Where to begin? Life is flying by

As quoted by a dear friend…”God is opening doors faster than I can fly through them”.  I have had so many doors fly open lately and wow, all I can say is WOW!!!Rumba Half Full

The easiest announcement is that I’m a finalist in the 19th Turbulence Transformation Contest, in the Pro Category.  My good friend and fellow Marine Mom, Robin Goins is also a finalist in the Over 40 Division.  I “coached” her a little bit and I’m so PROUD of her.  You can vote here:  Transformation Contest

The harder announcement is that I am leaving Cubanisimo Vineyards later this week.  I have been the Operations and Marketing Manager for over 3 years and leaving feels a little like leaving home, it will be bittersweet for sure.

Drumroll Please:  I’m leaving  the vineyard for a position at BioTrust Nutrition.  I will be the Direct Response Retail Marketing Manager.  It’s a terrific promotion AND I get to telecommute which will be AWESOME!!!

Ever since I won the Turbulence Training and BioTrust Transformations Contests back in December I felt like God was leading me in a new direction, one within the health and fitness genre.  I had no idea how or when it would come about, I just knew it wouldn’t be as a personal trainer.  This came about so suddenly that it was clearly a gift from God.  I found out about the position on April 1st (April Fools Day – nice!!), I interviewed on 4/4 and 4/7, was offered the position on 4/8 and I start on the 28th.  It’s been a whirlwind as I had to hire my replacement and begin training her this week.  I’l have about 1 business day off between positions.  I’ll be starting on Monday and then fly to San Diego on Tuesday – whirlwind….

I’m so super excited for this opportunity and can not wait to see where God is leading me.

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New Year and Two New Challenges

2014 is bringing many changes to my life – many aren’t definable yet.  What does that mean?  Well I feel a change in the air and I have a “guess” where it may be leading me but I’m not quite ready to say.

With my recent successes in the “Transformation” areas of fitness I wonder if I’m being led in that direction.  Shrugging my shoulders since I’m not 100% sure.  Prayer and education are in my plans for the immediate future.

Also in those plans are two more Transformation Contests.  Turbulence Training has opened up a new category that includes “Pros” (people who have previously won a contest) and BioTrust is having a 2nd transformation contest.  I’m not sure what their rules are but I figure I’ll throw myself into the contest again and see just how many visible abs I can come up with.

Goals – Goals this time around are a little less clear.  I hit most of my goals in December so this is a bit of a stretch.

In the next 12 weeks I plan to hit these goals.

1) Commit, FINISH and Place in both contests…AGAIN!  This will force me to work much harder than last time around.  Since I’m leaner than I was I’m going to have to work my butt off to show a visible transformation.

2) Have a 26″waist

3) Show increased glute growth.  I can’t set a number to this.  I “may” be hampered by genetics since flat a$$es run in my family.  I would like to have a higher behind that is visibly rounder and stronger.

4) Show increased shoulder growth.

5) See my abs…

6) To complete 5 full pullups and make it through the workouts doing regular pushups.

Intentions

1) Continue to follow the Turbulence Training protocol and workouts.  3 days a week for 30 minutes.  I’ll add in 1 day a week of finishers.

2) Eat my stinking vegetables, every day.

3) Use Eat Stop Eat as my primary diet aid.

4) Drink water, lots of it.

Time to clean up the diet again and ditch the insane number of “wheat” carbs I’ve been eating since Christmas.  Once I’ve kicked the flu completely I’m hitting this thing and hitting it hard.

Introducing the Winner of the 18th Turbulence Training Contest

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Yes my friends I won FIRST PLACE!!!!  I made a plan, I worked my arse off and I saw amazing results.  Make sure to check out the other winners.  Men and women of all ages and stages placed in the contest.

Week 5 and a new eating plan – Carb Depletion

I’m working through finding the “best” eating plan for me.  One that keeps me healthy AND happy.  Satisfying and nourishing and day one was a great big failure lol.  I’m not happy or satisfied, surely not healthy nor nourished.

The last 4 weeks I’ve been restricting calories and daily intermittent fasting.  I prefer the IF lifestyle since I don’t have to think very much about my food for half the day and I can eat larger, more satisfying meals.  This is great except my body didn’t really LOVE it.  Sleeping became an issue and I was getting grumpier.

