Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Champion Performance Recipe of the Week - Mini Pepper Chorizo Nachos!

Prepping for my first show in several years, I'm readjusting back into Competition Diet... sometimes it's no big deal, but every so often there's a craving... for me, it's nachos. I love a big plate of spicy, crunchy, cheesy nachos. But... not exactly figure competitor friendly, right? Wrong!! I found the original recipe for these on pinterest and played and tweaked with it until it fit my own nutritional needs (protein!). One bite and I was hooked! And, bonus, my family loved them, too! They're filling, spicy, and pretty - easy to serve myself and my family, and double as a great appetizer for get-togethers! FYI... the leftovers make a great breakfast! ;-) Just sayin'.
Make ahead tip... cook up the chorizo when you do your one-day food prep, then whenever you want a plate of these bad boys, just slice your peppers, fill and broil! Woot!

Mini Pepper Chorizo Nachos 
makes 4 servings.


  • 1 lb mini peppers, halved, stems and seeds removed
  • 1 lb chicken chorizo (find recipe here)
  • 1 can black beans, lower sodium, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can corn, no salt added, drained (or go crazy and use the canned corn with diced peppers in it!)
  • 1 medium avocado, diced
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • salsa or hot sauce
  • 0% plain greek yogurt
  • jalapenos


  • Preheat oven to Broil.
  • Cook chorizo. Add beans, corn and avocado. Mix well.
  • Line cookie sheet with foil. 
  • Lay pepper halves on cookie sheet and fill with meat mixture.
  • Sprinkle with cheese.
  • Broil about 2 minutes - until cheese is melted and beginning to bubble.
  • Top with green onion, salsa, greek yogurt and jalepenos.
  • Dig in!

per serving: 350 calories, 33 grams protein, 28 grams carbs, 13 grams fat, 10 grams fiber. Net 18 grams carbs.

Original recipe was found here: http://www.closetcooking.com/2013/10/mini-pepper-nachos-with-corn-black.html?m=1 
And yes, she has prettier photos, lol, but mine have Chorizo! hahahah! 

Tuesday, April 22, 2014


friday's dinner
Two words... Rough Weekend. Lol. After meeting with (read: getting my ass kicked by) Kayla on Friday ;-) she told me to take Saturday as my rest day and have a treat meal. This worked out well, since Bill and I were heading to a local casino/resort with friends Sat/Sun. I knew I was wiped out, but didn't realize how much until I slept in on Saturday morning - until 11am! What???? Yep. Crazy!

Once moving, I packed up my overnight bag and all my food (everything but dinner, and a few extra snacks - just in case) in my trusty 6-Pack cooler and we headed out.
It was great to just relax and have fun, not worry about anything! We had dinner, had some drinks, played around in the casino then crashed.

Then we all crashed... the only thing we all shared was some edamame at dinner, and the ice from the resort, but by the next morning we were all four experiencing gut-issues. I've always been prone to food poisoning and it got me good. Boooo! Kinda takes the fun out of a treat meal, if you know what I mean!

I even went "safe" on my  dinner - GF noodles! But I guess it wasn't enough. Fun while it lasted, though, lol.
We came home Sunday morning, and I crashed on the couch waiting for my stomach to settle... by 5pm it was at least bearable, so I dressed for the gym and got there around 6pm. I had to do chest/triceps and a cardio interval session. Not like it was going to do it itself, and a nasty twisty gut wasn't going to volunteer for a gym-date. I hydrated and got it done. Might have been a bit shakier than normal, lol, but at least I didn't have to break and run for the bathroom.

Monday, I still wasn't full-power, so I focused on hydration and getting in my nutrition. I hit the gym at 6pm - it was packed! I did my cardio then came home, had dinner, let it digest, then went back at 8:30pm for my leg workout. Thankfully the gym floor was relatively empty this time. It wasn't pretty, but I got it done. I also managed earlier to make a batch of my revised chicken loaves (yay!).

