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Wow! Is July Already Over??? Goal Recap… #PoweredBySaturnSupplements @SaturnMuscle

What happened to July??

July went by way too fast! As much as I wish I could say it was smooth sailing, it was still a crazy month for us.  Things are starting to look up though!!! In the coming weeks I have some big news, so stay tuned for that!!!! For now, let’s recap these goals….

Goal 1. Keep Pressing On. Although things have been stressful, we have definitely kept our faith. In our family we call it giving it God. Angry? Give it to God. Sad? Give it to God. Anxious? Give it God. Happy? Absolutely, give it to God! This is our way of allowing him into our lives to aid us in our hard times. We know that hard times are here to teach us and goodness knows we are trying to learn!!! We have pressed on through everything. We are not out of the woods yet, but have received some news a couple of days ago and things are looking up and HUGE things are coming!!! Doors are opening and we are ready to walk through them!

Goal 2. Optimize Training.  I am down to the last 10 weeks of my prep. My macros change up every 2-3 weeks and my training gets modified every 3-4. I am learning what works for me and what doesn’t. Going a complete different route than last year. Lots of research and learning. I enjoy the process and love seeing the changes in my body! This year I have had the biggest strides. It truly paid off to have such a long bulk and to gain all the weight I was so scared to gain!

Goal 3. Stay The Course. Me being able to compete is still up in the air, but like I said before, I am not throwing in the towel. i am still staying the course in hopes that a miracle happens and I can still cross that stage! It is hard to get me to quit 😉 

Goal 4. Practice Till You Can’t Get It Wrong. Proud to say, that this year my posing is on point! I have been practicing everyday since my last competition and I will continue to do so. I take photos and videos, practice in and out of my heels. There is NO way I will ever lose again because of my posing! 

Goal 5. Keep Planning Ahead. This goal was met 10x over this month! Josh and I have been goal setting and planning every night. Long, late night brainstorming sessions and motivating pep talks. Josh and I have goals. We know that there will always be set backs, but we have to keep pushing, we have to keep planning ahead. WE WILL REACH OUR GOALS AND ACHIEVE OUR DREAMS! 

Goal 6. Keep Zoe Reaching For The Stars. We are a close knit family. Zoe knows that things are hard right now and that we are struggling, but she also knows that we are not quitters. That we are not gonna stand back and whine about our troubles in hopes that someone will rescue us. We make sure that she is learning that she has to work hard towards her goals, just as we do. We want her to rely on her faith and her work ethic when it comes to problem solving. We believe in leading by example. She is tackling her studies like never before. She is excited about learning, which keeps us excited about teaching! 

Even though it still wasn’t the easiest month, it certainly was a great one, because we learned and we grew. We are not the type of people to lay down and settle. We will push through this and continue to fight for our dreams! Hope you all smashed your goals for July. Achieving your smaller goals means you are that much closer to your huge goal!!! KEEP PUSHING!!!! Start thinking about your August Goals. Write them down, post them on your fridge, share them, do whatever you need to, to keep yourself accountable. We may be on different paths, but we can always push and motivate each other xoxo

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Macro Friendly Protein Power Pudding #BuildWithThePowerOfTheUniverse @SaturnMuscle

 Some think flexible dieting means that I should be able to use my carbs for whatever I want, but that is far from the truth. When you start to get into what I call poverty macros, you have to hit your fiber count before even thinking about indulging. I have said it time and time again, One of my biggest struggles during prep is my sweet tooth. Most things I want that are sweet, have WAY too many carbs and not enough fiber for my macro count.

When I get to this point in prep, is when the kitchen experiments begin. Chocolate has been my vice over the past couple of weeks. Last year I lived on a version of protein pudding. It consisted of Fage Greek yogurt, Sugar free instant pudding mix, and my favorite protein powder, Nitrox Pro. Delicious? Absolutely, but still very carb filled.

