Moving from IIFYM into Intuitive Dieting part 1:

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Progressions through my journey. I’m getting better every year.

It’s been a while since I posted an update on my training/dieting.   I finished my show season in June and have reversed dieted back up to over 2000 calories a day.  I will not have another bikini competition until I take the stage at UFE Worlds in Toronto, November 2018.

I am however.. training for my first pole competition here in St. Louis, December 2017.

So let me back track a bit.  I want to show you a progression of my flexible dieting journey. Part two will explain my current use of IIFYM for my competition.

Binge/Restrict 2012
I spent the bulk of my life in a binge restrict pattern.  I was knee deep in the Tosca Reno EAT CLEAN movement but  never measured servings. I refused to eat sugar because it was the devil (according to the Skinny Bitches movement). I was deep in orthorexia but still binged until I made myself sick.   Cookies, cakes, whole pies, then returned to a restricted plan with full intentions of redeeming myself. I know   I choose to compete in a competition partially because I knew I could lock myself down to get rid of these binges. This is the first time I admitted that.

When I began my competition journey in  late 2012, I was basically starving myself.  Nutrition was tough for me because of my patterns of binging. ;(
This is how I looked on my first day of bikini competition training.   Yes.. I was lifting, doing massive cardio but not getting enough nutrition to fuel the work I was doing.  My coach told me “you are starving”. I agree.

 

 

 


Bro plan: Restrict. 2013/2014
I started immediately on low carb bro plan but.. I also started eating more protein and I began to look better. My nutrition was improving too because I was consistently eating 12 cups of spinach each day. My vitamins were on point and I was fueling my workouts.
I was focused and did well until I binged out. I had terrible derails that lasted for days.
My coach told me 8 weeks out from my first show, that one more derail would keep me off stage. Well. I handled that just fine. Placed 2nd and ate an entire pound of birthday cake fudge in the car on the way to the restaurant.

I had no reverse diets either. It was a hot mess.  I did Bro hard core off and on.
I got very sick from the lack of nutrition my coaches gave me. I resorted back to my binges in the off season and then I would grab my old show diets and use those. It makes me so sad to say that. I never fixed one thing. I only proved to myself that I had an iron will until I fell apart and that was NOT going to be ok for me any longer.

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Jan 2013 and June 2014.  I began IIFYM post show Nanbf  in July 2014.

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.  I asked my coach during 2014 prep for swaps and was told I wouldn’t look right on stage if I swapped out my protein or carbs.  I don’t believe that is true.  I was going to make this happen and end this nightmare of binge/restrict.  I fired her and  began this part of my journey.

I want to say to you, if you are still with me.. all of the things I experienced above made me a better athlete and a better coach.  I’m not mad about this journey. I’m here to learn and grow.  I’m leaving behind those old ideas and people who won’t use science!!

IIFYM: The First year with IIFYM was interesting. I set a goal to learn to find out what triggered me and my binges. I found out!!! Then I fixed it. Sometimes it was baby steps but it was information.  I still believed in ‘clean’ food but I added in small sugar treats until I started to get mad when my veggies got in the way of my snacks. 😦  Read more about that here
I worked very hard my first year to decrease binges by eating foods that made me happy.
I still believed some food was “bad”. I made huge strides in my physique and my happiness. I would go 6 months without a binge.  This was great.  Here’s how that looked.  I had almost 18 months between shows and I prepped myself for UFE Halloween Mayhem 2015.  I did not binge in prep. I did however have 2 months post show that I lost my way. I’m just being honest.  I pulled it together and set new goals for 2016.
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IIFYM Flexible Prep: 2016
For my second full year of IIFYM I wanted to take my nutrition to the next level. I had done so well curtailing my binges and I was very confident in my ability to master flexible dieting.  I paid mind to eating food that made my body run great, I focused on my fruits and veggies and variety.  I began to let go of the “bad ” food concept and allowed myself to eat foods that were previously off limits.  Amazingly, I didn’t get fat, I didn’t lose my way. I began to understand that I could fuse lots of great food into my plan as long as I was eating my daily nutrition requirements!!  YESSS.