Today, I had Kayla at 11. We started with a weigh in... up to 135. Huh. Probably some water weight in there from the chinese food and gut issues. But... my bodyfat was down 3%!!!!!! WOOOOHOO!!! I will take that! We're going in the right direction, so no changes to my diet at this point. If it's not broken, don't fix it, right? ;-)

I got home, ate again, worked, and am now getting ready to run errands. Ugh. I'm such a home-body that I just don't want to leave the house, lol. So... that's my update, and my show prep progress. The good, the bad and the ugly, hahaha.

BTW, for those of you who've asked, Sadie is doing great. The eye infection cleared up in her right eye and transferred to her left. Go figure. She's responded well to the treatment though. She's so patient to let me irrigate her eyes then put in the ointment. Big sweet baby. She and Bear are passed out snoring right now. Ah, the life of a dog ;-)  Last night after I got back from the gym, I stretched out on the couch and she lay down next to me, wrapped her front leg around my waist and buried her face in my neck and went to sleep. How sweet is that???

Ok, I've stalled long enough. Those errands won't run themselves ;-)
Happy Tuesday!

Champion Performance Recipe of the Week - Chicken Mini Loaves (Low Carb)

My current competition diet is low carb with high protein and moderate fat... while I love my Chicken Mini Loaves, the recipe needed to be revamped to fit in my macros. The revised recipe is just as full of flavor, and just as easily portable and convenient as the original. You can use either a mini loaf or muffin pan, and adjust your serving size to your own needs. Whip these up on Sunday and you've got clean munchies for the whole week! (You can freeze half the batch and defrost on Wednesday).

Chicken Mini Loaves (revised)
Chelle Stafford
makes 18 muffins/loaves


2 lbs ground chicken breast
1 large zucchini
1 large pepper (or handful of colored mini peppers)
1 large anaheim chile
1 cup baby spinach
3 large eggs
2 Tbsp seasoning (Mrs Dash, any flavor or Penzey's Murals of Flavor)
2 Tbsp ground flax seed
2 Tbsp chia seed


  • Spray Muffin Tin or Mini Loaf pans with cooking oil. 
  • Preheat Oven to 400 degrees
  • In food processor, chop zucchini, peppers, mushrooms, chile, and spinach.
  • Add eggs, chia, and ground flax seasoning and ground chicken breast and stir to combine.
  • Divide mixture among muffin/loaf wells
  • Bake 15-20 minutes (when done, meat will pull away from sides).
  • Cool on wire wrack and individually wrap for snacks/meals.

TIP: Use multiple colors of peppers for variety. Top with low-sugar bbq sauce, hot sauce, mustard, etc. To increase fat, serve with avocado, raw almonds, or add cheese to mixture before cooking. Got room for fruit? Add 1-2 chopped apples to the mixture before cooking!

NUTRITION per muffin/loaf
90 calories, 12 grams protein, 2 grams carbs, 3 grams fat, 73 mg sodium, 1 gram fiber, less than 1 gram sugar (naturally occurring).

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Bonus Recipe! Clean Chile Relleno!

One of my pre-clean eating favorite dinners was Chili Relleno's. Oh my, could I put those away! These days, if I dare to order them I am turned off by all the batter, the greasy and congealing masses of cheese... the flavor of the chile gets lost in all the yuckiness... why bother? Nowadays I make them myself, clean, and they are so good! Plus - it's super easy, and they fit in my competition diet! If you like, you can serve these with some salsa, avocado, black beans, or black refried beans, or cilantro brown rice... you get the idea! Yum!

Clean Chile Relleno
serves 1. ready in 6 minutes!
My avocado got a little mushed, lol! 

1 large Anaheim Chili, top cut off, seeds removed
3/4 cup Taco Meat (I make this on my food prep day and store in a gallon size ziploc in the fridge. See recipe below)
1 Tbsp feta cheese
1 Tbsp chopped green onion
Ziploc Steamer Bag

Taco Meat:
1 lb ground chicken breast
1 Tbsp Mrs Dash Southwest Chipotle
1 Tsp Mrs Dash Extra Spicy
1 small can sliced black olives, rinsed and drained.
Heat skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken and seasoning, mixing well. Cook until meat is cooked all the way through. Add olives, and mix well. Allow to cool and store in refrigerator up to 1 week. 

