Long overdue update

Seriously… it has been MONTHS since I’ve been on here.  You know, life just takes over and what once was a fun little hobby becomes something you have to find time for and time is not something I have a lot of these days.  BUT… SO much has happened since APRIL.  I still can’t believe that was my last post.  APRIL?  How!?!  I don’t even know where to start.  I’ll try to keep it short.  Three (yes 3) National competitions.  First one was Junior Nationals in Chicago June 13-14


I ended up not placing, but had a fantastic time and gained some great National stage experience.  I felt great though I knew what changes I needed to make for the next one… so I started working my butt off for USA’s July 25-26 in Las Vegas


I ended up placing 15th, only the top 15 actually place in National competitions… so I BARELY placed!  BUT… I placed 😉  Again, I had some final tweaking to do and one more show on my brain.  I was turning 35 on August 26th, 4 days before North Americans in Pittsburgh where I qualified to compete in the Open and Masters for TWO chances at a Pro card.  Why not!  Let’s go… So finally my 3rd competition of the summer was August 30th, North American Championships in Pittsburgh

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First class I came out in was the Open class.  I was shocked when I was in the first call outs.  And even more shocked when I was placed right near the middle.  I knew I was 1st or 2nd place.  Next class was Masters… where again I was surprised to get called out in the first call outs and placed in the middle once again.  I ended up taking 2nd place in BOTH classes just missing my PRO card GAH!  I was SO close.  TOO close.  🙂 but I had the best time.  Met the most amazing people, was invited to do a fun interview with bodymorphpros.com; which you can view on youtube (I’ll try to post it later) and cannot wait for the next National show NPC National Bodybuilding Championships in Miami on November 21-22.  Pro card I am coming for you!!!!


Quick update…

Just popping in with a quick update and some official pictures from the photographers from the NPC Utah Complete Nutrition Championships on March 22! Pictures were taken by Chris Nicoll and Lyman Winn of Carbon Imagery. They did an awesome job! I’m looking forward to doing a real photo shoot with them in May.

A few of my posing clients are competing on Saturday at the NGA competition and they look sooo fantastic! I’m so proud of them and looking forward to watching them rock the stage. Good luck Sara, Amber and Jen!!! You’re all number 1!!

I’ll be back soon with some super exciting news! I’m not quite ready to share it just yet… 😃







Hey!  So I guess its that time… show recap! I’ve become pretty familiar with the whole peak week and have a pretty good comfortable routine.  However Wednesday (show week) I read on the NPC Utah Facebook page that if you had won an Overall the prior year you were not eligible to compete in Utah until 2015.  Uhhh….. WHAT?!?  The show was in THREE days.  I have been prepping for months for a show that I am no longer eligible for?  And when the crap did this rule happen?  I was FURIOUS.  So… I started searching for this “rule” and could not find anything on any website anywhere that said anything about a rule of any sort.  I contacted my Chairman and he said that I could not compete in the Open class until 2015 because I won Overall in August of 2013, but I could compete in the Natural class and if I had any questions I could contact the NPC head office.  Well… I did have questions.  I wanted to understand why I wasn’t eligible.  I’ve been competing for years and have never heard anything like this before.  My chairman mentioned something about “trophy stacking”.  They allow you to “crossover” into up to 3 classes if your a first time competitor.  Novice, Natural, and open… and if your a first time competitor AND 35 you can do even MORE crossovers.  SO… if you ask me that is trophy stacking.  I compete locally maybe 2 shows a year.  I compete in ONE class only.  OPEN.  If I happen to win an overall, YAY for me.  BUT the chances of that are not likely.  Most often there are girls who get up to 5 trophies in ONE show.  It takes me an entire year or longer to get that amount of trophies.  Trophy stacking???  Hmmm…

Vent over. Long story short (ened), I contacted to NPC head office.  They told me this rule doesn’t exist.  Jim Manion called my chairman, I competed in the Open class. And I took 2nd in the biggest show in Utah as of yet.  My class had 20 girls.  Here are a few pictures from the competition that my friend got for me 🙂  Next competition will be Nationals.  I realize that I have to put on a little more size for that show.  I need to do some work, but I am SO ready for it.  Oh and I have an amazing suit, which is also made by Bonnie Barber at Platinum Designs.  She has done all of my recent suits.  She is absolutely amazing in every way to work with.  If you’re looking for someone to work with, I highly recommend her.  You can find her on Facebook.









Peak Week

March 22 is quickly coming… And I am
SO excited! This is Utah’s biggest show yet. The competition will be fierce. I’m bringing the best package I can. Hopefully it’s enough to wow these judges, and qualify for another year of Nationals! Here are a few progress pics that I have taken over the last couple of weeks,





It’s time for my favorite week PEAK WEEK!!! This is where everything falls into place, the abs finally come out to play, my legs appear out of nowhere… I HOPE lol!!! I have high hopes that I have made some improvements to my physique since my last show but I will not really know until later this week!

Gosh I love this process but I think what I’m most excited about is seeing my posing clients on stage for their first time!!! They have been SO amazing to work with, and to see them grow through this process has been the highlight of my weekends! I adore them! Good luck girls, you’re all so beautiful inside and out! Get up there and kill it!!!

