My First Bikini Competition

Posted on May 2, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Saturday I competed in the New England Fitness Atlantic Ms. Bikini Competition at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT.  This was my very first competition and I worked really hard going into this.

Back in January 2011 I hired Julie Costa as my coach through Cathy Savage Fitness.  Honestly, there is no way I would ever consider competing if I had not hired Cathy.  My meals, my workouts and my walk were all completely mapped out for me.  I had assistance in picking out the right bikini, the right sports wear, the right heels.. everything.  It’s laid out for you perfectly so while I was so confused and at times overwhelmed, they made it so simple.

Anyhow, you guys all know about how much work I put in leading up to the competition, so I’ll just tell you about the day itself:

It started at 5am, after very little sleep, when I put on a layer of Bronze Angel over my spray tan. At 7am I had an appointment with my very close friend Bre Welch to have my hair and make up done.  Bre is amazing.. I would never let anyone else put make up on my face for any major event.  She knows exactly what I like, she’s great at what she does and it was so nice to be around her.

Once that was taken care of I headed down to the dressing rooms where I was crammed in with probably 30 other girls.  I’m girly.. I enjoy being pretty.. but I don’t enjoy being in a way too crowded room full of women obsessing over make up and their tans smudging.

My first time on the stage was in the sports wear round.  Not all federations do sports wear, but basically it means you wear a slutty halloween costume on stage.  I’m not sure why we do this, but it was kind of fun and it gave me the chance to wear a costume I’ve always wanted to wear but never had the body.  I chose Popeye because I loved spinach so much and I really needed an excuse to kiss my bicep on stage. 

http://espn.go.com/espn3/index?id=176735  Watch for me at the 25:00 minute mark.

I can’t even remember being on stage the first time because my nerves were so crazy.  Right before I went on I kept trying to tell myself to relax, but I ended up not even being able to take full breaths.  Haha.  So according to Julie, I did great.  I do think I could have slowed that one down a bit though.  My scores were: 10, 9, 10, 12, 12 out of 15.

Then between 12:30 and 5 we had a break, so I went up to the casino and hungout with Bre and Ryan & Jimmy.   I had to get back down to go on stage in my bikini at 5:30.  This time I felt so much better because I had already been on the stage at that point, and knowing my friends were in the crowd made me feel like I wasn’t alone.  Apparently because I was more comfortable I did quite a bit better because my scores were: 12, 9, 11, 12, 12.

I wonder if it was being around my friends for a few hours or if it was the Pedialyte and Swedish Fish that made me place higher!

Earlier in the day I was turned around to tape my booty shorts to my ass and I was so dehydrated that I got a cramp in my peck.  Yes, I said peck NOT boob.  When you are at 14.4% body fat, you do not have boobs anymore unless you pay for them.  Now, before I say this, I want to put it out there that I have nothing against plastic surgery.  One day I plan to get boobs too.  But this competition wasn’t what I expected.

After the second time on stage, we had another 3 hour break before we had to line up to announce the top 5 so I spent that time hanging out with my friends, having a couple of drinks and eating a chocolate chip cookie.  Then  we were called to go on stage, but somehow something got messed up and we had to sit in our bikinis in the freezing cold for god knows how long to go out.  This was now the most miserable part of my day.  I was tired, hungry, thirsty, annoyed and a bunch of other things that were just not good.  We finally went out and the top 5 from my short class were called, all of which were Savage girls.. yay!

I ran back to get my stuff, threw my dress & flip flops on so fast, zipped up my suitcase and RAN back to the casino so I could just be with my friends.  I was so sick of all the pageantry and estrogen I couldn’t get out of there fast enough.

At the end of the experience I can tell you  a few things..

1. I learned a lot about nutrition from the experience.  I learned what my body responds to, what to eat when and why, etc.  I learned a lot about cardio, how it effects your body in addition to lifting and how frequently each should be done, etc.  I learned more about fitness which is good because I like to always be learning more within my profession.

2.  I learned a lot about myself.  I experienced so much when it comes to food.  I can’t wait to write my “diary” blog about this.  The eating was so hard for me.  I wanted things I had never wanted before.  I binged a lot and had a very hard time with that.  Now that it’s over I don’t even want anything but healthy food.  There is currently protein bars, cinnamon toast crunch, brownie mix, carrot cake and cheesecake in my house and I’m okay with it.  I don’t feel obsessed with it now.  I can look at it and not binge on it or even eat it at all.

