Flexible dieting and prep: what I learned. Honest and brutal

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If you want to know the dang dirty truths, this is the blog to read. I’m going to tell you  everything and some of you won’t like it. Some of you will be haters and think you know more than me. You might.   This blog is my journey and if you get anything good out of it.. that’s a bonus.

I have done two preps in the last 52 weeks. Each prep was 24 weeks long.  I am 51 years old.  You think that doesn’t matter.. it does. My body is tired of prep.  That’s the honest truth. I’m tired of prep. I’m pretty much hit the wall on this and if you ask me to my face.. I’m probably going to spout off.

Personally, I would never do two preps back to back but the federation I compete in suddenly removed the pro qualifer in  October so there was only 1 chance to try for my pro card in 2017.  My husband and I discussed it and we  made the decision to do this show even though I had not yet recovered from my last show.   I went in fully understanding what had to be done and I did my best. We worked hard and I did a great job. I am  100 percent confident in the package I brought to the stage!

As it turns out..
I actually had a great prep. Our whole team started January 1 and we did an entirely flexible prep.   OMG OMG OMG

Basically what that means is each day I hit
my protein goals,
my fat minimums,
my fiber goals,
my fruits veggie goals,
my micro nutrition goals,
and I ate over 35 different foods weekly.

The flexible part came in the fact that I was able to be flexible with my carbs and additional fats to suit what I needed to fuel but also to accommodate what I wanted to eat.

My workouts never suffered. I never “did fasted cardio” unless I wanted to. I never did anything that wasn’t fueled properly to give me the most effective workout.

Actually…
Our whole team has found success prepping this way.  It is truly based on each of us .
We teach our new competitors to pay attention and learn this process so their preps will become more and more flexible the longer they compete with us.

FOOD
This prep we were able to perfect our food so I never felt deprived

Frankly, doing prep.. I can do this stuff with my eyes close. The diet is easy.  It’s easy for me because i am not suffering like I did on my bro preps! We had some gorgeous food!!

Things I liked about this prep:
Front loading my tracker with dinner early in the morning.  Hubs and I would decide on dinner and I would be excited!  I would fuel my workouts, then fill in the rest of the day so I had plenty of macros for dinner. Here’s a few of our dinners.

 

 

 

 

That Monte Cristo Sam had jelly on it.
Our team has Taco Tuesday and Waffle Wednesday each week!! Yummo.   We ate Shrimp and Grits a lot as well as Halo top ice cream! I had a cookie almost every day.  Near the end, I did not because it would not fit.. but that is the way the ‘cookie crumbles’.

What I did not do:
Binge:  
I had one day when a refeed went out of control. I was about 14 weeks out and my Cinnamon Toast cruch measurement turned into something crazy.  I modified my other macros for the rest of the day but I had to remove CTC from my food roster because I felt it was triggering me.   I’m not bragging. I’m stating progress. In 2013 and 2014 on my Bro preps I found myself having full on binges.  I began purging again after both shows.  Getting a handle on prep with IIFYM was a life saver because I don’t feel deprived.   There’s no ‘poor me” here. I need progress not perfection.  I planned my days so they felt fun and I did not have the urge to dip into food that was not on my plan.

Eat Out: .  I did not eat out at all in my prep.  I only ate what was prepared in our house.  Even early on in prep, I won’t do it. I just stayed out of restaurants or I brought my food. I’m fine with that.
Traditional training
I have had plenty of injuries this year.  A few of our team mates really suffered with some bad injuries.  We were all able to train in such a a way that we still got our work done and hit the stage having met our goals.

I cannot have a bar on my back anymore.  I cannot run stairs nor can I do plyo. I probably did 3 plyo sessions this whole year. I had to modify my training to keep my back pain free.   My pole workouts kept me strong and flexible and I added the chiropractor weekly.  I need longevity over PRs.    I will never try to beat my 185 pound dead lift PR because it took several chiropractor visits to get me out of pain.  I’m totally ok with this.

