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...]

LA Fit Expo Experience

Wow. So usually on this blog I've been keeping it less and less like a day-in-the life type of blog and more of a topic/informative post type of blog. However, this was something I just had to share and document with you all. I decided very last minute to go to the LA Fit Expo, even though it was a super short trip. I always say I want to go to expos but never do, either because of work, money, or all of the above. I vowed to myself to be more spontaneous this year, and I certainly have gotten off on a great foot already. I knew I wanted to experience an expo, and I also wanted to meet all of my fellow internet friends (other you tubers, bloggers, and instagram friends) as well as all of my subscribers/followers. So last minute I said … [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...]

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...]

Vegan Bean Dip With “Nacho Cheese” Sauce

Do you participate in Meatless Monday? If not, you should! Not only is it good for you and the environment to eat less meat, but it's honestly fun to come up with new recipes and try new foods. I know I personally get stuck in a rut a lot and eat the same foods over and over again, so one day a week I try a new recipe, try a new food, or try to get creative in the kitchen and come up with something brand new myself. Not only is it Meatless Monday, but football season has started! Football is certainly my favorite sport, especially since I grew up being a cheerleader my entire life. I'm more about the college football teams, but all football is great really. Monday Night football is usually a time where you are surrounded by tons of … [Read more...]

The Wrong Reasons to Compete in a Bikini Competition

Competing is very popular these days, and it seems like everyone is either prepping for a show, about to prep for a show, or have already competed. I am all for everyone challenging themselves to do so and working towards a goal. Trust me, I love competing and I plan to compete again very soon ;) The mental and physical challenge, seeing what you are capable of, stepping outside your comfort zone, and the feeling of finally stepping on stage and having your hard work all pay off - nothing beats that rush. While I'm sure a ton of people want to do it for all the right reasons, I'm sure there are some people out there who are doing it for all the wrong reasons. I always, always urge people to do your research before committing to … [Read more...]

How To Pick The Perfect Kabocha Squash

So if ya'll know me at all, you would know that I am in love with kabocha squash. Actually, it's more of an obsession. I will drive 45 minutes for some (and I really have). I get so many questions about how to make it, how to pick it, and how to track the macros because it isn't very consistent. I'm going to break it all down for you, because trust me you need to experience the deliciousness of this squash. I basically can't eat any other squash now because it doesn't compare. Back off, butternut and acorn. Once you go Kabocha, you don't go back. Okay, so, what even is Kabocha? No, it's not Kombucha like the probiotic drink that everyone gets confused with. Ka-bO-cha is a japanese pumpkin - basic girls unite! It doesn't taste like a real … [Read more...]

How To Make Zoats – Zucchini Oatmeal

I know, I know, you're probably thinking "why the heck would I put zucchini in my oatmeal?". I thought the same thing before I tried it, trust me! I definitely cannot take credit for this at all, I saw a bunch of people on instagram, YouTube, etc. post about this and I always thought it sounded strange. However, after trying it, I am hooked! There are a couple of reasons to put zucchini in your oatmeal: It's a great way to sneak in some extra veggies. It looks fun to eat green food (especially for kids)! VOLUME!!! <---- this is most important. They make the oats much more voluminous than it is on its own! It's honestly the easiest thing to do as well. You can make them on the stovetop, but I use my favorites Coach's … [Read more...]

Grocery Haul – Trader Joes Staples + Fresh Market

      Do you ever get to the grocery store and use a basket but then overfill it anyway and break your arm off wishing you just got a cart instead? It happens to me every.time. When will I learn? I tend to shop at Walmart for most of my groceries, but I do like to go to specialty stores like trader joes, fresh market, and whole foods once in a while for specialty items. I do like TJ's produce though, much cheaper for organic here! Lets break it down: Veggies/Fruit   Green beans, broccoli, spinach, lettuce (these are my basics), and raspberries. I'm obsessed with raspberries lately! I usually get brussels, too, but they didn't have any. Dips/Cheese   Hummus, feta cheese, and … [Read more...]