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Let’s Achieve Some Goals #HappyMonday @SaturnMuscle #PoweredBySaturnSupplements

I am so glad it is Monday! Here’s to a new week ;-)

Even though we are having a rough go at it this month, we are still smiling and staying positive. We have so much to be thankful for!!! I am ready for things to start turning around though ha ha Happy Monday! As always let’s kick the week off with a little Lady Swole Monday

Let’s get out there and achieve our dreams!

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Week 19 Bulk Check In #PoweredBySaturnSupplements @SaturnMuscle

Week 19 Bulk Check In

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This has been an all around very rough week. Family had to get treated for skin cancer. Praying it hasn’t spread further than where it was found. Hubs car is still not fixed. The original mechanic did something to the electrical system when changing out the fuel pump. Not sure if he purposely damaged the car, or if he was just an idiot. I am thinking it’s the latter. We have had it in a shop all week. They have been trying to figure out exactly what the guy did. It has been a mess. Not to mention very expensive. It has totally affected our Christmas :-( Fortunately the shop it is at now, has been trying to work with us and we are so grateful for this!!!! To top off all that stress, Zoe and I spent Wednesday sick, then shark week started for me. I have been just a mess emotionally, mentally, and physically. I have had a hard time hitting my macros. Feverish and feeling Nauseous blah….

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Feeling much better now and ready for next week to be a stellar new start!!! We have been doing our best to just give it all to God.

I was able to make up the training I missed. With only having one vehicle now, Zoe and I take the train into the gym. Luckily they are running specials this month, so it is pretty cheap. Zoe would much rather take the train anyway ha ha.

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Stats are pretty much the same this week as they were last week. Although my weight has been all over the place. Between the stress and shark week, I have no clue what it actually is. It started as 143.6 yesterday, but this morning was 150.2. That is what I will go with, since that is what it was on my official weigh in day

Stats from last week to this….

Weight 146.8 to 150.2

Waist 29.5 to 29

Stomach 32.5 to 32.5

Rump 37.25 to 37.75

Thigh Both 20 to 20

Calves 14 to 14

Chest/Lats 40 to 40

Biceps Both 13.5 to 13.5

BF/LBM 20.1/116 to 20.8/113

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Still working on perfecting my posing. My delts are looking bigger, but I feel my lats are hidden. This is something I have to nail, so practice practice practice.

Hope you all have a fabulously fit weekend! Be sure to check out my sponsor Saturn Supplements for all your supplement needs!

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Merry Monday & A Happy New Week! @SaturnMuscle #PoweredBySaturnSupplements

Today is the start of another amazing week! I am so excited to get back in the gym and train. My new training has been kicking my butt. I know that there are gonna be some serious changes in the next 5 months!!!! Gah….I am so excited!!!!

Normally I hit the gym in the morning, but unfortunately the hub’s car is still not fixed. We had to make an appointment with a new mechanic to get the repairs done right this morning. Note to self….You get what you pay for! If a mechanic’s prices seem too good to be true, they are!!!! Either way, it is getting fixed and God will provide a way for us to survive. It could always be worse ;-) I will still hit the gym, it will just be later in the day. Hubs and I adore our date days training together and we would never skip one, especially a Monday.

 I am loving my new training! It does make me super sore though, but I love the way it is set up and I truly do feel that I am going to see some amazing results in the remaining 5 months! I am more than motivated to kick this week off right! As always a little Lady Swole Monday……

Let’s get out there and kick butt this week!!!!

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Weekly Check In #BulkWeek18 @SaturnMuscle #BuildWithThePowerOfTheUniverse

Weekly Check In Week 18 of my bulk

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This week has been a rough one. The new training is going great! Much more difficult than I had imagined. My body is definitely feeling the changes. I had to miss Monday, because my car broke down. Nothing real serious, just needed a new battery. Then, Zoe was sick. She started vomiting as soon as we got back up the apartment. Just as soon as my car was fixed, Josh’s car started leaking gas. Basically what had happened was the “mechanic” if you can call him that, did not install the part correctly. Then proceeded to deny his fault and claimed it must be something else. We gave the guy the benefit of the doubt and paid him a small fee to repair what he said was wrong, then of course it wasn’t fixed….still isn’t for that matter. We have an appointment to have another shop fix the issue on Monday. We also got bad news about a immediate family member’s health. Which added to the stress. However, we know things can always be worse and we are thankful that the stresses in our life truly aren’t THAT BAD. We always give it to God and let our faith take over.

