What I am doing now….

I have decided that I really want to participate in Tri-Fitness Worlds May 2012. I am thirsty to compete again, but I want something where I can display my athletic skills and not just feel like a pageant contestant. I worked my ass off at States and was not exactly content with my 5th placing.

From what I have seen, WTF tends to favor a leaner physique, and that is what I am. Building muscle is not exactly easy for me, and I refuse to take any sketch steroids or supplements. I have been chowing down, lifting heavy and adding as much thickness as I can. I know I should probably have a more stringent training plan, but I currently have a government regulated schedule at work so that takes priority. Here is a small sample of my current diet and workout regime:

Diet:

Breakfast: 2 slices Ezekial bread  stuffed French toast cooked with 1/3 cup egg whites, splash Almond milk, Stevia Vanilla sweetener. Filing- ½ cup Greek yogurt mixed with pb2 and 1 scoop chocolate PB whey protein

Snack: Apple and 1 cup Greek Yogurt mixed with SF vanilla yogurt and blueberries.

Lunch: Polenta with cooked veggies and shrimp (http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10100347996484169.2595804.11800250&type=3#!/photo.php?fbid=10100348007517059&set=a.10100347996484169.2595804.11800250&type=3&theater

Snack: Large salad with chicken breast, black beans, dried fruit and nuts, topped with balsamic

Post workout: sweet potato and whey protein shake with flaxseed

Dinner: Neomandes platter with Tuna salad, tabouli, fatoush and pita bread

….. I also munch on dried nuts and fruits and PB throughout the day. All in all, I consume about 2400-2500 calories.

Workout:

WU: 10 min jog (I know cardio is frowned upon in figure but I still occasionally miss the runner’s high….)

3 sets each:

  • 12 Stepups (each side) with 15 lb DB in each hand
  • Military press x20
  • T-pushups with 10 lb DB x8 each side
  • 60 lb barbell hip thrusts x15
  • 60 lb deadlift x15
  • 20” box jumps x15
  • Full situps on stability ball x15
  • Plank thrusts x15
  • Lateral jumps/sprint backward x15
  • Weighted rows with 20 lb DB in plank position x15

As you can see, I have been doing more full body workouts. It may not be as effective as segregated body part days  (though I personally don’t see the difference) but for me, it’s fun and keeps me engaged. I have 2 more months to enjoy workout/diet ‘freedom’ then it is ON. I know the WTF has some stiff competition, but rest assured, I won’t go down without a fight

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Food Porn

I saw this today and started salivating immediately….God get me through this…..

http://foodporndaily.com/pictures/moist-brownie-layered-with-peanut-butter-truffle-and-chocolate-peanut-butter-ganache/

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Phase: Cutting= Phase: Crazy Bitch

You heard it….I’m on the final leg to the figure competition, and it is getting REAL- real tough and real ugly.  I currently work out at least 6 days a week (adding 2 workouts/2 days a week) and trying to stick to my lean 6 meals/day. Currently, this is what a typical day looks like for me:

9 am: Wakeup and Meal 1 (1 cup egg whites/55 gram oatbran)

11 am: Workout (legs 2x week, chest and biceps 1x week, back and triceps 1 x week, cardio 2x week, crazy workout and posing practice w LA 1x week)

12 pm: Meal 2 (2 scoops whey protein/0.5 cup berries)

2 pm: Work and meal 3 (1 cup egg whites/140 gram sweet potato)

5 pm: Meal 4 (140 grams lean beef/0. 5 cup rice/1 cup green veggies)

8 pm: Meal 5 (140 grams tuna/140 grams sweet potato)

11 pm: Off work and meal 6 (140 grams chicken/1 cup green veggies)

12-1 pm: BED

Yeah, it’s not impossible but it’s not exactly easy either. Between the monotony of the diet, work and my body wanting to sleep all the time, I have been a bit of a crazy bitch. Today I went off at the old creepy man at the gym (he totally deserved it) but I am usually not so hasty to bitch out the elderly. I have also been a bit short with my close friends and family (they love me anyway :)….i hope). Ahhh….I will make it though. I am trying to just keep my spirits up and focus on the positives, like my progress. I randomly check myself using the body analysis at my gym- it is not the most accurate (body fat fluactes with hyrdation level, time of the month, etc) but I do see POSITIVE improvement which makes me happy 🙂

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Another Craving….

Believe it or not, most of my cravings (except pizza of course) have subsided.  Unfortunately, this week I have started to have yet another….alcohol. Beer, wine, beer, wine- I’m not much into liquor but beer and wine- YES! I could really use a few glasses of either these days.  I’m not a huge party girl any more these days (though I can still break it down…), but I do like a buzz from time to time. Not to mention, I have been feeling more stressed these days. Well, I guess sometimes it’s just nice to get a little shit faced and forgot your problems sometimes. Alas, April 17…….

