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Finding the balance of physical and mental health through adventures and fitness

Monthly Archives: December 2014

I found this one a few weeks ago on Amazon. I had been looking for high protein snacks and Buff Bake came up in my search. I’ve had Nuts n More and they are definitely one of my favorite PB brands out there and they’re super close in Rhode Island, but it’s not bad to try something new. I went to the Buff Bake web site and they have a bunch of flavors, but I figured I would be safe with Cinnamon Raisin Peanut butter. It’s a little thinner than regular peanut butter, but it’s amazing. I used the 2 tablespoon serving to too my plain Greek yogurt tonight for dessert.

I’m on my third day of prep and while I’m not throwing back spoonfuls of peanut butter, I do like variety. Buff Bake offers variety while helping you hit your macro goals. Definitely a solid purchase and now I just need to decide which flavor to try next!

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I hope to find more great treats throughout my prep. I want to keep it fun and I think trying new things will help with that. What nut butter brands do you all like? Any flavors you have to recommend?

❤ Cristina

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I was going to wait until the first of the year to start competition prep, but I’m impatient and didn’t want to wait. Today was my first day back to stricter macro counting and a regular gym schedule. After I got back home from my Christmas fun, I went grocery shopping and picked up the essentials: chicken, ground turkey, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, you get the gist. I came home and prepped a bit and I figure I’ll more over the weekend. I also stopped by Dick’s Sporting Goods and bought a new pair of cross trainers. These were amazing during my gym session this afternoon.

 

My first official gym day in the prep book was a solid 40 minutes of plyometrics. I felt pretty good and I can’t wait to see what happens during this prep.

 

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Let’s get into the facts of prep this time around:

My first competition was November 1 and I lost 25 pounds and weighed 150 in time for the stage. Since November 1st I have gained between 8-10 pounds, but I’m still a size 6. The first competition this spring is April 18th, which is 113 days away. My goal is to lose another 25 pounds and get to 135 in time for the stage. The second competition is May 23rd and I believe I can get to 130 for that stage.

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113 days away!

 

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148 days away!

 

Last time prep was a breeze in the beginning and it got much harder on me mentally towards the end, but knowing what I know now, I believe I will be able to handle it. As far as the post show weight gain, it could be so much worse, but I do want to see what I can do so I can have more of a maintenance of the weight loss this time around.

Now for some photos!

Last Throwback Thursday photo of 2014. 4 years and 85 pounds difference. I can’t wait for 2015.

 

54 and sunny on Christmas!

 

Post family Christmas dinner snuggling

We have 5 days until the New Year and I’ve almost finished my list of goals for 2015. I’ll post them within the next few days. I can’t wait to dive right in! I hope all of you enjoyed your holiday and are getting ready for the New Year too!

❤ Cristina

 

 


I hit the gym quite early this morning, but some days I feel that dragging my butt out of bed on a Monday morning is completely necessary to start the week off right. You can want to change all you want, but if you don’t make an effort nothing will ever happen.

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Happy Monday!

❤️Cristina


I used to hate Mondays. If I could, I would sleep through Monday, skip over Tuesday and start my week on Wednesday, but I’m sure I would dislike Wednesdays then too. Not everyone is a morning person and I have my moments of dragging ass too, but last year I started doing my workouts in the morning a few times a week. I started slow with only a day or two, and then worked up to three or four- depending on my work schedule.

At the beginning of the summer, when I started prep, I knew I wanted to fit two workouts in a day and sometimes I worked at night. Bring on the morning cardio and lunch time lifts. It was definitely a struggle at first. Monday and I were not friends at all. However, after a few weeks it got easier. I also noticed my mood improved, I was more likely to be on time or early to work and on days I also worked out on my lunch hour, I was more productive in the afternoon.

The past month since my show I haven’t done many morning workouts, I’ve fit them in, but not as many as I had this summer. To finish the year I’m getting back to my morning workouts, and making sure I get a morning workout every Monday until the New Year. Last week I got 3 morning workouts in and I honestly felt better and back on track. This week I have the same goal. I also want to get my lifts in and fingers crossed, but I want to get to a gym class if I can squeeze it in.

This mornings workout was a solid 30 minutes of steady, high resistance cardio on the arc trainer. It was followed by a cup of black coffee, egg whites and an apple. My lunch workout was legs and lower back. I PR’d my squatting weight to 110 pounds, it’s only a 5 pound increase, but holy hell you notice the 5 pounds! My morning flew by, and I can’t believe the amount of work I get done. I also hit my water goal of 150 ounces.

When I workout on Monday mornings, I feel like I have my life together, even if that’s far from the truth. I’m going to definitely bring my morning workouts into the New Year. I’m still working on my goals, but maybe hitting 52 Monday morning workouts should be added to the list? What are you all looking to add to your goals list?

 

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Morning cardio, my abs want to come through!

 

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❤ Cristina

 


This year has been the biggest rollercoaster and I don’t think I would have it any other way. I crossed four things off my wellness bucket list and while that doesn’t sound like a lot, the things that I accomplished were a big deal.

I started the year with a tonsillectomy and that had me stuck in bed for a few weeks. My diet at the time was nonexistant and by the time I got back to the gym I felt like I had been gone for too long. I was so excited to get back to normal eating and setting gym goals. I registered for three 5Ks, including a real timed race and started working on getting my time faster. I can’t believe I can say that my time is around 9 minutes.

After meeting a bikini competitor and having lunch with her to talk about her experiences, I made the decision to shoot for the stars and train for my first bikini competition. I went from 174 pounds to 150 for the show, a size 10 to a size 6. Even with a 3 pound post-show weight gain, I am so damn pleased with what I accomplished.

I’m working on my list for next year, but I do know it includes two bikini competitions.

As for the rest of this year, I have set a goal of 3 morning workouts a week for the month of December, at least 1 class at my gym, 2 days of lifting wherever they fit in the week. So far so good, 3 mornings have been crushed this week. I’m planning on getting a lift in tomorrow and Saturday. I don’t see myself getting to a class this week because of work, but I’ll plan better for next week.

I’m excited for the close of this year and the start of next. I know big things are coming!

Happy goal setting!

 

❤ Cristina