Week 16 Bulking Check In @SaturnMuscle #BuildWithThePowerOfTheUniverse #TeamSaturnMuscle

Week 16 Bulking….

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Been a chaotic week for us. Stepped up the intensity of my training Monday and Tuesday. We walked the city on Tuesday as well ;-) Got to the gym Wednesday morning to find out that the Gold’s gym here is re-branding themselves as Vasa Fitness, so got a late start on my training, because I had to re-fill out paperwork. Then about 1/4 of the way into my bicep training, Josh calls and lets me know his car won’t start. I had to rush home so he wouldn’t be late for work. We stressed hard Wednesday night. I called over 8 places to get quotes on repairs for his car. All were between $600-$1000+ for parts, labor, and towing. Not something anyone wants to deal with right before Christmas. We just moved 3 weeks ago, so money is already tight. We sat down together and prayed. We knew things would work out one way or another. Josh received a text message from a co-worker referring him to a mobile mechanic. We called and the guy said he would be more than willing to do the repair for between $200-$300. WHAT A BLESSING!!!! He came Thursday morning, car was fixed. Costed just over $200!!! Christmas has been saved! Oh how we were so worried that we wouldn’t be able to give Zoe the things she has asked for. GOD IS GREAT!!!!

I weighed in on Thursday and was at 147.8lbs A full 2lbs up from last week. I didn’t freak out, because I know with lack of sleep and stress, my cortisol levels were up. This is why I hate the scale. Many freak out when that number changes just a bit. There are SO many factors as to why your weight will fluctuate. I always stress to take photos and measurements, then look at everything as a whole ;-)

Yesterday morning I weighed in early and the result was exactly what I thought. I headed into the gym. I had to make up for missing Wednesday, Thursday, and still had Friday’s training to do. I did a full leg training, then hit Bi’s, Tri’s, Delts, and Chest. It was intense to say the least! I am glad I pushed myself though. This offseason is detrimental. I need to beat the old me ;-) Zoe has jumped on the posing picture bandwagon ha ha ha. She sits with me and does her lesson time worksheets while I blog. She always insists that her photos be posted along with mine, so……

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This week’s numbers are exactly what I had expected them to be. Over the past few weeks I feel as if my body has adjusted and my once bulking calories are now my maintenance. My numbers have stabilized. I am fine with this, because even in maintenance , I can gain some muscle. It is a slower process, but that is fine. I still have a few more months of gaining, so I want it be slower.

Week 16

Weight 145.8 to 144.6

Waist 29 1/4 to 29

Stomach 32 1/2 to 32 1/2

Rump 37 to 37 3/4

Thighs L&R 20 to L&R 20 1/2

Calves L&R 14 to L&R14

Chest/Lats 40 to 39 1/2

BF/LBM 19.4/116 to 20.1/115

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I am comfortable with where I stand right now. Although slow, I am making some gains. I am always a work in progress ;-)

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The Power In Amino Acids @SaturnMuscle #HyperionSeries #BuildWithThePowerOfTheUniverse

I get asked a lot what my go to supplement is……

My Amino Pump 50000 from Saturn Supplements. This is a supplement I use at least 3 times a day if not more. I drink some before training, while training, and most days a few times after training. Aminos are beneficial to muscle repair, recovery, and growth.

*From Aminoacidstudy.org *

Muscle Growth

muscle is built of amino acidsAmino acids are best known for their role inbuilding muscle and strength in athletes, in particular:

The analysis of the relevant physiological processes shows why supplementation can be effective in improving training effectiveness.

 

 

Can you get amino acids from food? Absolutely! however, there are benefits to consuming free form Amino Acids in addition to your normal nutrition.

Benefits such as the growth and repair of ALL tissues, improved calcium absorption for bone and muscle growth, breaks down fats, mood stimulator, FDA recommends BCAA’s for treatment of headaches, dizziness, fatigue, depression, and irritability, regulates your blood sugar levels, stimulates your body’s natural HGH release, better sexual enjoyment ie longer orgasms. The benefits list can go on and on. Amino Acids are probably one of the most utilized supplement by bodybuilders worldwide.

I found a ton of awesome articles that go further into depth about each individual amino, how it works, how much you should or shouldn’t be taking, etc. I am always a firm believer in educating yourself on what you put into your body as well as what is going to maximize your training!

