2 Weeks into my Maintenance

So today marks 2 weeks into my goal of maintaining what I worked for for my photo shoot. And I have to say I am really happy with it so far.

Here are pics from this morning…

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I’m holding a little bit of extra water in the stomach area from some of the extra carbohydrates I am eating, but in the picture on the right (wish I had better lighting) you can still see definition in my abs.

As for the scale, I have only gained 3 pounds back from the day of my shoot. And from what I can tell, it is all water weight!

I’m happy, not only about the abs and the scale, but also because I am proving to myself and others that you CAN maintain great results with out starving yourself or killing yourself in the gym 24/7. I didn’t rebound and I am easily eating more food, and really GOOD food ;), than I did during the 8 week lean out.

Overall my body is responding nicely and I am super excited to keep it going for another 2 weeks.

 

 

Video-A Peek Inside My Training

 

This is a video of part of my training today. I started a new program, really not much different from the previous one, and I wanted to share what I do for my metabolic at the end.

Today I had Kettlebell swing ladders using a 20kg, a 16kg and a 12kg. I did…

10 reps with the 20kg
15 reps with the 16kg
20 reps with the 12kg
5 times with a 1 minute break in between sets.

This all ended up to be about 15 min and it was great! 🙂

I love ladders whether it be with KB swings, squats, push ups or any type of exercise. I love how you can switch up how the ladder goes no matter what you use. Today I could have just as well done a descending ladder or added another bell or two to really make it interesting.

So don’t be afraid to make it fun and try different things out.

 

Supplements that Make A Mom Lean

Last Friday I talked a little about the supplements that I used during my 8 week lean out. And I wanted to go more into detail about each one and why I use them. One thing I do want to preface all of this with is that to remember these are exactly what they are called…SUPPLEMENTS. Meaning, they supplement your already clean diet. They do not work miracles or “burn the fat”, but help you with your goals. They also should not be used as a replacement of all your food. Please do not using a liquid diet to try and reach your goals, it will not end nicely.

Now that I have all that out of the way, here is what I used and why!

First and foremost I always take a multi-vitamin and a good fish oil. This basically sets the foundation for my day. No matter what your training is like or how great/clean you eat or even if you’re not training at all, everyone needs a good multi-vitamin and fish oil. I also take Adrenal health to help with stress and recovery.

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The second supplement I always keep on hand is a good protein powder. I don’t like to substitute my meals for a protein drink, but if needed, I love that it’s an easy and quick way to get my protein in for that meal. I love SFH (Stronger-Faster-Healthier) Pure chocolate protein for a stand alone drink and SFH vanilla protein to put in my smoothies. The powder is not chalky at all and mixes really well. But please make sure you don’t try and substitute too many meals too often with protein powders. Real food is always best.

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Those are both my “everyday” supplements, but I do add more supplements for on my training days. Here is what I take during those days…

Pre-workout: For my pre-workout I like to have something that will give me a little kick (caffeine wise) but nothing that will jack my heart rate up or make me feel like I’m going to crawl out of my skin. I started using a new one called PUSH from SFH. I’m really loving this product. I take it about 30 minutes before my training and feel great throughout.

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For during my strength training sessions, I used a combination of Xtend BCAA’s (Lemon Lime flavor..SO GOOD!) and Glycofuse (unflavored). I sip on this throughout my training making sure I finished it by the end of the session. The BCAAs allowed me to train without worrying about having the muscles breakdown as well as help with recovery. The Glycofuse (sugar…GASP! Yes, sugar!!) helps feed the muscles and helps fuel your workouts. Remember, you can’t run a car if you have no gas in the tank. Same goes for your workouts. Plus these two combined tastes SOOOO good!!

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After my training I then have one more drink. This time I combine more Glycofuse and SFH Recovery chocolate protein. The sugar in the Glycofuse helps with muscle recovery as well as the SFH Recovery. This way I know that I’m building that lean muscle, I’m fueling it and I’m making sure I am recovered for my next training session. Sometimes I will switch to just the Recovery protein for my drink (the switch just depends on what BJ is wanting me to do that week), but I will ALWAYS have post-workout carbs.

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There you have it! All the supplements I used while leaning out and I will continue to use these for my next goal…you’ll have to check back here this week to see just what that will be 😉

 

Video on How to Get that Great Tight and Toned Tummy!

Everybody wants great abs and a toned tummy, but we need to make sure our core is strong as well.

Here is a short video on how I achieve both!

A great toned tummy AND a strong core!

{Please know this is my first instructional video…be kind ;)}

Here is that link I was talking about for the sliders….

If you’re interested in getting that tight and toned tummy along with a great, strong core make sure you click on the link below!

I’ll be taking on 20 lucky moms and helping them take the first steps into transforming their bodies from Mom to MILF (that’s Mom’s Interested in Looking Fabulous…get your head out of the gutter). I’ll be showing you how I went from post-pregnancy frumpiness to bikini ready.

I’ll open the doors for this exclusive program in a couple weeks so be sure to fill out the form below, you’ll be the first to know and the have the first chance to reserve your spot!