3. I’m glad I accomplished my goal that I set out to do.  It took hard work to do all the workouts, all of the posing classes, prepping measuring all my food and carrying bags of chicken and asparagus to bars with me.  It was hard missing out on social events where I knew I couldn’t handle being around food, or just feeling like I couldn’t do things with friends because I wasn’t eating or drinking anything other than chicken, asparagus and water.  And it took balls to get on stage in a scrunch butt bikini and let people JUDGE me.

4. It was expensive and a lot of hard work to be on stage for 90 seconds of my life.  Do I still feel like it was worth it?  Yes.  I really enjoyed having a goal and a date.  It forced me to work hard instead of just being like “I’d like to lose 5 lbs” then never really following through or not knowing how.

HOWEVER… I also realized a few other things that weren’t so great…

5. My day completely sucked.   I don’t like being in a packed dressing room amongst strangers feeling like it was impossible to make friends or find anyone I had very much in common with.

6. I really thought that since this competition was geared toward fitness I would make more friends with similar interests of wanting to lift weights and do tough workouts, yet look pretty.  It wasn’t what I expected.

Most of all though I can 100% see exactly who I am…

I am the girl who wants to sit at a sports bar or a football game and eat wings and burp really loud with the guys yet still look cute doing it.  I don’t need foundation.. I don’t need stilettos or a super tight dress… I am completely confident in who I am and I no longer mind getting on stage and letting some strangers judge me based on what my ass looks like.  My ass looks good!!!  I work really, really hard on it.  As a matter of fact, I love to be able to lift heavy with the boys too.. and I can look cute doing that too.

Now many of you will ask if I’m going to compete again.  I’m not going to say NEVER, but I am going to say that I have no plans to do so.  I’m taking some time to re-evaluate what I want to do.  I have some ideas for goals so I’m just trying to figure out exactly what I want to do with them.

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Hamburger & Broccoli Slaw

Posted on April 20, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I used 93% lean ground beef because I couldn’t find anything less.  I’ve used ground turkey but today I felt like I needed some red meat, when my body tells me this, I gladly listen.

Ingredients:

6 ounces lean ground beef

1 cup broccoli slaw

1/4 cup onion

Directions:

Put it in a pan, mix together, cover and let meat cook.

Nutrition:

Cals – 321

Carbs – 13g

Fat – 12g

Protein – 41g

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Carbo-Loading

Posted on April 17, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

This Monday is the Boston Marathon, one of the most popular of all the marathons in the world and my boyfriend is running.  As you all know I am training for Ms. Bikini April 30th, so only 12 days after his 26.2 mile stroll.

So this means his eating habits couldn’t be any more different than my own.

Granted, when nearing a run of this magnitude, I don’t think eating anything that could potentially upset the stomach would be a good idea, when you area gearing up for this kind of race, you can generally have a pretty lax diet.  This includes and lots and lots of carbohydrates.  For my training, my carbohydrates (minus veggies) are depleting by the day.

Carb loading is the act of adding more carbs to your diet so you increase the amount of fuel in your muscles to improve your ENDURANCE activity.

By endurance I mean more than a 5k people.  This is an event that should last about 90 minutes or more.

According to the Mayo Clinic, ” Any physical activity you do requires carbohydrates to provide you with fuel. For most recreational activity, your body uses its existing energy stores for fuel. But when you engage in long, intense athletic events, your body needs extra energy to keep going. The purpose of carbohydrate loading is to give you the energy to complete an endurance event with less fatigue, improving your athletic performance.”

Carb loading also doesn’t mean just a pasta dinner the night before a race.  Honestly, if you aren’t used to a pasta dinner, it wouldn’t be advised the night before a race because who knows what will happen to your digestive system.

How To Carb Load Properly…

About a week before your event you want to increase your carbohydrate intake to 50 – 55% of your daily caloric intake (a DISASTER  if you are a fitness competitor, like myself) should be from carbohydrates.  That means vegetables, fruit and starches.

And 3 – 4 days out, 70 – 75% of your daily caloric intake should be from carbohydrates.

During this process you should be scaling back your activity level to very little if at all.  So if you don’t think you can make the full 26 miles, 3 days ahead of the race isn’t the time do your last long run.