You asked… and better late than never

I get asked this over and over and over again… and I am always SUPER nervous to answer this question.  I actually get anxiety over it, because what worked for me, doesn’t mean it will work for you.  BUT… I feel like I can’t keep ignoring it.  I get asked constantly “how did you de-bulk, yet keep your muscle tone at the same time?”

Welllll….. to be perfectly honest with you some of it is possibly genetics.  I have always always been “toned”.  I’ve had what I refer to as “boy arms”.  I HATED them growing up.  I thought my muscles were gross.  Now I think I kinda like them!  My upper body?  Piece of cake.  Can’t gain weight up top to save my life, which is why I had to surgically enhance a thing (or two, ahem).  Anywho… lower body is another story.  I’ve always been told I was a white girl with a bootay.  Yes yes boys thank you I have a bubble butt (ugh).  I’ve hated it my whole life.  At least now there is a sport where it is appreciated (thank you Bikini!).

When I decided to switch categories I was really nervous about losing the 15 pounds of weight I had gained for figure.  I literally quit lifting altogether.  I started focusing on the fun classes at the gym that would keep me toned yet burn calories.  I did a lot of HIIT training.  So the next year I didn’t touch a dumbbell.


This is what I ended up with for that first Bikini Competition.  Not too bad but still a little “bulky” I thought.  So I kept doing what I was doing.  Avoiding the heavy lifting, eating super clean and continuing with my fun classes (Body Combat) in case you are wondering.  (Sept. 2011)

On to the next show, a short 2 months later in Dec. 2011 and I was a little leaner but still fuller than I wanted to be.  I have never had those lean legs.  NEVER in my life so I was really trying to find the secret to getting them.


Still no lifting.  I know this is completely crazy but for me it made sense.  As I sit here typing this I realize how crazy this sounds but it just made sense to me that in order for me to get rid of all of this bulky crap I had just worked SO hard to put on (coo coo) I had to do the opposite.  This was 3 months later.  March 2012… so far, so good.  Leaner.


Nothing had changed from this point on.  I was still doing Body Combat, the only difference here was that I added SPRINT INTERVALS.  I was doing 15-20 minutes 3-4 days a week.  30 seconds on, 30 seconds off.  That’s it.  At this point I did start adding some circuit training back in.  Oh yeah I also got the whooping cough.  It was marvellous.  Try training for a show with that.  Not ideal.  Wanted to die.  Nearly did a few times.  This was one year later, March 2013


I did a few shows in March, and took a short break until August.  This is a local show where I won 1st place and Overall!  My legs FINALLY came in.  I finally got the legs I have been trying to get since 2009.  My secret?  SPRINTS.  That is the ONLY thing that I added/changed/did different.  The ONLY thing.


Finally, Las Vegas Classic… where I took 1st place in a HUGE class November of 2013.  This was my best package to date.  Everything came together.  I still have continued doing my same training, my cardio has been spring intervals never more than 20 minutes, and body combat which is such a fun class filled with lunges, squats, kicks, punches etc.. that alone is what I feel has really helped shape, lift, tone, and keep everything nice and tight.  I have spent the last few years de-bulking and this is how I’ve done it. But as I said everyone is so very different.  My body really holds on to muscle and maintains it really well where others may not.  It’s a question I have been avoiding and I apologize but I hope that this answers any questions.


I am competing in a short 4 weeks locally to hopefully re-qualify for Nationals for another year and then the rest of this year I am focusing on National shows only.  First up is May 24th in South Carolina.  I am SO excited.  I cannot wait to debut my new suit.  It is going to be UNREAL!  Hopefully I will be able to update more.  Life has been ridiculous.  New job, so much going on, but I didn’t want to leave this hanging any longer!

Competition recap & rant…..

HEY!  I have taken some much needed time off from blogging.  There have been many times I have thought about blogging, but the words just haven’t come to me, and to be honest they may not come so easily this time around.  I’ve got a lot on my mind and I’m not really sure how to get it all out but we will see how this goes. 


Since August I have competed in 3 shows, and done a couple of photo shoots.  My first ever photo shoots.  Both of which I thought turned out great and I had SO much fun doing them.  As I blogged about the show in August I took 1st place and overall.  The show I did in September was a different organization, it was NGA.  They typically like a softer look.  It was 3 weeks after the NPC show but it was also for a PRO card so I went for it and didn’t end up getting my PRO card.  I figured I was too lean.  No biggie.  Well last week I went to Vegas to compete in the Las Vegas Classic.  It was a HUGE show.  I had no clue what I was getting myself into but really had no expectations other than to get feedback from National judges so that I would know how to come in for USA’s in July.  There were 39 (yes you read that right THIRTY NINE) girl just in my class.  HOLY MOLY!  I was not expecting a first call out.  Well I got a first call out.  Even better… I ended up in 1st place.  I still can’t even believe it.  Here are some pictures from the show and from one of the shoots I did.