* Bodybuilding.com Amino Acids Guide

*Muscle & Strength The Importance Of Amino Acids 

* Amino Acid Studies: Muscle Growth With Amino Acids

I personally am in love with Saturn Supplement’s New Hyperion Series. The series has 4 different Amino products to choose from.

The first one is Aminos Pump 10000. These come in pill form. Saturn’s Amino Pump 10000 formula is the ultimate way to build solid muscle. Each serving provides 100% Enzymatic Digested Whey Protein, nature’s highest quality amino acid source for maximizing nitrogen retention. To further enhance the effectiveness of this formula we have made the addition of Protease food enzyme. Saturn’s Amino Pump 10000 provides 10.2g of True Protein per tablet, and can help you achieve building a healthy and muscular physique.

Next up is Amino Pump 4444 Power Gels. Saturn’s Amino Pump 4444 is a superior way to build solid muscle in the convenience of a liquid filled soft-gelatin capsule. Softgels are easy to swallow, easy to digest and fast-acting! Each serving provides a full spectrum of muscle-building amino acids designed to enhance and maximize muscle growth and recuperation.

Peptide bonded amino acids from Lactalbumin Hydrolysate provide an impressive range of strength-enforcing power for maximizing muscle growth, protein synthesis, and thought be excellent for improving time of muscle tissue recuperation. We have made the addition of Phosphatides to further enhance the effectiveness of this formula. Phosphatides are known for their role in cell membranes.

My person fave ;-) Aminos 50000. This is a delicious Vanilla powder form. Saturn’s new Amino Pump 50000 is an easy-to-digest soluble concentrated amino-protein formula enriched with a powerful ratio of BCAA’s, Nitric Oxide and a full spectrum of Pharma-Engineered predigested amino acids that can be quickly and efficiently utilized by the body.

The ultimate way to build solid muscle is to have a constant intake of powerful, pumping amino acids, and that’s exactly what Amino Pump 50000 does for you. Each serving provides your body with an impressive nitrogen retention source of amino acid protein which helps you to achieve maximum muscle growth and protein synthesis while improving the time of muscle tissue recuperation. Amino Pump 50000 may be mixed with water or your favorite protein shake or juice. Saturn’s Amino Pump 50000 can help you enhance the overall muscle protein needed for building a healthy and muscular physique.

last but certainly not least, Amino Speed. This comes in Chocolate, Vanilla, and Strawberry flavor. Amino Speed is the most extreme Liquid Amino Acid formula available. The perfect source of nutrition consisting of a rich source of beef protein enriched with Branched-Chain Amino Acids (BCAA’s) and L-Glutamine. In addition, we have enhanced this special formula with a 500mg blast of Nitric Oxide per serving, along with 75mg of Caffeine-making this the most intense concentrated liquid amino formula Amino Speed is 100% NON-GMO, containing NO Genetically Modified Organisms.

Amino Speed is perfect for individuals who desire a quick and easy way to ingest muscle-building amino acids into their daily regimen-it’s fast, easy and provides a burst of strength and energy unlike any other liquid concentrates. For individuals who are looking to build solid muscle while fueling the body with a blast of cardiovascular, blood pumping nitric oxide, Amino Speed is the perfect solution. Amino Speed is Fat, Sugar, Lactose & Gluten Free which allows for more focus on your protein intake and muscle enhancing regimen.

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Definitely check out these awesome new products and tell me what you think!!!!

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How I Ruined My Past Holidays…. #PoweredBySaturnSupplements @SaturnMuscle

Who is ready for Thanksgiving????

I know I am! ;-) A couple of years ago, the holidays freaked me out. I spent a lot of time planning how I was going to get through without jeopardizing my progress. It was miserable for me and my family. To put it bluntly I ruined the holidays for myself. I stressed out over eating “bad” foods. I made others stress about what I would or wouldn’t eat. Last year, I had just started flexible dieting. I indulged, but took the time to weigh out everything. It was a nicer holiday, but looking back I wish I would have just taken the day off and enjoyed myself. I personally believe that social media makes us feel guilty for enjoying the holidays. Idiotic posts like these…….

