Monday, July 25, 2011

Bending Before I Break...

Last week was really dark for me. I try to be honest and transparent, but I also try not to be too negative - that's just not who I am. Didn't seem like it last week, lol, but I'm really not a downer. I've got a lot going on - personal, family, work, plus training. I've realized I'm spread too thin, trying to do too much. This weekend saw me, finally, reaching out for help. Something I don't do easily.

Bill and I had a long talk, then we had a long talk with the kids, and I did a lot of prioritizing. The upshot is that they'll help me where they can, I'll compromise where I can (I don't even want to talk about what I bought at the grocery store for their meals), and I'll try to not beat myself up if I run out of time before I get to blog, or return emails, or write.

I truly underestimated how "selfish" this sport is. It is all-consuming. Last week I was in the gym 15 times. Add that to my full-time job, my family, and my food preparation, personal pursuits (blogging, emails, etc) and  something definitely doesn't add up. So... I'm dialing it back a bit. If you email me, or post a comment, please be patient with me. I will reply, it just might not be right away.

One of the things I'm temporarily dialing back is my Daily Cooler page. I just can't keep up with it right now. I'll share here in the blog with you how I'm eating, what I'm eating, and include pics as often as possible, but the daily updates/detailed data will be MIA for a few weeks.

So, let's talk weekend...
I developed & tested several new recipes (winners, all!), I got all my grocery shopping and the food prep done in one day! Huge for me, since my stamina is low. It took me 3 1/2 hours to grocery shop. Two stores, folks. Yeah, I'm not moving as fast as I once was (I blame low carbs). LOL! I also discovered (did I mention this already?) that I must now shop in the children's section of the store. The teeny-bopper section is too "short" (read risque) for my 40 year old self, and the "my age" section is all too big... I had to shop in the kids dept to find shorts & tank tops. Crazy. Oh, and my feet shrank, too. Strange things happen when you're on competition prep.

Sunday I got to spend the whole day at-rest. It was awesome! I did do some posing practice, but other than that, I drank water, ate my food, and played around in the pool. Aaaaahhhhh. I'm in the new phase of the diet - which means A) I get grapefruit again (yay!!!) and B) I will now be striving to reach Mondays and Thursdays. Those are my carb days, lol.

TEASER...I've got a fun new recipe coming tomorrow for my Champion Nutrition post. Bill and the kids are already asking for more of these little treats. They just might have to wait a few weeks though, until I can enjoy them too... because they're awfully tasty  :-)  

Here's a few weekend food pics...
Lunch - Salad with Chicken & Newman's Own
Organic Oil & Vinegar
Meal 6 (this is where I used to have my protein ice cream).
4-egg white omelet with veggies & salsa.
 And here's my newest Costco find... that's a cooler! Koko is the brand and they had such cute ones! Room for all my stuff! Cute, right?

So what've I done/eaten today... my day started early as usual. Chest was the muscle group to be beaten up today. :-) I also had my weigh in, and we went over the new diet and fine tuned. Tab also made a few tweaks to my routine, cutting my cardio back, and strategically planning when I do my cardio to coincide with a carb refuel (thank you, Tab!!!!).
Breakfast: 3 egg whites, 3 oz ground turkey breast,
seasonings, and half a grapefruit.
Snack 1: Protein/Almond Butter Pudding
I promise it tastes better than it looks :-)
Lunch was another salad with chicken breast, spinach, lettuce, cabbage, and Newman's Own dressing. Snack 2 will be protein pudding (this one without the almond butter). Dinner is baked Swai with more salad. Then Snack 3, which is where I usually have my protein ice cream, is my carb-refuel. And it's a doozy! :-D  I can't wait! I'm so excited!

So... that's my update. Please be patient with me. I'm trying to keep up, but I'm bound to drop a few balls.

Oh... speaking of me dropping balls... yikes, I almost forgot. Tab's page on the website... she's very anxious to get back to answering emails & questions, but she's swamped too... after all, she's got her hands full with my high-maintenance, neurotic self! LOL! Seriously though, once the show is over and we decompress, Tab will be back and in action, ready to field your exercise/fitness questions! :-) We're looking forward to it!!

Happy Monday!!!


  1. Chelle,
    I was wondering how you were keeping all those balls in the air! You've got to take care of yourself. remember this is supposed to be fun!!! I have to tell you, and don't get mad but every time you mention your lack of carb eating due to your goal, I think "thank God my goal is an endurance sport, I get to eat carbs!" sorry!! :)

  2. ROFL!!! No worries, Robin! Enjoy every bite of those carbs! :-) LOL!!

  3. so glad you had Sunday! man you must have been ready for the break. you are doing fantastic and certainly do not own us any apologies, we are rooting for you and will support you however we can... no pressure... no demands... just good old support, encouragment and kudos!
    have a great week

  4. Thank you for posting all your ice cream recipes. Just what the family needs w/all the 100+ heat wave days in NJ. Glad to see you're taking a break from a few things rather than mentally breaking. Your family should be very proud of your accomplishments. lucea

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