That journey was seriously incredible. I focused in on micro nutrition as well as my macros. I began to understand more about my body than I had ever dreamed. I wanted to know!!  Yes… old habits die hard. I still found myself wanting to have treats (albeit “clean”) to help me stay out of that binge territory. I know what works for me!!  I made it work. I want to show you this picture because this was all about fueling for my build from just doing a basic cookie cutter bro plan. Yes.. time had passed but let’s be honest.. I started this at 47 so three years isn’t’ that long.

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Eat lift slay for a booty. I ate more carbs than ever!

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Halloween Mayhem October 2016 I became a UFE Elite Athlete. I loved my package and I loved my prep. It was an amazing learning experience.  I ate so many amazing foods in my prep and came in with my favorite package!!

2017
I competed right away again in June of 2017 and I loved my package but this prep was harder on my body and I had to dig deeper to get lean enough.  I basically did 42 weeks of prep in 1 year.  I would never do that again!! That’s not what my body wants at all.
It was still a great prep and I ate beautifully as I got ready for stage.
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After Fury in June 2017 my next step was to reverse diet and then begin my training for the Pole Sport Organization Gateway competition in December.

Intuitive dieting: What is it?
The goal of our team with clients is to teach them the progression of flexible dieting so they can learn to be truly flexible.  That means they can begin to use their knowledge to eat for their goals without being tied to a scale and tracker. This comes with time and practice.

To be effective a client  would understand and manage your macros in their head.  I know I have to reach 150-180g P each day. I need 25g min of fiber and 500g veggies min. I know my minimum fat intake should be about 40g so I just eat and add this in my head. I’m using visuals and my scale as well as nutritional information on lables.

When would a person use this?  I started using intuitive dieting loosely post show 2017.  It was magical. I was spot on because, trust me.. I’ve seen 5 ounces of chicken breast more than I’d like to admit.  I often use it when I”m traveling or eating out. Most restaurants have nutrition on their websites.  It’s handy!

Who should use this?  Only people who have a clear understanding of their body, macros and feel committed to hitting all their micros/macros!!

Do you do it daily?  Maybe..  I might do it on a day then use my tracker.  I started gingerly and progressed.  I’m very tied to MYNETDIARY tracker.  It’s a safety blanket for me. However.. being able to start this process is a huge step for me.

Here I go!!  Part two is here.

IIFYM, Dwayne The Rock Johnson and Pancakes

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Congratulations to Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson for being chosen as People Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive.

Note: This is also win for the ladies who like a little beefcake, that’s for sure. 🙂

The Rock is a fitness icon!  He is an athlete and  clearly he lifts!
Not only is he a super positive force in his career, he knows how to eat for his physique goals.

One thing we can all be sure of he has his food correct !!

Plus, he likes pancakes.

Pancakes!
After he finished filming “Hercules” The Rock held an epic cheat day! On this day he whipped up his famous pancakes and ate 12 of them!
I love this picture because in our world of IIFYM, we call this a ‘carb up’ or refeed.

When a person has dieted for a while, a few things happen.  
1. The person gets weary of the diet. Even on IIFYM the fact that we are on a hard cut means we are eating less.
2. Our bodies can become adapted to the lower calories/macros.

A simple carb up or re-feed or in this case.. cheat day will help in both those scenarios.
So while “The Rock” called this an epic cheat day, he still utilized the concepts of body building and IIFYM.  He is eating with purpose!

YOU CAN LEARN EVEN MORE ABOUT RE-FEEDS HERE

In our program, carb ups or re-feeds are given to clients with specific instructions. It’s not a random cheat day or binge day, just so you know.

The Rock is a huge dude so 12 pancakes fits his macros. Most of us, ladies.. not so much. That’s why we tailor our carb ups for our clients so they have the best results.

If It Fits Your Macros is amazing because it’s all about the YOU.  You can carb up on things YOU like. I like Fro-yo and Cinnamon Toast Crunch!  Our clients have a lot of fun when it comes to their re-feed!

