Welcoming July With Open Arms, Let’s Set Some Goals!!! #BuiltBySaturnSupplements @SaturnMuscle

I am so ready to start a new month! As rough as June has been, I know it only means we are being prepped for bigger and better things!!!!

Let’s get these goals set!

Goal 1. Keep Pressing On. We will always have set backs. Keeping our head right and staying motivated will be key to getting through the next few months successful. All of the issues we are dealing with are bad, but manageable. Things could certainly be worse, so we are feeling quite blessed. We will keep pressing on despite our tribulations and we will come out on top! 

Goal 2. Optimize Training. As I always say, I am on a continuous learning curve. My training changes slightly every few weeks. Depending on how my body reacts to it. I am learning what ways I can maximize my time in the gym and optimize my training to get the best results. It is certainly time consuming, but I do love learning more. 

Goal 3. Stay The Course. I had been originally planning on competing here in Utah come October. I am still pressing for that, but under our current circumstances, that may or may not happen. I am going to stay the course and continue with prep and be hopeful that I will be able to. As rough as our finances are, I know that things can change in the blink of an eye and you know I won’t be throwing in the towel that easy 😉

Goal 4. Practice Till You Can’t Get It Wrong. Posing practice is as important as diet and training! I want to make sure if and when I cross that stage this year, no one questions one step I make. Every pose will be spot on! PERIOD! 

Goal 5. Keep Planning Ahead. Josh and I sat down last night and reassessed our goals. We know there is a delay on our business ventures, but that shouldn’t mean that we stop planning. We just to adjust our goals, so we can continue on. Our business ventures are still in the works and we are staying hopeful, that despite this bump in the road, we can get things back on schedule. 

Goal 6. Keep Zoe Reaching For The Stars. Zoe is awesome at setting huge goals for herself. We are trying our best to instill goal setting and positive thinking. With Everything she is seeing us go through, it is definitely been a lesson for all of us ha ha ha ha. She knows that she will be starting Big girl school in the near future. Even though we are going to home school her, she will be attending an online academy, or private school if you will. She is rather excited to interact with the teachers and other students. It is a very exciting time for all of us!!! Keeping her excited about learning is one of my top priorities!!! 

I feel optimistic about July and excited to get started! Hope you all have your goals set and are trying to push your limits!!!!

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That’s A Wrap June Goals Recap

Trying to end the month on a good note was harder than I had anticipated ha ha. No need for details, because we all have times that get rough. This family is not taking it lying down! We are growing stronger and plan on pushing through it!

Let’s see how I fared with June’s goals…

Goal 1. Keeping Training and prep on track. Probably the easiest of my goals ha ha. Training is often times my therapy, so hitting the gym has never been an issue for me. I did miss 2 days when making Zoe’s birthday cake and party prepping, but they were made up over the weekend. 

Goal 2. Practice, practice, practice, makes perfect. Lesson learned from last year, is that posing is just as important as your physique. This is another goal, that I never allow to go to the wayside. I practice day in and day out. 7 days a week. I am a work in progress, but progress is definitely being made! I have been educating myself on the rights and wrongs of each mandatory pose. 

Goal 3. Stop comparing myself to others. To be completely honest, at the beginning of June this was a complete fail. I was getting caught up in who was where in their contest prep and comparing myself to their progress. It hold you back when you start thinking negatively. All of our problems/issues this month have been a blessing when it comes to stopping my comparison problem ha ha. I actually haven’t had time to even think about it till just now.  My progress has been phenomenal, even with the added stress. I am trying my best to trust the process, which sometimes is easier said than done 😉

Goal 4. Continue to make needed contest purchases. This goal is currently on hold. At least till we can resolve the issues we are currently having. So This goal would be a fail… for now anyway ha ha 

Goal 5. Zoe’s birthday celebration. I am proud that we still accomplished this goal! I was scared that we were going to have to cancel her party, which would have devastated Zoe. She knows that we are in a financial slump right now and that we are working hard to get out of it, but in no way did she think her birthday party was on the brink of cancellation. Josh was not going to take this lying down. He did what he needed to, to get her party the way she wanted. He is an amazing man and phenomenal father. We are truly blessed to have him! With all the added stress, I struggled with her cake this year. I have no idea why, but the fondant fought me every step of the way. Her cake turned out better than I had planned. It had all the whistles and bells that she asked for, chocolate bones, rock candy, gumballs, stitches, and the most important Monster High Skull ha ha. She was so ecstatic when I had the final product put together and even more happy when we sliced into each tier and they were all Zebra striped. Most everyone showed up and we all had a lot of needed fun! I still can’t believe our baby is 5 now!!!! 

