Weekend Wisdom

Training for a fitness competition is no joke!

At 4:14 a.m. yesterday, I woke up feeling like this! 



Lazily I walked downstairs to get my much needed caffeine fix and to start my day. Friday was a long day.  With all the ordinary engagements, the day came and went. 

This morning, without even a glimpse of the sun, I was out of the bed at 5 a.m.  

Fourty-five minutes later, my eyes were stinking from the sweat dripping in my eyes.  





Saturday, March 21st, is showtime!

I already know that the upcoming and final week will be filled with nothing but tests.

A test of my self discipline.

A test of my heart.

A test of my fortitude.

A test of my confidence.

And more!   

But I will not Waiver.  How do I stay committed?   

I keep my eyes focused on the goal and infuse myself with positive wisdom.  Enjoy!













Happy Saturday and make it a great day!  The choice is yours!  🙂  



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You Know You’ve Got It Bad When…

During lunch, I go to fill my simply tea cup with hot water from the office dispenser and what-ta ya know?

Someone removed the empty bottle but failed to put a refill in. Oh well, I really want hot tea, so I guess I’ll do it.

Oh my!! Lol!! As soon as I bend down to pick up the water jug, I’m like, “Hey G!”   I’m calling a colleague.

Look!  I found a new piece of exercise equipment to use at work!!

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A 5 Gallon Water bottle! This baby weighs 40-45 pounds.

deadliftCan easily be used for deadlifts!  🙂  Watch that back!

You know you’ve got it bad when you turn an everyday menial office task into an exercise. Lol!!

Not having time is not a valid excuse for not working out.  Working with whatever you have is way better than doing nothing at all.

Mean while, I’m stuck eating dried out and over cooked chicken breast for the rest of the week.

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Ugh!!  On Sunday when I did meal prep, I wasn’t feeling well.  I think I had a 24 hour bug or something.  Anyways, I overcooked my chicken so– I’m stuck with it until it’s gone.  I’m so ready to puree it in the blender.

All right now!  Have a marvelous day and I appreciate you stopping by! 🙂


Falling In Love

I have fallen in love with baking my vegetables!!  It’s so much easier than cooking stove top.  Since veggies cook slower in the oven, the process of standing over the pot and tossing them around, when I’m multi-tasking, is a pain in the…

This is my first time “baking” or “roasting” broccoli, but I’m confident they will taste great just like the cabbage, brussels sprouts, carrots, zucchini, and green beans.  🙂  I minced up several cloves of garlic, added olive oil, and granulated garlic powder. It’s in the oven now baking at 350. Baked covered for about 40 minutes. I am using frozen broccoli, so it may take longer.

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With 21 days left til I walk on stage again for my second figure competition, I struggle to get everything crossed off my to do list.  Heck.. today, I can’t even find my book that has my lists. Ugh!!

These days, I’m trying to keep meals for me and my family as simple as possible. Later, I’ll share my other baked veggie recipes.

This morning I did legs, but here’s a video of me doing one of my favorite back exercises (Bent Over Two-Arm Long Bar Row) from another day.

For best results, you MUST do each exercise properly. This video is the correct way to do this exercise.  My friend stopped me three times before I did it right. That’s what you want… trust me!

If you’re new to weight training, hook up with an experienced, ethical, and knowledgable personal trainer. They will teach you the right way.  Anything other than that will have you disappointed and frustrated with your results.

I hope you enjoyed your day. 🙂


Wake Up Committed

Good morning!

“I woke up like this…”

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“Commitment is pushing yourself when no one else is around.”

The gym was empty at 6 O’clock this morning. Yay!! Today was my first day back doing arms in over a month. I pushed hard and I am exhausted. Feeling drained and depleted of energy confirms my efforts.

Being away from the gym really sucked, but I am happy to return and need to remind myself to ease back into it. I’m not sure that I know how to ease into it. But I will listen to my body, it will tell me when to stop and when to rest.

After breakfast with hubby, I plan to do just that- rest.

