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A very interesting weekend

This weekend was busy and very exciting.

A point form synopsis of this weekend would be:

  • Worked 15.5 hours
  • Had my first posing session in the middle of my very busy gym, nerve racking but awesome
  • Anaphylaxsis
  • Did a killer leg workout and a killer chest and tris workout
  • Won a free Tim Horton’s donut on the roll up the rim (woo wee, I’m excited even though I can’t eat them!)
  • Decided to give up dairy and is thinking of an appropriate award to give myself at the end of March for starting to be dairy free prior to contest prep.
    The Eating:
    M1: 1 scoop of protein powder
    M2: 4 eggs (2 yolk), 1/2 cup of oats, cinnamon and 1 banana
    M3: chicken breast
    M4: chicken breast and roasted peppers
    M5: Greek salad with Souvlaki chicken
    M6: tuna & salsa 

    The Eating:
    M1: 1 scoop of protein powder
    M2: 1/2 cup of oats, 1 scoop of protein, 2 tsps of sunbutter
    M3: 1 chicken leg
    M4: 4 eggs (2 yolk) & salsa
    M5: 1 can of tuna, 1 avocado & salsa
    M6: 1 piece of steak (strip loin), 2 cups of greens, 5 sundried tomatoes, artichokes, and oven roasted bell peppers and onions with lemon juice, pepper, olive oil and lemon Mrs. Dash.

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Posted by on February 28, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

T.G.I.F.

I work 7 days a week, but for some reason I still get excited for the weekend.  I’m not sure if it’s because I work shorter shifts and I have more time to be in the gym, but mostly I think it’s because Sunday is always lazy day for the hubby and I.  Even though I work Sunday during the day.  Sunday night we always watch a movie and chill, plus I like to reserve Sunday’s for a scheduled cheat meal day.  Which usually means I bake us a tasty eat clean treat!

Most of the time it’s muffins! But this week I’m going to try making homemade sunbutter cups!  Sunbutter cups might not sound exciting to some.  But they are super exciting for me!  I haven’t eaten a peanut butter cup in over 10 years due to the nut allergy that developed in my twenties.

Anyway as for today’s eating:
M1: 1 scoop of protein powder
M2: 1/2 c oats, cinnamon, 4 eggs (2 yolk),  1 banana
M3: raw celery, peppers and 1 pork chop
M4: raw celery, peppers and 1 chicken breast with 3 omega three tablets
M5: 3 omega three tablets, 1 chicken breast and more raw veggies
M6: black bean brownies (ingredients include: beans, stevia, baking powder, salt, cocoa and oil)  They were ok, I think they would have been better without the sweetener honestly.  The batter was delicious though.  It did the job in satisfying my crazy pms chocolate craving.

 
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Posted by on February 26, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

It’s a Brand New Day

My post title actually has nothing to do with the post, but has everything to do with the fact that  I have Brand New Day from Dr. Horrible’s Sing a Long Blog in my head.

Anyway, moving along.  My neck is still sore.  It’s certainly feeling a million times better than yesterday, there are no tears to fight back and advil does actually take the edge off.  I’m anxious to get back in the gym, but I’m also going to be a little cautious because this injury was definitely a result of lifting to heavy of a weight for too may reps.

At least that’s what my massage therapist satid.  But what he also said was “wow you have a lot more lean muscle that I remember, you gave me a workout!,”  score!

I must admit, my emotions surround this injury are much better than they were the last few days.  There is something about pain that makes people really miserable.  But, I guess it’s all part and parcel of this sport because my trainer and husband both made comments to me that made me feel optimistic:

“Welcome to the world of training” –  this is obviously my trainer and “Just think of this as another challenge to get through on  your way to the stage.”  Oh the wisdom of the rational!

Anyway, I’m looking forward to seeing the inside of the gym tomorrow.  I think I’m going to do some biceps and triceps.

Now for the Eating Report:
M1: 1 scoop of protein powder
M2: turkey and stuffing with 1 pear
M3: turkey vegetable soup
M4: turkey vegetable soup
M5: turkey breast, cilantro, dill, baby greens, 1/2 an avocado, sesame seeds and pumpkin seeds, tomatoes and a sesame seed dressing.
M6: 1 can of tuna with 1 avocado and salsa
M7: late night snack, smoked rainbow trout.

Today’s Eating
M1: 1 scoop of protein powder
M2: turkey and stuffing with apple sauce
M3: 1 can of tuna with 1/2 an avocado and salsa
M4: spaghetti squash with ground beef and pesto
M5: oven roasted vegetable salad with pinenuts around olive oil and balsamic dressing and organic chicken!
M6: smoked rainbow trout

 

 
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Posted by on February 26, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Ow! Ow! Ow!

