Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Protein Muffins

November 21, 2017

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…

Why Eating Like a Bikini Competitor isn't (all) that Bad

October 22, 2017

19 pounds. That is how much weight I have lost since I started this prep in July. It sounds like a LOT, and frankly it is a lot. In all honestly, I am not comfortable being this lean. I went to my husband’s Navy Football game yesterday and wore a 3/4 sleeved shirt because I’m…

The Day I Won My Pro Card

October 17, 2017

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

October 11, 2017

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

October 1, 2017

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…

Bikini Prep – 3 Weeks Out – Why Everyone Should Set a Date

September 22, 2017

It’s 4:07am as I sit in my dimly lit kitchen to write this blog. Last night was a new record. I was up every hour on the hour. I rolled over, looked at the time, debated if it it was too early to start my day. Any hour with a 2 in front of it,…

Smashing My Off Season Ego

July 23, 2017

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

June 16, 2017

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

May 21, 2017

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

May 7, 2017

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…