let me off this freaking rollercoaster, I think I’m gonna be sick

Posted on March 29, 2011. Filed under: Progress | Tags: , |

I know it’s been like two weeks but believe me I have a really good excuse. the last two weeks have had some incredible highs and some really awful lows. But more than anything it’s reminded me just how fragile life is, and how important it is to follow your dreams before fate has the chance to stop you.

For the highs because I’m a good news before bad type of gal. I got my showdates. On may 28th I’ll be competing in Slidell at the NPC Camellia Championships. My coaches think I’ll be ready and I have faith in them so I have faith in me too. I don’t care if I place 1st or 16th, I just want to do it. Just step on that stage. I’m looking into suits, foudn a local NPC competitor to help with my posing since I can’t get to mama bombshell and have made some…heroic..attempts at learning stage makeup. I’ve been told to cake it on like a drag queen but unfortunately my former drag queen buddy lives in SLC so I’m winging it. Other highs included Jamie Eason putting my transformation pics in her inspiration folder and Muscle and Strength wanting to post my transformation story too. Talk about affirmation.

As for the lows…we lost a good friend in afghanistan. SSG Travis Tompkins was a very good friend as is his wife Candy. I know it’s a risk all soldiers take, but it still stings and stuns when it happens to someone you know. Someone with a family, someone who should have been able to come home. and raise his two daughters. I will warn you though, keep your hippy ass anti war shit to yourselves. I may delete it. I may track you down and kick your ass myself. There’s a time and place and this isn’t it. Trust me.

So if you don’t mind, take a moment to honor a soldier who sacrificed for you. If you’ve got time to read about my quest for fat loss, you’ve got a minute to honor him.

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Posted on February 16, 2011. Filed under: Progress | Tags: , , |

Sarah’s surgery went off without a hitch. She’s healing beautifully. We got snowed into Shreveport which sucked but made it home safe (obviously). Ben is currently in San Antonio for his pre-op. his surgery will be next week. Scary, but I have faith things will turn out fine.

I’m down to 143lbs and 25% bodyfat. It’s coming off slowly but surely so I’m pleased with that. i’ve been doing a lot of circuit work lately trying to keep my metabolism going. I’ve also joined Team Bombshell.

If you’ve never heard of Team Bombshell, well then you probably don’t follow IFBB or NPC bikini or figure. Team Bombshell is responsible for some of the most amazing physiques in the industry and I’ve opted to entrust mine to their head coach, Shannon Dey. So when you see me looking hot as they come looking like I’ve never had children, you’ll know why.

Speaking of children, mine are having a fake tea party right now. And since imaginary tea and imaginary crumpets happen to be on my diet plan, I think I’ll join them.

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Progress Report

Posted on December 20, 2010. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , |

So the weekend just passed and while I should have given my progress report on Sunday I didn’t.  I was lazy. 🙂  Well, not really but lazy about posting yes and also missing power for a better portion of the day.  So…here’s my progress report for last week for the sake of accountability:

Monday, Wednesday and Friday I did my full body strength routines.  Matter of fact I had to do it at the gym on Friday as i got suckered into watching some kids (and when I say suckered I mean suckered.  But that’s a whole other long story that those who actually know me are aware of so it doesn’t need to be repeated).  They were here right through my regular work out time (i.e. 1:00-2:00pm while my babies are napping and my older children are in school) and my husband didn’t make it home until 6pm that night from work.  So i went to the gym at 630pm and saved my dinner for when I got home as my post workout meal.  It would have been amazing to be back in a gym except my iPod is missing and I had to use my blackberry for tunes and without music to put me in my own world, I can become a little hyper vigilant and that tends to distract just a bit.

As for cardio, I did HIIT intervals three times this week on lifting days using my elliptical at home, and got some steady state cardio via walking my dog Ranger on the other mornings. Sunday morning I went to the gym and started on the stairmill and quickly realized it was way beyond me at this point and moved to a recumbent bike instead.  i cranked up the resistance to 8/10 and went for 40 minutes and 5 miles before doing my ab work.  It was a good change of pace.  Saturday was 100% rest from everything.

As for the actual stat changes, my stomach is shrinking.  I can feel my TVA’s getting stronger and it’s reflecting well.  I don’t look pregnant anymore.  Just a smidge poochy.   I’m down to 29% body fat according to my scale and 28% according to my omron body fat tracker.  I went with 29%..lol.  Even that says I lost 9lbs of fat this week, and I’m pretty sure it was all in my tummy.  The diet changes are making the biggest difference I think and everyone is enjoying the taste of the food instead of the taste of the gravy or butter smothering the food I was making.

Overall it was a good week and I’m very proud of myself for staying strong even the one or two days I wanted to quit.  This coming week I’ll be shifting my training from a full body to an upper/lower split.  The kids are off school and Ben has half days this week so I’m sure there will be lots of time in the actual gym rather than at home.  I’m doing everything in my power to “Finish Strong” like my friend Michelle “Buffmother” Berger.  So for those of you who don’t think you can do it, check out the links on the right and go see the changes she’s made and let her inspire you just like she inspires me.

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