• Health + Fitness,  Uncategorized

    New Month. New Goals.

    December is here! Where has this year gone?! I can’t believe that there’s only a month left of 2019. So much has happened throughout this year and I’m excited to have a strong finish to 2019. Seeing that it’s a new month, I want to put my December goals out there. I’ve always had a habit of writing goals, but recently I have been putting a bit more focus into them and defining those goals more. Doing so has allowed me to target where I want to be and what steps I need to take in order to get there. By writing them out and writing them on multiple things,…

  • Food,  Health + Fitness,  Uncategorized

    Flexibility through the Holidays

    I can’t believe Thanksgiving is 2 days away! This year has absolutely flown by. Seeing that it’s my 1st holiday season where I won’t be on prep, I’ve been thinking about how I want to approach the next 4 weeks of being repeatedly punched in the face by the amazing food that comes with Thanksgiving, holiday parties, and Christmas. Depending on the day, I have very limited to absolutely ZERO self control around food. Being in the off season and with no competition in sight until late 2020, one of my goals is to build but maintain…ideally build muscle and maintain a consistent level of body fat. Considering that my…

  • Health + Fitness,  Uncategorized

    Do It For Yourself

    Think about this for a minute… Are you: a) Doing What You Want To Do The things that spark your motivation and happiness. The things that point you on the path towards your goals. OR b) Doing What Others Are Expecting of You? If you answered YES to a, then you are on the right track! If you answered YES to b, then it may be time to do a little reflecting on what you want and if you what you are currently doing is serving you properly. I believe we’re brought up with it ingrained in our minds that we need to serve others, to do what society demands, to…

  • Uncategorized

    Life Updates

    🍁FALL IS HERE!🎃 It’s been a bit since I’ve posted anything…oops What’s new… Mini Health Scare Training + Diet Changes Upcoming Travel Plans #1 Question Mini Health Scare So my kidneys were in hyper drive and I didn’t know it. Or at least that’s what my blood test results said. At 23, that is apparently very alarming to a doctor…so met with my primary care physician to discuss why my creatinine (compound produced by metabolism of creatine) and BUN (amount of urea nitrogen found in the blood) levels were elevated, and both can point to kidney disease. My dr. and I both looked at each other like ‘what? how?’ considering…

  • Guilt Series,  Uncategorized

    The Guilt Series: Off Days

    What is Guilt? Guilt (noun): feelings of deserving blame especially for imagined offenses or from a sense of inadequacy. Lately guilt has been cramping my style. It’s been stomping on my training schedule, specifically rest days. It charges in every time I try to take a rest day, which leads to me not taking time off…even when it’s absolutely needed. The crazy person that I am (just a tad bit obsessive/controlling with some things…like my training), I created a calendar in Excel. The purpose of this was to help me stay organized and on track during prep for my competitions in April. It has my lifting splits, my “off days”, and the amount/type of cardio…

  • Food,  Health + Fitness,  Uncategorized

    My Experience with Intermittent Fasting

    The last month has been a bit busy – being filled with quick weekend trips to Western Mass and Lake Placid, NY for my brother’s wedding, apartment searching, and juggling my clients’ changing summer schedules. During the month of June, I decided to try something new. And as the title gives it away above, I tried intermittent fasting… What is Intermittent Fasting? It is time-restricted eating, as the name implies, you fast or abstain from all food for a number of hours each day. There are a few different set ups for fasting, the most common being a 16:8 — 16 hour fast with an 8 hour eating window. Some…

  • Food,  Health + Fitness,  Uncategorized

    I tried a meal prep service…

    This has been something that I’ve been wanting to test out for a while now. Being someone who meal preps on a weekly basis and who encourages her clients to do so as well, I wanted to see what the hype was about pre-made meal services was. All of the “great” athletes on Instagram have a sponsorship through one of the many services and rave about how great they are. I looked into a number of different companies, large and small. A few of them being MegaFit Meals, ICON Meals, FlexPro Meals, Small Potatoes Company (local), and a few others. The one I decided on was Freshly. When deciding which…

  • Competition Prep,  Food,  Health + Fitness,  Uncategorized

    2 Weeks Post Show

    I have to be honest…the week that followed my show did not go as I had planned/hoped. I had every intention of sticking to my diet, had meals ready to go to keep me on track and filled my schedule, but still it just didn’t happen. Sunday through the following Monday, I ate everything and anything. In a long stream of tortilla chips, Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, oreos, and I don’t even know what else, Monday night, what I had thought to be my last binge day, I had half a jar of Teddy’s PB and half a bag of chocolate chips. Why? Because I f*cking wanted to. Was…

  • Competition Prep,  Health + Fitness,  Uncategorized

    2019 OCB Pine Tree State

    The 2019 OCB Pine Tree State Championships have come and gone.  As I’m sitting here writing this, I’m not quite sure where I want to begin as I am still processing the day. As anyone who has competed before knows, the day is extremely long… You barely sleep the night before partially because of excitement, but really the lack of sleep is mostly in fear of messing up your spray tan. By 6am, you’re up and moving, eat your first meal, pack your stuff, head to the venue, wait for competitors meeting, get tan touch ups, eat your next meal, wait around until the expediters call for your division. When…

  • Competition Prep,  Health + Fitness,  Uncategorized

    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 and did a carb load on Thursday…in retrospect, I should not have done that. I was most definitely not lean…