This says it all…

 

“The only time SUCCESS comes before WORK is in the dictionary”

 

I love this quote.

I absolutely LOVE this quote!

Now, one of the reasons is because the man who said it is one of the great football coaches of all time.

The great Vince Lambardi!

But also because it’s true.

In this day and time with how instant everything is, everyone wants things NOW!

They want to be rich…NOW!

They want the perfect home…NOW!

They want to have that huge promotion at work…NOW!

They want to lose 10, 20 maybe even 25 pounds…..NOW!

They WANT success NOW!

But when it comes down to it, some people stop when they find out they will have to work for it or when it gets hard.

I understand that.

I have been there when the scale didn’t move even though I was working my tail off.

I have been there wanting the 20 pounds gone with the snap of my fingers and looked for short cuts.

But I will say, it feels so much better to have worked and earned that victory.

And THAT is why I love this quote so much.

If you are someone who wants to put in the work to get the success make sure you click the link below.

I’ll be taking on 20 lucky moms and helping them take the first steps into transforming their bodies from Mom to MILF (that’s Mom’s Interested in Looking Fabulous…get your head out of the gutter). I’ll be showing you how I went from post-pregnancy frumpiness to bikini ready.

I’ll open the doors for this exclusive program in a couple weeks so be sure to fill out the form below, you’ll be the first to know and the have the first chance to reserve your spot!

What Drives You??

As I’ve said before, I am a person who needs goals when it comes to training.

Not necessarily something to challenge me, but a goal with an end date so I can keep myself accountable.

But I am also a person who needs a drive. Something that is going to motivate me to get to my goal. Something to keep whispering in my ear reminding me WHY I am doing this.

After having Parker, I felt….blah.

Blah meaning, I didn’t feel sexy. My body wasn’t what it was before having P and in the end all I wanted to do was feel sexy.

I’ve always said, pregnancy and having a child is one of the most beautiful things in the world. Sexy…it is not.

I wanted to feel feminine again.

I wanted to look in the mirror (not the scale) and feel confident.

I wanted my husband to look at me and say “DAMN!” (LOL)

I wanted to do this for myself and be proud.

And THAT is what I found drives me.

So now, find what drives you. Find that one thing that will get you to the gym. That one thing that will get you to your goal. That one thing that pushes you to be better.

If you’re like me and you want to have the self-confidence of feeling sexy and looking good, keep an eye out for the Train Like A Girl program that will be launching in about a month.

This is a program inspired by the methods I used to get my better than my pre-baby body back and help me gain the self-confidence I needed step on stage in a bikini.

Just fill out the form below to “Stay in the loop”!

 

One of my favorites!

I’m always looking for new ways to make veggies and this has become one of our staples when we are craving pasta or italian food.

Spaghetti Squash with Fire Roasted Tomatoes

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It’s really simple with only 3 ingredients and TONS of flavor! All you need is a spaghetti squash, a can of fire roasted tomatoes and garlic powder or fresh garlic.

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Here is the recipe…

Take spaghetti squash and pierce with holes (about 5-6 all over) to let steam escape while cooking. Cook in microwave for 8 min.

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Take squash out (be VERY careful…it will be extremely hot!) and let cool for about 10 min.

After it has cooled, cut squash, length wise, and scoop out all seeds from the middle.

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Next, place one of the squash halves on a plate, “meat side” down and add 2 tbsp of water to the plate. Wrap with plastic wrap and cook in the microwave for 6-8 min. This will all depend on how big your squash is. Do this for both halves. Again, be careful taking out.

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Once cooked, pour about 1 tbsp of olive oil in a pan and heat up. Scrape out all of the spaghetti squash into the pan with a fork. The squash, when out of the shell, will look like cooked spaghetti.

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Next pour your fire roasted tomatoes on top (juice and all) and add garlic powder or fresh garlic. How much garlic is completely up to you. I love garlic, so I put a ton on.

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Stir and cook/warm up for about 5 min making sure all the ingredients are combined.

Lastly…ENJOY!!!

 

Learning from a Mistake, the Hard Way

I seriously thought about not writing this post. I mean, who would know, right? I could have just skipped this one and gone on talking about my next goals or another nutrition/fitness tip. But, then not only would I be cheating you (those who read) but I would be greatly cheating myself. As much as I hate to admit things like this, this is where I will become stronger.

A couple months ago I wrote about deciding not to do the bikini competition in September. I was 2 weeks out and I was not ready. Or I should say my “bikini body” was not ready. It was a difficult decision but one I was OK with.

I knew I was going to work my tail off and do a bikini competition on December 6th.

And I did.

I worked and trained and dedicated all my “training energy” to my December 6th comp. Well 2 days before the comp I had to make a decision. Was I (or my body) ready to hit the stage in a bikini and be judged?

Sadly, that answer is “No” and I had to decide not to compete for this one either.

This was taken on Friday, Dec 5th. I am going to admit, I don’t look bad. I will even say I think I look pretty damn good, but not “bikini competition” good and there is a huge difference.

