There are those that go to the gym because they feel guilty about the extra cake they ate last night, and there are those that put in work at the gym because they’re working towards change. There is a big difference between Team Maintain & Team Transform …ask yourself, which team do you belong too? 😎
#MostAwkwardBicepFlexEver #IknowIknow lol
#TBT #2012ProgressPics and #LMAO …when I first started contest prep training I was giddy, always cheesin’, showing off all teeth, like top AND bottom rows, lol but as my training intensified and my coach tighten up my diet well so did my facial expression, lol. After piecing these 3 pictures together I couldn’t help but laugh out aloud, literally. It’s funny how something I have learned to love so much makes me smile much less, LOL. Just playing of course, I enjoy the thrill AND the hardships of this type of competition, so much in fact I take what I do very seriously. So I’m sharing this throwback pic-stitch for a few reasons;
1. If you train hard you can absolutely change your genetics (I hate to draw emphasis to my quads but I def pat myself on the back when I can see the development I was able to achieve, booyah!)
2. If you clean up your diet and make better nutritional choices (Refer to my “Eat Clean” post) wonderful things will appear in the mirror …like a few abs for instance
3. ANYTHING WORTH HAVING IS WORTH WORKING FOR and your physique is not an exception! …I get pretty tired of people telling me I’m blessed with great genetics and therefore it has been easier for me to build the body I carry – RUBBISH! Truth is I WORK EXTREMEY HARD every single day & around the clock. I am blessed to have natural mass and a solid frame but I have my problem areas like everyone else; my fat is stubborn and hard to move, I tend to carry water in my upper thighs (ugh), I am completely carb sensitive, I have A LOT of work to do in order to achieve the body that I want for my next comp so don’t ever think that having ‘good genes’ is a plus that voids you from having to WORK! #BeatsChest & #DropsMic and walks…
…kinda ironic that my smile fades and simultaneously my body transforms. “Hat down low, I be in that mode, beastmode baby!!” – yea, I’m about that life! ARE YOU??!
#TBT #BodyTransformations #Beastmode #Fitspiration #Body #Figure #Bodybuilding #Comp #ContestPrep #TeamBlade #SheHulk #HardWork #DoWork #LoveWhatYouDo #Create #Change #Develop #Goals #FollowTheLita
A little pre stretch before I bounce off to my bikram class! I’m always the “bulky” one bustin her ass not to be the first to fall out of pose, lol but NOT TODAY!!!
I’m limber, warmed up & ready not to lose!!! Lol …I’m getting better with every class but nowhere near as flexibility as I should be, but I’m determined!
And ayeeee, enough! I know you yoga masters & enthusiasts are thinking wth is she doing?! Well to you, sticks and stones man, sticks andddd stones, ya words can’t hurt me! 😂 …I may just be able to post a very impressive yoga pose in a few weeks time …(cough cough, a few months time 😏) and impress the pants off your behind! 😌
…#Bikram #HotYoga #Stretch #Flexibility #Pose #Fitspiration #WarmUp #TheBulkyGirlJustFellAgain 😖 lol #FollowTheLita
…and just for the record, these bones ain’t breaking off no stick or stone, #SamoanStrong hollaaaa ✊
…give yourself no other option. #NoMatterWhat 👐
For me, referencing “Superwoman” is not about wearing a cape, posing with my chin to the sky & my fists mounted on my hips …it is simply a STATE OF MIND. 😎 Any task from tackling a difficult workout to managing a household & caring for kids requires a level of focus, dedication and hard work. So when I reference, tag or claim “superwoman” just know that it’s only partly a narcissistic nudge (ha!) but primarily mirrored to a type of attitude, one that is valid & essential for GETTIN’ ISH DONE! Whatever that may mean to you & your life… BE A SUPERWOMAN …and for my faithful male followers, you already know, keep SUPERMAN’ing it out there! 💪💪💪💪💪💪 #GivingFace 😜☺😘 #DoWork #TeamFitness #Superwoman #Superman #Superhuman #Superhero #FollowTheLita ❤