My workouts were focused on muscle activation and not based in ego or how much I was supposed to suffer for my sport.  I wanted to focus on form and creating balance in my physique. I incorporated Fascia Blasting and while I have so far to go there.. I saw amazing changes in my  abs and lower body.
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Blasting those abs!!  Holla

Results:  I took 3 trophies in my show. I loved my physique this year. I feel like this was my favorite package I brought to the stage.  My team took two pro cards.  We took a total of 7 trophies in this show.  Our current trophy count for 2017 is 31 and we are all IIFYM and using our own unique plans.

Part of this journey is to share what works and what didn’t.  I’m in no way saying my way is perfect or I couldn’t have come in better or whatever.  I’m saying that the bigger picture shows that
1. I have never been given a  trophy for suffering, nor has anyone else to my knowledge.
2. Everything has variables and  you have to work with what you have and are able to do.
3. Cookie cutter plans would have been the death of me for prep.
4. Being happy and making progress in my journey is paramount to someone handing me a plastic trophy.
5. I can always strive to improve and use what I learned to better serve my clients and my future preps.
6. Science is indeed a thing.

Here are some of my pics.
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We received 7 trophies for this show. IIFYM. Yes.. and two pro cards for our ladies.
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Bikini portion of the Glamour category as well as the themewear.

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I’m 51 and I’m fucking proud of this. Yeah I said it.
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This body was built on IIFYM, truly enjoying what I do. I have put the time in to slowly learn to trust my body. I will always work incredibly hard but never suffer for a sport that does not reward you for how much you suffer. It’s useless. Working smart is much better! Strategies!!
There is something powerful about learning how your body works and building on this concept.  As athletes to it seems beyond ridiculous for us to continually tear down our bodies and offer it poor nutrition yet ask for it to improve.

Believe me.. I have room to improve but my first priority is recovery. I will not take the stage again until I Worlds Championships in Nov 2018 so I can have a solid building season .

I am very proud of my athletes and their placings are important but what is most important to me is not what someone else thinks of them, it’s the improvements and knowledge they are gaining in their journey.   Having a team with ongoing dialog of our experiences has been a game changer as we navigate our competition endeavors.

If you like my blog.. be sure to follow Caitlin on her blog. She is very honest and truthful about her journey!!

Fascia Blasting Update: 6 months

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This is going to be a hard blog to write. I’m embarrassed, mortified and elated at the same time. I have not shared out in the open what has happened during my fascia blasting journey until today.

I want to back track a bit.  This will be very long so grab some coffee but I will be 100 percent honest about what I’ve gone through and how I got here.

I did my last bikini competition  late October 2016.  I knew I would be starting my fascia blasting journey and had planned on competing October 2017.  However, I realized that the only pro qualifier for my federation was June of 2017 so that cut 6 months off my fascia blasting time!  I would NOT have started if I had realized that. I wanted a full year to restructure my physique.  Mind you.. I am 51 years old. I feel great but I’m a next level kind of girl. I have struggled with my lower body for decades. My legs are clearly beyond bound in the below pictures.That means the fascia is really tight and no matter how lean I get, the muscles can’t be seen. It also leaves me lumpy!  Having bound fascia also means I’m not getting the muscle gains I want because the fascia is like a sausage casing and there’s not room to grow.

I also struggled my whole life with lose skin on my belly.
I’m not mad about this but I don’t want surgery . I was interested in seeing if I could tighten it up.
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Blasting:
I sent my pictures to Ashley Black and she quickly returned a very long protocol for me which I have followed to the letter.
Yes, I am beyond bound (BB) and that is a pretty rough starting place.  I have taught impact workouts for 35 years. It makes sense that my fascia is jacked up.
That tummy area is a tough  area for me because when I gain inches it gets super fluffy but the skin is loose.

I have also worked with Ashley’s moderator,Kelley Zuniga. She is a competitive athlete as well and she gave me great advice for my  prep.  I had gone through a tough phase over Christmas where I was breaking up a lot of adheasons and felt fluffy as can be. I went from stage to loosey goosey.  I tend to get inflamed when I blast.  I’m not opting for a aggressive blasts.  It’s not right for me.

