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 With……Temptation!

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Week 1                                 Week 10

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Week 1                                  Week 10

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’ 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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