Making us feel guilty for every morsel that we enjoy. Telling us that in order to have that piece of pie we must endure 40 mins of cardio. Come on, this is a day to enjoy with our loved ones. Again, looking back I shake my head at myself in shame. What kind of example was I setting for my daughter? Making her believe that the holidays should be spent like this. Seriously, shame on me!!!! We have but only one life and we all know that the future is not guaranteed. Let’s enjoy the holidays. Of course I don’t mean binge and eat a whole pie with half the turkey, but absolutely HAVE SOME PIE!!!! This holiday I have every intention of enjoying. I will not be tracking my food.  I will eat till I am full. Most importantly I will enjoy my family.  I think many of us want to be aesthetically pleasing, to the point we not only punish ourselves, but inadvertently punish our families. I assure you that if you are enjoying yourself for one day, you are NOT going to jeopardize your hard work ;-)

Let’s truly have a happy holiday!!!! Eat for those Turkey gains xoxo

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Get Motivated Monday! #PoweredBySaturnSupplements @SaturnMuscle

I am so pumped to get back in the gym this week. I am loving the new environment, as well as my new routine. I have been mixing it up and having a lot of fun in the gym! Not to mention seeing some awesome gains lately and having phenomenal post workout pumps!!!  Let’s get you pumped up for this week’s training!!!

I love to start my week with some Lady Swole Monday!

Get out there and rock this week!!!! I plan on hitting PR’s and building the best body I can!!!!

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Week 15 #Bulking Check-In @saturnmuscle #BuiltBySaturnSupplements

It’s that time again…….

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Week 15 of my bulk. I am finally getting back into the groove of things. The new gym is busier than I am use to, so I have had to change up my routine quite a bit. Which is fine with me! Just means more room to grow ;-)

The dumbbell area tends to be pretty full on some days and they don’t have as many dumbbells as I think they should. With that being said, it has forced me to try new things as well as PR on others. I normally go up to 40lb db’s on Incline bench, but because both sets were in use I went up to 45lbs. The first try I couldn’t get them up, but I think it was in my head. I hate when people stare, because it messes with me. The guy next to me stopped what he was doing to watch and it took me a few minutes to get my focus back. Once I did though, I kicked them up and pushed out 6 reps. I am super proud of overcoming that!!!!

Another thing that has been different, is the level of soreness I have been feeling. I don’t know if it is from the routine changes, or if it’s the difference in elevation? I have been so much more sore with my training here. It is crazy!!! I hurt everywhere a lot more than normal!

I got that shark week bloat…at least that’s how I feel ha ha ha

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In all reality, my measurements and weight aren’t that far off, if they are at all.

Weight 144.2 to 145.8

Waist 29 to 29 1/4

Stomach 32 to 32 1/2

Rump 38 to 37

Thigh L 21 R 21 to L 20 R 20

Calves L 14 1/2 R 14 1/2 to L 14 R 14

Chest/Lats 40 to 40

BF%/LBM 19.4/116 to 19.4/116

* I never trust calipers If I had to guess I would say my bf is between 19-25%

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I am pretty stoked to see some veins surfacing in my arms. My back is thickening up nicely as well. I have been training my delts and lats twice a week. I do think this has made a huge difference!!! Zoe wanted to pose with me this week and was mad that she was cut out of the pics ha ha so I promised her she would get posted as well :-P

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She is definitely my mini ha ha ha Hope you all have a fabulous weekend xoxo Saturn Supplements is still running the 25% off sale!!! Many have been taking advantage of it and sending me notes on the fast shipping and quality products. Be sure to check them out!!!

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The Ever Evolving Journey: Finding Balance @SaturnMuscle #SaturnStrong

When I began my fitness journey, it was all about losing weight.

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Like most first time moms, I freaked out at what my post baby body looked like. I gained a lot of weight during pregnancy and was at a loss at how to get my body back.

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Initially, most of the weight came off quick, but then I stalled out. I tried a dozen “Diet” pills, zany diets, starving myself, binding, endless amounts of cardio, you name it, I have probably at one time tried it. Basically my weight fluctuated….. A LOT!

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2010 diet pills, cardio, and binding

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Clean Eating (Organic foods and fresh foods only) and LiveFit Trainer 2011 This worked, but wasn’t sustainable for me and my family

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2012 Weight was back up. I start lifting heavier, running everyday, and what I now call “Bro’ dieting basically just eating chicken, rice, veggies, and protein shakes. I was not tracking my foods, just eating. This worked at first, but then I plateaued…. This was when I started tracking my foods. Had no clue what macro set up I should be at, so just played with it till it worked. I wasn’t eating near enough, but lost a ton of weight and started my first bulk into 2013

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By this time I had ended my first bulk and was ready to start cutting weight. I came across Flexible Dieting in September of 2013. This changed EVERYTHING for me! I now was losing weight, seeing muscle definition, and I was able to sustain the lifestyle.