 

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You Are What You Eat…

I realize I have been blogging quite a bit this week, but I’ve had a lot on my mind. Not really- just two of my passions, sleeping and eating. I’ve been doing pretty good with both lately, but I want more.  The diet is fine- my chocolate/alcohol/peanut butter cravings have subsided- I just want more of the clean food, especially meat.  So yes, I have been thinking about meat a lot lately.  Steaks,  burgers, meat pizza, anything wrapped in bacon….these are my newest cravings.  I want tomorrow’s cheat meal to look something like this…

Mmm…enough about my diet though. It’s working for me, so I want to talk about the rest of the world.  People ask me about food and working out, and I get a lot of comments like these:

  • “You workout everyday, so you can eat whatever you want”: WRONG- Unless you’re burning calories like Michael Phelps or have super awesome genes, then diet is still very important. In fact, for weight loss or figure training, it’s equally  important to working out.  I’m not saying you should go and try to starve yourself (I eat ~1800 calories a day over a course of 6 meals), but you should definitely watch what you eat if you’re striving to lose weight or tone up. Exercise definitely helps, but it will only take you so far.
  • “I don’t have time to workout”: WRONG- Please, please, please don’t use this excuse. You don’t want to workout? Fine, I can believe and respect that. There are days when I am tired and busy and don’t want to workout. Insufficient time is an excuse. Do you ever watch TV, complain about your day, browse the Internet?? If yes, then you have time to workout. You can get an OK workout in 15 minutes, moderate in 30 and an intense calorie burn in an hour. Pushups, squat jumps, planks, situps- hell you can do all these at home without even using equipment.
  • “I don’t have time to eat healthy”: WRONG- I thought about this the other day when I forgot to pack my tuna dish. I stopped at the gas station, and guess what I found?? Tuna snack pack and apple- the perfect on the go meal. So again, there are convenient healthy foods, just maybe not what you want to eat.

There you have it- if the wino/chocoholic/peanut butter fiend can find a way to eat healthy, then anyone can. You just have to WANT it.

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I Dream of Sleep….

Sleep, I love it these days. “Sleep when you’re dead”- hell no, I plan do it as much as possible now. Cat naps, power naps, sleeping until the afternoon, they are all so amazing. I used to look at the need for sleep as a form of weakness, but now I realize it’s quite the opposite. It helps repair, rejuvenate and replenish my body. Not to mention, I am a complete wreck without it. I honestly think I need 9-10 hours a night (I rarely get that) to be fully functional. I am fine with 8, and okay with 7. Anything less than 7 turns me into a complete biatch and/or ditz (yes, lack of sleep is my excuse). So there you have it- I freaking love sleep. I think my next plan of action will be to find a way to incorporate into daily activities more….how does The Cuddle Cafe sound??

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New Year….New Craziness

The new year has been fast and furious. I can’t believe I only have 4 months until the figure competition. While this seems like adequate time to prepare, I still have a lot to do. The diet and exercise are coming along pretty well, but I think I still have to drop ~ 5% body fat (doesn’t seem like too much….hopefully some intense cardio workouts will help too). My biggest concern is the stage presence- posing and attire. I started practing posing last week with LA and I must say I have never felt so unnatural at something. I’m hoping that somehow once I put on the heels and competition suit, it will all just come together, but this is highly unlikely. I have been in contact with a lady from Florida (thanks to motivation from Amy) regarding my suit. She has some nice ones on her website http://www.crystallinibikini.com but again, all the ones I deem ‘classy’ are out of my price range for a shiny bikini. I did discover that she will sale me a basic suit and some crystals, allowing me to design my own $600 suit for around $100…..time to get crafty!

So speaking of crafty, my latest obsession has been a mosaic table. I don’t know why I have such a freaking hard time with moderation, but this table has been taking over my life the past week. Fortunately, I am almost finished and will hopefully have a beautiful coffee table to adorn my cute little apartment. This is what I have done thus far…



 

I have 2 more colors to cut and glue and then the whole grout and sealing process. I have  never done any of this before, and it has been quite a challenge….blood, sweat and tears to say the least. No worries- I will be putting fotos on FB of the completed project with some more descriptions of the mosaic adventure.

Otherwise, life has been about the same chaos. I am currently working second shift so my whole sleep, eat, workout routine has been a little crazy. The other night I left work at 11, worked out and finished up at 12:30, and then ate my last meal of the day (I guess I could’ve done the workout in the morning but I was too obsessed with glass cutting). I really need to work on getting a better schedule, but I must say that I do love sleeping in….I’ve spent a year and a half getting up at 5:30 or earlier and I still HATE.HATE.HATE mornings. I have also discovered a new caffeine obsession besides coffee- Cherry Coke Zero (diet sodas are really not that bad in moderation). Unfortunately, I really have a hard time moderating these.  After a long day of work, I just want to pop up open a nice cold one and chill…….

