Happy New Year!!

Y’all, I cannot believe that 2018 has come and gone!!!
Last year at this time we were just moving back to the United States from Italy. We pit-stopped in Indiana where we spent New Years Eve with Wesley’s dad, and then the next two days we made our way across the country to our new home in Las Vegas. This last year has primarily consisted of getting settled. We bought a new home which anyone knows takes time to fill and make your own. I also took the entire year off from competing and racing, and invested most of my time into school. It wasn’t until just recently that I decided to take on work aside from online coaching.

This year’s New Years Eve was spent a little different compared to those of past. We got a puppy! Oh my gosh y’all, when I say he is the cutest thing I have ever seen- I mean he really is!

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This is Jack, our little curly headed Goldendoodle. He is seriously the sweetest little thing. We started out our New Years Eve at  Woof Gang Bakery where we scored Jack some yummy (all organic) treats.


After, we took him on his very first trip to the park. Floyd Lamb Park is a hidden little gem just a few miles from our house that we stumbled across this past summer. It is full of wildlife, vegetation, lakes for fishing, and actual real grass!! (It’s the little things when you live in the desert!) He ran and played and wore himself out just enough to sleep through lunch at Big Dogs. As I have mentioned verbatim, this is one of our favorite local spots. They have an outside patio that is dog friendly, so we stopped in for some lunch. We indulged for our final outing of the year. We each had a beer and shared a big ole bowl of Wisconsin cheese curds (delish!). We were home by 5, piled up watching Netflix by 6, and passed out by 8. Quite the party animals this year!

 

Like most people, entering into a new year has forced me to take a look and reflect on the highs and lows of the previous year and reevaluate some of those moments- raising the question, how can I create more highs and perhaps elude some of the lows?

I find that “sweating the small things” is something I do all too often. Looking back over the last year, nine times out of ten when I worried about particular situations, the things I worried about most never came to pass. Worrying is a product of fear, and fear is not real. It is something that we merely create within our own minds from our own thoughts. It is a success-stalling inhibitor that causes us to miss out on opportunities because we are afraid of what “could” possibly happen. This year, I refuse to let fear or self-doubt have any power or control over my decisions.

Of course I have goals that consistently reappear each year such as, hitting new personal records in the gym, or making improvements to certain areas of my coaching; however, this year’s biggest goal is to simply be a better human.

Due to the fact that I am taking on a lighter schedule for this upcoming semester, I hope to be more consistent with my blogging!! Heres to an amazing New Year and I wish us all HEALTH & HAPPINESS!!!

 

 

 

Good evening y’all and merry Christmas!
I am writing you all from my comfy couch where I’m cozied up here in Las Vegas. Wesley and I decided to hit up a movie earlier today at Palace Station, but apparently everyone else in Vegas shared the same idea. There were 2 seats remaining in the very front row, so we decided to pass. We opted for lunch at Big Dogs, a restaurant nearby that we tend to visit fairly regularly (and is always amazing). Wes had a cheeseburger and onion rings, I had the seared Ahi Tuna with sweet potato. My Gosh, the Ahi was topped with the most delicious raspberry vinaigrette slaw I have ever tasted! After, we came home and have been piled up ever since.

I just returned home the day before yesterday from Alabama. I spent five days with my family to celebrate the holidays. Wes was unable to come because of his schedule, so that meant time for just us girls (mom, sis and I). We had the most incredible time!
They scooped me up from Birmingham airport Wednesday evening. Mom and I sat up until 2:00 am cackling and carrying on like high school girls. We were able to once again get in our routined visit to Unclaimed Baggage– only the most incredible second-hand store you will ever encounter!!! Mom scored me a pair of Birkenstocks, brand new with their tags, still in the box for $60! And yes, I still wear Birks.

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While running around Saturday morning, we found ourselves with the most marvelous photo opts… posh reindeer posted up around town. We couldn’t resist!