Goal 6. Continue to work on both new business ventures. This goal has also been put on hold. Not for too long, but for now. Josh and I are still making plans, just nothing set in stone. Our current future is up in the air. These business ventures will happen, just not sure when or where as of yet 😉 

Goal 7. Continue to look for innovative ways to educate Zoe. This is always my top priority. We have found new websites and workbooks to utilize to help push her further in her education. We are still debating on whether she will officially start kindergarten next year, or if we will wait till she is 6. Mainly, because with homeschooling she will get ahead faster than her peers in school. It is something we are still weighing in on. Plus where to register her and so on…. We both feel there is no rush needed 

Excited to set my goals for July! I am ready to say farewell to June 😉

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Women’s Protein Benefits. Are You Getting Enough? #PoweredBySaturnSupplements @SaturnMuscle

According to the most recent data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a third of women between the ages of 20 and 40 don’t get their recommended daily amount of protein. This information is mind boggling to me. Protein is important in everyone’s diet, especially women! The newest protein I have added to my line-up is Saturn Supplements New Athena Series Women’s Pro Whey Advantage. Women’s Pro Whey has SO many benefits!!!

Women's Pro Whey

1. It is fabulous for your Hair, Skin, & Nails. Let’s face it ladies, our hair, skin, and nails take a beating daily. Between the outdoor elements and the chemicals we douse ourselves in. Women’s Pro Whey is nutrient enhanced to nourish our hair, skin, and nails. Diets high in certain aminos, ones found in protein, reduce the aging effects, by repairing and retaining muscle mass, which is lost in the aging process. Protein also keeps your nails from being brittle and your locks fuller and thicker. You see many women start to have thinning hair as they age. Stress and/or protein deficiency is often times to blame.

2. Protects your body from the effects of stress. Just as I was saying about hair loss being caused by stress and/or protein deficiency, stress is actually known to cause several health issues.  When our bodies get stressed, our cells have a hard time containing hormone influxes. As tension build you can have a list of symptoms, hair loss, chest pains, headaches, upset stomach, skin issues, lack of sleep, your immune system just takes time off, the list is quite long. A diet higher in protein, .8 to 1.0 grams per body weight, which is more than the “normal” recommendations for sedentary people, can actually act as a stress defense.

3. Controls your hunger. Women’s Pro Whey keeps you fuller longer, which helps you control your hunger all day long and control your cravings. We all know that a calorie deficit is how we drop body fat. We also know that can mean hunger pangs and cravings. Why not knock out 2 birds with one stone 😉

4. You burn more calories. When you increase your protein vs let’s say carbs, your body increases it’s thermogenic abilities by 5 times!!! Women’s Pro Whey will aid in speeding up your metabolism, which will help you burn those stubborn calories away.

5. Increased Bone Health. As women, we know that our risk for bone degeneration is higher. Proteins, like Women’s Pro Whey, aid in calcium absorption and bone growth. If you are lactose intolerant, Women’s Pro Whey is definitely for YOU! This is a lactose free protein powder that will give you both the calcium and protein you need to keep your skeleton in it’s optimum condition!

6. It’s Amazingly Tasty! Saturn can totally toot their own horn on this one. Women’s Pro Whey tastes like the classic milkshakes you drank as a kid. It comes in Sugar, Fat, Cholesterol, Lactose and Gluten-Free Chocolate. Doesn’t get any better than that!

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Women’s Pro Whey Advantage is a delicious tasting easy-to-digest Hydrolysate Whey Protein formula designed for women that not only provides sound nutrition, but also nourishes other elements of the body which include Hair, Skin, Nails, Eye, Heart, Strength, Muscle-Tone, and Weight Management. Due to the purity of the hydrolysate form of whey protein, Women’s Pro Whey Advantage is Sugar, Fat, Cholesterol, Lactose and Gluten-Free.
Saturn’s Women’s Whey Pro Advantage contains a host of vital nutrients such as Vitamins, Electrolytes, Minerals and contains the richest source of whey protein which allows for maximum Amino Acid + BCAA (Branched Chain Amino Acids) body-enriched potential. In addition, we added a 1500mg Nitric Oxide Blast per serving for enhanced cardio performance and health. Women’s Whey Pro Advantage is ideal for taking immediately following each exercise session as well as a meal-replacement packed full nutrition that controls cravings and fortifies the body with strength and energy.

I am excited about this new Athena Series! I highly suggest you all check them out and give them a try. Use code 25YEARS at check-out for 25% off your total order.