Now I’m trying a carb cycling / macro type of plan.  I can’t really explain it except for this week – week 1 is “carb depletion”.  I’m eating NO CARBS – OK well I’m eating no more than 20 grams of carbs a day which is NOTHING.  The idea is to re-set my metabolism and my fat burning switch.  The carb depletion is 7 days, ending with a “cheat meal”.  I failed miserably with this today.  I ate twice – that’s it, twice!!  And worth a whole whopping 500 calories (sigh).   After a salad of tuna, lettuce, egg, broccoli & cukes with EVOO and ACV at 1pm then again at 4pm I was SICK of anything green, egg or tuna.  I admit I kind of suck at putting together yummy meals that requires simply meat and “certain” veggies. I had a steak in the fridge but could not make myself cook it.  As I type this I would like to try again but it’s almost bedtime.  That will surely screw everything up.  What to do, what to do?  I got a couple of thing right today 1) I didn’t eat anything near 20g of carbs and 2) I drank more than enough water 😉

10/17 Update

I guess I kind of suck at this whole thing – I CAN NOT get enough “good” calories.  I’m not able to eat more than 3 meals a day even though I’m “supposed” to eat 4-5 minimum. I’ve averaging about 12 grams of carbs a day but still have energy (??)

10/20 Update

I made it through the whole week with absolutely NO CHEATS and I’ve had less carbs than called for.  Not sure if this is bad or not.  As mentioned above I really am struggling to get enough calories. Now if you gave me peanut butter cups that wouldn’t be a problem – I can down many of those with no thought.  Of course after having eaten NO peanut butter cups in 5 weeks I’d probably get sick.

Weekly Re-cap

Carb Depletion Week Results


Oct 14th                                                                               Oct 20th
Weight – 159   down 10#                                                      Weight 152
Neck 13.00  down .25″                                                         Neck 13
Arms R – 11.5  L – 11.5   down 2.00″ total                            Arms R – 11.5   L – 11.0   Total 1″ down
Bust 40.50   down .50″                                                          Bust 39.5                          Down 1″
Waist 30.25   down 2.75″                                                      Waist 29.5                         Down .75
Gut 35.5   down 5.00″                                                           Gut 35                               Down .50
Hips 40.25   down 1.50″                                                       Hips 39.75                         Down .50
Thighs R – 24  L – 24.5  down 3.25″ total                             Thighs R – 23   L – 23.25 Total 2.25 down
Calves R – 14.50  L – 14.75 down .50″ total                          Calves R – 14   L – 14      Total 1.25 down 
                                                                                              That’s a total of 6.25″ and 7 pounds       

Important:  I know this past weeks results aren’t sustainable.  1)  I’m going to add carbs back into my diet, I like them and plan on eating them and 2) my calories are very low, unsustainably low, if I were to keep it up I’d lose all my muscle tone and that’s NOT attractive. I will bounce up 2 or 3 pounds this week, there is no doubt.  My goal for this past week was to teach my body to dip into the fat reserves for fuel, thereby burning more fat. 

I’ve been following the 4 Cycle Solution which seems extreme (and the 1st week was).  I’m going to finish the program out for the next 7 weeks and see how it goes for me.  The best thing about it is that the plan encourages real food and treat meals.

Turbulence Training & Bio Trust Contest Update:  I’m still focussed and KILLING it.  Looking forward to the end so I can post my results and “Win”.  Just to reiterate – my goal is to place in the top 3 of the TT contest in December.  My mindset and actions are all moving in that direction, I’m unstoppable 😉 .  I don’t actually have a goal for the Biotrust contest, I’d like to place but they have less “winners” spots for the final contest although they are holding weekly “10 pounds down” contests.

October 14th

Workout – None
1pm  – 2 oz Albacore tuna, 1 egg white, 1 cup lettuce, 1/2 cup broccoli, 1/2 cup cukes.  1 tbsp each EVOO & ACV
4pm –  1 oz Albacore tuna, 1 whole egg and 1 egg white, 1 cup lettuce, 1/2 cup broccoli, 1/2 cup cukes.  1 tbsp each EVOO & ACV
9pm –  3 oz tuna and 2tsp mayo

Water 88 oz
Calories 474

October 15th

Workout – TT 2.0 B
12:30 pm – 3 oz tuna, lettuce, 1 cup broccoli, EVOO and ACV
3:30 – 3 oz tuna, 3 tsp mayo
7:30 –  4 oz round steak and 2 cups broccoli

Water 88 oz
Calories 590

October 16th

Workout – None
12:00 – 3 egg whites, 1 whole egg, 1 tbls butter, 1.5 cups broccoli, 2 tbsp salsa
7:30 – 5 oz ground beef, 3 lettuce leaves, 2 oz cheese, 1 tbsp salsa

