Seven months ago I had just wrapped up my year long training for a fitness competition. During the time leading up to my show, my days were planned around my training sessions, meals and planning. So much effort goes into preparing for a competition! On top of the normal training I did a weekly live Facebook show to share with everyone my journey. I’m so glad I shared my prep process with the world. Each week I talked about what I was going through and what my focus was that week.
When I completed my show and training I didn’t have anything to focus on or train for. It was a weird feeling after prepping for sooooo long! I didn’t want to fiddle my thumbs but I wasn’t sure where to go next.
That’s when women started reaching out to me and asking for more videos, tips, and motivation. Out of those requests our community was formed! It’s for women only, my goal with this group is to have a safe place for us to encourage and support each other.
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I have big dreams and goals not just for this group, but what we can do in the future!
What frustrates me about the fitness industry and what I’m doing about it!
What I get asked the most ….
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I’m sure most of you have heard the term “meal prep”. The reason we meal prep is because it gives us quick access to healthy food and allows us to make better choices all week long.
Let’s talk about cravings for a moment. Cravings usually set in when you are just starting to get hungry, the longer you wait to eat the more intense the cravings get. At the first sign of hunger or cravings, grab one of your prepared meals. You will find that once you eat your cravings usually go away. If you don’t have your healthy meals easily accessible then the odds of you giving into the cravings and making “poor” food choices becomes much higher. Hence, why we meal prep! So here are my meal prep tips.
5 Tips for A Successful Meal Prep:
1) Keep it simple
Don’t over think it or it will become too difficult to maintain.
2) Grocery Shop with a Plan
Using the grocery list sent yesterday, plan out what you want to prepare before you go shopping. Also, don’t buy things like chips, cookies, or anything that may be a temptation for you. Sounds basic, but its true!
3) What to Prepare
The first time you prepare meals it may seem overwhelming and take you a long time. Do not despair, the more you do it the faster you get and you find ways to make it easier.
4) Plan 1- 2 Hours to prepare
Protein: Cook 1-2 types of proteins in bulk, use lots of seasoning and spices so that you enjoy your food.
Veggies: Cook or have 1-2 types of green veggies
Carbs: Cook or prepare 1-2 types of carbs
Healthy Fat: Almonds, nuts, avocado
5) Measure your meals
Using a Meal Plan to measure out your meals and pack them into Tupperware that you can easily bring with you to work or on the go.
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It’s been four years since my last fitness competition back in Minnesota. January I announced that I would once again be taking the stage and sharing my journey with you!
I launched a weekly Live Facebook Show and have brought you weekly topics all about my competition prep!
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There are so many different ways you can prepare them and sneak them into meals to get that added protein.
My favorite protein hands down are egg whites. There are so many different ways you can prepare them and sneak them into meals to get that added protein. I consume a LOT of egg whites and most commonly for my daily breakfast. However, I am always trying to find various ways to make them so I don’t get bored!
Here is one of my favorite egg white recipes, watch my video below:
Bridget’s Veggie Egg White Muffins
What you will need:
Non-Stick cooking spray
Optional: Salt & Pepper
- Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees
- Spray muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray
- Fill muffin tin cups halfway with veggies
- Pour in egg whites
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Bake for 25 minutes or until firm
- Let cool if storing or serve warm.
Time Saver Tip: Buy pre-chopped veggies, I prefer chopped bell peppers, saves time and waste.
Time Saver Tip: Spray the muffin tin well or you will be scrubbing the pan for days.
Time Saver Tip: Buy liquid egg whites and save time cracking eggs and waste less.
I recently have been craving sweets. As the weather in Houston started warming up and with the sun shining brighter, I found myself craving smoothies.
To save money and of course calories, I decided to buy a Magic Bullet. I bought mine at Target for the same price as Amazon.
Since buying the small blender I have started making video recipes! I’m always trying new combinations of ingredients and finding ways to make easy, clean recipes.
Feel free to send me ideas, questions or comments.
Here is my first video of many!
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All I could see were mountains in front of me with no guarantee of what was on the other side. I knew what I wanted, but how could I be sure that if I started climbing, I would make it to the other side and find what I was seeking?
A lot can change in 365 days. As I close the chapter on year 30 and turn the first pages of 31, I can’t help but take time to reflect on the past year. There is a quote that says “never give up on your dreams or goals because of the time it will take to get there, the time will pass regardless.” If I were to offer you one bit of inspiration today it would be just that, never give up. When I think back to where I was a year ago, “today” seemed impossible, it seemed out of reach and far too overwhelming. All I could see were mountains in front of me with no guarantee of what was on the other side. I knew what I wanted, but how could I be sure that if I started climbing, I would make it to the other side and find what I was seeking?
I decided that taking the risk of climbing was better than staying put and wondering what could have been. Everyone has his or her own version of a mountain. For some it can be weight loss, finishing that college degree, for others it can be finding their purpose. For me, it was being brave enough to follow my heart and let go of old comforts.
A word of caution to those who decide the mountain is worth climbing: Not many will understand why you set out on your journey, hence why it’s your journey. I warn you that you will question yourself when others question you, you will want to quit when you haven’t made it a half a mile into the trip, 3 miles, 5 miles…. So how do you make it over?
Put on your blinders and your earmuffs! Write down where you want to be when you get to the other side. Do you want to get to a certain size or weight? Do you want to land a sweet job with your shiny new degree? Is it finding fulfillment in knowing your purpose? Whatever you want to accomplish, put it somewhere in writing and share it with someone who will encourage you and support you. On the flip side, seriously think about where you would be if you stopped climbing and went back to the bottom of the mountain, back where you started. Back to where it was perhaps comfortable, tolerable or at the very least, familiar. Be actively conscious of your growth, keep track of where you’ve been and be aware of where you’re headed.
The journey is not an easy one, the wind will come, storms will blow in, and people will try to make you to quit. I can tell you this, if you stick to your path, if you don’t let the naysayers and the temporary pain hold you back, IT WILL BE WORTH IT. I have yet to hear anyone say “I regret losing all that weight and bringing sexy back” or “jeeze I wish I didn’t find my purpose it life, this is far too fulfilling for me”.
When I look back on my 30th year, I see a lot of pain and a lot of struggles. But, the whole year, I knew I was digging for the diamond in the rough, that there was going to be that moment when things started going my way. In the past year, among my many journeys, the biggest and scariest was my divorce. When we decided to go through with it, my goal was to come out stronger, more confident and to grow in positive ways. Many people come out of a divorce beat up, angry, full of resentment and hurt. I didn’t want anything to do with that and so I didn’t. I am fortunate that we were able to peacefully take separate paths, which allows us to be our authentic selves. I can also say that I still truly love and care about my wasband (was my husband… because that sounds so much better than ex) as a dear friend and a wonderful, loving father to our son.
Within the last 365 days I grew, I became stronger and climbing that mountain has given me a refreshed confidence, topped with happiness knowing I accomplished what I set out to do.
Time will pass with or without you; will you take the first step to climb your mountain?