How To Build Lean Muscle

When people say they want to build "lean muscle" or they are going on a "lean bulk" what they are essentially saying is that they are going to build muscle and bulk in a controlled manner. There is just MUSCLE. Not lean, not bulky. It's all the same muscle. Similarly with the word toned - there is no such thing as being "toned". What toned actually means is that the person who you are referring to as "toned", has taken time to build muscle and then also took time to shed the fat to reveal that muscle. On the opposite side of the spectrum is what we call a "dirty bulk" which in the bodybuilding world simply means to YOLO your diet, eat as much as you can, and just focus on gaining weight and not caring if it's fat or muscle. I personally … [Read more...]

What NOT to Do When Trying to Lose Weight

The act of weight loss or fat loss has become so complicated for so many people due to all of the misconceptions, scams, and (excuse my language) bullshit that has surrounded it. Between crash dieting, crazy different diets, cutting out entire food groups, detox teas, waist trainers, and a ton of other irrational ways to " lose weight", no wonder people are confused! Today I want to squash all of those illogical weight loss tips you hear and to help you and correct some of the mistakes you may have made or could have made. Do not crash diet & do not have unrealistic expectations. This is so important. Crash dieting can cause major harm in the long run, and it is NOT something you will be able to sustain. You want … [Read more...]

Lost Your Period? Why You Lost It & How To Get It Back

A healthy, functioning female body gets a monthly visitor known as menstruation. The uterus gets thicker to prepare for a fertilized egg if a woman is to become pregnant. If she doesn't, the lining is released, and is known as a period, aunt FLO, mother nature, whatever you want to call it. All women get periods for a reason, obviously for pregnancy, but also because it's a natural function of a woman's body. Not getting your period is a sign that something is up, and in this case, I'm covering why women may not get their period in the fitness industry. **This also does NOT include those women that are on birth control. However, sometimes birth control can mask these issues without women even realizing it.** First of all, there may be … [Read more...]

Don’t Compare Yourself.. To Yourself

"Don't compare yourself to others." I'm sure you've heard this phrase over and over, and for good reason. Comparing yourself to other people is a waste of time, energy, and emotion that probably isn't positive. I know that the time I've spend comparing myself to other people tend to be negative and simply put me down. It happens sometimes still, but I'm much more aware of it and catch myself once I start to fall into this comparison trap. You may be nodding your head in agreement, and maybe you're thinking that you are guilty of doing the same thing. However, what about comparing yourself to yourself? You know, maybe you competed in a fitness competition and now you are 1, 2, 5+ months or weeks post competition and you notice that … [Read more...]

Five Tips to Help Increase Your Self-Acceptance

One of my soul sisters and I usually share our daily devotionals with one another each morning, especially if it’s a good one and strikes a chord within ourselves. I figured I would share mine from this morning about Self Acceptance, because I feel like so many of us can relate - regardless if you are religious or not. “You may not think highly of yourself, but God wants you to like who you are. “ Here are 5 tips to help increase your self-acceptance and improve your opinion of yourself: 1.Never speak negatively about yourself - acknowledge every good thing in you, not focusing on the wrong. 2.Avoid comparing yourself to others.  3.Let God determine your worth. Remember that you have already been accepted by God. 4.Keeps your … [Read more...]

Is Counting Macros Stressing You Out? Here’s the Simple Solution.

I love the fact that I can see how people find my blog, because it gives a better idea of what kind of topics people are searching for. That helps me helps YOU, which is one of the main reasons I do blog! If you couldn't guess, yes, someone found my blog by searching about macros and being stressed out. Someone also found my blog by searching "breast lesser egg" but that's a completely different scenario hahaha! Anyway, this actually isn't the first time I've seen this topic pop up in my searched for section. I've seen various different searched topics including "how to live life counting macros". It seems to be pretty common in the health and fitness world. I think there are two types of people: those who get super stressed out by … [Read more...]

You Have to Look at The Bigger Picture

I posted a photo the other day on instagram explaining how I was feeling lately. So many people I knew were competing this past weekend, and I just got super nostalgic and upset that I wasn't. This past weekend was Jr. National's, which is the show that I was initially prepping for before I decided not to compete this summer. I think that's the main reason why I got upset, and because everyone else was super lean when I was doing quite the opposite. I just started feeling like I needed to jump right back into prep, I wanted to stop reverse dieting, and I just wanted to be up on that stage. However, I know that's not an option right now. I KNOW I need the time off to build my metabolism, to regulate my hormones, to give my body a break, … [Read more...]

Why Clothing Sizes Don’t Matter

Everyone talks about the number on the scale. Either about how it drives them crazy, or why they need to ditch it and forget about it. Which, I agree with the latter, because it really is a piece of shit and doesn't mean much. However, no one really talks about clothing sizes, but I think I need to do just that. So, you vow to start lifting weights and you want to gain some muscle to achieve that "toned" look, right? People always say that the number on the scale may go up, but do you expect to fit into the same size pants? All of a sudden you start to grow some leg muscles - defined quads, toned hammies, and of course a BOOTY. All hail the booty. Your pants start to get tight and not fit. You feel uncomfortable and then you freak out … [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...]

Embrace Your Flaws

If you guys follow me on instagram, you probably saw the last post I posted talking about my flaws. Yup, I pointed out just a few of the many flaws that I have. The other day I posted a transformation picture showing how far I've come physically AND mentally. I post these transformations in hopes of inspiring others that they CAN reach their goals, whatever it may be. The picture on the left I had just started lifting, was eating too little calories, and just stopped running a ton of miles. The picture on the left was recent - barely any cardio, eating much more calories, healthy, and STRONG both physically and mentally. Well, low and behold, someone went out of their way to say "your legs look much fatter". Well, thank you sir, I … [Read more...]