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Smiling Through The Storm Happy Monday #GetMotivated @SaturnMuscle

Happy Monday!!!

Not going to lie, I am happy that June is coming to an end. It has been a long month for my family. We have been embracing the challenges and taking them head on. We know that we are being pulled back, so we can shoot further into our dreams and goals.

Although it seems we just keep getting piled with bad news lately, I am still staying focused in my training. It actually is my calm place right now. Nothing will stand in my way of achieving my goals. I have worked way to hard to give up now!!!!

Today will be a phenomenal day. Not because I have a “premonition” that things are going to all of a sudden turn around, but because I know that everyday is what YOU make it. I will not settle for negative thoughts or things that will try to break us. We will persevere through all of this and come out stronger! We are Unstoppable. Monday is the perfect day to set the tone for the week! Today is when we stand tall and say bring it on. Give us all that you got, because I WILL handle it!

Let’s kick today off with a little Lady Swole Monday…

We all have good days and bad days. Handle the bad days just as you do the good and great things happen. I am not the whoa is me, throw me a pity party while I tell you my problems kind of person. We all have issues. I am the kind of person, who doesn’t allow her issues to define her. There is a smile on my face this morning and I plan on keeping it there! Let’s get out there, smash our goals, and change our destinies!!!! Happy Monday xoxo

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Nitrox Pro-tein Chocolate Chip Mini Muffins #PoweredBySaturnSupplements @saturnMuscle

I typically don’t have much of a sweet tooth. Most of my off season cravings are for savory things, but boy when contest prep starts, that sweet tooth comes out to join the party!

This is when I have to get creative with my food. Protein is the bulk of my macros, so I always look for treats to be high in protein and low in fat and carbs. Making enjoyable foods that are macro friendly is important, especially when in contest prep. Making macro friendly treats keeps me on track and less likely to binge. This week’s craving was chocolate chip cookies. Zoe wanted cupcakes, so as a happy medium, we did protein mini muffins ha ha

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They turned out awesome and were super simple to make! All you need is…

~ 565 grams of chickpeas drained

~ 1 whole egg

~ 175 grams of Saturn Supplements Nitrox Pro

~ 1/2 cup of pancake syrup *not pictured

~ 180 grams of semi sweet chocolate chips

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I always start by pre-heating the oven to 350 degrees. Next, blend together the chickpeas, Nitrox Pro, and egg.

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Once the chickpeas are broken down, add in the syrup.

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Blend until smooth, then fold in the chocolate chips.

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Fill the cups of your greased mini muffin pan. I make mini muffins for 2 reasons, one is that when you add protein powder to the batter, it can get dry. Making smaller muffins helps prevent that. Two, because it is easier to portion control when I am on poverty macros. Let’s face it, whenever my macros are below 2000 kcals, it is poverty to me ha ha ha

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Bake for 10-12 mins, then enjoy!

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The true test to anything I cook/bake is if Zoe will like it….

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She gave it a thumbs up, so must be perfect!!!

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These are great snacks for her too. She has gotten picky with food as she has gotten older. She does fine with fruits and veggies, but usually lacks in protein sources. Treats like this are a great way to ensure that she is getting exactly what she needs 😉

As I was saying earlier, they are super macro friendly!

This batch made 44 muffins, 40.5 kcals per muffin, 5.5g Carbs, .6g fiber, 1.5g sugar, 4.4g protein, .1g fat

I love these warm plain, with a little butter, or peanut butter. I also love to break them up and eat them in a bowl of milk! Zoe loves them plain. They are awesome for on the go and keep for about a week.

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Life Is Hard, But I’m Stronger Than I Use To Be! Happy Monday!!! #PoweredBySaturnSupplements @SaturnMuscle

Happy Monday!

Like I stated last week, times are rough for this family. We have chosen to not sulk in it, but embrace what will be and power through it! We know that we are stilled very blessed. Sometimes during trials in life, we tend to go through the why me, whoa is me, and everything else me me me. Josh and I sat down and decided we will not wallow in our misfortune. Everything that happens to us, is a result of past mistakes. We pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and learn! Fixing what we can in the process. Life is a journey of learning. Be it fitness, financial, religious, career, family, etc. We are constantly educating ourselves to be better.

This week, although starting off more stressful than most, will end joyous! We have some business to deal with this afternoon, then I get to start Zoe’s huge birthday cake! She is having her first big birthday party with friends on Wednesday, so she asked for a 3 tier Monster High cake. I am excited to get started!!!

Contest prep progress is coming along great! Muscles are popping and I am slowly leaning out! I am hoping to get vascular this year ha ha ha.

