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...]

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...]

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...]

Ways to Measure Progress Besides the Scale

So I started a "mini-cut" about four weeks ago, and you want to know something funny? Well, it's not really funny. But it kind of is. The scale has not moved.. AT ALL. I mean, of course it has been fluctuating as usual, but in the grand scheme of things I'm pretty much the same weight. Back in the day, I would have been DEVASTATED over this. These days, I really don't care. I feel really good, and I know i'm making progress because of the other ways I measure my progress. The funny thing about the scale is yes, it is a good measure of progress. However, it is not the ONLY way to measure progress. So many people get so caught up in the number on the scale and if it doesn't move at all, or as fast as they'd like, they think they are … [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...]