Monday, September 29, 2014

All about that Bass.

Hey there everybody!

I have to tell ya...I kinda felt like this up until I got to Facetime with my hubby earlier today. 




Monday was hitting me pretty hard after my drive in this morning. And normally, you know I am usually one to kick Monday in the rear and start the week off right. I won't bore you with the old "my drive sucks" speech anymore. It does, but there isn't much I can do about it right now I suppose. No use in giving myself a pity party because of this deployment either. So with that, we move on to what I really want to talk about...As we exhale out all the bad, we inhale good and move on. Right? 

RIGHT!



I am sure all of you have heard this song...All About That Bass



And it has caused a bit of stir among some bloggers and people I follow on Facebook and Instagram, just to name a few folks. But even more so, like a whole lot more people, including myself...I think this song is awesome!

Now, don't get me wrong. I see it from both sides, as far as how it could be offensive (I say that with no sarcasm I promise!). But I think those people are missing the 'big picture' by getting offended. Just hear me out...And I can certainly speak from experience when I tell you I have always been all treble and no bass or maybe just none of either, since I can remember. So to all those "skinny bisches" like she says, yep! I have always been one in "that group" and was proud of it as long as I can remember.


Reference example 1. Haha, I couldn't help using the picture with my friend Brian in the background creepin! Hi Brian! But you see...I've always been skinny. No bass for sure and no semblance of anything that might be mistaken for "curves" until high school maybe, and then before my journey when I had gained all of the body fat; but even then...no "real curves" on my person. I was never blessed with that. And not to go onto a soap box here, but the usual "oh but you're skinny you don't have to worry about..." don't even get me started. And no it is not cool to tell someone to "eat a cheeseburger." I never needed to with the appetite I had have! I don't care if you're skinny, big, square, or a circle; each person will have a separate struggle and different insecurities even  with what appears to be a "perfect" set of circumstances, so let's go ahead and squash that one right now. 

And yep, I was the nerd with glasses! #embracethenerd would be a great hashtag for that one! 

We all stumble ;)

And even when I am "taking up a lot of space," I'm really not that big even then. This picture from a few Christmases ago always cracks me up. I was really trying to fall down the staircase to my immediate right haha! And now that I think about it, it brings me a whole different meaning to this almost fall. The good news is those jeans I'm wearing in this picture went out with the last sack I sold to Rockstar and Rodgers! Hold that thought though. 

So when I first heard this song I thought it was amazing! One reason is for some time now, I have been working on building my 'bass' pretty dang hard. Without going into the aesthetics vs. fitness debate, one of my goals is to build that area and make it stronger from my obvious history of what I thought was not a lot of leg muscle. Simple as that. 

You might can tell from at least some of my workouts posts here, or if you follow me on instagram or facebook; you see I am a huge advocate of two leg days a week, and some really heavy glute focused exercises too! Sometimes one could do more, and even I have been guilty of doing squats and other leg-combo movements on say maybe shoulder day...

But besides all that bass, (you see what I did there) my main reason for loving this song so much and what I think the take away point from this song is the fact that she is empowering women. Yes, a lighthearted joke or two that could be taken offensively are thrown in there like the line, Go ahead and tell them skinny bitches that. No I'm just playingThis kind of thing is what people get distracted by though. Instead of hearing, 

I know you think you're fat  
But I'm here to tell ya 

Every inch of you is perfect from the bottom to the top
This is the real message she is trying to relay, in my humble opinion. And often times we lose sight of that even if we are the "offended group." I mean hell, even people still call me skinny. I just kindly correct them and say "was skinny, now I am strong." Sometimes and more before than now, I did get offended but I can't blame them for not knowing my life goals or journey at that point in time. It doesn't matter where you are in your journey, maybe you haven't even started yet; no matter what you look like, let's all agree on one thing: 

You ARE perfect no matter what. 


