Becoming Little Miss Bikini – Season 2 Episode 4 – Viva Mexico

 

fit on the road

Always be prepared. Hello Kitty Style.

Yes that’s my suitcase, yep this is how a vegan bikini competitor rolls on vaycay.

I dub this Episode, the Mexico files.
Every workout done & diet on point for 10 days. No refeeds prescribed – feeling tired and rashy.
I’ve had to limit use of neoprene to get my body back to normal but I’m still covered in scabs and can’t sit!!

 

Yes. this is my butt crack.

 

2 days of healing.

Running in 100% humidity in neoprene ain’t too smart I think…..all clothing (wicking or not) has created a level 11 in discomfort.

So much going on here, so much to write about but I’ve also included a video to make sure that I haven’t missed out on anything.

One hot topic that has come up for me is waist training. I hate it, I think it doesn’t work and it’s super uncomfortable. This last season, I’ve been plagued with rashes ALL OVER where the “squeem” touches.

I’ve done so much research and I think I’m ready to go cold turkey on the waist training, I think. At least until the last week or two before competition ~ it just doesn’t make any sense.

I read THIS ARTICLE during a few hours of research on the topic and decided that I might actually go against the advice of my trainer…..dumb, disobedient or uber intelligent?

The thing is, I don’t even recommend these to my clients! At most I will suggest they use a waist reducing neoprene device during their workouts, nothing more restrictive than that. And if a bad back is their issue, I recommend appropriately designed back braces or lever belts for lifting.

Me sans waist training for 11 days:

 And as one last bit of feeling sorry for myself….I’ve been in training (prep) mode since January 27th and only at the beginning of March did I find out my nutrition for pre-workout was 1/5th of the size it should have been.

Did I mention my lack of strength? My lethargy on my two HUGE leg days? Well…..watch the video below to see how I’m feeling now.

For food, if you’re in Playa Del Carmen and happen to be a Vegan, check out Bio-Organicos. There are 2 locations and I stocked up on groceries there as well as one post workout quinoa meal.

Another playlist to keep you motivated

Far be it from me to keep a good playlist down, here’s my own personal “Sasha’s Workout Faves” which is heard at the gym at least twice per week.

Dig in, I really love this one:

Finna Get Loose – Diddy

Blackened – Metallica

Don’t Worry – Madcon

Sugar – Robin Schulz

Work Bitch – Britney

Show Me How to Live – Audioslave

Black Betty – Ram jam

Head Like A Hole – Nine Inch Nails

Spread Your Love – Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

R U Mine? – Arctic Monkeys

I Sat By The Ocean – Queens of the Stone Age

Last Night – The Strokes

Don’t Stop – Foster the :People

Who Needs You – The Orwells

Do You – Spoon

Phantom Limb – The Shins

Water Fountain – Tune Yards

Back in the Tall Grass – Future Islands

Lampshades on Fire – Modest Mouse

History Eraser – Courtney Barnett

Come Get it Bae – Pharrell Williams (no relation)

Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke

Money Maker – Ludacris

Aerosol CAn – Feat Pharrell / Major Laser

Hunter – Pharrell

Drop It Like It’s Hot – Snoop

We Make It Bounce – Dillon Francis

Smack My Bitch Up – The Prodigy

Paper Planes – M.I.A.

Bad Girls – M.I.A

No Sex For Ben – The Rapture

 

 

Becoming Little Miss Bikini – Season 2 – Episode 1

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Last year 2nd over all…this year….pro card? 

Pfew. I’m here again. Just 3 months after my last competition and I’m off bulking and back to competition prep training.

All in all I took about 4 weeks of half-assed training time to recoup and then a few solid weeks of a building program. I’m starting to notice that I”ll have to take a significant amount of time off to build on certain areas.

I am hoping to compete again this fall but so far I have 3 shows booked for May. INBF Vancouver, INBF Calgary and I’ve joined a new all natural federation – the NPAA – which I will be competing in as well this May.

This means that I’ll be able to blog and post about what it’s like to be on a pretty consistent cycle of maintaining contest weight/physique for nearly 1 month. After this I will have June off for building…then back on it for October shows.

My goal this year/season? Pro-card all the way baby. If I get my pro-card then I’d like to head down to the states to see how I fair. Even chase a bit of cash if that’s possible? There are some serious prizes at certain shows…though, I’ll always be all natural so I’m not sure how I’ll ever stack up against the pill-poppin’, needle jammin, creatine folks….we shall see, right?

I’ve also started some R&D on a new supplement/food product. I’ll be traveling to a two day seminar in Vancouver hosted by an ex top dog of Yves (veggie product company) and more….I might be able to get my recipe out for test-market at one of the May comps. This is very exciting.

