Thursday, May 31, 2012

The Competition Journey. A New Find via Heather. Cheat Meal Update.

Howdy Howdy!
I have been busy living life which is why I have not blogged lately. I have been experimenting with my diet A LOT in order to make some changes. My goal is to compete in a fitness competition in the bikini division on August 18. I am not hiring a team to assist me, I am not putting a lot of money in to the competition, I am on minimal supplements not associated with the competition and training, and am determined to make this happen.
My reasoning for not spending a lot of money on this competition is because it is a learning experience and I am doing it for fun. One more reason – I don’t want to! A few years ago when I was considering competing, I was quoted “a couple thousand dollars to compete”. Um, no. Not happening! That money can be used elsewhere, thank you. I am experimenting with my diet and using myself basically as a science experiment. I have made small changes every single week and am consistently losing weight without losing my sanity. I have been a vegetarian for almost a year now and have seen drastic changes. My diet is FAR from the “competition diet” and I will keep it that way with the small changes I am making. That’s the fun part – going against the grain.  I don’t eat meat, fish or poultry. This was due to guidance from my urologist regarding the recurrence of kidney stones. This was actually an easy transition as I phased out red meat before this recommendation.
Staples in my diet are currently:
Soy Flour
Chia Seeds
Ultimate Nutrition Protein Isolate
Greek Yogurt (Fage)
Kroger CarbMaster Yogurt
Eggs (Whole/Whites)
Variety of Vegetables
Soy Nuts
Unsalted Peanut Butter
Variety of Ingredients to Flavor Meals: Salt-Free Seasonings, Organic Cocoa, Flavored Extracts, Olive Oil Mayonnaise, Stevia, Cinnamon, Etc.
Supplements: Cranberry, Bone Supplement and Multi-Vitamin (I took these before I decided to compete)

I am a rare creature that can eat the same thing day in and day out. I plan what I am eating the entire day as it takes the guess work out of the diet. I also manage the macronutrients (carbs, fats and proteins) and am able to tweak them when needed. I use My Fitness Pal every single day! Currently I am aiming for 30% carbs, 30% fats and 40% protein. I am happy with the progress so far as I am lower than what I weighed in high school and stronger than I have ever been! Feels awesome to say that.

So, this blog is becoming longer than planned, but I wanted to share a FABULOUS FIND from my cousin, Heather. This Egg White Salad is from Trader Joe’s and only 100 calories per container. IT. IS. DELICIOUS. I had not tried it yet when I took this picture. I made my judgment solely on what Heather told me. Good thing I stocked up, and this was MY basket, P grabbed a bunch too!    
Moving on to the 1 cheat meal I am allowing myself, we have moved on from “Street Tortillas in Old Town” to “Sushi”. P and I used to PUT IT DOWN in Vegas with all-you-can-eat sushi. We are nowhere near the capacity of that nowadays. Take a look at our dinner from last Saturday. Is it Saturday yet?
I also receive a lot of questions regarding what I do for training. The main issue here is consistency. Be consistent in your workouts and you WILL see progress. Let me break it down:

4 days of heavy strength training:
·         Monday – High Volume Leg Day
·         Tuesday – Teach Body Pump (This is just icing on the cake! It’s not my workout, it’s my members’ workout.)
·         Wednesday – High Volume Upper Body – Bis, Tris, Back, Chest, and Shoulders. :::gasp:::
·         Thursday – None
·         Friday – Lower Volume Leg Day
·         Saturday – Slightly Lower Volume Upper Body (compared to Wednesday)

3 days of endurance cardiovascular training:
·         Tuesday – 5-mile Run
·         Thursday – 4-mile Run
·         Saturday – Teach Spin (If you teach Spin and you are not injured or off the bike, you ARE working out.)

3 days of HIIT cardiovascular training:
·         Monday/Wednesday/Friday – Insanity DVD + Core Training

I balance out these workouts so they do not take away from me living my life! Life is lived OUTSIDE of the gym. Period.

Progress is happening and that’s what counts. Most of the progress pictures I have taken are done in my sports bra and underwear so you can count on those NEVER being posted. I have sent them to those that are close to me. I’ll try to remember to put on a bathing suit in the near future. Ha!

Just wanted to share my journey so far and keep this as a log and a starting point for the future. A little over 11 weeks out. Super excited! Be blessed and have a happy and healthy day! -C

Thursday, May 24, 2012

C's "Pumpkin Pie" Recipe

Makes 1 Pie.
* I always make a few at a time using the Ninja. Best. Blender. Ever. In that case multiply the recipe for desired amount of pies.
3 egg whites
½ cup of pumpkin puree
1 tsp vanilla nut extract
Desired amount of cinnamon
1 packer of stevia
Ramekin dishes to make multiple “pies” at a time
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Spray all dishes with Pam and set aside.

Combine all ingredients in blender. Blend. Then pour evenly in to ramekins and bake in the oven until golden brown, approximately 40-50 minutes.

Remove and let cool.You can store them in the fridge or freeze.

I eat them with Fage Greek Yogurt. DEVINE!