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May Goal Recap & Prep Check In #PoweredBySaturnSupplements @SaturnMuscle

May Goal Recap….Time to see how we did with our monthly goals.

May has been a crazy busy month, but I think I did pretty well with accomplishing what I needed to! Let’s check out May’s goals and see how I fared…

Goal 1 Get my nutrition on track and stay on track.¬†I started my prep carb cycling. Although I did find it effective, once the first cycle was done, I went back to just tracking my calories like normal. I am having no problems as far as keeping to my goals. I am at 1920 kcals. I do get hungry at night, so typically veg on lettuce or other low macro foods. The hardest part of prep, or any fat loss program, is the diet aspect. Once you get into a routine, you are good to go. Just make sure you stay focused and don’t let into temptation ūüėČ FYI I don’t do the whole “good food, bad food” gimmick. All food is fuel. If I want ice cream or chips, as long as I know I will meet and not exceed all my macro needs, then I eat what I want. What I mean by don’t give in to temptation is, at the end of the night when you are out of macros, don’t start eating more. Drink water or go to bed ūüėČ

Goal 2 Utilize Different Types Of Cardio. I have been using ropes, sleds and the treadmill. The treadmill is still my top form of cardio. Mainly because it is convenient. My gym daycare has a time limit of 90 mins, so some days I find it difficult to utilize the equipment there and I will do my cardio at night in my apartment gym. I have been doing 45 mins of Intervals 3 nights a week. I walk at a brisk pace (speed is usually 3.5) I start flat, then incline at 12.5 for 2 mins 25 secs., then flat for the same time. You have 10 rounds of inclines. I get a great burn from it without hurting my shins. 

Goal 3 Posing Till Perfect.¬†This is every month goal ha ha. I have come a long way since last year.Not just with my posing, but stage etiquette as a whole. It is a constant learning process. This year I have been working on how to hold the poses to best showcase my work. last year I thought I just needed to pose like everyone else does. Boy was I wrong! One, I wasn’t posing correctly and Two, I wasn’t showcasing my hard work. I lost several points on that. After talking with the judges and looking at all the stage photos, I know what I did wrong and have been working my tail off to correct it! This year I will be heads and tails better than last!!! Here in Utah they will have a clock with timer on stage as well, to make sure no one’s individual posing goes over 15 secs. In Kansas, that wasn’t anything I had to worry about ha ha so no pressure ha ha ha

 

Goal 4 More Contest Purchases.¬†I¬†have been doing my best to keep expenses down. Buying everything ahead of time does help. Come contest time I will have a lot of my bigger expenses, like contest fee and tanning. Most of my make-up has been purchased, suit has been made, Josh ordered me a backstage dress to wear. He found the best deal on a hoodie dress that I have been eyeing since last year. It was $35 a couple of months ago and he found it for just $9.79…WINNING!!! We also ordered some crystal samples to see what colors and design I would like to do on my suit. Very, very exciting!!! We are doing our best to make sure our money is going further!!!¬†

Goal 5 Zoe’s Birthday Cake Planning.¬†This little girl has picked at least 5 different themes in the past few months ha ha ha ha. Luckily for me, she has always gone back to Monster High. This was the original theme for the design I was working on. I have a part of the cake designed, but still working on the top. She wants a 3 tier cake this year and will be having her first party with friends. She is so excited and I can’t wait for her to see her cake!!! I have to top last year’s cake, so I have my work cut out for me ha ha ha¬†

Goal 6 Make Zoe’s Birthday Movie.¬†Like I stated before, this is something I do every year for Zoe. I compile all the year’s photos and make a short flip movie to music. We watch them all as the weeks get closer to her birthday. It is great, because we get to see how much she has grown over the year. She loves them, because she feels like a movie star ha ha ha.¬†

Goal 7 Implementing Small Steps To Our First Business Venture.¬†The planning is still in effect, but we have slowed things down a bit. Mainly because we have some new news and issues that have popped up. Everything is still going to happen, just not sure when it will all start… Sometimes life happens and you just have to go with the flow.

