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Jr USA 2014 – My First National Show

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My love affair with bodybuilding only gets more intense with each competition. I placed 3rd at my first national show, and I couldn’t be happier. With each day that has passed, I long to lift heavy, eat healthy, and grace the stage again. Nothing is more important than the support and love I receive each and everyday from my husband…who is the constant fire behind my goals.  image

I am in constant pursuit to make him proud.  After it is all said and done, as long as I am #1 in his eyes, I am a winner.

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This is who he sees when he looks at me…imageimage     image

image He took these pictures of me after the show.

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I love him more than words can describe. He works long and hard to support my dreams.  He takes me to the beach because he knows  the soothing sounds of the water brings me peace. He helps me to be a better person, not just a better bodybuilder.

If you want to grow…bigger muscles and a bigger heart, surround yourself with love. Happy lifting.

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You need to feed your body

I love that everyday I meet people that are interested in improving their health.  Today I am going to discuss one of the 1st steps to accomplish this…and it has to do with your diet.  To achieve your physical exterior goals you have to start with what you eat.  All the work outs in the world will do you know good, if you don’t fuel your body properly.  This can be overwhelming for some, so let’s make it simple.

1.  Determine your required caloric intake.  I used  www.thedailyplate.com.  When you start your account it will help you determine how many calories you need to consume to achieve your goals.  Hit this number everyday.  Period.

2.  Eat enough protein.  My recommendation is 1-1.5g per pound of body weight.  Hit this number everyday.  Period.

3.  Eat several meals per day.  For example, I eat: breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, dinner, and sometimes an evening snack if I have  not hit my numbers.  Make sure that you have protein at each meal.

4.  6 out of 7 days stay away from soda, processed foods, and all the junk you know is not good for you.  If you love chips, that does not mean you can’t eat chips, just eat organic natural chips…and only eat a serving size.  

5.  Get a food scale.  This will help you eat the proper portion and make sure you are hitting your numbers.

6.  Track your food.  I do this on http://www.thedailyplate.com.  This is the only way to know for sure you are hitting your numbers.  You don’t have to do this forever.  Given enough time, it will become second nature.

7.  Make sure you get enough veggies.  They don’t have to be boring.  I use olive oil, himalayan pink salt, and Simply Organic chili power on all my veggies, and it makes them YUMMY.

You can turn your existing diet healthy by just improving your cooking style and only eating a proper portion for you.  At my house we still eat enchiladas, tacos, and pizza.  Just healthy versions.  

Until Next time…happy eating.

 

Peak Week

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This week is Peak Week.  Peak week is the week before a competition.  And its name says it all.  It is the week that athletes who have trained hard, eaten clean, and dug deep; prepare for their big day.  It looks a little different for everyone.  And some love it, some hate it.  Personally, I love it.  There are those last workouts, posing practice, carb cycling, make-up practice, hair and nail appointments, tanning, and rest.  All of which make you feel like a kid before Christmas.  I salute all those competing in the Mid-Atlantic Classic and look forward to sharing the stage with dedicated individuals who aren’t afraid to chase their dreams.

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Find Your Biggest Fan

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In a world full of criticism and self doubt, there is nothing more important than surrounding yourself with those that believe in you and your dreams.  In that group of supporters, there is always one that is your “go to”.  For me, that is my husband, Jon Everson.  He has always been the heart beat of my many dreams, and without him, I would not be where I am today.   He shows support not only through his words, but very much with his actions.  As you can see from the photo above, he sports a Mexican cap.  Not because he is Mexican, but because he is proud that I am.  He goes to the gym with me the day after he runs a 50k, not because he needed it, but because he knew I needed him.  He tells it like it is, not what I want to hear.  He will be the first to tell me my strengths, and how to work on my weaknesses.  I have learned over the years, to put my stubborn nature aside and listen to his advise; 99% of the time he is right.  

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He knows how to handle the crazy and obsessive parts of my character, and despite the “el diablo” that comes out in me from time to time, loves me for it.  He likes to call it passion.  He has been the constant in my life since the day I met him.  And he views my successes on stage as His successes.

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A building would not stand, if not for a good foundation.  He is mine.  Find yours.  

New River Trail 50K

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This will be the 3rd year Jon and I attend the New River Trail 50K ultra run.  The first year, without much training, I did it in 5:54:50.   My strategy was how many 10 minute miles can I do.  I followed a simple formula:  every 1/2 mile drink water, and every half hour eat (I alternated between bean burritos and gu).  Below is a picture of my homemade burritos.

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The 2nd year I trained, and my marathon split was 4:28:07, and overall time was 5:22:46.  I followed the same simple formula described above.   Jon finished before I did, and made sure George was at the finish line to greet me.

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Unfortunately, due to an upcoming NPC Competition, I will not be running this year.  But I will be there to support Jon and volunteer.   I am also making 2 of the Awards for the Category Winners.  I love silversmithing and running, so was very excited to make these.   I start with sheet plate sterling silver, stamp and cut pieces, then solder, drill hole, add jump ring, acid, and then polish.

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Finished product.

 

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For those of you who have never done an ultra run, it is quite a thrilling feeling.  Not just finishing, but embracing your inner strength and conquering 32.2 miles in a single bound.  Like all goals accomplished in life, it fills up your “I can do anything I set my mind to” tank, and spills over into all areas of your life.   Happy Running.