• Heading into Comp #2

    9 days until the OCB Pine Tree State Championships!!  So many things running through my mind right now…constantly trying to  make a check list, but when I think of something I need to do, 2 seconds later I already forget what it was. Welcome to Prep Life. Since the Thaw didn’t go as I would have liked (check out my post on The Thaw), I’m approaching this peak week a bit different than last. I did a carb deplete (kind of), I sat around 60g of carbs for 5 days…

  • Prep: Current Thoughts

    Today, there are 16 days until the OCB Pine Tree State Champs…am I ready? At this moment, scrolling through my progress photos, I don’t feel ready. And after this past weekend not going quite as I had hoped, I’ve been battling with the thought of pulling out of the Pine. I had the same thoughts last year… “Do I really want to keep pushing on with this diet for another 3 weeks?” “Why am I doing this to my body…?” “I’m not coming in as lean as I want to…I…

  • Peak Week #1

    It’s Monday…and it’s PEAK WEEK! I’m keeping my head down and charging into this peak week. Right now, all I can say is that I am far more excited and feeling so much better heading into peak week than I did last year. Mentality is far better, physique is better (in my opinion — see comparisons below). This morning I did my last leg day until show day. My legs have been quite tired from training and cardio. I’ve been trying to make a point to stretch after every workout…

  • Trip to Lake Placid, NY

    I don’t really like traveling while on a calorie restriction and deep into my competition prep…but I’ll make an exception for my family.😉 Since my niece was born in August, I have been trying to make trips to Lake Placid, NY to see my family at least once a month. After the holidays it become a bit tough due to prep, work, and my brothers work/travel schedule. My brother and his wife work for a ski education program in Lake Placid, my brother being the head coach for the Nordic…

  • Prep 2019: 7 Weeks Out

    You Can. You Will. You can, you will, the mantra that I keep repeating every single day, and it is getting me through.  As of yesterday, I am 7 weeks out from my 1st show of the season! I am feeling pretty good. I have been making some changes over the last week and starting to see the adjustments that I want to see, still have a ways to go though. I am registered for the OCB Pine Tree State (yay!). I am extremely excited to be competing in the…

  • Prep 2019: 10 Weeks Out…and 2 Days

    WORK. TRAIN. EAT. SLEEP. REPEAT. 72 days seems pretty far away, but April 13th and 27th are just around the corner. The last 3 weeks, I’ve just been chugging along. I think this season so far is progressing much better than last. My understanding and control over my food and eating habits has greatly improved compared to last year. Strangely, I’m a lot more relaxed my planning, I’m not obsessing over the meal plans, and am being much more logical about how I navigate through my macronutrient and training changes…

  • Prep 2019: 13 Weeks out

    It’s been a bit since I last updated on where I’m at with my current contest prep situation. I’m 88 days out or 12 weeks and 4 days from my 1st show — the OCB Pine Tree State in Westbrook, ME…but who’s counting? I started prep the Sunday following Thanksgiving, the decision to start at about 20 weeks out was made so I could mentally get myself in the game as well as have some buffer room around the Christmas/New Years time. Last year, I did not do that and…

  • Keep It Simple

    Every Sunday, I cook. Why? Because it makes life just a bit simpler and at least 1 part of my week will be a success. 2 years ago, meal prep was not even on my radar, at least not to the point it is today. 2 years ago, I made every excuse not to meal prep, some being the following: It’s too expensive It’s time consuming The food will be wasted I don’t have time I don’t know what to make I can’t eat the same thing every single day…

  • W.H.O.O.P.I.E

    What is WHOOPIE? The acronym was developed by Gabriele Oettingen, author of Rethinking Positive Thinking, and built upon by Ben Bergeron, the author of Chasing Excellence as well as a host of the Chasing Excellence podcast. People are good at stating a goal, but when it comes to planning and executing, most are at a loss of how to outline the steps to achieve their goal. The acronym provides a template for setting and reaching your goals. The breakdown: Wish – What’s your grand vision/goal? Hope – What excites you? …

  • Goodbye 2018. Hello 2019!

    Yesterday, I left my parents house in Western Mass to head back to New Hampshire, which gave me a good 4 hours to reflect on this past year. Throughout this month, I have been doing a lot of reflection on 2018 because of the journals that I talked about in a previous post (see here), and because the year is coming to a close in just 5 days. In my drive back it led me to what I know and what I do not know going into 2019. This knowledge…