So Why Are You Doing It?

I’m anticipating  a lot of questions about why I’m choosing to compete in the Fitness Universe competition this upcoming June. I thought I would just beat ya to it and type out the answers to some of the most common questions.

…Weird day.

  1. Are you trying to lose weight? No. Not at all. I’ve really gotten off track with my workouts lately, and I truly just want a reason to keep myself accountable for exercising and taking care of my body. Yes, I want to clean up my diet, and if some pounds drop in the process so be it. I have gained a few pounds recently, and I want to feel comfortable in my clothes again!
  2. How did you find out about the competition? Through Karena and Katrina at www.toneitup.com! You’ve probably heard me preach about them before, and I’ll keep doing it. I just adore those two girls.
  3. How will you fit this into your schedule? Great question. I have no idea! But I am determined to make it work. Now that I’ve put it out there, it’s too late to back down now! Some steps I’m going to take are to wake up a half hour earlier each morning (5:30 am), complete strength training routines at home while watching my nightly TV shows whenever possible, meal prep on the weekends to avoid breakdowns during the week, and track my progress via the TIU app.

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  1. How far away is the competition? 121 days (June 27, 2013).
  2. Is your blog going to turn into a strict recap of your training? No way! I’m going to be posting a weekly schedule of workouts and nutrition tips each Sunday in case anyone wants to follow along with me, but other than that everything will be running as it always has Smile
  3. Is this a bodybuilding competition? Not at all. The goal is to be confident and fit in a bikini. That’s it. The bodybuilding competition is something completely separate. I’m going for the long and lean look, haha.

If there’s anything else you can think of, please leave it in the comments below! I’ve been getting some really awesome support from this community, and I am extremely grateful for that. You guys rock.

On a side note, who watched The Bachelor last night?! Holy crap! Ashlee was piiiiiiiiissed. I’m going for Lindsay now. Thoughts?

The 5 Day “Warm-up”

Hello friends! Ready for my (yours too if you want it!) schedule for the next 5 days? If you have no clue what I’m talking about, go ahead and check out this post and get yourself all up to speed.

No beating around the bush, here we go!

Day 1 (Tuesday-cardio):

- 10 minute full-body stretch

- 30 minutes cardio

  • Incline walking on the treadmill
  • Run a 5k!
  • Intervals on the elliptical
  • Your favorite cardio workout DVD (I like Biggest Loser Cardio Max!)

- 10 minute HIIT routine (Do each exercise for 40 seconds, then rest 20 seconds before starting the next one.)

  • Elbow plank
  • Wall sit
  • Side plank w/ leg raise
  • Alternating lunges
  • Swimmers (lay on your stomach, raise head/shoulders and legs, and flutter legs like you’re kicking through water while “swimming your arms”)
  • Push ups
  • Squats w/ front kick
  • Flutter kicks (same as swimmers, but legs only; really squeeze your butt!)
  • Squat thrusts
  • Lateral hops

- 10 minute cool-down

  • 5 minutes easy jump roping + 5 minute stretch
  • 10 minutes meditation
  • 10 minute walk on treadmill or outside

Day 2 (Wednesday-abs):

  • V-sit crunch
  • Mountain climbers
  • Leg lower throw downs
  • Side plank reach under
  • Plank
  • Burpee shuffles
  • Side to side leans
  • Reverse crunch
  • V-sit twists
  • Stability ball crunch

*Repeat each exercise for 40 seconds, resting 20 seconds.

*Repeat entire circuit 3x, resting 2 minutes in between circuits.

This should take you about 35 minutes. Follow it up with 15 minutes cardio (any type you wish!) and a 10 minute cool-down stretch or yoga series.

Day 3 (Thursday-legs/butt):

  • Pendulum lunge with dumbbell curl
  • Plie squat on toes
  • Sumo squat jumping jacks
  • Lunge and lift
  • Kneeling pike kicks
  • Jumping lunges
  • Leg curls with dumbbells
  • Side static lunges with bicep curl
  • High knees
  • Ball squat squeeze

*Repeat each exercise for 40 seconds, resting 20 seconds.

*Repeat entire circuit 3x, resting 2 minutes in between circuits.

  • Booty back kicks
  • One-leg deadlift
  • Booty bridges on toes
  • Core kicks with butt up
  • Yoga squat up’s
  • Kneeling side leg raises

*Repeat each exercise for 40 seconds, resting 20 seconds.

*Repeat entire circuit 3x, resting 1 minute in between circuits.

If you bust your butt, this will take you about exactly 1 hour. You can do it!

Day 4 (Friday-cardio):

A couple of options here:

  • For you runners, why not run for an hour? Cardio, check!
  • For you non-runners, how about running anyway? Just kidding. Kinda.
  • Here’s an option for those of you who don’t want to run. This will take you an hour. Check out this post for a run-down of how to do the exercises if you’re confused.

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Day 5 (Saturday-arms/back):

  • Bent over one-arm row
  • 3 way row and rear fly
  • Tricep kick back
  • Front and back arm circles
  • Push-up to side plank

*Repeat each exercise for 40 seconds, resting 20 seconds.

*Repeat entire circuit 3x, resting 1 minute in between circuits.

  • Squats
  • Walking lunges
  • Side lunges
  • Squats with alternating leg lifts
  • Pushups
  • Bent over rows
  • Shoulder presses
  • Tricep dips
  • Bicep curls
  • Stability ball crunches

*Perform 1 minute of each exercise with no rest!

