Monday, December 15, 2014

Details please!

So, now that I've outted myself, it's time to get down to business.  I've been asked to detail what I'm doing. My diet, my training, my "maintenance," blah blah blah.

Let's start with what I eat.  Our team follows a macros based flexible diet.  It's often referred to in the industry as "IIFYM" which stands for If It Fits Your Macros.  What that basically means is that we eat what we want, make it fit into our numbers with 80% of our foods coming from a "clean" foods list.  Bottom line?  If I want a piece of dark chocolate, I can have it but it has to fit into my day.  What are macros?  They are specific numbers that dictate how many grams of protein, carbs & fat I can eat in a given day.

If you are interested in a jump start, you can visit our Team Best Fit Body & check out the 6 week nutritional program!!

Training?  I currently train 6 days a week doing body part splits (ie: chest & core, back & bi's, legs x2, shoulders, core & triceps.)  My cardio is only 3 days of 30 min HIIT (high intensity interval training.)  We also do a fun team challenge each week that is a short HIIT style circuit training.  I spend NO more than 70 minutes in the gym on any given day.  The myth in this industry is that you have to spend HOURS a day in the gym.  Yes, there are teams that do that but it's not necessary. If you are KILLING your workouts, making your cardio count & doing your best, that's all you need! I should add that I get all of training from my coach as well.

Maintenance?  Seems like an odd thing for a competitor, doesn't it?  Well, it's crucial to the process.  My maintenance plan is monthly chiropractic adjustments.  During these appointments, he also checks any twinges, soreness, etc that I've had.  It helps that my doctor also works out at the same gym & observes my movements there.  My last check-up included a comment that I'm moving well which made me mucho happy!

The other part of maintenance is taking my rest day, foam rolling DAILY (sometimes twice a day), stretching & monthly massage. I also try to fit in hot yoga once a week to help keep things loose.

How to make food prep easier?  I batch cook each week for lunches....meatballs, chicken breast or tenderloins, turkey burgers, etc.  So I'll portion out what I want for protein, toss in some (pre-cooked) rice & frozen veggies.  Easy & fast.  Snacks are fruit, protein shakes, plain greek yogurt, etc.  Dinner is always what I'm making for hubby that night with a salad & I add a carb if I need to for myself (sweet potato, etc.)  Breakfast (because I'm boring) is always 2 eggs, english muffin with a little bit of cheese.

I do use some supplements.  I take a joint supplement, BCAA/pre-workout, multivitamin, protein powder & a greens supplement.  I also take fish oils but currently they are on hold due to surgery on my hand this week (they thin your blood & can interfere with clotting.)

Disclaimer: my program is mine & geared for what my body needs (training.)  While many of our programs are similar, they are streamlined for us & that is the same for our macros as well so you won't ever see my exact training/macro numbers.

That should cover it but as always, I'm open so if you have questions, feel free to ask & I will be happy to address them!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Psst..

Well, since I'm competing again.  I thought it was time to dust this thing off.  That & peer pressure (the good kind) has won! lol

More details shortly but as of Saturday, I'm 16 weeks out!  Game on!!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Mini-update & Isagenix

I guess I lied when I said I would be back soon! ;) I am back though & making some major changes in my life. For the better, of course!

First off, I have been enjoying a break from all things baby though every time I turn around, someone else is pregnant or telling me they are going to start trying. This week is hard since our first little one would be welcomed into the world. I don't know how others who have miscarried handle it but I just keep thing about how much life would have changed this week. Sweet baby will always be in our hearts!

Fitness is finally back ON! I spent the whole month of July training hard, getting in my cardio & eating well but nothing seemed to change. Enter August & I decided to try something that I'd been reading about for MONTHS!

Kevin & I are doing well. Gearing up for another Halloween adventure in Orlando. We are calling it our delayed anniversary trip ;) And yes, we will be off to Halloween Horror Nights once again! I CAN'T WAIT!! haha

Molly is becoming quite the handful too. She's almost 27 pounds now & about 4.5 months old. We are definitely in the naughty puppy phase with her & started puppy school 2 weeks ago then were off for the holiday. But she is doing well with the skills she learned just that first night. I laugh & say I would be good too if you were bribing me with food ;) Here's a picture of her favorite sleeping position. Classy, eh? lol



*enter total commercial sounding blurb*

I decided to start using Isagenix products after seeing some friends & teammates benefit from them. They are a whole foods type supplement in the form of proteins, meal replacement, vitamin paks, non-depleting cleanses, etc. I have been using them for a month now after being stuck & have dropped 9 pounds, sleeping better, recovering faster from workouts & just feeling overall better. I had a friend decide to try them by just using the shakes & after a week she felt great. She's now using what is called the Athlete's Pak & feeling better than ever.

Was I skeptical? Oh yes, just because someone says it's great doesn't always mean it will be. I actually figured I'd get my month's worth of stuff, not like it & cancel. I was wrong. I know there are folks who read this & think that I'm nuts (actually, I have had negative comments made both directly & I'm sure ones that I'm not aware of) but I can only say that you can only know if you try something for yourself. It's a little pricey for the products & what can be certified organic is (like the protein.) I am actually saving money at the grocery store by just replacing 2 meals a day (eating 5-6 times daily most days) with shakes.