Today started out great.  I was so excited to dance and was looking so forward to my shoulder workout.   I got to the gym and things started out great,  but then during my last back exercise I got a pinch in my neck, ow!  A pinch that I hoped to shake off, but just got progressively worse.  Bad to the point that I can barely get my sweatshirt back on and with every spasm I had to cease any conversation and occasionally fight back tears.  I was sad to leave the gym without finishing my workout but I didn’t want to hurt myself more.  Originally I was planning on attending dance class, but who am I kidding? jumping around isn’t going to make me feel any better.   I’ve already learned the hard way what overtraining does to the body, why would I even think of doing anything stupid to compromise my success again?  Anyway, at the end of the day I did the right thing.  Came home, had a bath and relaxed. But I think every athlete can agree, being hurt sucks!  I’m just happy I’m far out from my competition.

Here is the past few day’s eating:

M1: 1 scoop of protein powder
M2: 1/2 c oats, 1 banana, 4 eggs (2 yolk)
M3: cottage cheese with sliced peppers
M4: turkey leg and sliced peppers
M5: Scheduled Cheat: turkey, stuffing, gravy, salad (no dressing), red cabbage and danish apple cake [whip cream, apple sauce, holland rusk, brandy and currants)
M6: 4 eggs (2 yolk) with peppers and salsa

M1: 1 scoop of protein powder
M2: turkey and stuffing
M3: turkey & vegetable soup (homemade, salt free – zucchini, tomatoes, carrots, onion, celery, parsnips)
M4: turkey & vegetable soup (homemade, salt free – zucchini, tomatoes, carrots, onion, celery, parsnips)
M5: Greek salad with souvlaki chicken
M6: Smoked rainbow trout

Furthermore, one of my goals for the future is to reduce my dairy intake, but because I’m cheap I need to wait until I have eaten all that is left in my fridge and going forward I am going to not purchase anymore dairy with the exception of full fat cottage cheese which my trainer has approved.

In the meantime, ow, ow, motherbleeping ow, ow, ow!

 
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Posted by on February 23, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Highland Weekend Extravaganza!

This weekend was great.  Friday I went on a road trip with some of my highland dance gal friends.  We went to St. Paul, MN to participate  in the Scottish Ramble Highland Dance Competition.  The weekend was everything I expected and more.  The dance competition was held at the Landmark Centre downtown St. Paul.  I’m not sure what I was expecting, but I certainly did not expect to walk up to a gorgeous historical building!  The building and event was perfect, I obviously had not researched the Scottish Ramble because if I did I would have known that it was an indoor Scottish cultural festival not just dance competition.  There were beautiful venders, oodles of Scottish food and drink.  I loved the atmosphere and was totally cursing myself for forgetting my camera in the hotel room.

The competition went well, I completed all of my dances making only small mistakes in each one (but I refused to let my slips ups show on my face and I smiled through the whole thing).  I guess my game face and practice paid off because I went home with 3 medals:  1 Silver and 2 Bronze.  I was super happy with myself and very excited about watching the afternoon Premier Dancers competition because the National rep for the USA was in attendance and she was amazing.  There is something about watching the best in any given industry that makes you want to strive to achieve more.  I’m so ready to practice a little bit everyday so that my spring points look sharper and my jumps higher.

On top of that we had some good laughs, great food and a wee bit of shopping!  Now for the eating.

Friday Eating:
M1: 1 scoop of protein powder
M2: 1/2 cup of oats, 4 eggs (2 yolk), 1 apple pear with cinnamon
M3: moose hamburger with pesto and spaghetti squash
M4: moose hamburger with pesto and spaghetti squash
M5: hamburger (ate only half of the bun with bacon and cheddar and sweet potato fries in a chipotle mayo
M6: deer meat

Saturday Eating:
M1: 1 scoop of protein powder
M2: 2 whole eggs and 4 slices of bacon
M3: deer kielbasa and more than 2 cups worth of celery and cucumbers
M4: deer kielbasa and more than 2 cups worth of celery and cucumbers
M5: Scheduled Cheat Meal:  6 coconut shrimp, fries and 1 cup of fountain pop & 4 espresso shortbread cookies
M6: last of the kielbasa

Sunday Eating:
M1: 1 scoop of protein powder
M2: 1 egg, 1 cup of ham diced and 3 pineapple chunks
M3: 1 3 whole egg omelets with mushrooms, onions, peppers and tomatoes
M4: 1/2 container of cottage cheese and some moose meat
M5: 1/2 container of cottage cheese
M6:  1 cup of red and green peppers, 4 eggs (2 yolks) with ricotta cheese and salsa

My eating was acceptable for the road, but could have been better.  If I were to do this road trip again I would have pack a little bit more vegetables because I ate all my veggies on Sat and I would have also pack more utensils or precut up some of my meat.  But it’s all a learning lesson.

