Gettin’ Fit……and Hitting My Mark!!

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Well……I am happy to report that I completed the 2015 Carolina Supernatural Bodybuilding Competition this past weekend, in fact, I won!!  Woo Hoo!!  I placed second in the Women’s Bodybuilding  Masters 50 & Over division, but placed first in the Women’s Bodybuilding Open Heavyweight, then won the Women’s Bodybuilding Open Overall Champion.  And, I certainly didn’t expect this, but I received my Pro Card!  I am now considered a professional bodybuilder!!  Whew!  I am very thrilled to have done so well, but I am still in shock!!

As I have stated all along, this was about the journey for me.   It just goes to show that with a lot of hard work and discipline, you can reach not only your goals but beyond your goals as well!  My goal was to train and prepare to the best of my ability and to give it my best once I got on that stage Saturday night.  That’s all I could ask of myself! And, that’s what I did, and it paid off tremendously for me!!  And, I can’t tell you how excited and pleased I feel having achieved more than what I set out to achieve!! It’s very rewarding!!

I want to thank all of you for your support and encouragement throughout my training process.  I can’t tell you how all of your positive feedback on my blog posts really kept me motivated to stay on track and to strive for my best! I would like to also thank my wonderful husband, Tim, and my boys for all of their unwavering support and for having to put up with me during all of this, especially on low carb days!!  I couldn’t have succeeded without their love and support. I love you guys!!  I would like to thank my awesome trainer, Anthony Tiller, for his love, support, encouragement, and expertise throughout my journey.  He is the master behind the madness and the man with the plan!!  Thank You Anthony!!  And I can’t thank enough my friend and fellow bodybuilder, Tina Bell, for all of her help—-she choreographed my posing routine, provided tremendous amounts of positive support and encouragement, and was always there whenever I needed her!  Thanks Tina! I would like to also thank my sweet friend, Lauren Wood, for always being there for me in and out of the gym and always with her beautiful smile!! Your support didn’t go unnoticed!! Thanks Lauren!  And last but not least, I want to thank all of my wonderful friends who are part of the fabulous Underdog Family!!  You guys also kept me on track with your support and encouragement and willingness to let me have free riegn of the gym whenever I was in there to workout!!  Y’all are the BEST!! I love my Underdog family—-you folks ROCK!!

I have enjoyed these last several days of eating and drinking anything I want—-it’s been fun!!  My family and I are headed to Spain for our family vacation for the next 10 days, and I can’t tell you how great I feel physically, mentally, and emotionally, and how excited I am to experience the culture of another country and not have a care in the world about what I eat or drink!!  BRING IT ON!!!  So, when I return, I plan to get back into a regular workout routine of lifting 3 days a week and watching my macros to some degree.  My trainer says he is going to reverse me out when I get back from vacation, and it will make it very easy for me to maintain what I have worked so hard to achieve.  Although, I hope to put just a little weight back on.  I just don’t want to go overboard with all of the bad eating and gain more than I would like.

Thanks again for following along with me during my journey!!

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Gettin’ Fit……..and Almost There!

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I have now completed 21 weeks of my 23 weeks of training for my bodybuilding competition.  I have ONLY 2 weeks left–woo hoo!  I am down almost 25 pounds to 119 pounds!  Oh my goodness, I haven’t weighed this since graduating from high school in 1982.  I can’t tell you how amazing I feel and how excited I am to have made this much progress so far–and I have 2 weeks left!!  When I decided to train for the competition, I never ever thought I would get this lean.  When I competed 5 years ago, I weighed in at 125 pounds.  One of the main reasons I think I’m leaner this time is because the program my trainer designed for me this time is different than my program 5 years ago.  Another reason for getting leaner is because I started my training this time with so much more muscle mass due to the fact that I continued to workout and lift weights throughout these past 5 years.

I am so glad I tracked my progress this time through my blog.  It has been so important and rewarding for me to see the photos of myself and the progress I have made throughout my training.  It wasn’t until I saw today’s photos that I realized just how lean I actually am.  So I feel that I definitely will be ready to compete at my best in 2 weeks!

Please come out to cheer me on Saturday, June 13, at The Carolina Supernatural in Spartanburg, SC, at the Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium at 6:00pm.  I will be competing in the Women’s Open Bodybuilding and the Women’s Masters 50 and Over Bodybuilding categories and will be posing and performing my posing routine that night to “Uptown Funk” by Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson.

Gettin’ Fit…….and Almost There!

