• Why I Stopped Fasting

    Intermittent fasting had been a part of my daily routine for about 7 months through 2019 following my last competition prep. After 7 months of IF from May to December, I decided it was time to transition out of this eating style. Why Did I Do Intermittent Fasting?                I chose to give intermittent fasting a try back in May when I was struggling a bit with food. I had just finished my 2nd competitive season and didn’t exactly have the best relationship with food, nor did I really have…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…