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Everything from then till my competition

Going through all of the trials and errors is a part of everyone’s journey. It is how we learn about what works for us as well as how to love and nurture our bodies. My journey evolved….

I went from an overweight insecure girl with one goal in mind, to a happy woman who not only strives to have several goals, but is secure with what she is right now.

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Finding balance in this lifestyle was key for my success. I personally could not sustain the body I wanted with Clean eating, diet pills, binging cheat days, exhausting myself with endless hours of cardio, etc… I wanted to enjoy myself, my family, and my life. Skipping out on birthday cake and Christmas meals with my family, wasn’t doing that for me.

Does my weight fluctuate now? Absolutely! Difference between my journey then and my journey now, is I AM IN CONTROL ;-) I know what weight gain to expect and I know exactly how to lose it and how long it will take me. There is no set in stone way. Every individual is different. Can you still indulge and lose weight as I did? Yes! I have learned it is all about balancing not only your diet, but your lifestyle as a whole. I am still learning more everyday and evolving my journey. My advice to anyone who is looking for that “Quick Fix” STOP! If you want lasting results, it will take more than 21 days ;-) It is a learning process.  Continue to seek out ways to change your lifestyle. Learn what will work best for you. Find a lifestyle that you know you can live with. Learn to evolve….

Key things I wished I knew then…..

* Weight Training will NOT make you bulky, neither will lifting HEAVY. It is difficult for a woman to grow muscle. What weight training will do is the exact thing most ladies want, that is to give the body definition or “tone”. Pick up heavy stuff and put it back down ;-) You can thank me later

* Diet pills, wraps, lotions, shakes, etc are not necessary. Do I use thermogenics? Yes I do. I use Lipo-Ex when I am cutting weight. Typically in the last 4-6 weeks. When I am on a calorie deficit, I lack energy. Using a thermogenic helps give me an additional boost and maximizes my energy. Do I use a sweat wrap? Yes I do when I am cutting weight, but mind you wraps and most lotions are a temporary fix…by temporary I mean maybe a few days of change. Do NOT expect them to remove fat from your body. I also drink protein shakes. I drink them to help me hit my protein counts if I can not do so by eating. Typically in the morning I add Nitrox-Pro to my cereal and milk ;-) Living on a liquid diet of shakes is not healthy nor sustainable. Again, it is about balance

* That I could enjoy treats with my family and still maintain a healthy lifestyle. Losing weight doesn’t have to be horrible. It is science. A healthy calorie deficit is all you need. Will you get hungry? Yes, you are in a deficit, but with balance, you can still enjoy it! I do flexible dieting. Better known as If It Fits Your Macros IIFYM. I enjoy a 80/20 lifestyle I hardly call it a diet. ;-)

* Be patient. Weight loss is a process. you didn’t blow up over night, so don’t expect to wake up and it all be gone after a week.

*Stay off the scale!!!! Measure and take photos. You will see the differences there. I weigh myself once a week, at the same time, in the same place, with the same scale. Why all the same? Your weight fluctuates CONSTANTLY. My weight from when I first wake up to when I go to bed, can change by 5lbs.

* Stop comparing your journey to someone else’s. No one is the same. No journey is the same. Everyone will have different results and have different macros, different training, etc. Just worry about you and I promise you will be more happy ;-)

 

I have tried to treat my journey as an adventure. Will you get tired and frustrated? I would be lying if I said no, but the knowledge you will attain and the results you will see and feel are something I can’t even put into words. DO NOT QUIT! Keep educating yourself and find out what will work for you xoxo

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Lesson Time Fun! The Brain May Not Be A Muscle, But We Work It Like It Is!

I have had a lot of readers asking if I still work with Zoe at home? The answer is yes ;-) Sorry I haven’t been posting much about it. I need to remember that this blog is Sports Bras AND Sippy Cups xoxo

We do lesson time for 2-3 hours everyday, Wednesday-Sunday. Typically Mondays and Tuesdays are off for family fun days.  Monday through Friday she get social time at the gym daycare. They are awesome at the new gym, because she not only gets to play with kids her own age for 90 min, but the teachers actually do stuff with the kids. Little crafts, sing songs, dances, etc.  At home we also do several activities. For example, on Sunday we did Play-Doh time, this is important for hand eye coordination as well as using her imagination. I also do little follow the direction drills. I have her mold numbers, letters, shapes, etc

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Then we did some worksheets. She is currently learning to read, so we will work on at least one word a day. I have her sound it out, write the word, then find it in a story that we read before nap time.