Training this time around:

I have the same coach this time around Jennifer Weintz out of Vancouver. I started my competition prep program Feb 1. Everything is pretty much the same but I have added a couple of supplements. I have some new and challenging leg day routines which seem to be building a bigger booty….the off season in India also helped with that. Heeeellloooo Chapati, I cannot say no to you or curry 5 times per day. I gained at least 10 lbs in 2.5 weeks. Eek!

Those 10 lbs took about 10 days to burn off. At this point (Feb 16th as I’m writing this) I’m starting to look pretty tight. I actually feel more confident than I did last season…for obvious reasons.

Lets get into some things you may want to know….

Supplements: 

I’m currently using BCAA’s, Glutamine, L-carnitine, Iron Vegan Chocolate Protein Powder, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin B, Adrenal Sense (Womens), Blood Builder, Probiotics, Digestive Enzymes, DIM, MSM, Green Tea Extract and Spirulina.

Diet: 

Strictly Vegan. I’m really finding beans to be UBER gassy this time around. I omited them from my pre-workout for about 6 days now and used yams instead. I’m still not on point with my pre-workout and am not feeling too much energy off of it. Even though I am using black coffee as well. I’m starting to experiment with what I’m taking before workouts as my leg days are HUGE right now and I’m having a terrible time finding the power to push heavy weights.

I eat 6-7 times per day and include a post-workout shake.

3-4 litres of water per day.

Other rituals:

Squeem on day and night with my neoprene wrap underneath.

Training with either neoprene or squeem – neoprene only on leg days.

Night rituals are the same, shower with scrubbing gloves, moisturize full body, dry brush and wearing neoprene to bed.

Cardio is 6 times per week. Post workout. Neoprene (long) pants and waist wrap during cardio…let the sweat fly!

Exercise: 

Monday-Friday: Legs, Chest/Tris, Back/Bi’s/Legs, Shoulders

Abs: every other day

Saturday – 1 hour steady state cardio

Sunday – rest day

I’ve been on this plan for nearly 3 weeks and haven’t had a “cheat” meal yet. I’ve managed to structure some 95% “ok” meals where I had to eat out while in Vancouver this past weekend. Not off to a bad start really and I’m starting to feel pretty trim already. At 12.5 weeks out I have started to see baby abs! Whoo hoo. And I can definitely feel more size to my legs and booty.

We don’t have much in the way of travel booked so I’m sure I’ll be far less stressed out about getting my workouts in this year.

Hang on to your hats because I’m picking a new suit colour AND need to get a whole different pair of shoes for the NPAA…that’s costly so I’ll be looking for used.

I will also be attending the NPAA training camp in March to go through their stage requirements and walk structure. It’s different from the INBF, luckily not by much.

Hang on to your hats folks, this one is going to be crazy – I can feel it already. The pictures below aren’t the best and don’t really do all the work I’ve put in any justice BUT if you look at my shape on the left (this week) you’ll notice how much thicker and stronger I look than my shape on the right from about the same point in training last year.

The image on the left is at 12.5 weeks out, on the right 11.

 

Happy New Year – Free Love


2016 Starts tomorrow! Can you believe it? Now is the time to for us all to forgive our overindulgences and get our health show back on the road. I thought a bundle of healthy tips for nutrition and detox would be useful for you all for a healthy journey in 2016 {tomorrow}.

Check out these food and living facts for a kickstart in 2016 ~ if you need more guidance, check out my discounted services for January sign up:

  • MACRO check/instruction
  • Supplement list
  • 2 week fat shed workout plan
  • $50 toward a 12 week tune up plan

❤ All the best.

S

Water in ~ first thing

Don’t mistake being dehydrated for being hungry. Reset that hunger feeling ASAP with water! You’ll also help your body flush out toxins, provide fuel for your brain and help boost your metabolism.
Magnesium is “the man”

Stressed out from the holidays? A simple snack may do you wonders. Pumpkin seeds or almonds are packed with magnesium, the anti-stress nuts/seeds. I take magnesium supplements nightly about 30 minutes before bed to improve sleep & relaxation – give it a try!
Eat greens

Nutrients that support your liver – and I’m sure you sort of killed your liver this holiday season, didn’t you? Do your best to include dark green leafy vegetables, such as spinach, kale and arugula to your meals – try to hit the 50% mark.
Avoid diary

They taste delicious but based on the way that they are produced……you may want to think twice about that whack of cheese. Or, maybe you did your research and found something ethical – good for you!!! Even so, your body is not meant to digest dairy past your breastfeeding babe days.

Sadly, dairy is also majorly acidic and really hurts our PH levels. Your body doesn’t do well with inflammation, so try to kick it to the curb and look for alternatives like nut milks and cheeses.

Fiber up!

Why? Regulate your blood sugar and banish toxins at the same time. Need a better reason? Ok, fiber also reduces that bloated feeling as well as hunger. The best kind of fiber comes from fresh fruit, vegetables, brown rice and oats. I start my day off 1/3 cup of quick oats and ½ a banana sliced ~ quick, easy and really gets the system going.
Alkaline all the way

Balance PH & reduce inflammation. If you haven’t included these already, please do: lemons, pears, kale & parsley.