See, now what's offensive about that? Like I said before, and especially after reading a bit more about Trainor, all she is trying to do is empower women. We all should be doing more of that. Let the media do their job with comparisons and the judging or stereotypes; but don't let them sway you from what you know deep down and maybe what your mom taught you (like mine taught me)...and that is to always treat others with kindness and to be an encourager. People do a good enough job on their own of tearing themselves and others down. 



And after looking into it further, I think not taking the song literally in ways it wasn't supposed to be taken is the best thing we can do for ourselves and for others. It causes less drama because we do not interrupt our inner peace with conflict (thank you to +Taylor Simpson for always reinforcing that point!) and further, we don't disturb others with conflict either. I have been taking this approach to heart for a while now and it does make one a much happier, more grounded person. I think you might agree too once I tell you what I found. I was never doubting the 'assumed' purpose behind this song, and now I certainly won't. An article written by The Boston Globe and then one in billboard cite a simple quote from Trainor that explains it all:

“I don’t consider myself a feminist, but I’m down for my first opportunity to say something to the world to be so meaningful. If you asked me, ‘What do you want to say?’ it would be, ‘Love yourself more.’ ”

So that is my motivation. To always encourage women no matter what size or shape you are. And if you want to build more of all that bass or whatever you are trying to be better at, then more power to you! 


I see the magazine workin' that Photoshop
We know that shit ain't real
C'mon now, make it stop
If you got beauty building, just raise 'em up
'Cause every inch of you is perfect
From the bottom to the top




One thing is for sure, no matter what goals you have, or what part of your better self you are trying to build, I will ALWAYS stand behind you and cheer you on!

So, you've heard my take on this, what do you think? I would love to chat with you about it below!


Have a great Monday!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

The NO Flat Butt Work-out!

Happy day before Friday!!!


It is kind-of sad that I look forward to the weekends as much as I do...maybe one day I won't have a two hour drive time to and from work every day. Then I won't be so eager to spend all weekend without having to drive so far! lol. Ya feel me?

I hate to always complain to you guys; does anyone else have a commute to work like that? It sure does make life rough. But for now, life goes on I suppose!

Anyways!



I really wanted to get this workout up last night for the #wowlinkup with all my gals, and actually was intending to...then I cooked and ate dinner (mind you it was around 930 when I sat down to eat), which is a normal night believe it or not...and I wonder why I can't get up on time...I digress haha! But after I got to eating, that's when the tired hit me!


Kind-of like that!

And there was no turning back. So I decided to get my stuff done and get my tail in bed!


So I am bringing you the late Workout Wednesday because it was so good, my legs were already tightening up during my workout! Now that's a good leg day!



Did I mention...


But we are trying to build that booty so it's ok

I mean who wouldn't want a booty like the amazing 2nd time Bikini Olympia Champion Ashley Kaltwasser?! 

Yes Please!

Building those strong shapely legs and booty will definitely take doing heavy leg exercises like squats and lunges, etc. more than one day a week. And when performing those, really focus on squeezing those glutes whenever you can during exercise will be two keys to building those beautiful round gluties! Your quads do have a tendency to "take over" when doing heavy leg exercises, so always focus on driving with the heels and squeezing the buns at the top of the movement to really get the burn in all parts of your legs!

Don't be afraid to lift heavy ladies! I used to be one with "all the treble and no bass" so I know how it is to be super skinny; don't doubt yourself because you CAN build those curves you want and the strong sexy physique!


Anyways, yes a lot of the time leg day is my favorite body part to work. Course, catch me on a really good day and every body part would be my favorite to work lol!

And it might sound kinda weird, but I want to tell you my latest snack obsession! I am definitely a chip eater (or was anyways) so anything that "crunches" is a winner in my book. For the FRG meeting last weekend, I bought a veggie tray and had a bunch almost all of it leftover. Go figure! And one of the things on it was snap peas!


They are a healthy, crunchy way to get that fix in and fill up on veggie carbs to keep you full! Make sure to grab an easy chicken wrap to go with it and you have yourself an easy meal or snack! 

It sure does beat the 'chips' all the time, because Lord know we don't want those "gains" on our buns right? I know us ladies have a tendency to carry weight around the hips so this is a great alternative to the salty crunchy goodness we can find in a chip bag! 



