It is SPRING BREAK here and I am spending it training hard, eating clean, posing, working, and catching up on homework. It is nice to just focus on the gym this week and not have the stresses that come along with school. I am quickly approaching the 5 week mark 'til show time. I am so excited and nervous at the same time.
This morning before work, so yes probably at 4:30 in the morning I started my day watching some more posing videos online from past NPC shows and I got goose bumps and teary eyed. I am just so proud of myself. A year ago I never would have thought that I would be where I am today. I am SO blessed to have met so many wonderful people on this journey that have supported me with my dreams. I am also so thankful my brother, Josh inspired me to change my life. I love you bro! Can't wait to rock the stage with you!!!
There are 5 weeks to go and I thought that by now I would be going insane missing chocolate and other favorite treats, but I am actually really focused and I am over the fact that I have to wait to eat those things. I am not even really looking forward to eating those things after my show now either because I can only imagine how sick and in pain I am going to be after that.
I thought I would share some tricks with you that I use. My sister, Amanda added some of her favorites too :)
1. Extra Dessert Gum:
This is my #1 saving :) I literally have a stash in my room of this gum. You can find packs of it in my gym bag, backpack, coat pockets, and even in my car (that doesn't even work ha!) My favorite flavor is Strawberry Shortcake as listed above. I am actually chewing on a piece right now :) There is also Mint Chocolate Chip Icecream and Key Lime Pie. They are all delicious. Whenever I am in class, doing cardio, or just around others that are eating foods that are a definite no-no for me, I pop a piece out and life is good again. In some of my longer classes I will literally be chewing this gum, spit it out when it loses flavor (it LASTS a LONG time!!) and then pop in another one right away.
2. Crystal Light:
Along with my gallon of water I like to flavor it with crystal light. Whenever there is a new flavor I get super excited to try it out. I have a shaker bottle that is designated for my crystal light :) I carry it around all day and keep a box of the single packets with me. I also buy the larger servings so I can put it in my gallon jugs of water. Whenever I get hungry between meals, or in the evening especially when I am taking in fewer calories I definitely get help from drinking this.
I enjoy drinking green tea because the warm liquid makes me feel full and satisfied. I find myself drinking it when I am working to keep my hands busy or in the evening when I am taking in less calories and feel hungry more often. You can add 1tsp of Truvia to it for sweet treat!
15. Flavor up your Water!!!!