This week I also started my cardio. I do HIIT twice a week. Basically I do ten rounds of 30 second full on sprints with 3 minutes of cool down. It with warm up and cool down it takes just over 35 minutes. I started it, because I do not want to make my prep harder than it needs to be ;-) I will continue with the same calories though.

This week’s weigh in and measurements I was actually surprised by. I had expected everything to be up. I know I went off plan for at least 4 days ha ha ha. I also realized that at some point I quit measuring my biceps. No clue why, or how that happened ha ha, but i will get those back in this week ;-)  I will comparing this week to week 16, since i did not have a check in last week.

Week 16 to week 18

Weigh 144.6 to 146.8

Waist 29 to 29 1/2

Stomach 32 1/2 to 32 1/2

Biceps — to 13 1/2

Chest/Lats 39 1/2 to 40

Rump 37 3/4 to 37 1/4

Thigh L&R 20 1/2 to 20

Calf L&R 14

Bodyfat%/LBM 20.1/115 to 20.1/116

*As always, I do not take caliper measurements as accurate. They can be off quite a bit. I know my body is between 20-25% bf ;-)

PicsArt_1417804679770Overall, i do feel great about where I am in my development. Delt and Back progress has been awesome. I will continue to keep those na major focus, but will be stepping it up on glutes and legs.  I do love the body I am in.  Although I do have my moments, the weight gain really hasn’t bothered me too much this year ;-) I have learned to be proud of what I am building underneath!!!

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End Of The Year Goals…Hello December @SaturnMuscle #PoweredBySaturnSupplements

Well, December hasn’t started the way I had planned ha ha. Life is funny that way ;-) Hubs car has a gas leak, mine refused to start yesterday, and Zoe was sick. I was bummed that I missed the first gym session on my new training program, but everything happen for a reason, so all we can do is smile and live through it.  Today is a new day and I am ready to get back to it! Hello December!!!!

This month’s focus is my new training and nutrition.

Goal One…In addition to what I posted yesterday, I will also be adding in HIIT twice a week. Just to get my weight back under control. Between indulging over the holiday and being off from the gym 5 day….you can certain tell I enjoyed myself ;-) No regrets here. I had planned on enjoying every moment this year! My HIIT will be 30 second sprints with 3 minute walks for 5 rounds.

Goal Two… is to get my nutrition back on track. I have been going over most days and not hitting certain macros on others. No more playing and back to my normal routine. Plus, all the stuffing is gone ha ha ha. Nutrition has never been a hard thing for me. I am a pretty disciplined person. When I want to stay on track I will. Fortunately for me, Flexible dieting does make it much easier!!! Back to hitting those numbers….

Goal Three… To increase the weight on my big lifts by 5-10lbs every week. Lifting heavier, means I am getting stronger and bigger. Both of which I really want! Eat and lift to grow!!!! I will be bulking for just another 5-6 months. I need to make every single training count!!!!

Goal Four….Research Snowshoeing. This will be the only way we will be able to get out and hike this winter. I have been talking with a wonderful lady whom a friend introduced me to. She has not only told us about the city and all the amazing attractions, but she has also gotten me intrigued with snowshoeing. I think this would be a fun way for us to get out and enjoy the gorgeous outdoors here. Not to mention in the winter they have what is called inversion. Basically, it’s pockets of polluted air that get trapped between cold air over the valley. It happens every winter here, typically for a couple of weeks or so. It clears when it snows or we have very gusty winds. Had I not been told about it, I might have freaked out ha ha. I was told that going snowshoeing is a wonderful way to get away from it. I also think it will be a wonderful family outing!!!

Goal Five…Posing practice. This is something that is as detrimental as my training and diet. To look relaxed, comfortable, but still showcase my work is my main goal this year. Going into the competition last year, I knew the mandatory poses, but had no idea they would make us hold them for as long as they did. I did not have the endurance to do it. I broke my pose several times and that was one of the reasons my score was lower. I will not make the same mistake this year!!!

Goal Six…Call me crazy, but with all the extra bills this year money is tight again. I am not comfortable doing another GoFundMe account, so I decided that I am going to try to make my own suit. I have a friend who is a former competitor. She made all her own suits and she believes I can do it easily, so I figured I would give it a shot. There is a ton of youtube movies that coach you through it. Plus, I have my suit from this year as a back up ;-)  I think it will be a fun project to take on and who knows, if I do a good job, I can keep making them for myself every year and save $$$$. So for now I need to find the perfect fabric….