So can you imagine what it’s been like lately with one runner in the house consuming carbs like it’s his job while I’m carb depleting and wondering why my belly is still poking out so far?!

Here’s a few examples of how our eating habits have differed this week:

Wednesday night’s dinner – I had mahi and veggies.  Ryan had mahi, veggies and brown rice.

Thursday’s breakfast – Ryan had two servings of an unmeasured amount of oatmeal. I got a 1/4 cup of oats.

Friday – Ryan ate fruit and bagels before heading to dinner where he got breaded salmon with mashed potatoes.  The he went for ice cream. I had seared tuna, asparagus and a stick of gum.

Saturday – Ryan had pizza.  I had tupperware chicken and brussel sprouts.

While his food sounds fantastic and mine sounds bland and so not glamorous, I don’t think I could stand the feeling of bloat or softness endurance athletes have to deal with.

So I’ll take my chicken, fish and veggies while I watch him cross the finish line knowing that in less than two weeks I’ll be walking proudly across that stage at Mohegan Sun!!

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Bikini Show Update #10/ 4 Weeks Out!!

Posted on April 4, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The countdown is on in the matter of days now!!!  It’s April 4th today, so that means in 26 days I will be strutting my stuff on stage in front of thousands of people and JUDGES.

Excuse me one moment.. I need to go have a little panic attack for a moment….

Okay, I’m back.

My nutrition has changed a little.  Every other day I can have 1/4 cup of starch in my first 3 meals of the day.  The other days I can have 1/4 cup of starch twice a day.  I go from having about 110 – 130g of carbs to about 70 or 80g of carbs.  It makes a little difference, but I’m not left hungry or anything.  On the days I can have starches three times I have..

1/4 cup oats at bfast, 1/4 cup sweet potato mid-morning snack, 1/4 oats pre-workout snack

On the 2-carb days I save my carbs for bfast oats and pre-workout oats.  I recognize my body likes the oats before I go get my ass beat at CATZ or at Prana power yoga.  I like the oats pre-workout because the carbs give me energy, most importantly, and they don’t make me feel too full to do my twists in yoga or my box jumps at CATZ.

What else is new…. I have been doing a lot of posing and walking in my shoes but I still need more work.  I really need to get my step, turn & drag down.  I always feel so imbalanced which is odd considering the amount of yoga I do.  So to counter this, I am going to wear heels in general most places I go aside from the gym/ work.

I had a private session with Annette Perry.  She is amazing.  She’s won Ms. Bikini before, has competed for a while and is very well known for her walk and stage presence.  She’s definitely a name to look out for.  So when I saw her available for a private session on PBO, I jumped at that opportunity right away!  She’s so super sweet and gave me lots of helpful advice.

I have decided on Popeye as my theme wear in the competition so she helped me choreograph my walk to go along with my theme.  I’m going to be spending  A LOT of time on this for the next 26 days.

That being said, I need to post my progress pics.  But first, I want to tell you guys a little something..

I’m learning a lot by doing this competition.  I have gone through some serious ups and downs with how I feel about my body since I began, so much it’s going to take up a really long blog so I’m not going into that now.  I’m learning about how to avoid binge eating – why it happens and how to stop it.  I’m learning a lot about exactly how much impact nutrition has on the body because I have to say, the physical training aspect isn’t that difficult nor is it terribly different from what I’m used to.  I’m also learning that not drinking isn’t so bad.  It’s been six weeks and I really don’t miss it for the most part.

But one thing I have not learned yet is patience.  Many say patience is a virtue, and I’ve always said I must not be very virtuous.  Or maybe I am.  I know that body changes do not happen overnight, hence why I always post my progress pics and have them all saved so you guys can see how drastically my body has changed since Feb 1.  So in that regard I am patient because I don’t expect to see a difference in my body very quickly.  But I am just really getting impatient with people and very irritable.  It’s really unfortunate too because I realize how lucky I am to have all of these amazing opportunities, but lately I just feel very blah.

I was a little sick at the end of last week so I am hoping that it’s just a lack of energy from fighting off a cold virus but I’m not even feeling my meat-head lifts 😦

I guess I can’t be ON all the time, can I?

Hopefully my next update post will be a little more upbeat and energetic.