Goal 8 Start Implementing Small Steps To Our¬†Second¬†Business Venture.¬†Oddly enough, with the new news, this business venture may happen sooner than later. It’s very exciting and I wish I could share, but won’t know anything is set in stone for at least another year. Just know, that HUGE things are¬†happening!!!

Goal 9 Continue To Make Zoe The Best She Can Be! Zoe has such a huge personality. We have been doing our best, not just to educate her with book knowledge, but with different life experiences. Understanding that education is more than colors, shapes, letters, and numbers. Touching, hearing, smelling, tasting, and feeling everything this life can offer. Giving Zoe so many different experiences in different environments has been one of our biggest blessings. Her lesson time is a time that we cherish and this goal will always be one of my main ones!!! 

Overall a fabulous month! I also want to do a quick Prep Check In ūüėČ

Prep Stats….

Weight    163.0 to 155.8

Chest/Lats   40.25 to 40.25

Waist   33  to  31

Stomach   38  to  34

Hips   38  to  36.5

Rump   41  to  39

Thighs and Biceps stayed the same at 21 and 14 (flexed)

Hope you all smashed your May goals!!!

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Creatine For Anti-Aging??? #PoweredBySaturnSupplements @SaturnMuscle

I have talked about the importance of Creatine before.

When used correctly, it is arguably the most effective supplement available! We all know it is known for increasing lean muscle mass, improving your high intensity exercise performance, raising energy levels, speeding up recovery time, as well as disease prevention.

I think one of the biggest benefits to me is the protective effect it has on bone mass. Women and men too, begin to lose bone mass as we age. More so, each year after the age of forty. Strength training slows the process, but according to researchers at the University of Saskatchewan in Canada, using Creatine can help even more!

The researchers had 18 ladies, average age of 57 whom had all been weight training for at least a year prior. They scanned/measured their bone density prior and after the study. One group was given Creatine .1g of their body weight, the other was given a placebo. All of the ladies trained three times a week, training their largest muscle groups. They all had the same training program.

At the end of the study the decrease in bone mass came to a halting stop for the ladies who were in the Creatine group, while the placebo group’s ¬†bone breakdown continued.

Osteoporosis Facts:

~Worldwide, osteoporosis causes more than 8.9 million fractures annually, resulting in an osteoporotic fracture every 3 seconds

~In women over 45 years of age, osteoporosis accounts for more days spent in hospital than many other diseases, including diabetes, myocardial infarction and breast cancer

~Osteoporosis affects an estimated 75 million people in Europe, USA and Japan

~Physical inactivity and a sedentary lifestyle as well as impaired neuromuscular function (e.g., reduced muscle strength, impaired gait and balance) are risk factors for developing fragility fractures

~Physical activity and fitness reduce risk of osteoporosis and fracture

Being proactive about your health and well being now, will slow down the aging process and keep you active longer!

I use Saturn Supplement’s Creatine Silk. It is very important to cycle your Creatine. I personally load for 7 days at 10g per day, then go into maintenance for 2 weeks at 5g per day. (If you have any kidney issues, it is not suggested that you load. Just start in a maintenance phase) I split each dose, one pre-workout and one post workout. I always mix my Creatine Silk with juice, but any simple carb will do. It¬†is not recommended you ever go above the 20 gram dose for five days straight for whatever reason as longer-term high doses of creatine will convert to formaldehyde in the urine. Also be sure to stay hydrated. There are several websites that can help you in figuring the amount that would work best for you. CLICK HERE for some more dosing info

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References:   http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/creatine_supplement_facts.htm   http://www.iofbonehealth.org/facts-statistics  http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/creatine_confusion.htm  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25386713

 

No Time To Take Time Off…It’s Monday! #HappyMemorialDay #PoweredBySaturnSupplements @SaturnMuscle

Happy Memorial Day!