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We also worked on her numbers. She is also learning basic math. Typically for that we will use cereal to add and subtract. I also have her constantly write her numbers. This week we are working on 11-20. She also loves to do dot to dots ;-)

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I try to keep things pretty simple, but fun. Some days we do a craft, some days we will go for long walks and I have her do scavenger hunts, we sing, dance, do exercise drills, etc. All depends on my mood ha ha ha. Another great tool she utilizes is ABCMouse.com * I do not get any kind of kick back, by mentioning them. This is just a website that Zoe loves! We pay full price for it and I have no personal communication with them. I do however think the website is awesome. From day one Zoe has loved the songs and games, as well as the coloring. It is another level of learning for her and gets her familiar with using a computer.

She and I are very excited to start kindergarten next year. We have all the info to start homeschooling her. She has excelled so much in the past year. It is amazing how much she can absorb! Kiddos are like sponges and they love to learn new things!!!! Even though the brain isn’t technically a muscle, we try to work it out like it is  ;-) We both learn something new everyday! For those asking where I get ideas and what not for her lesson time, typically I Google ideas or I use Pinterest.  There is always a TON of info and great crafts to find! I try to keep it fun as possible. Learning should never feel like a chore. Children thrive when everything is made fun ;-) Whether you send your kids to school or no,t I strongly recommend having at least an hour a day where you take the time to bond with your child and show them something new.

Hope you all have a fabulous Tuesday!!!!

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Okay Monday…Let’s Do This! #PoweredBySaturnSupplements @SaturnMuscle

I am always excited to start a new week! This week my focus is totally on getting back into a routine at the gym. New building, faces, equipment, etc. It can be a bit overwhelming at times, but change is always necessary to grow ;-)

I am not afraid of change. I embrace it! It is the only way to learn and continue to grow in ways that you may not have imagined possible! I hope you are as ready as I am to tackle this week!!!! Let’s get motivated ;-) As always, Lady Swole Monday xoxo

There was a time when I thought what I was, what I had, and who I surrounded myself with was my life. I thought it would never get any better. I knew that I was far from happy. I had just become complacent. I settled… I settled for lost dreams, people who didn’t care, I relied on alcohol and drugs to make me happy. I wasn’t living, I was dying. I now know that you never have to settle! This life is meant to be lived to the fullest. Live to be happy, to love, to achieve your dreams, to change, to learn new things, just live!!!! Hope you all have an amazing week xoxo

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Bulking Week 14 Check-In

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It’s been over 2 weeks since I did a check-in and 3 weeks since I weighed in. After taking almost a full week off from the gym and not tracking my macros and eating whatever ha ha ha I will not lie, I was a little worried. Okay, okay I was kind of freaking out……

Getting back into a routine was harder than I thought it was going to be. The drive here was fun, but we spent about a week and a half sleeping on floors, air mattresses, and hotel mattress (one was awesome though). We were all super tired from not enough sleep. We all had been on a junk food diet and were really feeling it!!! Then of course we all felt the effects from moving to a higher elevation. At first we all felt fine, then we noticed we were all more tired than normal, got winded very easy, I got dizzy a lot, and all of us got quite bloated. Granted, part of that could have been diet related ;-) To be honest, I hadn’t even thought about the elevation affecting us, till after someone mentioned it. Luckily, we all had a very minor case of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). Zoe seemed good after a day. I think Josh and I felt worse, because we weren’t resting enough.

