There are plenty of obvious changes that have occurred over the years with my focus on fitness and competing. I have basically shrunk in half, put on obvious muscle, changed the way that I eat and view food, and added a structured workout regime. Those are all changes that anyone would clearly notice. But what I want to talk about are the changes that have happened that may not be obvious to you from pictures or social media. These changes are deeper, and are more than my physique.
Progress picture day this week had me nervous! I had a couple rough days at the end of last week where I went over in my carbs. I felt like I was retaining water and was just nervous I wouldn’t show any progress. I even had a dream Sunday night that I got in trouble for some gum. I woke up frantically checking my texts and social media making sure it was just a dream!
I am no beauty guru, I’ll be upfront and honest about that! However, I do love reading about beauty techniques and tips. Since I live an active lifestyle I have changed my beauty routine/regime a lot. I thought I would start out by sharing some of my all-time favorite haircare products!
I never know what progress picture day will have in store for me. Some days I’m thrilled, some days it takes me comparing week to week in order to be excited, and some days I am disappointed with myself. This week I thought for sure I was going to be disappointed because I felt a little bloated. I was pleasantly surprised!
I have been using Wen for a year now, and when I first started thinking about making the switch I was researching reviews all over the place! It was easy to find mixed reviews or bad reviews but it was a challenge to find good reviews! So, obviously I have given this hair care system a fair shot, and I love it! Curious as to if it may be the right choice for you, or why someone may like it? Read on!
I am potentially 10 weeks out from my first competition. I say potentially because it’s not set in stone and I am taking things a day at a time. I’m still working hard, eating within my macros, and doing the WORK! But I’m just letting the mental stress not get to me. I’ll step on stage at some point, just not 100% certain when!
I thought it might be fun to do a post that shares what a typical day looks like for me right now in terms of food! I started to write this the other week…but then I recently changed up my meals…not my macros, just how they are met at each meal. So this isn’t 100% accurate at the moment….but not an uncommon set up! Now, keep in mind that my macros are determined by my coach specifically for me. What my teammates eat, other competitors eat, etc is different, and all catered specifically for those individuals. My macros are laid out for me and me alone. That being said, here is a look at what a typical day is for me!
I am Lebanese, and one of my favorite traditional foods is a bread product with Za’atar on it! Now, since I am eating lower carb and leaning out, I don’t really have the macros to eat legit za’atar bread. So I set out to get creative in the kitchen and make a low carb version!
If you’ve been following my social media accounts for a while now, or you know me personally, you are probably aware that I have something called, angioedema. It’s not super common, and can definitely interfere with my life. here is an update!
This post comes from a place where I have my moments of ups and downs. This past week was a really great week for me as far as stress levels go! I was able to keep myself calm, collected and peaceful. Yet I still struggled with staying within my macros. So I wanted to take a moment to reflect on it.