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To say I feel like a complete and utter failure is an understatement. During my pregnancy I had decided on a bunch of goals to reach and get me back into “pre-baby body” shape and I have hit them all. And, like had have said previously, I NEED goals to work towards to keep me going. I decided to set my goals at doing more shows. So why am I failing and deciding a second time in a row NOT to do a comp? Especially so close to the show?

Simple answer…I got fancy.

When I say “fancy” I don’t mean with my training?

No, my training was on par, but fancy with my nutrition.

During the 8 months leading up to my first comp, my coach and I kept it simple. Lean protein, veggies and post workout carbs with “Reward meals” here and there. Was it boring as hell?

YES!

Did it work?

HELL YES!

But, after my second comp, I talked with my coach about my future goals and we decided to switch things up a bit nutrition wise. Then when that seemed to not work, we decided to switch it up even more. It just wasn’t working. I also believe my body has been under so much stress from the training and all the dieting throughout the year that nothing at this time would have worked.

So, as I said above, I decided to not compete.

(For those of you who are unfamiliar with stress, or I should say overstressed, on the body, it can lead to increases of cortisol in the body which in turn leads to belly fat. This belly fat is extremely hard to get rid of while your body is under this stress.)

So what now?

Well, I will say I took this past weekend to sulk a little, I ate pizza, ice cream and some cookies.

Remember…I am an emotional eater. LOL!

I took the time to really decide WHAT I want to do. Do I want to try again and go for another show? Do I want to do all that training and dieting again? I’ll be honest…I don’t know.

Of course I’m going to train, I just don’t know what for right now. I have some ideas, but I’m going to give it some thought. Right now I have about a month that I will not be able to train heavily.

I will be having a surgery in about 1.5 weeks (nothing serious…just cosmetic) so I will be taking that time to think about what I want to do. I can tell you I WILL get back on that stage, just don’t know if I want that to be soon or this time next year or maybe even 2016.

So basically all of that is one long, drawn out way of saying “This is what I learned…”

1. Use the K.I.S.S method. KEEP IT SIMPLE STUPID!!!  Everyone wants to do the “next big thing” whether it be diet or training. If you are getting results, why look someplace else?

2. It’s not fun to fail (and yes that is what I did) but you need to own up to those failures and figure out WHY you failed. I did and now I’m working on getting back to my success.

3.  Keep going. By the time Friday morning rolled around I was done. I wanted to nothing to do with training or eating healthy or living a “healthy lifestyle”(like I said…I sulked). But I know that if I quit now, I would never know if I could get back on that stage.

Over the next 4 weeks I am making a commitment to myself to blog weekly, if not more. I need to make this commitment to strive to be better even when I can’t be at my best.

OK, so I lied…

Well not really lied, but more like changed my mind.

When I started this whole journey of getting my pre-baby body back I set goals for myself. First was the KB competition, then was my photo shoot and finally, my two bikini comps. My intentions were to do the two bikini comps and then move on. I honestly didn’t think I would like it.  I am not one for wanting attention on me, especially in a bikini. But after my second competition, the Europa Games, last week…I really want to do another one!

So what made me change my mind? For one, I was so much more prepared for this one. Even though it was only 4 weeks after my first comp, I felt so much more prepared and confident. I knew what to expect (although every comp is different) and I looked the best I ever have! Also, for my first comp I placed last, 16th out of 16 women. This one….13th out of 16 women. Not a huge jump, but for me this felt awesome! I took this week to really think about what I wanted to do. What my next goals were going to be. Remember, for me it all leads right back to goals and having an end date. I HAVE to have an end date or I get bored and I will fail.

While I was contemplating my new goals I looked back at some of my pics from the Europa.

Here is me and my partner in crime Kristy…

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Here is me on stage…workin’ it 😉

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So now what??

Well I have decided that I am going to do another comp in September. This is going to give me enough time to work on areas I feel need to be improved. But that is not the only goal I have. I want to place in the top 10 for my next comp. I am not a competitive person, but something has awoken that part of me and I’m running with it! I’m still not looking to get my Pro Card, as cool as that would be, just want to possibly make it more than a hobby.

14 Weeks Postpartum and 8 weeks of Training…The results so far!

OK, I know…..I have been majorly slacking on my blog but I have NOT been slacking on my training and getting my pre-baby body back!

Over the past 8 weeks I have been working hard on my training, not necessarily working on losing fat. Remember, that is going to happen when you train safely and correctly, eat properly (NOT diet) and recover fully.

Here are my results from the past 8 weeks….

(Photo on the Left is from today (8/11/13) and the right is from 8 weeks ago)

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(Photo on the Left is from 8 weeks ago and on the Right is from today (8/11/13))

 

 

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So far I am extremely happy with my results! My abs are even starting to show again! YAY!! 🙂 And even though the scale really has not changed over the past 8 weeks, as you can see my body has changed tremendously. I too get caught up in THE NUMBER, always thinking…”What will the scale say today??”.

So what exactly am I doing? Well you will have to come back this coming week to see!! 🙂