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LEAN BODY MASS
My Workout Philosophy View My Full Workout Program
Intensity & Consistency!
Basically, my workout tactics are just as simple as my nutrition philosophy. You basically just have to keep up the intensity. If you check out Felicia Romero's training for the "Find a Plan" method she has here on bodybuilding.com, that pretty much explains my entire philosophy to a "T." Do things that you enjoy and keep up the intensity. The most important thing is no matter WHAT you're doing consistency is going to always get you where you need to be or want to be. ;o) I love HIIT workouts probably the most out of anything else. I like to make HIITs that incorporate some cardio mixed with weight training (light/moderate) in between. Check out my workout templates on here to see what I've been doing! I workout at home for right now (before we relocate) and this ALWAYS works for me. You wont lose muscle at all, in fact, some of you may gain it. If you did HIITs for hours per day, yes, you'd be scrawny but the whole entire point of HIITs are to avoid losing muscle and maximize fat burn! I personally think that is by far the best way to train to meet my goals on average. But it's also nice to mix in a couple days of heavier weights to really build a beautiful foundation. ;oD
My Nutrition Program View My Full Nutrition Program
Modified South Beach diet. Loads of protein!
From Vegetarian to Carnivore--
Hey, my body has its own agenda!!! ;o)
For the past three years I tried being vegetarian and bodybuilding or basically keeping fit! Naturally, I once I got sick or something I kept getting sick. For me, it was not a lifestyle choice I could keep. It's VERY difficult, not to mention down-right mentally exhausting, to eat lean and clean as a vegetarian and not feel weak, starving or sick all the time. I cannot live on bread and cheese or pasta like many people with high metabolisms! I would get HUGE and FAT! No way that's going to happen. Morally I adore the entire Vegetarian lifestyle. Many vegetarians are healthy and happy living that way (my husband is a good example). I, on the other hand, could not meet the demands of my nutrition requirements as a vegetarian.
So, here we are discussing my nutrition program! It's pretty simple. I like it that way! It includes healthy lean forms of protein (no combined "whole protein" stuff either). I like fish, turkey, chicken and pretty much any other kind of meats that taste decent and have a lower fat content! I like to eat veggies with my meats but I limit those because of stomach issues. Just as long as I'm getting enough, I consider that a fair trade to keep my tummy happy. Hah! As for fats I take supplements to keep those in check but I also get my essential fats from fish, nuts and other sources. I use olive oil to cook with when cooking my foods.
It's comical to think I went from eating vegetarian (no meats) to eating nearly all meat. Morally I am not happy that my body wants to live this way but we don't always get to choose what our body wants or does. Luckily, I'm able to cut anything out of my diet, even if I love it (carbs). One thing is for sure...most of the time we're in control of what we eat so why should we deny our bodies what they need? I want a good quality to my life, and this is just how it's gotta be!!! ;o)
My Supplement Program View My Full Supplement Program
Keeping Supps Simple!
I've been in the fitness industry a long time now and it seems like the biggest confusion people have always comes down to supplements. I always send my friends, clients, and family members HERE to bodybuilding.com to do their own research. I started just referring people to websites rather than to waste time educating them unless they were READY. I hate to say that I felt like most of my educating was a waste of breath but it was. You all know how that goes. But it just proves that supplements are probably one of the most confused parts of diet and exercise. Some people seem to think they are a magic pill that will do all the work while others think that they shouldn't need them at all. I'm neither of those. I really appreciate supplements for what they are: Supplements. They're to compliment your diet and training.
I use the basics. I believe that the basics need to be covered at first. If you start of guessing what supps you might need you could end up taking 10 different pills per day. I've seen trainers and nutrition coaches do that to people. I just personally do not think your body can process that many different supps at once. There are hundreds of different theories and it's cool if you think that many are okay, but I stick with the basics to avoid getting sick (overdose) or mixing the wrong stuff together causing weird reactions. It can happen. The trouble with taking a ton of different supps at once is if you develop a reaction (rash or other side effect) you wont know which one is causing it! It's easier to figure it out if you take fewer. This is mostly speaking about vitamins and all those other miracle pills out there.