Everyone was spoiled again as always for Christmas. I made out with a new coach bag and matching wallet, Chrissy Teigan’s newest cookbook, an autographed copy of Rupaul’s latest hardback, pjs, clothes, and the list goes on. I met my newest nephew Zackary for the first time who was too precious for words. My nieces and nephews again, were another year older and all with a bit more personality.  My family has grown so much since I left home 13 years ago. I find that each year when I head back home from a visit it tends to get harder. I miss out on so much. To keep it real with you all, I find myself nowadays having a big ole dose of self-pity a day or two after returning home. Don’t get me wrong, my life is incredible and I have experienced more of this great world than many ever have the opportunity too; however, it is never easy to feel like you’re missing out on so much. Thankfully we have social media nowadays which helps a lot, and my mom is world’s best grandma when it comes to sharing pictures of them babies.

Tomorrow, we will all be back to reality. The grocery stores will be up and running, which means no more gingerbread men and hot chocolate for breakfast- meal prep will be back in full swing. Workouts will be structured for a greater purpose than to keep off excess holiday gains, and new years goals will be set;  I don’t know about you all, but I look forward to this new year!!

 

Good Morning 2018!! Happy New Year!!!!!

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I have received many emails this last week regarding New Years Resolutions with inquisitive minds seeking out my personal list.

Last year, I decided to stop making resolutions and opted to create a vision board. This way I didn’t feel pressure of immediately tackling a list of goals and feeling like I failed if I slacked off by February. My board was a creation of goals that I wanted to reach by December 31 of the year, so I had 12 months to “make it happen.” My board was posted in my home gym and every single day I was forced to see it, and envision the goals that I had set for myself.
How did it go? Some I achieved and some I wasn’t able to meet- and thats ok too. I had a multitude of things: First and foremost, I had a picture of Wes and I from a triathlon I completed four years before, and he was kissing me after the race with my trophy in hand. I used this as my vision for a strong and supportive relationship. Our relationship is stronger now than it has ever been! Don’t get me wrong, I give God all of the glory for my successes in everything I do, but I believe that God created a universe that works by our ability to “create our greatness” through the power of belief, faith and positivity. I also included a picture of myself with my CrossFit crew and envisioned wrapping up my final year coaching with the guidance and ability to help others reach their goals. The day that I left, my crew presented me with a plaque that each had signed, many listing goals and PR’s reached throughout their three years. This goal was met!! 💙
I envisioned completing a Spartan Tri-fecta, which began as just that, three races in one year. What I initially envisioned, turned into a Tri-fecta (+an additional race), with each race being in a different country (pretty f#cking awesome if I do say so).
However, as I said, some were not met. I had a vision of earning a pro-card in my WBFF bikini competition, well that didn’t happen. I fell two spots shy, but even still, I walked away with a 3rd place title and didn’t feel disappointed with my placing. I had a vision of finally reaching a 300 pound deadlift and fell shy by 30 pounds. I had a vision of reaching PR’s in my snatch, but opted for breast augmentation instead (ok, I call that a win 😉). As a whole, 2017 was an amazing year! I feel that I accomplished and achieved greatness, and overall, I ended the year feeling proud.

This year’s board, as of now, is a list that is stored in my iPhone. I will begin creating my board once we are in our new home💜. For 2018, I envision SO MUCH GREATNESS 🙏 . At the center of my board will be my family. My vision doesn’t stop with my own personal goals, it includes the desires and wants of my family as well. Secondly, our home. We have been extremely blessed with the ability to move to our desired location and purchase our dream house, and my desire is to create an actual home filled with serenity and love (and with the most perfect of walk-in closets😉 -hey, visions include any desires of your heart and mine just happens to include a glam-closet).
I don’t have a personal goal set at the moment regarding competing; however, what I do know for certain is, whatever I choose this year, whether it be competing in bikini, competitive weightlifting or racing, I will bring my best self! I envision a successful final year in school, followed with an amazing location of internship. I envision growing my clientele and continual growth in guiding and coaching. Most of all, I envision a daily practice of self-love and self-awareness. Loving yourself is acceptable. It is ok to walk with your head held high and exude confidence, but awareness of how you act, speak and overall self-presentation is crucial.