Place prepared chili in steamer bag and microwave for 1 1/2 minutes. Allow to sit 1 minute.
Remove chili from bag and stuff with the taco meat and feta (mix it together)
Return chili to steamer bag and microwave 2 minutes. Allow to sit 1 minute.
Using a fork, remove chili from bag (watch out for the steam!) and place on plate.
Sprinkle with green onion.
Serve with hot sauce!

TIP: top with a dollop of 0% plain greek yogurt!

per serving: 183 calories, 27 grams protein, 6 gram carbs, 3 gram fat, 1 gram fiber, 244 mg sodium.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Midweek Check In... Progress?

Well, the soreness is finally fading a bit - though I've got a strained hamstring and am (as I type this) hooked up and buzzing with my TENS Unit (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation). Lol. I've made it through all my meals, cardio, and workouts so far - it might not be pretty but I'm getting it done. Yesterday I had my first cardio session wherein I did NOT need to use my inhaler! Woot!!

Today I weighed in.
The last two weeks I've been solid at 136.2  
Today..... 132.8  
I'll take it! Wooohooo!!!!

BTW, though I will be posting and sharing my prep here on the blog, remember that the day to day updates are over on the forum, if you're interested in following more closely. :-)

Tomorrow is leg day - guess what I'm dreading? Ha! I really hope that between my ben gay Zero and my TENS time that this hammy will relax enough to let me work. Tonight we've got a couple meetings, so I'll be taking my food, and my TENS, lol. ;-) Probably will get some funny looks. Like that's new. Hahaha!

So... that's my check-in for prep. It's on track and moving right along. I'm feeling better (still weak as a freakin' kitten, but my attitude and energy are better). Onward and Upward! ;-)

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Champion Performance Recipe of the Week - EASY Summer Salad

I know, I know... some of you are still getting hammered by Winter.  However, here in AZ, we've already started hitting triple digit days! Crazy, right? Well, because of (or in spite of) the weather, I got a hankering for the flavors of summer. This amazing salad was the result!

Crisp, soft, juicy, tart, sweet... it's got it all! AND... it fits perfectly in my competition diet... AND everyone loves it! I served this to guests and they all came back for more! It's raw, full of non-starchy veggies, super tasty and filling! YUM!

EASY Summer Salad
serves 2 (or be greedy and eat it all!)

1/4 cup sliced cucumber, skin on, then cut into fourths
1/4 cup sliced (raw) zucchini, skin on, then cut into fourths
1 slice of red onion (raw), diced
5 olives (I use green & kalamata), sliced
1 clove garlic, roasted or raw, minced
6 cherry tomatoes, red, sliced in half
6 cherry tomatoes, yellow, sliced in half
1/4 cup diced yellow bell pepper
1/2 cup chopped kale (or substitute fresh basil, reduce to 1/4 cup)
pinch sea-salt
pinch ground pepper
drizzle of balsamic vinegar or balsamic glaze
1 oz diced mozzarella, full fat

Wash and chop all veggies and the cheese.
Add to bowl and sprinkle with sea-salt and pepper.
Drizzle with vinegar or glaze.

per serving (based on two): 118 calories, 5 grams protein, 12 grams carbs, 6 grams fat, 2 grams fiber, 264 mg sodium. Net Carbs: 10 grams.

Monday, April 14, 2014

It's a fresh new week...

If you're on our Community Forum, you probably already know that I had a rough weekend. The mental aspect of prep struck hard and caught me unprepared. Between the extreme muscle soreness and our crazy schedule, I hit the blah's. I was tired, unmotivated. I realized I have to get back into the "pack my cooler" routine, even if I'm not planning to leave the house - that way, when something comes up, I'm good to go.

Then our Sadie got some kind of eye injury and we ended up at the vet - she's fine now, but they had to sedate her to flush the eye and figure out that there was nothing in there. A huge bill later, they gave her an injection, pain meds and eye ointment. She's doing great now, but worrying about my fur-baby was pretty stressful. Plus, I think maybe she got too much sedative because she had a few accidents after she got home and her sweet brown eyes looked just miserable about it.

