I’ve had a challenging year- not only as an athlete, but as a human. If you’re a regular reader, you’ve likely noticed- and been disappointed by- my irregular writing and intermittent social media presence in the past 12 months. During contest prep, I typically do more writing, more posting, more sharing, more how-to-ing, but this… Read More I’m Super Glad 2017 is Over
I spent the morning learning how to operate Final Cut Pro, experimenting with video editing, creating voiceovers, splicing together videos, adding titles and written commentary… though adding a background track underneath my speaking has thus far eluded me. Seriously. If anyone knows how to do that, hit me up, because my Google-fu was… Read More 2017 WNBF Worlds Prep- Now on Video!
I didn’t fall off the face of the Earth- I’m still here! After months and months of brushing it off when people have suggested I start a YouTube channel, I gave it a try today. It’s nothing fancy- I have very few video editing skills, so, it’s just me talking. Like a spoken blog post,… Read More Today is NOT Show Day- The First SRS Vlog!
Preface This was admittedly one of the most difficult posts I’ve written to date. Much of it was written in my hotel room outside of Boston, two days prior to taking the stage for my pro figure debut, as I reflected on the preceding 22 weeks of contest prep. While some it may seem to… Read More Pro Show Shenanigans
This week, I acted like a massive asshole to one of my really good friends. In a fit of hunger and frustration, I acted like a jerk, and reacted in a hurtful manner rather than addressing my feelings directly with her. My friend is an incredible baker- like, should open a bakery kind of incredible… Read More I’m Sorry I’m Like This: Supporting Your Competitor
If you follow me on Instagram, Snap Chat, or Facebook, you already know that I recently returned from an absolutely mind-blowing two week vacation in Thailand. I tried durian ice cream… and really liked it! Made friends with an Asian elephant named Saxad outside if Chiang Mai… Took a Thai cooking class with… Read More Thai-et Breaks. Ok I’m Sorry For That One. This is About Diet Breaks.
Heading into my third consecutive bodybuilding season, and my third season coaching myself through the process, I found myself reflecting a bit on what it is I’ve learned. From the very beginning, from the day I registered for my first show, I’ve used this space to keep track of, make sense of, and share my… Read More How to be an Unsuccessful Athlete
I told you I wasn’t done. As though a little mix up could hold me back, pft, not a damn chance. After Zack and I discussed my future as a bodybuilder, I came home and immediately registered for an INBF pro qualifier show in Sacramento. I booked my flights, and before the end of the… Read More Arrive an Amateur, but Leave a Pro
If you follow me on Snap Chat (SRShenanigans), you were privy to me, sans makeup, embarking on my second DEXA scan adventure. My first scan was completed at the end of January, at the top of what would be considered my “offseason,” when calories were high (slightly above maintenance) and I was competing in powerlifting,… Read More Stage Ready DEXA Scan Results
Peak week- the last week before you compete, during which time you try and optimize your appearance to hit a temporary “peak” on show day- is probably the most discussed, hated, and easy to fuck up piece of any contest prep. Glycogen depleting workouts, sodium manipulation, water loading and restricting, tilapia and asparagus for breakfast because… Read More Peak Week Part 1: Input