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April Goal Conquered! #PoweredBySaturnSupplements @SaturnMuscle

April has been an awesome month! It was the final month of my bulk, we got to visit with Josh’s parents, as well as plan out new goals for our future. Been exciting to say the least. I had started the month with many goals set. Let’s see how I fared…

Goal 1~ Make This Month EPIC!¬†My main focus this month was finishing strong. I was excited about finally shedding the fluff, but I did not want that feeling to prevent me from pushing the limits, as well as continuing to eat enough. As I stated throughout my bulk, it messes with your mind. You go from being ripped and fitting awesome in all your clothes, to being thick and having to wear your gym clothes more, because that’s all that fits. Obviously, it’s not like that for everyone. I bulked for about 10 months and some days went well over my calorie intake limits ūüėČ I can honestly say I indulged and enjoyed all the food ha ha ha ha. I most definitely hit some HUGE PR’s this month! I will continue to try for PR’s in my prep.¬†

Goal 2~ Plan Out My Prep Training.¬†You already know I did this ūüėČ I actually posted it either last week or the week before. CLICK HERE to check it out. ¬†I am excited about my training this year. It will be similar to my off season training, just faster, a little lighter, and with some fine tuning movements as well.¬†

Goal 3~ Plan Out My Prep Diet. This is also already set in place. I posted it yesterday CLICK HERE to check it out. I am excited about it as well. The way I have it set up will allow me to keep my calories higher for most of my prep. It will also allow me to reduce the amount of muscle loss that is common in prep and possibly still continue to build. 

Goal 4~ Strike A Pose.¬†My training hasn’t been the only thing I have been thinking about in my off season. Posing was something that was lackluster for me last year. I have been improving on it everyday. 30-60 min practices daily on top of my training. Most days my posing makes me more sore than my actual training does. It has been a huge focus for me and will continue to be. I do feel that I have made huge strides. The hardest part is posing without a mirror. What you think you look like, is not always the case. Knowing what the pose feels like has been my biggest obstacle and I am conquering it!¬†

Goal 5~ Start Making Small Contest Purchases. Competing can get very expensive. I have been doing my best to keep the budget tight on everything. From making my own suit to using coupons and finding stellar deals on make-up. Making some of the small purchases now, will keep us from having to come out of pocket for everything all at once. I have purchased quite a bit of my make-up so far. Still some thing left to get, but all are cheap. 

Goal 6~ Hair, Make-up, and Nails.¬†The planning for my make-up and nails is done. I know exactly what I want and how to execute it. I have not figured out my hair just yet. Mainly because I think I want to do extensions this year, but obviously not pay a huge amount. Talking with another friend of mine who also competes, I discovered that clip in extensions are quite cheap and easy to make, so I have yet another project to work on ūüėČ Should be fun ha ha ha. It’s hard to be a girl ha ha ha¬†

Goal 7~¬†Business¬†Plan.¬†We actually sat down and did two. Crazy, but after talking about short term goals and what we want, we both discovered we have the same long term dream. We sat down and hashed out not only my smaller and near future business plan, but also one that will happen in 5-10 years. We are building our empire. We are chasing a dream that we have both had for quite a while. Both trusting God to guide us and give us wisdom. It’s a very exciting time for us!!!¬†

Goal 8~ Keep Zoe On Track.¬†This goal is never difficult. Zoe loves her lesson time and I love it too! It is our bonding time. She is rockstar with everything I teach her. I believe true love comes in educating your child for the future. As much as i would love to hold her hand through life, I wouldn’t be doing her any favors. Showing her how to do everything on her own and learn confidence and independence, that is a mother’s love!

I hope you all have pushed yourselves beyond your limits in April. Let’s start a new month strong and ready to conquer anything!!!!

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Prep Starts Friday…Game Plan Is Set! #PoweredBySaturnSupplements @SaturnMuscle

My contest prep starts on Friday. As I have said several times, I am SO excited to start leaning out!!!

This year, I have a different game plan. I have spent the off season working really hard to build as much muscle as possible. We all know, that is a difficult task for women. Last year I cut calories and did a ton of cardio. This year I am trying my best to keep my calories higher and do minimal cardio. I am not a fan of cardio, so if I can get out of it, it’s a great thing ha ha ha. My game plan this year will be carb cycling.