I got in all my workouts, all my cardio, most of my food, most of my water. Saturday was nice, we had some friends over and bbq'd steaks - and that was an adventure, lol. The whole grill caught fire! Here you can see my hubby saying, "Nah, it'll die down, let me just flip these steaks", LOL! Men! I threw together a pretty darn yummy summer salad to go with the meat - watch for that recipe tomorrow. I'll be making up another big batch of it for this week. YUM!

Joey's in Texas on a job, and Shiloh and Bethany had driven to California for a wedding, so we had the care of all three dogs in the house - one of whom (Bear) decided that the shoelace on one of my gym shoes was a chew toy. OY! Anyway, the girls got home safely last night, so my Mommy-heart could relax a bit. I'll relax more when Joey's safely home ;-)

Today is leg day - how'd that come back so fast? It's my 'light' workout, as Kayla will brutalize my legs again on Thursday. I've got lunges, box jumps (modified), butt-busters (machine donkey kicks), hip raises, inner/outer thigh machines and lower ab decline crunches. Plus 30 minutes stairmaster intervals. I'll be taking my pre-workout supplement, lol.

I've also got a new supplement I'll start today... it's called Generation UCAN I bought the plain, which I can add to a protein shake, and the Cran-Raspberry which I can take on it's own. It provides the carbs I need for energy without an insulin spike. Nice, yeah? Since my energy is a serious detriment at this point, I'm looking forward to this.

I'm still feeling blah, but I'll do what I have to do. I know this is a temporary thing, this weird mood, and I know a lot of it is tied into my physical pain, so I'll move forward in spite of it. I'm updating the Daily Cooler again (http://recipeforfitness.com/todays_cooler.html) and sucking down my water with lemon slices.

So... there's my update ;-) Not very exciting, but hey, it's real.

Happy Monday!

Friday, April 11, 2014

The Face-Plant...

The last three days have been a comedy (tragedy?) of errors. Oh my! First up was the face-plant. Yep. I did. Here are the culprits responsible (because of course, I have no responsibility in this, lol)...
Yeah. She looks innocent, right? HA! Here's how it happened. Those boxes are full of canned goods from my daughter's apartment. We planned to get them unpacked the next day, which was why they were sitting next to the chair. SADIE, however, decided they made great barriers to slide into while playing with the dogs. I did not notice this. I was sore (omg, sore), shutting down the house for the night, turned off the lights in the kitchen and realized I hadn't left on the hall light. That's ok. I know my house inside out. I know where the chair is. The couch. The boxes. I'll just walk through, in the dark, and go to bed.

Insert header. Yep. The dogs had (with Sadie being the one who's big enough to move furniture and boxes of cans) rearranged the living room. I hit a box, took a step to the side to balance, hit the chair, bounced back and over the box, going face first into the floor with my ribs stuck on the box corner. It wasn't pretty. Oh my.

Next morning... can't get worse, right? Wrong! One of the workers scheduled for Friday, showed up at 8am Thursday. I was nowhere near ready. And it booted me out of my kitchen. All my carefully scheduled nutrition went bye-bye. CRAP!!! I ended up driving to the store and grabbing clean deli-meat and hard boiled eggs just to get some fuel in me! The day (and my nutrition plan) continued to slide south from there. No photos taken, nothing logged, though I did manage to pull it out and get it back on track.

Then Shi drug me out to the mall to find shoes for her dress (the kids are traveling to a wedding this weekend). I do not know how many stairs I climbed (and this is after 30 minutes on the stairmaster), or stores we entered or shoes she tried on. And the little bugger MOCKED me! I was moving a wee bit slow and tenderly, being so SORE, but she didn't have to race up then back to me to show me how slow I was moving! Brat!

By last night, I was so sore! Crazy sore! I went for this...
It wasn't enough. I woke this morning and could barely bring my hand to my mouth (a requirement of eating, lol). I tried to pop a couple aleve in my mouth but my arm wouldn't complete the move - I'm not sure where those pills ended up. Hmph. So... I am currently wearing this as if it were a layer of clothing - I apologize to anyone who crosses my path today...