Self-love without self-awareness is useless (that one took me a few years of practice).

For the people that ask ‘Do you keep your abs all year around?’

The dreaded off season, year end photos:)
The only way to make gains is by gaining weight- thats just common sense-
If that means losing my abs for a couple of months then so be it!!

The morning began with the taking of progress photos, measurements and body fat testing. For the first time EVER, my measurements were equal on both sides of my body (this is why I avoid using machines when I work out- free weights force the body to do equal amounts of work)

According to my measurements and weight- My estimated lean mass gain for the year is probably around 7-9 LBS. Thats HUGE numbers for me! Where as the newbie in this industry can gain anywhere from 13-15 pounds in a single year fairly easily- for the more advanced trainee it can be very difficult to add even a few pounds of additional lean mass.

My training this last year was a completely different type of regimen than years previous. For many, many years, I trained for endurance. I competed in triathlons, duathlons and endurance cycling. Averaging anywhere from 20 to 30 miles running, 100 to 200 miles weekly on the bike, and 5 to 6 hours dedicated to swimming- I consumed just enough calories to support my training, but nowhere near enough calories for weight gain. For many years during my off season, I would immediately return to a low carb diet in fear of gaining an ounce of body fat (along with many endurance athletes, I unfortunately saw any additional weight gain as a negative effect on my training and would at times reduce calories taking it to extremes).
It took me two years of studying Sports Nutrition, application in my training and putting faith and trust in the process to overcome this unhealthy off season cycle.

While I still thoroughly enjoy bouts of endurance training- My training goals have changed tremendously. My year round focus is training for strength- During race season, my techniques have shifted more into HIIT Training (more muscle sparing) and their is no such thing as ‘low-carb’ in my nutrition program.

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We’re all asked this time of year ‘what are your goals or resolutions?’
A new year exemplifies a fresh start- a new chapter- new beginnings-
A perfect time to put fourth effort into something that perhaps scares us or tests our strengths and weaknesses. What better time than a new year!
I personally love setting new goals and challenges at the beginning of a new year. I am a person that believes 100% in doing something daily to take myself out of my comfort zone. My greatest accomplishments to date have been the ones that scared me the most. Fear is our biggest enemy. To be brave takes courage and strength. Fear causes doubt that tells us we can’t, were not good enough or we will fail. Courage is facing our fears. Accepting the fact that I may not be the best, but I’ll be damned if I don’t put fourth my very best.
My goal every year as a human being is to be better than the year before- and this applies to all aspects of my life and in everything I do. My first and foremost goal is to simply be a good and descent person- to be compassionate, loving and nonjudgmental at all costs. Its not always easy, but each day and year it gets easier. To be good is something that I don’t have too much pride to say- can at times be testing- being genuinely good in this world can be difficult at times.
My second goal that plays yearly on repeat- Worry less about what others think. I came to terms a long time ago with the fact that not everyone will like me- and thats OK! We are all different personalities- we all have different outlooks, beliefs and lifestyles. Not everyone will agree with the way I live my life or the decisions I choose, but that’s just it- its my life and no matter what paths I choose- there will always be someone who supports it and others that don’t. Most importantly, as long as the God that I serve makes me feel ok with my life’s choices…thats ok with me.
And finally- to grow stronger- Mentally and Physically. For anyone that has participated especially in endurance sports or training can understand the power of a strong mind. I know personally, mental strength can be my most powerful source or my biggest enemy. Second tier athletes become top competitors when they train their mind to surpass their physical strength. Once this type of control is understood; applying it to daily life situations is empowering.
I have enormous strength- and in order to use it in a positive manner, I set goals for myself- whether it be yearly or daily, these goals keep me focused. As long as I keep looking forward, I know I’m always headed in the right direction.

New Year’s Eve was spent dining with friends at Giardino Della Serenissima. We ended up downtown in the Sacile square to ring in the new year. Another amazing chapter in our lives begin!!