Get the binge over with and get back to your 5-7 {balanced} meals per day. You might find very quickly that you shed 2-10 lbs of bloat in just 1-2 weeks.

Becoming Little Miss Bikini – Episode 10 – Competition day

There are no cheat days.

I can’t stop feeling like something is missing. All those days, weeks and months coming together for one (albeit long) day and now…crickets. The gym is still here, the diet is still here the love of strength is still here but now there is a quiet over me that I’m not welcoming all that easily into the fold of regular life.

Taking off to Mexico and having a real rest and reflect will be the re-boot I need to gear up for 6 months of hard work, gains, travel and adventure. Recovery is a part of the cycle and a much needed one, it’s just hard to get off the hype train when you’ve been on it non-stop for this long.

I am so grateful for my coach, who brought me this victory. Who was patient and understanding of my needs. My best friend and partner in everything, Jeff. Not sure how we do it, but we stay in love every day, even when I’m so hungry I could punch. Thank you, thank you, thank you. My family and my parents who flew in just to see their “little girl” compete once again. Must’ve been surreal for you since I haven’t competed on a stage in so long. I’m grateful you were there to keep me motivated and watch me excel.

I’ve tried to capture my day here for everyone who has followed along on this journey. It’s been tough but fun and I’ve done SO much growing and learning. I can’t believe that I’m as strong as I’ve been in so many ways. My body, mind and spirit have blown the lid off of what I thought I was made up of. Yay me.

My original goal, that I sent to my coach Jennifer was to just come in top 5. Well, I beat my goal and now I’m on to my next one – first place, and a Pro Card in May. I have 2 kicks at the can…..stay tuned everyone.

xxoo

S

New and improved suit

Sparkle central – more bling on this ting!

I sent my suit away to have more rhinestones put on it – was a recommendation of my coach and I’m glad I did. She sparkled quite nicely if I do say so myself. The suit cost me just over $300 in total as an FYI.

Schedule for 2 days tanning

Tanning was actually a total pain in the ass. I went to Bronze Baxx in Calgary where they sprayed me (butt naked is the status quo here so you cannot be shy) then baked me in a stand up for 6 minutes. 2 days in a row.

The JanTana tattoo cover cream that I ordered was darker than the tan they had so I had to run to the mall last minute the morning of tan #2 to pick up some Kat Von D stuff they recommended which seemed to work.

Sleeping in this tan is disgusting. You will end up about the stinkiest you could possibly be by the end of show #2 on d-day. It’s just a fact.These tans cannot take moisture so being ultra vigilant once your final tan is on is key.

When I got to the athletes meeting later on Friday night, a bunch of folks advised me that my tan wasn’t dark enough. I’ll need to let Bronze Baxx (who guaranteed me a sufficient tan for my federation) because I paid nearly $200 for essentially nothing. SO I had to get my wonderful makeup artist Glam Girl out of YEG to spray me.

SO glad I did. They used the JanTana spray product and I had compliments coming out of the wazoo about my tan. I certainly stood out in comparison to my competitors who were all tanned by the same company at the event. Risky, but worth it.

Polygraph/Urine Test

Lie detection about to go down.

The polygraph went fine. Basic 10 questions about banned substances and if I’d taken any in the last 7 years. No worries there. At breakfast the next day we were talking about this though…why don’t they just pee test everyone instead of the lie detector?

The lie detector takes about 30 minutes and then you STILL get to compete if you pass it (and lie) so that if you make it as the top of your class and go for a pro card THEN you get tested.

A lot of people leave after placement/awards so if the top dog was found to have contraband in their system what next? They contact the second runner up? They should pee test the top 5 in my opinion to stop cheating and expedite the system more quickly.

Anyway, it seemed kind of silly because if you didn’t use contraband, you have no worries…was quite the ordeal getting in. The polygraph team were a great couple with amazing personalities however, so the time passed quickly.

Athletes meeting & Registration

Athletes meeting swag.

This took place at the host hotel. It started 45 minutes late, took nearly 3 hours and was exhausting. This is when you check in to register, pick up your number and drop off any music you have if you are in a class with a routine and weigh in for bodybuilders.

You find out some information here about the next day however, we were not given schedules or anything and this was a really tough part of the night. I was on 3.5 hours sleep and had no energy. If I would have known how delayed it would all be…well, I would have left the meeting a little early to sleep. Honestly, the waiting is the hardest part – thank you Tom Petty.

Take the time to ask any questions here that you need to if the platform is provided. I was happy that they went through T-walks and all of the posing requirements for each class here – I was seriously freaking for some time about missing the posing camp – but I rocked the stage with what I learned on my own….nice to know they back your knowledge up at the athletes meeting though.

