Thursday, February 21, 2013

Pretty Cool

I don’t even know how I ended up on this website this morning, but it’s pretty cool.

It’s the Greater Good Network.  You can buy stuff from different stores on their site and a portion goes toward that charity.

I was a little skeptical so I did some digging. I didn’t have to go very far.  The first two sites I looked at had good things to say about this site being legit but I still wanted to know HOW MUCH they pass on to the charities.

That’s when I found their Commercial Fundraiser Profile Report through the state of Washington.

Exactly what I needed to know. I’ll be making a purchase through them.

If I am going to buying athletic apparel, might as well help out some animals in the process.  I need to recommend this type of thing for our local shelters.  People don’t always think about making donations, but if you put a tshirt in front of their face or a hoody….SOLD! (I am guilty of this….obviously)

Oh dear, now I feel bad,  I better make a donation to the Parkville Animal Shelter while I am at it. (done.)

DONATE TO YOUR SHELTERS!  Especially, as Kansas City is bracing for a snow storm, my thoughts always go to the dogs and cats that are left outside in the cold and snow.  Sad smile

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Guess What?

I’m still here!

And by here, I mean 13 weeks out from the WBFF Central US Fitness Show in Kansas City, Missouri.


Since it’s been so long,

I’ll hit the important events.

How this prep is different from 2011:

  • I know what the end result looks like and I want it TODAY!


  • I haven’t been obsessing about food.
  • I don’t have cravings for sugar.
  • I am not eating any aspartame (not even in the gum I am chewing. I am sticking to xylitol)
  • I am not eating any protein powder. Real food only.

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  • I am working one on one with my trainer, Tionna, three times per week instead of two.
  • I am not doing steady state cardio, which means I am not running.

How I feel about all that.

END RESULT:  Since I have been through this before, I knew that I would get a distorted view of myself eventually, but it still made me melt down when it hit.  I want my body fat to immediately disappear and for all the muscles I am striving for to show up.  Right. Now. (do you hear me shoulders? get there.)

The down side to feeling this way is that when I look at myself, I zero in on the fat and cellulite I still need to lose.  I need to shift my focus to how fast my belly has flattened out and how my obliques are showing up and how I am already seeing arm and leg definition! (had a talk with Justin and then Tionna about this so my focus has shifted!).  I did not have any of that at 13 weeks last time.

I still have 3 months to go, I can not be melting down already. ha!

SUGAR/FOOD OBSESSIONS/ASPARTAME: I feel like cutting sugar out of my diet back in September (I fell off the wagon for a bit in December) has really helped with my sugar cravings and therefore food obsessions.  Furthermore, I feel like not eating aspartame, helps with that too. No food porn, can you believe it?!  Last time, I could have earned an award for how many hours I spent looking at dessert on the internet!

PROTEIN POWDER: The absence of protein powder took a little getting used to because my favorite meal was oats with protein.


I just replaced it with an equally delicious breakfast of oat/egg white pancake with a side of egg whites and one whole egg.


Now I really look forward to that bread-y pancake in the morning.

CARDIO/TRAINING: The not running thing panicked me.  I really enjoyed that 5 mile run each day.  I think more for my mental health than anything else. For that reason, I was a little hesitant, BUT it hasn’t been a big deal at all.  I go to Title Boxing two or three times a week and the other days I jump rope, hop on the spin bike, run sprints or pop in an Insanity DVD.

Training three times per week with Tionna has been AWESOME!  She has changed how I train and how I THINK about training.  She’s a figure pro, so she gets it…she’s right in there with me.  She makes me lift heavy.  She makes me feel like I am her only client (she posted that picture of me on Facebook the other day).  Pay attention trainers, it’s little things like that, that mean a lot to your clients!  When I leave a session with her, I am filled up mentally and exhausted physically!  She has a unique way of stroking your ego, while destroying your body! ha!

So, that’s where I am with everything.  I feel GREAT!  This diet and exercise thing feels so good. Why did I let myself get so far off track?


We visited Justin’s Dad and Stepmom in Arizona.


Where Justin and his Dad golfed and Jane and I went to a spa in Scottsdale!


KC Divas

I can’t forget to brag about our AWESOME fitness group! (I am in the very back on the left)


We are still getting together each weekend for different workouts. Sometimes there are 10 of us and sometimes there are two.  It’s a lot of fun no matter how many girls are there.


My Grandpa Palmer passed away the last week of January.  That whole week is a big blurry blob of sadness and grief.

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Even as I type this, my heart hurts like it’s knew news.  I have so much love for him.  He was surrounded by his family when he passed.  We were all gathered around his hospital bed, touching him and each other, as he took his last breath.  It was so peaceful.

I need to be a better blogger. 

I think last time it was therapeutic for me to blog about every detail of every day of prep because I was so nervous.  I feel so much more relaxed this time and I think that explains my absence on the blog.

I’ll try to be better (so they don’t end up this LONG!)

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