So that's all for today's post! What are you guys planning this weekend? And definitely let me know what you think of the workout! See ya next time!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Clean Fried Rice + Motivation Monday!

Hey guys and gals! 

I hope you guys had a great weekend! So remember when I told you I would try to come up with a better fried rice recipe than using the packet seasoning? Well, I did! Woot hoo!!

And it turned out amazing! I mean it should have, this was almost the recipe we used to make fried rice to go with the 1200 egg rolls for Apple Days last weekend. :p Needless to say last week, I was a little "riced-out" haha. So I wanted to make it this weekend after my break from anything Asian food and for my weekly meal prep!


I got started earlier than usual yesterday too, even earlier than the Sunday before. I know that waiting until Sunday late-afternoon/evening to meal prep derails me when it comes to getting into bed early, so I took every step I could to make sure that didn't happen last night. When talking to my husband is the only thing keeping me awake later than normal  on a Sunday night...I am ok with that. And it was very successful. The only thing I had to do after the gym was brown the turkey and portion out the chicken and turkey into the already prepped containers full or carbs and veggies! So it's definitely progress. 

Do any of you have problems staying up later than normal during the week or on Sundays? How do you improve that skill?


Anyways, other than meal prep yesterday and studying, going to the gym, a load of laundry, and going by GNC to see my girl; it was a pretty laid back day. I slept in a bit to give my body time to catch up on sleep. That is pretty normal for me on weekends though. I have to allow for some recovery time, because I am usually go, go, go during the week without even blinking. Plus I love sleeping in ;)

And I cannot go without sharing this awesome recipe with you, so here ya go! And it is super easy too; perfect for the busy Sunday meal prep, or week night quick but tasty dinner for the busy Mom or Dad!



And I do want to mention, if someone has posted a similar recipe somewhere I do apologize; I am not plagiarizing but only going off my personal experience. If anything I will give credit to Young King for teaching us how to make this wonderful and easy recipe, the weekend before last! If I was good enough, I would replicate her egg rolls as well, but that may take some time and practice to do! :)


You will need:

~ 2.5 c cooked long grain brown rice (any rice will do and 
this portion was what I needed for the weeks meals)
~ 1/4 c (or less) cooking oil depending on the amount of rice
~Frozen or fresh veggies of your choice. I used peas and carrots.
~ 1/4 large Vidalia onion chopped or 1/2 medium
~ 2 tsp Garlic powder
~ 1 tsp Sea Salt
~ 2 tbsp low sodium soy sauce


First you want to cook your rice. And thanks to Young, I now know to rinse my rice; whereas before I never thought about it! So after cooking your rice, rinse and drain it; I put mine back in the warmer until I needed it. 




I measured out 2.5 c dry rice with the small cup that came with my rice cooker and put it in early that afternoon. I just dawned on me that I shouldn't put "2.5 c dry rice" because your normal measuring cup would probably be much bigger than the one I used lol! When it finished cooking, I had about 3.5-4 c cooked rice; give or take a bit because I measured quickly when I was cooking. 


Then put the oil in the pan on medium heat, and allow the pan to heat up before putting your veggies in the pan. The key (also credit to my amazing mentor!) to making good fried rice is to start off right. And "right" means a warm pan!


So after warming the pan an oil (noticeably warm, not boiling out of control!) put the veggies and chopped onion in the oil and stir for a few minutes. Once the oil really starts to warm up, then add the rice. 

TIP:  I started off with too much oil (^ there), so don't worry if it looks like "not enough oil" at first. A little goes a long way! 


Stir the rice for a minute or so. Then add the soy sauce. You may add more if you like, just don't go overboard with the sodium. I used just enough to turn the rice a light brown color. I don't like to overwhelm the taste buds with salt anymore :D



Then you will want to stir and "toss" the rice off and on for around 5 minutes (for this much rice I find it takes longer. For a "more normal" portion, 2-3 minutes should suffice). Since I had too much oil, I cooked it a little longer. 