Nails

My nail girl failed so I bought a pack of press-ons. They worked fine, looked good from the stage and were $10. I would never schedule nails again in my life for a show. I painted my toes super sparkly gold (unlike the french that they recommend).

Hair, Makeup and Tanning

Hypothermia setting in – spray booth torture.

Glam Girl was amazing. So professional and quick. A husband and wife team out of Edmonton who kick ass. The makeup is beyond professional, the tan is JanTana and they have done up gals from here to Nevada at every sort of show you could imagine. I wish that you could fit them in your pocket and take them with you to all shows.

I’ll be using them May 7th for my Calgary show – if you’re competing in YYC soon please have a look out for them, they help me win second place I swear.

Sleeping

Ha ha ha ha ha ha. Prepare to be totally exhausted friends. Totally exhausted. There is not really any sleep for you if the show is organized anything like this one was. Day before the show they kept us up late at the athletes meet, show day you get up when you need to get your hair and makeup done.

On show day we were told to be at the stadium for 10 am – didn’t end up going on till 3pm. We were told after our pre-judging that ALL athletes had to be back by 4pm. My division didn’t go on until nearly 9pm. Essentially I spent an entire day laying on pavement/walking around aimlessly…along with my poor family who flew and drove in to see me.

This was probably the WORST part of the whole experience. Know the timing as best you can and try to relax somewhere else (home/hotel) when you can. I brought a blanket with me but should’ve brought an ultra thick yoga mat as well. It was cold back there and there were no chairs for anyone. Be prepared.

Meals for Fri/Sat

I had packed rice, boiled mashed yams and portions of tempeh for the day of the show. I also packed maple syrup, peanut butter, coconut oil and salt.

Meal prepping for the show.

I would be texting pictures to my coach every few hours for tweaks and changes. Water started to be cut on Friday around 1pm. This whole part is a science and I would have failed miserably if I didn’t have a great coach who is also a holistic nutritionist.

Keeping the right balance of food to stay tight and not bloated all day is a serious commitment.

Typical check-in picture. This was between prejudging and finals.


Pre-judging

This is the longest part of the day and where all the placements are decided. This is where you need to kick ass and take names. I was not anticipating having to do quarter turns, walks etc… for so long, holding back pose over and over again for about 25-30 minutes has left me with a super tender lower back….be prepared for having to do a lot of work in pre-judging….stretch well and rest well after this….my leg day today will be affected by my back tenderness.

What I didn’t like about this portion was that I ALMOST had to do my walk to Shaggy’s song about getting caught cheating or whatever, I nearly puked. Finally “Rock my World” by Michael Jackson came on and I could groove and do an amazing T-walk.

I really wish they let us choose our music for this too….

5pm show

This part is supposed to be for the audience and for fun. To be perfectly honest, I’d rather do one show and have it over with. I was up from 4am for the day and didn’t get to off the stage till just after 9pm that evening. I was SO tired and SO sore…. being an ex-performer I really found this odd…PLUS the audience leaves after every category so by the time mine went on there were literally about 40 people left in the audience. Sad face.

Bum glued on and checking in with my coach before Pre-judging.

Pumping up

The rhythm for back stage is eat a meal, pump up and practice posing. I probably ate about 6-9 times (small meals & snacks)  for the first show and then about 6-7 times between the first and end of the second.

There were no mirrors provided in the area which sucked, but we shared some full lengths that locals had brought. I brought my own bands and small weights. I suggest you do the same if you’re ever competing so that you’re not SOL when pumping time comes before they call you up. So important to keep your muscles looking full and lovely before pre-judging especially.

First meals off-plan

2nd place in the bag. Time to hit up some delicious vegan/raw vegan fare!

Celebration DinnerNoorish, Edmonton

All organic. All vegan, all amazing.

These folks pulled a late-nighter to stay open and serve our group of 7 – I was so happy to have this kind of kindness shown to me on such a hard and late day.

We sampled their kale chips, root veggie poutine, I had an open-faced “burger” on a raw vegan onion bread with a kale caesar salad, vegan pumpkin cheesecake for dessert AND my first glass of wine in 4 months.

I have to say that I really wasn’t over the moon about the wine, didn’t really miss it at all. I nursed it and that was that. Still no hankering for a drink……food however, I’ll hanker that till the cows come home.

Celebration breakfast Clever Rabbit, Edmonton

Vegan eggs, vegan homemade bacon, vegan benny, vegan latte…..Vegan heaven. We even took some baking with us ( a giant vegan nanaimo bar which now lives in my deep freeze, an earl grey donut and a couple of pumpkin chocolate chip cookies)

Wrap up and emotions

Well, this one was a tough one for me. If you don’t know me, I’m SUPER competitive. Not because I need to beat people at things, but because I need to be the best I can be by MY definition…which, is usually number one.

