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I want to pump. you. up.

In the words of Arnold, acutally, Hanz & Franz… I want to pump. you. up.

arnold pec

 

I haven’t been steady on here, but lots of moving parts and trying to take the necessary steps to big things!

1. Moved. Closer to all the people, places, i need to be and see on a more consistent basis.

2. Booked flights & hotel to Arnold Sports Festival aka the olympics of lifting and so many other amazing things that require incredible strength. There will be so much for me to absorb here both personally and professionally for the future.

 

Everyone is going to music festivals…

music festival

And I’m over here trying to go to fitness festivals…

arnold fitness festival

3. Started a 10 week plan from T-Nation. Don’t hold me to all 10 weeks, but so far so good. Week 1 is just about complete. I was sore and challenged, but can definitely do more so I’m hoping the progression aspect will push the limits.

Just enjoying the journeyūüôā

create what sets your heart on fire

quote - eat right not less

Big’N’Tastey

Lets talk homemade breakfast versus ‘to-go’. We all know it’s better to make things at home, but how much healthier is it really? If you only¬†look at calories, 410 vs 328 is less than 100 calorie difference! And when getting ready for work in the morning, odds are, the easiest option¬†wins. 82 calories sounds like NBD at that moment, but is it? Decide for yourself, based on the northeast’s beloved¬†Wawa¬†Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Sizzli versus my own “Bigg Egg n Turkey Bacon Breakfast” (descriptive, isn’t it?).

 

Homemade Bigg Egg n Turkey Bacon Breakfast

Ingredients:

1 slice of Trader Joe High Fiber Sprouted Bread

4 Egg Whites

2 Large Eggs

2 slices Butterball Fully Cooked Turkey Bacon

Nutrition Facts:

Calories Carbs Fat Protein Sodium Sugar
329 20 13 34 709 3

Homemade - Eggs Turk Bacon Toast

 

 

Wawa Sizzli Bacon, Egg, and Cheese

Ingredients:

  • Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Bagel Sizzli: SIZZLI BAGEL (BLEACHED ENRICHED WHEAT FLOUR [MALTED BARLEY FLOUR, NIACIN, REDUCED IRON, THIAMINE MONONITRATE, RIBOFLAVIN, FOLIC ACID], WATER, CONTAINS 2% OR LESS OF THE FOLLOWING: YELLOW CORN MEAL, SUGAR, SALT, YEAST, DRIED MOLASSES, GUAR GUM, MONO- AND DIGLYCERIDES, CORN SYRUP SOLIDS, ENZYMES, SOYBEAN OIL, ASCORBIC ACID), SCRAMBLED EGG PATTY (WHOLE EGGS, WHOLE MILK, SOYBEAN OIL, MODIFIED FOOD STARCH, SALT, LIQUID PEPPER EXTRACT, XANTHAN GUM, CITRIC ACID, SOY LECITHIN), BACON (CURED WITH WATER, SALT, SUGAR, SMOKE FLAVORING, SODIUM PHOSPHATE, SODIUM ERYTHORBATE, SODIUM NITRITE), REDUCED SODIUM AMERICAN CHEESE MILK, WATER, CREAM, CHEESE CULTURE, SODIUM CITRATE, CONTAINS 2% OR LESS OF CITRIC ACID, COLOR ADDED, ENZYMES, MILKFAT, POTASSIUM CITRATE, SALT, SODIUM PHOSPATE, SORBIC ACID (PRESERVATIVE) SOY LECITHIN, TETRASODIUM PYROPHOSPHATE..