That demolition phase was pretty hard on my brain.   I’m telling you…

Did I bruise. I did for sure.   But I kept going.

Nutrition:
During that demolition phase I was still really struggling with low energy and detox symptoms.  I am an IIFYM girl and not a detox tea or magic solution believer. I drink my gallon of water every day . I probably ate too much over the holidays but  it wasn’t much over my macros.  I was pretty good this year. I’m just being honest.  I do not believe in “Clean” food but I eat for my nutrition and my food is gorgeous and amazing.  I had sugar  and soda and I like franken food like pop chips and protein bars and  Lenny and Larry’s cookies.   I get over 500g fruit and veggies per day and my fiber goals are on point. Protein is high and carbs are fueling my workouts and my life.  I do not believe in magic. I believe in science. #LearnIIFYM

Inner thighs. I brilliantly decided to pull my inner thighs tight while sitting on the side of the tub. I blasted them briskly and I got all the way to gravel in just a few weeks.  It wasn’t long before I saw them smooth and then I had a thigh gap. I looked down and saw that thigh gap and almost passed out.

Legs.. Ok. My legs are still a mess but they are better.  My hope is that I look better than last year on stage. I know I have a long way to go blasting but I’m not stopping.
I have broken up alot of stuff on my legs.  I can see my quad definition now. I blast around the quads and I also am fat lysing them.  They are coming a long.  Still bound.. yep.  But it’s better!!

Glutes Hammies: Oh boy. I’m painfully self aware of the work that has to be done in this area.  That hamstring is still pretty lumpy but I’m going to town on it.  My glutes are looking better.  Smaller yep and not as bound up but I’m ok with this.

Just so you can see a difference in competition time.. look here.
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I blasted my upper arms and rear delts too.  I’m eating a lot more food in 2017 than I was eating on my ‘clean’ food diet in 2014.   Overall my package is better because I’m blasting.
I can almost see my glute. I’m also blasting my “sweep” area and it is coming along.
I want you to know this.. As I have progressed, I am working on muscle activation rather than simply lifting. I train with intention. My glutes/hams are rock hard under the remaining body fat and they are becoming visible. I can feel them fire which I never could before. This is real.

This is rough. Hard to show.
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Picture 1 is from November 2016. I sent this to Ashley.  Picture 2 is March 2017.
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The March picture is after I’ve had 4 meals and a gallon of water.
The Left side was early November in my post show reverse diet.

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So this what my abs look like now.  They look good all day.
No they are not 100 percent . I have some pebbles in that lower portion that was loose and it still puffs out sometimes. I’m not sure if all the loose skin will ever tighten up but I’m really willing to keep going.   I’m 5 weeks out from my show  in this picture.

I want to say here. I have been bullied (whatever) and called a liar my progress.
I have some great images on the web from photographers and so forth.  As a fitness competitor it would be uncool to show off the pictures that look yucky.  I am truthful in my business. I am a real person . I don’t sell the fascia blaster  but I am interested in science and health. I’m interested in learning how my body is changing from the inside out. I also want to be a better athlete and a better coach for my clients. Science drives this train.  So the reality is, we all have work to do. Progress!!

Here is a picture from a photoshoot  that was 2 weeks before my last show. Mid October 2016. This is my struggle in the abs and lower body.  I can usually pose it away but this pic is an out take.
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This picture of me is 8 weeks out from my show.  Look.. I am bending over . My abs are tighter.  That’s the take away here. Perfection.. nope.. progress.. moving forward.
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Blasting schedule: 
Daily or every other day 5 min per body part. I do my abs 4x a week which keeps me from feeling super tired this close to my show.
I carve my abs and arms and legs, especially my quads.

The Fascia Blaster is sold at AshleyBlackGuru.com  I do not sell it. 🙂  I love it though.