The other benefit is that I'm earning some residual income now too from the company. It's actually going to be my vacation spending money then will pay for my monthly products (which was my initial goal.)

Why am I sharing this? Yes, I'm an Isagenix Consultant & yes, I am earning residual income. But my purpose in sharing is because I feel so great using this product & I want others to feel this way too.

Want to know more?
Isagenix
Isagenix Health (where you can find out how Isagenix could help your health issues)

One of the main reasons, I was comfortable using this stuff is because it is safe for breastfeeding & pregnancy (not the deep cleanse.) I have friends that utilized the products during both times & I would not use anything now that I could not use then.

This blog is not going to turn into the Isagenix blog but I wanted to share what I am doing now. Please let me know if you are interested & I can provide you additional information (either by commenting with your contact info or completing the "contact me" section on the Isa website (top right corner.)

I *hope* to get back to blogging more regularly. At least once a week is my goal. We'll see how that goes! Enjoy your weekend!!!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Hi!

Be back real soon. Lots of stuff going on, life is better & I will catch everyone up soon. But in the meantime, look who came home a couple months ago ;)



Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Meet Molly!


Bad cropping on this picture but I wanted to introduce you to the newest member of our family. Our little goldendoodle!!!! We picked her out the day before we learned that we lost the baby. She'll come home in a couple weeks. (you can click the picture to see her better!)

Clearly, she will be a welcomed addition to our home (well, not sure the cat will think so) & will provide us a lot of joy....even when she's having accidents on the carpet. Housebreaking will commence from day 1!

As for me, I'm healing. I had a complication this week but it seems to have passed & I am better (will spare you the TMI but if you really want to know then comment & I am happy to email you.) It was scary though!

Thank you SO much for the kind comments about the loss. I am so humbled by people's kindness. Your prayers are greatly appreciated. I will say that initially I wanted to not try anymore but that's just silly. God does not put desires in our hearts that are not meant to be. My doctor is doing additional testing on the baby (reason I had another D&C) & I will have extensive blood work done next week. She truly feels nothing is wrong but since our losses were so close she is able to do it. I will keep the blog updated!

UPDATE: I just got word that we will be bringing Molly home on Friday!!!! We are not ready for her but will be by then! haha

Monday, June 6, 2011

Broken.

I am emotionally & spiritually broken. We learned today that we have yet again lost a baby. This on the heels of picking out the most adorable goldendoodle puppy that we will bring home in a few weeks. We had NO idea what a blessing she would be.

I go in for surgery in the morning. I don't know when or if I will be back to blogging. Someday, I hope.

I appreciate you all keeping up with my ramblings.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

I've been keeping a secret.....



Yes, it's true. I'm pregnant again!!!!!!! I've wanted to share for weeks but I'd chicken out. It's not like you can jinx yourself but being pregnant RIGHT after a miscarriage is scary.

We actually got a positive test on April 21st. I had NO idea when it happened but it was so faint that we would've been quite entertaining to watch as we turned that little test strip 50 different ways to see if we were hallucinating! haha

The scary part was that I started bleeding on Saturday (just 2 days after we found out.) Since it was so early on, we didn't go to the ER but I called the doctor on Monday & they got me in right away. Over the next few (LONG & AGONIZING) days, they did betas & much to our excitement, we were not only pregnant but my levels tripled (never fear..only one baby in there!) A week later, they check again, tripled but found my progesterone a bit low so I've been on suppositories since then.

I had an ultrasound on May 16 & I was able to see my little lentil along with it's most beautiful flickering heart. Based on my last cycle, I would've been 7w4d (exactly when the first baby stopped growing) but this one was measuring 5w5d. Completely fine because I know my cycles are long so there was no way I was that far along. We went from a December 29 due date to January 11th. So as of today, I'm 8 weeks, 2 days & counting.

This pregnancy has been MUCH different. I am constantly tired & actually sleeping ALL the time (last time was major insomnia!) & I'm sick ALL the time. Food only helps for about an hour so while I'm eating often, I'm not eating large amounts. I get full fast.

And because all my summer stuff was too big in October when we went to Orlando, I'd gotten rid of it all. So I've already had to shift into a few maternity bottoms but wow are they comfy so I don't care!

I held out on announcing this here because I know a few people from church subscribe (though I don't know if they even read) so I kept it quiet. We are NOT going public until my next appt on June 14. We will then share with our close friends & extended families but there will be no FB announcement so if we are friends there, please keep my secret.

At some point, I will talk about all the anxiety that comes with being pregnant after a loss (literally, we had one cycle again & BAM!) Clearly, we have NO fertility issues there. I am praying daily with my hand on my tummy for this baby to just keep growing. At conception, it's already decided so while it's not in our hands, I turn to the One who has that control for comfort.