I am ready to rock this week. The gym is my therapy. It is not only helping me further my physical progress, but also my mental 😉 Let’s kick the week off right with some Lady Swole Monday…

Let’s make everything better 😉 Hope you all have a fabulous week!!!!

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Happy 5th Birthday Zoe!!!!

The past 5 years have gone by way faster than I ever imagined!

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As much as I would love to keep her little, she has been blossoming into a beautiful, smart, and ambitious young lady. I am proud to call her my daughter.

Happy Birthday Zoe Corrine! 

Her 5 year movie is still in the making. We like to get her birthday party in there and are having it a little late this year, so stay tuned for the newest Zoe flick!

 

Introducing The New Saturn Supplements Athena Women’s Series #BeStrongAndBeautifulWithSaturnSupplements @SaturnMuscle

I am very excited this week and have some really BIG news!!!

Saturn Supplements has just released their new Athena Women’s Series Supplement line!!!!

Athena Women's Line

Let’s roll out the red carpet for this phenomenal line up….

Athena Women’s Pro Whey Hi-Protein Enriched Bodytone Hydrolyzed Whey Isolate with Nitric Oxide Blast, Hair-Skin-Nails Mega Nutrition, Weight Enhance-Redux Protein Formula

Women's Pro Whey

Athena’s Lady Energy Caffeine-Enhanced Energy-Endurance Pre-Workout Fuel Designed For Women with Nitric Oxide, Vitamins, ThermoGeniX Burning Mix, Kre-Alkalyn™ & Amino Acid Power Blend

Lady Energy Pre-Workout

Athena Vita-Bites  Delicious, Natural Fruit Pectin Multivitamin Fruit Chews for Bone, Heart, Eye, Overall Health and Energy

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Athena Lady Slim and Lady Slim 2 Weight Loss / Boost-Curb-Burn / Appetite Redux Formulas

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Athena Lady Beautiful Body Aminos in powder or softgels . Amino Acids Shape Builder. Maintain / Preserve / Maximize with  Phosphatides & Lecithin Complex and BCAA Power Blend

Lady Amino PowderLady Amino Softgels

Athena Joint Extend Daily Maximum Extended Sustained-Release Joint Care Formula

Joint Extend

Athena Glutamine Body Protect Post-Workout Body + Muscle Recovery / Replenish / Protect / Fortify Glutamine Formula

Glutamine Body Protect

Athena Beauty 3 Hair-Skin-Nails Multivitamin Formula with Bamboo Extract & Biotin

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Over the coming weeks I will be giving you an exclusive look into each supplement. I can personally tell you that the whole Athena Series line is jaw dropping awesome, but don’t just take my word for it. Check them out for yourself!!! Be sure to use code 25YEARS for 25% off your total order

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Life Hurdles Happen Jump Over Them & Push Harder Happy Monday #PoweredBySaturnSupplements @SaturnMuscle

Happy Monday!!!

Last week ended pretty rough for my family. We have taken a financial hit…a BIG one. Big enough that it may threaten my ability to compete this year. We are staying positive though and pushing forward with my prep. We are tightening the budget and pulling out all the stops to try to get me to the stage. It may mean that I will be wearing the same suit as last year and only competing in one category, but I will take what I can get ha ha. I definitely am NOT giving up, nor letting it keep me down.

There will always be hurdles in this life. How you react to them determines your outcome.

Let’s slay some dragons and rock this week! What do you say???

I’m going to power through this week and make it epic 😉 How bout you?

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Lipo-EX Burn That fat Away #PoweredBySaturnSupplements @SaturnMuscle

Thermogenics and/or “diet” pills are one of the top sellers in the supplement industry. Many buy them for a quick fix.

They do work, but not as an easy and fast way to achieving the body you want. Thermogenics, like all supplements, are an aid to reach your goals. When added to proper diet and exercise, you can break through plateaus and finally stop spinning your wheels!

We all know that education is key, so here is a break down of how thermogenics work…

Thermogenics are the most popular “fat burning” supplements for good reason. They work by getting the stubborn fat deposits in your body to metabolize during exercise and other physical activity. It’s a process that occurs at the cellular level, responding to an increased internal body temperature that leads to more fat and calories burned.

What you want to look for is the perfect ingredient blend. Saturn Supplements has a product called Lipo-Ex. It has been my go to Thermogenic since my last contest prep. It gives me energy and and really helps me burn away the extra weight.

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Each ingredient has it’s purpose.