I’m gonna go strut around in my stripper heels now while I make turkey & broccoli slaw lettuce wraps for dinner and hit the hay early tonight for my 4am wake up call tomorrow!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Salmon-Salad Wrap

Posted on April 1, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Thanks to my girl Juli (loveofmylife) I remembered that Greek yogurt is such a good base for making “salads” like this one.

Ingredients:

App. 4 ounces FF greek yogurt     

6 ounces canned salmon

1 cup baby spinach leaves

1 Joseph’s brand whole wheat wraps

1 tablespoon chopped onion

1 teaspoon capers

1/2 teaspoon dill

Directions:

Drain salmon.

Mix salmon, greek yogurt (I like mine not to be too soupy, so I add the yogurt as I go and I usually have about 2 ounces left over,) onion, capers and dill in bowl.

Scoop onto wrap, add spinach, wrap and chow down!  

Nutrition:

Cals – 388

Carbs – 17g

Fat – 11g

Protein – 55g

 

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No One Believes… I Used to be Fat

Posted on March 30, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

My clients don’t believe me.  No one in the blog world knew me then.  My old friends who see me now are still in disbelief of how I’ve transformed my body.

When I was 22 years old, in 2003, I was a crazy party girl.  I was vegetarian who ate french fries, entire calzones and once I even ate an entire casserole dish of bean dip and bag of chips in one sitting.  I weighed 160 – 165 at 5’4″.  I didn’t exercise.. I thought sweating was gross.   I worked at Abercrombie and I wore a size large, I felt like I was being “hidden” because I wasn’t small.  I didn’t care.. I thought I was hot, but it did hurt.  It also hurt my pride when I was getting out of the backseat of my friend’s car and the inseam of my jeans split because they were too small.  One night I went out wearing a short mini skirt and ran into an ex who told me that “my outfit wasn’t flattering.”  I put that on him and just thought he was being mean because I didn’t see what I truly looked like and how big I was.  Finally, that summer I was in the backyard at my parents’ house in a bikini and my dad pointed to my stomach and asked “what is that?”  It hurt  A LOT but that’s exactly what it took for me to realize that I was overweight.  I was so unhealthy drinking as much as I was, eating horribly and never exercising.

I recently scanned some photos for a project I’m working on. Here are those photos…

I'm about 20 in this photo.. just got done eating chinese food

"Backstage" at a Taking Back Sunday show - 20 years old

My 23rd birthday party

Ryan and I at my 23rd B'day party.. isn't this crazy?!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At the beach, embarrassed by my stomach

23 or 24 years old at CBGB's, NYC

Standing outside of a metal show, 24 years old

24 years old, top of the Empire State Building, depressed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There you go.. now you’ve seen it.  Looking at some of these photos takes me back to a place (mentally) I would prefer not to go back to.  I was horribly depressed during some of these times.  Actually, the photo snapped of me at CBGB’s, was the night that my ex told me I was dressed inappropriately.  I was.. hello.. my stomach was hanging out!

That’s beside the point.  The point I’m trying to make here is that I overcame this.  And so have millions of other folks who have decided to take control of their lives and make a change.

Whatever the reason is, know & have confidence that you can do it too.  And I can help.  Let me know what you want and we will make it happen.

 

Kyra,

The Get In Shape Girl

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Bikini Show Prep Update #9/ 5 Weeks Out!!

Posted on March 28, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Hey everyone!!  Thanks for following my progress.  I am now 5 weeks away from getting on stage at Mohegan Sun!!  I can’t even believe it.  I’m so freaking excited.. you have no idea.  Everyone asks me how training is going.  I assume by this people mean how the actual PHYSICAL part is going.  So I always say that is going AWESOME but I miss eating certain foods.

The training portion for this really isn’t much different from what I did before.  I hired Cathy Savage as my coach through all of this, and her girl (and mine) Julie Costa is my actual coach, with whom I check in weekly, harass for info and curse whenever I get a chocolate craving!  🙂  (Still love ya girl!)  So let me fill you guys in a bit on what the training schedule is like through CSF…

First of all we go onto her website Cathy Savage Fitness where we print off our monthly training schedule.  March has looked like this for me and the other bikini girls..

Monday – Chest & Triceps

Tuesday – Legs & abs

Wednesday – Functional

Thursday – Back & Biceps

Friday – Shoulders & Core

Saturday – OFF

Sunday – Functional

When we get our monthly training schedule the exercises stay the same for four weeks, but we have different reps each session, have a different amount of time between sets of each circuit and could possibly use a different weight (depending on your strength) each week to keep our muscles guessing.