I keep it in the freezer so it's extra cold. Still not enough, but this pain will fade. Please, god! I'm back today at three with Kayla to do back and biceps. I've been trying all day to loosen up my tricep muscles so I can DO biceps, lol. I'll also be picking up my new carb supplement today, which I'll tell you about next post.

So, with my humiliation, klutziness, and pain revealed to you in full color, it is now time for me to go eat again, then hit the gym. May you all have a kinder, gentler experience today. Lol. ;-)

By the way... best fun protein shake ever! Strawberry Sundae Champion Pure Whey Plus mixed with unsweetened vanilla almond coconut milk with a tablespoon of softened coconut butter (butter not oil). All it needed was a little umbrella stuck in it! LOL! ;-)

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The Urpy-ness of Leg Day

For some reason, Leg Day has always been my nemesis. When a workout is tough, sure, I get the urge to hurl, but if it's leg day - it's not an urge. It becomes my greatest challenge to keep the contents of my stomach IN my stomach. Why is that? Ugh. However, the workouts are worth whatever temporary discomfort I experience as they are making me stronger and better conditioned (hey, my stomach, too!). My conditioning is pathetic at this point. My inhaler is my best bud, and I, at least twice during each workout, am having to lay on the floor with my feet and arms in the air to make the room stop spinning. Again - UGH.

This too shall pass, as my Mom always told me. And it will. While I will always want to be pushed to become better, this sad weakness is a temporary state. Today's leg day wasn't as painful and discouraging as the first one I did with Kayla - that alone is progress. With each day, I will get better. There's no other option. And, silver lining, Kayla told me today that she thinks I'm about 40% ahead of where I started prep last time - that's a good thing. A mature body isn't all bad ;-) I tell ya, though I feel like I'm starting from scratch, I am SO grateful for the years with Tabitha building my mentality, my body, and teaching me form. I've got a good foundation, and I'm thankful.

Food is currently my hurdle. Eating it all. Aside from schedule and adjusting, I'm just not used to this much food. Or water. But, I'll get this, too. I have to. There are no other options. And someday down the road, I'll be wishing I had all this food, lol!

Tomorrow is cardio - stairmaster intervals. Wonder how my legs will feel. ;-)

I've gotten a lot of messages asking me what supplements I'm taking... here's the list:
Champion Performance Pure Whey Plus (whichever flavor strikes my mood, lol)
Champion Performance Multi-Vitamin
Champion Performance Muscle Nitro PM (for recovery)
Champion Performance Amino Edge (pre-workout) OR Champion Performance Energize (pre-workout)
Adreno-Mend - helping to balance my out of whack hormones (particularly cortisol)
Relora - same as above
Rebound - post-workout recovery

In addition to these, on cardio days, I'll be using my stack that my vitamin guru recommended. They're listed HERE. Just scroll down the post.  I'll also be reinstating the anti-inflammatory stack in that same post.

Ok, time for me to get going. Bill has bowling tonight, and I've got my meeting with Stef. Bwahahaha, I have some new exercises for her tonight! ;-) Be afraid. Be very, very afraid.  Mwaha-hahahaha!

Came home from the gym and all I wanted to do was lay with my feet up so my stomach could settle. Guess you don't always get what you want, right Sadie and Bear? ;-)

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Champion Performance Recipe of the Week - Avocado Chocolate Protein Pudding

One of my favorite treats during competition prep the first time around was my nightly protein pudding. Since I'm currently out of almond butter, but was craving my pudding, I decided to give avocado a try. I've seen tons of recipes for avocado based pudding, and put my own spin on it to match my needed macros. The result was so decadent, so smooth that even my husband wanted some! This is truly a treat (even though it fits my nutritional needs perfectly!). Enjoy!

Avocado Chocolate Protein Pudding
Chelle Stafford
makes 2 servings


  • 1 avocado
  • 2 scoops Champion Performance Pure Whey Plus, Chocolate Brownie
  • 2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1/4 tsp Cinnamon (I also highly recommend the Apple Pie seasoning from Penzey's in place of the cinnamon)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond / coconut milk

Slice open avocado, remove pit. Scoop flesh into food processor (or magic bullet / ninja)
Add remaining ingredients and blend until smooth.
Divide into two small serving bowls.
Refrigerate 30 minutes.