Yes, imagine it will be like this on some days ha ha ha ha. I do love my carbs ūüėČ There is no cookie cutter method to losing fat. This is the method I want to try this year. Carb cycling, not only aids in weight loss, but also helps you maintain strength, muscle, and possible still build some. There are two ways I have read to do it. One is have high, moderate, and low days. the other is high, low, and no carb days. I decided to go with that option. Most seem to have less high days, but I decided, especially with it being the beginning of my prep, to have 3. You rotate the days to accommodate your training. For me personally, my high days will be Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Those are my heavy lifting days. With Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday being my low days, since I either do not lift heavy, or they are just a cardio day. Saturday will be my no carb day, because it is always my rest day.

Monday High

Tuesday Low

Wednesday High

Thursday Low

Friday High

Saturday No

Sunday Low

With Carb cycling, your higher days almost act as refeed days. Your hormones, t3, and leptin levels raise naturally which aids in fat loss. On your low days, your calories are lower, so your body starts using it’s fat reserves for energy. These days I will probably do LISS to help burn more. As I get further into prep, I may or may not adjust how many high days I have. I may add moderate days. It all depends on how my body will react to the changes.

  High Carb Days:

  • stimulate an insulin response that moves nutrients in your muscle cells, causing them to grow
  • replenish glycogen stores that fuel your muscles
  • make you feel energized

Low Carb Days:

  • promotes fat loss by tricking your body into burning fat for fuel (instead of the sugar from the carbs it would normally get)
  • keeps your body more receptive to insulin, improving your body‚Äôs muscle-building response

Initially, I was intimidated by the idea of carb cycling. I had first heard about it when I did Jaime Eason’s LiveFit program back in 2011. I had skipped that part, because it seemed very complicated. Last year, same thing, the idea of trying to track my macros differently everyday seemed very difficult. To be honest, I had never really researched how to carb cycle, nor it’s benefits.

Learning what is going to work for me is what I am experimenting with now. On high days, fat grams are lowered and vice versa. I have calculated mine this way….

High days: Carbohydrates 2g per lb

Protein 1g per lb

Fat .15g per lb

Keeping my fiber at 30g

So my macros will look like this

2136 Kcals, 320g Carbs, 160g Protein, 24g Fat

Low days: Carbohydrates .5g per lb

Protein 1.5g per lb

Fat .35g per lb

Keeping my fiber count at 15g

Macros will be 1784 Kcals, 80g Carbs, 240g Protein, 56g Fat

No Carb days: Carbohydrates 30g or less

Protein 1.5g per lb

Fat .5g per lb

Fiber will not be an issue on this day

Macros will be 1800 Kcals, 30g or less Carbs, 240g Protein, 80g Fat

Just as I always do, the bulk of my carbs (about 70%) will be eaten pre and post workout.

After 3 weeks, I will take 1 week off and keep my macro moderate.

1920 Kcals, 160g Protein, 224g Carbs, 25g Fiber, 43g Fat

I am excited to not only try a new approach, but to see how it works!!!

Have you ever carb cycled?

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Start Strong, Finish Stronger #BuildWithThePowerOfTheUniverse @SaturnMuscle

Monday might be my favorite day of the week. It is a day to start refreshed and try again.

I do my best to view life in a positive manner. I spent much time around negative people and it wore on me for many years. It is hard to get out of that mindset, but man when you do, life becomes happier and so much more bearable. Get rid of the negative thoughts that hold you back. Replace them with positive ones. It can be hard at first. Like anything, once you do it enough, it becomes your routine.

This is the last week of my bulk. I have been enjoying myself, but also getting my mind right for prep. It can be difficult at times, especially in the beginning. I need to get my mind and body ready. I am motivated to finish my bulk strong. I want to hit as many PR’s this week as possible!!! Let’s start the week right with some Lady Swole Monday host by my girl Hope “Smallwonder” Trask She will be competing next weekend, so best of luck to her! Although I don’t think she will need it ūüėČ She is bringing her best physique yet!!!

Now let’s kick this week’s a$$! Start and finish strong, dream big, achieve your goals!!!

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Wake Up, Kick A$$, Repeat! Happy Monday!!! #PoweredBySaturnSupplements @SaturnMuscle

Happy Monday!

Just under 2 weeks left of this bulk. I have family in town, so I am going to enjoy the week with them and not worry too much about going over on my macros. We will still be hitting the gym daily and putting in work. I am so very motivated. Let’s get you motivated too ūüėČ As always, I kick things off with a little Lady Swole Monday….