Water 80 oz
Calories 758

October 17th

Workout – 15 mins on spin bike
12:30 – 3 egg whites, 1 whole egg, 1 tsp butter, 1.5 cups broccoli, 2 tbsp salsa
4:00 – 4 oz ground beef with taco seasoning, 3 lettuce leaves, 2 tbsp salsa
7:30 – 5 oz ground beef with taco seasoning, 3 lettuce leaves, 2 tbsp salsa, 2 oz cheese

Water 88 oz
Calories 1008

October 18th

Workout – TT 2.0 A
11:30 – 3 egg whites, 1 whole egg, 1 tsp butter, handful spinach, 1/2 cup broccoli, 2 tbsp salsa

4:00 – 4 oz Boarshead Roast beef, 2 hard boiled eggs
6:00 – 5 oz chicken breast salad with tomatoes, a sprinkle of parm cheese, steamed broccoli and a tbsp balsamic vinegar
10:00 – 4 oz chicken breast and steamed spinach with 1 tbsp mayo
Bed at 12:30 am (yawn)

Water 88oz
Calories 830

October 19th

Workout – None
3:00 – 4 oz grilled chicken breast cooked in 2 tbsp EVOO, 5 mushrooms and handful of spinach
5:00 – 3 oz tuna with 3 tsp mayo
8:00 – Leftover chicken breast (about 3 oz) salad with tomato, salsa and sprinkle of parm cheese

Water 40oz
Calories 752

What happened to Week 4?

Week 4…well it happened, I just didn’t post.  I’ve been sick and really busy, work kind of takes precedence.  I also needed some time to process where I was going to take my diet.

I’ve added back in more calories, I was restricting too much and combined with IF’ing kind of started to screw up my metabolism, luckily I caught it in time.

With not feeling well I also decided to listen to my body, I cut back on the intensity of my workouts over the week but was right back at it on Sunday Oct. 13th.

On to a new week with a new diet plan…but that’s a different post.

On a very positive note my results have been fantastic.

WEIGHT & MEASUREMENTS

Sept 16th

Weight – 169
Neck 13.25
Arms R – 12.5  L – 12.5
Bust 41
Waist 33
Gut 40.5
Hips 41.75
Thighs R – 26  L – 25.75
Calves R – 14.75  L – 15


Oct 14th 
Weight – 159   down 10#
Neck 13.00  down .25″
Arms R – 11.5  L – 11.5   down 2.00″ total
Bust 40.50   down .50″
Waist 30.25   down 2.75″
Gut 35.5   down 5.00″
Hips 40.25   down 1.50″
Thighs R – 24  L – 24.5  down 3.25″ total
Calves R – 14.50  L – 14.75 down .50″ total

That’s a total of 15.75″ and 10 pounds

Taking those numbers into week 5 is a HUGE motivation booster.

Week 2 of TT 2.0 & Bio Trust Contest

Monday 9/23 weight: 164  a solid 5 pound loss since day 1.  (yes it was a few pounds lower yesterday before my feast :- /)

Monday 9/23

It’s another rainy Oregon day, the first of many  since it’s only the end of September and fall is clearly here – boo!!’

Workout:
 I did the first of the TT 2.0 Intermediate workouts today.  It was tough, a TON of push ups and my wrist doesn’t like pushups.  I did most of them on my knees even though I can easily pump out 10 “guy” pushups at a time, just not in the quantity required on the program.  Overall a great workout.  I only did 1 set of the X-body mountain climbers in the finisher but feel like my progression from Beginner was worthy.  The beginner workouts were tough enough but not as hard as I feel it should have been, I guess this is a credit to me, like perhaps my fitness level is better than I thought.  Prior to starting the contest I spent 2 weeks doing the Home Kickboxing Revolution (great bodyweight program BTW) and 1 week of the TT 2.0 beginner program.

Meals:
I LOVE soup, stews and chili so you’ll be seeing quite a few of those meals since the weather is agreeable to them.  The only good thing about the Pacific Northwest Fall, Winter and Spring – SOUP!


1:00 Chicken & veggie soup (leftover from Sat)
4:00 2 hard boiled eggs and 1 baby carrot
6:15 1 tablespoon PB
7:15 Chicken and Veggie soup plus 3 bites of the leftover baked potato soup

Water: 
80 oz

Calories 836 – that seems low but I wasn’t hungry, chances are I’m under estimating to some degree anyway but at least I have a better idea of how much I’m eating.

Tuesday 9/24

Woot – woot – 163 pounds this morning AND 3 inches off my waist.

I’m wearing boots – double boo for the fall. I could live in flip flops and be happy.