NUTRITION per serving: 302 calories, 25 grams protein, 21 grams carbs, 14 grams fat, 7 grams fiber. 14 grams net carbs.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Competition Prep Ponderings...

It was a great weekend, full of list making, food prep, and relaxing. Working on my meal plan, using the guidelines given me by my coach, I have had it smacked in my face that I have NOT been eating enough. Ugh. I put all this food in my day (on the software), then check the tally and Nope... not enough. Add more food. Not enough. Add MORE food. Closer. Lol. This initial getting back into the swing of things is going to be challenging. <sigh>

I finally nailed it down, and this morning began my day with a plate of yumminess. Speaking of which, the What's In Today's Cooler is back in action! See photos of my daily food and my calories/macros (if you're interested in such things <wink>).

Also updated (finally!) is the Workout and Cardio Playlist for April! Woot!! Fresh tunes to distract my brain from muscle pain, lol! Check that out HERE.  

I posted my "before" photos on the forum. Oh my! It's just as hard to share those pics this time around as it was last time. Yeesh. Here's the link: http://forums.recipeforfitness.com/post/day-1-the-stats-6835137 .  Needless to say, I've got a lot of work ahead of me. But - I've got a great coach who believes in me, a husband and family who believe in me, and an innate sense of competition - I WILL do this. And I will do it well. No other options. Even if it means I choke down my enormous amounts of food for two weeks while my body adjusts, lol.

It's funny, it's just 1800+ calories a day, but I've fallen into the bird-eating trap and going from here to there - well, it's a LOT of food. Thankfully, my activity will be increasing, too, so it shouldn't be long before I'm feeling the hunger. Yay! Today's protein shake will be made with the new Natural's line from Champion Performance. I'm excited to try them! I love (read: LOVE) their pure whey plus, and am really anxious to check out these new ones! My shake will use the Sport (GF and vegetarian), Vanilla. I'll let you know how it tastes :-)

Ok, I've got a boatload of work to get done and a very large dog to walk ;-)  If you haven't done it yet, I encourage you to register on the Forum (it's free!)! We've got such amazing folks there, and their so supportive and helpful! You'll love it! http://forums.recipeforfitness.com/

Happy Monday!!

Friday, April 4, 2014

The BIG Announcement....

Today is the day! Ready to find out what's had me so freaking excited?? Have you been wondering what I've had planned for you?? Well, my friends... here it is!

We have a FORUM! Yes! An online community for Recipe For Fitness! I'm bouncing off the walls excited! :-) This is a place where we can interact on a more intimate level than Facebook and other social media - we can share, learn, grow, and gather. It's free to join, because I believe wholeheartedly that we're all in this together and the support of a community can be life-changing. I've set this up for all of us - as a resource, and a refuge. In the future, there will be even more added on - private challenge groups, transformation groups, and more.

I'm thrilled to have some really incredible, amazing women by my side in this new venture. Patricia, Melanie, Tracey (aka Traweaver), and Angela are our Moderators and each one is an expert in the Clean Eating and Fit Lifestyle. They're wonderful women I'm so happy be be sharing with you! They've each written an intro post on the forum, to help you get to know them, and I hope you'll interact with them as the terrific resources they are. This is a place where we can come together and learn from each other - you'll find moderators and members from all different clean eating and fitness persuasions. Our differences make us stronger, better informed, and well-rounded. Our forum embraces those differences.

I've written a Welcome Letter on the forum, explaining more about it - and what the rules are. Take a look here. I hope you'll all join in our new community, contribute of yourselves and enjoy the warmth and support. We're starting small, after all, this is just the beginning, but I have no doubt that our little village will grow up and become a city of hope and encouragement to many, many people. I encourage you to invite your friends and family, anyone who can benefit from what we're offering.  Start with that Welcome Letter, then join on in! We're waiting for you!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

And it begins...

