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First off Happy first day of 2018, I had such an amazing year and I am so excited to see what 2018 brings me. I discussed my 2018 goals in my last blog post, here. Today I am enjoying my day off with the pups & Jake. I hope you all have an amazing year.

I have been enjoying the high carb life lately but as the new year approaches and I get closer to a show my macros are going to start lowering. When you are lower carb it’s all about volume. Today I am going to be sharing some of my favorite low carb substitutes since it is the New Year and everyone love the “new year, new me” I thought it was perfect to share this blog post for the day.

1. Rice: A cup of jasmine rice is 45 carbs. A great substitute for rice is going to be cauliflower rice. A cup of cauliflower rice is going to be 4 carbs. A huge difference. A great recipe I love to make with the cauliflower rice because obviously it doesn’t taste as good but making a chicken “fried rice” is so yummy. I will mix different veggies in there with chicken and 1 egg and boom. A great yummy low carb meal. 

2. Pasta: I mean who doesn’t love pasta? Towards the end of my revise diet I was starting to have more pasta because it is so high in carbs. A low carb option for pasta would be spaghetti squash. 1 cup of spaghetti squash is 5.5 carbs compared to the 40-60 grams of carbs in pasta.

3. French Fries: French fries are one of America’s favorites because I swear you can order it almost any place you go to order food. But they are also fried and not the best for you. A great low carb option would be baked zucchini strips. French fries range anywhere from 40-70 grams of carbs per serving where zucchini strips could be anywhere from 10-15 grams depending on the serving size. Also al restaurants they usually serve you was bigger portion sizes just FYI.

4. Bread: Who doesn’t love bread? Bread is seriously life lol. I enjoy having my peanut butter and jelly as well as avocado toast. I get the sodium free rice cakes and they are amazing. You can top it with your avocado or peanut butter and jelly & I promise it is just as good. Try this out and let me know what you think.

Some great low carb meals I love to make are: Mushroom pizzas, lettuce wrapped tacos, zucchini lasagna, chicken stuffed celery sticks, eggplant pizza bites, and halo top.

I hope you all enjoyed my low carb options let me know if you end up trying any! Also, have an amazing year everyone!

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2018 Goals

Goodbye 2017 and Hello 2018!

My 2018 goals My 2018 Goals

What are my goals & plans for 2018? First, I want to get my game plan of my prepping season and see what shows are available for me to do. My last show was November 5, 2016. I have taken all of last year off. Not  by choice but it was best for my body. I have also included a HIIT workout that you only need bands and dumbbells for. SO great for a hotel or small apartment gym. The HIIT workout will be included at the end of this post!

I am currently taking a much needed break from schooling starting back up in the fall. Since I will not be focusing on school I am more than ready to start competing. I am thinking in my head this year I want to do around 4 shows, hopefully.

Jake and I will be going to Mexico in the summer with his family & I am super excited for that. Last time I went to Mexico with them it was about a month after my first bikini competition. I was binge eating like crazy there and was super uncomfortable with my body. I am excited this time because I am able to control myself & by then I will be fully comfortable with myself. We may or may not be moving from our apartment this year. Our lease is up in April and right now we are going to renew it. Maybe by December we will be looking into getting out starter home. Who knows only time will tell.

As for my plans for my blog I want to be more consistent with it. Be able to post more recipes, updates about how my cut is going, prep updates, life, workouts, some fashion posts, and home updates.

I want to start posting more on my YouTube because I enjoy putting the videos together and sharing workout and recipes that way as well.

I hope everyone has the best year yet & enjoy the HIIT workout!

HIIT Workout:

Jump squats-20

Banded squats with kickback-20 each leg (40 reps total)

Shoulder press- 20-25 reps

Dumbbell curl- 20-25 reps

 Repeat 3X

 Push ups-15-20 reps

Alternating lunge jumps -20 each leg (40 total)

Side lateral-20-25 reps

Plank walks -20 reps

Repeat 3X

 Burpees- 20

Donkey kicks with band-20 reps each leg squeeze at the top for 3 seconds

Tricep kickbacks-20 reps each arm

Banded step together-20 each leg (40 reps total)

 Repeat 3X

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Time Management Is Key

Time management has been very important for me lately. I am in school, working full time, training every day, I walk dogs during the week, and babysit every now and then. So I am a busy little bee.

Time management has become part of my lifestyle as I am taking so many classes this semester and it is VERY important I make great grades since I am applying to nursing school in January.

My tips on how I manage everything for that day and week is LIST’s. I keep a planner on me pretty much at all times and figure out my work schedule for the week and work everything around that. Since I work at a nutrition shop and my boss is so great and lets me do all my homework and studying at the shop thats when I do my school work. I work 6 hour shifts at a time so I have 6 hours to get my school work done.

Next I figure out what all is due at the end of the week and prioritize it. Some of my work is due by Fridays at noon and some are Sundays at 11:59. So I make sure everything that is due first is done.

Next I figure out my workouts. I think about how long they are going to take, if I have to do cardio or not on those days and write down in my planner workout at 11 AM or whenever I workout that day.

I walk dogs on the side through Wag for fun and I absolutely love it since I love dogs and it is a great way for me to get in a little extra cardio. This is perfect if you are in college and looking for a little extra side money. (Use code ERIN9989 when signing up for wag).

So if I didn’t have my planner my life would be just a hot mess. I am always looking for new ways to manage my time so if you have any great ideas please let me know as I would love to try them out! Start your week off great!

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10 Fitness Tips I Live By

 

Fitness tips that and I live by keep me going every single week. We are all human and make mistakes but those mistakes can’t be happening every week.

Living a healthy lifestyle is so important to me. I think about myself when I am older and I want to be able to workout when I am 80 years old still killing it in the gym. I don’t want to have health problems or not be able to run around with my grandchildren. What I do now affects me later in life. I also have a goals this year that I will tell you soon!

  1. Never skip breakfast, ever.
  2. Water. How much water are you drinking a day? I drink anywhere between 1.5-2 gallons of water a day.
  3. Beauty Sleep is so important. 6-8 hours of sleep a night is what my body needs.
  4. No gym? No problem-workout at home or outside. There are so many different body weight exercises you can do at home. Turn it into a HITT workout & get that heart rate up.
  5. Meal prep. Meal prep. Meal prep. You will make so many excuses as to why you need unhealthy options. Meal prepping is great because you just pop it into the microwave and bam you are good to go.
  6. All things in moderation. Don’t go overboard, you will so regret it after those 15 minutes.
  7. What’s your motivation? Keep quotes to look at when you’re feeling down. Text a friend and tell them you need some motivation and to pump you up.
  8. Always pack a snack. I always always always have a protein bar on me. You never know when you are going to need some food if you are on the go.
  9. Progress is still progress. Even if it has been a month and you have only lost 2 pounds it is still better than nothing. Compare your pictures because remember muscle weighs more than fat.
  10. Get you a workout buddy. This will help you get to the gym when you don’t feel like it as well as help motivate you. It’s always nice to have someone lose weight with you.

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