Here we go AGAIN!

Here are some pictures from my last competition. This journey is all about learning from your past and making better choices for the future. I can’t wait for you to see my transformation from my last competition to this one!

XO,

RG

Final Week…Just Keep Swimming…

Let’s just start with this: I didn’t think it was going to be this hard! I mean HARD! People warned me, but maybe I figured I was invincible. I kept thinking that it couldn’t be that bad. Sunday started my low/no-carb days, and I continued to feel strong. I had just finished my first photo shoot the day before with Coach A., and then Sunday brought more fun with Pro-Bodybuilders coming to critique all the work that I’d done–my physique! I was high on life heading into this final week, but it wasn’t until today (my third no-carb day) that I want to crawl under a table and start crying. I haven’t decided whether it’s my hectic schedule with work and two final exams, or if it’s just the food–but man do I feel weak and overwhelmed. I keep hearing people cheer me on, telling me that it’ll all be worth it, but it wasn’t until my close friend Missy told me a story about swimming 100 100s.

While she was in high school, her coach made her do 100 100m sprints nonstop. It was the day after Thanksgiving, and she had to do each 100 in 1:20. Now 1:20 is a pretty fast pace to do 100 100s in so it was very difficult. At first, it was okay and she began to get into the groove, but when she started to get into the 30s she was falling fast. She had only ate three crackers that morning before practice because she could only swim on an empty stomach. Feeling like complete sh!t, she kept going. All she had to do to quit was touch the wall at 1:21–the feat wasn’t going to win her a prize or make her a BIG DEAL, but it was a personal goal for her! So admidst all of the pain, tears, hard work, she kept pushing through, repeating “this is only temporary.” Today she still remembers the moment she finished the 100th 100.

With that…just keep swimming, just keep swimming, just keep swimming…

Fit Bottomed Girls

Hey All,

I’m not sure if all of you know, but I’ve been a contributing writer for Fit Bottomed Girls for almost a year now. I write reviews on fitness classes, products, and clothing lines, and have even covered the NYC Marathon, while hanging out with runner Ryan Hall and yogi Tara Stiles.

My most recent article is a review on Jari Love’s Get Extremely Ripped! 1000 DVD. Take a look–Would you want to try it?

http://fitbottomedgirls.com/2012/04/review-jari-loves-get-extremely-ripped-1000-and-if-it-burns-1000-calories/

Also, you can take a look at my other articles at:

http://fitbottomedgirls.com/index.php?s=raquel

Keep heathy and (always) Fit Bottomed!

8 Days left until competition…

Talk to you soon 🙂

Posing Tutorial

After this weekend’s exhausting posing session, I stayed after to help film a posing tutorial with my coach for one of her clients in the UK. It was a great experience, and it definitely helped me see what I need to work on–I keep learning something new everyday!

VOGUE…VOGUE…STRIKE A POSE

So these are photos that a great friend of mine, Gaby Ponce, took for me 4 weeks ago when I was 7 weeks out from my contest date. It was a great experience and Madonna’s Vogue song plays through my head every time I look through these. Also, I had to post some of the photos that my boyfriend, Brendan, and I took. He’s been such a great rock for me, and always seems to (deflated balloon sound here) my head when he thinks I need to come down to Earth a bit. That being said, why should I deflate when all I want to do is DREAM BIG!

Keep striking the pose!

Traveling & Posing

Hey all!

Yes, I know I’ve been MIA (again). With school, work, a wonderful boyfriend, graduation, and competing all on my (portion controlled) plate, I’ve started to spread myself a little too thin. That being said, of course I had time to head to Vegas with my boyfriend for a family reunion…which sounds great and all except guess who had to bring a cooler across the continental United States—I DID!

I’d say the hardest part was making sure my food wouldn’t spoil. I headed to the ice machine on more occasions than one, hoping that my chicken and sweet potato pancakes were staying cold. The secret to my success was pre-planned meals for every day, in addition to bringing my own tuperware, zip-lock baggies, and my can opener—yes, you can bring that on the plane. Here was my list (to success): Food scale, pre-cooked chicken, homemade turkey jerky, pre-cooked FROZEN sweet potato pancakes (which became a great ice pack), canned tuna, and sweet potato baby food (even stage 3 makes me gag, ugh).

What about the veggies?? Well those green-fat-fighting-machines are easy to get steamed at any restaurant. Just remember to get extra so you can have some for your next meal…you have no idea how many times I heard, “Does someone need food?” as if starvation and your menstrual period were the same thing.

Working out wasn’t as much of a pain in mytookus, but the cost of using the gyms were insane—But a girls got to do, what a girls got to do. It wasn’t too bad…I ended up winning some loot to cover for my crazy traveling fitness costs.

On my last day, I managed to do some posing. Besides my reflective skin, I think my back is coming along…now if I could just remember to bring my arms down a bit 🙂

4 Weeks and counting!

Eureka

Ahhh! I had a EUREKA moment the other day while practicing posing! I can’t tell you how good it feels to have figured out something that I have been trying to “master” for the past two months—the shoulder pop! So with all that excitement…I promise pictures will come…but until then here is my most recent measurements:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zucchini with a Protein Punch

There really isn’t too many options when it comes to muffins–actually there aren’t any options EXCEPT when they have a protein punch. I came up with these Zucchini muffins after making “protein” pancakes every morning. I really wanted to try something more exciting, and since fruit hasn’t been a staple in my diet for the last 6 weeks I threw in a little shredded Zucchini. The recipe below makes 5/6 muffins and you get to eat ALL of THEM!!!

Ingredients:

   1/2 Cup of Oatmeal

1 Cup of Egg Whites

1 tsp of Baking Powder

1 tsp of Baking Soda

8 Stevia Packets

1 tsp of vanilla

1 tbsp of cinnamon

1/2 Zucchini

Non-stick cooking spray

Muffin Tin

Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 350 Degrees F

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pour all ingredients EXCEPT ZUCCHINI into a blender (I use a magic bullet)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blend until oats are fine and everything is mixed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shred a half of a Zucchini (should equal a little less than a cup)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mix the Zucchini and the wet ingredients in a bowl

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spray non-stick cooking spray in muffin tin. Pour mixture into muffin tin.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cook for 25 minutes or until baked through.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hope you enjoy them as much as I do!