I started to beat myself up a bit about coming in second. I really did….nearly pouted about it. Then I started collecting memories from along the way and realized that it’s subjective this category of bodybuilding, and that sometimes there isn’t a way to have won…your face may not be the face the judges like overall that day etc etc…I don’t know about industry politics, I’m sure I’ll run into this at some point down the road.

I had to shake myself and say HEY you were after this for a total of 90-120 days…and you came in top five, top 2  in the largest class of the competition – take a minute to bask in that accomplishment stupid.

I am the only athlete there that did it VEGAN…..and I really should have pushed to have that known more. I definitely will next time.

I’m committed to achieving first and a pro card. That’s my ultimate goal…so I’ll be back in May on the 7th and 14th in Calgary and Vancouver respectively – working for that. Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger (thank you Daft Punk).

Strong, determined and coming back with a vengeance.

Becoming Little Miss Bikini – Episode 9 – Peak Week

I’ve finally made peace with this whole thing I’ve decided…sitting here covered in haemorrhoid ointment, festooned in my luxurious Jacques Cousteau leggings, clutching my morning coffee mug like a life raft.

Peak week is upon me and I’ve thrown out all my preconceived notions about anything I thought I knew.

Salt baths, more cardio, less cardio, more weights – but less, this supplement, that herb….I’m just following orders at this point.

It has been significantly harder to drag my ass out of bed the last two days. I’m pretty much a morning person so it isn’t that I am completely unable to open my eyes or function, it’s that my body has finally reached the point where it no longer takes its prime directives from my brain. This results in me finding it emphatically challenging to roll over in bed to actually get up, lift up my feet, peel off my Jacques Cousteaus for a pee (or seven) in the night etc etc…

My body has become especially au courant of any minor shifts in my diet plan. I’ve significantly increased my asparagus intake and I think this is making me more effervescent than usual….could be that I’ve dropped Tofu and increased Tempeh? I’ll have to pay particular attention to the feeling and timing today.

Soon, as in tomorrow (5 sleeps out), I’ll be obliged to drop all powders from my regime, eventually kissing even vitamins goodbye and slowly abdicating from my daily 6 litre water guzzling tournament.

As luck, or timing, would have it, my workouts will begin to taper off starting tomorrow. After this brief but vexatious weekend of increased fasted cardio for which I am not grateful – sorry coach.

I’d like to note here that I have been instructed to avoid casting my gaze on other competitors who will be guzzling red wine (presumably to appear more vascular) and eating copious amounts of decadent chocolate (in an effort to punch my feelings in the face) while I am back stage in all probability sucking on a shoestring and sniffing the food essence of a piece of tofu.

Ok, I’m being extreme here BUT my prescription for backstage nutrition management is far less alcohol and sugarific.

My nail girl went MIA and my new suit is currently in parts unknown….also known as the great void of the Canada Post system. I don’t have the stress muscle available to me to feel worried about it.

I’ve procured myself a set of the latest 2015 version of “Lee Press On Nails” and hope that this will suffice. If they knock off points for my fingernails…I’ll have to show them a title-holding finger or two in my possession.

I’ve managed to survive two nights of Epsom salt baths in our 3rd and very forlorn bathroom in the basement. I call it the cat pee bathroom because it’s a full (and updated/decent) three piece however, I’ve employed the bathtub as the bowels for the cat box for at least a year.

It was an absolute delight to expurgate all of the bits of excrement and kitty litter from. There is a covered cat box in the tub, I’m not a total dreggy bastard, but the damn cat misses from time-to-time ok? Sheesh, get off myback.

I then made an uneducated choice and got my hands on some scented epsom salts – never do this – which made the whole house, myself included, retain the malodorous stench of Mr. Clean married with old women. Needless to say I went to bed feeling a little sickened.

I’m craving fats violently. All of the deprivation and timing of foods has really illustrated cravings clearly for me. I was quite the dullard when it came to those things before.

All of this stuff is going on while we have 2 dogs, a cat, an 8 year old, work, a complete house renovation, a Mexican vacation and a visit from my folks on our docket. I’ve also been petitioned to instruct a  monthly health class at our daughter Anastacia’s school which I need to prepare for and oh yes, I’ve volunteered to rent out a friends home and need to deal with a move-in inspection for this next week as well.

Fornicate my life.

There is really no more to update on – not much in particular unless you have questions of me – if so please ask. I’m about as open a person as you will ever hope to meet!

Here’s a confession: I had to ask Jeff to hide the peanut butter while I locked myself away in the bathroom with the fan whirring so that I wouldn’t attempt to consume all of it in a fit of starved lunacy.

There are at least 2 more posts coming that will close off and tie this story all together by mid-November. I’m  looking forward intensely to cooking again and ushering some easy, fun and relatively adventurous recipes back into my home and yours.

Becoming Little Miss Bikini – Episode 5 – Posing & Pushing.

Posing practice, week 3.

Episode 5 equals ending my 5th  week of training for the INBF Pro/Am and with about 7 weeks of training left till “D Day”.