I’ve talked about this once before on my old blog, but feel the need to revisit the topic.  I used to get questioned here and there about competing and how it (in some peoples eyes) may not be in line with my faith and beliefs.  I was once recently questioned again.  It’s been a long time since I’ve had someone show anything but support towards me, and to be honest it really caught me off guard.  In fact I believe this is the first time I’ve ever had someone tell me that what I am doing is wrong and I needed to be brave and do the right thing, because what I do causes lust.  Not everyone will agree with what I choose to do, and that is okay.  Not everyone understands this sport, and that is okay.  I don’t question someone who loves playing basketball, or who loves playing golf.  I don’t question someone who loves crafting or fishing or running marathons.  My frustration is this.  A man can get on stage in his speedo, flex his muscles and he is called a body-builder.  He is never told he is immodest.  He is never told he shouldn’t do that because he is causing women to lust after him.  But a woman, who does the same thing, works hard, has the same passion for the same sport gets up there and is told she is immodest.  WHY?  It feels so unfair to me.  Never once did I get on stage feeling like I was being lusted after.  Its not about lust.  Its a sport.  Its a passion.  Its pushing yourself to work harder, to be better, to be stronger.  This sport has carried me through some of the hardest years OF MY LIFE.  It has become such a huge part of me.  I’ve never thought of it as a way to become a sex symbol.  That is NOT what this is about, at least not for me.  I honestly could go on and on about this but I will stop there.  I just needed to get that off my chest.  I appreciate the support I get from my friends and family so much.  It means the world to me to be able to say that I am damn proud of what I do, I do it with class and you know what?  I LOVE this sport and I am not quitting any time soon!

It has to be fun….

A reader asks… I answer

I was asked to do a post about what my workout routine and diet looked like.  I have to be honest, at first I was VERY hesitant to write a post on this topic for a couple of reasons.  The main reason is that I am a competitor and because of that I am pretty strict with myself as far as my diet goes.  HOWEVER, when it comes to my fitness routine that is a whole other story.  Am I strict?  Eh… I look at it more like I am passionate.  I LOVE sweating it out.  I am going to back it up a bit.  Most of you know I used to be a Figure competitor.  Back in 2009, here I was this 110 pound thing walked up to my trainer and said “I want to compete… in Figure”.  First thing I heard was “Sure, but you’re going to have to gain about 15-20 pounds”.  (in my mind I was thinking that they were out of their mind).  The weight came on… slowly… but it came on.  Eventually I was anywhere from  22-25 pounds heavier.  AND MISERABLE.  My off season I felt disgusting.  I cried, I was depressed, and show to show I had a harder and harder time leaning out.  It was when I competed at USA’s (Nationals) that I realized I couldn’t do Figure any more.  It just wasn’t for ME.  I was at MY biggest yet I was still SO SO small in comparison to the women there.  I would have to make more gains in order to be competitive in that industry and mentally I just couldn’t do it.  It was very hard for me to give that part of me up because I absolutely love Figure.  I think it is beautiful, elegant, and the bodies are incredible.  Genetically it just wasn’t going to work for me, at least not naturally.  To give you an idea of just how far I came though, here are some photos from a few of my competitions and progress (these are 4 of the 8 or 9 shows I did).

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(top left, very first show placed 5th… top right, 6 months later placed 2nd…. bottom left, one year to the date from first show, first place, overall winner…. bottom right, USA’s, reality check for me didn’t even come close to placing)

I took about a year off, and then I started competing in the Bikini division.

In the two years I have been competing in Bikini I have had to really work on leaning out quite a bit of the muscle I gained for Figure, and not looking so “bulky” for lack of a better word.  Here are a few pictures to show you what I mean.



Luckily genetically my body maintains muscle really well, so even though my main focus over the last two years has been to lower my “bulkiness” I have still been able to maintain that shape. What I am getting at is this.  My routine is just this… I do what I enjoy.  If I’m not having fun, than I don’t do it.  It’s as simple as that.  Fitness shouldn’t be a chore.  You should enjoy it.  At least that is how I feel.  Two years ago I walked into Body Combat, a class that my local gym offers.  I had been going through a lot in my personal life at the time and I got to punch and kick and get all of my frustration out and it felt damn good.  I am now obsessed with boxing.  I have a little fighter in me 😉  That is a huge part of my workout routine.  I do a lot of HIIT, sprint intervals (30 seconds on, 30 seconds off).  I don’t do LONG hours of boring steady state cardio.  I’d rather poke my eyes out.  I also don’t implement weight lifting at moment because I haven’t felt that I really NEED it.  I’ve been able to maintain my muscle fullness with the other things I am doing.  I spend anywhere from 20-60 minutes a day at the gym (unless I am nearing a competition and then it may be longer)!  I also will do either Insanity or P90X at home with my husband here and there. I don’t think you need to spend hours a day working out.  For me, IT HAS TO BE FUN PEOPLE!!!

I hope this answers your question 🙂  I didn’t get too much into the diet because I have been in competition mode for so long that I think I’ve forgotten what its like to be a normal person.  I generally eat pretty healthy all the time.  I keep my diet clean, with “treats” once a week even up to 4 weeks out of a competition as long as I am coming in okay.  Maybe when I get back to normal mode I can do a better post on my diet!