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I have now completed 21 weeks of my 23 weeks of training for my bodybuilding competition.  I ONLY have 2 weeks left—woo hoo!!  I am down almost 25 pounds to 119 pounds!  Oh my goodness, I haven’t weighed this since graduating high school in 1982.  I can’t tell you how amazing I feel and how excited I am to have made this much progress so far—and I have 2 weeks left!  When I decided to train for the competition, I never ever thought I would get this lean.  When I competed 5 years ago, I weighed in at 125 pounds.  One of the main reasons I think I’m leaner this time is because the program my trainer designed for me this time is different than my program 5 years ago.  And, another reason I think I’ve gotten leaner is because I started my training this time with so much more muscle mass due to the fact that I continued to workout and lift weights throughout these past 5 years.

I am so glad I tracked my progress this time through my blog.  It has been so important for me to see the photos of myself and the progress I have made throughout my training.  It wasn’t until I saw today’s photos that I realized how lean I actually am.  So I feel that I definitely will be ready to compete at my best in 2 weeks!

Please come out to cheer me on Saturday, June 13, at The Carolina Supernatural n Spartanburg, SC at the Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium at 6:00pm.  I will be competing in the Women’s Open Bodybuilding and the Women’s Bodybuilding Masters Age 50 and Over categories and will be posing and performing my posing routine that night.

Gettin’ Fit……One Day at a Time!

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I have now completed 18 weeks of my 23 weeks of training for my bodybuilding competition.  I am counting down now with 5 weeks of training to go!  And, yes, only 5 leg workouts to go—unless my trainer throws in some extra in the next few weeks!  I am down over 21 pounds with a weight of 122 pounds.  I have to say—I just can’t believe I have made this kind of progress. Even having done this before (5 years ago), it just still amazes me what you can train your body to do once you train your mind!!

When I started this blog at the end of December, as you can see, I titled it “Gettin’ FIt at Fifty:  One Day at a Time”.  This subtitle has actually carried me tremendously throughout my training…..one day at a time.  I have been able to train my mind to “chip away” at my goal day by day.  Everyday is a new day and a new goal for that day.  By doing this, the overall goal doesn’t seem so overwhelming.  For me, looking at my training in this way has helped me stay on track and lead me down the road to success in achieving my goal.  No matter what your goal, I encourage you to break it down and not let yourself get overwhelmed, which, many times, can lead to getting off track or giving up altogether.  Just keep moving forward, one day at a time!

I would like to invite all of you to come see me compete in The Carolina Supernatural SNBF Pro-Qualifier on Saturday, June13, in Spartanburg, SC, at the Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium.  The Finals start at 6:00pm with prejudging that morning at 10:00am.  I would love to have you there to cheer me on especially at the Finals!!!

Here’s a great quote I saw on Pinterest: “Your body can stand almost anything.  It’s your mind that you have to convince”!

My blog post was a day or so late because we were out of town this past weekend.  I want to give my oldest son, Ben, a huge shout out of congratulations!  He graduated this past Saturday with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Textiles Engineering and a Minor in Spanish from NC State University.  I am so proud of him and all of the hard work he has put in the last four years!  This Fall he begins the next phase of his life in the Teaching Abroad Program to teach English in Madrid, Spain—Best of Luck Ben! I also would like to congratulate my middle son, Matt, who just finished his Freshman year at NC State with a 3.9 overall GPA—I am so proud of him too!

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Gettin’ Fit with……Cardio!

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I have now completed week 16 of my 23 weeks of training for my bodybuilding competition!  I have lost almost 19 pounds.  My trainer isn’t measuring my body fat anymore because once you get down to a very low level of body fat (around 9-10%), you just can’t measure it using the caliper method.  I am currently at 125 pounds which was my competition weight on the day I competed five years ago!  And, I have 7 weeks of training left–yikes!  I think I’m on my way to getting really, really lean!?  Don’t tell my husband, but I have been on one big shopping spree and buying clothes like crazy!  But, it is such a great feeling when you put on your current clothes and they all are too big.  So, it’s time to shop–not that I need a reason to shop!  For those that know me well, I think they definitely call me a shop-a-holic! And, yes, it’s true….but now I do have a legitimate reason to shop right!?  Sorry Tim—don’t look at our credit card bill this month!