Josh works retail, so he spends most of his time at work and Zoe and I at home. It was a good thing for me, because I had a hip flexor injury. Not sure exactly what I did, I suspect it is caused by upping my squat reps. I decided to go back to my original training…well, when my hip heals anyway lol. Squats will be off my training roster till I feel better 100%. I am almost there ūüėČ Still motivated as ever to get back in the gym! Started to see some definition in my stomach again yesterday…

That always puts a fire under my booty ha ha. Let’s get one under yours…. As always I like to kick the week off with Lady Swole Monday

Let’s kick Monday in the face!

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Nitrox-Pro Crepes Perfect Way To Start The Day #PoweredBySaturnSupplements @SaturnMuscle

I love experimenting with new recipes. This week I did Nitrox-Pro Crepes

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They turned out light, delicious, and very high in protein. This is just what I need on my low carb days!!!! They are also very quick and easy. Just a few things that you need: Nitrox-Pro Vanilla Protein Powder 46g, 4 medium or large egg whites, water, food scale, mixing bowl, and a non stick pan.

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First, measure out your protein. I am a stickler when it comes to weighing out my food. Using scoops or measuring cups can and will always give you a slightly different amount.

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Mix the Nitrox-Pro, egg whites, and water. I don’t have an exact measurement for the water. I kept adding till I got a thin consistency. It was probably close to 1/2 cup

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I had my skillet warming up as I was mixing my ingredients. I kept it around medium to low heat. Pour a little in the pan and spread it thin. It browns quickly. Probably about 30 to 45 seconds per side.

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My skillet was pretty big, so I was able to get  2 1/2 crepes.

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You can top with whatever your heart desires ūüėČ I chose whipped cream, blackberries, and blueberries.

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It was perfect, down to the last bite!!!

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Super macro friendly too. The recipe without the toppings is just 232 kcals, 2g carbs, and 57g protein.

Nitrox-Pro is my favorite protein to work with. It has an amazing flavor and you get SO much for your money! A 5lb tub gives you 50, yes 50 servings of 41g of protein per serving! When compared to other brands that cost about the same, but their serving is only 25g of protein. It’s a no brainer for me! Be sure to use code 25YEARS to get 25% off your total order.

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Make Yourself Proud Monday #BuildWithThePowerOf TheUniverse @SaturnMuscle

Happy Monday!!!

I am headed into my 3rd week of contest prep. Still feeling great! My weight did not change last week, but my inches did. I don’t focus just on the scale for results. Especially, since my prep is 23 weeks long. If I were to lose too fast, I would lose all the muscle I built. That would be devastating!!! Staying positive, focused, and determined. I will get where I want to be!

Let’s get this week started right with some Lady Swole Monday…

Hope you all have a fabulous week. Set goals and SMASH them!!!!

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Lack Of ZZZ’s Lack Of Progress #PoweredBySaturnSupplements @SaturnMuscle

Many do not realize that sleep is just as important as your nutrition and exercise, when it come to weight loss.

Some have trouble falling asleep, some staying asleep. I personally have trouble with both. There are many prescription sleep aids, but they all have some pretty scary side effects!!! These have been listed as some of the medications people have been prescribed to get better sleep…

If you have been following me for a while, you know that I lost hearing in one ear from prescription drugs that I took back in 2009. (Short story) I had debilitating migraines, that had me hospitalized. The whole time frame is a daze to me. They gave me several different types of medications. I ended up with a stutter, bad eyes, hand-eye coordination was awful, and had hearing loss. Over a period of a year, things slowly became normal again…everything except my hearing. My left ear never went back to normal. It has actually slowly been getting worse. Due to my previous experiences, prescription drugs do concern me. I was raised by deaf parents, one whom also had hearing loss, like me, due to ototoxic drugs. ¬†It is more common than most realize.