Manganese~ Manganese plays a necessary role in the metabolism of several substances, including cholesterol, amino acids, and carbohydrates. It aids in healing wounds as well as bone development. Athletes and healthy adults can benefit from it.

Magnesium~ It’s one of the “miracle” nutrients. It aids in absorbing and utilization of your proteins, fats, and carbohydrates. It’s one of the nutrients, where if you are lacking it, your body will continue to want to eat. So basically, it halts overeating and cravings. Magnesium is also necessary in the chemical reaction that allows insulin to usher glucose into cells, where glucose aids in making energy for the body. Having excess glucose and insulin puts you not only on the road to obesity, but diabetes as well.

Thiamin~ Also known as Vitamin B1. This micronutrient is essential for the metabolism of carbohydrates that convert sugar into energy. I have a very strenuous training program that I do 6 days a week, so energy is important to me. If you are deficient in this micronutrient, you do have several symptoms such as, fatigue, muscle cramps, and weakness. Thiamin also helps the immune system and increase the body’s ability to resist stressful conditions.

Iodine~ Important for a healthy functioning thyroid. This is important for maintaining your metabolism and preventing the accumulation of fat. Your thyroid can not function without this mineral. An underactive thyroid can lead to water retention, weight gain, and cellulite.

Caffeine~ We all have been told time and time again the benefits. Boosts your metabolism, give you tremendous amounts of energy, increases memory, reduces muscle pain, etc. I personally can’t live without it ha ha ha….Coffee please 😉

SynephreX, Guggulsterones, Yohimbe,and Bioperine~ SynephreX, a citrus extract, is an energy/metabolism booster. Guggulsterones is a plant that stimulates thyroid glands and boosts metabolism. Yohimbe bark extract promotes weight loss by aiding in oxidizing the fatty acids in your blood stream. Bioperine speeds up the absorption and metabolism rate of each meal.

Calcium Pyruvate~ This is another energy booster, that also aids in heating your body up, which in turn burns fat.

L-Tyrosine~ This is a non-essential amino acid. It aids in stress relief, cognitive performance, anxiety relief, increases thermogenesis, lipolysis, and maximizes body composition, as well as many other benefits.

Ginger Root~ This lovely additive is an immune boosting, anti-inflammatory, appetite suppressing, digestive aid. When your digestion is running smoothly, your fat loss stays steady.

Coleus Forskohlii~ Forskolin increases cellular levels of an enzyme called cyclic adenosine monophosphate. This increases the rate of fat loss as well as improving the effects of the other fat burning compounds.

Saturn’s Lipo-EX is an Ultra-Pure synergistic complex designed to enhance the body’s natural power to utilize, energize and metabolize. Their formula provides your body with all the necessary means to maximize energy and burning force.Each serving provides your body with a premium blend of the most advanced power-charged ingredients which take on an immediate effect.

I love it, because I don’t get the jitters. What I do get is full focused energy and full thermogenic effects. With my nutrition plan and training program, it has been a super fat blasting addition! It has been a part of my supplementation since last year and it will continue to be.  *These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration.  This product is not intended to treat, cure, prevent or diagnose any disease.*

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To give your progress the boost it needs, check out Saturn’s Lipo-EX . Use code 25YEARS to get 25% off your total order!!!

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References:   https://www.muscleandstrength.com/supplements/ingredients/manganese.html     http://warddeanmd.com/new-research-on-thermogenesis/    http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Magnesium-HealthProfessional/     http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-965-thiamine%20%28vitamin%20b1%29.aspx?activeingredientid=965&activeingredientname=thiamine%20%28vitamin%20b1%29     http://www.muscle-health-fitness.com/iodine-benefits.html/    http://www.caffeineinformer.com/top-10-caffeine-health-benefits    http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/southfacts_guggul.htm   http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/issa33.htm   http://muscleevo.net/pyruvate-weight-loss/   http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/md1.htm     http://www.progressivehealth.com/ginger-for-weight-loss.htm    http://examine.com/supplements/Coleus+forskohlii/
 

Get Pumped Up For The Week! #BuildWithThePowerOfTheUniverse @SaturnMuscle

It’s Monday and I am excited to start a new week!!!