The featured photo above was taken at the middle of week three…..the pictures below are marked off in stages for a better sense of progress from then until now.

I received an updated workout regime for the month of September that is intense – I’m expecting a lot of physical changes, as well as some emotional breakdowns. Stay tuned for that episode for sure.

I am happy to report that I have not deviated or “cheated” from my plan or diet at all. I have done some reading on the net, other competitors admitting to eating pints of ice cream, chips etc…I just don’t know how you set a goal and then botch it, I’m determined and really do NOT cheat.

If my gains seem meager I may just need to up my weights and cardio till I puke but alcohol, sweets and junk food never touched my lips on this journey.

The last week I really started to feel like I plateaued and that’s exactly when I received my new program and meal plan.

Right to left – week 0, 3 and 4.

Right to left – week 0, 3 and 4.

Tanning Booking:

I booked with Bronze Baxx in Calgary. They do a two-stage process that is recommended. They also recommend tanning before hand however I’m not totally down with this so I think I might go just a couple of times to try to keep the tan even.

Hair / Make Up:

Booked with “Glam Girl”  out of Edmonton- Sarah – who sent me a big prep list for the day of. She will send a schedule out to me closer to the date of the show with my time for getting made up.

Polygraph:

This is mandatory and I am booked in at the host hotel the evening before the show with “The Lie Detective”.

Suit & Fittings:

I received samples in the mail and this by far has been the hardest choice to make…..here they are below. I’m deciding tonight after putting it out to Facebook and Instagram. Let’s hope I make the right choice!!

Suit sample colours.

Suit sample colours.

I am flying back home for a week in September and have my first fitting on the 24th. I’ve been told by my coach that my bottom connectors need to be a single strand for my body type as well.

Bottom connector styles.

Bottom connector styles.

Pricing? That’s yet to be discussed. I will of course keep you in the loop.

Accessories for suit:

Purchased via “The Suit Lady” in BC where I got my first pair of shoes from. I bought:

Bangles for each wrist

Earrings

A ring

Bikini Bite for keeping my bottoms on

Training Changes:

I was on 1 regime for 4 weeks and that all changed up week 5. Good by “reload” meals (read: cheat) and hello 6 days a week of cardio. Look out for my experience in episode 6.

One thing that did happen is that I was taking 1 scoop of protein pre and post workout. for the last 1.5 weeks of training in the first month I upped protein to 2 scoops of  Iron Vegan.

Food changes:

No changes during the first 4 weeks. What I will say is that if you are doing this Vegan….beans. The magical fruit. I had to kick Lentils out of the bed for eating crackers 3 weeks in as well. You will be a gassy mess so take your digestive enzymes and probiotics.

Typical breakfast month 1: 3 oz tempeh and kale with nutritional yeast and sriracha salt.

Typical dinner month 1: Greens with soy chicken and steamed beans.

Typical mid-day meal month 1: Lentils, quinoa and greens with a 1/4 slice of grapefruit.

Posing training camp:

I tried my very very best to get into a posing training camp vis a vis the INBF. As of right now, I don’t have anything on the horizon. It actually took me 2.5 weeks and 2 emails to illicit a response from the federation. Sigh, trying to do anything in Alberta is always a kick in the hoo ha.

I am going to be participating in a posing camp in BC with my coach on September 26th and hope that this will help me out immensely. The only thing I’m really that worried about is getting the walk down pat and not looking like a fool.

Above is me, in our back yard, trying to use what little flat space we have around to get my T-walk down.
Stay tuned for the next installment because by then, I may have lost a good bit of my sanity and wont that be entertaining for you all?

Zucchini steaks 

While camping in my good pals back yard this summer (don’t laugh till you see the pics) he picked what may be the most gigantic zucchini I’ve ever cooked.

This recipe is simple and tasty without too many calories. In fact, it’s pretty much Bikini Competition friendly though, I didn’t weigh it out so I can’t give you exact quantities/cals this time – sorry, I was a hungry bear!

I am recommending spray seasonings as they are far easier to NOT overdose on unlike bottled varieties. The application is also far more simple in a large recipe setting.

Ingredients: 

1 gigantic zucchini or a few medium sized friends.

6 small tomatoes diced or sliced

2 tbsp fresh oregano

2 tbsp shredded parmesano reggiano or Vegan Parma

Balsamic vinegar (spray type if you have it)

Braggs liquid aminos (spray type if you have it)

Himalayan sea salt

Hot chilli flakes

Method: 

Slice zucchini into 1.5-2″ “steaks”. Place in large bowl tossing with a few pinches of sea salt and chilli flakes. Allow to sit for at least one hour to draw out some of the water in the vegetable. You will notice there will be a pool of water at the bottom of the plate/bowl you have rested them in.

Fire up the BBQ and let warm on high for 5 minutes. Reduce to medium heat.