If you are a blaster and want help with your workout plan, I can help you! Reach out to me or visit our site http://www.sleekbodyonline.com/

20 weeks out

Just an update for my competition/fascia blaster journey!
Since I changed my show date from October to June, I’m having a “HOLY WOW”
moment.

Last week was the worst week I’ve probably had in decades. Our little Kitty went missing on Christmas and we found her last week. She had passed away outside.  She was only 2 and was my heart.  I was a wreck. I got so many grey hairs.

I also dislocated my sacrum on NYE when I slipped on some beer at the Kid Rock concert.
So I was in terrible pain. I’m thankful my chiropractor got me on the right track. My workouts were minimal though because she asked me to not lift very heavy. I couldn’t pole at all.  Tough week.  I don’t like to whine, but it was bad.

My food was good  though. Oddly.
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20 weeks out now and I’m feeling much better. We adopted a new baby kitten and he is wonderful.  My back is really feeling better too so I’m mentally and physically ready to start my prep with focus so I bring home a Pro Card for the Team!

Changes: Because I’m working with my Fascia Blaster and I’m working hard to fix my fascia and alignment issues I have made serious changes to my plan!

I have been blasting and got some insane results on my inner thighs. I’m still working hard on the rest but I’m seeing progress.

I have taken my workouts to zero impact. No unilateral movements, running, jumping, plyo, box jumps, back flips, burpees, NONE.  I do my cardio exactly as Ashley Black told me to. I’m training so much less overall than before and getting progress.  So we will see how I start looking now that I’m back on a cut.

The video above is the Pit Shark Squat.  I don’t use a bar on my back anymore so this one really gets it done for me.  I normally do over 200 pounds with this, but I’m still on lighter weights.  I really feel this in my glutes.  There are ways to do a Pit squat with benches and a Kettle bell. You can see that on Youtube. I just love this piece. Lucky for me , my gym has it!

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Show date is UFE Fury, Chicago June 3!!
Good luck with your show too!

2016 Mayhem recap and pics

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UFE HALLOWEEN MAYHEM 2016 CHICAGO IL

I love this show. I am so excited to share with you how fun it is to compete in UFE.
So.. I did this show last year and I wanted to really raise my game for the judges!!

I started working with my designer in January!!  Ideas were solidified in May and we brought 4 amazing looks to this show. They were exactly what I wanted.

Ok.. so here’s how it all went…

My peak week went really well . I woke up Thursday looking great! Nice and tight. Friday I woke up looking like ET. Horrible.  My suits were way way toooo big. Oh no… I went  straight to eating!! Carbs. mmmmmm. I started looking better immediately!!  mmmmm carbs. Best day!!

Friday night we had our meeting and tan.
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You know how pale I am. That tan was spot on. The tanner for UFE is Fitworld and they are amazing.And just so you know.. when you are competing with UFE, Rachel and her team will help you backstage. They glued me so many times, fixed my tan and just went out of their way to make sure I was taken care of. They also do hair and makeup!!
I will encourage you to use Fitworld Competition Services for all your backstage needs.
They are in the host hotel with us!! It’s fantastic.

Oh.. I loved my tan.. it was very sunkissed and not orangey.

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My goal this year was to do my own hair and makeup. I hired an artist and did my lessons.  At the end though, I couldn’t make it happen. I was just too overwhelmed. I worked with a local Chicago Artist  Sabrina Ramirez. She gave me my best VS look. I loved that she used the colors I bought for my show so I could touch up.  This is my favorite look I’ve done for stage! In UFE your stage presentation is a large portion of your score!!  I needed full on glam to complete my looks.hair
I want to thank Melissa Lambert who is my dear friend and hairstylist. She created my red color. This is Tracy Red. I also wanted to homage Prince and the color purple in my show for her. She is an amazing friend to me and so gifted at her job.

My nails are done with love and care all year by my dear friend Rose. She is so good to me! Both ladies would love to work with you!

Ok.. so back to show day!!

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In my suit ready to go.
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Selfie with the mister. This guy is my rock. You all know he food preps like a boss. He has my back. I could not do this without him
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Oh man.. I was the first one on stage this year!  Oh man.. I was nervous but I went out for Glamour in my bikini for judging. We come back in our themewear later.