Time to get in the gym and show ’em what we are made of! Hope you all have a fabulous week!!!

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Planning Out My 2015 Prep Training #PoweredBySaturnSupplements @SaturnMuscle

Today marks the final 2 weeks of my bulk. Even though I have been saying this for weeks, I seriously can NOT wait to start prep. This past week my nutrition has been up and down. I had a couple of days where I had a hard time staying under on my bulking calories and a couple of days where I had a hard time hitting them.

I am super happy that I have been hitting PR’s and going beyond the goals I had set for myself. At the beginning of this bulk, I told my hubs that I wanted to be able to squat 225lbs, deadlift 225lbs, and bench 135lbs before I started prep. Squats I am there, deadlifts I surpassed to 245lbs and both on my 5th working set. I am going to start with 135lbs on bench next week, just to see if I can push one out. Hubs will be on vacation, so I have the pleasure of training with him and having a spotter and I can’t wait!!! Typically only get one day a week in the gym with him, so I certainly cherish the times he can come more often.

I have been changing my training ever so slowly, to get IT converted over for prep. Not a lot will change, more just the speed and weight, with some added exercises. Everything has been a learning experience. It seems just when I think I know what I am doing, I figure out a better process. Then I do a lot of thinking. ¬†Things like…”Well what if I had started this sooner, I would be so much further.” Then I come back to reality and know that everything has happened for a reason. I was suppose to learn it this way. Everyone is on a different journey. I love those that share theirs, not so I can compare myself to them, but so I can learn more. I am entering this prep with a whole new view on losing fat and competing. Everything I thought I knew last year has been thrown out the window. I know the mistakes I made and have a better knowledge of how to do things. Not having a coach has forced me to learn and evolve in this sport.

As promised I am sharing my prep training with you. This is the beginning of my training. My prep will be 6 months long, for 2 reasons. One, I did gain quite a bit of weight during my 10 month bulk. Two, I do not want to lose too much muscle trying to lose fat too fast. I also want to be able to keep my calories as high as possible. I will share my nutrition with you too in the following weeks. Both my training and diet will change as I get closer to competition. Here is what I will be starting with training wise on May 1st…

2015 Prep Training

Note: Less rest between sets and #x# is how many reps x how many sets

Monday ~ Speed Squats 8×5 135 lbs
Pendlay Bent Over Rows 8×5 95 lbs
Seated Barbell Delt Press 8×5 65 lbs
Meadow Rows 10×5 25 lbs
T-Bar Delt Press 10×5 10 lbs
Standing Lat Pushdown 10×5 80 lbs
Rope Variations 20 secs / 60 secs 5 rounds – treadmill or stepmill LISS 45 mins – Jump rope 20 mins

Tuesday ~ Family Hike

Wednesday ~ Bench Press 8×5 95 lbs
Front Squats 8×5 95 lbs
Back Squats 8×5 135 lbs
Deadlifts 8×5 135 lbs 2 max sets 225 lbs for reps
Pull Thrus 10×5 110 lbs
Superset W/N High Leg Press 5×3 405 lbs
Rope Variations 20 secs / 60 secs 5 rounds – treadmill or stepmill LISS 45 mins – Jump rope 20 mins

Thursday ~ Barbell Preacher Curls 10×5 40 lbs
Hammer Preacher Curls 8×5 15 lbs
Barbell Front Delt Raise 8×5 30 lbs
Double Bounce Seated Dumbbell Delt Press 8×5 25 lbs
Dumbbell Back Shrugs 10×5 30 lbs
Superset O/U One Hand Cable Tricep Pull Down 8×5 30 lbs
Underhand Pull Up’s 8×5
Tricep Pushdown Machine 10×5 135 lbs
Delt Lateral Raise Machine 10×5 50 lbs

Friday ~ Speed Squats 8×5 135 lbs
Pendlay Bent Over Rows 8×5 95 lbs
Seated Barbell Delt Press 8×5 65 lbs
Meadow Rows 10×5 25 lbs
T-Bar Delt Press 10×5 10 lbs
Standing Lat PushDown 10×5 80 lbs
Rope Variations 20 secs / 60 secs 5 rounds – treadmill or stepmill LISS 45 mins – Jump rope 20 mins

I have it set up, so I can pick what cardio I want to do. I am blessed that my gym has many options. I may also decide to do sled pulls instead of what I have listed. All depends on how I am feeling and time restraints. The gym daycare only allows 90 mins, so I will have to make sure I have the time to do cardio there. If not it will be late night LISS at my apartment gym or rope jumps with Zoe at the playground. I choose LISS instead of HIIT, because I am not a fan of running. Especially, when I am heavy. I get bad shin splints and I find my body reacts well to LISS (Low Intensity Steady State Cardio) Everyone is different and some prefer HIIT. All I know is that I have a plan to get started ūüėČ and I am excited to get started! 2015 is going to be a big year for me. I have¬†HUGE¬†goals and I have every intention on achieving them!