For years I just hated the idea of taking these. My favored role model Jamie Eason always said to take a multi-vitamin. I knew she was right. She's alwas right. But the issue was ME. My body just HATED multi-vitamins. So, after trying several different brands, I gave up! I even tried some of those specialty vitamins that come in an AM/PM packet. Warning, do not take those. They're just over-packed. I developed a severe rash (even in my mouth) from them, likely due to an overdose of ingredients (I did a small amount of research to come to that conclusion). I like to use Opti-Women multi-vitamins. These are the best vitamins I've ever used. They do not hurt my stomach at all. Other vitamins are like a hard piece of chalk and just do not digest well and I end up burping them up all day. Not only that, this is gross but, you'll notice that you pee most of the vitamins out later on in the day (coloration). Sorry to be weird but it's just the only way to explain. I feel like that comes from the pills not digesting well. The ONLY vitamins I have NEVER experienced that with or minimally at least, is Opti-Women. Now, the daily serving is 2 capsules per day. I only take one, because I'm small. I just am so happy I starting using these because nothing else has ever worked. They're a great vitamin specific for women and they have a men's called Opti-Men if you guys want to try them out. I'm sure they're just as fantastic as the women's!
I have ALWAYS had spectacular luck with my essential fatty acid capsules. I prefer Flaxseed oil, because my body seems to accept it well. I even use it on my food sometimes. I've used Fish oils before and my body doesn't seem to like those as much...how can I tell? I burp fish up all day if I take them! Yuck! It just depends on your body. I do believe that both flaxseed and fish oil work about the same, I think it just depends on what your body reacts to better. Mine might be flax yours may be fish. Just try them both and see which you like best! Right now I'm using up the remainder of a Spring Valley brand of Flaxseed but I'm sure I'll be re-ordering some brand from bodybuilding.com after they're gone because I go through them fast. I will post in 'my supps' what brand I decide to go with!
You really cannot go wrong with BCAA's, my favorite kind to use so far are also Optimum Nutrition's BCAA 1000 caps.
A lot of protein powders and other supps actually have this product in it. It's really good to keep your joints healthy. Jamie Eason, years ago, pointed this product out to me because I was having some joint issues from working out a lot. It definitely helps. I use NOW brand, in powder, so that I can mix it easily into protein shakes!
For women especially, pro-biotics are becoming a VERY important part of our supp routines. I highly recommend Myofusion's Probiotic series protein powder if you need some extra (especially if you're like me and hate yogurt). Also, it's good for our feminine health. You really cannot go wrong with taking these and there are tons of benefits. I'd say if you have no issues and never have you may just skip these, but most ladies are not issue-free unfortunately! It's hard being female I tell you! My favorite are a brand that I HOPE after reading this, bodybuilding.com will try to carry. It's called RepHresh Pro-B and it's a specific line of pro-biotics just-for-women. Please bodybuilding.com, start carrying these!!! ;o) I'd buy a pack each month if you did!!! Haha!
As most of you probably do, I have a long list of favorites, but I'll narrow it down! I always use these in my baking, my protein shakes obviously, and just a good way to mix into other foods (oatmeal, yum) to get that extra push of protein! It really can save you some money on buying meats too! My favorites are: MRM, Myofusion, BSN Lean Dessert, BSN Syntha 6. Any of those taste pretty good and bake really well. I've used them for years now!
I just recently started taking these because I am sure I do
My Motivation Program View My Full Motivation Program
My Motivation Program
I stay motivated by concentrating on what all the fitness and dieting is going to do to my body--looks and mental. Hard work pays off in more ways than one! Being a suit designer and meeting up with some of the most fit women in the industry keeps me motivated as well. I get to stay motivated by seeing so many amazing people that work so hard to compete or just look great.
Another huge motivator for me is being a fashion designer and being able to create and wear my own clothes. Obviously if you're overweight or unhappy with your body, you wouldn't want to make any special clothes for yourself. So, I stay motivated by dreaming up ideas for fashion I can create and wear just for me! ;oD
Jodi_Lane created a new BodyBlog entry "Day 56: Trying to motivate buddies...Frustrated?".
Over the years I've mainly worked out alone. Most of my workout buddies were pretty hit and miss and it seemed like they never were as serious as me. On the other hand there were a lot of gym regulars that I loved seeing because they were almost always at the gym when I was but we didn't necessarily train together we just were at the gym at the same time (I almost prefer that). I was just thinking about this tonight after seeing someone post one of those photo memes that have a saying on them... Go to BodyBlog
I don’t know how many of you out there do this, but I’ve been thinking about limiting my social media access to ONLY Mondays and Fridays. I feel like I’m wasting too much valuable time online checking updates and responding to comments (both of which really get me no where and honestly do not make me any happier). I also feel like people do not seek me out to chat as I do them. Even my close friends that I’ve known for years do not talk to me AT ALL unless I message them first or ask them a... Go to BodyBlog