Hello all! I hope all of my fellow Canadians had a fabulous Thanksgiving weekend and that all my US buddies had a super Columbus Day.

 

I thoroughly enjoyed my long weekend and all the great company and food that accompanied it. I mentioned in my last post that I would be sticking to my meal plan over the weekend and have had some people ask me how it went.

 

The weekend started off amazingly! I woke up Saturday and taught my boot camp class. To make it a little fun and festive we played Thanksgiving exercise monopoly. Yes it is just as awesome as it sounds. I love the dedication my clients have to come in on a Saturday of long weekend.

 

I also got my sweat on with my deadlift workout of the week.

 

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After boot camp I had to run to the store to pick up some things I needed to make some of the treats I would be bringing along to dinner that evening. Just because I couldn’t indulge this weekend didn’t mean I didn’t want others to enjoy some yummy treats so I brought a few things along.

 

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Cookies N’ Cream Brownie Pie

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Pilgrim Hat Cookies

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And a fruit & veggie turkey gobbler

All of these can be found on my pinterest page HERE.

 

 

Once the baking was done it was off to Steve’s parents house for dinner! There was so much delicious food but the company was even better, I love family get togethers. The best part was, no one really even noticed that I was eating any differently. I ate turkey like everyone else and then just loaded up on raw veggies and salad. I actually didn’t even need the meals I packed for myself (but I’m happy I did just so that I knew I had no reason not to be compliant).

 

After our first turkey dinner on Saturday, Steve and I went to watch some of the guys we train in their first playoff game!

 

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There is something satisfying about watching the guys you train crush someone else on the field.

 

Our Beefeaters wound up winning 27-17 and will host the OFC final here in London this Saturday the 13th for the first time since 1990. I am PUMPED to watch them play this weekend!

 

Sunday we drove to Barrie for our second Thanksgiving at my Aunt’s house. I  made sure I brought chicken, protein powder, peppers, and nuts for the trip to and from Barrie (which is about 3 hours each way from London) to ensure I was eating every 3 hours. It’s all about preparation!

 

Dinner there was amazing as well. I did not feel deprived in the least and was pleasantly full from lots of turkey and salad. The best part is that on both Saturday and Sunday everyone was so encouraging of my goals which definitely makes things a lot easier.

 

Sunday morning I did wake up with a bit of a scratchy throat but chalked it up to sitting outside watching the game the night before. Well Monday morning I woke up with even more hoarseness (is that a word?) and was feeling very much under the weather. I made some tea, ate my oats and then trucked on over to the gym for my bench workout.

 

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The bonus of owning your own facility is that it’s open whenever you want it to be 😉

 

After my workout I headed home to just rest and try and recuperate. The thing is, when I’m sick, all I want is carb-y comfort foods. Well that wasn’t an option so instead I made myself a delicious pot of chicken soup. It took about 20 minutes to throw together and made me feel all warm inside.

 

Competition Chicken Soup
 
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
 
Recipe type: Soup
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 4oz Chicken Breast (shredded)
  • 1.5 cups Athlete's Mix (from Costco) (or 1 cup kale, 1 cup spinach)
  • 1 tablespoon Garlic (more or less depending on your taste)
  • 2 cups Low Sodium Chicken Stock
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Put everything together in a pot over medium heat
  2. Let simmer with lid on for 20 minutes or so
  3. Enjoy!
Notes
This is just a quick, throw stuff in a pot kinda soup. It's warm, comforting, and competition prep friendly!
 

Ok, now I have to admit something. Last week I was having a bit of a Debbie-Downer week. My hormones were all out of whack, I felt like I wasn’t making progress and was just frustrated. Despite Steve reminding me that weight loss doesn’t happen in a linear fashion I was still just beating myself up even though I knew I was giving it 100%. When you are constantly looking in the mirror to see change it can get the best of you.

 

Steve’s sister Amy, was down visiting for the weekend and when she saw me she said she could definitely see a difference from when she saw me a month ago. I don’t know why it took her saying something to make me see myself differently but it definitely perked me up. I looked back at pictures I had taken just 2 weeks previous and could notice all sorts of changes.

 

I know most of us have times when we don’t feel like we look our best. I am certainly no different. Knowing that in a matter of weeks I’ll be on stage strutting my stuff in a teeny bikini is nerve wracking. The important thing to remember is to not let it eat you up. Focus on the positive and keep trucking on, that’s really all you can do.

 

Well that’s really all I’ve got for you today. Tomorrow I’m going to share some more progress stuff and let you know how my strength has been since starting my cut.

 

Don’t be a Debbie-Downer!

 

7 Weeks Out: A Little Under the Weather & Competition Chicken Soup
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