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Our green room is the bomb. This is a good shot of my Prince Purple Rain bikini. All the connectors were hand made from jewelry by my costume designer, Rebel Tart. I love sequins on stage.
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Hit the stage again in my blue bikini.
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This suit. omg.  We have that puppy glued down. I love the flat sequins. My dragon look for themewear held together with chains.This was entirely the vision of Cindy from Rebel Tart
We needed to get me out of the “pink and girlie” box for this Halloween show. The chains were inspired by Britney Spears costume at the Billboard awards this year. The Harness is from a VS fashion show outfit. The chains are held on with jewelry hooks and have spikes.
I got the shoes from amazon!! They are now going to be pole shoes!! ha.

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I want to tell you about the Wings. We got these wings custom from a seller on Etsy. They were horrible. The broke immediately and were totally shoddy work. Cindy’s friend Terry creates wings for movies. She enlisted his help to recreate them so they were wearable. My clients know how much stress these things gave us. Cindy then stayed up all night filling out the feathers and building them into these stage worthy masterpieces. I did not just ‘get these’. People’s hearts and souls were put into making this look.

UFE has the fabulous Glamour Category that is the Victoria’s Secret Fashion show category. You can choose any type of glamour outfit you like. I want you all to do this category!!  OMG .

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UFE Halloween Mayhem has a costume contest. I wanted to do Batgirl to celebrate 50 years of Batgirl. Cindy Henry took the original design for Yvonne Craig’s suit from the old Batman Tv series. She hand crafted Bat-a Rangs for the closure on the back and on the utility belt. The bat is inset into the fabric! This costume is 100 percent my favorite thing I have ever worn.  I will transition this outfit to my pole now.
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My kiddos told me that I have to high kick. .

Back stage! The Chicago Boys were awesome. They put on a fantastic show. They are acrobats and it was mind blowing! The energy at this show is off the chain!

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These ladies. Omg sisters in iron. I have so many friends in UFE and they all have amazing journeys. The girls on stage.. never discount what they have done to get there.  We had so much fun!
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Backstage with Donna!

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Awards at the night show.  this is the Glamor Category. I’m still in Batgirl. We could wear what we wanted for awards.

9My dear friend and fellow Sleek Body coach Michelle brought me a cupcake and a vat of icing. She and Lar Bear drove 5 hours to support me in my show. Our Team mate Jessica also came!  I ‘m so freaking happy. I placed  1st in Bikini Masters, 2nd in Glamour and I was in the top 5 of the bikini open.  UFE does top 3 for trophies but I will take the victory of being in the top 5. I am now able to compete in the Elite Category for UFE and will be able to compete at UFE Worlds.  I will bring a better package next year!
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One more shout out to the mister who brought his best John McClain from Die Hard!
We are a great team. I’m so happy to have such support from my family, my clients, my friends.  The folks who believe in me make me work harder.
I love my UFE home and am so happy to be in the UFE family. They treat their athletes so well. I feel they are very fair in their judging. I am excited to help bring UFE Rampage to St. Louis April 22, 2017.
If you want to learn more about competing in this great federation, please visit ufeshows.com or contact me for more info about Rampage. You can also join our FB group!

If you are looking for a bikini team home.. please check us out at SleekBikiniTeam.com
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Drama! Don’t call me a “clean eater.”

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This past weekend was my show in Chicago. I want to preface this post by saying, I dislike drama. I don’t like to focus on the negative but I will today just to clarify my position.
I built my reputation on being healthy and balanced!

Read on:

This weekend a competitor/coach was doing a live feed and pointed her camera at me.
She said something to the effect of “She’s 51. You don’t look like this unless you eat clean.”

My hubs did NOT like that. He said “She’s not a clean eater”.
Then came the “Well. she has to or maybe you just see the bad stuff she eats ” comment.
I needed to just let that go, because it wasn’t the time or place.
I did stand up for myself and said “My nutrition is on point”.

