• Competition Prep: 19 Weeks Out

    Thanksgiving has come and gone, which means prep begins on Monday (which is tomorrow!). I hope you all enjoyed your Thanksgiving festivities. I made my way out to Lake Placid, NY to spend the holiday with my parents and brother, and his wife, daughter, and his in-laws. There was so much food…we probably could have called it a day with the number of appetizers we had. My sister-in-law asked us all to bring about 2 things to Thanksgiving, so I chose an appetizer and dessert. The appetizer I made was…

  • Surviving the Holidays

    With Thanksgiving just around the corner, it marks the start of the holiday party season. For many it’s that time to break out the baggy sweaters and stretchy pants, trying a piece of everything at holiday parties and family gatherings and drinking those sugary holiday coffees, mixed drinks and more…If you want to avoid the baggy sweaters and stretchy pants this year, check out the tips below! How to Survive the Holidays: Exercise – workout that morning! Whether you can jump over to the gym, squeeze in an at-home workout,…

  • Mini Bulk + Future Plans

    Mini Bulk I have about 6 weeks. 6 weeks to focus on areas that need work and to build off of what I achieved and learned in the 10-week challenge. In the next 6 weeks, not a whole lot of time, but some damage can definitely be done. My plan is to build but not add to much fluff back to my frame…so sadly have to say no to Ben & Jerry’s and the donuts.๐Ÿ˜ขย I really want to target my delts and mid trap. As well as legs…my hamstrings are…

  • Reverse Diet

    Reverse Diet What is it? – Reverse dieting is the period after a calorie restricted phase where you slowly build/increase your caloric intake back to maintenance or above maintenance calories. What’s the purpose of a reverse diet? – When you’re in a calorie deficit for a certain amount of time, your body becomes accustomed to the amount of fuel that it’s taking in. If you start adding too much, too quickly, there will be overflow. Your body won’t know what to do with the large influx of carbs and fats…

  • Rebound Weekend

    It has been 2 weeks since the end of the 10 Week Challenge. And I did not stick to my plan… I had a reverse diet plan written up ready to go for the Monday following the end of the challenge. And I will say, I did stick to that 1st weeks meal plan pretty well. But I did have wine like every night, had Ben & Jerry’s, binged on Ritz crackers, and a few other things. Monday through Thursday, I did decently well, sticking to the plan throughout the…