One Day Out (+ all you got was this novel)

One Day Out (+ all you got was this novel)

People keep asking me if I'm nervous.

I halfway want to respond that I only think about being nervous when they ask me if I'm nervous.

The truth is, I'm trying to focus on being as prepared as I can be so I don't have to feel any kind of nervous.  I've been spending most of my extra time - and then some - figuring out what I plan to eat these last couple days and on the day of the competition.  I've also been spending about 2-3 hours in the gym each day doing similar, though slightly less intense, workouts to what I have been (yes, that includes the 3+ classes I'm teaching per week!)

 

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Blackened Mahi Mahi Chopped Salad + Pre-Contest Musings

Blackened Mahi Mahi Chopped Salad + Pre-Contest Musings

So little time, so much to do.

Thus is the feeling come PEAK WEEK of my bikini preparation!

With my big weekend approaching faster than a HIIT workout on 5 cups of coffee, I am reminded of all the things I had hoped to share with you along the way and all the things I have yet to do.

The latter is, fortunately, the shorter list.  Still, finding time to check everything off the myriad needs of a bikini competitior for show day has been challenging.  

Manicure, pedicure, photo shoot, assembling day-of items, packing my day-of bag, spray tan (not to mention tan preparation - yeah, it's a thing), posing practice, final workouts, figuring out the last week diet (SO many opinions out there on dieting/water consumption), figuring out when and where I need to be, getting mentally prepared... and probably several other things I've forgotten and need to do.

 

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Baja Arizona Pot Pie

Baja Arizona Pot Pie

Is it getting hot in here, or is it just me and my steamy hot... 

PEPPERS!

I know you knew where I was going with that.

I knew you'd know because you already know how I love spicy food.  Give me chicken and waffles and I'll pass on the syrup and ask for the hot sauce.  Spaghetti and meatballs?  Crushed red pepper is a must!  Heck, I'll put tabasco on my salsa.  (Well... only if it's mild salsa!)

So of course, when I began thinking about chicken pot pie - SO the time of year for it if there ever was one - I started thinking that this one was going to need a little something to heat things up.

 

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Harvest Picnic Calzone

Harvest Picnic Calzone

House decorated floorboards-to-chandeliers for Halloween:  Check.
Fall Pinterest boards in heavy use:  Check
"Spooky Symphonies" Pandora station playing:  Check.
Excessive amounts of pumpkin spice flavored coffee brewed:  Check.
Flour all over the kitchen + pumpkin on my apron:  Aaaand check.

This is me, gearing up for another fantastic fall in Arizona.  It's THE time of year for those of us who have been waiting the last 5 months to leave our homes without fearing the wrath of the sun.  Do you think I exaggerate?  Well, yeah, maybe a little.  But it really can't be understated how nice it is when the highs finally hit the low 80s after a 100 + summer!
 

 

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Powered Up Breakfast Frittata

Powered Up Breakfast Frittata

Eggs.  Nature's perfect prepackaged food.  Protein, healthy fat, vitamins, antioxidants + minerals we need, all wrapped up in a tiny 70-calorie container.

Eggs are so great, that in the last 300 million years or so since they were invented, the best  food to come out has been sliced bread.  And that's only because "the best thing since sliced bread" is a good bit more fun to say than "the best thing since eggs."  Don't dispute me on this - this statement is illogically indisputable, and you will become confused and frustrated if you try.

Yep.  I'm sure we're all in agreement that eggs are a good thing.  

I mean, let's face it - they keep us full longer than toast, they've got the protein we need to get buff (or whatever), and they're perfect as a vehicle for all kinds of other healthy things!

 

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