Day one. Stats day. Ugh. ;-)

Today was my first measurements and stats day - I headed to see Kayla at the gym, stripped off my shoes and socks and BAM! Ugh. Actually, it was right about where I thought it'd be. The last several months of inflammation and injury, as well as just plain crazy schedules have not been kind to my physique.

Weight: 136.2
Body Fat: 28.8%
Waist: 28
Umb. (belly button): 30.5
Hips: 36
Thigh: 20.5

Now that I've bared myself, lol, here's a peek at what is to come...

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of each week I'll be training with Kayla. Mondays and Fridays are active rest (pilates, yoga, etc), and Saturdays & Sundays I'll workout on my own, following Kayla's program for me.

I'm really excited to get started! I'll be building muscle for 10 weeks (which means Yay! More Food!), then the last 8 weeks are for cutting - whittling off body fat and sculpting the muscle I've got. There will be intense posing training, plus the choreography for my T-Walk. I'll be making an appointment with the wonderful woman who made my suite for my previous competition to alter it (ahem, remove the industrial strength padding, lol).

This weekend I'll be building the framework for my diet. Kayla crunched my numbers and let me know where she wants my calories and macros to begin. I'm starting off at 1800 calories/day+, with an emphasis on protein and natural fats. My carbs are in the evening, as opposed to the first half of the day - that'll take some getting used to, lol. I'm so ready for this! With as crazy as things have been, plus wearing a cast on my arm for 4 weeks (it's off! Yay!!) my food prep routines have suffered. Now, being officially "in prep", I'll be forced to hold to routine - and that's a good thing for me. I work better, calmer, when I have specific guidelines. On the 15th I have my food sensitivity test, which will be a great tool in my prep, as well as my daily life - here's to reduced inflammation! Wooohoo!

Bill has got to be the most incredible, loving, supportive husband out there. He's not only encouraging me to compete again, but doing so knowing that I'm shooting for three shows over a month period - and prepping through summer (no margaritas for me this summer!). He knows, having lived through it before, how much pressure it puts on him, and how my availability is... we'll call it 'challenged', during prep. And still... he's right here cheering me on. Amazing!

The kids are also supportive, and can't wait to cheer me on during the shows. How cool is my family? Though, to be honest, there have been questions of when flak jackets will be best utilized. Hahaha! Such is competing.

Backing up a bit to update ya'll... Tuesday I had my doctor's appointment. They were very amused the last time I went in for a daughter's appointment because I had my Skulls Cast Cover on. I have to admit - I did love that one! ;-) This time, Bethany had written me a message, and Shiloh had doodled all over it - the staff got quite the kick out of it.

Yes, my daughter wrote Thug Life and Pimp on my arm. Lol.

Getting the cast off wasn't fun. At all. The vibration saw may not cut your skin, but it gets darn hot! I've got a burn on the base of my thumb, then as they were trying to pry it open, I got pinched in two spots and now sport bruises, lol. It was an experience. And I'm glad it's over. My wrist is really weak, but the x-rays showed no sign of the previous fracture, so hopefully this weakness & pain will fade away (quickly, please!).

That night, we enjoyed an early birthday dinner for Bill - I'd made Beef Bourguignon. Even utilizing the crockpot, it was very, very time intensive, lol. But wow, worth every moment! Yummy! Then Wednesday was his birthday, and we just chilled and relaxed all day. He hasn't had a day off in forever, so it was nice to see him unwind. Then we ventured out to Abuelo's for dinner and watched World War Z (not impressed) and were in bed by 10pm.  All in all, it was a day in the life of a couple of old fogey's, haha.

Sadie is doing great! We've hired a new trainer for her and he's absolutely wonderful! She's responding wonderfully to the training, and we're so happy with her progress! It's a relief to finally be able to teach her boundaries and behavior in ways she understands. Training a nearly full grown English Mastiff is a whole lot different than training one up from a puppy. The techniques he uses help us to exercise our control, as well as let her know exactly what's expected. It's also teaching us that she's an incredibly smart dog. ;-) We're loving it! If you're in Utah, AZ or Nevada, and need a trainer, these guys are awesome! http://www.dogtrainingeliteinc.com/

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