal imbalances. Especially to your leptin and ghrelin levels. Too little leptin and too much ghrelin cause you to be hungry and unsatisfied.

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When you are sleep deprived, your leptin levels drop. It not only causes you to be hungry, but also slows your metabolism. Ghrelin does the opposite of leptin. It raises when you lack sleep. It tells your brain when you are burning energy and need to fuel up with food. When you lose sleep and your ghrelin levels rise, your body things you are expending energy and you get hungry. Problem is, you are not expending energy, so those calories are being stored vs being burned. This equates into more fat. Loss of sleep also increases your stress hormones as well as resistance to insulin. Both contribute to weight gain and insulin resistance can lead to type 2 diabetes.

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Sleep was one of my biggest struggles when I started on my fat loss journey. It is one that I battled with for years. The last year and a half my sleep has improved ten fold and so has my physique! It is amazing the changes that occurred when I finally made myself improve my sleeping habits. These are the ways I have been able to get 7-9 hours a night.

  • Go to bed earlier. Like most Americans, I like to peruse my social media accounts before bed. I lay there holding my phone over my face ha ha. I read my Bible verses, check my Instagram and Facebook, then the news. It was something that would keep me awake for an additional hour before trying to fall asleep. I still do these things, but now I go to bed earlier so I have the time to do so. Television is not as important to me as my goals, so I will cut that short in exchange for more rest.
  • Sleep in a cold dark room. When your room is colder and darker, you will get better sleep. A decrease in your body’s core temperature can initiate sleep. Studies have shown that your body’s temperature regulation plays a part in chronic insomnia.
  • Take the tv out of your bedroom. Some statistics say that Americans are vegging out in front of the tv for as much as 35 hours a week. You realize that’s at least 5 hours a day!!! Keeping the television on in your bedroom not only keeps you up later, but can also disrupt the sleep you are getting. Kicking the boob tube out of your tranquil sleep setting will have you getting more and better quality sleep.
  • My Secret Weapon Saturn’s Z-Restol. Saturn’s Z-Restol provides an all natural, peaceful sleep with its nourishing complex of Vitamin B-6, Magnesium, Zinc, L-Theanine, and Melatonin. B vitamins are essential micronutrients and they are found in all cells in the body. These vitamins are involved in the regulation of metabolism, hormones, neurotransmitters, immune cells, enzymatic reactions and genetic materials. The effects of B vitamins on brain chemistry make them important to the treatment of insomnia.¬†Magnesium is a mineral that’s function is¬†to relax your nerves and muscles. It also promotes healthy circulation. Deficiencies of magnesium have been associated with several sleep disorders, including insomnia and restless leg syndrome. Zinc reduces stress levels, which we all know will help you get some zzz’s. L-Theanine is a naturally occurring amino with proven relaxation and anti anxiety benefits. Melatonin is a well known hormone¬†that helps control your sleep and wake cycles. All together, they make the powerhouse that is Z-Restol. I get a more restful and full night’s sleep on this supplement. In turn, not only is my body¬†functioning at it’s peak, but I feel better and wake easier! Hands down the best sleep supplement you will find!

Z-Restol

 These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration.  This product is not intended to treat, cure, prevent or diagnose any disease.
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References:
  1. <http://science.howstuffworks.com/life/sleep-obesity.htm> 11 March 2017
  2. http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2009/12/19/Do-Cold-Temperatures-Improve-Sleep.aspx
  3. http://www.becomingminimalist.com/18-darn-good-reasons-to-get-the-tv-out-of-the-bedroom/
  4. http://www.livestrong.com/article/481527-vitamin-b6-insomnia/
  5. http://drhyman.com/blog/2010/05/20/magnesium-the-most-powerful-relaxation-mineral-available/
  6. https://nootriment.com/l-theanine-for-sleep/

SBSC Fitness Monday Motivation Time To Get Started #PoweredBySaturnSupplements @SaturnMuscle

Happy Monday Fit Fam!!!

What a wonderful week we have a ahead of us! Welcome to all the new clients who are starting this week!!! You all are rockstars and I can already tell you are going to do fabulous!!! I am beaming from ear to ear and so honored that all of you are allowing me to be such a huge part of your journey!!!

Many of you know that I am on my own journey. If you do not, I am headed to the USA Championships in July, located in beautiful Las Vegas! It is s national level show, meaning it is the best of the best from across the nation, all competing for the coveted Pro Card. My dream when I started competing (as everyone’s is) is to earn my pro card and start competing at a professional level. I want to make it to the Arnold and someday even the Olympia. HUGE dreams I know, but what is life if we don’t have goals right?