Okay back to talking about better sleep ūüėČ There are many ways to hit the sack and feel more rested without a prescription. Here are tips that I use to get myself to dreamland…

~Set a regular bedtime and wake up time.¬†Going to bed at the same time every night will program your body and mind into feeling sleepy on it’s own. Choose a reasonable time and stick to it! ¬†With that being said, you need to wake up around the same time everyday. Your body needs routine. When your body starts to get familiar with these times, you will start to fall asleep and wake up without problem.

~If you miss sleep, take a nap.¬†If I have issues sleeping at night, I make it a point to still get up at the same time the next day. Taking a timed nap for the amount of sleep I have lost has made a huge difference for me. Even if it’s only 30 mins, it truly makes a difference.

~Turn off TV and all other electronic devices.¬†I see the all common posts at night on social media “I can’t sleep” Often times, it’s because the person hasn’t set down their tablet or phone and actually tried to sleep. When something keeps your attention, you will stay awake.

~Cut or reduce caffeine before bedtime. Caffeine is another sleep enemy. I love my caffeine, but I cut it in the afternoon. Otherwise I know I will not go to sleep when I need to.

~A good mattress. With my husband in the mattress business, I know the importance of a good mattress. If your bed is not proper for your body type, it can cause you to toss and turn. Many keep mattresses too long as well. 8 years is the recommended time for a bed. My favorite mattress thus far has been Tempur-Pedic. It sleeps perfect, never too hot and the comfort is out of this world!!!

Supplements are another weapon against the war on sleep loss…

~Multi-Vitamin.¬†Your nutrition can make or break you when it comes to not only your health and fitness goals, but your sleep and overall health goals as well. Nutrient shortages affect your sleep and leave you with a feeling of fatigue. Two key ingredients are Magnesium and Calcium. Both aid with fatigue and stress. A good multi-vitamin in key to making sure all your micro-nutrient needs are met. I LOVE Saturn Supplement’s One-Source. It is the strongest multi-vitamin pack on the market! You get everything you need and it is in a perfect pre-packaged packet. No fumbling several bottles or messing with a pill box. Just grab a fresh packet and go!

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~Melatonin.¬†Melatonin is a natural, non-addicting hormone supplement that assists with sleep. It does need to be taken properly. It works great to get you to sleep and it also aids with jet-lag. As you age, your melatonin levels drop, so your body may need assistance in getting a good nights rest.¬†Saturn’s Melatonin is the perfect remedy for individuals seeking to optimize restfulness through sleep, or as a remedy for jet-lag. Their version of Melatonin comes in the form of a micro-size sublingual tablet-simply place under your tongue and feel it dissolve almost instantaneously.

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~Ginkgo Biloba. It’s not only natures memory herb, but studies have been done to link this supplement to better quality sleep. Ginkgo Biloba aids in reducing anxiety and stress, which we all know are a common factor of sleeplessness.¬†Ginkgo Biloba is being used throughout the world by individuals seeking is many nutritional benefits, including mental acuity. The Ginkgo tree, one of nature’s oldest living species, is known to possess a wide range of therapeutic properties.
Saturn’s encapsulated formulation offers a pure standardized extract of Flavoneglycosides harvested directly from the leaves of the Ginkgo Biloba tree.

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~Fats and Fish Oils.¬†DHA can protect against the negative effects of fructose on your brain function. It can also help improve your sleep.¬† Omega-3s have been shown to improve mood and reduce anxiety and depression. As well as improve insulin sensitivity and muscle growth. ¬†Saturn’s Cholest-Omega provides a premium marine lipid concentrate of fish oil. Fish oils contain a wealth of nutrients including an essential blend of EPA and DHA Omega 3.
Nutritional science has shown that essential fatty acids (EFAs) offer more and more heath benefits. Omega 3 has become a standard in today’s heart, joint and brain dietary and nutritional programs, as well as sleep improvements.
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.

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Taking the steps to a better night’s sleep will have you seeing more results in no time. Not to mention, improve your daily functions as well as your mood ūüėČ Get powered by Saturn Supplements use code 25YEARS to get 25% off your total order!!!