Place “steaks” on BBQ and allow to cook for 8-10 minutes per side, rotating at approx. the 2.5 minute mark – as you would a steak to get the perfect grill marks.

Spritz each side with one quick shot of Braggs while cooking.

Remove from heat once grilled.

Top first with parmesan / vegan parma , then tomato, then oregano and a spritz of balsamic to each one to top.

Serve warm with freshly ground pepper if desired.

I plated this with a marinated pickled beet salad, my killer breaded cauliflower and a couple of Field Roast Apple Sage links. 

The large zuc I am holding in the picture will serve 4 adults at least. If you reduce this recipe to a couple mediums this will serve 2 with no side dish.

Doukhobor Zuchinni time!

Doukhobor Zuchinni time!

Becoming Little Miss Bikini – Episode 4 – Life Changes & Coping

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WOAH.

That’s how I feel I need to start this post off because a lot of what I’ve been going through I did NOT expect. Especially getting emotionally attached to even just the idea of food.

By this point in my journey I’ve gotten 3 solid weeks into training, eating and adapting to my new life as a bodybuilder/fitness competitor. Do not mistake this adventure for light and fluffy. Your world changes and if you’re lucky (as I am) you will have a partner to be there for you.

Jeff started in on his own program about a week after me. His is of course to gain a bunch of muscle mass and lose fat. Needless to say, there are nights when I go to bed hungry while he’s struggling to shove a bunch of oatmeal down his throat. I’m sure I’ll be able to laugh at that soon enough, right?

Remember. It’s no drinking, no sugar, all vegan and pushing yourself to your physical and psychological limits – every day.

Workouts

I am weight training 5 days per week. I have one rest day on Saturday where I still have to get in 1 hour of movement from hiking/yoga/biking or something as well as Fasted Cardio on Sunday mornings.

The longest workout time I have is about 1.5 hours – you have to move through them all quickly. Weight is heavy on top especially which I find challenging on the wrists. I ordered these WRIST WRAPS to keep me from hurting myself.

Weight training is broken up into body specific areas, I don’t skip any areas at all. With my weight training on Monday/Weds/Friday I also do 30 minutes of pretty intense cardio and Abs.

Legs twice per week PLUS some leg related cardio that makes me cry. No, really, I cry.

Sleep patterns

The new work out program is intense. I left myself only 12 weeks to get into competition shape and I’ve had to observe some pretty BIG workouts in my mind. I have heard of a lot tougher regimes and had I been in bad shape, I don’t think I would have attempted to get past week one let alone getting totally ripped in 12 weeks time.

With this being said, I’m tired. A lot. Not the kind of tired where I think I may have contracted mono, but the type of tired that you get when you go mountaineering for a week or when you work out 7 days a week as hard as you can.

I sleep at least 7 hours per night and aside from getting up to pee a couple of times, I’m out like  a light.

Water intake

This part is easy – for now. I’m taking in about 4 litres of water from my Nalgene and then having tea/coffee/shakes as well so I’m actually over what my requirement is. This has been a piece of cake BUT I’m a big water drinker and it was common for me to drink at least 2-3 litres per day prior to this.

Food

For a foodie. I am bored as all hell. I really need to start pepping up my meals because a third week of tempeh and spinach might put me over the edge.

Very few protein shakes which is surprising but decent because I’m not sure I like the flavour of my new Iron Vegan protein. I’ll have to get back to you all on that. So far it doesn’t mix very well and kind of gets to the consistency of chia pudding when used in smoothies. I was taken off of Vega and told that the pea protein has too many carbs but is ok in the off season.

For a vegan you’re eating a lot of tempeh, garbanzos, navy beans, quinoa, lentils etc…the spices I purchased from Flavor God help, but they’re no replacement for greater diversity in the kitchen.

I’m getting 1 reload meal per week which means I can having something delicious and filling to look forward to. That doesn’t mean fast food or crap food. Still whole foods with a tonne of nutrients, just no measuring cups and scales.

I can’t tell you how much it sucks to have your reload meal thwarted.  I nearly broke down this weekend when I was forgotten about at a wedding and there was nothing for me to eat but dry white pan bread and craisins. I can’t have sugar. The only thing I was looking forward to was taken away from me – I felt like my whole world crumbled. 2 days later and I’m still lamenting. Yeesh.

Personal Care Regime

Each morning before I eat I take in some warm water and lemon followed by an assortment of vitamin supplements. My favourite vitamins are Mega Food and I’ve always taken D, C, B Complex and Blood Builder religiously.

I’ve also added: BCAA’s, Glutamine, L-Carnitine and Greens/Spirulina and DIM daily.

This is taking a little getting used to. I have to shower, scrub and moisturize twice per day. I HATE the feeling of being greasy but I still do it. I slipped a bit while travelling over the weekend but I definitely moisturize at least once.

I use this LOTION I picked up at Community Health.