My training has just been changed again and I would be lying if I said it wasn’t hard. My training often has me up early and knocked out even earlier ha ha. Right now, because of time restraints with the gym daycare and my hub’s job, I am training 3 separate times a day. It works and my body looks so different from this time last year when I was in prep. It’s crazy how much you can change in a short amount of time! Does it happen overnight? No, I so wish it did ha ha. With consistency, ANYONE can make HUGE changes! It does work. There are no magic pills, creams, wraps, shakes, cleanses, etc. No secrets, just work. To many that ugly truth is just too hard, but if you want that toned and tight body, you will have to make sacrifices and put in the work. The great news is, once you get into a routine, it does get easier. Yeah, you are still working, but you begin to enjoy it because you are getting results! Once your mindset changes, your body starts to follow.

I am excited and so driven to see each and every one of you succeed! The only thing that holds you back is YOU. Once you realize that you CAN do it, then you ill start seeing changes! Let’s get this week started strong!!!

You are your own worst enemy. When your mind starts to tell you that you “can’t”, silence that voice. Erase that word from your vocabulary. It’s not that you “can’t” It’s that you won’t. Yes, there is a difference. A person with no legs can’t run. You are just quitting, because you don’t want to. A person with a degenerative muscle disease can’t lift the weights. You are just quitting because you no longer want to. YOU CAN. This needs to be your motto. YOU CAN! Say this to yourself everyday. Several times a day if need be. That word is a bad word in my household and I suggest you make it one in yours too! You got this!!!

Happy Monday!
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SBSC Fit Tips: Reverse Aging and Get Better Sleep #PoweredBySaturnSupplements @SaturnMuscle

The HGH Night Release by Saturn Supplements  has been a part of my supplement arsenal for a few years now.

hGH Night Release

 The Nighttime release with super-charged Free Form AminoAcids and Colostrum formula is being used successfully by bodybuilders throughout the world for its multi-leveled strength benefits.

I am really excited about this product! I have been sleeping like a baby, which is huge for me!!! We all know that sleep is an important factor to muscle growth. As I explained before, HGH or Human Growth Hormones are produced naturally in every person. It is what causes growth spurts in children, regulates muscle and bone growth, metabolism, and heart function. It is a very anabolic hormone. Women produce more than men, which is weird since men grow muscle easier than we do. Fact is they have much more testosterone than we do ūüėČ Which is why we do not bulk up easily, even with heavy lifting.

On top of it’s strength benefits, boosting hgh levels also helps you look younger! I don’t know about you, but I am vain enough to care about aging. Hgh levels are vital in¬†the fight against cell degeneration. As we age our HGH levels begin to drop off and we start to see the effects in our appearance. Proper diet, exercise, and Saturn’s HGH Night Release help you stop and even reverse the aging process. I am 38 and look and feel better than I did in my 20’s!

The aminos in the HGH Night Release help naturally boost HGH levels. Whether you are looking to lose weight or gain muscle (tone up). We all know that after a high-intensity workout, muscle damage occurs. The pituitary gland secretes elevated HGH to repair these damaged muscles. Sleep is one of the most important factors in your success in this recovery and growth process.  Aminos are important to muscle growth too. Their Free form Amino Blasting Complex combined with, L-Ornithine Muscle blaster, and Colustrum immune response. Make your body a muscle building, age defying power house while you sleep.  Definitely a product worth checking out!!! Check out all their phenomenal supplements by clicking the link below.

Hope you all have a fabulously fit day xoxo

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SBSC Fitness Motivation Monday #PoweredBySaturnSupplements @SaturnMuscle

Happy Monday!!!

I am so excited!!! I have so many new faces starting their journey’s this morning. Welcome to Team SBSC! First thing is first, write down your overall goal and post it somewhere you will see it daily. Every time you begin to lose focus, sit yourself down and remember your why. Whether you need to do this for health reasons or just want to love the skin you’re in. Remind yourself of how you felt when you signed up.

This week marks 20 weeks out for me from the USA Championships. One of the largest and most prestigious national shows in the NPC. I am very excited to get back on stage and compete for an opportunity at a Pro card. This is also a reminder, that I practice what I preach xoxo We all start somewhere xoxo

This week I want you to really focus on hitting your water intake and getting plenty of sleep. These are two factors that are usually overlooked and can slow your progress. You will doubt yourself and want to give up, don’t! You CAN do anything you set your mind to. It is a matter of believing in yourself and wanting it bad enough. I believe in you!!! Let’s kick this week off strong and get motivated!!!

I am proud of each and every one of you and want you to succeed!!!
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SBSC Fit Tips: Too Tired To Workout? Increase Your Energy Naturally. #PoweredBySaturnSupplements @SaturnMuscle

One of the biggest excuses for not exercising regularly is lack of energy.

