Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Sisters in Seattle

Went away for another mini vacay with my sister :) this time our adventures took us to Seattle

I was a bit nervous only because I'm obvs not from there and dont know my way around that well.. and we cant use our ever present cell phones to navigate us around (I dont have a roaming plan) so I spent an evening before the trip google mapping places and writing down the important exits turns etc that we needed to know :) 

And it worked out great! Seattle is surpsingly easy to navigate .. if you pay enough attention haha

Went down sat afternoon/evening after I went to the popeyes fall classic with amanda :) traditional big show.. there was a bikini class G 

Competition was pretty stiff for the most part, I noticed it the most with the womens masters division. I feel like previously it was considered the "easier" division because youre not up against these young girls who come in naturally symmetrical etc.. these women BROUGHT it.. and the work theyve put in on top of having kids/careers/etc (one would assume that most of them have anyways given their age) but I would not stand a chance personally against any of those ladies.. they looked amazing

Down to seattle! got to our hotel (thanks groupon!) by around dinner time, went to the mall nearby and then out to dinner. The next day I was up early (as per usual) there was another "gym" in this hotel also which had slightly less than the one in san fran but Id already gotten my workouts in for the week so I was only dong some extra cardio and stretching anyways so it was perfect for that! on sunday we went to pike place, the original starbucks and the zoo :) My sister had never been and since we're both animal fanatics it made sense to hit it up ;) 

We got lucky with the weather.. it was VERY rainy on the way down to kent but when we wandered teh zoo aside from it being a bit chilly it was actually sunny out and clear! and not very busy.. apparently the zoo isnt THE family place to be sunday afternoon.. so we were really lucky

After the zoo we made our way back to downtown seattle and hit up the cheesecake factory :) obvs I saved a free meal for this trip! I had a salad at the cheesecake factory and we took cheesecake home to eat for dessert later... we couldnt decide what to get.. my sister is a sweets fanatic like myself so we got four pieces (ya you read that right)

Pike Place original starbucks, the line was a bit long but the staff were sensational

I wasn't in gym clothes? better document it!

Sister at the gum wall, we were both chewing gum here but my sister couldn't get a good bubble... haha

white chocolate & raspberry
Pecan pralines and caramel
adams peanut butter and chocolate

I also grabbed some 4$ wine from a trader joes near our hotel.. we were going to live it up ;) haha 
I opened the cheesecakes and slowly took a bite from each container.. rotating one by one.. they were each better than the rest! i dont usually pick anything with fruit in it. but since we had so much rich stuff it was a good change up and was really good! I took slow small bites and really tasted the dessert (this is new for me) 
My fave was def the PB one (my sister agreed) then the raspberry then pecan and then snickers.. snickers was good still but it was too much plain cheesecake and not enough extras .. if id had it on its own I woudl have been happy.. but i would have missed out on the amazing PB one.. I attempted to let myself get too full and sick feeling.. but it didnt happen I ate slowly and when I felt like I couldnt fit anymore.. I stopped. We didnt finish a single piece of cheesecake and my sister took the leftovers home to share with her bf 

This was probably my most successful free meal to date. Normally (especialyl with sweets) i either have to have an end to the package, something to do after or I eat until I hate myself (dont we all? haha ) so this was a big step

On monday I went to do some cardio again and the stretching exercises we made our way home slowly after breakfast stopping at some outlets (seattle premium and the burlington outlets) I grabbed some awesome nike shoes, even talkd myself OUT of buying more lulus (that i dont truly need to be honest) and got some christmas gifts... going to call this one a WIN

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Post Show Update

almost 12 wks post show and my weight is 135!!

If you had told me last year that after this ON season I'd be able to maintain my weight.. eat MORE food than ever before and ENJOY my SHORTER workouts and LESS Cardio... I never would have believed you

this time last year I was already 15lbs higher than stage weight ... and climbing
I ate bad food constantly .. by bad I mean things that made me FEEL bad gassy/bloaty/irritable
sugar highs.. then sugar lows...

Not this time around, I've been very mindful... I'm a very mindful person just in general .. but a lot of the self talking was negative in the past.. it's certainly something I still struggle with. but now I try to be more aware and to talk to myself and essentially talk myself out of whatever funk i seem to be jumping into

Do I still have hard days?? Um HECK yeah. Do I skip the gym sometimes? yeah there's time when I need a rest more than I need a workout.. that's a rare one for me but it does happen from time to time ;)
I get bored at home / up too late and want to ravage the fridge at times too.. and sometimes it happens and sometimes it doesn't .. either way I'm confident I'm on my way to balance

Happy sat peeps!

Monday, November 2, 2015

Love Languages

as the title above reads, Love Languages. There are five love languages

Physical Touch
Acts of Service
Quality Time
Words of Affirmation
Receiving Gifts

Interested in improving more than my bod (this is a "fit girl" diary after all)
I've always been into Self Help or Self Improvement.  Being a Gemini through and through I bounce back and fourth on tonnes of things. I've started countless projects and only finished some of them. I have somewhat of a obsessive nature and sometimes I'm the complete opposite.

I go for weeks and sometimes months on end without taking a break. I work three jobs and try to keep my schedule full. I like to be stimulated. However, once in a while I crash so to speak, and will take a break from everything (except the gym.. obvs)

SO .. I've been reading the love languages book by Gary Chapman, and it's quite a lovely read. It's nice to learn something new about yourself and improving your relationship or marriage along with it.. I mean, why not?

Disclaimer, I do not have an unhappy marriage. I do like to learn new things and if I can make my spouse feel cared for and loved, I'm going to give it a try. Sure I'm happy with how our lives our. We've been together for over a decade (11 yrs on sat!) and we've gone through all the regular strains that long term relationships do.  With the stress of raising a family and owning a home being things we haven't ventured into yet I'd like to know I can keep my partners love tank FULL even when we get busy with littles.

One of the nice things in the book that I found was descriptions of each love language and examples of what they could mean to you. There are also stories from other couples that Mr Chapman has counselled and his personal opinions on things. Finally, there is a quiz at the end so that you can find out what your own love language is.

As I read through the book I tried to guess what my language was. I was pretty confident I knew my husbands but I just wasn't sure on mine.

When I took the quiz I was surprised at first. I was tied for two things:
Words of Affirmation  &
Physical Touch

I thought for sure I would be receiving gifts but it was one of my lowest scores! After thinking about it for a little bit it all made sense.

I hold a pretty high regard for how others think of me, and the best way to know how someone feels about you is for them to tell you. Whether it be through praise or through conflict I DO hold a lot of my worth on how someone acts or reacts around me

I was tied for Physical Touch as well, now this one made sense in the form of hugs and touching to me. In the book it did say that a lot of men think that physical touch is there primary love language strictly for the sex portion of their relationships and how they hold that in high importance... and it is! But that's not what clicked for me

For me I find a lot of my comfort that comes from my husband is in hugging him when I need to let go of stress. In touching him while I sleep to make me feel comfortable. Now this doesnt have to be creepy haha If I come home much later than him (he's up  at 5am to get to work on time) and he's already asleep but I cannot fall asleep? I'll reach my foot over and touch his with mine. Sometimes in his sleep he'll react and move his foot over and that will put me at ease and help me drown out the days thoughts/tomorrow thoughts and help me relax to fall asleep

We're not super lovey/touchy people. No hand holding. Massages etc but the little things mean a lot to me..

I'd encourage you to read this book, I found it very interesting and it can help in all your relationships not just with your spouse

Some food for thought :)