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References: http://nickmitchellblog.com/sleep-and-weight-loss/  http://preventivescience.org/details-sleep.html  http://sleepfoundation.org/sleep-topics/melatonin-and-sleep  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11518478  http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/id/WBL02033   http://www.livestrong.com/article/340748-fish-oil-benefits-for-sleep/

 

Let’s Kick This Monday In The Face!!!! #PoweredBySaturnSupplements @SaturnMuscle

Hope you all had a fabulous Mother’s Day!

It’s Monday! Let’s do this!!!!

I am more than ready to start this week. As I posted over the weekend, I had one bad day last week. I am not beating myself up over it. I am back on track and excited for progress!!!! Let’s kick the week off right with some Lady Swole Monday…

Hope you all are as stoked as I am to start this week! Let’s not only chase our dreams, let’s catch them!!!

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1st Week Of Prep Recap & A Happy Mother’s Day! #PoweredBySaturnSupplements @SaturnMuscle

Made it through my first week of prep, but not with flying colors….

I was invited last minute to a get together to watch the Mayweather and Pacquiao fight. It was the first time I had met my husband’s boss and co-workers and to be honest the first time I was able to get out with socialize with grown ups, that wasn’t a gym setting ha ha. ¬†I prepped my food and was determined to stay on track. Everyone was having drinks and I wanted to as well, so I did. I felt horrible the next day, not from the alcohol intake, but because I cheated on my prep the 2nd day in. I dusted myself off and decided that it was okay. I am human after all. I got right back on track and finished the week strong!.

The week was hard! My training has been much more grueling. When we wrote it out, I did not think it would be much different than the training I was doing, but man when you add speed and less rest to everything….WOWZERS!!! My training definitely whooped my butt!!!! I am happy that my first week was rough. This made me sit down and realize how much I really want to achieve my goals. It made the picture more clear. These moments will make me what I want to be.

I feel stronger now and ready. These next two days are my rest days. I welcome them ha ha ha. I am sore and tired, but still very motivated.

Tomorrow is Mother’s Day. My husband gave me the greatest gift anyone ever could. He gave me the gift of a child. Becoming a mother has been such a blessing. I won’t say it’s always easy, but it is always worth it! Zoe has been in the sunshine both of our lives needed.

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I cherish every moment with her. Everyday is a new adventure. I hope everyone looks at motherhood the way I do. It’s not a job to me, it is a gift. I celebrate motherhood. If you have been blessed to be called mom, mommy, mama, mum, mother, etc. Congratulations on your blessings xoxoxo

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Peanut Butter NitroPro-tein Cookies #PoweredBySaturnSupplements @SaturnMuscle

 Even with flexible dieting, I do still have issues fitting in certain foods that I love during prep. I seek out ways to create new ones with more manageable macros. Yesterday was my low carb day, so I wanted to try a Peanut Butter NitroxPro-tein Cookie. Low carbs, but plenty of fat and protein.

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I am SO happy with the way these turned out! The these delectable morsels are super manageable. Just 99 kcals per cookie. The macros are as follows: 3.1g Carbs, .7g Fiber, 5.6g Fat, and a huge 9.7g Protein

They are also very easy to make. For 1 Dozen cookies, you will need a small/medium bowl, 90g Saturn Supplement’s NitroxPro Vanilla Protein, 130g Creamy Peanut Butter, 1 Whole Egg (Mine was a Med), a pinch of salt, 3 Tbsp of Water, and an oven preheated to 350 degrees.

Start by measuring out each ingredient in the bowl. I started with the protein and worked my way through the list.

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Once you have all the ingredients together, start mixing till it looks like cookie dough. The whole batch weighed out to 310g.

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I dusted my hands with corn starch before rolling into balls. The dough is super sticky!

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I weighed each ball out to 25g The recipe will make 12.