Then remove from the heat and serve as a side dish, or with your favorite meats! You could definitely add meat while cooking or afterwards. I will probably add shrimp next time! Yum!


 So there ya go! And definitely after I finished cooking, I said, "Crap! I forgot the egg." Whomp whomp whomp....But that's ok it still tasted excellent!



I paired it with some ground turkey, tossed it around, chopped up the mighty mini peppers and went to town! It was actually really really yummy!




The night before when I went grocery shopping, I found an awesome wrap that I have heard about from many people including Little B and Tara Marie Health and Fitness! And they taste great and the macros are pretty friendly!



So I made a tasty, quick and easy wrap! Can you see a theme with my meals? Coming from someone who did not like or know how to cook before I chose to start prepping all of my meals...I prefer the "quick and easy" way for anything when it comes to me making food. You will notice that I don't post a ton other than mentioning what I eat from time to time on pages like my instagram or Facebook page; because I eat the same things every day, minus dinner and weekends. And even then I don't stray too far. On here I love to show how I eat, because it can teach others and not overwhelm people with a ton of food posts in their feeds all the time :) Win-win for everyone! Plus I know you guys love new recipes as much as me!


 This one consisted of:

-1 Flat Out Italian Herb wrap
- 5 or so oz grilled chopped chicken
- 1 heaping tbsp Sabra red pepper hummus
- Yellow mustard (I like a lot)
-Romaine lettuce
-1 tbsp feta cheese

And it really hit the spot. I am making them every night for my 'mid-morning' snacks/meals for this week too!

So like I said, other than that I didn't do too much...


I did realize, while folding laundry, for the ump-teenth time that I have way too many gym clothes compared to normal clothes...rolling 2 stacks of shirts deep in my closet now. Oh and that doesn't count the nightstand drawer filled with workout clothes lol! But yet I still need want new stuff. #fitgirlproblems for sure!

And this morning while fighting the urge to call in sick (I really didn't and don't feel too hot)...I thought this was amusing and all too much like me during the week. 


Anyone else feel me? Haha!

Anywho! What else were we going to talk about? Oh yeah! Motivation!

So yesterday I had someone ask me how I manage to let things roll off my shoulder as easy as I do now. How I don't worry all the time anymore, if you will...well this was a pretty straightforward answer, but in the same sense it wasn't. I didn't used to be as happy, realistic, motivating, inspiring, or other things that I have been called (or like to think I am now) for some time now by people around me. I have touched on that before in many posts (here I believe) and also something I probably won't ever stop touching on, because it is part of something I have overcome to a great extent at this point; and on a small scale...I still am working on it every day. You can ask my husband, because he probably sees the parts being worked on more than anyone. And I really do have to give just about all credit to him for this, because without him, I wouldn't be where I am in this constant battle that is now becoming easier every day. 


He is always lighthearted and carefree, reminding me to see the good in things and to not worry about what you cannot control. Here I am being vulnerable, because most of you don't know what an amazing influence he is on me all the time. But that is part of what it has taken for me to think the way I do now. Having a support system there in him constantly reminding me how lucky I am and how good life really is no matter what situation I am in. I won't be sappy anymore, but that's my two cents. :) Positive self talk every single day, long term, is in short how you can overcome a mindset like that and see your life in a different perspective. I do talk about that more in depth here as well. 



So having said that, you can ultimately decide who you are and where you are going and you can go anywhere if you first believe you can. You are not anything other than what you feel and act from your heart. And don't feel as though you have to have a crowd of people following you to be great. Strive for few and true before many who don't respect you. 

 Be you and always take moments every day to remind yourself who you truly are and where you're going you're going many places even if you don't know it yet. Have faith and keep pushing every single day to be a better you.


Like I told the person I was having the conversation with, I could talk about this all day and come from a different perspective every time it comes up because this is something I truly live by now. I wouldn't have it any other way because it really can change your life. 



How have you changed your attitude since you've been on your journey? Or how have you brought out qualities that were minimal before?


Hope you guys have a great day! Until next time!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Spaghetti Squash in less than 15 minutes!

