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If You Want to be a Pro, Got to Plan Like One!!

When I decided that I was going to prep to compete in another national bikini show in 12 weeks, I was lucky enough to be offered help from my sister-in-law and superstar trainer, Meriza. Knowing that she will be investing her time and sharing her knowledge with me, I am even more determined to commit everything I can to prepping for the next 12 weeks. If I want to be a pro, I must plan like one…one meal at a time!!

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meal prep - takes a while, but more than well worth it

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Starting the Year off Right – OATMEAL!

This is my first post of the year and I really wanted to start it right! I wanted to post something important and relative to starting the 2012 year off right. Then I thought, just because it is new year doesn’t mean January is anymore important than any other day of the year – they are all important! And all those days need to be started of right! So for many of those that have getting in shape, losing weight, exercising, eating better, etc. as new years resolutions, I am going to share what works for me as far as starting everyday right:

Eating OATMEAL!

There is something magic about oatmeal that I cannot quite explain, but ever since I have started eating oatmeal for breakfast everyday since 2007, I have become more physically fit and healthier. Yes, it all started in May of 2007…

The facility where I was working at the time offered this free service for a health screening, and since I hate going to see the doctor, I decided to take advantage of it. The screening recorded things like weight, bmi, sugar and cholesterol levels, etc. Well, like I wrote in my Bio, I have been exercising since I was a little girl so I was confident that I was in good shape, but I still wanted to see what the numbers were. Receiving the health report to me was like getting your report card when you are in school, and I felt like I got an F when the report told me that my cholesterol was high!

Determined to improve it, I thought to tweak my eating habits. I didn’t really eat bad at the time, but I did go out for lunch a lot. And I hated going out for lunch! I would be so hungry by the time lunch came around that I’d eat a big lunch and then be full and tired for the next hour at work and would want to just take a nap at my desk! So I thought to change that by eating a healthy breakfast, because breakfast IS the most important meal of the day. It really is. A healthy breakfast means I don’t overeat at lunch, I don’t feel sluggish after lunch, I don’t pick myself up with a crazy energy drink or something, and I feel great in time for my workout right after work. It is a miraculous domino effect in the positive direction. So, ever since that day I got my health screening, I have done one thing religiously, and that is to eat oatmeal for breakfast.

Oatmeal by itself is gross, mushy, tasteless, and boring. But if you mix it with things, it is like magic! Add eggs to turn it to pudding! Add protein powder to change the flavor – vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, ROCKY ROAD!! (make sure to add it after oatmeal is cooled off so you don’t cook the powder). Add peanut butter to make it decadent! Add flaxseed or coconut oil to get in your healthy fats! Add apple and cinnamon to taste like pie! Add banana and berries to get your daily fruits! I haven’t tried chicken or vegetables, but who knows!??

So after eating oatmeal everyday because it is heart healthy, tastes delicious, fills me up, is cheap to buy, easy to make, convenient to travel with, and provides just the right amount of energy, I went back for my screening the next year and all my readings were good! In fact, they have been good every year since! And I continue to eat oatmeal.. In fact, I continue to do many other things that I didn’t do before May 2007, like run in marathons, compete and place in bikini competitions, save money, feel amazing, and perhaps most importantly, keep my cholesterol in check!

Today I mixed with eggs and chocolate protein powder, tastes like chocolate pudding!

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Yes, I really do this

I figured that I would share what I have been doing the past hour or so…preparing my food for my bikini/fitness contest prep! It is actually very boring and the worst part of prep for me, so I figured a post about it might make it more exciting! I even took a picture for those of you that don’t really ever prep for a contest like this. It really helps when you are trying to follow a diet or even just eat healthier!

Usually, I do this every Sunday night and a few other times during the week. I cook all the proteins, starches, and veggies that I plan on eating for the next couple days. Unfortunately for me, the week before contest it is usually just boil and steam. This is only because it is faster and well, I’m not the most creative cook. Then, to some this might be seem obsessive, I weigh it out ounce by ounce, and distribute all the food into little plastic containers! It seems like a lot of work and a waste of time when I am actually doing it…but, when someone asks me if I want to get a pizza or burrito for lunch, I simply point to my container and say.. I’m all set! See, so easy to eat healthy! And it’s cheaper too!

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