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Once rolled out, place them on a non stick cookie sheet and press down with a fork, criss crossed in the traditional peanut butter cookie way. ( I dipped the fork in corn starch as well)DSC_7538

Place them in the preheated oven for 8 mins. Allow them to cool when done, then enjoy!

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NitroxPro is one of the best quality and affordable proteins on the market. Vanilla is hands down my favorite flavor. It is perfect for not only shakes, but for many of my contest prep baked goodies! With a whooping 41g of protein per serving, it truly is hard to beat!

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Enlarge Your Vision…Happy Monday #BuildWithThePowerOfTheUniverse @SaturnMuscle

It’s Monday! Time to enlarge your vision!!!

Prep has started and so far, so great! I was a little worried about the weekend. Mainly because I am accustomed to eating a ton, especially carbs. My High carb days are relatively easy. Carbs and protein are the same as what I was consuming on my bulk. The only difference is my fat was lowered. My low to no carb days….different story ha ha Protein and Fats were raised, but carbs were little to none, which drops my calories for those days. Figuring out a healthy balance and getting creative again with my foods helps a lot. ¬†Today is not only a high carb day, but the beginning of another stellar week!!!! As always, let’s kick it off with a little lady Swole Monday….

I am ready to make this week count! Are you????

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Food Prep & Beginning Contest Prep Stats #PoweredBySaturnSupplements @SaturnMuscle

As you may already know, yesterday was the start of my contest prep.

I woke up early, excited about starting the next level of my journey. I spent my morning prepping food. Josh is dieting with me, so the protein needed between the two of us is outrageous ha ha ha. Lot’s of eggs, chicken, fish, and beef. Mmm mmm good ūüėČ

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Training was harder than I had anticipate. I was seriously just wiped after my workout. My cardio of choice was sled pushes. I loaded a 45lb plate on and started sprinting as hard as I could. Carrying the extra weight on my body, definitely had me hurting afterwards I did 5 rounds and was done. Much more fun than doing HIIT on the treadmill though. CLICK HERE to watch me in action ūüėČ

As promised, I am posting my starting weight, measurements, and photo. I am thicker, but still loving my body. I have grown so much in the off season. Not just physically, but mentally as well. I learned to love myself no matter the size and to totally trust the process.

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My starting weight is 163 lbs.

Bust/Lats 40.25 inches

Waist 33 inches

Hips 38 inches

Rump 41 inches

Thighs 21 inches

Biceps Flexed 14 inches

Stoked to see the changes over the next 4 weeks. I decided this prep to not post everything every week, but rather every month. This process will be long, but so worth it! I appreciate all the support I have gotten so far, from my family, readers, friends, Saturn Supplements, and most of all my husband. he has been my rock, since this journey started in 2010. It is amazing how far I have come with my self esteem and self love. I truly think that is part of the key to success. Love yourself, trust the process and do the work! I hope you continue to follow me back to the stage this year! I know it will be an epic event!!!

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It’s Time To Get Lean! Welcome May!!! #BuiltBySaturnSupplements @SaturnMuscle

I welcome this month with open arms!!!!

This is going to be an awesome month for so many reasons. I have a ton of goals I need/want to accomplish. I have said it time and time again, if you have a goal, make a plan, make yourself accountable by sharing it with someone, or everyone! You can do anything. Will it be easy? No, probably not, but it will be worth it! Start NOW!!!!!

My prep officially starts today! I am so excited, because I know I have built a substantial amount of muscle this off season and I can’t wait to see it all chiseled!!!