Hey everybody!

So if you saw the Weekend Recap from last night, then you see I decided on a topic! I wasn't sure and still have so many good ones to share, but this was an awesome one and SO easy to make; so naturally I have to let you in on it too! 

I made this the week before last (I think...lol) and it was really yummy! And as you will see, it took no time to make! I seriously made it after the gym and had dinner ready (and eaten) before 930 pm! Which is pretty good for me on a gym night!



Ta-Da! Spaghetti Squash ready in a flash!

can you tell this is my favorite show? :)

Just like that! Te-he!

So here is what you'll need!

- Plastic wrap
- A Pyrex pan big enough to fit your squash (or any microwavable safe dish)
- 1 spaghetti squash
- Sauce for topping or cooking oil of your choice (if you are eating plain)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Water (1/2 cup or enough to fill the bottom of your dish)





First, slice your squash in half (long-ways) and scrape out the seeds and fibers using a large spoon.

Then place squash halves in your dish, cut side up. Then fill the dish with either 1/2 c water or enough to cover the bottom of the pan (about a half inch up). Just enough to steam the squash. 



Then attempt picture #1 and fail because of the microwave door. ;) Just kidding! But seriously. 

Cover the pan with plastic wrap and place in microwave for around 7-8 minutes depending on the size of your squash. Mine was fairly small and I ended up putting it in for a few more minutes after this. Around 10 minutes total should do just fine for a smaller squash. But check after this to gauge "doneness."


If you would like it more "done" (as this was the first time trying this for me) then place back in microwave for a few more minutes. Be Careful checking it after heating! The steam under the plastic will be very hot! I may or may not have found this out the hard way. 


Then uncover your squash and allow to cool for a few minutes.


Spoon out 'strands' of squash into a bowl, then season with salt and pepper if you like. You can also toss in a bit of olive oil for flavor, top with Parmesan cheese and eat this way as a side dish. 



Or, I had healthy and pretty clean spaghetti sauce thawed out and ready to go in the fridge. So I threw it in a pan and heated on the stove for an easy dinner! 




YUM!


 I am planning to make it again soon because I would have loved to post the recipe here! But...seeing as how I don't really measure when I cook, I need to be sure of the amounts before posting that recipe haha! Spaghetti sauce will always get better the longer you let it simmer and this recipe I ate here was so good! Now if I can remember what I did...




In the meantime, and probably tonight I have another spaghetti squash to cook and am planning on making pesto! That's fresh basil from the farmer's market in that bag! So stay tuned! 


 Have you ever cooked spaghetti squash? What's your favorite method and toppings?



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And remember to head on over to the #wowlinkup and check out the awesome posts! Since I just found out we have theme weeks, you guys may get something completely different next week! Until next time! Hope you guys have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Weekend Recap: NANBF KC Classic! + a simple smoothie!

Hey there everybody!

So anatomy, joints and mover muscles data and charts are making my brain hurt so I am taking a break from studying working to talk to you guys! Lol. You caught that didn't you? Ah well! Gotta get it done somehow right? Can you tell I started writing this way earlier? 

Anyways, before HUMP Day tomorrow (YES! *screams inside*) I want to get up a short weekend recap and show you guys at least the awesome pics I got from the competition this past weekend. 

 So Friday night I was going out to dinner with some ladies I met last month at the retreat. Had to stop and pick up a birthday card and naturally had to take a few #selfies in the grocery store parking lot ;) haha. 


Good thing I did because the birthday girl had actually cancelled her birthday dinner and guess who didn't get the message? Yep! Made it almost all the way there, card in tow, running late but going to be on time for her arrival and what happens? "Oh it got cancelled." Oh well! So that was kind-of a bust...Can I also say how utterly upset I was that I had to bring that heavier coat that night Argh! Summer come back!!!!!!

Seeing as how it was cancelled, I went tanning then went to Marshalls, and found a cute pair of MPG workout shorts and a top from Express in MY SIZE that I hunted the weekend before and couldn't find anywhere in the right size! Gotta love those trips! And I should've snapped a picture! 