The moving of all of our boxes and furniture into our apartment was much more strenuous than we thought it would be. The air was hard to breathe going up and down the stairs to our 3rd floor apartment. We were also rushed. The apartment complex wasn’t really keen on us taking up so many parking spaces with moving PODS, so we knew we had to hustle to get it done. We have moved so many times in the past and have always been very fast and efficient when it came to loading and unloading, but this time was most certainly different. By the end our whole bodies were tanked. My calves are STILL sore and we moved everything in on Tuesday. Josh and I compared it to carrying 40+lbs for 3 hours on a stepmill. It was seriously intense!!!! Of course, me being stubborn, I still went to the gym to train ha ha ha. Training was hard this week, because like I said, I am super sore, but also because I do still get winded easy. It has been getting better. One of the trainers at the gym said it will probably take a month or so before my body completely adjusts. Hopefully sooner than later ha ha ha

Alright, enough chit chat….let’s get down to the bare bones of it

Week 14 Bulk Check-In

I will do Weight, Bodyfat%, and LBM first. Mind you the first, because they were all last taken 3 weeks ago ;-)

Weight 142 to 144.2

I feel GREAT about this!!!!

Bodyfat/LBM 18.7/115 to 19.4/116

*As always, I do the calipers just to keep a record. They are NOT accurate at ALL!!!! If I had to guess where I was I would say between 20-25% bodyfat*

The rest of my measurements were last taken 2 weeks ago…

Waist 29 to 29

Stomach 33 to 32 (Yeah, I was surprised too)

Rump 36 to 38

Thighs L 20 R 20 to L 21 R 21

Calves L 14 R 14 to L 14 1/2 R 14 1/2

Chest/Lats 39 1/2 to 40

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Overall, I am very happy with my progress. I am still enjoying all the food. I am also excited to get back into a normal routine at the new gym!!!

As always HUGE thank you to my sponsor Saturn Supplements, for helping me build a better package this year!!!!

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Detour Smart Bar Review @DetourBar

*This is a product review for Detour Bar. I was sent a box of their product to try out and give my honest opinion.*

Been a super exciting week! You all know we have just moved to Salt Lake City ;-) When we arrived, I already had a package waiting for me. Detour Bar had sent me their newest Smart Bar, Peanut Butter Chocolate.

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If you have followed me for a while, you already know that I am a HUGE fan of Detour Bars. Especially their Smart Bars!!! In my opinion, the Smart Bars, not only taste really good, but they have the perfect macro set up for a quick snack. Low carbs, low fat, decent protein, and FIBER!!! I have to hit 30 grams of Fiber a day, so every little bit counts!

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The flavor of these awesome! More Peanut Butter than Chocolate. There are tiny chocolate bits, but you don’t get a huge kick of chocolate from them. I LOVE Peanut Butter, so these are by far my favorite Smart Bars yet! They are small, so great for on the go. I love to pack them in my gym bag for Zoe and I to snack on post workout, or when we have a bunch of running to do.

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Like all the other Smart Bars, these have the Greek Yogurt drizzle. Zoe thinks it’s icing, and I will let her keep thinking that ;-)

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The true test to whether we will buy these bars on the regular is always the Zoe test. So far, her favorite Smart Bars have been the Blueberry…….

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But after trying these, I may have to start adding the Peanut Butter Chocolate ones to the grocery list too! She LOVED them!!!!

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So much so, that the box was out in 3 days and I only got 2 bars ha ha ha ha. Huge Thank you to Detour Bar for allowing us to check out the new Smart Bar Flavor!!!! You guys can check them out too, just CLICK HERE to order your own box ;-)

 

November Goals

I am excited as always to start a new month! This month’s theme for me will be less stress. The past few months have been so crazy and going into the unknown. My mind is ready for a break! I will be staying strong on my bulk. After all I have less than a year now to build and cut back down, so I need to optimize my time the best that I possibly can. My goals this month will focus not only on my training for next year’s competition, but also on trying to get back to my mellow self ;-)

Goal One…To get settled in and familiar with our new surroundings. Getting unpacked and figuring out a new place for our stuff will be something I want to get done right away. The faster I can make the new place feel like home, the better! I also need to get out and drive around so I can familiarize myself with the city. Salt Lake is a big city, so it will take some time to get use to the hustle and bustle. Springfield, was much more slow compared to here. The great thing is our apartment is next to Trax station, so we can take the train just about anywhere! Zoe is pretty excited about that ha ha ha.

Goal Two…Get back into a good routine at the gym. New gym means new surroundings, new people, and new equipment. It typically takes me a couple of weeks to get back into my groove. This will be important to do as fast as I can! I do not want to lose anymore training days than I already have. Doesn’t help that my lungs aren’t so friendly with this mountain air ha ha ha I tend to get short of breath pretty fast when training, so hopefully I adjust pretty fast with that too.