These type of concentrated days on certain muscle groups is something I have not done in a while in my workouts.  I got so used to going to CATZ all the time where we do full body, functional workouts in circuits.

There’s also 3 days of HIIT cardio involved, and a total of 6 days of cardio altogether, which should be switched up.  This is what a week of MY training schedule looked like..

Monday – Chest/ Triceps ST from 9 to 10am.  I have gotten stronger this month.  At the beginning of March I was using 15 lb DB’s for my chest flyes, now I’m pushing 20’s and could possibly go higher if the reps didn’t go up to 15 the last week.

CATZ from 12 to 1.  I know that more ST probably shouldn’t be done and to some would be considered overtraining.  But when left to my own device to do HIIT cardio on a dreadmill, I probably won’t do it (because I too, lack some motivation.)  Also, when I do sprints on a dreadmill I crank it up to 9.0 or 9.5 mph for 60 seconds and go all out, but I can only get my HR up into the 140 range.  I can’t run much faster than that because my legs can’t keep up, and the dreadmill is doing a lot of the work because the belt moves, I am not.  When I perform certain circuits at CATZ my heart rate will go into the 160’s just going from broad jumps to pull ups to clean/ front squat/ push press.  One thing I am very aware of however, is the possibility of overtraining.  I do get tired by the end of the week, but I blame that on lack of sleep.  I know my body well enough to know what not to push when I shouldn’t.  I know if I’ve just done shoulders the day before to cool it with shoulders the following day if I go to CATZ.   My going to frequently could turn out to be a bad thing, but I’m LOVING the results I’m seeing these days from leaning out at CATZ, yet putting on a little muscle from doing the CSF workouts.

Tuesday – Leg day around 7 or 8am.  Leg day is usually the toughest.  I mean, you have to figure legs are made up by some of the largest muscle groups in the body (hamstrings, quadraceps, glutes) so on leg day we tend to go really heavy and the exercises are tough because of that.  Leg day is usually the biggest calorie burning day of all too for the same reason as why it’s the toughest.  But we all want a couple of nice stems, right?  So we suck it up and we feel the burn from the lactic acid flushing our muscles while we go from squat jumps to a nice iso-hold or from doing walking lunges with 40# DB’s in each hand.

I also do yoga on this day.  Yoga is so important for me personally, but also great for a competitor or an athlete of any sort.  Cathy likes us doing yoga because it gives us a really good connection between our mind and bodies.  We know how to hold our shoulders back very well and it really teaches the figure girls how to spread their lats.  In yoga a lot of moves are held for a long time and we could certainly be doing just that on stage.  For me, however, yoga just feels good.  It feels so rejuvenating to get into a 95+ degree room and sweat it out!  It flushes the toxins from my body, keeps my skin clear (I’ve been complimented by a makeup artist on my complexion at the mall after heading straight there after class once), keeps my digestive track rinsed with the twisting poses.. it keeps me flexible, strong, lean, balanced and stable.. it helps me to slow down and just BE.. not thinking about anything except being right there on my mat for 60  – 90 minutes.. It helps me restore, renew and relax.

Wednesday – Functional/ HIIT day… Insert CATZ!!  Or last week I actually went to a cycling class and to another hot yoga class to change it up.  Change is very good.. you’ve got to keep the body guessing.

Thursday – Back/ Biceps around 7am.. I have to say this is a very good day to have a friend around.  The back part is fine.. I can push myself when it comes to my back, but my biceps need serious strengthening and it’s nice to have a friend there to help motivate me by saying “just… one… more!” or to have them there for a tiny bit of help when I can’t get that last full flexion in on my 21’s.

I try to go to yoga on Thursdays too, but lately I have not been in love with my class options because of the teachers teaching at my studio.  It’s so disappointing.  So I’ll do some form of light cardio like walking on the dreadmill with an incline between 5.0 – 10.0 at about 3.0 mph to work on my booty!  This isn’t so bad because I’ll usually read Oxygen while I’m doing this.

Friday – SHOULDER DAY… MY FAVORITE!!  I think shoulders is a lot of girls’ fav because we get insta-results.  It’s like.. HELLO CAPS within moments of that first shoulder press.