Then after the awesome and cheap but short shopping trip, I almost drank my pre-workout and headed to the gym when I realized "Crap! I have to be up super early!"


 And normally if it were not this early, the gym would not wait...but I sacrificed it for sleep considering I would have drank pre-workout at around 8:30 pm. Not a good forecast for sleep later that night if ya know what I mean! Even guided meditation or melatonin couldn't help that one!

Now why in the heck would I want to be up this early on a Saturday you ask? Yeah well...want is not the word I would use lol! I actually volunteered super early for the Apple Day festival on Ft. Riley; specifically helping our battalion make fried rice (for around 6 hours!) to go with the over 1,200 egg rolls we all made the weekend before. 



In short this festival is huge, and every battalion has the opportunity to have a food booth and raise money for the FRG (aka: Family Readiness Group -- important for the families especially when soldiers are deployed like now :) ); seeing as how ours has no money, I was all in-- no volunteers from our company and all! Lol. I really am kind-of sad sometimes I think....Always the one trying to compensate for what people don't do. Yep that's me! ;) Anyways, it was fun hanging out with the lovely ladies that helped, even if we fried rice all morning! 


Jumping back to the night before really quick-like! I won a gift card from Bodybuilding.com and Rachelle Dejean (rachelle_babyy on instagram) a while back ~~ which is so awesome by the way girl! Thank you so much again! Things like that just make your day you know and she was awesome about it all! ~~ Y'all head over and give her a like, because she's super sweet and talk about motivating! Go see for yourself and tell her I sent ya! :) And for those lucky enough to go to the big O this weekend, I hear she will be there! No fair!!! Haha! One day, I will be at one of these amazing events!

So I bought my favorite vanilla whey protein by MRM and a few others necessities things! And look what I found when I opened up the container of protein! Woo-hoo!!!!! 


SCORE! 

So I made a simple but yummy Blueberry Vanilla protein smoothie before I hit the hay! I am trying to stay away from carbs before bed, to lean out a bit; so I am using them for energy during the day. But on the rare occasion, a few rice cakes or fruit in my shake isn't going to kill me. Plus, before now I was eating carbs close to bedtime. It's not going to make a huge difference to be honest. What you eat more than when you eat. 

But here is the recipe for you guys! 

What you'll need:

~1 scoop MRM 100% Whey Rich Vanilla
~1 C Frozen (or fresh) blueberries 
~2-3 packets truvia
~2 heaping spoons of Fage Greek Yogurt (0% Pink Label) - I measured this once and it was 2 oz that I used
~½ C (or less) crushed ice (I do this if the fruit isn't frozen)
~1 cup Silk Unsweetened Vanilla Almond milk

And here is the option:
For a protein packed smoothie, use 1 cup of egg whites (Liquid in carton/pasturized-- NOT REAL EGG WHTES from whole eggs!!!!) Believe me I have had many people asking about this :) Please do not do this lol!
for a 'normal protein' smoothie, use Unsweetened Vanilla Almond milk

I'll tell you MRM...those guys are the best! And the protein was super fine this time and blended so well! Normally it is good, but something has changed and it is definitely for the better! Way to go!


So we will jump back to Saturday afternoon now! After I helped make around 7 huge pans of fried rice that literally took us around 6 hours total, I rushed back home, changed and headed to get lunch on the way to KC! So...I told you about my night Friday right? Well, knowing I had barely any food left...I didn't meal prep before I left so I had to stop and get food the next day. Not preparing will do that to ya! But an awesome but dangerous thing, since we have Chick-fil-A in Manhattan now, I went for a grilled chicken sandwich (and waffle fries lol). It was so yummy though! I am a firm believer that everything is OK in moderation, and you'll see in just a few that that is definitely the case here!

Got my lunch then zoomed out to KC to catch the rest of the show that I almost missed!

