Bikini Prep – 5 Weeks Out – Be Your Own Motivation

Bikini Prep – 5 Weeks Out – Be Your Own Motivation

It’s “Monday Motivation,” a catchy hashtag that social media came up with to get people to post pictures of what motivates them. Right now there are close to 12 million photos on Instagram with the hashtag #mondaymotivation. These photos range from quotes to posed selfies with people making duck faces, meal prep pictures with containers…

It’s 4am. Why the hell am I awake?

It’s 4am. Why the hell am I awake?

It’s 4am. Why the hell am I awake? I thought the same thing at 3:24am when my eyes opened up and my daughter was in bed beside me. I faintly remember her crying earlier in the evening, but my husband took over because he knew I’d had enough. Sitting on the couch before bed, nearly…

Hi, it’s me.

Hi, it’s me.

It’s been a while since I’ve written anything, not because I don’t have anything to say but because I have so much to say that it’s hard to narrow it all down. I’ve learned so much this year, about health and wellness and about myself about how life can be so simple if we allow…

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Protein Muffins

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Protein Muffins

Happy Thanksgiving week! From our family to yours, we wish you health, happiness and lots of delicious food this holiday week. If you’ve signed up to bring a baked good to an upcoming holiday party, consider bringing these pumpkin muffins along. You don’t even have to tell anyone that they’re healthy. Gianna and I have…

The Day I Won My Pro Card

The Day I Won My Pro Card

I cried on the way home from my show this weekend. In the passenger seat next to me was a takeout bag from Stoney River filled with a bread basket, 10 ounce steak, crabcake, and the most enormous piece of carrot cake known to man. I was driving over the South River bridge when it…

Bikini Prep – Peak Week – Progress and Change

Bikini Prep – Peak Week – Progress and Change

I don’t have much to say this week other than I feel amazing. I had my last training session this week with my coach, Joe, at the Colosseum in Columbia. A light upper body day with some posing. We talked about our game plan for this week’s diet (when to drop sodium and carb load).…

Bikini Prep – 2 Weeks Out – On the Right Path

Bikini Prep – 2 Weeks Out – On the Right Path

Do you ever get that feeling that you’re on the right path? It hit me this morning when I was at the gym at 6am, getting in my workout before my family woke up. I checked my phone between sets of shoulder exercises and I got a message from a client who had recently hit…

Smashing My Off Season Ego

Smashing My Off Season Ego

I’ve been thinking about the word “ego” a lot over the past few weeks. ego, noun – a person’s sense of self-esteem or self-importance; the part of the mind that mediates between the conscious and the unconscious and is responsible for reality testing and a sense of personal identity. I was lucky enough to get a…

Date Night at the Colosseum

Date Night at the Colosseum

It’s date night. Dressed up. High heels. Fancy dinner. Lots of hand-holding and endearing moments. Right? Well not this week. This week’s date night was a bit unconventional, when we headed to the Colosseum for a training session with my coach Joe Bender. My husband works his tail off, 7 days a week for 8…

Spring Competition Recap + A Simple & Sweet Meal Prep Idea

Spring Competition Recap + A Simple & Sweet Meal Prep Idea

If I entered in a bikini competition this weekend, I certainly wouldn’t win any trophies. I’ve been referring to this week as my “week of gluttony” to my husband who has seen me plow though some serious food over the past 7 days. (I hope my coach isn’t reading this). **I may or may not…

Bikini Prep – Peak Week (Again) – A New Normal

Bikini Prep – Peak Week (Again) – A New Normal

I was driving home from the gym this morning after my last heavy glute and hamstring day and a quick 30-minute HIIT spin class; seated next to me was a small brown bag breakfast that I picked up at Whole Foods for my family. Bacon, feta and veggie omelette, everything bagel, cinnamon raisin muffin and…

2017 OCB Catonsville Conquer Recap

2017 OCB Catonsville Conquer Recap

1 down. 1 to go. That’s how I felt when I stepped off stage for the last time at 3pm in the afternoon on Saturday. Feet swollen, physically drained from a few too many mini Justin’s peanut butter chocolate cups and rice cakes with jelly, with two trophies and a crown in my hand. I…

Bikini Prep – 1 Week Out – A Rollercoaster of Emotions

Bikini Prep – 1 Week Out – A Rollercoaster of Emotions

This was hands-down the hardest week of prep. I’m sitting here at 6 days out on Sunday afternoon while my daughter is napping, and I can’t help but reflect on the week. My husband just finished off a Capriotti’s cheesesteak and chips in the seat next to me as he works on his football recruiting.…

Bikini Prep – 2 Weeks Out – My Best Weight Loss Tricks

Bikini Prep – 2 Weeks Out – My Best Weight Loss Tricks

If you’ve ever wondered what 2 weeks out felt like, this photo describes it perfectly. Things just all start to come together. The winter layers have come off, and you just start to feel a little like the Queen B. My friend Sophia asked me how I was feeling this week, and without thinking I just said…

Bikini Prep – 3 Weeks Out – Junior Mints and Nostalgia

Bikini Prep – 3 Weeks Out – Junior Mints and Nostalgia

I bought these Junior Mints a few weeks ago at Paper Source when I was picking up some birthday cards. They were an impulse buy, and I was drawn to the colors, the kind of candy, and the nostalgia. See, Junior Mints were Dad’s favorite candy. He wasn’t a big candy guy, but these were…

Bikini Prep – 4 Weeks Out – The Ugly Truth about Weight Loss

Bikini Prep – 4 Weeks Out – The Ugly Truth about Weight Loss

“I’m training for a bikini competition, and it’s been a tough week,” I told a client in my spin class on Saturday when she asked about some of the motivating phrases regarding mental toughness that I delivered during class that morning. One of my regulars overheard us, and interjected, “You’re not training for a bikini competition.…