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So, I decided to cut out the Fage and just make the Protein pudding with the basics. All you need to make this Protein Power Pudding is a bowl, scale to measure out your ingredients, Vanilla Nitrox Pro (I choose this protein for the perfect flavor and outrageous amount of protein per serving 41g), and of course Sugar Free Instant Pudding Mix. My favorite flavors are Chocolate, Cheesecake, and Butterscotch. Today I am using chocolate.

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I did 2 servings of the pudding mix in this bowl. Mainly because I had a ton of carbs available and I was hungry ha ha. Typically I use just one serving, which is 10g.

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On top of the pudding mix, add one serving of the Nitrox Pro. I use one serving, whether I am doing a small batch or larger one. It doesn’t change the texture or flavor at all.

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Next, add water and mix till you get the consistency and thickness that you desire.

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Once complete, you have a delicious snack with AWESOME macros!!! This double pudding serving is just 232 Kcals 41g of Protein, 1g of Fat, 16g of Carbs, and 2g of Fiber.

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Even more awesome, is you can do a ton of things with pudding! My family takes a lot of hikes. I typically pack those Snack Pack puddings that you see at the grocery store, for Zoe. For me, I pack up a serving of this in a small container and having my own Power Protein Pudding snack. You can also Freeze it in a Popsicle mold for pudding pops. It’s my favorite pool side treat!!! (note I add more water to make it a little thinner for the pops)

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Nothing Keeping Me Down This Week! Motivate Me Monday #PoweredBySaturnSupplements @SaturnMuscle

Happy Monday Fit Family.

This past week I changed up my training and for whatever reason the new workout meant a very sore week ha ha ha. My body is finally feeling like it’s self again. Stress seems to be dwindling. Still waiting on more info about my dad. I think it is harder, because I am so far away and feel like I am kept out of the loop. Either way, I do so appreciate all of the kind words, messages, texts, and prayers. You all have no idea what it meant to me!!!! It truly lifted my spirits and filled my heart with faith, hope, and love. I adore you all for that and know that I am surely blessed xoxo

This week is going to be an awesome one! Today is a refeed day for me. Hubs work has blessed us with lunch on them! I am excited. We have had some financial issues, so going out to eat hasn’t been an option for quite a while. We are both foodies, so we certainly see it as a blessing.

I am ready to finish this month strong and smash my goals this week!!!! As always, let’s kick it off with a little Lady Swole Monday…

This week is MY week! This week is YOUR week! Let’s make it happen!!!!

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Glutamine, How It Benefits You… #BuildWithThePowerOfTheUniverse @SaturnMuscle

Glutamine. What is it and how does it benefit you?

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Glutamine is an Amino Acid. One that makes up 61% of your body’s muscle tissue. Making it the most common amino in your body. During intense training, your Glutamine level decrease significantly. What does this mean for you??? It means decreased strength, stamina, and recovery. It can take as long as 6 days for your body to replenish itself with the proper amounts of Glutamine. Without Glutamine, your muscles begin to breakdown.

Glutamine is beneficial in more ways than most realize.

~ It increases your body’s natural production of HGH. This supports new muscle growth and aids in metabolizing fat.

~ Immune system support. Glutamine strengthens your immune system, preventing illness, speeding up not only recovery time, but also the healing of wounds.

~ Improves Intestinal health. Glutamine is a vital nutrient to healthy bowels. 

~ Known to heal stomach ulcers. 

~ Improves Brain function, by improving concentration and help with stress and anxiety. It has the ability to calm moods, improve low mental and physical energy levels, and increase alertness.

~ Curb Sugar and alcohol cravings. This is important for me when cutting weight. I seem to get the most cravings when I am trying to lose.

The perfect supplement to keep you and your body performing at it’s peak. Saturn Supplements Athena Series Glutamine Body Protect is a natural fortifying source of l-glutamine-the most abundant amino acid in the body, primarily found in the skeletal muscle, lungs, liver and stomach. L-glutamine is naturally produced by the body, although strenuous exercise may place demands for additional replenishing reserves of this vital nutrient. This muscle fortifier plays an important role in recovery, protection and nitrogen balance-the key components for maintaining body-muscular form.