 I am passionately NOT a clean eater. Clean eating did NOTHING for me.

Clean eating from my competition coaches.
7 small meals spaced 2-3 hours apart of turkey chicken fish and spinach or green beans.
I got 2 eye diseases from one bro prep because my  HDL (good cholesterol) was so low my doctor demanded I quit my competition prep.  My immune system was wrecked.

I lost 35 % of the vision in my eye. But hey.. I eat clean.

Clean eating gave me an intense fear of food and led me into terrible cycles of restrict binge.  I was obsessed.

Clean eating gave me zero balance!

IIFYM takes a bad rap in the bodybuilding community for the under educated. This woman is just another  who really doesn’t understand that all food has macro nutrients.  Old school prepping is based on old science.  We look to  new studies for IIFYM and it’s very nutritionally sound. My nutrition is balanced because that is incredibly important to me.
In fact, I learn from the best in the industry every single day and we use science!

But.. you may be surprised to know that the basics of IIFYM require minimums of
fruits, veggies and fiber along with meeting protein, carbs and fat goals.
By nature, IIFYM is more balanced and nutritionally sound than ‘clean eating’ alone.

If you follow my blog, you know how I eat. I eat well. My off seasons are full of wonderful, food that makes me happy. I eat with my family and do not carry Tupperware to functions.

I used to.

I don’t pretend that suffering in my show prep makes me a better athlete.
I don’t post pictures of 30 containers of broccoli and tilapia to show how bad ass I am.

I used to.

I am 100% committed to show how flexible dieting does work for lifestyle and competitors.
I am committed to helping others understand that clean eating is not sustainable and we are our best and most successful when we can choose consistency over perfection.

Oh.. and  yes.. you  may know that I eat very nutrient dense foods in my last weeks because it’s hard to fit other things in.  Show prep is tough so my food is locked down but it’s still flexible and I still like it. I would never step on stage again if I had to eat chicken 6x a day. I would quit the first day.  Truth.
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I am 51 years old and I hold my own. I like the way I look. This may sound terrible, but if someone else doesn’t like my physique, I really don’t care. I work to be the best I can be with what I have to work with. I know I have work to do on my physique. My goals are to get better each year. This year, my goal was to bring a better package than last year and also to be more in tune with my health and micro nutrition.  Oh.. and  I didn’t look better on a clean eating/bro  diet. I didn’t.  (age 47/49 were bro prep)
I actually didn’t.

I am a better athlete not because I suffered with my food, but because I am  in tune with what my body needs.

If you want to know.. here’s how I look the way I do at 51.
Hard work in the gym.
Water.
No sun.
Skin care
IIFYM.

I look better with solid nutrition, inner peace, joy in my food, and freedom from food fears.
I look better without deprivation, starvation, blindly following old science with nothing to back it up.
I look better because I wake up each day with choices and goals.
I look better because I don’t beat my self up for eating cookies . I eat what I like.

I look better because I’m balanced.  I look better because I’m happy and I won’t be an example of anything less.

Here’s some hardware.
First place bikini masters, 2nd place Glamour and top 5 in the bikini open.  #IIFYM
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Peak week 2016

Hey.. weird.. I purchased pics from my show last year and never looked at them.
Found a couple on their website.  LOL.. can’t wait to see how I looked last year.

Last week we had our photo shoot and it was the bomb.com! So now it’s time to
dial it in.

I started peak week today!! everything is fine but that water load.  Oh man..
I peed at every fast food place, Ross Dress for Less and Starbucks.

Today was hair day with my glam squad, Melissa Lambert. I’m freshly colored and ready to go. I have my wardrobe fittings on Sunday and hopefully pick them up on Monday!

My workouts are slow as molasses and I’m tired as can be but I’m ready to finish this strong.

I wish you luck with your competition too!
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Halloween Mayhem 18 days out

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I feel like I blinked and September was over. I’m just 18 days from my show UFE Halloween Mayhem in Chicago.
I have been pushing so hard this year, but I feel really good.