I am 18 weeks out. Saw many cross the stage this past weekend. Muscle Mayhem, the competition I did last year, was Saturday as well as the NPC Utah. It always gets me fired up and ready to train harder. Love seeing the progress from the ladies who I competed along side last year and the possible competitors I will face this year. I have been working harder than ever to beat the Joanna from last year. I feel great about the progress I have thus far!!! My hip injury is feeling better, so I was back to squatting last Friday. I did keep it light. I am going to do 95lb pause squats till I feel 100% again. I have actually changed up my leg day. I believe that my injury was caused by improper form on leg press. I noticed last time I did it, that my hips were raising up. This is definitely a no no and I am quite sure it is what caused my issues. So lighten the load and make sure I am using proper form. I also replaced bent over rows with rack pulls. I did this mainly because I am just burnt out on the Bent over rows. If I don’t find something enjoyable, I know I need to replace it. Rack Pulls…..gah those are awesome!!!! I was able to pull 315 for 5 reps on my 6th working set, so pretty proud of that and excited to see how much I can actually pull this week!!! I am on pace with my fat loss and like I said, pumped to start this week and finish strong!

As always, let’s kick it off with some Lady Swole Monday…

Hope you all are as pumped as i am about this week’s training! Stay on your path, stay focused, and continue to work towards your dreams!!!

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New Month = New Goals #PoweredBySaturnSupplements @SaturnMuscle

New month means new goals!!!

June is another SUPER busy month. Between prep, the new business endeavors, and Zoe’s birthday, I will be lucky to have any down time at all ha ha ha ha. Months like this one, it is important for me to have my goals listed. It keeps me accountable and less flustered. I get boggled when I have a lot going on. Having this list helps keep me straight as far as what I need to accomplish.

Goal 1 Keep training and Prep on track. I am probably more focused than I have ever been. This year I have set the bar high for myself. The NPC competition here in Utah is fierce. I have to bring my A game if I want to compete here. Someone asked if I will be competing in Novice again. A lot of people in the Midwest will continue to compete in novice till they place. Here it is actually frowned upon, which is fine by me. I prefer to win against the best that this region has to offer! I will be competing in Open and Masters 35+. My training and prep are different this year. I am still learning what works best for me and my body. I injured myself last month, so had to modify my training a bit. I am almost back to 100%, but till then, I will stick to my modified training. My goal was to aim for 6-8lb weight loss last month, which I accomplished and I aim to do the same this month. Last year was practice for me, this year I understand and have more knowledge of the sport. Obviously, I am still learning, but I will not settle this year!!!!

Goal 2 Practice, practice, practice makes perfect. I have said hundreds of times, my posing is just as important as the physique I bring to the stage. It is about showcasing what I have built. Last year I lacked in the posing area. It cost me points. This year I refuse to allow that to happen again. In a perfect world, I could afford to get a coach or take a class. That is not in the realm of possibilities this year. Does that mean I won’t succeed? Absolutely not! I have been researching it as I have my diet and training. Asking advice from competitor friends and recording my practices. I have learned and improved so much from last year. I proud of how far I have made it on my own. Do many succeed in this industry on their own? Not really, but it has happened 😉 I am proud that I have been self made this far. This month I will continue working and learning. 

Goal 3 Stop comparing myself to others. I fall back into this way of thinking every year. I was fine during the off season, but as soon as prep started, I fell into the comparison game all over again. I saw a photo on Instagram the other day of a girl with a six pack who, like me was 19 weeks out from competition. I am blessed to have my husband. He quickly reminded me that everyone is on a different journey. Yes she already had a six pack, but she has to maintain that look for the next 19 weeks and will lose muscle in the process. I gained, because I had to. Did I gain more fat than necessary? Ha ha ha yes, I did. However I wanted to enjoy a stress free off season. I have plenty of time to reach my goal and need to remember that that is her journey and this is mine!!! 

Goal 4 Continue to make needed contest purchases. I actually have a lot of what I need. Small odds and ends are still needed. Josh just purchased several small lots of crystals for me to start the designing process on my suit. He also bought me a cute hoodie dress to wear backstage. A few more make up purchases, then all I have left is buying all my crystals, contest fees, and tanning. The larger purchases, I am holding off till August. I want to make sure we can absolutely afford this year’s competition, due to unforeseen expenses that we have recently been hit with. At this point, game is still on, but if for some reason something happens, I want to make sure our finances are safe. Not to mention, I am super frugal and want to make sure I am not breaking the bank on my competitions 😉 

Goal 5 Zoe’s birthday celebration. This will be her first birthday with friends. Normally Josh’s parents come for a visit and we have a small celebration. This year, since we live so far from family AND because she will be officially 5 (big girl status) We decided she is ready to have a big bash. We are having a pool party with a Monster’s High theme. Of course I am going all out with her birthday cake. She asked for a tier cake this year, which of course is never a problem. We have several kiddos invited and she is SO very excited!!! I figured a pool party was the easiest, because everyone can stay busy and have fun, which means less work for me ha ha. I have her birthday movie almost complete. I typically wait till after her celebration to finish it. This year her party will be a little late. Mainly because, we invited the families of the other area managers in my husband’s company and we wanted to make sure everyone could make it ha ha . I still can’t believe my little beastie is turning 5!!!! 

