December Fitness & Fat Loss Goals

November Fat Loss Progress = 0 Muscle building progress, some. It doesn’t take much to derail fat loss. Just one day of shitty eating per week! I’m not in panic mode yet. And that’s the problem! In my mind, I have time. I’m not losing or gaining. Just staying exactly the same. It would be fine…

When it Comes to Your Body and What You Eat, “What’s Normal?”

“One eating method will not work for everyone, and this is why your friend or co-worker may achieve great results from a diet, but you don’t. The solution is clear: you must be your own guru. You must find what will work for you.”  -Nia Shanks I’ve started posting my food journal again.  I’m not…

I Need a Goal

Clearly I need a concrete, physical goal. I was supposed to reevaluate my macros on the 16th of October but I obviously couldn’t think of a good enough reason to stick with my macros on Saturdays and Sundays so nothing changed in that 28 days. I didn’t gain, but, I didn’t lose either. So I’m…

What are Macros & Why Do I Count Them?

What are Macros: Each calorie you consume comes from one of three sources: Carbohydrates, Proteins, or Fats. 1 gram of Carbohydrate = 4 calories 1 gram of Proteins = 4 calories 1 gram of Fat = 9 calories The recommended intakes, for adults, for each of these macronutrients is: 20%-35% Fat 45%-65% Carbohydrates 10% to…

Body Goals

Body goals for my 41st year. Find my body fat “sweet spot.” Glutes (build) Shoulders/Lats (build) Perfect My Posing Compete again in Spring/Summer 2018 Determining My Body Fat Sweet Spot I ended up at ~13% body fat for my (first) figure competition on June 10th 2017. I started my journey at 28% body fat in…

I’ve reached my goal. Now What?

  There’s no diet endgame. Time will not standstill and life will not be perfect when you reach your goal weight. Your body won’t register that you’ve reached your goal and lock itself in at that magic number. You will never stop gaining and/or losing weight. You will always be in a state of gaining…

Show Day (The Rest of the Story)!

We walked, in line, out onto the stage.  There were 5 of us in the Figure Masters 35 and up division. Across the center of the stage, from left to right, there were crosses made from, what looked like, green masking tape approximately 2 feet apart. I knew, only from watching YouTube videos and from…

Show Day (Taking The Stage)

The meeting wasn’t very informative. It only lasted about 15 minutes. The main thing they talked about was their rules for bikini posing. When it ended I decided to go backstage and try to find a place where I could sit and put on my makeup. When I got backstage I noticed a couple of…

Show Day (Morning)

I woke up on show day, at 6:30 am to a hotel “phone ring” wake up call. I stayed there in bed for a couple of minutes trying to take in the moment and concentrate on how I was feeling. I always imagine having these grand feelings on “important” days but you still have to go through…

The Day Before Show Day

{Note: I’ve been meaning to write about my show now for over a week. But, I haven’t been able to sit down and write for the amount of time I’d like in order to capture the entire weekend. Plus, I’ve still never published a peak week post. I’ve decided to break my show weekend and…