Then there is dry brushing. I had one of these energy brushes in my possession already so I didn’t have to pick it up. I think you can still buy them at Shoppers or London Drugs / Walgreens etc… I never really liked the idea of dry brushing because it’s very scratchy. I do this 2-3 times per week as well after showering on dry skin.

All of this stuff in the hopes that my spray tan will apply better and more evenly etc…

My Federation this go round

The federation that I am competing in is the INBF Canada.  This is a natural bodybuilding federation – that means no artificial ANYTHING. We get tested and put through lie detector testing.

Each federation has their own unique posing requirements. You really need to get to know this – something I am finding a bit frustrating as my coach is a BCABBA/Arnold competitor so she isn’t 100% on it herself. I’ve sent an email to the federation asking for instructions as their website is still leaving me with question marks over my head. Do not be afraid to ask questions of your federation!!!

Here are the basics of what my posing/routine is to look like:

You will execute poses at four locations:

  • 1st Location: Rear Center stage-(front pose)
  • 2nd Location: Front Right side of stage – (side pose facing center stage)
  • 3rd Location: Front Center stage-(front & rear pose)
  • 4th Location: Front Left Side of stage-(side pose facing center stage)

Return to end of line….

I’ve been practicing posing and let me tell you…IT HURTS! Yes, it hurts. You’re holding your breath, half flexing, half sucking in…it’s a hot mess (if you’re doing in right). These are some of my first posing attempts while camping.

I practice every day – at least 5 to 10 minutes per day. Getting the feeling of what the right pose is will be the most important thing for my big  day.

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Tattoo cover ups

As you all know, I am full of tattoos. This means that my body can look uneven on stage. I have opted to purchase some tattoo cover up cream and have the lady I am using for a spray tan apply this before my tan. I was recommended a product by my coach. I will be posting this up if it arrives successfully to my door!

New shoes

The shoes for these shows are all standard Lucite 5″ heels unless otherwise directed. Luckily, I’ve been dancing and walking in mega heels for years so they do not scare me off.

My first pair were ordered online and delivered quickly however, their measurement system was completely off so I had to rush out and buy new ones. Luckily a local adult/sex shop had the same shoes but with straps. I opted for THESE. I ended up paying about 35% more than if I ordered online so be aware of that  and order online if you have time to wait for delivery.

Other garments

I’ve adopted wearing a waist trainer all day as well as during workouts. I’ve had to purchase a second waist trainer for daily wear. They are made of latex and neoprene and are pretty comfortable and don’t leave marks.

The first one I bought from Make Me Heal and it ended up being great and fast however about $30 more than the others I ordered from Squeem directly. I purchased a 34/small and within a week could close up to the second row. I’m on and off the row because it gives me a bit of a headache.

Training in them is not for the faint of heart at first but you will get used to it. I have to add that the actual Squeem brand isn’t lined as nicely as the other one I bought, so you may need to buy an additional wrap to stop the unit from marking up your skin. Pain in the butt.

The other not-so-sexy addition to my life has been these horrible neoprene shorts that are supposed to be good for reducing cellulite etc… I also got these from Make Me Heal. Ugh. I wear them nightly to bed as well as during at least 1 cardio session per week – usually my fasted cardio on the weekend. These are UGLY but also comical.

Neoprene sexiness

Neoprene sexiness

Progress pics update

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So HERE I am 2 full weeks going onto 3 weeks in.  Day 2 of my period and not at all feeling like taking semi-nude pictures. I am not sure if all the training has brought on my period early or what, but it showed up 1.5 weeks early as well. Something to note and keep track of.

These pics are my second set sent to my coach with comments. I’m not seeing any progress in these however, in another couple of weeks I’m sure I’ll have some ability to see change. Patience is NOT my thing, but I know that I’ve made a lot of changes and the benefits are going to start rolling in.

Watermelon salad

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I threw this recipe together in a matter of minutes armed with the challenge to continue eating six to seven 2-300 calorie meals per day in preparation for a fitness competition. Somehow, I forgot to take a snapshot…so I had some fun with this classic guy.

This recipe  is a compilation of all remnants from my fridge and I hope you enjoy it!

Ingredients: 

J100 g fresh Watermelon

100 g chopped Avocado

85 grams extra  firm Tofu chopped – toast this in a pan or leave raw ( I left raw in this recipe)

Optional – 15g crumbled Boursin garlic cheese

30g toasted pumpkin seeds

.5 tbsp Mint leaves chopped

1/2 tsp balsamic vinegar

Method: 

On stove-top lightly toast pumpkin seeds until browned.

Chop all ingredients and layer watermelon, avocado and tofu. Top with remaining ingredients and serve.

Warning – works out FAR better if you layer rather than try to toss everything – I tried both ways and layering is definitely the way to go for flavour and presentation.

Nutritional Info: 

537 Calories

41.2 gms fat

23.9 carbs

23.9 Protein