Goal 6 Continue work on both new business ventures. Even though I can’t say what either are, I can say that they will be a work in progress. Josh and I have some huge dreams and aspirations for our future. Together we are taking the steps to achieve them! 

Goal 7 Continue looking for innovative ways to educate Zoe. I want to keep her excited about learning. Workbooks are great, the computer is fun, but I love being able to educate her with more. Like hiking and exploring. It makes everything more fun! She is so smart and just loves to learn new things. Her independent spirit shines during lesson time. She loves to do things on her own. It truly is a blessing to be able to stay home with her. Our time together is precious. 

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Fun Tuesday Recipe: Nitrox Pro-tein Crust Quiche #BuiltBySaturnSupplements @SaturnMuscle

My weekends are typically spent in the kitchen. I do a ton of food prep to keep me on track during the week. I love to eat a variety of food. My current calories aren’t low to some, but for me, they are, so I have to get innovative in the kitchen to enjoy some of my favs and still feel full at the end of the evening during prep season. I am always looking to create recipes that have a good balance of macros, or Protein, Carbs, Fiber, and Fat. This week I wanted to make a lower carb, lower fat, protein crust quiche.

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To be honest, I wasn’t sure how this would turn out. It was actually fabulous and super easy! To start, preheat your oven to 450, then start gathering ingredients.

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The ingredient list is simple. For the crust all you need is 1 whole egg, 350g of chickpeas (I like a thick crust, so if you prefer a thinner one use half the amount), 40g of Saturn Supplements Nitrox Pro protein powder (vanilla), and seasonings. I used a generous amount of kosher salt, ground black pepper, and onion powder. I also added about 1/4 of water. You will start by blending the chickpeas down to a mush. Once that is done, you can just add all your ingredients to the mixture.

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It will be thick and sticky. Pour the mixture into a 10 inch greased pie dish or quiche dish if you have one 😉

DSC_7834Press the crust out to the sides, then slide it into the oven for about 20 mins. While it is cooking you can start making your filling. To keep the fat count down, I used 5 egg whites, 110g of frozen spinach, 21g of onion, 22g of sweet mini peppers, seasoned with Kosher salt, ground black pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder. You can use whatever filling you like. I like to change it up and get creative. You can add ham and cheese, different veggies, different sauces, making a Mexican style, Italian, or even Greek. Zoe loves when I do a fruit quiche, just using egg whites and different berries and yogurt. The possibilities are endless.

DSC_7835When the crust is done, just pour your mixture in. I added 75g of tomatoes to the top and baked for an additional 20 mins or till the eggs are cooked.

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The crust has a sweetened flavor from the vanilla protein and is just perfect! I love topping it with Sriracha 😉

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Again, I like a thicker crust. Mainly because I get more fiber that way and hitting my fiber counts are very important, but if you wanted to lower the carbs and make the crust thinner, you can cut the chickpea mixture in half and get the same results. The end is always a delicious meal that is easy to grab and go. With the thick crust you get 6 servings each weighing about 78g.

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The macro count is a perfect balance One slice is 139 kcals, 14.3 g Protein, 15.2 g Carbs, 4.4 g Fiber, 3.2 g Sugar, 2.2 g of Fat (These macros are with the filling I used)

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Oh Happy Monday!!!! #BloodSweatAndSaturnSupplements @SaturnMuscle

Oh Happy Monday!!!

After seeing my results for the past 4 weeks, I am stoked to get this week/month started!!! I have huge goals for this year. 19 weeks left of my prep and I want to make the most of each and everyday!!! Tomorrow will be a special post. As you know, I LOVE experimenting with recipes. I put together a protein crust quiche that is to die for!!! Tune back in for that tomorrow morning. Enough about food ha ha, let’s kick this week off with some motivation….

As always, a little Lady Swole Monday…

Hope you all have a fabulous week!!!!

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May Goal Recap & Prep Check In #PoweredBySaturnSupplements @SaturnMuscle

May Goal Recap….Time to see how we did with our monthly goals.

