Saturday, 9 May 2015

Carb Backloading Recap Part 1

In Sept I wrote a blog about “Carb Back Loading” and how I started using this method after Nationals in Aug. 
To recap there are two different variations of this, one being Carb Night and one being Carb Backloading.
CN you have carbs everyday but only in the evening after training. In CBL there is a larger carb load once or several times a week depending on when you feel the need. The main premise is fats, proteins and some vegetables are what you consume throughout the day. When we wake up your body is in a Fat Metabolizing state so in order to keep your body metabolizing fat for fuel you don’t have carbs. Once you intake carbs your body switches to use carbs for energy not the stored fat.
However, carbs are important and used to benefit your training goals so having them post training or before bed enables your body replenish glycogen storage and create more lean muscle.
Coming off Nationals I was eating very little carbs so I choose to start with a once a week. On Sundays I would have my fats and protein as usual then at the later part of the day I would have my high glycemic carbs of choice (Popcorn, Nibs, M&M’s).  My goal was to start with once a week while lowering cardio, then go to twice and eventually have a small portion of carbs each day.
The next day I would train my legs thus using all the glycogen I had taken in night before. I must say I did feel fantastic and the tightest I had felt in awhile. Then the following week I consumed only fats and protein with no carbs except for my fibrous vegetables and start all over again Sunday.
Now I am not going for “Off Season Gains” I purely want to feel good, train hard and look great year round.
I started incorporating carbs in twice a week and eventually by November I was having 60grms of carbs per day with 30-40grms fat (spread over 4 meals) and 25grm of Protein per meal. I also lowered my cardio to 30 min, (I had been at 2hrs for my show prep in Aug) and did split body parts for training. Now I did experience weight gain that I was not comfortable with so at that point I decided to make some adjustments. 

My goal this year was to figure out what works for my body. 
How can I look good year round? I’m not interested in going up and down continuously, which is usually what happens with competing.  I am willing to put in the work, eat and train properly but I wanted to have the results. In my next blog I will cover what changes I made to get my body to stay with the look and weight I wanted using this method…


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Monday, 27 April 2015

Social Media and Relationships

Successful relationships require a lot of work, communication, dedication and the commitment to constantly “show up” for your partner.  
I feel we are entering a very different era in personal relationships.  With all the Social Media avenues available there seems to be a very grey line as to what is appropriate.
In the Fitness community I find the line is increasingly becoming blurred. It takes a strong secure couple to not let it compromise the relationship.
Many girls have asked me how Scott and I handle it.  Both of us have various Social Media avenues that we are on and we both are subject to suggestive, inappropriate comments.
Many couples seem to have difficulty in communicating to their partners agreed upon personal boundaries. Is there a fear of seeming controlling or overbearing in regard to giving voice in the relationship? This could be true for any aspect of a couples relationship, but can be particular frustrating and hurtful watching a partner like and comment on a variety of pictures and pages. 
Yet the key to any powerful, fulfilling relationships is communication.  With fidelity we have no problem expressing our boundaries and Social Media should be no exception.
What has worked in my relationship has evolved over time. We communicate in a very open and honest manner.  Do we agree all the time? No, but if something bothers one of us no matter how small it is we listen and respect the other person’s point of view. We have no problem unfriending, unfollowing, taking down a post, or comment that makes either of us feel uncomfortable.  At the end of the day I don’t care what 10,000+ strangers think, the person I share my life with gets top priority.
 However, as we know there are those who ask their partner to change their behaviours online, and just like asking the person to change in their real life interactions- they may or may not lie. This post is not addressing that - just my personal experience of respecting and listening to each other.  If couples do not listen then it ends in counselling or divorce.
Social Media is an important tool we use to promote the brands we work with.  However, at the end of the day when life happens it is not the thousands of strangers I turn to but my partner.  Having integrity and respect for my relationship will always come first. I believe if you can operate with openness, honesty, and love, there is freedom for expression as an individual and in a relationship. 




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Sunday, 22 March 2015

Been Awhile

Well...it's been awhile since I last blogged, February was quite a challenging month.

    I was given news that a project I had been working on and dreaming about for 4 years had been shut down.
My boyfriend was let go from his job that he dedicated 100% of his energy and time too.
We felt like the wind was taken out of our sails. We both had to regroup, refocus and also be there to support each other.
In life,  things are never for sure and being able to trust that everything has a purpose is sometimes really difficult, especially when it is not going the way you wanted. However, when I look back at the times I did not get what I had anticipated, it was in those moments that followed that led to even better situations.
The good news is Scott received 5 job opportunities the days following his release. He is incredible at what he does and other companies were watching and pounced when they had the chance. By the following Monday he hired to a better position with more ability to grow and learn in his field.
I also know that not having my plans follow through mean better ones are in store for me and they have began to happen. 
So just remember when you experience "Set Backs" we need to look at them as "Step Forwards"...






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Thursday, 29 January 2015

Do I Matter?



As Oprah has stated numerous times over the years one of our fundamental human needs is to feel validated :


We all want to be heard and acknowledged. Even if the other person does not agree with us, the act of listening will usually satisfy the speaker. This rings true in relationships of all kinds: mother/daughter, friendships, with colleagues, and with lovers/partners.

I’ll be honest; this is an area I know I really need to work on. I often get so bogged down and carried away with my day-to-day priorities, that when a loved one calls to talk, I tend to do a million things at once while trying to listen. I acknowledge I am not present in that moment. I do not stop and give that person the respect they deserve when they are sharing something extremely important with me.

I then try and justify the lack of focus by running through my regular excuses of work responsibilities, child, relationship, training, chores at home, etc. but ‘I’m just so busy’ gets old after awhile. It’s as if I’m trying to convince myself that my reasons justify the lack of attention I’m giving – but they don’t.

