Our wedding was magical. It truly was a celebration of love. After months of preparation, the big day finally arrived. Every aspect was an act of love from friends and family. It made me feel so good to look around and see my friends laughing and decorating our alter with vines from the garden. My mom and aunt Kathy in the kitchen … [Read more…]
Tis the season for pumpkin everything. I realize it’s super cliche to go ham on everything pumpkin spice. The thing is, I love pumpkin all year round, but this time of year it’s EVERYWHERE and I can’t help but get a little over excited. As usual, I prefer to keep my recipes lower sugar and … [Read more…]
I am starting a new series called memories. I need to write more. These will be part of a bigger story and book one day. Berlin. Beautiful Berlin. Berlin was not beautiful in the way a pretty girl is pretty, but beautiful like one of those women with perfectly disheveled hair, who made smoking a cigarette … [Read more…]
“A lot of competitors blow up after their show.” “You’re going to ruin your metabolism.” There is a lot of talk about post competition weight gain. And with good reason. Because just like any overly strict diet, amplified by intense training, there are bound to be repercussions.
Q: Why would you want to do such a thing? Having a why for competing is key. And it can’t be for anyone but yourself. My major why is that I had a burning desire to do so. It scared me, excited me, and it felt like something I really needed to experience. Along with this … [Read more…]
I’m on FaceTime with my friend around 11 in the morning. It’s peak week. After having a coffee, I’ve cracked an energy drink. I’m wearing two pairs of pants and two sweaters because I can’t get warm. My eyes look heavy in the small box that stares back at me. “Being this lean is the furthest … [Read more…]
Coming next… show day!
And just like that, I’m 2 weeks out from my first fitness competition. I am hungry, exhausted, emotional and sore in a way I’ve never experienced before. For the first time in this prep, I’m not enjoying my workouts. But I’m so close.
After my last very brief post, a few people reached out to me and asked me for tips on tracking macros while traveling. While I wasn’t perfect on the road, I did do many things that kept me on track as I cut for my competition. I probably could have skipped the Mai Tais in … [Read more…]