So last week on top of the blog being down, I was sick. I take very good care of myself and rarely ever get sick but when I do it usually hits me without any warning and comes and goes in 36 hours. Last week I was sick enough to have to take a day off from our gym.


Like most people, when I get sick I crave certain things. On this particular sick day all I wanted was soup and a grilled cheese. I usually always have a couple healthier soups on hand, but of course I didn’t have any on hand on this particular day. Also, my current nutrition plan doesn’t allow for whole wheat bread and I ran out of my beloved Ezekiel sprouted grain bread. Well I wasn’t about to let a little thing like me not having bread or soup on hand stop me from satisfying my craving. So I dragged my sorry butt off of the couch and got to work creating.


I made up a batch of my flax seed bread which I baked focaccia style on a piece of parchment paper. I spread the mixture out so it was about 1/2 inch thick.




The bread came out awesome! I let it cool for 20 minutes and then sliced it in half like sandwich bread.


While the bread was baking away I decided to put my veggies to work and make my own homemade veggie soup. I just kinda tossed in what I thought would be good and the result was a delicious, spicy pureed soup.




Here’s what I threw in the pot:

  • 1/2 onion
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 2 zucchini
  • 1/2 head cauliflower
  • 1 crown of broccoli (about 3 cups worth chopped)
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken stock (any stock would do)
  • 1 can no salt added diced tomatoes
  • Optional: 1-2 tsp cayenne pepper (I like spicy things when I’m sick and this was the perfect amount of gentle heat)


Making it couldn’t be easier either.


  1. Dice onions and sauté in pot with splash of olive oil for about 5 minutes or until onions are translucent
  2. Add in minced garlic
  3. Chop and add in the rest of the veggies
  4. Add in canned tomatoes and stock
  5. Cover and simmer for about 20-25 minutes or until the veggies are tender
  6. Once veggies are tender remove from heat and blend everything with an immersion blender or in a standard blender


That’s it! It was so quick and easy and you could obviously add in whatever veggies you wanted.




This sure made me feel a whole lot better, and I didn’t stray from my meal plan. Win-win!


So you may be wondering, ‘Chelsey, what nutrition plan is it that you’re following oh so diligently, even when you’re sick?’


Well, I was debating posting this on the blog at all. I didn’t know if it was something that I wanted to share or when. I wanted to make sure it was something I could handle myself, and something I wouldn’t mind people judging me for, whether it be negative or positive.


Here it goes…I decided to enter my very first bikini competition!!! No, not the wet t-shirt, spring break kind, the fitness kind!


The beautiful Justine Munro


I am going to be competing here in London on November 24th at the 2012 GNC Natural Championships which is an OPA (Ontario Physique Association) sanctioned event.


This is something I’ve wanted to do for quite a while and the timing just seemed right for this show. I’ve worked really hard putting on muscle this past year and I can’t wait to see what I’ll look like all leaned out and ready for the stage.


As of right now I’m just under 10 weeks out and I started prepping 6 weeks ago. This is a first for me and Steve is helping me put everything together, it will be a learning experience for both of us for sure.


I just wanted something to work towards. I train so hard on a daily basis and thought a show would be a great goal and a great experience. My diet has been pretty easy so far, but I haven’t really had to change a whole lot yet as I’ve always been a pretty clean eater so I haven’t had to cut much out yet.


Anyways I decided to share this news with you so you can follow along this journey with me and maybe give me some support!


I will keep you updated on my diet, training, suit selection, and all the stuff that a newbie competitor goes through, including learning to pose in 5 inch clear heels.




So yeah, that’s my news, I hope you’ll follow along and cheer me on! You can check out the new tab I added under the about me section called ‘Bikini Competition Journey’ for all posts related to my competition.


Now go make some soup!



Anyone have any inside tips and tricks to share?

Thoughts on suit colour?



Super Simple Soup & My Big News

7 thoughts on “Super Simple Soup & My Big News

  • September 19, 2012 at 4:04 am

    Awesome news, Chelsey! I can’t wait to follow your journey 🙂 I plan on competing in figure next year, but I still haven’t decided whether I want to announce the date on my blog or not. For all the positivity and support it would bring, things like that also tend to bring out the trolls. Everyone will always have an opinion on what you are doing with your own body, and I don’t know if it’s best to read comments like that while in a fragile, contest prep state!
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    • September 19, 2012 at 8:40 am

      I’m excited too! I know I went back and forth over whether or not to tell people on here but I’m hoping for more support than negativity. I figure the negative will come from those who don’t understand what competing is all about and hope those comments are kept to a minimum. It’s easy to be mean from behind a computer screen.

  • September 19, 2012 at 10:36 am

    This recipe looks awesome! Thanks for sharing it! And I’m looking forward to hearing about your preparations for the competition. For some reason, I’m thinking a neon pink suit would be really fun. And it’s your body, so I say do what you want with it and ignore any negative comments.

    • September 19, 2012 at 12:08 pm

      Thanks! I’m hopefully meeting with a suit designer next week so we can go over some colour options – I can’t wait!

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  • September 21, 2012 at 8:27 am

    So fun! Get practising in those heels as often as possible! You want to be realllll comfortable in them once you hit the stage!

    Bikini colour, aaaahhhh, there are so many colours to pick from! I say a HOT PINK or PURPLE – AQUA always looks nice on stage too! Who’s making your suit?
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