CATZ for more intense cardio and some fun.

Saturday – I sometimes go back to CATZ, depending on how many times I’ve been the last week, I only do it 3 times a week as I’m pretty sure with all the extra lifting my body would shrivel up.

Either way I always go to my intermediate yoga class.  This week sucked however.  I chose my yoga studio because the room is heated to 95 degrees, plus humidity added.  Once we get going the heat, humidity and the heat generated by bodies moving will get up beyond 95, more like 105 degrees.  This is vital as it helps to open me up so I can do twists, back bends, and sometimes even splits.  When a teacher decides that they don’t like the heat anymore it should not be up to them to change the way of the studio and NOT HEAT THE ROOM.  If we sign up to go to a hot studio, then we should have class in a hot studio.  If you don’t like the heat, get out of the kitchen studio.  I really liked this instructor too, but I won’t be practicing when that person teaches again because I need the heat.  Besides, it just gets me mad and that completely nullifies the whole purpose for being there.  Usually the intermediate class is super fun because it’s so small it’s casual and we get to learn new arm balances and practice poses we don’t always practice in a regular flow class.

Sunday – I use this as my day off, but the last two Sundays I’ve been to Sunday Session at the CSF studio in Norwood, MA.  The first 45 min is a bootcamp style cardio/ functional workout which I happen to think I excel at (thanks to CATZ) then an hour of posing, which I certainly need lots of practice at!!!  I’ve really got to get this whole turn & drag thing down.  When someone says “this foot goes this way, then step right, then turn left…” I’m just lost!  I’ll record this sometime so you guys can all laugh at me.  It’s still good to get around like-minded ladies with the same goal in mind!  This most recent Sunday I knew my body had had enough so I just went for posing.   My back STILL is sore from back extensions on the roman chair!

 

So that kind of sums up what training is like for me, which I know for most seems like a lot.

I’m craving a lot of sweets but I’m gaining control.  I am learning a lot since I began reading this book.  I’ll tell you guys more about it later because this blog is getting to be too long!  So here are my progress pics!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Can you tell any difference?  I know my pose changed, but this is what it has to be on stage so I figure I should start taking the pics this way.

 

Kyra,

The Get In Shape Girl

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Disney Princess Half Marathon 2011

Posted on March 1, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Once upon a time there was a princess in a far away northern land named Kyra.  Kyra spent much of her time working out very hard, endlessly picking up and setting down very heavy weights, jumping on top of high boxes, seeing how quickly she could sprint 300 yards and contorting her body in ways unknown to most people in extremely high temperatures.

But Kyra longed to run a far distance, 13.1 miles, in particular with some of her princess friends.  After she asked around she found several friends, Princess Gina, Princess Lauren and Princess Juli to run this distance with her.

Kyra spent very little time actually training for this 13.1 mile run, in terms of doing any actual running.  She spent nearly every single day of her life doing at least an hour of cardiovascular activity, and countless hours strengthening her legs to endure such activity.  See the problem was that Princess Kyra lived in a land called Boston where the temperatures were often below that of 32* fahrenheit and Princess Kyra was very sensitive to these temperatures.  She could not go outside to run the far distances to practice for this, nor would she subject herself to the mental anguish of spending countless hours on the torture device known as a treadmill.  Kyra did everything else besides run long distances.

However, once she arrived in arrived in a land much further south of where she resides, in a beautiful land called Florida, she felt confident that the run would go marvelously.  She met with her other princess friends and they picked up their magical bibs and ate dinner where Princess Kyra ate something that messed up her stomach horribly.  See, Princess Kyra normally eats in a very healthy way, so when she eats something as harmful as French fries she has a reaction that no princess should go through.

After only getting 3 hours of beauty sleep, the princesses got picked up by their chariot and were whisked off to the starting line of the race.


At 5am the princesses gathered with over 13,000 other princesses to get ready to run.  The event was MC’d by our Fairy Godmother and as each corral began, we were sent off by the burst of beautiful fireworks!


At each mile a band played, fans gathered or Disney themed photo opportunities were set up.  The crowds of fans and the volunteers giving us magical water and Powerade were more so encouraging and were a huge help to get everyone through.  The princesses could not have run in our glass slippers without them!