On another note I’ve finally decided to enter yet another Transformation Contest, luckily it’s running concurrent with the Turbulence Training one and they are separate products (workout and nutrition) so no conflict of interest.  BioTrust has some nice products as far as supplements go.  All organic and natural, definitely my type of supplement.  I typically don’t use supplements but…I purchased three tubs of protein earlier in the year that I haven’t used and they have these protein cookies that I’m dying to try.  Plus I keep seeing all these great dessert recipes using the Biotrust Low Carb protein powder, this is a great reason to try them out and stay on track with my nutrition.  Since nutrition is 90% of the equation in my journey I better hit it good.

Workout:
Light stretching and foam rolling for my oh-so-sore behind and legs.  Yikes, yesterday’s workout did them in.  Sleep wasn’t so great, the soreness kept waking me up ;(

Meals:
1:30 Leftover chicken and veggie soup (I’m hoping this just never runs out)
4:30 2 hard boiled eggs and an apple
6:00 3/4 table spoon of PB
7:15 Taco soup (ground beef, lots of beans, tomato sauce & fresh tomatoes) 1 oz cheese, 1 tablespoon light sour cream 

Water: 
80 oz plus

Wednesday 9/25

Word of the day – OUCH!!!  My glutes and hammies are SORE from Monday’s workout.

 Workout:
 TT 2.0 Intermediate B – great workout, didn’t feel as hard as the A workout

Meals:  Haven’t been hungry so I haven’t been eating 😉
1:45 The last of the chicken and veggie soup – I’m very sad since it was such an easy to pack lunch ;-( 
6:30 Hawaiian style teriyaki chicken, white rice and mac salad

Water: 80oz

Calories – About 1290, I over estimated on dinner so hopefully that means I’m right on

Thursday 9/26

 Workout:
Non-workout day, just worked and grocery shopped.

Meals:  Still not really hungry today
1:30 Trader Joe’s beet and chicken salad
4:30 Trader Joe’s Chocolate covered cocoa nibs (the whole container of 2 tablespoons)
7:00 Meat tomato based pasta sauce over spaghetti squash

Water: 80oz

Calories – 796 (??) this seems really low and I don’t “feel” like I’m not eating enough so I’m not sure what’s going on.  I wonder if I’m just underestimating horribly on calories.  I’m using Livestong, My Plate to calculate.

Thought I’d share.  I was eating a bag of these a day from July to August, calculates out to about 1710 calories a day in candy.  Coupled with my daily burrito of approx 600 calories and then dinner and a pepsi I was consuming about 3000 calories daily – yikes!

My mouth waters looking at the package – I’m hopeless.

 

Friday 9/27

Workout:
TT 2.0 Intermediate C.  I was afraid this was going to be tough but I killed it and added on a finisher to boot 😉

Meals:  
1:30 Homemade chicken and vegetable soup
5:15 Trader Joe’s Chocolate covered cocoa nibs (the whole container of 2 tablespoons)
6:30 Homemade chicken and vegetable soup
8:30 2 tsp of PB

Water: 80oz

Calories – 773 (still seems low but again I wasn’y hungry)

Saturday 9/28

Workout:
No workout but it was my normal day off and I worked plus I danced some at my bosses birthday party

Meals:  
3:00 2 hard boiled eggs
PARTY
I didn’t drink at all but ate more than I should have.  Pork loin, fingerling potatos, rice and beans a la Cuban style, croquette’s (deep fried) and flan.  I wasn’t stuffed by any means and had a really low calorie day otherwise AND I had no alcohol so…

Water: 50oz

Sunday 9/29

Week 2 weight was 162 – down 7 pounds
 
Interesting day.  This was my planned “free day”.  I woke up and the power went out shortly afterwards so there went my brownie plans for the day – huff.  I didn’t go overboard, especially after last night.  I had 1/2 a sandwich and some ships, 4 or 5 pieces of pizza (about 1/2 and I can eat a whole), a pepsi, a spoonful of PB and 1/2 a cup of Hagaan Daz ice cream oh and 1 left over brownie from last week.

Workout:
Started my day with two 4 minute finishers and that was enough

 
 

What’s in a week?

In the spirit of saving time (NO TIME) I’m going to lump my weekly workout/nutrition accountability together in one post .

Tuesday 9/17

Workout – Yoga  I admit I feel like an absolute moron doing yoga, thankfully I’m in my home gym where no one else can see me but “I” KNOW.  Regardless it feels pretty good to stretch it all out after the higher intensity workouts.

