Wednesday, 29 July 2015

The need to spice things up.

May I just state the fact that I detest Mrs. Dash Seasonings?
I think I have bought every one available and have not acquired a taste for any of them.
I have since just been mixing my own spices.

However, recently all of my social media has been atwitter about Flavor God.
I am so intrigued by the Pizza one.
They claim is makes anything taste like pizza.
Do I take the chance??
It's so tempting! 
Or do I take the frugal way and just try to recreate the seasoning on my own using their ingredient list? That could be disastrous, LOL.

However, I have been back on track and heading in the right direction.
In my head, I have three competitions planned for next year.
In order to look even better, I have to get my butt in gear and amp it up even more, including my food prep. Isn't it funny to hear, "Ugh, eat more?"
I guess that is why I'm looking for new ways to spice it up.

Plus, I will not lie. Part of this is completely a vanity thing.
Yes, I love being strong, healthy, energetic, but dammit, I also like having a body that most twenty-somethings cannot own.
If I could just fix my head to match the rest over the years, I'd be golden, lol. 

Later Gators!

Friday, 24 July 2015

Just Be You

I received a message from a friend last night. The gist of the question that she asked me was this:
How do you know which "Jenny" to show people?
When do you stop biting your tongue?

I sat and thought about this and didn't answer until this morning.
I know what she means because, yes, I used to do this constantly:
always trying to be on my best behaviour, always watching any comment I made for fear of it not being taken correctly or as funny (like I normally mean things), scared people would not get my sarcasm or quirk and then dislike me for it.

I realize that I don't do this anymore. I just be me.
Whatever comes out, comes out.
But I am not rude. I still use etiquette and the manners that I was taught as a child.
To me, that's just right.
Granted, I am not going to go around dropping eff-bombs and dirty innuendo in a room full of grandma's... grandpa's probably. It happens, but what can I say? My husband is part of the VFW, and his post happens to have a bunch of hilarious, dirty old men. I fit in with them.

If I feel like breaking a silly dance move in the middle of the grocery store, I do.
If I feel like belting out "Don't Stop Believing" (out of tune) when it comes on the radio, anywhere, I do. I do not hide the fact that I used to be in roller derby, stripped in burlesque, write smutty novels, am trying to build muscle and strut across stage in a teeny-tiny blinged out suit.
I cut my hair the way that makes me feel good about myself. I don't care what is in style.
I dress in what I like. Sometimes it's super girly. Most of the time it's wacko sporty.
I've been mistaken for a lesbian. *I wis,h sometimes, lol.*
I've been called some horrible names.
You know what?
It's okay. It used to affect really horribly.
Yes, my feelings still get hurt, but I'm not going to dwell on it.
Not everyone is going to like me.
I cannot make them for that matter.
So, I have stopped hiding the parts of me that I used to hide.
I am much happier.
I try to be a good, giving, nice person.
I try to treat everyone in a manner that I would like to be treated.
That's all that I can do. 

My thought is don't hide who you are.
You will be a much happier person with the people who you attract and surround you rather than constantly worrying or hiding parts of yourself.
Just be you.

Saturday, 18 July 2015

So It Begins...

Yep, started it back up with this lady, my coach.
Planning, setting goals - mainly for next year.
Trying to figure out maybe an out of state competition too - back home perhaps.

In the meantime though, we are taking our first vacation in over five years in a few months.
The place has a gym, pool, water slide, jacuzzi...
so, yeah, bikini time again!
Hubs bought me new teeny weeny ones.
Sweet, but...
Wait no but's, incentive to get my ass tight again.

I've been back on the horse for a bit now, exhausted and so neglecting this blog.
Sorry about that!

I thought I would share this with you.
It is Sara and Dylan with their new mini-show.
You can see pretty much some of the exercises I do for an hour with her.

And yes, I scream on the leg extension...and pretty much everything else she makes me do on  the last sets, lol. 