If you would like to know more about IIFYM and learn the secrets of success, please check us out on LEARNIIFYM.COM  We will teach you online!!  We will work with you to help you reach your physique goals!
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Grow Booty: The secret to getting glutes

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Do you want to get a lifted, round, peachy booty that salutes?  Are you working hard in the gym but you seem stuck? Do you feel like your results are NOT coming fast enough?
It’s important to know is that building glutes takes time and you must eat to get gains.
The process is not a  Pinterest 30 day squat challenge. It’s not a 6 week make over. It’s a long process with a lot of hard work. This is my growth from nearly 3 years.  Picture 1 is from my show in 2013. Picture two was 34 months later.  I am 100 percent happy.  I am a 50 year old woman who has put on muscle. I have worked hard for these gains. I ate a lot of good food and quite a bit of Captain Crunch Donut Cereal.  And if you didn’t know.. we are IIFYM so we eat what we want to grow that booty.
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Instagram Lies
Do you need to ground yourself from Instagram? Are you feeling low because you don’t look like the Insta famous and their  dumb Shredz asses?  Do you feel like your changes should come over night?  Of course you do feel that way. I do too!  We have to stop and remember that we are natural body builders!  We have to eat the right amounts of macros for bulking/growing. Companies like Shredz are making lots of  money off photoshopped images. You must understand that glute implants, photoshop and other trickery are going to be used in marketing  because everyone is looking for a quick fix. Don’t fall for this!

Cutting grows nothing!
One thing to remember is:  You are NOT building muscle in a deficit. I compete every year which means I am cutting (active fat loss)   and losing some muscle for roughly 20 weeks of each year. If I were to build for a solid year, I might have gotten here sooner.  If you live in a deficit of calories so you can ‘stay shredded’ chances are you  aren’t really shredded plus you probably  haven’t been in the caloric surplus you need to build muscle.  EAT!

Training 
Since January 2016, I have put the hurt on my glutes and trained in a new fashion. I am moving out of the bikini category into Fitness Model in my federation UFE.  UFEshows.com.  I want more of the Oxygen Magazine look anyway.  I used bulking macros for myself and many of my clients at the end of 2015 as we prepared for this spring season of cutting.

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Jax started on my team  late  in 2014 in a size xxs in VSPINK. She grew that booty and placed in the top 10 out of 55 girls in NPC . She took another year, ate and lifted and is about to rock NANBF. Look at those booty gains. Jax was eating over 400 carbs a day this winter.  Pasta is her favorite.  Jax is a busy mom of 2 little girls and works 40+ hours a week! She knew what she had to do and she did it!  She built what she wanted!

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Oh, hey.. there was no waist training, detox tea, magic supplements, magic wraps, gels,  lotions.No Kardashians were involved here. This was just science. Bad ass science, lifting heavy shit and great food.   If you were looking for the secrets.. this was it.

More….
Meet Ashley

Lovely and so sweet, Ash joined my team in late 2015. These are  her  booty changes in just a few months.  She just took 2nd place in her  first NPC show.
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Her judges comments said she was spot on in her conditioning and physique!  The last picture is just 10 days before her show. Ash was willing to eat to grow even when it was hard! She lifted like a rockstar and when we cut her down.. bliss!
Her food favorite was Oreos!

Rowan
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Rowan is an amazing athlete.She is truly gorgeous inside and out! She started with me in July of 2015 and the March 29 picture is just a few days before she hit the stage with OCB.  She was willing to eat and grow!   She loves pancakes!  Oh.. how did she do??

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Three wins for Rowan!  Oh boy, did she eat a lot of food in those months before we cut hard. No bro food.. She ate what she wanted. She put the work in and it paid off. She is now taking a full year to build for her next  NPC show in 2017. This athlete is on a mission.

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Our Sleek Bikini Team mate Ashley put the work in. She ate food. No starving here.
This booty transformation was awesome!!  She nailed her  macros.

You can do it
If you have a goal to build your glutes.. dig in and commit to the time and macros it takes to do it. You have to be patient.  You must stop comparing your results to  others. You must be willing to eat in a surplus to get gains and you might feel fluffy!  So what. Get some stretchy pants and rock them!  We get it. We are here to support you! Three cheers for strechy pants!