I’m bringing a fantastic wardrobe including 3 bikinis, 56 inch feather wings and a kick ass
Halloween costume for the evening show. My bikini’s are originals and not purchased from the usual online bikini sellers.  Rebeltart.com has created my looks and we have pulled some ideas from Britney Spears, Prince and Victoria’s Secret Fashion shows with an edge.  These are all 100 percent unique!

This year I’m cutting pretty hard at the end. It’s been harder for me to get lean. I notice every year, it’s not the fastest process. I’m not discouraged. I’m really pushing hard at the end here.

I’m still using my IIFYM flexibility but I don’t have much food right now so pretty much anything other than protein and veggies is out the door. Just keeping it real.

I don’t have energy for my pole so that will have to wait until after the show.

This was a week ago at 3.5 weeks out. I can’t wait to see how lean I can get!
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Pink Muscle

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One of our awesome Sleek Bikini Team Athletes competed in Pink Muscle. She looked amazing! That show was really, really fun.  I was able to meet and totally fangirl Amanda Latona Kuclo.  Amanda was pretty much the reason I started competing. She’s the booty queen!  She was fantastic to talk with and really shared a lot.  She’s great for our industry!  I picked up some Booty Queen tights too. You should totally get these. 
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You can go to her site BootyQueenAppearal.com and get clothing line. I really like the fit of these and they stay put for leg day, ladies!!  I got the first pair of these tights, aside from the ones Amanda had on at the show!  Yeaaaa!

Photo shoot is this weekend with our coaches!  I’m super pumped!

I hope your competition training is going great!!
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UFE Halloween Mayhem Update: 9 weeks out

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When I look at my stage pics, I’m always feeling a little crummy about how my skin looks so muddy with that spray tan.  I feel like it never looks like ME on stage.  This year, I did not hire hair and makeup because I need to commit to creating my own look.

I went to You tube and watched the same videos everyone watched. I bought every product on those videos too.

One of our Sleek Bikini Team athletes hired a local artist for her show in June.
Racheal Gloyd
http://www.instagram.com/Rachael_makeup
www.EYESLIPSANDLASHES.COM

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Taylor’s makeup just looked fantastic on stage.
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I asked Rachael to teach me!!

She spent 4 hours with me to construct a look that will be perfect through all my costume changes.  She taught me how to hold the brushes and how to contour, MY face so my photography looks great.

I feel like a lot of girls have skills in makeup and while I’m a total cosmetic junkie, I never progressed at all in doing it well.   So it’s going to be a real challenge to commit to this aspect of competition.

My skin looks really pale here but we already have put a formula together to mix shades once I know how my spray tan comes out. This will allow me to get the right amount of color without being fully chocotaco tan on my face.

Rachael put a lot of emphasis on my eyes and we are using glitter and we will use fluffy lashes too.

So now, the ball is in my corner. I have 4 hours worth of instructional video ready to conquer this.

I wish you luck in your competition!!
t

15 weeks out updates

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pole is a part of my 2016 prep. Look at that awesome pole burn on my leg! lol

I just realized I haven’t posted for a while. I have a lot of my journey on Insta and I’m sure you are catching it there if you are following.

Prep for UFE Halloween Mayhem:

Food: My food is the best it has ever been. I love IIFYM. I’m sitting at about 2000 calories a day and I have been gritting my teeth not to do that reactionary move and increase cardio and drop food yet.  I have about 200 carbs a day now. I’m actually down about 10 pounds from the holiday bulk up.  Now, let me clarify.. the scale is a piece of crap because I fluctuate 3-5 pounds up or down every time I get on it. I have some carb ups and some lower carb days so that falls in line with the scale being a giant B. Oh and I don’t follow that psycho carb cycle of 30 carbs a day then 300 a day. I eat what I want and when I want.
So do my clients. 🙂

Speaking of…I have in my food plan, the same concepts my clients/competitors use. We hit our numbers +5/-5 grams everyday. I eat over 500g veggies daily and I get a gallon of water in. I eat when I want and I eat what I want.