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Motivation Monday! Are You Ready? #PowereBySaturnSupplements @SaturnMuscle

Motivation Monday!!!

Last week our family took another hit. If you have been following me for a while, you know that my dad has been battling Leukemia for quite some time. Last month he was diagnosed with skin cancer, then last week with prostate cancer. Been a rough ride to say the least. He is a trooper and keeping a much more positive outlook than I think most would. I am proud to call him my father. Taking everything day by day.

This week I need as much positivity and motivation as I can get! As always, kicking the week off with a little Lady Swole Monday…

Let’s start this week so awesome, that nothing can bring us down!!!

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Boost, Curb, & Burn With The New Athena Series Lady Slim Or Lady Slim 2 #PoweredBySaturnSupplements @SaturnSupplements

The launch of Saturn Supplements new Women’s Athena Series has been remarkable!

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The products are unlike any other on the market and those who have tried them, are raving about them!!!! I am always honored to review such awesome products! This week the spotlight is on Lady Slim and Lady Slim 2.

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When your goal is to lean out, we all know the importance of increasing energy, curbing appetites, and blasting calories. Both Lady Slim & Lady Slim 2 follow the Ultimate Boost, Curb, & Burn philosophy. Meaning, they Boost your energy levels naturally, Curb any appetite cravings you may have, and effectively Burn fat.

These pics were posted on July 2nd, about a week after I started taking the Lady Slim products.

#PoweredBySaturnSupplements @SaturnMuscle I love the process of bulking as well as leaning out. It’s so awesome to see changes your body is capable of. There is a 3 week and 5lb difference between the photos. Top pics taken this morning (July 2). I am pleased with my progress so far. Still a ways to go, but know I am bringing a better me to the stage this year! #TrustTheProcess #LeaningOutSlowly #SaveTheMuscle #NeverSettle #ContestPrep #IAmMyWorstCritic #NPCFigure #14weeks #BuildWithThePowerOfTheUniverse #NitroxPro #LipoEX #KpumpHydrate #LadySlim2 #HyperionSeries #AthenaSeries www.saturnsupplements.com

I am proud of how much further I have come in just a couple of weeks….

Forgive the picture quality, My phone is wonky, however you get the gist. This photo was taken on Saturday, July 12th. Just a few weeks in and seeing remarkable differences. Of course, diet and training play a huge part as well, but the right fat burner will light a fire under your efforts and melt away even more unwanted fat to truly reveal your best body; and the right energy supplement will help get you there faster by giving you the power to push harder and stronger through your workouts.

You may be asking what the difference between Lady Slim & Lady Slim 2 might be? The answer is, Lady Slim has an easy-feeling boost of energy with caffeine. Lady Slim 2 has the same easy feeling, but without the caffeine. Making it useful throughout the day and night. For me, Lady Slim is perfect for my pre-workouts in the morning. That is when I tend to feel the most sluggish. Lady Slim 2 is perfect for my evening cardio session. When I get done, I can actually shower and hit go to bed. Knowing that my body is still utilizing the fat burning power of Lady Slim 2.

I am loving the new Athena Series. All of the products are fueling me to the best stage presentation yet!

There has been such a demand for the Athena Series, but especially these fat burners! So many have tried them and are seeing the spectacular results! Be sure to get your order in and use code 25YEARS for an additional 25% off your total order.

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Monday Motivation For My #FitFam #PoweredBySaturnSupplements @SaturnMuscle

Happy Monday Fitfam!

This past week has had it’s ups and downs ha ha. My shin splints started acting up again, which changes my cardio drastically. Even though it is painful, it pushes me to educate myself and look for new ways to cut weight.