Goal Three….Plan some hikes. Zoe has been so excited about hiking here, so I definitely want us to get out and explore some of the popular hikes before it gets too cold. I am sure we will still hike in the winter, but I would like to get a few in before the snow hits ;-) There are some with hot springs and I think Zoe will get a kick out of a quick soak while it’s cold out!

Goal Four…Posing practice. Told you this one would be back on the list ;-) My posing is as imperative to my training as my diet and weight lifting. It is how I will showcase my work. Now that I know how long I may have to hold the poses, as well as what the judges are looking for, will make this year much easier! Having everything spot on and ready to go by show day is important. We all know the best way to do that is practice practice practice!

Goal Five…Keeping Zoe focused on her lessons and goals. She does pretty well with this on her own ;-) I do like to have her curriculum ready and with the move we are slacking a bit right now. Most of it is still packed and we are anxiously awaiting it’s arrival, but as soon as our stuff gets here and we get unpacked, that will be one of the first things I do!!!

I hope you all have set your bars high this month! Setting these small steps will better help you reach your big goals. Life is beautiful, live it to it’s fullest!!!!!

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Happy Happy Monday

I am more than excited to get this week started!!!! We get our belongings either today or tomorrow. I am SO ready to have our stuff and get unpacked. We desperately need to get settled in ha ha ha ha.

This week is all about getting back on track and into a routine for me. I am feeling good about my new gym. A little intimidated, but I love starting new and challenging myself. Happy Monday folks! Let’s do this!!!!

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Moving In, Getting Back On Track, & The October Goal Check-In @SaturnMuscle

Finally made it to Salt Lake City, Utah!!! It was a beautiful but very LONG drive!!!! Luckily very little traffic, not to mention Zoe and Charlie did awesome! I kept her busy with scavenger hunts, like looking for certain color cars, bridges, bikes, semis, etc. She had lots of worksheets. I let her do bodyart. She had dry erase markers to color on the windows, a ton of stickers, and of course her Leappad to play. We brought a leash for Charlie, so when we stopped he could stretch his legs. He has adapted quite well to the trip and our new apartment. The trip from Missouri to Utah took us 2 days, about 12 hours each day. Lots of stops with a 4 year old in tow ha ha, but less than we actually thought we would need. Our furniture doesn’t actually arrive till Tuesday, so moving in isn’t technically over ha ha ha, but the hard part is done! Here are some fun pics of the trip and our new place…

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We adore the apartment! It is on the third floor which will take some getting use to, not to mention the mountain air tends to leave Josh and I a bit breathless at times. However the views from our balcony make it all worth it!!!! We were a little nervous about if we would like the apartment, since we were going in blind, so to speak. Neither of us had seen it in person, just online. So, very pleased that they represented themselves honestly! Everyone here has been SO nice! Far cry from the personalities we know and met in Missouri. Everyone here seems genuinely happy. Our travel days had me on a less than stellar diet and I went a week without training. By the time we got here I felt horrible and looked it as well. Swollen everywhere and feeling quite lazy and negative about myself.

The obvious thing to do was get to the grocery store to get my diet back on track, then start shopping for a new gym. I had actually already picked a place online before we moved. There is a Gold’s Gym less than 2 miles from our apartment which is perfect. They have all the equipment I could want or need plus many more amenities I didn’t have before! The daycare is AWESOME too it’s huge and always full of kiddos. Zoe got stuck with babies a lot at the other daycares in Missouri, plus not all the teachers were very active with the kids, so if she was the only older one she would get bored. Here she does crafts, socializes, has little exercise classes, sings and dances. Lots of fun to be had!!! I won’t lie, it is always intimidating to start a new gym. You have to get familiar with the equipment, people, and get back into you focused training mode. I was very comfortable where I was before. I was use to training alone most days and now I am in a pretty busy gym. I will say that it has a lot of women who weight train, which is an awesome thing too!!!! I think once I get back into a routine, I will love it there ;-)

Despite the move, my goals did not fall to the wayside. I did my best to keep up with them. Let’s see how I fared….