Do you plan out your training ahead of time? What is your preferred cardio? Do you have a HUGE goal for 2015?

Hope you all have a fabulous weekend!!!

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It’s Monday! Let’s get AWESOME! #PoweredBySaturnSupplements @SaturnMuscle

Am I the only one who gets excited about Monday!?!?!?

Just under 3 weeks left of my growing season. The excitement has just been growing and growing, hopefully my muscles too ha ha ha. I have been changing my training just a little each week, to get me ready for my prep. (My prep training will be posted soon) I am still hitting PR’s and lifting as heavy as possible. Last week was a HUGE week for me. I finally hit 225lb on my squats. It was my 5th working set, so the realization that I could actually go higher had me smiling so big all week. My hubs was as excited as I was! It was a great training day!!! I am excited to get back in the gym today and see how many reps I can push out this week! Let’s get this Monday started with a little Lady Swole Monday. If you don’t know, it is hosted by my girl Hope “Smallwonder” Trask . She has been a phenomenal mentor for me over the past 3 years. ¬†She is running a little competition on her Facebook page with LSM, so be sure to check it out! 3 weeks left to enter ūüėČ

Let’s power through this week strong!

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What’s The Buzz About PUMPD’4? #PoweredBySaturnSupplements @SaturnMuscle

One of the most popular supplements people buy is Pre-workout.

‚ÄúUp to 70% of adolescents and young adults have reported using at least one nutritional supplement and high energy drinks are among the most popular.‚ÄĚ
(Alves and Lima, 2009)

All for good reason. Intense training can be mentally and physically draining. When you train like this day in and day out for 4-6 days a week, sometimes twice a day, it starts to wear on you. Sometimes your body/mind just needs that extra push. Drinking pre-workout prior to a training session can benefit you by giving you the extra focus, drive, energy, and pump to help you explode through your workouts!

I personally use Saturn Supplements Pumpd’4 Performance¬†It has an amazing Power Blend that is zero calories, yes you read that right ZERO calories!!!! What it does have, is all the ingredients to give you that surge of energizing fuel.

PUMPD'4 Performance

Caffeine~ Energy, Focus, and Performance Boosting. As well as Fat Burning. It raises your alertness and focus by stimulating your central nervous system. It has a mild fat burning effect. People tend to not realize how hard they are working and can have increased strength.

Taurine~ Oxidative Stress Fighter. Another amino acid that increases insulin sensitivity and decreases oxidative stress. Also said to help burn fat in overweight individuals.

Citruline, Arginine Malate~Blood Flow Optimizer. Citruline actually converts to Arginine. An¬†amino that protects your body from blood acidity, which is what keeps your body from getting fatigued during intense training sessions. The greatest benefit is it’s ability to remove endotoxins, such as lactic acid, which are some of the main causes of fatigue. It is also¬†essential for for Nitric Oxide synthesis. This causes vasodialation, or widening of your blood vessels. This increases your blood flow which ¬†equates to spectacular muscle pumps while you train.

Agmatine Sulfate~ Nitric Oxide Pump King! Just as the Citruline Malate, Agmatine Sulfate is also very vasodialating. It is well known in the industry to be the Nitric Oxide King. On top of that benefit, it is also very anabolic. It increases your insulin, which in turn reduces the circulating blood sugar and distributes more amino acids straight to your muscles. This equates to more lean body mass gains.

Theobromine~ Alert and Focused.¬†Theobromine is related to caffeine, but a milder stimulant. It is found in cocoa. We all love chocolate right ha ha ha ūüėČ In addition to being a stimulant, it also dilates blood vessels and increases nitric oxide production. This also has benefits for cutting weight, as it is a natural diuretic and mood enhancer.

