Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Guaranteed to make you puke and look great!

This isn't me but I think it speaks volumes on how I like to train!

Train Like an Olympic Sprinter (Or just look like one)!

Have you ever marveled at the strong, explosive legs and powerful stride of Jackie Joyner Kersey? Have you yearned for the sleek, defined yet muscular arms of Carl Lewis? These are World Class Olympic Sprinters, however, just because you are not doesn’t mean you cannot train like one!

The first key component in building muscle like a sprinter is to be sure that you are using the proper cardio and conditioning methods. Long duration cardio or aerobic training can actually burn muscle. In the contrary, high intensity methods like sprinting can have a double pronged effect of burning fat and inducing an anabolic state helping you to build muscle!

In training, sprints should be varied between regular flat ground sprints, hill sprints, sled sprints and prowler sprints. If you are training for speed, you will need a lower volume of training and would need to take longer rest breaks between each sprint. Theses should not be performed more than twice per week. If you are training for aesthetic purposes, you can sprint at different intensities for a duration of 15-30 minutes, with 30-90 second rest intervals, 3-4 days per week.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

The Making of a Champion

..Won't you follow my progress!
                                                                March 22. 2010- JEEEEEEEEZ!

After June 18, 2010???

The Stageth Hath Calleth me back the mothership. Contest season starts Saturday.
Stay tuned to more madness!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Breaking News! There is no more tomorrow!

"Attention everyone! Breaking News! There is no more tomorrow!
Cancel all plans for tomorrow because, well, there isn't one!"

What if you tuned into Channel 5 this morning and heard this? What you do? What would you think? Everything that you had carefully planned to start tomorrow, every appointment you scheduled for the rest of the week, CANCELLED! Only what you had done up to this point counts. Nothing that you planned to start next month after you got your "refund check", CANCELLED. Every person that you planned to spend time with next month, cancelled too! Why? Because there is no more next month!

Ofcourse this is all ficticious, but if you knew for a fact when your last day on this earth would be, wouldn't you have planned your life a little better? Are we not taking for granted the precious time that we have on this earth by putting important things off until tomorrow?

Why do we do that? Why do I  do that?

 Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.
- Thomas Jefferson

Now, I have some GOOD NEWS! You can start Today! Thats right! Eat better, TODAY! Go for a walk, TODAY! Stop wasting that gym membership, TODAY! Stop being Fat, THIS AFTERNOON! Call your friends, TODAY! Call your parents, NOW! Hug your dog, TONIGHT! Pay your bills, TODAY! I cannot, promise you tomorrow. But the people that love, would appreciate if you started TODAY!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Eat for Life Recipe #1 "Chicken A la From the Far East" (of Chicago)

Chicken A La "Far East"

1-2 pounds of whole or thin sliced chicken breast ( I like the thin sliced because it cooks faster)
Garam Masala
Curry Powder
Onion Powder
Sea Salt
Garlic Powder
Powdered Ginger
Lemon Juice
4 cups of Spinach
1 cup of red, yellow and green peppers (optional)

Prep time - 10 minutes
Cook time- 4 hours

  1. Preheat oven to 270 degrees
  2. Place alluminum foil the bottom 1-2 large baking pans. Make sure you leave enough to be able to cover the dish once the chicken has been placed inside the foil.
  3. Line each baking pan with one layer of chicken breast. Season each side of of each chicken breast with Garam Masala, Curry Powder, onion, powder, sea salt, garlic powder, tumeric and powdered ginger.
  4. Squirt each chicken breast twice with lemon juice.
  5. Sprinkle the spinach on top of the entire dish
  6. Sprinkle peppers on top of the entire dish

    Chicken before being placed in oven 7. Cover and seal the entire dish with the remaining aluminum foil 8. Cook for 4 hours. That may seem like a long time, but remember you are cooking for about 3 days of meals. I cook when I get home from work. These four hours give me enough time to clean up the house, take my shower, watch a little HGTV, Bad Girls Club and For the Love of Ray J reruns. 9. Remove from oven after 4 hours.  Juicy, succulent, guilt free, cheat free chicken!!!
    10. Meaure meals out for the next day or week and place in your containers. I usually pair it with brocolli, asaparagus or green beans alongside a half of a plain sweet potato or brown rice.

Introducing Chicken a la " you wont get sick of"!

Today Ill be introducing my first recipe that I discovered in my many attempts to make a chicken breast recipe that I have yet to get sick of! I try to experiment with different spices and flavors to keep my palate fresh! The most important part of changing the way you eat is preparing foods that you want to eat!

Take it from someone who finds it hard to turn down a
chicken wing.

If you place a 6- piece barbecue chicken wing meal with white bread and cole slaw on the left and a dry plain chicken breast seasoned with sea salt on the right, I might be able to choose the item on the right a few times. However, after the 4th or 5th time, I might be starting to dip my pinky into the sauce on the left meal.
10 dips later, that 6 piece is history and in my belly.

So, I enjoy coming up with ways to eat healthfully and deliciously while getting in superior shape.
Introducing Chicken a la " you won't get sick of"enriched with delicious flavoring from the Far East!

Beware! I, like my mother, am a little bit of this and a little bit of that, type of chef. There might be a measuring cup nearby but Im just using it to scoop not to measure!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Build HER Biceps!

I have to say that I have truly enjoyed the last three months of bulking and building. I have my curves back and muscles just keep growing! I have discovered that lifting heavy is SUCH A PLEASURE! I love going the distance! I love loading the rack with 45lbs plates I hearing people whisper, "Is she really going to squat THAT?!?!?!"

Most of all, I have enjoyed eating foods that are healthy, energy providing and clean. 

For weeks after my last contest on November 7, 2009, I enjoyed hamburgers, pizza, fries, fried catfish, barbecue wings, and lots of cake!!! I really thought I missed eating those foods. Soon, I found out that it wasn't the food that I missed but the social activities that normally surrounded those foods that I had avoided for months. I didn’t want to risk falling into temptation, so I started avoided occasions with family and friends that I knew would include foods that I just shouldn’t be eating. I didn’t have the wherewithal to just say, "NO!"

After so many months of contest prepping, I had forgotten how to eat like a normal person. It actually took time and the help of a nutritionist for me to find my balance!

So now, 4 months later as I head into contest season, I understand that eating is FOR LIFE. You eat for energy, you eat to restore and you eat to heal. I love the energy that eating clean, whole and healthy foods provides. I can get through any workout and lift as heavy as I want!

I’m a 100% natural figure competitors and I’m building healthy muscle just by eating clean and exercising regularly.

Yes! I can be done. 

See you on the stage at NATIONALS IN JUNE!
Ill be documenting my journey here ;)