• 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…

  • 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…

  • 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,…

  • 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…

  • OCB Pine Tree

    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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…