Princess Kyra even took some time to take a few videos…

Princess Kyra and Princess Juli also stopped along the way to pose in front of their castle as well…


And again at the Royal Finish Line…


And once again with their gold, diamond and emerald tiaras that they earned…

In the end, the princesses all did fantastic.  Princess Kyra and Princess Juli finished together with the time of 2:27:50.

Princess Kyra was sore that day as well as the following day.  She is currently residing back in her far, far away land in Boston recovering from strep throat.

She looks forward to running again in 2012 with the same princesses as well as others hopefully.  The royal heinnesses all had such a fantastic time!!

The end.

 

Kyra Williams,

The Get In Shape Girl

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Update from Florida

Posted on February 25, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Just wanted to give you guys an update from my trip to Florida.

Basically I love it here and I’m having the time of my life!!

Since being here I’ve stayed with my old roommate and her kids and husband.  They’re really great!!  We had a nice lunch, did some shopping and celebrated her daughter’s very first birthday together!!

Birthday Girl!!

I had dinner with 4 of my closest girlfriends.. I had seared tuna in a salad.

Today I stopped by the Man Cave, trained shoulders & did HIIT sprints, laid at the pool, went to Lulu Lemon and went to TRX class with one of my best girlfriends.  Then we had sushi for dinner.

Speaking of food, I pack sooooo much food with me for my trip.  I cooked and frozen chicken (which thawed on the plane for me to refrigerate), tofu, protein powder, pre-measured oats, almonds, grapes, apple slices, sweet potato slices, frozen veggies, spaghetti squash, whole wheat wraps, protein bars, etc.  My eating has been damn near perfect since I’ve been here.  You wanna know why?  BECAUSE I FUCKING WANT IT!!!!  Excuse the language but I want to compete to win.  I love eating healthy anyway, and it’s only a slight inconvenience because I know what’s important.

So for those of you who want to say “well I’m going away so I can’t stay on track with my eating,” it’s just another excuse so stop.  If you want it, you will find a way.  Anyway…

I love Florida because it’s so warm, the palm trees and the people are so friendly everywhere I go.  I love my friends here so much too!!

I’m 100% a southern girl in every way.  I love the heat.  I love the sun.. I love that in 20 minutes of being poolside I had a tan line.  I love that when I went to buy a new phone charger the guys asked if he could open it for me.  That would so not happen in Boston!  I love my friends.. I love that they are all getting really into fitness with me and support me and my blog.

LOVE MY GIRLS!!!

Kyra Williams,

The Get In Shape Girl

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30 minutes of exercise

Posted on April 26, 2010. Filed under: athletic training, beauty, body fat, body weight, exercise, fat, fat loss, fitness, get fit, get in shape, getting in shape, health, heart rate, jogging, lose weight, losing weight, running, weight loss, workout | Tags: , , |

I’ve told you the statistic before that 75% of Americans do not do the 30 minutes of light cardiovascular activity recommended each day. But did you know that those 30 minutes do not all have to be done at once? They can be broken down into six five-minute increments, or three ten-minute increments, etc. That being said, even for the busiest of people, doesn’t that sound do-able? Here’s some great ideas of how to sneak cardiovascular exercise into your incredibly busy day:

– When running errands, park toward the back of the lot so you have to walk further to get into the store. (Your card will thank you, and it’s probably faster anyway because fighting for a close spot ends up taking so much time anyway.)
– When bringing in the groceries make it a game and time yourself. See how quickly you can carry all those groceries in, running back and forth to the car, then put them away as fast as you can.
– Go outside and play with your kids or your dog. I bet if you do this for five minutes you will want to stay longer.
– ALWAYS take the stairs.
– During commercial breaks get in the floor and do sit ups or push ups.
– Since you are obviously chugging water all day, every time you use the restroom at work do a set of 10 wall push ups, or squats, or calf raises, stationary lunges, standing hip abductions, standing hip adductions, a wall sit for 30 seconds, jumping jacks for 30 seconds, running in place, etc.
– When you are in Target, Home Depot, etc jog from place to place you need to be in the store. You will get your shopping done faster. Just be careful of other shoppers!
– Put on some Britney Spears or Lady Gaga and shake your booty during housework.
– Walk or bike to work.
– Take a walk on your lunch break.

Just try sneaking 5 – 10 minutes in at a time to elevate your heart rate. Something is better than nothing!

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