My ‘ah ha moment’ occurred recently when my neglect jeopardized a relationship I hold very dear to me. I was forced to step back and reevaluate my actions .  This person had been expressing to me  that their needs were not being met. I had brushed it off as them being overly sensitive. However,  when the thought of not having them in my life became possiblity I had to stop and look at my actions: 
How had my behaviour affected the other person? What could I have done better? What changes did I need to make? What kind of friend, partner, mother, and daughter do I want to be?

If I want to live an extraordinary life, a huge part of that is having extraordinary relationships. This means I need to treat the amazing people in my life with respect, as they are precious and important.

One of those ways is the simple act of taking the time to stop what I am doing, hold off on the multi-tasking and give my undivided attention to the person sharing with me. One day they might be gone and I never want to regret taking them for granted.


              

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Tuesday, 20 January 2015

"Everything is Awesome" on Social Media



I recently decided to join the world of Instagram. Although I had seen pictures from Instagram before, I had never felt motivated to set one up for myself… mostly due to the fact I have to have a Blackberry for work, which wasn’t compatible with Instagram.

In my first month as an “Instagrammer” I have noticed how incredible people’s lives seem to be. Not only just incredible, but extraordinary enough to make me re-evaluate my whole life….LOL.

What got me to the point of re-evaluation? The selfies of six-pack abs, round, firm butts, perfect flawless makeup, outfits that look like they were styled by Vogue, glamorous shoes, and hair that falls perfectly into place, could have something to do with it. It also could have been the expensive cars, wonderful homes that look like they belong in Architectural Digest, and vacations to exotic destinations…

It seems we have become a culture of “everything is awesome” on social media. We all want to portray that we live a fabulous life, with a six-pack abs, a big house, the perfect relationship, cute babies that don’t cry, and driving a luxury vehicle, all while wearing our designer clothes that belong on Pinterest.

I’ll admit, I have also played into the ‘my life is awesome’ photo posting to a certain degree, but my real truth is: my life is messy.

I work out and try to eat healthy (80/20 rule), yet I still do NOT have a six-pack. My hair is usually in a bun or ponytail, and fashion for me is usually a sweat shirt and yoga pants or jeans. I do love my little home but my family sometimes feels like we are on top of each other for a lack of space. I work really hard to pay my bills and sometimes I still don’t have enough. I often feel ‘Mommy guilt’ for not spending enough time with my midget, I have arguments in my relationship, and I am in a constant game of catch-up in everything!

Now, I am not saying that everyone on Instagram or social media is presenting this over-the-top idea of ‘perfection’ because there are many are people being authentic and sharing their journeys truthfully… but the reality is, no one’s life is perfect!

I am pledging, going forward, that I any and everything I post on my social media is to be honest, authentic, imperfect and vulnerable.

So get ready for some bad hair days.


“To be authentic, we must cultivate the courage to be imperfect—and vulnerable.” Brene Brown


      


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Sunday, 11 January 2015

Working Yummy Mommy, SD Athlete, Fitness Chick: 2015 Party Tips

Working Yummy Mommy, SD Athlete, Fitness Chick: 2015 Party Tips: This holiday season, instead of waiting for my New Year’s Resolutions, I decided to start on December 1 st .  Every year with the holiday p...

2015 Party Tips

This holiday season, instead of waiting for my New Year’s Resolutions, I decided to start on December 1st.  Every year with the holiday parties and all the social activities my fitness and health goals can easily get buried in the mantra: “I will just wait  until January 1st”.

I have experienced the dreaded aftermath of abundant holiday eating and drinking that leaves me feeling as far away as possible from my optimal health and fitness by the time January 1st rolls around. This year I really wanted to do something different so I went into the holidays with a plan to keep my health on track.

Here are the top 5 Holiday Tips I practiced:

1: Move everyday!
Every day I moved my body for at least 30 minutes. Whether it was walking, an exercise class, playing with my daughter, or heading to the gym to squeeze a workout in, making exercise a priority was essential.

2: Don’t go hungry
Before going to a holiday party, I made sure I did not go hungry. Otherwise, tearing myself away from the treat table is even harder, and let’s be honest, we have all been there! I’d have some lean protein before I left to fill me up. When I was at the food table I reached for veggies first before allowing myself some treats. 

I believe in the 80/20 rule: I eat healthy 80% of the time and leave 20% for my treat of choice.

3: Drink alcohol in moderation
I am a woman who enjoys a glass of wine. My trick is with every half glass of wine I drink, I consume a full glass of water. This not only helps keep the following morning a lot easier but also allows me to enjoy myself a lot longer. Another tip is to drink vodka/soda in a tall glass with a half shot of vodka instead of the full shot. You will end up consuming way more water, which will keep you hydrated and again lessen the hangover. Vodka is also very low in calories and sugar, and I always bring a Crystal Light to add flavor to my drinks. They have many wonderful flavors to choose from and fit perfectly into a purse.

4: Avoid the nuts
There is usually a nut dish at parties, and although nuts are touted as “healthy”, one serving of nuts is roughly 12-15 nuts - this does NOT including the sugar coated, honey glazed nuts.  If possible, push the nut dish away – it’s easy to lose track of how many handfuls you’ve had.

5: Stock up on the veggies
I often bring a veggie platter filled with many delicious options and a healthy dip. That way, I make sure I’ve got at least one choice that won’t throw my diet completely off track.

I am happy to report that starting my resolutions early this year did work for me. I felt fantastic on New Year’s Eve,  while managing to enjoy myself at all my holiday get-togethers! 

Even though party time is over, social events will continue to pop up at any time! Try using these tips throughout 2015 and don’t let one bad instance throw off your entire regimen.






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