Goal Seven…as always keep Zoe on track with her lessons. Since moving, it seems she has advanced so much faster. I think in part because she is socialized more at daycare, plus the computer lessons. She has been going above and beyond her age group. Reading some small books, writing, and her vocabulary is crazy!!! She still has some normal speech issues. Her S’s, F’s, Ch’s, and Sh’s all need some improving. I know they are pretty typical letters that her age group can struggle with. Her speech has been a main focus lately, but she has been getting better each week. I am excited to see how she will astonish me this month ;-) I do adore working with her!!!! Such a blessing xoxo

Last month of 2014 I hope you all have made your goals and plan to kill it this month ;-) Happy December friends xoxo

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New Week, New Training, Happy Monday!!! @SaturnMuscle #BuildWithThePowerOfTheUniverse

After a little holiday from the gym, I couldn’t be more ready to get back at it! New week + new routine = new gains!!! Happy Monday ;-)

The hubs and I have been discussing my progress, as well as doing a ton of research on how I can maximize my gains. Like I stated yesterday, we decided to tweak my training a bit. I have been hitting delts twice a week and have seen quite the difference. We decided that I can hit all the muscle groups that I need to grow several times a week with large lifts. Instead of waiting till tomorrow, I figured I would share it with you all today ;-) Nothing more motivating than a new routine xoxo

The goal of my new training is to put on size and gain strength. The plan will be to add 5-10lbs per week to my main big lifts: Squats, Bent Over Rows, Deadlift, Seated Shoulder Press, and Bench

Monday

I will start each exercise with a warm-up set, then go to 85% of my max.

Squats 5 sets of 5. I will stay at the same weight for each set and deep, deep, deep.

Bent Over Barbell Rows 5 sets of 5.  Same weight each set. Grip the bar like you bench press and row each rep to the floor. CLICK HERE for a great article about bent over rows.

Seated Barbell Shoulder Press 5 set of 5 same weight each set.

Meadow Rows 5 sets of 5 same weight each set. *These totally waste your lats!!! One of my favorite new exercises ;-)

Cable Pat Pull Downs 5 sets of 5 same weight. I like to do a pause at the bottom.

Tuesday 

Detail work is done today. Again, I start each exercise with a warm-up set, then 85% of my max.

Incline Dumbbell Curls 5 sets of 5 same weight

Barbell Preacher Curls 5 sets of 5 same weight

Standing Cable Curls 5 sets of 5 same weight

Upright Rows 5 sets of 5 same weight

Cable Rear Delt Flyes 5 sets of 5 same weight

Lateral Raise Machine 5 sets of 5 same weight

Wednesday

Again, I start each exercise with a warm-up set, then 85% of my max.

Squat 5 sets of 5 same weight

Deadlift 5 sets of 5 same weight

Bench Press 5 sets of 5 same weight

Leg press 5 sets of 5 same weight Pause when at chest.

Leg Extensions 5 sets of 5 same weight Pause at the top

Glute Machine Kickbacks 5 sets of 5 same weight Pause at the top

Hammie Curls 5 sets of 5 same weight

Thursday

Another detail day. I start each exercise with a warm-up set, then 85% of my max.

Skull Crushers 5 sets of 5 same weight. Slow and steady.

Tricep Kickbacks 5 sets of 5 same weight. Slow and steady

Seated Shrugs 5 sets of 5 same weight. Pause at the top

Low Cable Face Pulls 5 sets of 5 same weight Pause at the face

Machine Tricept Pushdowns 5 sets of 5 same weight

Friday

I start each exercise with a warm-up set, then 85% of my max.

Squats 5 sets of 5. I will stay at the same weight for each set and deep, deep, deep.

Bent Over Barbell Rows 5 sets of 5.  Same weight each set. Grip the bar like you bench press and row each rep to the floor.

Seated Barbell Shoulder Press 5 set of 5 same weight each set.

Wide Grip Cable Rows 5 sets of 5 same weight pause at chest

Straight Bar Pull Down 5 sets of 5 Same weight. Slow and steady reps

Machine High Rows 5 sets of 5 same weight Slow and steady

I am excited to start this new plan and see what gains can be made! Let’s get motivated for this week!!!

Hope you all enjoy your week!!!

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November…That’s A Wrap! @SaturnMuscle #PoweredBySaturnSupplements

It’s the end of Novemeber!?!?!?!?

It has been so warm here it is hard to believe it will be winter in a few weeks. We had a fabulous Thanksgiving. Hope you all did too ;-) I decided to not have my weekly check. Seemed pointless, since I went off of plan for a couple of days. We had so much amazing food! I definitely enjoyed myself ;-) We also are all decorated for Christmas!