Nutrition Facts:

Calories Carbs Fat Protein Sodium Sugar
410 46 18 20 1010 4

WAWA bacon, egg and cheese

 

Moral of the story?

quote - eat right not less

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Even goddesses, like Jennifer Aniston, take breaks

I know I “shouldn’t be” worried about working out on a 9-day trip to Thailand, but I am!

phucket thailand girl on beach

Going to be *ME*ūüėé

 

 

Maybe I’ll blame SHAPE magazine for sharing this article on FB right around the same time I was thinking about it…

JenniferAniston1

Or¬†my brother for asking me at Thanksgiving if I am scared I will lose my gains. “ha ha” we all laughed, but the answer is yes!

missed a workout who am i

Not because of what I look like while I’m there. I’m going by myself so I am actually at ease with that. Which is a nice change and something you probably don’t even realize affects you.

buddha - the journey of self by self to self

More so bc I have been getting in some great lifts and reaching new maxes. I do not want to get too far behind. Catching up takes soOo long and I have allowed more slips prior to the trip than I wanted. Womp womp- I’m human.

austin powers rest

My hotels do have gyms, but I think my personal goal is to limit that. One hotel offers Muay Thai though! How awesome will it be to take¬†Muay Thai in Thailand- I’m in!

keep calm muay thai

 

someecards - clean-eating-meme

I am not thankful for my family

bc they are not thankful for me.

Okay that sounds a little bitter, but it is more like they are not thankful for the food that I eat. Everyone always tells me “I’m so proud of how healthy you are” but then when I bring any of my recipes over, its as if I cooked skunk meat.¬†

So once I realized I had not prepared any food or even entertained an idea of what food i could bring… I also realized I am not going to, nor am I going to feel bad about it, because no one else would appreciate it.

joker - eat mcdonalds ok eat clean freak out

With that said, I am trying to be more understanding of the fact that my mother compared my gluten free request to that of a vegan. BUT¬†the mother she was discussing it over lunch with actually cooked a regular Thanksgiving meal and a vegan one for her son’s girlfriend. My mom refuses, so 1 point for the other Mom.

someecards - clean-eating-meme

I even created a Pinterest board filled with gluten free versions of Thanksgiving recipes. I tried to find food they like and its GF version that still looked delicious. My logic was they’d see GF could still taste good, despite their pre-conceived notions. How easy could I make it? I normally wouldn’t eat everything included in these recipes either, but I was willing to just take whatever I could get!

maury - lie detector gluten free

I don’t know anyone else in my family who will feel forced to¬†eat things they TRULY wouldn’t normally eat, or who is going to show up dreading having to pick and choose certain things, or anyone else who will be worried about feeling sick for days after. I will get to fit in with the majority and feel like a fat ass though. How exciting!

Look at all this food i cant eat

 

someecards - i just wanna cuddle n talk ab eat and workout

#fitcouple – to be or not to be?

#fitfam this and #fitspo that… blah blah, everyone¬†with an instagram account thinks their the next Jillian Michaels. But when it comes to your signifcant other, do they need to have the same exercise preferences as you do?

someecards - i just wanna cuddle n talk ab eat and workout

I used to be someone who didn’t want to workout with anyone at the gym. First because I was scared & out of shape, then because I didn’t want anyone interrupting my zone. My brother used to talk and rest like crazy. My ex used to tell me ‘dont go so heavy’ or ‘do it this way’ or ‘dont do it that way’.

do you even lift mikayla maroney

Now adays I find myself more frequently wishing I had a spot, someone to push me harder, help me past previous limits. {Okay, maybe I just really need a lifting partner, but idk how a girl finds one of them outside of a bf.}

fitcouple - find something you love and someone to share it with

Then I start to wonder… what if I am obsessed? what if I don’t want to do this one day? Shouldn’t I start looking for someone who just loves me?

you see iw oudl date you but

Then I realize after going on dates and hanging with friends… the time I spend with people who don’t lift or eat like I do, is usually a “treat” or “cheat day”.

the rock on cheat day

So I guess regardless of what the future may hold, if ¬†someone sees how I spend¬†my spare time as an ‘obsession’ or ‘disgusting’ I’ll probably be showing them the door. My significant other will need to¬†understand why I like to workout, why i like to lift, why i like to eat healthy- look strong, feel strong, be strong.

fitcouple - wedding cake topper