Y’all keep it movin’ and have a wonderful day! 🙂


Spinach And Kale Corn Chips

Yes. I too have an occasional craving for a chip or two.  Well, not quite a regular potato chip, but something that has a similar crunch to it but with less sugar, sodium, and processed gunk.

I know, I can make fresh-baked chips from carrots, kale, sweet potatoes and more, but sometimes I need a quick fix.

I found these Spinach And Kale Corn Chips in the most unlikely place; TJ Maxx.  Yeah, I checked the expiration date and packaging.  They cost $2.99.  I like them; they’re tasty and hit the spot.

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I’m not thrilled with the canola oil, but for an occasional cheat, I can live with it.

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IMG_3438.JPGOne serving size is 10 chips.  I ate about 12 or 13 chips, immediately put the bag away, and ran upstairs to brush my teeth. Once I brush my teeth, I am done eating for the night. They were delicious and I didn’t trust myself, so I had to leave the room and go upstairs.  I am dead serious!  I give these tasty treats two thumbs up.

Sweet dreams!!


This Is Why I Love The Summer

When I woke up this morning, it took me a bit more time than usual to get into the swing of things.  Why?

Because yesterday, I was determined to get weight training AND cardio in.  I walked on the gym floor at 9:50 a.m. and did back.  If I remember correctly, I did:

  1. Pull up assist – wide grip – 3 sets of 15
  2. Pull up assist – narrow grip – 3 sets of 15
  3. Body rows using the Smith Machine – 3 sets of 10 Ugh!
  4. Lat Pull down – wide grip – 3 sets of 12
  5. Lat Pull down – narrow grip – 3 sets of 12
  6. Barbell upright row – 3 sets of 10
  7. T-Bar row – 3 sets of 12
  8. Seated cable row – 3 sets of 12
  9. Face pulls on capable machine – 3 sets of 12
  10. Rope pull (standing) 30 sec. superset with 10 push ups x 4

My muscles were fried, but I got in my car and drove about 20 minutes to the Ocean City Bridge.  Although it was hot as heck out, the bridge stands high over the water so there was a constant breeze.

Oh yeah!  I did some ab work too!  Just three different exercises… all together about 310 reps.  All but 75 were using weights.  Lol!

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The bridge has a nice walkway and fishing pier underneath. I thought this perspective was cool!

I changed sneakers and ran the bridge! “Running the bridge” means you run the bridge, turn around and run back over it again. Lol!  Some people say I’m nuts, but I am a fitness junkie, enthusiasts or whatever else you can come up with.  I love working out, especially when time is not an issue.

This is why I love the summer!  

I can workout for as long as I want to! 🙂

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The last time I ran the bridge was last summer. Since my summer break (June 26), I have wanted to run the bridge, so you can image how excited I was yesterday.  I think this was also my first real run (outside of crossFit) this year.

I took it slow.  Didn’t want to hurt myself.  My time was actually a little better because my iPod locked and I spent a few minutes fumbling with it.

Anyways… the run was heavenly!!  I felt free and on top of the world!  A hot sunny day, running across a bridge that, less than a year ago, I was terrified to run.  Thanks to my friend Nicole, the bridge isn’t an issue anymore.  Ha!!  How about that!!

So, today I did crossFit.  Yeah, my quads, shoulders, abs and back were sore, but I knew once I got moving, I’d be fine.

SWOD: 10-15 Min to work up to 1 rm Snatch – I worked on perfecting my snatched, so I practiced at 75 pounds which was plenty.

WOD: 18 Min – EMOM (Every min on the min)

Min 1- 20 m sled push
Min 2- 10 kb clean and jerk + Lunge 5L/5R
Min 3- 20 double under/ 5 HSPU (handstand push up)

My double under’s aren’t so hot, so to keep the momentum, I did 40 singles.  Using a box, I did my hand stand push ups.

So after the WOD, the coaches decided that we needed to do a buy out. Yuck!

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3 Rounds

20 Abmats
20 Russian Twists
20 Hollow Rocks

Stick a fork in me, I was and still am done!

I’m headed to bed now.  The “plan” is to workout early tomorrow morning. How early? Umm… 5 a.m.!

Sweet dreams and keep it movin’!