Meals So I’m pretty sure I should have all of these planned already but yet again I’m flying by the seat of my pants.
12:45 Apple and 2 cheesesticks
2:30 Protein shake (better than yesterdays)  3/4 cup coconut water, 1 scoop biotrust protein powder (chocolate), handful of frozen mixed berries, 1 tablespoon cocoa & chia seeds
4:30 Just a Handful from Trader Joes (nuts and cranberries)
7:00 Leftover chicken tortilla soup
8:30 1 tablespoon of Wild Friends Natural PB (chocolate and coconut flavor)

Water Just over 80 oz plus my 24oz of unsweetened ice tea.

Calories accord to Livestong.com 1275

How’d I feel?  The headache was a killer today.  I’ve eliminated almost all grains and sugar from my diet so day 2 was a killer in terms of detox and what not.  Finally took some advil around bedtime ;-/

Wednesday 9/18

Workout
Turbulence Training 2.0 Beginner A – felt easy at first but the finisher had me huffing and puffing.

Meals 
1:30 Big A$$ Salad (BAS) with tuna and 1/4 avocado and homemade balsamic vinaigrette 
3:30 1 cup pineapple
5:45 1 tablespoon Wild Friends Natural PB
7:30 Another BAS with a bowl of beef broth veggie soup with pork loin (strange combo in a soup but it was good).  The soup did have potato’s.  Now there were about 8 pieces of crouton on the salad and I did eat them. 

Water
At least 80 oz plus some and then I drink about 24 oz of unsweetened ice tea 

Calories 1335 

My headache was slightly better today, it started up again so I down some pineapple and that really helped alot.  My tummy was giving me trouble today and through friend investigation on Facebook it was decided that it’s probably more detoxing symptoms (my diet was really, really bad).

Thursday 9/19

Workout
I did about 15 minutes of clumsy  yoga with Rodney Yee before I gave up and foam rolled for about 10 minutes. 

I’m a little concerned that I won’t see magnificent results since Turbulence Training is literally (3) 30 minute workouts a week with 30 minutes of “light” activity on the other 4 days.  I’m following the plan as written but I really want to WIN the contest.  Craig Ballantyne says it works so… 

Meals

1:30 Big A$$ Salad (BAS) with tuna and 1/4 avocado and homemade balsamic vinaigrette 
3:30 1 cup pineapple, packet of natural almond butter (individual serving)
4:45 Just a Handful cashews, almonds and cranberries
8: 00 Spaghetti squash, zucchini & about 2.5 cups of homemade meat sauce

Water
56 oz plus 24 oz ice tea


Calories 1431

Thursday 9/19

Workout
No workout today, had to take the kid to an eye appt. 1st thing.

Meals

1:30 Big A$$ Salad (BAS) with tuna and tomato, broccoli and 10 almonds  and homemade balsamic vinaigrette.  Busy at work and didn’t get to finish lunch until almost 5pm
5:30 1 cup pineapple
7: 30 Big A$$ Salad (BAS) with tuna, tomato, apples, broccoli and homemade balsamic vinaigrette
9:00 I tablespoon natural PB

Water
56 oz plus 24 oz ice tea


Calories 1133

Saturday 9/21

Workout
Last “workout” for the week and I killed it.  TT 2.0 Beginners B, did the finisher twice with a 2 rounds of weighted hip thrusts at the very end.  Going to try and move to the Intermediate next week but it’s a definite step up in terms of effort.  Might have to scale it down a bit (2 circuits instead of 3 for a week or so)

Meals

1:00 3 scrambled eggs with broccoli and zucchini, 1 table spoon butter
2:30 1/2 an apple and 1 table spoon PB
4:30 1/2 table spoon peanut butter
6:00 Homemade chicken soup with potato, broccoli, zucchini & carrots
12:00 (am) shot glass of pepsi (worked from 7:30-2:00am)

Water
56 oz plus 48 oz ice tea

Calories 795

Sunday 9/22

Rest day. I slept until about 9:30 after working until 2am (ugh!).  Took a 3 hour nap that was supposed to be a little cat nap – guess the cat was tired.

Food – had an enjoyable “free” day but kept it within limits – translated to “I didn’t wake up at 6am and start stuffing my face like on BFL free days”.  I did start my food day a little earlier with a tablespoon of natural peanut butter at 10 am. Veggie omelet at about 1:00 with a great piece of toast and a side of french toast (1 piece of homemade bread dipped in granola), made a pan of brownies and had 2 then topped it off with Loaded Baked Potato Soup and a small toasted french roll.  All in all about 2500 calories.