Understanding the role our HEART RATE plays during exercise will help you to realize that this “beastmode” mentality may not always be serving your purpose. #SayWhat?! 😱 This chart illustrates how our efforts from VERY LIGHT to MAXIMUM correlates to our fitness goal/or desired results. When people ask me for advice my initial response is to reflect this question right back at em’ …”WHAT IS YOUR GOAL?”… It always starts with YOUR GOAL! 😉 With that said, pay attention – ensure that your workout efforts are right align with what it is you are trying to achieve … 👓 #GetYourSquintOn #TrainSmart #TeamFitness #HeartRate #Exercise #Cardio #Workout #Beastmode #Training #Goals #Training #Fitspiration #Fitspo #Instagood #Popular #FatBurn #Speed #Performance #Maximus #Recovery #Aerobic #Benefits #FollowTheLita ❤ 💪💪💪💪💪💪
You are not a victim. Stop making excuses, stop whinging, stop complaining. As a free individual you always have options; Do or don’t, Left or right, Stay or leave, you are free to make these choices and change your circumstances – when you take full responsibility for yourself, your position, your actions, words and decisions you determine your destiny. And therefore you are NOT a victim but a master of your own fate…….. 😉 #BeGreat #BeAmazing #DoBetter #ReachHigher #Act #Decide #SelfResponsibility #Life #LoveYourself #YouAreWorthIt ❤
“Bodybuilding is not a race, it’s a marathon.” – If I were given the option between a 1mile and 100m sprint my first instinct is to go with the latter, without a doubt. However it has been a valuable lesson for me to learn that CHANGE TAKES TIME. Personally the more I change and achieve the higher and greater my own expectations become. Complacency, I will not tolerate it! Remember friends, consistency & discipline in your efforts is imperative! …I look forward to pushing forward, building a better, stronger form because this marathon is no where near over! 😎 Arnie’s classic words …”For me, life is continuously being hungry. The meaning of life is not simply to exist, to survive, but to move ahead, to go up, to achieve, to conquer.” ❤ ….. #Fitspiration #Fitspo #TeamFitness #Inspire #Motivate #Bodybuilding #Change #Goal #Marathon #Instagood #Sweat #Muscle #Body #Figure #Beastmode #SheHulk #Superwoman #Workout #Saturday #Fitness #FollowTheLita 💪💪💪💪💪💪
I was never a fan of quinoa but I stumbled across this recipe and have been loving it ever since! My coach had suggested I look into Quinoa and Squash because we discovered I am super carb sensitive. I’ll eat a carb for breakfast and it’ll show up on my thigh by lunch …ugh, lol. This recipe combines the two super-foods so it was an easy pick for me after browsing online for what seemed forever. Another plus is this recipe was very easy to follow and doesn’t take long at all to make – for a non cooking person like myself this was a win! Learning what works for you has been fun …taste buds no exception, and mine definitely approve this recipe —
I hope you guys like this one as much as I do…
Butternut Squash With Quinoa, Spinach and Walnuts
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 medium leek, white and light green parts only, cleaned and thinly sliced
2 cups reduced-sodium vegetable broth
2 cups peeled and diced butternut squash
1 cup quinoa
1/3 cup golden raisins
2 cups baby spinach
2 tablespoons toasted chopped walnuts
Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and leeks and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the broth, squash, quinoa and raisins and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, until the liquid is absorbed and the squash and quinoa are tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Gently stir in the spinach and cook until it just begins to wilt, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from the heat. Sprinkle with the walnuts.
Per Serving: 345 Cal; 14 g Protein; 8 g Tot Fat; 1 g Sat Fat; 3 g Mono Fat; 60 g Carb; 9 g Fiber; 11 g Sugar; 239 mg Calcium; 7 mg Iron; 147 mg Sodium; 0 mg Cholesterol
Original post by Michelle Buffardi: