Gettin’ Jacked ON Caffeine

Posted on May 6, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

This is slightly controversial because many will argue that consuming caffeine before a workout isn’t safe.  So before I go on about how much I love caffeine pre-workout I’ll cover the negative arguments:

– It can have a diuretic effect, which can lead to cramping if you aren’t well hydrated

– It can increase heart rate (so if you already have a high heart rate or are not well conditioned this is probably a bad idea for you)

– It can make you nauseous, have difficulty breathing, cause anxiety, and make you jittery.  So if you are very sensitive to caffeine, pre-workout is probably not a good time to consume it, if ever.

Now that that’s out of the way let’s talk about why some folks like myself, love it.

– It stimulates the nervous system so it will increase mental focus, energy production and acuity.

– According to Preworkout.com, ” It reduces reaction time to physical and visual stimuli, increases the heart and respiratory rates, and may decrease symptoms of depression. The level of stimulation varies depending on several factors, including the amount used, the level of tolerance a person has to caffeine (as seen with habitual caffeine users), metabolism, and other drug use. The increased energy and focus could certainly benefit the athlete going into a strenuous workout. There are some side effects to consider, however.”

So whether you want to take it is a personal choice.  How you want to get it and how much you want to take depends on your preference as well, though over 200mg is not recommended for anyone!
I love having a coffee before my workout.  So I do have a couple of shakes that you can make here to get your pre-workout protein, carbs AND caffeine!!  Here you go…

Frostee Flavored Protein Shake

Chocolate Banana Mocha Protein Shake

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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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Food Blog

Posted on April 23, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: |

WARNING: This blog contains photos of really delicious food that may disrupt your diet if you are limited your refined sugar and fat intake.  But in one week from today I will be able to eat any  of this I want!!

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