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...]

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...]

Ignite Your Fitness – Puma Ignite XT

I think you all know my obsession with workout attire. I'm such a sucker for cute & comfy workout clothes, especially since I work from home that is basically all I wear. I'm either dressed like I'm going to the gym, or I'm going to the gym. ;) Not only that, but when look cute in the gym, I perform better. Call me crazy, but it's true! If I feel uncomfortable or don't like what I'm wearing, then that's what I focus on instead of my actual workout. Look good, feel good, perform good! I was lucky enough to be chosen to work with Puma for their forever faster campaign, where they focus on constantly innovating to produce new standards for fitness and fashion. Puma kindly sent me a pair of leggings, a sports bra, t-shirt, and most … [Read more...]

The “Healthier” I Ate, the Worse I Felt

When I first started embarking on a healthier lifestyle, I went full-force into it. I basically took the "all or nothing" route, as I tend to do with many things. That's just my personality - I usually feel that if I'm not giving 150%, there's no point. However, I have to disagree with myself on this one. You see, I immediately started eating completely "clean", whatever that means. Basically nothing processed, nothing artificial, nothing packaged, etc. which was a huge change from my normal diet. Yes, I started losing weight, and yes I did feel healthy and great at first. Remember what I said about my personality being full-force? Well yeah, I got SO strict with myself and only ate a select few foods. Not only that, but I … [Read more...]

How to Count Macros Without Being Obsessive

One of the best features about wordpress is that you can see search terms that lead people to your blog. I always look at these because some of them are hilarious, but most of all, they give me and idea of what topics people may be searching for. As I was looking at them the other day, one really stood out to me - "How to Count Macros Without Being Obsessive". I thought it would be a great topic to write/do a video about, because I'm sure many people struggle with this. I know that counting macros can either go one of two ways for people - it can either make people crazy and feel obsessive, or it can tremendously help them get over the clean eating obsession. Thankfully for me, it has helped me improve my relationship with food. I will … [Read more...]

How My Bikini Competition Helped Me, Not Hurt Me

More often than not, I hear stories about how girls come out of a bikini competition and start dealing with mental health issues ranging from bingeing, depression, body image issues, disordered eating, and more. I feel for all of those girls, because although I haven't dealt with all of those things, I certainly have had my share of body image issues and what not. This is one of the reasons why I waited to compete for so long. I knew that if I didn't love my body the way it was, at ANY stage, then competing next to a bunch of ripped, beautiful women would make it worse. Sure, I doubted myself PLENTY of times during my prep. At times I didn't think I was progressing fast enough, not getting lean enough, or that I wouldn't be lean enough … [Read more...]

Looking Forward To Fall

Florida means we don't really get a "fall", but I can pretend by praying for cooler weather drinking and eating all things pumpkin. #whitegirlproblems But I won't wear uggs on the beach when it's 75 degrees. Promise. 1. Well this one is pretty obvious, but cooler weather! I want to be able to light some candles, drink hot coffee, and wear scarves without dripping sweat. This 90+ degree weather has got to go! 2. Holiday festivities! Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, all of it. My favorite time of the year, and the best time to spend with friends and family.   3. FOOTBALL SEASON!!!!! Gators gators gators!   4. Fall flavors for food and drinks. Duh. Source I still need to … [Read more...]