Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Total - $193.01




Total to Date for Bikini Competition is $193.01.


As, the competition gets closer, t minus 1 month from tomorrow (August 18), I am purchasing materials to help me look my best. This includes Pro Tan, what I like to call "fake 'n' bake". I asked a few veterans to competing about the tanning situation. The tanning salon or other tanning products will absolutely NOT work. It is different being on stage versus a nice sunkissed glow. I purchased a bottle at $63.45 which includes shipping. This will allow for a practice run and show day.
Pro Tan® Competition Color 16oz

For obvious reasons, the bikini is of HIGH PRIORITY! Thank you to Heather Doane for lending me these beautiful suits. These are not cheap and for her to lend them was a selfless act that I cannot express my gratitude enough. There are companies that rent suits, but my goal was to compete on a budget and educate others that it CAN be done.


In my quest to compete, I am asking my body to do a lot. My workout regimen is challenging and I purchased glutamine to assist my body during this process. My boyfriend, Palani Mak, swears by this supplement so I decided to give it a try. I always do my research and there are mixed reviews regarding glutamine, but it definitely will not hurt me. Glutamine is produced naturally in the body and it promotes muscle anabolism, prevents muscle catabolism, and assists in building the immune system. A little extra boost of this amino acid is worth a try. The bottle a purchased was $9.57 from iHerb.com. I plan on purchasing more as needed.
Almost show time and I could not be more excited! I am more excited that my family and friends will be there to see a defining moment - ME IN A BIKINI ON STAGE! Some people have asked me if I am aiming for first place. My ultimate goal was to make this a learning experience to share with others. If this includes placing 1st, then FABULOUS, if not, that's okay as well. It was the journey I was aiming for, not the trophy. It has been on my Bucket List for quite some time and it was time to get after it. I am so happy I took on this challenge and journey as I have learned so much already. I am definitely prepared to make myself giggle with all that I will experience come the weekend I compete. I am thankful that God has given me the determination and drive to make this happen. I am thankful for all the support, every "LIKE" on the pictures I have posted, all of the inspirational comments, and all the love from my family and friends. I am thankful for the circle of talented and brilliant individuals who have answered my questions. I hope you will all continue to take this journey with me at the day draws near.
In health,
C

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Cacao Carrot Avocado Powercake

Cacao Carrot Avocado Powercake
Servings: 7

Ingredients:
9 oz. of avocado
7 packets of Stevia (1 packet per “cake”)
6 tsp cinnamon
4 TBSP organic cacao powder
16 oz. of shredded carrots
12 egg whites
2 tsp vanilla butter and nut extract
7 ramekins/small baking dishes
Cooking spray
**Option: unsalted peanut butter/Greek yogurt

Instructions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Generously spray dishes with cooking spray.
Peel and remove seeds of avocados. Place in Ninja (or blender), followed by all other ingredients. 

Blend well.

Evenly distribute batter between the 7 dishes and place in oven for 40-50 minutes. 

Let cool and serve.

**Option: Serve with unsalted peanut butter and/or Greek yogurt.
Enjoy!
-C

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Total - $119.99

Total Cost of Bikini Competition to Date = $119.99
Officially sending off my entry fee today! This was the most expensive item that will be purchased.

Below is a fun picture from "work"! One of my regulars is moving on and progressing in life. Very excited for her next chapter but will definitely miss her!
Follow her great blog!

C's Fruit and Nut Casserole with Avocado Frosting


Fruit and Nut Casserole with Avocado Frosting
Ingredients:
3 eggs, beaten
1/2 c. coconut oil
1/2 c. unsweetened applesauce
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 c. of Splenda
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 TBSP ground cinnamon
1 c. of soy nuts, ground
1 c. of almond meal
1 c. of unsalted peanuts, ground
3/4 pound baby carrots
cooking spray
1 optional dusting powdered sugar
For frosting:
1 medium avocado
1 c. powdered sugar
1 tsp lemon juice
 (Boyfriend approved.)
Instructions:
Preheat a round 5-quart crock pot with the lid on at high for 15 minutes.

Blend together the first eight ingredients in a large bowl and set aside. Combine the soy nuts, almond meal, peanuts, and baby carrots together in the Ninja. You can ground everything together. Combine all ingredients in large bowl.

Spray the bottom and lower sides of the preheated crock pot with the cooking spray oil.
Pour the batter evenly into the crock pot.
Cover and bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour. Top of casserole should be golden brown. Remove from heat and place in fridge.

When cooled, remove casserole by flipping crock pot over. The casserole may not remain intact, which is okay. Scoop casserole into tin and pat down. Place back in fridge.

Frosting
Combine all ingredients in the Ninja and blend well. Place frosting in jar and cool until ready to serve the casserole.

Spread frosting on casserole and serve with large spoon. Dig in!
-C

Monday, July 2, 2012

Chocolate Protein Cake Recipe


Chocolate Protein Cake
Servings: 5
Ingredients:
15  oz. of Carrots
1 scoop Ultimate Nutrition Platinum Hydrobuilder Vanilla Bean Protein Powder (Sub any protein powder)
2 Eggs
¼ c. Sweetener
½ c. Cacao Powder (Sub with Cocoa)
2 tsp. Vanilla Extract
½ c. Unsweetened Applesauce
¼ c. Coconut Oil
1 tsp. Baking Powder
½ c. Unsweetened Almond Milk
Cooking Spray
5 Ramekins/Small Oven-Safe Baking Dishes
Optional: Greek Yogurt for “frosting”

Instructions:
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees and generously spray baking dishes with cooking spray.

Make sure coconut oil is soft. You can do this by placing in the microwave for 20-30 seconds. Combine all ingredients in blender (or Ninja). Blend well.

Pour batter evenly among the baking dishes and place in oven. Cooking time is approximately 45-50 minutes.

Enjoy and let me know what you think! They taste like brownies…Mmmmmm…

With health,
-C