Leo Turns 2

inviteOne of the best parts of becoming a Libra mom is that I now have two more whole people to plan Halloween costumes and themed birthday parties for…. At least until they’re old enough to realize they have their own free will. For now, mommy gets final say and absolutely runs with ideas. This year Leo was briefly into dinosaurs before becoming totally obsessed with all things that move- fire engines, delivery trucks, buses, ambulances, cement mixers, big rigs, vans, bull dozers, etc. Driving with him is like having your very own personal Rain Man in the back seat ranting off modes of transportation on the freeway. But, I had already committed to the dino theme so sorry kid, when you can actually speak better you can help contribute to your theme- but for now, mommy made that decision for you and it’s fucking dinosaurs. Read more...

Old Lady Crafting

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Before- Ugly Ant Highrise

I’ve been letting the creative juices flow pretty heavy these days planning for my son’s 2nd birthday party. I had a bit of an overflow of creativity and repurposed an old birdbath that’s been an eye sore in the back yard since we moved in. We bought our 1950’s California ranch home from a sweet old woman who had lived here from when it was built to when she passed away at 100 years old. (No ghosts here, she passed away outside of the home). Because I love the design aesthetics of the time and many things in the home were in great shape we were able to keep many things original. This birdbath however was ugly and has been hiding behind an overgrown ornamental bush. It’s usually filled with dead leaves and probably mosquito larva so it was time to re-use and re-purpose. Read more...

LET’S JUST POP DOWN FOR LUNCH!

Famous last words. For months we’ve been seeing foodie/traveler shows head south to explore Tijuana’s blossoming gourmet scene. People as famous as Anthony Bourdain and as unknown as the fat Mexican-American guy from on our local PBS channel head south of the border to eat and drink some of the best food this side of the Mississippi. Since I am no longer tracking every single calorie that touches my tongue and generally enjoying life again, we decide to check it out for ourselves. Read more...

POST SHOW THOUGHTS

stage dayWell, I got last place. Yep, 10th out of 10 competitors. Am I bummed out? Yes, sort of, but not as much as I thought I would be. I just can’t get over the fact that I did it, I competed!!! The professional photos from show day were posted on the NPC website and I still can’t believe that’s actually me! I’m so tan and sparkly and glam! My overall score beat out other scores, so if I had competed in multiple divisions I could’ve placed higher, but unfortunately, not in my group of just 10 girls. Not to mention competing in additional divisions means spending significantly more money as you have to pay to play. Since I didn’t win, my sponsor (aka my cheap mom) said she wants her money back so I’m going to try to sell my suit and shoes and send in my stats to Bodybuilding.com in attempts of winning their “Transformation of the Week” contest. Here’s my bio I’m sending in, let’s hope they pick me! read more...

SHOW DAY!!!!!

Phew… well it’s over. How did I do? I don’t quite know. I didn’t place in the top 5 in my division of ten girls but I wont know until they post results if I got dead last or maybe 8th out of 10? I’m hoping for not last, but these girls put my booty game to shame. There wasn’t one chick in my division who was soft or flabby or unprepared, they had trained and they were there to win. Here’s a recap of how it all went down. read more...

3 DAYS TO GO

It’s been a busy last week to say the least. I had to work all weekend, off Monday, and then back to work Tuesday. Exhausting to say the least, but I crammed all those work days together so I’d be off the rest of the week to prep and hang with my mom and visiting friend pre-show. Everyone keeps asking if I feel ready… and to that, I say I’m as ready as I’ll ever be. I must admit I did something stupid, something that really shook my confidence… I Instagram stalked some of the other bikini competitors and about lost my nerve. These girls look GOOD, like rock-solid good. They were giving props to their trainers, and nutrition plans, and posing coaches, and workshops, just hashtags galore. Meanwhile I’m here at home looking in the mirror saying to myself, “You’re good enough, you’re buff enough, and doggone it people will like you.” In all seriousness though, I’ve got to just be proud of my own accomplishments and own methods and goals I’ve reached and stop comparing myself to any other competitor. Could I do better? Could I have lost more fat and gained more muscle? Sure, but this is what I’m workin’ with and it’s just about show time and I intend to fake it till I make it. read more...

11 DAYS TO GO

The struggle with gas is real y’all. No, really, I looked it up. Turns out humans do not have the proper enzymes to break down cruciferous veggies like broccoli, Brussels sprouts and cabbage. Hello!!! Broccoli and cauliflower are my main jam right now, paired with chicken and sweet potatoes- it’s basically what I eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. According to the articles I’ve read you need to cook the veggies pretty well to diminish their gas causing properties, blend them in a food processor (broccoli fart purée anyone?) or start taking probiotics (already do) and some digestive enzymes to assist in the breakdown of these nutrients in your lower gut. meal prepSo I headed out to the drugstore for some Beano! I always thought it was a drug like Gas-X which contains simethicone, a drug that breaks down gas bubbles trapped in the gut reducing bloat and discomfort, but Beano is actually the missing enzyme, alpha-galactosidase (α-GAL), that will break down the complex carbs I’ve been inhaling better than my own digestive track can. So bring on the Beano and maybe there will be no stank in my house tonight? I’m skeptical but we’ll see. read more...

19 DAY TO GO

Just three weeks out now and I keep chugging along almost on autopilot at this point. I’m starting to fantasize about post competition meals and while at BevMo this weekend I picked up some bottles of both Rosé AND Sauvignon Blanc, because it was the 5 cent wine salequote which simple cannot be beat, and in three weeks, I can DRINK AGAIN! It’s funny how irritable a low carb day and two kids under three can make a mom but there’s just so few days left and I just know I can do it without murdering anyone! A friend posted this meme this week, and I’ve been living every day since by it. Trying my hardest to be kind, work hard, dream big, and...DON’T BE AN ASSHOLE. read more...