I got there just in time for the tail end of pre-judging for Bikini, and in time for all 216 of the T-walks! I could have and should have left Manhattan earlier, but I felt SO bad if I would've left before we were done since NO ONE else from my company showed up...they all want FRG events but no one wants to volunteer...before I step on that soap box...we just won't. Sound good? Great!

And the pictures aren't the best quality, and no guarantees they are in the right order either. I actually did pretty good picking winners when they lined them up, in most classes, which was fun. I got a few surprises myself though with some of the line-ups. 




The gal in the center ^ here was one of my favs! Great symmetry and posing too! Definitely motivation and inspiration for next year!



And here are your overall gals! Can you guess which lucky lady took it all?! I got this one wrong...


As soon as Bikini was done, I really wanted to see as much as possible, so I bypassed Fit Like Flint (who had a booth there) and went to see the guys instead!

Male Physique judging had started already (was going on at the same time), so I camped out and watched the rest. Great line-up in here too for the classes. 






There was some tough competition especially in this picture below for the overall I believe. Man those judges were turning and turning those guys! 





I know, I didn't get as many pictures or even get to see the pros, the figure, or bodybuilding categories. Lesson learned! Try not to do too much...yeah we will see how that works out. Haha! Overall it was still great seeing the few I saw even though my ticket cost me $41! FRG going to reimburse me? Nope! Oh well...

Anyways, overall I had fun by myself! A gal I had going with me decided to bail at the last minute...you all probably have that "one friend" who does that? So I went solo! I took my books to study during but ended up only being there enough time to really watch and not study anything oops. I think I made up for it today though and studied some tonight too! Woohoo! But it was a great time, especially with the awesome company that never disappoints! :D Oh how I miss my hubby...he would always go with me even if football was on that day. There were some great athletes there and definitely some competition for...well I guess you guys will have to wait and see! ;)

Then the next morning, I finally took some more progress pictures. It's been a while. And you remember ^ up there when I said everything is OK in moderation. If these pictures aren't proof that's true I'm not sure what is.  After the competition I rode by Wendy's to grab chicken nuggets and fries...yep that's what was for dinner! To me, normally I would be prepped, so a trip out of the ordinary every now and then must do a body good don't you think?

Click the pic for a little #transformationtuesday post!




I felt pretty dang lean that morning. Only I am weighing a few lbs less -- in around 117.8 first thing and minus water weight -- now that I have added cardio back; so it's going to be rough gaining the lean mass doing cardio regularly. But it can be done! I am just stoked about that hump back there on the right hand side! YES! Those heavy leg day, glute targeted exercises, and doing squats the right way every single week is paying off and QUICK! Ladies, if you put in the work and eat right your booty will thank you just in time for hump day! Had to...

Then that morning I got my meal prep going and half way done so I could meet my new-er gym buddy for our session! We did legs and I had to wear my new Bodybuilding.com tank. I give this one two thumbs way up! This is a small I am wearing. 
The fabric was so soft and I can feel the polyester giving just a tiny bit; makes it soft and holds the shape (like in you jeans if they're good quality!). And norally I avoid purple at all costs because of the wretched (no offense local friends ;) ) K-State fans in this town haha! Just kidding...or am I? 

I will definitely be buying more and I have my eyes on an outfit that Rachelle Dejean was wearing today or yesterday. Did you see it? Fab!! 

So after our workout I came back and finished meal prepping; especially on account of my gas for the grill running out earlier that morning! That is never good! And earlier at the store I had grabbed crab leggies because they were $5.99 a lb! Hello?! Mc-fly!!!! Haha! Anyone follow me? Yeah...that is a given to buy them when they're on sale! 


On the menu this week and like usual :) : 
-green beans and broccoli for veggies (lunches/mid-afternoon)
-Easy Grilled Chicken Caesar wraps--turned salad lol (wrap minus tortillia) 
-rice cakes
-grapefruit for after breakfast and when I get to work!


And that is a wrap folks! It is time for me to hit the sack! But look out for something coming at ya tomorrow for the #wowlinkup ! Maybe a review, maybe a recipe, maybe a workout...what do you guys want to see? I have em all but can't decide! Talk to ya soon! Goodnight!