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Motivation Monday: My first NPC Competition

I attended my first NPC Figure Competitions on Friday. I was getting really discouraged about competing and it being my first time and all. I really needed this.

Things I Learned:

  • A lot of people lose weight the unhealthy way, they have a dull look to them. I don’t want to be like this, I want to still have a glow.
  • TAN TAN TAN is a must, and it has to be right. I saw a lot of orange people.
  • Have a cute suit. I saw a lot of pretty ones.
  • The girls are soooooo thin. I’m pretty sure I won’t place in my first competition, but I’m doing it for the experience anyway.
  • The competitions are LONG! It was supposed to start at 7:30, it actually started closer to 8:30. I was there until 11 and I didn’t even make it through the whole pre-judging.
  • Personality and stage presence is everything. The people who stood out were attractive, had nice bodies, and flirted with the judges and audience.

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8 Weeks Out: Progress

I’m posting pictures of me at 12 weeks out vs now. I am not weighing myself again until I’m at 6 weeks out. The six week 6 week make will help me determine if I actually feel ready to go on stage in July. From now on I am really cleaning up my diet, no junk, high protein, lower carbs. My goal is fat loss with muscle building. It’s time to go to work!!!!

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The Under Armour What’s Beautiful Campaign

I am really excited to be apart of this movement. I am all about empowering women and fitness and this ties in both in a really cool and major way.

Join here! : http://bit.ly/ffwhatsbeautifultracking

The description:

Declare a goal. Then show us how it’s done.

Together we’re redefining the female athlete by setting epic goals and pushing past where we’ve ever been and where we thought we could go. Join us. Set your own personal goal. Then document your journey by posting videos and photos that tell your story from start to victory.

We’ll continuously post challenges for you. But that’s just the beginning. Show us your journey. Show us what makes your story the one that stands out from the rest. If you meet your goal, set a new one. Make it even bigger. Prove to everyone, and  yourself, that you have more than what it takes.

The Competition.

Every week we’ll give away Under Armour Swag Bags full of gear to women who are seriously getting it. We’ll also feature profiles on our home page and in the “Top Performers” section of women who are really setting an example for all of us.

After 8 weeks, we’ll announce the 10 finalists who’ve documented the most impressive, motivated, monumental stories.

Winners will be announced mid-July.

The Prize.

Three winners will be flown to Costa Rica to attend a four-day yoga and surf retreat. In addition to the lessons led by world-class instructors, winners will be treated to transformative massages, spa treatments and healthy, locally-sourced meals prepared by personal chefs. All while staying in plush accommodations looking out at the ocean. A retreat worthy of the women  who earn it.

May Progress

Here are my measurements today, compared to last month:
April 3

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Today

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Goals for this Week

1. Cardio every damn day: I have not been doing my cardio like I should, this week, NO EXCUSES
2. Workout in the AM: when I workout in the morning, I feel better and it’s easier to get it out the way. Plus it keeps my supplements from keeping me up at night.
3. 6+ hours of sleep each night, I go to bed around 11 or 12 each night so I need to be up by 6am.
4. Yoga/stretching 4-5 days this week: I never stretch like I should, and that’s an issue. My muscles are getting the treatment they deserve to grow.

Guest Post: Weight Loss through Plyometrics

Anyone trying to lose weight has probably done every plan, diet and exercise fad that is currently available on the market. There seems to be a compulsion to eliminate an entire food group, eat only one food group or take special pills and powders that promise instant weight loss. The truth is, everyone knows that the only way to lose weight is to eat less and exercise more. You have to burn more calories than you take in if you want to lose five pounds or 50. The math is simple, and there is no magic cure. If you are having trouble burning off more calories than you consume, you might want to make an adjustment to your exercise routine. This is often more appealing than shaving off even more calories from your daily diet.

One way to increase the number of calories you burn is to try an intense exercise program such as plyometrics. This type of exercise is done by athletes to increase their physical performance when they compete. You don’t have to be an athlete to benefit, though. In addition to making you strong, faster, leaner and more flexible, plyometrics will also help you lose weight. The number of calories you burn during a plyometrics training session will more than compensate for any foods you have eaten that you maybe shouldn’t have. The short, intense bursts of physical activity will burn calories quickly, helping you lose weight and turn fat into muscle.

Plyometrics involves jumping, lunging and squatting. You will be required to work your body to its limits, and to keep doing it until you feel the results. Many people who do plyometrics use equipment such as benches, boards and other raised surfaces. With these props, you can jump on and off of them, working your legs and your heart and burning calories with every move. If you do not have any raised surfaces, you can improvise. Run up a flight of stairs two at a time to give yourself a good plyometrics workout. You can also do huge jumps from a squatting position or practice lunges that stretch your leg muscles and require you to move yourself up and down quickly.

Squat jumps, lunge jumps and any other jumping motion that requires you to move quickly with sudden, intense bursts of strength will help you get a thorough plyometrics workout. Even jumping on and off a box is a good way to burn a lot of calories quickly. You will also notice an increase in your leg strength. You waist and stomach will get toned and your endurance levels will improve as well.

If your weight loss has hit a wall, or you find your basic walks on the treadmill are not doing much for your fitness routine, give plyometrics a try. It will be challenging, especially if you are not accustomed to intense and difficult physical movements, but the results will be worth it. You will lose weight more quickly than you would with other forms of exercise, and you can do it without cutting back on additional calories.

This post was written for Pretty Girl Fit by Dr. David Kulla. Dr. Kulla is a licensed Synergy Wellness and a nutritionist as well as owner of Synergy Wellness in Manhattan.

Fitness Fridays/ My Supplement Stack

I wanted to show you guys all the things I take. I am not being paid for this post, these are just things that I have started to use with trial and error. I am also not a doctor or a nutritionist and I am not making any recommendations. Enjoy!

Morning Stack (first thing)

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Zinc 50 mg
B-Complex
Vitamin C 500 mg
Fish Oil 1200 mg
Multi-Vitamin
Biotin 5000 mcg
Acidophilus 3.7 mg
Cellucor Super HD

Afternoon (before my lunch)

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Raspberry Ketone
CLA 2000 mg

Pre-Workout
Cellucor NO Extreme

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Before Bed

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Super Snooze Melatonin Formula
Met-RX Amino 3000