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What competing is like on the other side

Before I get started, I want to make it clear I am by NO MEANS a “seasoned” or extremely experienced competition coach. My knowledge and experience of coaching girls is limited to the 4 months of coaching I have had since November, but let me tell you… it’s been quite a whirl wind and learning experience. Continue reading

Have your pasta and eat it to. 3 pasta dishes for fat loss*

Whether your fat loss diet (*fat loss is in relation to total calories consumed vs. total calories burned) allows for copious amounts of carbs, a moderate amount of carbs, or a finite amount of carbs pasta is something you can indulge in daily while still meeting your fat loss goals.  Continue reading

So…. what does show day really look like? A bikini competitor satire.

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Finding ways to kill time…

From an audience perspective a bodybuilding competition can look like a number of things… utter ridiculousness, narcissism at it’s finest, awkward, weird, entertaining, fascinating, motivating ect. The list goes on.

From the bikini athlete perspective show day looks… long. Fun and exciting, but long. So whether you’re a first time competitor or a seasoned veteran, this one is for you.

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Embracing Imperfection and Ditching Comparison

Its been a while since I have written. Over a year actually and it’s long overdue.

The reason I stopped blogging was because I found myself becoming frustrated with the fact that my blog wasn’t “perfect.” I found myself comparing it to other blog content, layout, photos, you name it and I compared, often falling short. My posts were never clever enough, my layout wasn’t as graphically pleasing and my photos weren’t the highest quality. So I did what I find myself often doing, I just stopped. Continue reading

10 things to be grateful for everyday

10 things to be greatful for everyday

My life has been busy, like really busy, the last month or so. When my life gets busy I (we?) tend to fly from one activity to the next without really thinking, without really taking it all in and without being fully present in the moment. When my stress builds up and my to-do lists seem never ending I stop appreciating my warm bed, my comfortable job and my fridge full of good food. I stop taking in breaths of fresh air. I stop noticing the morning sunrises and appreciating the everyday comforts of my life. I stop noticing the little things and I forget that there is so much to be grateful for every day. Continue reading

10 things you should start doing in the morning… and working out isn’t one of them

10 THINGS YOU SHOULD START DOING IN THE MORNING… AND WORKING OUT ISN’T ONE OF THEM

I love mornings. I love the quiet, the calmness, the chance to start a brand new day. I believe that what you do every morning sets the tone for the rest of the day. Continue reading

Why I dislike the word “perfect”

I am a words person. I love words. I think words have meaning. I think words have value. I think words leave impressions and I think words have the power to influence. Lately I have been thinking a lot about the word “perfect.” What it means, what it symbolizes, and how it is used in our daily vocabulary. And to be honest, I dislike the word “perfect.” Why are we so quick to call people perfect? To label things as perfect? To strive for the idea of perfection when it might not even exist? Continue reading

10 things you didn’t know (or maybe you did) about bikini competitors

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If you haven’t noticed the number of females competing in bodybuilding shows in the bikini division is on the rise. To the average person we might just look like tanned, muscly barbies standing on stage in 5 inch high heels and sparkly bikinis, but there is a lot more to us than that… Continue reading

10 things I wish I knew before I started my fitness journey

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Believe it or not, I don’t know it all… nor do I plan on ever knowing it all. However, reflecting on my fitness journey thus far, there are a few things I wish I would have known or at least thought about before I started. I wanted to share these thoughts with my readers in hopes to enlighten others who might be starting out on their own fitness journey. Continue reading