Goal 1 was to just enjoy Josh and my birthdays. I think we did this without a hitch ha ha ha I haven’t been too worried about going off diet a little here or there. I know my body as well as what I need to do to lose bodyfat when the time comes. We both had very happy birthdays xoxo

Goal 2 was to get the house packed. Obviously this was done with a vengeance ha ha ha ha I had about 3 weeks to get everything done. Our stuff left a week before we did. Luckily I am an expert mover now ha ha ha ha We chose to send our stuff with U-Haul pods and both drive our own cars. I am so happy we did it this way, because there were some parts of the drive that would have been nerve wreaking driving a 17+ft truck hauling a car behind it. We have become quite good at this moving thing ;-) As far as the question of if we will be staying here? That is to be determined…Josh is still working towards a promotion. Most likely will mean that we will be moving again, but we will be here for at least a year ;-)

Goal 3 Was face the fluff. Basically, quit letting it get to me. I can’t say I entirely aced this goal. Like I said at the beginning, I am quite fluffy from my trip. Granted some of that is water weight and what not, but I did allow it to affect me. I know that this is something I still need to work on ;-) I am always a work in progress. Being between 17-20% bodyfat is by no means overweight, I just got use to those lower numbers ha ha ha

Goal 4 was to keep Zoe on track with her goals. She actually aced her goals a week early ha ha ha She is an awesome overachiever!!!! I was super proud that everyone we have met has commented on how articulate she is and how incredibly advanced she is for a 4 year old.

Goal 5 was to hit a PR on at least one exercise for each body part each week. I actually rocked this! I am getting much stronger this year!!!

Goal 6 Was to keep the main focus on my back and delts. This is something I will continue to do. I am seeing some awesome results and believe that I have made some huge strides in these areas.

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Goal 7 is posing posing posing. This was something I started the month off strong with, but with the move I allowed myself to get lazy and stop. You can guarantee you will see this back on this month’s goal list!

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I am pleased with what I did accomplish this month considering the chaos that is life ;-) We should be settled in within the next week or so and routines will get back to normal. This is an exciting time in our lives and we are living this life to it’s fullest!!!!

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Motivation & Moving Monday! #HappyMonday #SaturnSupplements @SaturnMuscle

Hope you all are ready for a phenomenal week!!!! We are leaving for Salt Lake City late tonight. Today will be spent resting to gear up for the long drive.

Not gonna lie, staying on track with my macros hasn’t been my highest priority. I have been tracking them, but not staying within the guidelines I have set for myself. I know I will get back on track once we get there and get settled. ;-) My training will start back up Thursday. Luckily my apartment gym is pretty stellar, so shouldn’t be too bad to get back into my groove. We will be joining Gold’s gym probably on Friday. I am ready to get into a new routine in new surroundings!!!

I am motivated to get this move done and get back to training hard!!!!! Let’s get your week started strong ;-) As always I kick it off with some Lady Swole Monday

This may not be my fittest week so to speak, but we are still striving to accomplish goals ;-) Hope you all push yourselves to your highest potential xoxo

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Weekly Check In #Week12 #Bulking #BuiltBySaturnSupplements @saturnmuscle

I can’t believe it’s only Wednesday ha ha ha I am already exhausted!!!! Between training, packing, moving boxes and furniture, my body is taxed. I am actually looking forward to the two extra days off next week! Tonight we take all the furniture apart, then we load it all up into the moving pods tomorrow morning and get those babies shipped off ;-) Gonna be quite the task after leg training ha ha ha ha

Today is my weekly check in…

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I am pretty stoked this week! Seeing a ton of progress, more so than I had expected ;-) The bottom pic was 36 weeks ago, top pic yesterday

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I know it takes time to grow. There are times when I feel like I am still spinning my wheels. Like I am just getting fat during this bulk ha ha ha. Normal to feel that way ;-) It is a mind game. Gaining weight when it seemed to take so long to figure out how to lose it, would be difficult for anyone. Seeing this put my mind back where it needed to be and reassured me that I am in fact growing some muscle, not just getting fat!

No weight check this week, which also means no Body fat check. Both the scale and calipers are packed ;-)

Last week to this week…..

Waist 28 to 29

Stomach 32 to 33

Rump 36 to 36

Thighs L 20 R 20 to L 20 R 20

Calves L 14 R 14 to L 14 R 14

Arms L 13 R 13 to L 13 R 13

Chest/Lats 39 1/2 to 39 1/2

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Gonna try to finish this week strong! Especially since I will be taking the extra days off. I am very excited about the drive though!!! I believe I will be able to post a destination for you all in the next few days!!! I can’t wait to share where we are headed!!!!!!!

Hope you all have a fabulously fit day xoxo

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