Behind The Scenes

Two days post competition turned out to be a perfect and my last day of “cheating.”  Lol!

A personal day off from work gave me time to enjoy a spa day. I took my son to school and immediately drove to the spa for a day of pampering with a girlfriend.

The Hot Rock Massage was exactly what my body needed and then some.  Just heavenly!  Massage…jacuzzi…sauna…steam room…pool…DRINKS!  Lol!  Oh yeah!

The activities that take place behind the scenes are just as, if not more interesting, than what occurs on stage.  Lots of muscle pumping, tanning, and prepping.  I respect fellow competitors privacy, so I won’t include any of their shots.  The vibe in the prep room is all good and I felt welcomed.

I received many well wishes lots of smiling faces.  I even received advice from the more experienced competitors, which I thought was cool.

Speaking of behind the scenes, I must give props to my seamstress, Decked In Diamonds, who did a phenomenal job on my suit!  Heeey!   We never met in person and all the measurements and fittings were done through the internet or snail mail.  And… she nailed it!

Well tomorrow, it’s back to the grind!

Happy almost Tuesday!

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A Quick Lesson In Math

It’s only Tuesday and I ran out of chicken! Darn! This is not cool on a weekday.  Clearly I underestimated and miscalculated my intake of protein for this final week.  Math lesson learned.  :0)

Was up at 4:30 a.m. this morning.

It is now just past 9 o’clock at night.

About 12 pounds of boneless, skinless chicken breast is baking in the oven. Two pounds of collard greens mixed with one pound of kale sit cooling on the kitchen counter.

The chicken is only seasoned with granulated garlic powder, black pepper, olive oil, and crushed red peppers.  No salt or "extra" spices.

The chicken is only seasoned with granulated garlic powder, black pepper, olive oil, and crushed red peppers. No salt or “extra” spices.

 

Kale/collard green blend with chicken.

Kale/collard green blend with chicken.

You’d think I would be exhausted after leaving work and going straight to the gym for more posing practice and a so, called “light” total body training at the gym. Haaahaaa! My trainer kicked my butt!

From crawling backward starting from a push ups position and dragging (backward) a 25 pound weight across the floor to arms curls and about 90 minutes of other “stuff” plus 20 minutes of cardio, I worked up a good sweat.

Wednesday I will be ready for the “light” workout. Lol!! I am not complaining because I actually enjoyed every minute of it.

Friends, family, and co-workers always ask, How do you do it? Where do you get the energy from?

The answer?  Eating healthy, which for me, means eating cleaning, getting enough sleep,  staying motivated and, keeping my head on straight (I don’t sweat the small stuff anymore) works well.  I want to say more, but I really have to go.

The transformation continues!!

A quick pic before showering and off to bed

A quick pic before showering and off to bed

Have a great day!