And, so, now I can finally say that I am doing cardio!!  Yippee….NOT!  Cardio isn’t my favorite but it is necessary for me to achieve my goal.  So, I started cardio two weeks ago and it is kicking my butt!!  I am doing 40 minutes of intervals on the elliptical 5 days a week.  Whew–that’s a lot! This past week was much easier; I didn’t feel as “out of shape”.  Remember, I have not done any cardio exercise since early December before I started training for this in January.  So, I have been trying to get up early in the morning to get it in before my son gets up BUT after my first cup of coffee–I just can’t function or do anything without at least that first cup!  It’s so nice to have it completed before I leave my house and not have it hanging over my head all day.

I have struggled mentally with having to do cardio for 40 minutes.  Why does 40 minutes seem like such a long time when your doing cardio, and it never seems like very much time when your on the computer perusing Facebook, Instagram, E-mail, the Internet, etc.?  So, to help, I break it down into two 20 minute segments.  Then, once I complete the first 20 minutes, I take a short water break, stretch a little, and then get back at it.  I then break the last 20 minutes down into two 10 minute segments.  Many times, I take a really short break after the first 10 minutes of the last 20 minute segment.  I am just trying to trick my brain into thinking that it’s not a whole 40 minutes.  My philosophy may or may not work for others, but, for now, it seems to be working for me along with the results I’m getting.  Results definitely help a lot too!  Take a look below at some photos of my results…..

Gettin’ Fit with…….Inspiration and Positive Results!.

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I have now completed Week 14 of my 23 weeks of training for my bodybuilding competition on June 13 in Spartanburg, SC.  As you can see, my body is getting leaner and I am seeing the positive results of my hard work.  I have lost almost 16 pounds and have lost over 12% body fat.  And, I have 9 weeks of training to go!!  It helps so much when you start seeing results—it really helps to keep you motivated.  So, my advice to all is to be patient and trust the process, and the results will come.  Trust me, if I can do this, I know all of you can too!!!

I appreciate all of the positive comments and support over these last 14 weeks.  It makes me so happy to know that I am inspiring many friends, acquaintances, and other interested parties, which was one of the main reasons I decided to do this blog.  We all need inspiration!  So, I want to share with you who inspires me.  Below are photos of my trainer, Anthony Tiller, and three lovely ladies and fellow bodybuilders, Tina Bell, Lauren Wood, and Meredith Stone, who also train at my gym.  All of these folks are so inspiring to me!   Anthony, who has competed for many years, competed this past November in the ANBF North Carolina Natural ProAm where he received his ANBF Masters Pro Card.  We all are so proud of you Anthony!  This weekend, Tina and Meredith competed in the SNBF Georgia State Championships and did very well.  Tina won the Women’s Open Overall and Women’s Overall Best Poser–way to go Tina!!  Meredith came in 2nd place to Tina in the Women’s Open Overall—great job Meredith!! Tina also received her SNBF Pro Card–Wow, that’s awesome! Lauren competed in March and placed 2nd in the Women’s Masters and will be competing also in June with me–looking good Lauren!  Great job Team Underdog!   I am so proud and honored to be a part of this wonderful group at Team Underdog!!

Stay tuned, I’m entering uncharted territory for myself physically, and am excited to see what the next few weeks bring!  I look forward to sharing it all with you! And, now, I leave you with what I think is a very inspiring quote: “If you never try you’ll never know”.

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Gettin’ Fit…….By Setting Goals!

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I have just completed 12 weeks of training for my bodybuilding competition….only 11 more weeks to go!  I have lost 15 pounds with a weight of 128 pounds and a body fat of 11%, which is down from 23% on January 5th.  Hope you can see my progress from the photos I have posted.  And, of course, I will once again repeat myself—-I have done this without doing any cardio–just lifting weights 5 days a week and hitting my daily food macros (protein, carb, and fat grams).  I am still on 2 higher carb days and 5 lower carb days.   I am definitely getting adjusted to the lower carb days, but it really helps that I am not doing any cardio yet.

This past week, I was thinking about my next blog post and really wasn’t getting inspired at all.  So, on Friday I had a discussion with my trainer looking for some inspiration.  I originally discussed with him that I was thinking about posting a “day in the life” of my life right now by posting a typical food day and a typical workout.  He steered me away from this because he felt it really wasn’t the right data to post.  Macros are so individualized and so is my food.  What works for me and the foods I like to eat is going to be so different for everyone else, because we all have different tastes in food.  Also, he bases my macros on my progress with both my weight and how my muscles look.

