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 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’ Fit While Traveling…..

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I have now completed 4 weeks of my training.  As you can see from my photos, my body is changing!  I have lost almost 5 pounds (4.8 to be exact) and measured 16.3% body fat this past Monday which is down from 17.5% last week (down from 23.1% when I started my training).  And, interestingly enough, I haven’t done ANY cardio yet to have achieved these results!  Once again, it proves how important your food intake is in this process and in life in general.  Healthy food choices matter!

Last week, my husband, Tim, and I traveled to Orlando, Florida, for 4 days for a dental conference.  Although it can be challenging to travel when training, with some planning and organization, it CAN be done.  I packed several flavors of protein powder in ziploc bags, Clif Builder protein bars, and Turkey Perky Jerky in my carry on so I would have food on hand in the air.  On our trip down to Orlando, time allowed us to eat in the restaurant, Tequileria, in the Charlotte airport.  Although I was unable to locate their nutritional values online for their menu, I was able to find something that worked for me.  I ordered the shrimp tacos on corn tortillas with black beans as my side.  Using the app MyFitnessPal, I was able to look up and log what I ate.  Most chain restaurants do have the nutritional values listed online for their menus, so look it up before you order then you can be assured of the nutritional values and not have to guess or assume! In my suitcase, I packed more protein powder and my oat bran/oatmeal that I ate every morning.  We ordered coffee, hot water, and Tim’s breakfast every morning through room service.  Another good breakfast option is an egg white omelet or scrambled egg whites and wheat toast, and depending on your fat gram allowance, you can add some cheese to your omelet.  I actually had a piece of bacon a couple of mornings!  Most hotels and restaurants are happy to accommodate your special requests.  I did eat a lot of yummy grilled shrimp and fish dishes too for my other meals with a lot of steamed or sautéed veggies.

I was also able to get my workouts in while there.  Most hotels and resorts have fairly decent fitness centers.  Most have free weights and a majority of my strength training workouts only require free weights.  I had doubled up on my workouts one day before I left, so I didn’t workout on my travel day (Wednesday) to Orlando.  I was able to do my leg workout on Thursday and my tri’s/bi’s on Friday.

This coming week, I will be traveling again!  My husband is taking his staff to the Dominican Republic for some R&R.  So, I will let you know how it goes while training and eating in another country at an all-inclusive resort.  I am thinking that this trip might be a bit more challenging, especially since most all-inclusive resorts have unlimited food buffets and alcohol!  I have already verified that there is a fitness center.  Now I just need to get mentally prepared for all of the temptations that will be around me!! I think the resort will be making a lot more money on me than on those I will be traveling with……

I leave you with this quote: “Your body can stand almost anything.  It’s your mind that you have to convince”.

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Gettin’ Focused with a Trainer…m

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Ok folks……it is time…..time to get focused…..with a trainer!  Tomorrow I will start my 5 month journey of training for my second bodybuilding competition.  I have been mentally preparing myself for this day to come for about 2 months now.  After my year long jubilee of eating and drinking anything and everything to celebrate my 50th, I am now ready to get focused and serious about what I am putting into my body.  I think my body is going to go into shock though!!  But, boy, it has been one heck of a ride—you only turn 50 once!  Because I have trained for a competition before, I know what to expect, but I have to admit though, at times, it can be challenging from both the food/nutrition side and the workout side.  We all love our little treats from time to time, but you just have to stay focused on your end goal—after all, it’s only 5 months, right?!.   It is amazing though how much better one feels when eating clean—–whole foods, whole grains, raw fruits, and no alcohol (or maybe a glass of champagne when my oldest son graduates this coming May with an Engineering degree form NC State and hopefully gets a job!), no white flour, no white sugar (only naturally occurring sugars), and no processed foods.  Trust me…..you will feel awesome!  You will sleep better and have tons of energy.  Here is a quote I found on Pinterest:  “Success isn’t just about what you accomplish in your life, it’s about what you inspire others to do.”  I hope I can inspire you to obtain your goals, specifically your fitness goals.  Trust me, if I can do this, I know you can too!!

For those of you that have never trained for a competition, one of the most important things to do, if not the MOST important, is to hire a good trainer.  Of course, I will be using my trainer that I have trained with for over six years now and who successfully trained and prepared me for my first bodybuilding competition in 2010.  His name is Anthony Tiller and he owns his own gym in South Asheville, Underdog Fitness and Performance Training.  This photo above is me (at 45 years old) with Anthony in his gym the Monday after my competition.  He is not only a great trainer but a wonderful person too!  This past fall he received his bodybuilding professional card…..and that is a big deal!  We, his clients, are so proud of him!!  He, personally, has trained for many bodybuilding competitions…..he lives every day as a bodybuilder in training.  He will be providing me with a daily individual nutritional plan and strength training plan. The nutritional plan is basically the number of protein grams, carbohydrate grams, and fat grams I will need to get daily—it fluctuates depending on how my body is responding.   He almost always has several clients training at the same time for a competition, and he always stresses that each person is unique and, therefore, each has his/her own individualized plan.  He has had various clients that have competed every year in various bodybuilding competitions for as long as I have been working out at his gym.  He has had great success both personally and with his clients that have competed.  There are many trophies that have been earned by Anthony and his clients over the last 6 years—-and 4 of them are mine!  He is very knowledgable and stays current with nutritional plans and strength training plans.  You also need to look for a trainer that clicks with your personality.  Anthony is very calm and quite—he is quietly inspirational, and not a yeller (I am the loud one that is yelling & laughing, as well!).  He is always so positive and always quietly motivates me to give 100% every day.  I just know that I wouldn’t work well with someone that is loud and a screamer.  So, with all of this said, your choice of a trainer is key to your success—–mine was and is!! But, ultimately, you are the one that is responsible for your own success.  So, I leave you with a couple of quotes from Pinterest:  “Believe you can & you’re halfway there!” and “In order to succeed, you must first believe that you can.”  I believe I can do this!

And one last thing, if you are wandering, this is what I ate tonight before I start my training tomorrow…..my sweet husband made me chocolate chip cookies…..yummy!! Thanks Tim!

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