Main goals for November were to try to get settled in and just relax. We really needed a stress free month. I wish I could say it was totally stress free, but life happens ha ha ha.

Biggest stress this month have been Josh’s car breaking down. Obviously we just moved, so funds for Christmas are tight. We truly could not afford a break down. We prayed and God blessed us with a mechanic who was willing to come to us and repair the car for a 3rd of what the other area mechanics were wanting to charge! The other stress is the issues going on in Ferguson, Missouri. I grew up in different households in two different areas. One was my parents and many friends who took me in, in the suburbs of O’Fallon, Missouri. The other a small house in Bel-Ridge just outside of Ferguson. I spent my childhood in the city and my teen years in the burbs. It hurts my heart to see all the hate on social media coming from both sides and the violence and destruction of the city I grew up in and loved. Been hard to sit back and watch. All I can do is pray for peace…

Other than the minor stresses that life has thrown our way, we know it can always be worse. ;-) We are loving where we currently live. Salt Lake City and the people here have embraced us like no other. My November goals have been much easier to reach, especially with a smile on my face!!! Let’s see how I fared this month…..

Goal one was to get settled in, unpack, and familiarize myself with the city. Unpacking is never an issue for me. Josh says I am OCD ha ha everything has to be in it’s place immediately. I am all about order and organization. Trust me, this is a great thing ha ha ha. Getting familiar with the city will take me a bit of time. I have taken the train into the city, but the city is SO big and confusing to me ha ha. Josh is a rockstar when it comes to navigating the area. I have to use my GPS he just knows where everything is. you would think he was born and raised here! I did figure out that when it snows and Josh has to take my car to work, that Zoe and I will not be stranded at home. The train station is in front of my apartment complex. Zoe and I can just hop on and take the train right to my gym. No more missing training or having a dangerous and stressful drive in. That is pretty awesome!!!!

Goal two was get back into a routine at the new gym. Gold’s gym here has rebranded to Vasa Fitness. Doesn’t really mean much for me, because all the equipment I use will stay the same ;-) I did get into a new routine, however after evaluating my progress so far my hubs and I did some research and decided starting Monday, my training will change quite a bit. I will post my new training on Tuesday, when I post my December goals. I will say, that the people at the gym here have been super friendly. It has been a rather easy change for me. I love this gym and all the new toys ha ha. It’s like an awesome playground just for me!!! Bonus is that Zoe loves the daycare just as much and with all their locations, Josh’s new store has a location right across the street!!!!

Goal three was plan some hikes. We had some great ones planned, but I had not realized that it had snowed as much as it has in the mountains. We are in the Valley and it has been in the 50-60’s here. In the mountains is a complete different story ha ha. I have been doing more research on the area and now know that if we want to get some hikes in soon, we will have to stay on the Wasatch front to avoid the snow, at least until we can get some snow shoes or skis ;-) There are so many hikes here, i have a bit of homework to do ha ha ha

Goal four was posing practice. This goal will continue to be on my list. It is something that I can always be improving. Looking at it, you think it is easy, but after being on stage, I realized that I was not able to hold the poses as long as I needed to. Tweaking my form and being able to hold a pose for a long period of time, without looking like it is affecting me, is the goal I will be working on. Looking natural is very important!!!

Goal five was keeping Zoe focused on her lesson plans. This is never a difficult task. She loves learning and is excited to get started every morning!!! Her loving the process is very important to me!!!!

I see November as a very successful month! I am excited to push through December and make it just as amazing!!!! Many things I need to accomplish in the next 6 months and to do those things, I will need to take baby steps.

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

Happy Monday!!! I am excited as always to get in the gym and kill it!!! Monday and Tuesday are my date training days, since my hubs is off work. We typically train Back on Monday and Delts Tuesday, but with Thanksgiving on Thursday, my gym’s daycare is closed Thursday and Friday. This week Monday will be normal Back day, but Tuesday will be Delts, Bi’s, and Tri’s and Wednesday Legs and Chest. If I know I will miss a day I always try to make up that training. With the holiday having me out of the gym, I may mosey on down to the apartment gym for a little light cardio as well ;-)

All weekend I have been following several friends who were competing at Nationals and man am I itching to get back on the stage!!!! It really has me motivated this week to train harder. I know that it is going to take years to build the kind of muscle I need to, but I do love pushing my limits every week to see if I can maximize my efforts!!!!

Let’s start Monday off right ;-) Lady Swole Monday

Today is the beginning of a new week. Set your goals and SMASH them!!!!

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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.

Saturn is still running the phenomenal 25 year anniversary promotion!!!

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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