During our discussion, he helped me realize that it really didn’t matter what foods I ate, which is what I was going to share with you on my blog.  What really matters is hitting my macros every single day and doing the workouts that my trainer provides.  I also realized that training for my bodybuilding competition is a really simple process–do what your trainer tells you to do.  You have to trust the process and just DO it!!  No excuses accepted!  By setting a goal, like competing in a bodybuilding competition, EVERYTHING you do day in and day out should support you in obtaining your goal.  I am not saying that it is easy, but it is simple.  For me, it is about the process and trusting in the process.  By viewing my training in this way, it makes the process much more enjoyable, less stressful, and keeps me focused—I don’t have to worry at all about my end result because I am confident that the process will get me to my goal!   If I do everything that my trainer tells me to do in preparation for competing in June, I expect to succeed.  And, for me, success doesn’t  necessarily mean winning the largest trophy—-it means that I have done MY very best!  At my competition in 2010,  I felt successful just by having the ability and opportunity to get on stage and compete—and I feel the same about this competition.  Although I won 4 trophies in 2010, I felt like I had already won before ever stepping on that stage.  For me, it’s about keeping your eyes focused on your goal and investing yourself in the process that will ultimately lead you to obtaining your goal.  Folks, it’s that simple—-you just have to DO it! And, you CAN!!

I leave you with this quote:  “Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible”

Gettin’ Fit With……Temptation!

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I have now completed 10 weeks of training…….only 13 more to go!  I am down 11.8 pounds with a weight of 132 pounds and 13% body fat.  I am now starting to get fairly lean, as you can see from the photos—I hope!?  And, yes I will say it again, I have done this without doing any cardio!!  For whatever reason, it still amazes me that I have done this well losing weight and body fat without cardio.  I am lifting weights 5 days a week, but most of my workouts are around 45-55 minutes long.  Once again, it just shows how important your food intake is with any training or weight loss program.  This past week, my trainer changed my macros (Protein, Carb, and Fat grams) quite a bit.  I am now on 2 higher carb days (Mondays and Thursdays) and 5, yes 5, lower carb days.  Whew—it has definitely been a bit more challenging.  I found myself living for Monday and Thursday!

WIth that said, let’s move on to temptation….as in lots of food temptations.  And, boy, have there been a ton of temptations for me this past week!  My two older sons came home from college this past week for their Spring break.  One thing we really enjoy doing together as a family is dining out.  Asheville has so many wonderful restaurants, so the boys love hitting all of their favorites when they are in town.  We ate at Fig (American Bistro), Curate (Spanish Tapas), White Duck Taco (unique yummy tacos), Sol Y Luna (fresh Mexican), and Apollo Flame (great subs/salads/pastas) just to mention a few.  Oh, and did I mention Scully’s (pub fare)–we were there all of last weekend during the SoCon Basketball Tournament.  And guess what, I was able to eat with them at every one of these places.  I was able to find something that worked within my macros.  It took a little more planning my meals for the day, but it was definitely doable.  At the Mexican restaurant, I ordered the shrimp kabobs and had enough carbs and fat left for the day to enjoy some refried beans.  I know what you are thinking (especially my friend, Beverly), that’s not really my idea of Mexican food either, but I made it work!  Our waiter at Curate was very helpful in assisting me on what to order. I was able to order the sautéed shrimp and Iberico smoked grilled pork–both were delicious!  If you will nicely let the waitstaff know your situation, as in needing low carb high protein food choices, they are usually very accommodating and helpful–especially in Asheville!

My oldest son, Ben, is a senior Textiles Engineering Major at NC State and will be graduating in May.  He received a job offer this week to teach English in Spain. We are so excited for him!  So, at White Duck Taco, he ordered a margarita to celebrate his job offer—I toasted him with my glass of unsweet tea instead of a margarita!  But, oh, how tempting it was to drink one with him—but I didn’t!  Then, my middle son, Matt, requested I make chicken and dumplings for dinner one night.  So, I did, but I ate leftover Apollo Flame grilled chicken with their greek salad.  On the day Matt headed back to Raleigh, he requested I make brunch which included biscuits, bacon, eggs, cheese grits, and pancakes!  So, I did, but, as usual, I ate an egg white omelet with a little cheese.  Breakfast food is one of my favorites, and I just LOVE buttermilk biscuits.  And, once again, it was so tempting!