 

 
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Posted by on February 21, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

I want chocolate

Yesterday was totally.  I was surround by the glorious aroma of chocolate and various carby, sugary treats!  Yes I resisted!  But I couldn’t help but think, if I’m able to abstain by telling myself my next cheat meal is a just few days away, how am I going to cope when my next cheat meal is months away?  I’m mentally preparing myself for a 16- 22 week contest prep.  I like to expect the worst case scenario, that way I’m mentally prepared.  How am I going to stick to my guns doing that 4-5 month period.  It’s time to really start thinking about what I can eat and what will satisfy my cravings during that period so that I can go the distance and prance my lean ass on the UFE show stage.

Anyway I’m rambling, what I ended up doing was eating tuna, avocado and salsa, then making chia seed pudding: chia seeds, vanilla, and matcha green tea with a sprinkle of stevia and a drop of milk.  I’m pretty sure I can skip the milk if necessary, but for now I can eat it so I will.  I’m going to bank this recipe in the vault, as I think it may be allowed in my contest prep.  At least I hope, because then when I’m dying for chocolate I know that I can concoct some sort of chia seed pudding to satisfy my insane cravings.

The Eating

M1: protein powder
M2: 1/2 cup of oats, 1 apple pear, 4 eggs (2 yolk) and cinnamon
M3: 1 cup of peas and pork tenderloin
M4: 1 cup of peas and pork tenderloin
M5: 2 cups of salad with 2 chicken thighs
M6: ricotta cheese with sundried tomatoes

The Eating:
M1: 1 scoop of protein powder
M2: 1/2 cup of oats, 1 apple pear, 4 eggs (2 yolk) and cinnamon
M3: diced tomatoes and chicken breast
M4: chicken breast with hummus
M5: 4 cups of lettuce with 2 tbsp of cheese, 1 chicken breast and yogurt dressing
M6: chicken breast with a few cherry tomatoes and two sundried tomatoes

The Eating:
M1: pork tenderloin with 1 apple and a few raisins with thyme and cinnamon
M2: pork tenderloin and parsnip fries coated in sunbutter
M3: pork tenderloin with carrots and hummus
M4: 1 baby bell cheese and a pepperette (kind of a pre supper snack) then 4 slices of bacon and two whole eggs
M5: 1 avocad0, 1 can of tuna and salsa
M6: chia seed green tea pudding (1/4 cup of chia seeds, soaked in matcha with 1 tsp of vanilla and a sprinkle of stevia)

So I’ve been a tad burpy the past few days and I’ve also felt kind of tubby, so I’m suspecting it’s because I consumed hummus.   Sadly means I think I need to give up legumes. *weep*  hummus is so good, but I suppose it’s not good if it makes me feel as large as a house.  My trainer said if a food makes you gassy three times it’s out.   So sadly beans and I will say goodbye until next November!

 
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Posted by on February 18, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Happy Valentine’s Day to Me!

My Posing Shoes

My Posing Shoes

The last few days have been amazing!  Two things have happened that have gotten me so excited for this competition and brought be a little bit closer to feeling like “Yes!” this is going to happen.

One, my husband bought me my posing shoes for Valentine’s Day! <— Aren’t they gorgeous?!  They are so awesome, I can’t wait to prance around the house in them.  Now to make my posing match these fantabulous shoes!!!

Two,  I’ve been chatting back and forth with the woman who is making my posing suit (also another exciting venture) and through her facebook profile I found my twin!  Not actually my twin, but a stunningly gorgeous bikini model who has the exact same surgical scars and I do.

I have two surgical scars, one that appears to be a second belly button and a second which is a long cut along my pubic bone.  For the most part, you can’t see the large one, but the one that looks like a second belly button is very obvious.  I’ve always hated this scar, hid it, was self conscious of it and let it hold me back from wearing low rise jeans, or cute bikini’s.  But this year I decided to let that all go.  I really want to do this fitness thing and if I’m going to do it, I’m just going to have to let it hang out and be comfortable with it (or fake it).  It’s been quite liberating, but in the back of my mind I have this little voice telling me that is it going to keep me from being able to be successful, not!  I now know it won’t and I have the role model to prove it!

Eating:
M1: 1 scoop of protein powder
M2: 1.2 c of oats, cinnamon, 4 eggs (2 yolks) and 1 apple pear
M3: chicken breast, diced tomatoes, jalapenos and chicken broth
M4: chicken breast, diced tomatoes, jalapenos and chicken broth
M5: 1 cup of cauliflower, carrots and parsnips with 4 chicken drumsticks
<— in between here I scooped 2 tbsps of ricotta cheese in my mouth with 3 sundried tomatoes.  I was starving all day.  All day I wanted to eat an hour after eating.  My stomach was just screaming.
M6: 1 can of tuna, 1 avocado and 1/2 cup of salsa

 
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Posted by on February 15, 2011 in Uncategorized