Friday, 26 June 2015

Mouthgasm - Protein Peanut Butter Cups

I have seen so many variations on these, and today, I decided to give them a whirl. 
My variation on protein peanut butter cups!
I used 2 scoops of Dymatize Nutrition Chocolate Protein Powder, 1 T of unprocessed unsweetened cocoa powder. I mixed those with enough Unsweetened Vanilla Almond milk to make it pudding-like, a few tablespoons of the u.s.v.a.m. 
(You can use water too. I usually use water when mixing my protein powder)
I then put on layer of that mixture on the bottom of my little silicone pan. I divided 1 T of all natural peanut butter among the cups and plopped that on top. Then I layered the chocolate mix on top of the PB. I stuck it in the freezer and waited. Okay, I couldn't wait, and popped one out to try. YUM!!!
Next time I am thinking about just mixing it all together and putting them in the forms. It got messy because I can't just layers.

The good thing is that I get to eat ALL of them because that's what is on my plan!
I'm sure PB2 mixed with something would be great too.
It's so easy and so many different ways to play with this.
Go for it!

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

I'll spare you the selfie!

I went to the gym out of town today.
On the way back home, I met up with a friend, and we hiked Red Rocks.
I sometimes forget to mix it up and enjoy the outdoors.
This in and of itself is sad because I live where there is so much to do outdoors.
We truly are an outdoor playground.
Of course, today was one of the hottest days yet this year, but it was so gorgeous that it didn't matter.
Plus, I got to spend time chatting with my girlfriend - well, while we weren't trying desperately to gasp for breath.
I admit that my cardiovascular performance is in the toilet right now.
Yep, I have let that slack horrendously.

Anyway, I give you pictures of some of the spots along our hike today.
Thankfully, I did remember sunscreen!

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Keep chugging forward.

They said don't stop chasing your dreams, so I went back to sleep.
True story.
It was one of those mornings.
I slept an extra hour and had every intention of staying there until my work began to roll in.
Then, I got a message.
Someone asking me to help with their fitness plan and suggestions on meals.
(It happens, believe it or not!)

I sat there staring at the screen thinking, "How can I give any advice if I'm not following it myself?"
So, we messaged a bit, and that inspired me to get my a$$ up and ready to go gym.
And I did.
Am I still tired and want to go back to bed?
I will not lie, yes, I am.
But I do feel better, and am ready to tackle all of my contract work for the day.
Also, I have a little more motivation to stay on track.
Even when I don't realize that what I do has any impact on people, it obviously does.
Who knew?
It's when I get messages like the one this morning that I remember that there are people out there who really do pay attention to what I'm doing.
Also, flattering.

So here I was.
Bags and wrinkles all around my eyes, but hey folks, I'm old...
and still trying to keep it together and up high.

Monday, 22 June 2015

Total Mindless Ramblings from a Tired Girl.

And though I wish that I could say it was a for a fun reason, nope, I'm just tired.
That's life, right?

Coffee to the rescue!

I have been a busy girl, all good.
Work, food, working out, writing, formatting, editing...

The weather has been absolutely gorgeous, well with the exception of the crazy torrential downpours.
I mean seriously, all of the neighbors have said, "We never have grass."
Yes, we in the dry mountains of dirt, have freaking puffs of grass that even though I weed eat them, three days later are back up to my waist.
We've even had flooding?!
One highway is closed and the road above us washed out. 

Anyway, I also cut my hair.
I was hoping to look like the girl on the cover of Spanked! by Lena Black. Instead, I look like a middle-aged butch girl who should be in Orange is the New Black.
I love that show! Wish I looked more like Ruby Rose. Yep, I jumped on that wagon.

On a serious note, I have noticed that I was happiest when I was actively involved with 'prepping' or 'on plan.' I was focused. I was structured.
Perhaps it was the way I planned everything.
Every morning, I would wake up, sit and write a positive thought to focus on during the day.
I had a goal in sight.
I was organized.
And though I don't mind a little chaos, my days seemed to run smoothly - even if I was completely exhausted every night.
Crazy, right?
I realize that I'm just one of those weirdos who thrive on structure, well sometimes.