Farmer's Tan, 2017
My podcast episode is up at @higherhealthmedia ☀️ I'm so humbled by the feedback I've gotten so far. To everyone who took the time to listen to my episode and to @josephsheehey and @lauren_fit for having me on, thank you so much!
One of my favorite meals this prep 😍 In case you missed my stories this weekend, swipe to see what a full day of eating looks like at this point in my prep. I'm 5, 6, and 8 weeks out from the competitions I'm planning to register for. Swipe once for a normal FDOE, and swipe again for a refeed FDOE. #povertymacros #fdoe 😇
Extra carbs today = a little crispier. I've lost 17.0 lbs over the past 20 weeks of prep. 😱 After my competitions, I'll increase cals back up to reach a healthier body weight. At 5'5, 109.2 lbs doesn't feel too great. Dieting is a means to an end; it is not a way of life. 🥀 P.S. I did a regular #FDOE in my story yesterday, and I'm doing a refeed one today. I can post here too if anyone likes that kinda thing.
Just paying my selfie dues. I'm like 5 weeks out from my first show in over 3 years omfg 😖😣😵
Feeling super dehydrated, depleted, and crappy, but a quick full-body workout with barely any equipment has never felt like such a luxury. 😭🙏🏼 Post-Irma prep update at 6 weeks out: stuck to macros during the evacuation, but contest prep macros without veggies or other high-volume foods = no fun at all. Obviously haven't done any strength training or cardio since before #Irmageddon, but I'm alive! Time to finish this prep and then start increasing cals so I can feel like a normal person again. 👌🏼
My fiancé, our pup, my parents, and my brother are safe. I am safe. We won't know how much of our homes made it through until we are allowed back on Treasure Island. No matter what our houses look like, I know that many others were not as lucky as we were. Families were broken. Animals were abandoned. Homes and businesses were completely destroyed. Now it's time to rebuild what we can. #FloridaStrong #HurricaneIrma
Some kinda glute pump left at 6.5 weeks out is all I've ever wanted out of a contest prep 🙏🏼 ------- Years ago, my dad and I were passengers on a very small plane. The unfamiliar noises and jostling made me swell with anxiety. I asked him if he thought we'd crash. ------- In his usual, very matter-of-fact kind of way, he told me that there was literally no use in worrying about that. We have absolutely no way of knowing what the future will bring, so why waste time now thinking about something that may never happen? He said that of course someday the moment will come when our time is up, but we can think about that when the moment comes - not now. ------- I wish I could remember the exact words he used, but I can remember the feeling of presence and comfort that they brought me, and I call upon that feeling very often. #NowIsForever #HurricaneIrma
My progress pictures are always carefully posed. Except for the moments when I flex and pose for the camera and the very few days that I step on stage with an absurd tan, I will never really look muscular. I would never want to change that, and I certainly would never want to risk my overall health by taking drugs in an attempt to surpass my genetic potential. Bodybuilding is an art, and art is personal. #EmbraceYoSelf 🙏🏼
Supplements?! Who am I??! 😳 I am rarely impressed by supplements. I'd rather not spend money on ineffective or unnecessary dosages, fillers, mysterious blends, inactive and unknown ingredients, artificial flavoring, dyes... but when I finally took the time to check out the @legionath website, I was very pleasantly surprised. Not only are the ingredients and dosages legit, but every product container even has written on it, clinically effective ingredients and dosages. I'm a fan already, but now it's time for the most important part... taste-testing everything. 😈 I'll be posting reviews and thoughts in my stories as I try everything. And please note the bottle of vodka signed by 50 Cent on the far right. Have any of you tried @legionath products? What were your thoughts? 🔥
I guess I'm a little bit pale. Do you tan or use self tanner? Or are you au naturel like me? #BisForThePies
Because transformations are fun ☺️ (I felt so much better on the left)
7.5 weeks out and 15 lbs down since April 25th (ahh!) 🥀 This prep has been a breeze because I've been so incredibly busy with multiple jobs and classes for my doctoral program and buying a house (😱) and planning a wedding. For me, the less time I have to think about food and to worry about all the things that might be going wrong or could go wrong, the better. Prep is just part of my everyday routine. Whether I'm prepping or not, I'm going to eat, and I'm going to train ~5 days a week. Just normal, everyday life - nothing special. 💁🏼
Reposting this 🐶 selfie from @acadiasplit while I stop to think about all the good in my life right now. I need to remember to take 5 minutes each day to just pause and take it all in. My schedule is overflowing at the moment. I'm in the process of cutting things out so I can focus on less and do more. Until I reach that perfect balance, it's going to continue to be hard not to feel overwhelmed and want to break down in tears or anger. The last thing I want to do is to ADD something else to my schedule, but adding those 5 minutes to refocus and appreciate everything can help to reframe the mess. Wanted to share in case any of you can relate. And T G I FRICKIN F 🌿
Natural competitor life: it doesn't look like you even lift until you are weeks out from a competition and by then it's too late bc you are the size of a shrimp
Today, we are both 26 🦁
In case anyone was worried about my lack of gym access 🌿 T G I FRICKIN F Down 13.2 lbs so far this prep, and down to only 75g carbs six days a week and 175g one day a week. I ate a free sandwich today and fit it into my 75g budget. Prep can be as effortless or as effortful as you make it.
This prep has flown by so far because I took such a long offseason. For the first time in my life, I actually spent a couple years in a caloric surplus. I actually ate enough to fuel my body and mind. I actually did not have negative food-related thoughts or behaviors. ------- And now I have jumped back into the bodybuilding contest prep experience with a very different perspective than the one I held last time. This time, I have so many questions about intentions and consequences throughout the contest prep experience. The deeper I get into contest prep, the more I think about food. I question if dieting when you are already at a healthy body weight is a negative behavior in and of itself. Is it okay because it's for a competition? What is the difference between the person who diets to lose body fat for a competition and the person who diets to lose body fat or body weight for self-loathing? And regardless of the initial intention, if we change our eating habits enough, do our thoughts about food begin to change as well? ------- 📸: @timmoorephotographer
Random pic from last week before I got in a car accident on my second day driving my 40-mile commute and had to start carpooling (until I can get my car fixed) and realized the only gym I can walk to that fits in my carpool schedule is closed until tomorrow. Bodybuilding is a luxury. Working out in a gym is a luxury. Time is a luxury. 🙏🏼 Anyway new low weigh-in this morning of 113 lbs. 8.5 weeks out 👙
A little over 3.5 months. That's it. It doesn't sound like much time, but 110 days means 110 opportunities to take a step in the right direction. Every day counts. 🙌🏼 (This is about a 12 lb difference.)