My cardio Thursday was an 8+ mile summer hike into the mountains with my family. It was an amazingly perfect day!

Well, till the drive back down the mountain we had a flat tire ha ha. Life happens. I try to keep a positive outlook no matter what. Even with the flat, we made it home safe. The repair is going to be minimal and we still had an awesome day! 

This week, like I said cardio change up. I am researching new ways to do my cardio that will require just as much upper body as lower in hope to keep it fun and have less impact on my shins. Last night I started incorporating ab workouts back into my routine and for my cardio I did mountain climbers 5 sets 15 secs on 45 secs off, then did the up down plank jacks that I shared from Blogilates on my Facebook page same deal,  5 sets 15  secs on and 15 secs off.  They are HARD, but fun!

Up Down Plank JackWARNING! THIS IS THE COOLEST MOVE YOU WILL EVER SEE.Introducing the POP Pilates “Up Down Plank Jack.” While I was working out today I decided to mesh 2 of my exercises together – the Up Up Down Down and the Plank Jack. I wasn’t sure if it’d be possible…BUT IT WAS!! New POP Pilates move has been invented.This is the absolute best total body non equipment exercise move you will ever see. You get core sculpting, upper body toning and fat burning cardio all in one. How many can you do before you simply can’t anymore!? Show me. Song is FUN by Pitbull ft. Chris Brown

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I am excited to start this week strong and see more results!!!

Today is the day that YOU decide what YOU want. Will you go for it? Will you push yourself to your limits to achieve your goals, or will you settle? If you are unhappy about any aspect of your life, use today as the stepping stone to change it! Stop thinking you have to settle for less than the best. YOU deserve to have all of your dreams! Get out there and MAKE IT HAPPEN!!!

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Believe & You Are Halfway There #HappyMonday #BuildWithThePowerOfTheUniverse @SaturnMuscle

Happy Monday!!!

Hope everyone had a fabulous Independence Day! My hubs is in retail, so he worked. Zoe and I did our normal chores, then lounged by the pool. When he got home in the evening, we took a walk to a nearby metro station and watched the fireworks. It was a pretty amazing sight! We could see like 10 shows from where we were well over 30 mins long. No one else was at the metro station. Just our little family. It was truly a blessed holiday for us!

This week I am focused and ready for my training! Last week was shark week, so I was dragging all week. I still got my training in, I just wasn’t performing at my best. I am ready to get back at it hard!!!! As always, let’s kick the week off with a little Lady Swole Monday!

I know you are as ready as I am to start the week!

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Welcoming July With Open Arms, Let’s Set Some Goals!!! #BuiltBySaturnSupplements @SaturnMuscle

I am so ready to start a new month! As rough as June has been, I know it only means we are being prepped for bigger and better things!!!!

Let’s get these goals set!

Goal 1. Keep Pressing On. We will always have set backs. Keeping our head right and staying motivated will be key to getting through the next few months successful. All of the issues we are dealing with are bad, but manageable. Things could certainly be worse, so we are feeling quite blessed. We will keep pressing on despite our tribulations and we will come out on top! 

Goal 2. Optimize Training. As I always say, I am on a continuous learning curve. My training changes slightly every few weeks. Depending on how my body reacts to it. I am learning what ways I can maximize my time in the gym and optimize my training to get the best results. It is certainly time consuming, but I do love learning more. 

Goal 3. Stay The Course. I had been originally planning on competing here in Utah come October. I am still pressing for that, but under our current circumstances, that may or may not happen. I am going to stay the course and continue with prep and be hopeful that I will be able to. As rough as our finances are, I know that things can change in the blink of an eye and you know I won’t be throwing in the towel that easy 😉

Goal 4. Practice Till You Can’t Get It Wrong. Posing practice is as important as diet and training! I want to make sure if and when I cross that stage this year, no one questions one step I make. Every pose will be spot on! PERIOD! 