My blog has so many of my glute moves here but if you need help… I can help you!
If you are a competitor looking for a team home, check out SleekBikiniTeam!  We might be a good fit.
I wish you success in your competition!
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Mastering the IIFYM Flex Bowl

This flex bowl fits someone's macros.
This flex bowl fits SOMEONE’S  macros.

If you are a Flex girl you have heard the term Flex Bowl but may not know what it is .

With Flex dieting (#IIFYM) you may have dangling macros at the end of your day.
Flex bowls are creations that you can use to use up your leftover macros.

One of my clients told me that she had leftover macros that she needed to hit but didn’t know
what to eat so she just went to bed.  You  have to finish your macros but sometimes you may be
out of fats or have lots of carbs/fats left.  A flex bowl will save you because you can simply add
what you want to it and finish the day strong.

If you have leftover macros.. do not ask Facebook what to eat?
“I have 3 carbs, 20g fat and 16g protein left, and GO”. UGH
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Salvation!
Flex Bowls are sometimes called “Pro-bowls”  because the base is usually protein.
I tend to enjoy sweet things so my flex bowls will begin with Fage Zero Greek Yogurt.

This is a good day! High carb days is awesome.
This is a good day! High carb days is awesome.

Here’s an example:
Macros I have left for the day:   20g P, 40 C  10 F

Base is 6 oz of Fage Zero fat greek yogurt   18P, 7C  0F

Remaining macros are 2gP, 13gC  10F
What I put into that is up to me.
1 cup of strawberry halves is 12 C
4 table spoons of real whip cream is 10g F.
Remaining macros are 1gC  2gP

I am ending my day within my +5/-5 goal.

You could also do
6 oz Fage Zero Fat Greek Yogurt 18gP, 7gC , 0gF.
Remaining macros are 2gP, 13gC  10F
1/2 cup Captain Crunch cereal  1gP, 13gC, 1gF
3 table spoons of real whip cream 7.5gF
Hit that almost perfectly.

Try again.

Base is 6 oz of Fage Zero fat greek yogurt   18P, 7C  0F
Remaining macros are 2gP, 13gC  10F
1 cup unsweetened almond milk  1gP, 1gC, 2.5gF
12g carbs remain as well as 7.5g fat.
Mix in 1/2 cup of frozen berries with 2.5 teaspoons of natural peanut butter.
Blend it up and eat it like ice cream.
Hit it almost to the exact number!

Last one:
Base is 4 oz of Fage Zero fat greek yogurt   13P, 4.5C  0F
Remaining macros are 7gP, 15.5gC  10F

1 .5 Reese peanut butter cups 3gP, 14gC, 7gF
Still finished within my +5/-5 for the day.

DO I HAVE TO EAT SUGAR IN MY FLEX BOWL?
You do not. You may eat what you like. You must think like your flex bowl is a puzzle
and you should fill it with things you like. If you use sweet items that’s ok too as long as you hit your fiber each day.
Carbs are carbs so pick what you like.

What about Savory foods?  Can I start the day with a Flex Bowl?
Absolutely!  One of my amazing coaches also owns a restaurant here in St. Louis. She
loves more savory fare and creates morning flex bowls that begin with  eggs or egg whites. She then adds Fat Free cheese, refried beans, salsa or pico  and even guacamole.   If your base is protein, you are simply going to fill in the macros  with what you like in the amounts that fit. The flavor is up to you.

Other options might be a base of tuna or canned chicken.  Making a sweet batch  of chicken salad with FF mayo or even real, if it fits.  This is about YOU. Many Flexgirls use Protein powder with greek to amp the protein amounts if you
are having trouble reaching those numbers.

What if I just freaking want a flex bowl?
Add the exact ingredients you want to your tracker early in the day and make sure you eat around it.
Hit your macros and fiber! BOOM.  Who says you have to have turkey and rice for dinner?
My off season girls.. seriously.. Yum.

For more ideas, search Pinterest for #Flex Bowls
My board is here!
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