The Mister and I are heading to Vegas for our 20 year anniversary and it’s also my 51 birthday. When we return, it will be about 12 weeks out and time to start my taper.

My goal was to do as much body recomp as I could on as high macros as I could.

Pole dancing + body building +strength gains
I started pole dancing in November last year at age 50. I wish I’d started so many years ago. It’s my favorite thing!  I have the chance to do pole 3-5 times a week. I’m a slow learner but I’m getting much stronger. My lats are growing because my sports bras are too tight to wiggle into!

I was able to almost do pull ups on my own this week. I had a tiny bit of assistance so focusing on my strength has been a really cool addition to my show training.

Flexibility fitness:
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With pole there is an ongoing goal of getting super bendy! How fun is that?
Here’s my progress since November 2015.

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This is my Dharma Wheel. I got it from  Amazon. It’s bright pink and it’s a beast. It will pop your back like nothing else. I have more flexibility in my hips but to make the shapes I want, I need to get super bendy in my back too.

Why for bikini prep?
Because I want to and I like it.  My goal this year is to do everything in my power to not cardio/low carb my glutes off. To eat well and with purpose and to train in a way that works but brings me joy.  I’m lifting heavy AF in my workouts 5-6 days a week and train on my pole 3-5 times a week as well. I have track/steps outdoors 1x a week and about 20 min of other cardio for my heart. I like my shape this year so much better.

Last year I did hundreds of burpees and tons of plyo.  That was totally fine! I just want to see how my body changes this year.  I actually believe having these  personal goals is making my prep more about changes and not the race to the finish line.  I certainly will learn something this go round!

Mayhem: I’m so excited to do UFE Halloween Mayhem this year.   All 4 of my costumes/suits for this show are solidified.  They are fun and unique and nothing like you  could ever order online. I will bring my very very best this year!
EAT LIFT SLAY  #prep2016

Check out UFE for your next show. I hope you will be a part of our family!

I wish YOU well with your prep!
t

 

Perspective and prep updates

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I mull around a lot of ish inside my head. I’m a type A, over achiever and over thinker.
So this meme is spot on.  I never really pushed out of my comfort zone in much of anything until the last few years.  My comfort zone is pretty intense but I think I always stopped short of really knowing what I’m fully capable of.

Competing is fascinating when I’m doing it, and helping others learn it. It’s not fascinating when  a coach handed me a menu and I learned nothing. I felt like I had more insight to what my body wanted, needed so a generic path is not for me. I feel like we are learning so much in our industry about being stronger, healthier and more in tune to our athletic selves that we can reach even higher.

I’m amazed at the athletes I coach and how they find their best selves through their nutrition and training.  Getting better is addicting for sure.

Strength: My goals with doing pole is to push myself differently. I think pole extremely hard but the hybrid of pole and my new workouts is really giving me some great gains.

Sleds/prowlers:

I have added these crazy prowlers to my workouts 3 x a week.  They are full body but I really feel my glutes, core, hammies.. well. everything. I’m using my lats to push to help me gain strength in my pole work.  I’m finding that I’m getting much stronger in my climbing. I like my muscle, I like being strong.  I climbed the pole many, many times in class. I was able to accomplish a new pole sit. This is a break through move which means I’m moving into more inverted moves. I was not able to lift myself up a short time ago.

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First time in this pole sit, Shrimp on the barbie.. Looking forward to the lay back.
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 20 weeks out. I feel strong.

Revelation: I spend a lot of my time being pissy because I can’t do this, I can’t lift this. I can’t, I can’t.. I want it all. I want it all now.
My pole instructor schooled me hard.
This rings true with my  bodybuilding/business journey too. I will share her wise words giving her full credit. Thanks Michelle.

She  told me, “You will never be where you want to be. There will always be something you are working for. There is no end to your journey so you are better off to enjoy each part of this trip you are on.”

I need more of this in my life.That’s for sure!!

I wish you luck with your show!!
t