Goal 5. Keep Planning Ahead. Josh and I sat down last night and reassessed our goals. We know there is a delay on our business ventures, but that shouldn’t mean that we stop planning. We just to adjust our goals, so we can continue on. Our business ventures are still in the works and we are staying hopeful, that despite this bump in the road, we can get things back on schedule. 

Goal 6. Keep Zoe Reaching For The Stars. Zoe is awesome at setting huge goals for herself. We are trying our best to instill goal setting and positive thinking. With Everything she is seeing us go through, it is definitely been a lesson for all of us ha ha ha ha. She knows that she will be starting Big girl school in the near future. Even though we are going to home school her, she will be attending an online academy, or private school if you will. She is rather excited to interact with the teachers and other students. It is a very exciting time for all of us!!! Keeping her excited about learning is one of my top priorities!!! 

I feel optimistic about July and excited to get started! Hope you all have your goals set and are trying to push your limits!!!!

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That’s A Wrap June Goals Recap

Trying to end the month on a good note was harder than I had anticipated ha ha. No need for details, because we all have times that get rough. This family is not taking it lying down! We are growing stronger and plan on pushing through it!

Let’s see how I fared with June’s goals…

Goal 1. Keeping Training and prep on track. Probably the easiest of my goals ha ha. Training is often times my therapy, so hitting the gym has never been an issue for me. I did miss 2 days when making Zoe’s birthday cake and party prepping, but they were made up over the weekend. 

Goal 2. Practice, practice, practice, makes perfect. Lesson learned from last year, is that posing is just as important as your physique. This is another goal, that I never allow to go to the wayside. I practice day in and day out. 7 days a week. I am a work in progress, but progress is definitely being made! I have been educating myself on the rights and wrongs of each mandatory pose. 

Goal 3. Stop comparing myself to others. To be completely honest, at the beginning of June this was a complete fail. I was getting caught up in who was where in their contest prep and comparing myself to their progress. It hold you back when you start thinking negatively. All of our problems/issues this month have been a blessing when it comes to stopping my comparison problem ha ha. I actually haven’t had time to even think about it till just now.  My progress has been phenomenal, even with the added stress. I am trying my best to trust the process, which sometimes is easier said than done 😉

Goal 4. Continue to make needed contest purchases. This goal is currently on hold. At least till we can resolve the issues we are currently having. So This goal would be a fail… for now anyway ha ha 

Goal 5. Zoe’s birthday celebration. I am proud that we still accomplished this goal! I was scared that we were going to have to cancel her party, which would have devastated Zoe. She knows that we are in a financial slump right now and that we are working hard to get out of it, but in no way did she think her birthday party was on the brink of cancellation. Josh was not going to take this lying down. He did what he needed to, to get her party the way she wanted. He is an amazing man and phenomenal father. We are truly blessed to have him! With all the added stress, I struggled with her cake this year. I have no idea why, but the fondant fought me every step of the way. Her cake turned out better than I had planned. It had all the whistles and bells that she asked for, chocolate bones, rock candy, gumballs, stitches, and the most important Monster High Skull ha ha. She was so ecstatic when I had the final product put together and even more happy when we sliced into each tier and they were all Zebra striped. Most everyone showed up and we all had a lot of needed fun! I still can’t believe our baby is 5 now!!!! 

Goal 6. Continue to work on both new business ventures. This goal has also been put on hold. Not for too long, but for now. Josh and I are still making plans, just nothing set in stone. Our current future is up in the air. These business ventures will happen, just not sure when or where as of yet 😉 

Goal 7. Continue to look for innovative ways to educate Zoe. This is always my top priority. We have found new websites and workbooks to utilize to help push her further in her education. We are still debating on whether she will officially start kindergarten next year, or if we will wait till she is 6. Mainly, because with homeschooling she will get ahead faster than her peers in school. It is something we are still weighing in on. Plus where to register her and so on…. We both feel there is no rush needed 

Excited to set my goals for July! I am ready to say farewell to June 😉

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