Goal 1~ Get My Nutrition On Track & Stay On Track.¬†I have my prep diet laid out and ready to go! I am switching today to a new macro tracking app, since the news that MyFitnessPal want to charge an outrageous monthly fee for being able to adjust my macros manually. This one is free on Android. It’s called Calorie Counter Macros, by JProductions. I am excited about this app, because with my new plan, I will be carb cycling. This app will allow me to have each day adjusted where I need it for FREE! My biggest obstacle now, will be to get my nutrition focus back. With my off season, I had days where I did go over on macros and splurged a bit. Not all the time, but enough ha ha. I need to get back to being strict. I don’t think it will be very hard, because I am determined and I do practice flexible dieting. So, let the prep begin!!!¬†

Goal 2~ Utilize Different Types Of Cardio. This will be HUGE for me. Mainly because I loathe doing any type of cardio. Running kills my shins (Shin splints) and LISS is long and boring. My gym has recently added extra goodies that I have started implementing into my training. Things like weighted sleds and battle ropes. I am a big fan of the battle ropes!!! They work you like no other and are a stellar form of cardio. I have fun with them!!!

Goal 3~ Posing Till Perfect.¬†Posing was a weakness last year and i will be damned if I make the same mistakes twice!!! Main focus on my posing is to get it down by feel, rather than by sight. Last year I depended on mirrors to know when I hit my poses, so when I was on stage without them I was solely going by feel. Problem was, I apparently didn’t know what to feel for. Sometimes I nailed my pose, other times I botched it bad. It did not go unnoticed by the judges and was the reason I placed lower. That is okay! I am learning ūüėČ This year I will make sure I am nailing the poses every time!!! On top of being able to nail the pose, NPC Utah has an extra rule thrown in. They have a timer on stage for the solo walks. I have to not only nail my poses, but do it in 15 secs gracefully and with poise. LOTS and LOTS of practice ahead!!!¬†

Goal 4~ More Contest Purchases.¬†Like I said last month, the more I buy ahead of time, the easier it will be when we get closer to contest time. I need more make-up, hair extension supplies, odd and ends for backstage, some jewelry to match my suit, crystals for my suit, a backstage outfit, and nail supplies. in all honesty, it’s not that much. I have quite a bit from last year that I will be reusing. I am going for a different look this year. ūüėȬ†

Goal 5~ Zoe’s Birthday Cake Planning.¬†If you have been following me for a while, you know that I go all out on Zoe’s birthday cake. This year is her 5th birthday. I can’t believe she is already 5!!! She has told me what theme she wants (Monster High), so now I just need to design the cake to be made next month. I love baking and decorating. This year’s cake will be less stressful, since it won’t be made around competition time ha ha ha. Last year’s cake has been my favorite so far!

 

Goal 6~ Make Zoe’s Birthday Movie.¬†Ever since her 1st birthday, I compile all the year’s photos into a movie for her. It’s a great way to look back on the year and see how much she has grown. Plus, it’s an awesome way for far away family and friends to catch up on what they have missed. It does take quite a bit of time to put together. Mainly because motherhood has made me sensitive ha ha ha I spend a lot of time reminiscing and my eyes tend to get leaky ha ha ha.

Yep eyes are leaky. gets me in the feels every time ha ha

Goal 7~ Start Implementing Small Steps To Start Our First Venture. 

Goal 8~ Start Implementing Small Steps To Our Second Business Venture. This is a much bigger venture for both of us. It will be something we will constantly working towards. This one will also be kept secret for quite some time. This venture is in the planning/goal building stage. It is something we want to start in 5-10 years. We know what we want and we will push till we get it! 

 

Goal 9~ Continue To Make Zoe Be The Best She Can Be!¬†Her lesson plans are so in depth now. It’s crazy how we went from flash cards, tracing, and coloring to adding, subtracting, spelling, and reading. She absorbs so much in such a short time. I love our lesson time and wouldn’t trade it for the world!!! I also want to make sure she can always be herself. Something that my mom was scared to let me do. I think it is a common reaction for most parents to want their child to be the ideal mini image of them. Zoe is independent and unique. I want her to embrace that. It is something I have no desire to change. Even though we butt heads sometimes, I LOVE her strong willed personality. I want to show her things and let her figure out how to do them herself. I want her to be self reliant and confident in all she does!!!¬†

Hope you all have set your bar high this month! I am ready to not only conquer my goals, but maybe even set extra ones along the way ūüėČ It is officially contest season! I am ready to win!

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