I am very proud of myself for not caving to any of this week’s temptations-both food and alcohol!  I have to admit, one thing that has really helped me stay focused and on track in achieving my goal is this blog and the photos I share with you every other week!  As with any endeavor no matter how big or small, setting a goal and having a plan ultimately leads to success!!  I leave you with this quote from Pinterest:  “A goal without a plan is just a wish”.

Gettin’ Fit with……..Support!

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I have now completed 8 weeks of training……only 15 more to go!! Woot Woot!!  It’s getting so much closer to my competition on June 13th.  Time to get really focused and really lean!!  I am down 9 1/2 pounds and measure 15% body fat.

My carbs and fat were cut these past couple of weeks, and I will have to say, this is the first time I have been hungry this whole 8 weeks.  Yikes!  It was much harder to stay on track and focused when you feel like eating every thing you see!  I really shouldn’t  peruse Pinterest when I’m hungry—-too many tempting food pics and recipes!  I did cheat a little by having some chocolate chip cookie dough this past week.  My biggest food weaknesses are cookies and cookie dough.  I saw a recipe on Pinterest for one serving of homemade edible chocolate chip cookie dough (no raw egg)—-it was so yummy!!  I didn’t beat myself up about eating it, but just got back on track the next day.  Onward and upward…

It is during times of weakness that we really need support—support from our family, our friends, our trainers, our workout friends, our social media friends, and yes, even our faith!!  Whether you are tempted to cheat with your food or don’t feel up to a leg workout or are just plain tired physically or emotionally, we need support from those around us.  When training for a competition such as my bodybuilding competition, it is IMPERATIVE to surround yourself with supportive people!  A great support system is needed for success throughout your entire process during times of weakness and times of strength.

So, I would like to thank all of the people in my support system.  First and foremost, I would like to thank my wonderful husband for all of his unwavering support.  He is the one who is there—–to hear me talk incessantly about what I can or can’t eat and how much more protein I need to eat, to answer my never-ending questions about looking leaner or fatter, to take all of my photos for this blog, to reinforce the progress I am making each week, to listen to me tell him how many carbs are in the food he is eating, to enjoy a glass of fine wine by himself, to cook dinner sometimes for himself and our youngest son,  to proofread all of my blog posts and offer suggestions, and the list goes on and on……..thank you, Tim, for the many, many ways you support me in this endeavor!!  I really appreciate you and your love and support—without it, my endeavor would not be possible!!

I also would like to thank my awesome trainer, Anthony Tiller, and the entire Underdog Fitness and Performance Training team.  Without all of you, I could not do this!!  My trainer works so hard to stay up to date on training methods, calculating macro numbers and workouts for those of us that are training for a bodybuilding competition (and there are several of us at his gym), juggling all of his clients that are training not only for a BB competition but those training on a daily basis at his gym also while training himself and being a husband and father of three wonderful children.  And, he does it all in such a quiet, sweet and supportive manner.  Thank you, Anthony, for being one of the best trainers around—you are not only an awesome trainer but an amazing and inspiring person too!!

My close friends and workout buddies are also a very important part of my support system.  They, too, have to listen daily (or at least pretend to listen) to my never-ending talk about my carbs, fat,  protein, etc. and are always there to support me in anyway they can. I am so appreciative of all of you!!  Thanks for all of your positive support—-it really is so comforting to know that you guys are in my corner!!  It definitely makes me feel like we are all on this journey together.

Thank you to all of my social media friends that have made many supportive comments on my progress!  It gives me so much positive reinforcement and helps me stay on track and motivated!!

I am definitely “feelin’ the love”!  Thank you all!

I leave you with this quote from Pinterest:  “Surround yourself with ONLY people who are going to lift you higher.”

Gettin’……..Fed!!

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I have just completed week 6 of my training……only 17 more weeks to go!!  As I say to my trainer, only 17 more leg workouts! Does anyone enjoy leg workouts?  Well, I have to confess, they aren’t my favorite, especially split squats.  Anyway, I am down 6.4 pounds in weight and have about 15% body fat.  Not too bad considering that I haven’t done any cardio yet and just traveled to an all-inclusive resort in the Domincan Republic! On our trip, I was able to enjoy myself and did fairly well on my food.  I did allow myself some alcohol though—I can’t deny the fact that I love champagne! Cheers!

This week, I wanted to share some examples of the types of food I am eating on a daily basis.  Hopefully, it will give you a better idea of what types of foods and how often I am eating.  I definitely supplement with protein powder.  Some of my favorite protein powders are Beverly International UMP Whey in Chocolate and Cookies and Cream, Cellucor Whey in Cinnamon Swirl, and GNC Pro Performance Amp Whey in Delicious Strawberry and Vanilla Ice Cream.  The Beverly protein powder is the creamiest of all of these and I think is the yummiest!