You always hear people say it’s because they are aging. In fact, it is NOT normal to decrease in energy as we age.¬†Chronic fatigue¬†and having low energy is actually a warning sign!

A warning sign for something more serious to come, like diabetes, heart disease, hyperthyroidism, digestive issues, obesity, etc. The list goes on and on. Studies have shown there are ways to prevent and possibly reverse these issues…..wait for it…. Naturally.

Your body is a complex eco system of sorts. If one thing is thrown off, it causes it to basically self destruct. An eco system is linked together by nutrient cycles and energy flows. The nutrients you consume are used as energy. Carbs, fats, and proteins, this is a concept we have all come to understand. What many fail to realize is how crucial the break down of the nutrients in our body is. 70% of your immune system is your digestive tract.

The bacteria in your gut (flora), when happy, sends messages to your energy producing organelle called mitochondria. These are basically the factories in your body that produce energy cells. Healthy gut bacteria produces byproducts that¬†aid in¬†keeping your intestinal lining strong. Without enough good bacteria to¬†produce these substances, the intestinal tract becomes highly suceptible to damage. Inflammation can then leads to ulceration, which destroys areas of lining in the intestinal wall. This allows disease-causing bacteria, toxins, and undigested food particles to pass directly into the bloodstream, where they disrupt the the body’s normal function. This is when you begin to have issues.

You can improve all of this naturally by doing a few things. For starters, cut out soy products, wheat grass, and lower your leptin levels. Studies have shown soy in itself causes digestive issues, ¬†thyroid suppression, constipation, sleepiness, has been linked to breast cancer, and produces what is called phytoestrogen. This causes a multitude of problems in women and men. The list of cons for soy is actually quite long and crazy! If you have time to research it, I highly recommend it! Wheat Grass contains Chlorophyll. It is what gives it plants their green color. It also absorbs and¬†converts sunlight into energy, well for plants it does. For humans it is completely useless. This is coming from world renowned cardiologist, heart surgeon, and medical researcher Dr Steven Gundry. He is also the author of Dr. Gundry’s Diet Evolution. Anyway, he states that we aren’t like cows with 4 stomachs and digesting grass of any sort is difficult for the human body to do. I personally and not a fan of eating grass, so I will side with him. Increasing your polyphenol intake. Almonds, walnuts, olive oil, and dark berries are all high in polyphenols. These are truly super foods. They increase heart health, energy, fat loss, metabolism, as well as gut health.

Last but not least my fave for a healthy gut is Saturn Supplement’s all natural Enzymax. It helps break down starches, sugars, fats, and proteins in your digestive tract. It is the ultimate in digestive enzyme supplementation. This advanced formula provides your body with virtually every important digestive enzyme known, and in optimum proportions. We cannot always be sure that the foods that we consume are being digested and absorbed properly. Enzymax is one simple step closer to ensuring that proteins, food sources and other vital nutrients are assimilated properly, effectively, and that your gut bacteria stays happy!

Enzymax

 These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration.  This product is not intended to treat, cure, prevent or diagnose any disease.
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References:
  1. http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hbase/Biology/mitochondria.html
  2. http://www.livescience.com/39444-gut-bacteria-health.html
  3. http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-11020/10-signs-you-have-small-intestinal-bacterial-overgrowth-sibo.html
  4. http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/170-scientific-reasons-to-lose-the-soy-in-your-diet/

SBSC Fitness Motivation Monday Time To Achieve Greatness

Happy Monday!!!

I am officially 21 weeks out from the USA Championships in Las Vegas and getting SO excited!!! I know 21 weeks seems like a long time, but it really does go by pretty quickly. My main focus this year has been building just a bit more muscle and conditioning, conditioning, conditioning. I love the way I looked last year, but I felt that my lower half could have come in a bit tighter. I have been working hard with my gorgeous coach IFBB Pro Beckie Boddie to make sure that I am doting all my i’s and crossing all my t’s.

Can you believe this is an unedited photo!?!? Wowzers!!!

The USA’s is one of the largest national shows in the country. Nationally qualified competitors come from all over the United States to compete and they all bring their A game! Everyone wants their pro card, but only a select few will accomplish that goal. I plan on being one of them! I refuse to be out worked by anyone!!! After my prep last year, I know how hard it can get. With being said, I also know how awesome it felt to walk away with not one, but TWO 1st place wins! I have been talking to judges across the US and feel like I have a great grasp of what the judges are looking for. I am ready!!!

This week let’s keep the motivation high. When you have a goal, you have to keep that visualization vivid in your mind and make sure the intensity stays just as high during all of your training sessions. whenever you feel you are lacking, take a moment to refocus and get that game face back on!!!

Happy Monday to you! Get out their and know that you CAN do anything you set your mind to!!!

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