Reality of Bikini Prep – Will I Ever Compete Again?

This past weekend I competed in my second, and most likely, my last bikini competition. Prior to this weekend, I competed one other time in October of 2014. I had a decent prep and ended up winning my class at the show in 2014 and I thought I really enjoyed competing. I decided to take quite a bit of time off after my body not responding to another prep that I tried to start in February of 2015. I ended up taking over a year off, and it was definitely needed in order to make the improvements I needed. I decided to try to prep again in January 2016, and I decided I was going to compete no matter what. Well, little did I know, my body wasn't going to respond once again to dieting and prepping and I had one of the hardest preps … [Read more...]

When Should You Make Changes to Your Macros?

I get so many questions around the topic of macros - what should they be, when should I adjust, should I carb cycle, is there a specific percentage to use, how do you know if they're working, etc. I think one of the most common questions though is in regards to when you should CHANGE your macros, or adjust them. Lets say you've decided to figure out your macros on your own and do this without a coach. Great! It can certainly be done, you just have to be patient and know when to make changes and pay attention to your body. Okay, so you have your macros. You've started at this certain caloric range, a specific number of carbs, proteins, and fats, and you have started weighing your food and tracking these targeted macros. But then you … [Read more...]

When and Why to Forget About “Balance”

Balance. I feel like this is a word thrown around a lot lately, and everyone is talking about it - either finding balance, having balance, what is balance even, etc. Lets start with what is balance? Well, I'm sure it will mean something different to everyone, very much like the word "healthy" is different to everyone. Lets start with a fitness example, of course. Some people may think balance means not counting their macros and exercising how and when they want, but some people may feel more balanced when they do count their macros and having a specific plan to follow. Neither way is right or wrong, it's just different to different people. I feel like there is a lot of tension around this word, very much like there is a lot of tension … [Read more...]

Will Getting Leaner Make You Happier?

You wake up, head over to the scale, weigh yourself, and BAM - your mood instantly declines. You look in the mirror and immediately, your eyes start scanning your body and your mind is only focusing on the things you don't like about yourself. All you can see is every imperfection, everything you don't like about your body, everything you want/wish you could change about it. You tell yourself "I'm going to get leaner, and then I'll be happy". Does this sound familiar to you? I know it does to me. I've been there, and I can tell you from first hand experience that leaner does NOT equal happier. In fact, it actually turns out quite the opposite. If you start your fitness journey hating your body, you certainly won't learn to love it … [Read more...]

Review of the Polar A360

For a long time, I stopped wearing heart rate monitors of all kind. Why? Well, back in the day (I totally sound like I'm elderly), I would exercise and ONLY focus on how many calories I'm burning. I wouldn't leave the gym until I burned X amount of calories, and each time I worked out, that number would increase. It wasn't really a fun time, and it was completely liberating to just let go of any time of heart rate monitor. These days, I know better, and I know it's certainly not about burning a certain number of calories. I workout to feel strong, with a goal in mind, to just feel good, and to increase my strength. It's more about enjoying the workout and having fun with it! Once I found weight training, this is exactly what … [Read more...]

The First Time I Realized I Want to Be More Than Just Average

The "first time" is a tough time to actually pin-point, because there were actually multiple instances I've had this realization. I think as humans, it's natural for us to second guess everything, make certain decisions, take different paths than what we should, change our minds constantly, so on and so forth. That's life, and that's how we learn and how we really discover ourselves as well as the path we are supposed to take in life. "I want to be more than just average." Deep down I've always known this. Ever since I was little, I would talk about how I wanted to make it big, be known, and make a difference in this world - one way or another. I was never really sure how I would go about doing that, or what exactly it would be that would … [Read more...]

Top Five Gifts to Get for A Female Fitness Fanatic

I usually never do gift posts because I rarely even do gifts in my family. To me, the holiday's are about spending time with loved ones and Jesus. However, I do LOVE giving gifts, and these are some of my favorite things that I personally have myself and know that other fitness fanatics would love them as well!! I am not getting paid to share these products, but some of these include affiliate links. Thank you for supporting my blog as always :) Slingshot Hip Circle - I recently just bought this, and it is definitely one of the best purchase I've made in a while. I've been using it mostly for mobility & warming up before leg days, and I feel like it has helped a lot already! It can also be used while doing certain leg exercises … [Read more...]

Can You Reach Your Fitness Goals Without Tracking Macros?

Some of you reading this may be macro enthusiasts, and some of you may be asking "what the heck is a macro?" The other people may know what macros are and are just intrigued by the thought of tracking macros since the concept has truly blown up in the fitness industry lately. First of all, what is a macro? Macro is short for macronutrients, which in simpler terms, is what makes up the food you eat - proteins, carbs, and fats. IIFYM, or flexible dieting, is about weighing your food and accurately tracking those macro nutrients to hit a specific number each day. For some, this has allowed freedom (like myself) in terms of being able to eat what they want while still reaching their fitness goals. Flexible dieting has truly saved me from … [Read more...]

Vlogmas 2015 + Life Update

Hi Friends! I haven't had time to devote to writing up blog posts lately, mostly because I've been traveling across the country to my new home in Colorado! After over 2,000 miles of driving, 5 days, and 7 states later, I made it all the way from South Florida. It has been quite the adventure, with tons of crazy stuff that has happened along the way. Despite all of that, I'm so stoked for this next chapter in my life! I can't wait to see what Colorado has in store for me. But seriously, these mountains though..... I actually have a blog post coming up that will be all about how I traveled across the country on a BUDGET. This is important, because moving is VERY expensive. Top that with paying for it yourself (with no help … [Read more...]

Why it’s important to focus on not conforming to body standards

Raise your hand if you feel like you've ever tried to conform to societies "body standards". *Raises hand* You may be wondering what I even mean. Okay, lets chat real quick and have a little history lesson. Don't exit the page yet, hear me out. This post/video actually has a wonderful representation on the ideal body standards throughout the years which you should watch. But, here's a quick little overview: 1837-1901: full-figured, cinched waist 1920: flat chest, downplayed waist, boyish figure 1930-1950: hourglass figure, large breasts, slim waist 1960: thin, long legs, adolescent physique 1980: athletic and curvy, tall 1990: extremely thing, androgynous Today: flat stomach, "healthy" skinny, large breasts and … [Read more...]