You can see why PUMPD’4 is the most extreme Pre-Workout formula available. Powered by a proven source of pump-force agents, PUMPD’4 provides the body with a surge of energizing fuel. Each serving contains the perfect ratio of Agmatine Sulfate, Nitric Oxide, L-Citrulline and L-Taurine and is combined with Caffeine and other supporting energy-actives, making this the most intense pre-workout formula available. Pumpd’4 is 100% NON-GMO, containing NO Genetically Modified Organisms. PUMPD’4 fuels the body with specific key agents to help maintain a “Pumped” physique throughout your workout. This fast and effective formula is ideal for taking just prior to training/exercise, as well as when needing to revive your fuel while during your training. Perfect for individuals who desire a quick and easy way to ingest energizing pump-agents to enhance the overall effectiveness of your training.

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It is important to note, that to keep your pre-workout effective, it is important to cycle your use. I typically will use my pre-workout for 6-8 weeks, then take 2-3 weeks off. This allows your body to re-sensitize itself to the ingredients again, so you will feel the supercharged effects.

Don’t forget to use code 25YEARS at check-out, so you can take advantage of the 25% off your total order!!!!

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Morning Sunshine! Happy Monday! #PoweredBySaturnSupplements @SaturnMuscle

Good morning Sunshine! Are you ready to start the week!?!?

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We had a phenomenal Easter! The morning started with a family breakfast, watching Zoe open her Easter basket, Egg hunting, discussing why we celebrate Easter, then an all day hike in the mountains. We didn’t realize the hike we chose still had snow, but it was fine, because it was like 69 degrees out and Zoe was excited about seeing snow ha ha ha

Donut Falls 1

Donut Falls 2

The final 4 weeks of this bulk will be epic! Knowing that Easter would be the last hurrah, so to speak, of this bulk. I decided to not log food and just enjoy the day with my family. Today, back on track and ready to smash it in the gym with some pr’s!!!! Let’s kick the week off right with some Lady Swole Monday ūüėČ

Hope you all are as ready as I am to conquer the week!!!

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New Month, New Goals…Time To Finish #SaturnStrong @SaturnMuscle

And just like that, it’s April!!!!

I am pumped to get through this month!!! I have big goals and this month I am going to try to push myself even harder (if that’s even possible ha ha ha) Let’s set some goals ūüėČ

Goal One~ Make this month EPIC!¬†Today marks the beginning of the final four weeks of this bulk. I am excited to push myself into more PR’s and see what my body is capable of! I need to aim to improve as much as I possibly can in a short amount of time.

Goal Two~ Plan out prep training.¬†As I stated in last month’s recap, I have a basic idea of how my training is going to start. What I need to do, is get it all in writing. I religiously take my notebook to the gym. Not just so I can remember my training, but also track my progress as far as how much weight I am lifting, and to make notes of mood, form, etc. Writing things out, allows me to see my progress as I go. I have been doing this since I started lifting.¬†

Goal Three~ Plan out my prep diet. Just as I need to get my training in writing, I also need to get my diet. Just as I did last year, I will be taking my prep slow. I will have to adjust as I go. My body is different than it was last year, so I have no clue how it will respond, but I do know exactly how to do it this year! Slow and steady will be the goal. I want to retain as much muscle as I can. 

Goal Four~ Strike a pose.¬†Posing practice is a main goal every month. I am slowly getting better ha ha. Muscle memory will play in on this big time. This month I will aim to do it without using the mirror. I find that is typically when I have issues. I need to nail the poses by feel, not by sight. Grace, poise, and natural looking…

Goal Five~ Start making small contest need purchases.¬†Financially, it will be easier on us if I start buying what I need a little at a time. Luckily, this year I don’t need a ton. Make-up and hair items, crystals for my suit, clasps and hooks for my suit, back stage outfit, suit adhesive, jewelry, and flip flops. I am pretty frugal and always research the best deals, so it should be pretty easy to accomplish this with minimal invested. Everything else I need such as tanning and contest fees won’t be needed till closer to contest time.¬†

Goal Six~ Hair, make-up and nails. I have narrowed down exactly what I want. Now to make final decisions and plan my exact look. Everything will be spot on this year! No last minute changes.

Goal Seven~ Business Plan.¬†Last month, this goal fell by the wayside. Not this month! I know it will take a while to reach the goal, so just as I do all my big goals, small steps to accomplish it! First step was the idea, next step is the plan…

Goal Eight~ Keep Zoe on track. Another goal I tend to make every month. Zoe has goals and dreams that like mine, are bigger than life! I aim to guide her, to teach her, to show her how to reach them! No matter what she wants, I will be there to help her achieve it!!!