Almost every single morning, so far, I eat Hodgson Mill oat bran for breakfast with one scoop of protein powder.  Most mornings I add the GNC Pro Performance Amp Whey Protein in Delicious Strawberry.  It gives me an additional 24 grams of protein while only 2 carbs.  Some mornings, depending on my macros, I add 2 Tbsp. of PB2 which is powdered peanut butter.  If you like peanut butter, it is a great lower fat alternative.  It is peanut butter with most of the fat removed–only 1.5 grams of fat.  PB2 can be found in most grocery stores on the peanut butter aisle.  On really low carb days, I will probably replace my oat bran with an egg white and cheese omelet with a side of whole wheat toast which I also enjoy.  I usually work out in the mornings, so around 10:00, after I have worked out, I eat a Clif Builder Protein bar—-I love the Vanilla Almond flavor.  With a whopping 30 grams of carbs, I will probably have to cut out this bar on low carb days and replace it with a scoop of protein powder and some sort of fruit or no fruit.

For lunch, let’s just say that I am a “lady that lunches”!  My good friend, Cathy, and I eat out lunch at least 3 times a week—it’s  just what we do.  We eat regularly, usually once a week, at a locally owned restaurant called Fig.  Their food is so flavorful and very well prepared, and they have quite a few healthy choices too.  I typically will order the roasted chicken breast (it’s so tender and juicy–not sure how they do this) with their Caesar salad or with lentils and Brussels sprouts.  They also have a wonderful salmon dish if you like salmon—I am learning to like salmon!  Sometimes, I order their lemon-lime shrimp risotto—it’s divine and one of my favorites!  Most other places we eat, I try to order grilled chicken or grilled shrimp on a Caesar salad or some kind of salad.  I almost always order roasted, sautéed, or steamed Brussels sprouts if they are available at any of the restaurants where I eat. They are my favorite veggie right now!

About 2:30 or 3:00, I have my afternoon snack and a shot of espresso.  I just don’t think I could function a whole day without coffee!  My snack usually consists of one or two scoops of protein powder, depending on how much more protein I need for the day, with a side of fruit.  For this protein powder, I usually have either the Beverly Cookies and Cream flavor or the Beverly Chocolate.  To me, it’s like eating cookie dough or chocolate pudding—sometimes you just have to tell your brain that that’s what it is!  My son, John, and I have been eating tons of fresh Florida strawberries and Cuties clementines.  They both are so good and sweet right now.  Another afternoon snack is a scoop of protein powder added to Dannon Light & Fit Greek No Fat Yogurt—–the banana cream is my fav, but all of them are really tasty!  Also, Turkey Perky Jerky is a great low carb high protein snack.

Then, there’s dinner.  My dinners really vary depending on how much of my macros I have left for the day.  So, some nights I eat a good amount, and some nights I don’t.  Lately, I have been eating a lot of egg white omelets with 2% Mexican Cheese Blend with an Arnold  Whole Wheat Sandwich Thins.  It is actually one of my favorite meals, believe it or not.  I am so glad that I love egg whites.  I use one cup of All Whites 100% Liquid Egg Whites with 1/4 cup of the 2% cheese and a little salt and pepper.  But, you could add whatever veggies you like—onions, peppers, tomatoes, etc.   For our Valentine’s dinner, we had filet mignon with roasted balsamic Brussels sprouts and stewed buttered potatoes.  Of course, I didn’t eat the potatoes—those were for my husband and son.  I was also able to have a glass of a really nice Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon wine!  Yummy!  There have been a few dinners that I didn’t have many carbs left so I ate cold boiled shrimp (0 Carbs) or a scoop or two of protein powder. I have actually found a lot of healthy dinner recipes on Pinterest—it’s a great resource for healthy eating recipes!  Believe it or not,  at the end of the day I usually feel very satisfied and not hungry!

Please remember these are just a few examples of what I eat and is definitely not the only things I eat and is by no means all inclusive—just a sampling.  You know as well as I do, our lives can be hectic at times, and no matter how much we prepare, sometimes you have to go with what your day gives you!

I leave you with this quote that I think is appropriate for this journey that I am on: “Dream big, work hard, stay focused, & surround yourself with good people.”

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