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Training for my 1st Bikini Competition!

Yup! I’m training for my first Bikini Competition! I haven’t posted on here in awhile, this prep is like a full time job! I am going to do my best to post about the rest of my journey to the competition though…
I am competing with a group from a local gym in the INBF Classic on June 7th. Thats not too far away! yikes!! I am happy with my results so far but am excited to see the end result! 🙂 I started training at 10 weeks out which is a pretty short amount of time to train!
I am really surprising myself at how disciplined I can be! I always considered myself someone with little or no will power especially with food! Since the day I committed to doing this I have stayed on track with my diet with no cheats at all! I think its the thought of being on stage in a bikini being judged that scares the crap out of me and makes me stay on track! I will say though that I do miss my wine!! I may need to have a glass before heading on stage just to get me out there lol!
I eat 6 meals a day that consist of lean protein and veggies. Its pretty strict with no snacking in-between meals (I’m the queen of snacking!) but I do have to say I have never felt better and I am very rarely hungry. Meal prep is time consuming but absolutely necessary to stay on track!
My workouts are going well, my boxing trainer is helping me with some heavy lifting and cardio is limited to brisk walking (i miss running!) Im really enjoying lifting and seeing the results! Its amazing to watch your body transform!! 🙂

I am going to try to post at least once a week on here with my progress…only 5 more weeks!! Here are a few progress pics so far…

 

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My lovely comp shoes…hoping to not fall on my ass on stage in these! Practice practice practice! 😉

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Cant believe I am posting these…..I don’t think Ive ever posted a pic of my stomach, its my problem area…

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Getting better….

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Happy with the progress so far…

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Of course I had to make a tank! 🙂

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Refrigerator Oatmeal

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I have been on a bit of an oatmeal kick lately so when I came across this recipe on Pintrest (of course) I had to try it! Basically you mix old fashioned rolled oats, milk (i used Almond Coconut Milk), Greek yogurt (i had to use non dairy So Delicious yogurt), chia seeds and then add whatever mix ins you want. I got these awesome 8 oz. plastic “mason jars” at Target today…they are perfect! You mix the ingredients together and let them sit over night in the fridge and they are ready to eat, no heating up required! These seem like they would be great for the kids for breakfast or snacks and with these handy dandy plastic “mason jars” they would be great for on the go too! Click here for the full recipes..

These are the ones I made:
Blueberry
Apple Cinnamon
Banana Cocoa
Banana Peanut Butter
Raspberry Vanilla
Peanut Butter, Coconut, Almond & Chocolate Chip
(that last one isn’t on the site i just through what i had in!)

I made these tonight so I haven’t been able to try them yet…I will update on my Facebook page after I try each one if you would like to know how they came out 🙂

I do post more on my Facebook page so if you’d like come on over and “like” my page…fitness motivation, workouts, recipes, and more!

I hope these come out good!! They look so yummy, can’t wait to try them! Let me know if you try them and if you have any other combos to try! 🙂

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Workout in your underwear…try it!! ;)

My legs are shaking from this workout, stairs are not going to be fun today…

Sooo before I get to the workout, does anyone workout in their underwear?? I mean at home, I hope you don’t at the gym! I know this might be a little TMI but I recently started doing this in my home gym and I love it! Okay so it might not be the most flattering way to workout but it is very motivating! I have a mirror in the gym of course that I workout in front of and by doing it without clothes on you can really see every muscle in your body working and the improvements you have made. I can of course see the areas that I  need to work on too (which sucks) but that keeps pushing me harder to reach my goals. I highly recommend trying this (at home, i don’t think your gym would appreciate you stripping down to your underwear!)

My workout today:

50 seconds work 10 seconds rest for 3 rounds
Clean and press
Squat with weighted barbell
TRX Abs
1 leg burpees with pushup alternating legs

Leg Workout
Do each group 3 times through with no rest between exercises before moving on to the next group. Rest 30 seconds between groups.

Smith Machine Squats 12
Bench/box jumps 15
Jump lunges 30
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Plie squats with 25 lb plate 20
Bench/Box power step ups alternating legs 20
Deadlifts 20
x3

Reverse lunges 20
Leg extensions 12
Bodyweight squats 20
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Hip thrusts with barbell 20
Calf raises with kettle bell 15 each leg
x3

Thats it, hope you try it out (maybe in your underwear!) it was a good one! 🙂

My new adventure…I’m so excited!

I know I haven’t posted in awhile but I have a good reason…I was busy setting up my new business! I have started a woman’s fitness line of cute and sexy tanks with fitness motivational sayings. I will be adding other products too like sweatshirts and accessories. I’m so excited to get this rolling so check it out and please help me spread the word! Thank you!!

PrettyFitAthletics.com

muscles and mascara

 

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My gym smells like wine…wine & a workout

Its a little distracting when your working out and all you can smell is the barrels of wine from the room next door….

My gym is in our garage and our wine making room is in the other side of the garage but there is a doorway that is open between the two rooms, and now my gym smells like sweet sweet wine…very distracting.

Here are a few pictures to follow up from my other post when we crushed the grapes, last weekend we pressed them. I needed to spend a little more time in the gym this week to make up for that day (had a little too much wine and food!)

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Working the press is quite the arm workout! Haha! Now we have to wait until April before we can even enjoy the fruits of our labor ( pun sorta intended!)