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What Happened to Being an Athlete??

I’ve had a few people ask me why I gave up being an “athlete” to train for a figure competition.  Well, first of all, let me clarify by saying that I am still indeed an athlete.  (athlete, according to Webster dictionary:  a person who is trained or skilled in exercises, sports, or games requiring physical strength, agility, or stamina).  I train, workout and compete….so yeah, it’s all there.  Now to answer your question about giving up the whole triathlon world is pretty simple- I am burned the F out.  I have mad respect for runners and triathletes. The training, racing and and self-discipline is completely taxing both mentally and physically. I also consider completing marathons and a half-ironman some of my biggest life accomplishments. But they are just that- accomplishments. At this point, doing another big race would just be torture. Yes, I did at one point have the goal to complete an ironman by the time I am 30, but right now, I have no such desire.  For me, it is just a selfish cause. I can’t be around my friends and family- instead I would be stuck running and cycling for hours on end. I am not saying that I condemn the ironman triathletes- not at all, it is completely astonishing. It’s just that my social life and key interests do not really incorporate that. I like working out (in “moderation” 1-2 hours a day is plenty for me), cooking and looking good (sorry, call me narcissitic but we all know that when you look good you feel good). Figure training incorporates all these. I get to cook a ton, lift and do fun circuits and one day I will be bronze and beautiful (aka orange and shiny).  Yeah, I know I am probably not pursuing the most noble cause on earth, but at least it keeps out of trouble….for now 🙂

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Hide your Peanut Butter! Hide your Nutella!

Hehe this blog title comes from the infamous Antoine Dodson “Hide Your Kids! Hide Your Wife!” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EzNhaLUT520)

So for those of you keeping up with my blog know that Wednesday=cheat day=very happy Jessica 🙂  Mmm yes, so the nutella crepe I had in mind ended up being this:

Yes, my friends, that is banana nutella crepe (you know crepe, like a really thin pancake) and oh.my.goodness it was freaking awesome. I also had a bag of M&M’s….. I know probably too much sugar. I am actually on a bit of sugar rush now but holy freaking shit, I definitely deserved it. Seriously, after 2 whole weeks of only lean meats, oatmeal, rice and sweet potatoes, it could’ve been a LOT worse. Not to mention, I am working out pretty hard core. OK, to backtrack….For those of you who think figure competitions are just a bunch of silly girls walking around in stripper heels and string bikinis (yes I used to think this too :/….), think again!

Let me summarize- On Monday, I did back and triceps. Tuesday was the workout downtown which involved carrying a 50lb sandbag up 7 flights of stairs as many times as possible in 30 min followed by abs. Tonight was a variety of core, legs and arms…so yeah, I am good and sore. I love it though; I feel strong and energetic…..well usually….right now, my sugar rush is starting to wear off (not from just writing the blog…my ADD has kept me occupied with TV watching to jamming to my sweet tunes) and I still need to do some meal prep.  Until Saturday (next cheat= peanut butter or a big delicious beer??)

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Week Dos!!

Yess,  I have survived the second week and most difficult week of figure training.  Do I still have cravings? YES.  Do I still wonder if I am cut out for all this? Yes. Buut, I am still the same stubborn girl that signed up for this, so no matter how many people tell me it’s dumb or demoralizing, I will keep on trucking. Actually, I appreciate the few that try to discourage me, as it just fuels my fire to prove you wrong 🙂

Now to cover some positive aspects of the training….

1. Since I succesfully completed the 2 weeks and proved to LA that I can eat and workout like a pro, I have earned 2 cheat meals a week.  And when I say cheat, I don’t mean a small turkey sandwhich with some carrots….we’re talking pizza, burger, whatever my heart and body desires. I don’t really crave unhealthy food though so I am now debating what to eat..Ha just kidding! From the moment LA uttered the word cheat,  I had already pictured this:

 

Yes, on Wednesday I will be stuffing my face with something that contains Nutella….mmm I am excited!! Saturday is my next cheat day…..that will be something incorporating Peanut Butter. OK, I must quit talking about these heavenly spreads before I sound like a crazy.

Everything else is about the same. I am still lifting with no cardio and following the lean protein diet. On Tuesday, I have been working out with a group DT and we do everything from climbing walls and jumping through trees to carrying each other up the parking deck. Totally fun and I am always sore as shit for the rest of week.

Alright, here is my new inspirational quote to finish off: “Obsessed is what lazy people call the dedicated”.

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