Category Archives: Fitness

In 2017, Lucille, an almost-30 year old woman of average health, decided to get in the best shape of her life by competing in an NPC Bikini Competition.

This blog chronicles her year long fitness journey. You’ll find everything from detailed meal plans with macro counts to workout routines and a breakdown of what it actually costs to compete in a bodybuilding show.

For instance, Lucille doesn’t sugar-coat the experience. She points out the flaws as well. Above all, there are serious eating disorders, body dysmorphia issues and food addiction problems.

The experience and education level of show organizers oftentimes leads to mistakes with scoring. Unfortunately, this was something she discovered first hand.

Follow Lucille’s path to the NPC Bodybuilding stage. Her fitness journey is a roller coaster of emotions. In conclusion. you’ll find sadness, tears, elation and happiness all abound in this inspiring fitness journey.

New Year, Same Me, New Goals

I have to do this – the obligatory New Year’s Resolutions blog post. I can’t help myself. So if you’re looking for something as basic and cringy as a pumpkin spice latte, then you’ve come to the right place.

RESOLUTION ONE:

Stop swearing like a sailor. I grew up on the Last Frontier and never grew out of it, so cut me some slack ok? But I’m trying to cut back. Like people who are addicted to cigarettes, I figure I can ease out of the habit. Maybe get down to one a day and then eventually quit altogether. Or just save it for when I am really losing it, or visiting the Last Frontier, maybe special occasions. You get the point. The bottom line is, it’s going to look bad if the foster kids go off to Pre-K with potty mouths, so I’ve got to rein it in.

RESOLUTION TWO:

Join a cult. I mean, who doesn’t love kool aid? Just kidding. Not THAT kind of cult. My cousin Sophie talked me into giving Orange Theory a shot so I signed up for 6 months of classes. There’s been some discussion of moving Spann Family Olympics (aka Christmas) to a new, and more tropical location, next year, so we have to be ready for it. Nothing like circuits and a pounding bass to get your butt in gear.

OMG “butt” isn’t a curse word, right?

RESOLUTION THREE:

Read more non-fiction. Technically, this was my resolution last year but I liked it so much, I figure I can just keep it going into 2019. My favorite nonfiction book that I read last year was Bad Blood. If you like crime books, you’ll probably love this one.

RESOLUTION FOUR:

Publish a blog post every week. Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night feeling inspired and I write 3 posts in 20 minutes. But usually, that’s not the case. So my goal is to write even when it’s not easy, mostly because google’s algorithm cares very little about what my content actually says as long as my posting schedule is consistent.

If you have ideas for blog posts, or there’s something in particular you would like me to write about, I’m open to ideas, so share in the comments. The holidays are over and I could use some inspiration!

Does An Apple A Day Really Keep The Doctor Away?

“Washington, nice apples” – name that movie!

When I was training for my NPC competition, there were all kinds of healthy foods that were “off limits” — carrots, peas, brown rice and toward the end, apples.

One of the aspects I like most about LB’s Dimes to Diamonds training program is that it includes a meal plan. And I say meal plan and not diet plan because the idea is that you can use it for the rest of your life. The best part – the meal plan includes apples.

Here are the top 5 reasons I love apples:

1. They pack well. It can be hard to choose healthy options when you are busy or traveling, but apples are hearty, they last forever (slight exaggeration) and they are easy to eat on the go.

2. They go great with two of my other favorite foods – cheese and peanut butter (but not at the same time). Just like that you’ve added some healthy protein and fat to your complex carbs.

3. They are filled with fiber. Fiber keeps you full. I’m always starving around 2 pm, so to hold me over until dinner, I’ll grab an apple.

4. They boost your immune system. Most people know apples are packed with vitamin-C, but they also contain quercetin, which has been shown to boost your immune system (especially if you’re stressed out).

5. They are cheap. I love berries, but unless they are BOGO at Publix, it’ll often cost you $4-6 bucks for a cup of raspberries. And more often than not, half of them are mushy and you have to toss them. Apples, on the other hand, are around $2.00 a pound (about 3 apples).

So reach for an apple a day. It’ll keep the doctor away. Plus they taste great and they’re easy on the wallet. #winwin

Is Your Job Making You Fat?

There are plenty of studies out there that show a correlation between stress and weight gain. And while I’m not one to discount science, I’m also a strong believer in putting in the work and seeing results.

6 weeks ago, I started a 3-month bootcamp with this trainer, L.B. Smith (who is amazing, by the way, and if you’re living in Tallahassee you should check out his classes) with the goal of losing about 8 lbs or lowering my overall body fat percentage from 30 to 22.

For 6 weeks, I followed his diet plan (about 1,700 calories) and made every workout, which included two-a-days on Mondays and Fridays. And nothing changed. Zip. Nada.

And then I quit my state job that was literally sucking the life and soul out of me and joined a real estate startup that is equal parts awesome and terrifying…and I lost 5 pounds.

It seems a little counterintuitive – that I join a more risky company, where I know less about the core business model and the expectations are literally sky high in comparison to my last job – and I lose weight…but guess what?! I am ridiculously fucking happy. And excited to go to work every morning.

So I guess happiness really IS the secret ingredient…mom was right.

Again.