Now for my workout I did today…

Like I said I had to hit the gym a little harder this week so I did two Bodyrock workouts that you can find here…

http://www.dailyhiit.com/videos/sweat-and-get-lean-workout-thehiit16

http://www.dailyhiit.com/videos/abs-abs-abs-workout-thehiit-17-0

Then I made up my own with the same format, 50 seconds work 10 seconds rest for 3 rounds.

~ Clean & press with  weighted barbell

~ Squats with weighted barbell

~ TRX abs

~ One leg burpees (alternating legs)

Today was one of those days that I think I could have stayed in the gym all day and worked out! I was feeling good!! Unfortunately I couldn’t because I had to get to work on my new business….that will be in a post soon!  😉

Motivational Monday!

Everyone needs a little motivation on Mondays right!? I came across this quote the other day and I love it…

“If you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done.” – Thomas Jefferson

This applies to so many things in life. You can’t complain that things aren’t working out the way you want them too if you are not willing to put the time, work and effort into them. If you want the body you’ve always wanted, sitting on the couch and eating unhealthy is not going to get you there…you need to do something you’ve never done. For you that may mean to finally commit to getting healthy, eating right and hitting the gym or maybe you already do that but you want to push yourself harder and really transform your body…you need to do something you’ve never done. Maybe you are not happy with your job or relationships, but things won’t change unless… you do something you’ve never done. Its really simple actually, either you do it or you don’t, but don’t complain that nothing changes… if you don’t do something you’ve never done….

Workout Wednesday! Dam stairs!

Okay so I’ve been slacking a little lately on my posts but that doesn’t mean I’ve been slacking on my workouts! Today i went for a run and then headed over to the Clinton Dam to do my workout. I focused on legs today because I had boxing yesterday and I go tomorrow so my poor arms need a rest! As I am typing I am sitting at the Clinton Dam which is a beautiful spot for a workout. This is my view right now….

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Not bad right?! Oh and it’s 80 degrees on October 2nd!! I can live with that! 🙂

Okay so my workout today looked like this…

~ 3.4 mile run outside with an average pace of 8:30 minute miles

~ I did the stairs at the dam….and oh damn do they suck! But I love it!! I did them 4 times running 2 times walking. (these are the stairs and thats only about half and they are super steep!)

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~ Then I did 50 yards of walking lunges with back leg lifts

~ A 50 yard sprint

~ Broad jump into burpee with a pushup for 50 yards (these sucked! lol)

~ I ended with 50 squats

Then I rested…

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This is my view after I fell to the ground because my legs were like jello!! Ahhh so pretty…

Really this place is beautiful, it’s a great place for a run, workout or just a walk and some relaxation. I will leave you with a few more pics then its off to take a shower and get the kids off the bus! 🙂

Happy Workout Wednesday! Go get your sweat on!!

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You know its a good workout when you are dripping sweat onto your new gym floor and loving it! I started my new routine this morning of waking up at 5:30am to do my workouts…tough getting up but sooo nice to have it done and have the whole day in front of me! I’m still waiting for a few more things to get done in the new gym before I post some pics, I am loving it though!! So nice to have a separate place to do my thing…

Here is what I did this morning, its another workout from Bodyrock.tv, one of my have places to get workouts from…

Set your timer for 10 seconds rest 50 seconds work, you’ll do this for three rounds…click here for the link to see how to do the exercises

1.  2 Squat Jumps, 1 Tuck Jump, 2 Push Ups

2.  3 Monkey Press Ups 3 Single Leg Squats (left and right alternate)

3.  10 Open Me Up Mountain Climbers 10 Ab Toe Touches using the Ugi ball ( i used a 12 medicine ball)

4.  Push Up, 2 Knee In, Commando Roll

 

Then I did this…just one round 10 seconds rest, 50 seconds work

1. Leg Lift with Row using the sandbag (you can use a dumbbell if you don’t have a sand bag)

2. Leg Lift with Row using the sandbag

3. Step Ups using the sandbag

 

Then I moved on to the TRX and did some abs. The TRX is killer for ab workouts, you use so many more muscles at once, love it! I did this circuit twice…TRX ABS

 

Then I did 150 air squats… I ❤ squats 🙂

Thats it!! Let me know if you do this workout too and how you did! Go drip some sweat on your floors!!!

Tabata Tuesday!

Happy Tabata Tuesday! This is my workout I did this morning from another site that I get some good workouts from. This is a kettlebell HIIT cardio tabata workout. If you don’t have a kettlebell you can use a dumbbell, i used a 15lb kettlebell but I should have used a heavier one maybe 20 or 25 but thats all I have at home so I guess its time to go shopping for more kettlebells! Thats a good sign I guess though that the 15 is too easy for me now 🙂

I did this routine 2 times through, by the end of the second round I was dripping! I finished up with some abs using the TRX (which I LOVE btw, just recently got it so still learning how to use it). It does not include a warm up or cool down so make sure you include those to avoid injuries. This is a great workout for strength and endurance and burns a lot of calories. Its 20 seconds work with 10 seconds rest, doesn’t sound bad but when you are doing that for 18 minutes straight or in my case doing it twice, 36 minutes straight its friggin tough! That 10 second rest hardly exists! The whole idea is to push yourself as hard as you can (keeping good form) for that 20 seconds every time! If you don’t push yourself you won’t get what you want out of your workouts! Its totally worth it though, because of this style of workout you will continue to burn more calories over the next 48 hours even while your sleeping!

If you do this workout let me know how you did! Have fun! 😉

http://www.fitnessblender.com/v/workout-detail/Brutal-Kettlebell-HIIT-Cardio-Tabata-Workout-Get-Your-HIIT-Together/e

 

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