May has been a crazy busy month, but I think I did pretty well with accomplishing what I needed to! Let’s check out May’s goals and see how I fared…

Goal 1 Get my nutrition on track and stay on track. I started my prep carb cycling. Although I did find it effective, once the first cycle was done, I went back to just tracking my calories like normal. I am having no problems as far as keeping to my goals. I am at 1920 kcals. I do get hungry at night, so typically veg on lettuce or other low macro foods. The hardest part of prep, or any fat loss program, is the diet aspect. Once you get into a routine, you are good to go. Just make sure you stay focused and don’t let into temptation 😉 FYI I don’t do the whole “good food, bad food” gimmick. All food is fuel. If I want ice cream or chips, as long as I know I will meet and not exceed all my macro needs, then I eat what I want. What I mean by don’t give in to temptation is, at the end of the night when you are out of macros, don’t start eating more. Drink water or go to bed 😉

Goal 2 Utilize Different Types Of Cardio. I have been using ropes, sleds and the treadmill. The treadmill is still my top form of cardio. Mainly because it is convenient. My gym daycare has a time limit of 90 mins, so some days I find it difficult to utilize the equipment there and I will do my cardio at night in my apartment gym. I have been doing 45 mins of Intervals 3 nights a week. I walk at a brisk pace (speed is usually 3.5) I start flat, then incline at 12.5 for 2 mins 25 secs., then flat for the same time. You have 10 rounds of inclines. I get a great burn from it without hurting my shins. 

Goal 3 Posing Till Perfect. This is every month goal ha ha. I have come a long way since last year.Not just with my posing, but stage etiquette as a whole. It is a constant learning process. This year I have been working on how to hold the poses to best showcase my work. last year I thought I just needed to pose like everyone else does. Boy was I wrong! One, I wasn’t posing correctly and Two, I wasn’t showcasing my hard work. I lost several points on that. After talking with the judges and looking at all the stage photos, I know what I did wrong and have been working my tail off to correct it! This year I will be heads and tails better than last!!! Here in Utah they will have a clock with timer on stage as well, to make sure no one’s individual posing goes over 15 secs. In Kansas, that wasn’t anything I had to worry about ha ha so no pressure ha ha ha

 

Goal 4 More Contest Purchases. I have been doing my best to keep expenses down. Buying everything ahead of time does help. Come contest time I will have a lot of my bigger expenses, like contest fee and tanning. Most of my make-up has been purchased, suit has been made, Josh ordered me a backstage dress to wear. He found the best deal on a hoodie dress that I have been eyeing since last year. It was $35 a couple of months ago and he found it for just $9.79…WINNING!!! We also ordered some crystal samples to see what colors and design I would like to do on my suit. Very, very exciting!!! We are doing our best to make sure our money is going further!!! 

Goal 5 Zoe’s Birthday Cake Planning. This little girl has picked at least 5 different themes in the past few months ha ha ha ha. Luckily for me, she has always gone back to Monster High. This was the original theme for the design I was working on. I have a part of the cake designed, but still working on the top. She wants a 3 tier cake this year and will be having her first party with friends. She is so excited and I can’t wait for her to see her cake!!! I have to top last year’s cake, so I have my work cut out for me ha ha ha 

Goal 6 Make Zoe’s Birthday Movie. Like I stated before, this is something I do every year for Zoe. I compile all the year’s photos and make a short flip movie to music. We watch them all as the weeks get closer to her birthday. It is great, because we get to see how much she has grown over the year. She loves them, because she feels like a movie star ha ha ha. 

Goal 7 Implementing Small Steps To Our First Business Venture. The planning is still in effect, but we have slowed things down a bit. Mainly because we have some new news and issues that have popped up. Everything is still going to happen, just not sure when it will all start… Sometimes life happens and you just have to go with the flow.

Goal 8 Start Implementing Small Steps To Our Second Business Venture. Oddly enough, with the new news, this business venture may happen sooner than later. It’s very exciting and I wish I could share, but won’t know anything is set in stone for at least another year. Just know, that HUGE things are happening!!!

Goal 9 Continue To Make Zoe The Best She Can Be! Zoe has such a huge personality. We have been doing our best, not just to educate her with book knowledge, but with different life experiences. Understanding that education is more than colors, shapes, letters, and numbers. Touching, hearing, smelling, tasting, and feeling everything this life can offer. Giving Zoe so many different experiences in different environments has been one of our biggest blessings. Her lesson time is a time that we cherish and this goal will always be one of my main ones!!! 

Overall a fabulous month! I also want to do a quick Prep Check In 😉

Prep Stats….

Weight    163.0 to 155.8

Chest/Lats   40.25 to 40.25

Waist   33  to  31

Stomach   38  to  34

Hips   38  to  36.5

Rump   41  to  39

Thighs and Biceps stayed the same at 21 and 14 (flexed)

Hope you all smashed your May goals!!!

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