As I always say, set small goals to reach your big ones. Last year my big goal was to just get to the stage. This year, it’s to WIN! I will not settle and I will not quit! I learned from last year and am ready!

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Failure Is Part Of The Success Process March Goals Recap #PoweredBysaturnSupplements @SaturnMuscle

Wow! April already???

March went by pretty fast for me. So far this year, has been quite different for us. Not only because we are in a state we have never lived in before, but also getting use to our surroundings, climate, people, etc. We are told typically that Utah is much colder and has more snow in the winter, but we were blessed to basically go right into spring ha ha ha. It’s pretty amazing to me, that we can go from spring like weather in the foothills/valley to winter and snow up in the mountains. I have to say, I quite love it! With that being said, hiking has become a normal family fun activity once a week. Instead of hitting the gym on Tuesdays, we head out for adventure!

March’s goals have been hit or miss with me. As much as I would love to say I nailed each and every one of them, this is a month where that did not happen. I never get upset when I don’t achieve my goals. I sit down reassess why, then start again the next month. Here is how March went for me….

Goal 1~ Make It Count.¬†I did great with this goal. Training is never the hard part for me. I enjoy my me time in the gym and I am very focused on my goal of winning this year! I refuse to take short cuts and refuse to take breaks. i tackle my training with full focus, energy, and I work hard. I don’t leave till I’m done. I feel the past 4 weeks have definitely been utilized to the best of my abilities. I do see growth and improvements.

Goal 2~ Game Plan My Prep Training. This goal has been half done ha ha. I have sat down with the hubs and discussed the best route for my training. I have not put anything into writing yet, so nothing is set in stone quite yet. I have a better idea how I will approach this prep, but I need to write it out and iron out any issues in the training. 

Goal 3~ Plan My Diet Approach.¬†Like my training, I have sat down and talked about it ha ha, but nothing has been put in writing. I know exactly what my approach will be this year. I know what mistakes I made last prep and have a much better idea of how to achieve a much better physique this year. I just need to get it all in writing, so I don’t veer off the path ūüėȬ†

Goal 4~ Strike A Pose. My posing game is actually spot on! I have spent the past 4 weeks breaking down how I pose and figuring out how to present the best in my physique. I have finally figured out how to not only spread my lats effectively, but how to best present them from the front and back. It truly looks so much easier than it is ha ha ha. I am so sore from training most nights, that getting into a pose and holding it, is almost torture. I know it needs to be done. My posing has evolved quite a bit from last year. I know I still have some improving to do, but you can guarantee, that when I step up on stage again, my posing will not be in question!

Goal 5~ Start My Suit. Surprisingly enough ha ha I actually did this! My suit is completely sewed. It is not complete, but certainly close. It still needs clasps, hooks, and to be bejeweled. All of which I will wait to start. I want to make sure the suit is going to fit correctly when I get closer to competition. I am so much bigger than I will be then, so it is really hard to judge. I am ecstatic that I do have it sewed though!!!! Turned out so much better than I had imagined!

Goal 6~ Make-up And Hair. This too, I have been on top of. I have so many screen shots on my phone of what I want ha ha ha. Instagram and Pinterest are amazing for this!!! Everything is planned. I have even started purchasing the odds and ends that I will need to complete my look.  Much more time and effort into looking the part this year. 

Goal 7~ Business Planning.¬†This is one that did not get accomplished this month. My suit took a lot of my time. I was pretty stressed, because I didn’t think I could pull it off. I don’t have a ton of down time and what I did have, I spent on my suit. Business planning still needs to be done and will be reassessed into next month’s goals. I’m not in any rush with it all at this point anyway, due to start up costs. I still want to get the ball rolling though ūüėȬ†

Goal 8~ Challenging Lesson Plans.¬†Zoe’s lessons have been quite challenging, at least in my eyes for a 4 year old ha ha, but Zoe seems to catch on really quick. Her math skills are out of this world and she is doing really well with reading and spelling too. Seems I still need to step it up a bit. Either way, I am super proud of her!!!¬†

Overall, I still see March as a winning month! April’s goals will be bigger and better. Always strive to be the best you can! Failure is part of success!!!!

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