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    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 don’t want to step on stage looking the same as last year”“If I back out now, I only lose the…

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    Mariah’s Suit Creations

    For anyone who has competed before, you know how expensive the sport of bodybuilding can be…especially the suits. Last fall, when I finally made the decision to compete in a physique show, I also made a quite confident decision that I would make my own suit…having little to no experience when it came to sewing. But I got a sewing machine, ordered fabric, found some patterns and tutorials to use for the suits and got started. I quickly discovered that sewing isn’t as easy as I thought it was, it’s quite time consuming and required A LOT of patience (which I did not have at the time). So I opted…

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    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 and to stretch/foam roll before crawling into bed each night, just to keep myself from suffering more. 🙃 This weeks…

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    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 ski program becomes pretty busy with coaching and traveling throughout the winter months.  This past weekend was the 1st weekend…

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    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 Pine again this year, I had a great experience with it last year being my 2nd show ever. April 13,…

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    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 every few weeks. I’m tuning into my body, my moods, and how things are day to day, and adjusting as…

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    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 allowed myself quite a bit of freedom through Christmas and New Years and even a couple weeks following….but I learned…

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    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 My excuse 2 years ago: I was an incredibly busy college student, working 20+ hours a week on top of…

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    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 is humbling and scary at the same time. The things that I do know are… I have the best support…

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    Did You Meal Prep?

    Happy Monday! Sunday’s are my big day of meal prepping for the week. Sometimes its a quick prep and other days it takes almost the entire day depending on what I am making. This week I decided to stay simple. Wednesday, I will be hopping on a bus to NYC for Lindsey Stirling’s Wanderland tour (this will be my 5th time seeing her, and 2nd winter tour…not in love with her or her music at all😂). The trip is 6 hours from New Hampshire to NYC 🙄 — therefore I am bringing plenty of food. And I’ll be heading back Thursday mid-day = packing 2 days worth of food. My…