Stretching Circuit

  • Arm cross-overs
  • Wide legged reach down
  • Standing side stretch
  • Warrior 2
  • Child’s pose
  • Downward dog
  • Sitting side stretch
  • Sitting middle stretch
  • Back-bend
  • Cat/cow

Everything today should take you a total of 45 minutes!

Now if you’re a bit confused on how to do some of the exercises, don’t you worry about that! I will be making videos to show you how to do some of the more complicated exercises. Nothing fancy, but just enough to show you how to correctly complete them with good form.

Nutrition Tips for the “5 day warm-up:”

  • No eating after 7 pm. This helps you to sleep better and allows your body the chance to really relax at night without having to work to digest your food.
  • Eat a breakfast rich in protein. This helps you to remain fuller longer and to start your day off on the right foot. Good choices are a veggie omelet, Greek yogurt with fruit and granola, or a protein shake with some fruit on the side.
  • Write it down! If you’re really trying to watch what you eat, writing things down helps to keep you accountable and really see exactly what is going in your mouth.
  • Cut out the non-essentials. I’m not saying by any means to deprive yourself, but I’m just saying to ask yourself if you really want it before you put it in your mouth. I know that I sometimes find myself having a bowl of ice cream at night simply because I am used to doing that, not because I really want it.
  • Be prepared. Meal planning helps, big time. Even if it’s just something you think about in bed before you fall asleep at night, thinking about what you’ll eat the next day helps you to start out with a guideline. Bringing healthy snacks to munch on throughout the day will help you to avoid bad choices, simply because you’re “starving.”

These tips and guidelines are just meant to ease you into this plan I’m developing for myself if you so choose to follow along. Once again, don’t do anything you feel uncomfortable with. Just take this as a guideline! I want to use the blog to motivate myself and keep me accountable, and I’m really hoping that some of you join me in my journey along the way Smile

The Tuesday workout should be pretty self-explanatory, but hopefully I’ll have videos for ya’ll starting tomorrow for the other exercises.

Have any questions for me? About anything? I’m going to be doing a Q&A session tonight, so post them here or e-mail me at [email protected] if you wish Smile

Ask Away!

Thanks for all your well wishes about my crappy day yesterday Smile

Last night helped. It was filled with exactly what I predicted: some Cabernet, some Bachelor (oh heyyyy Sean Lowe Smile with tongue out), and some cheerios. Yes, that was my choice for dinner last night. My head was pounding and I wanted to put no effort what-so-ever into a meal. I had an apple too if that counts for anything.

WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH TIERRA. I am angry. That’s all.

 

Moving on……

I’m going to start up somewhat of a “Question and Answer” ordeal on Tuesdays. Since this is the first time, I’m going to start it out with this survey, but I would love, love, LOVE, if you guys submitted questions for me to answer next week! Also, any suggestions for a catchy lil title for this? Let me know Smile Jeez, I use smiley faces way too much. I feel mean if I don’t sometimes. I fall into that pattern texting too; gotta stop.

 

  • What is on your desktop wallpaper?

Okay, not even kidding. It was a cat wearing this ridiculous hat for like, a year. But since I updated all the stuff on my laptop this past weekend, I have Bing now and my background changes every day. Kinda cool, but I miss my cat. And now I can’t find the picture anymore Sad smile

  • What is your favorite zoo animal?

Sharks! Or seals if there’s so salt-water tank.

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  • What was your favorite toy as a child?

Polly Pockets.

polly pocket

  • What kind of hairstyle do you have?

Curly curly curly. My hair is just a bunch of crazy curls if I just let it air dry after showering, which is exactly what I did today.

  • What is on the shirt you’re wearing right now?

An emblem from the dance program at the college I went to.

  • What is the picture nearest to you of?

The girls I nanny for. Precious-ness to the max.

  • What kind of salad dressing do you like?

Oil and vinegar, with some bread dipping spices mixed in. I learned this trick from Courtney!

  • What’s your least favorite food?

Olives. Yuck.

  • What do you do on a Sunday night?

Um, absolutely nothing. I’m about to start watching Walking Dead again though!!!!!!!!!! Open-mouthed smile

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  • How big is your computer display?

I don’t even know what that means. Obviously very tech-savvy.

  • What pair of shoes do you wear most often?

My Sperry’s and my Tom’s equally I would have to say.

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  • What is your favorite Thanksgiving food?

Mashed potatoes! Mmmmmm. I wish I could eat these every day. I probably will when I finally get my own place. Uh oh.

  • What is your favorite pizza topping?

Just cheese. And extra tomatoes. I like a lot of sauce and only a little bit of cheese on my pizza. And I like it super thin and crispy.

  • What time do you plan on waking up tomorrow?

6:00 a.m., like every other day. Yuck.

  • What is your favorite day of the year?

That’s actually a really good question. I would have to say that it varies every year and that I probably don’t decide until the end of the year.

 

And now I just need to share this picture with you to start off your Tuesday:

teacup pig

Has anyone ever seen the teacup pig episode of HIMYM?! I need one. Immediately. If anyone is looking for something to get me for Valentine’s Day…*cough cough LUKE cough cough*

 

Answer any question above you want and submit one for me pleeease! Smile