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Pre-Competition Nightmares

During prep, I would have nightmares about the foods I couldn't eat

You know you’re getting close to a big event when you start having nightmares about it. 

Last night I had a dream that it was the day of the competition. I showed up at this huge conference center (like the one in Orlando). Then I realized I forgot to get spray tanned the night before, so I was as pale as a ghost. 

My sister, Rita, was there because she decided, on a whim, to compete too. While I was running around this giant convention center trying to find the spray tan booth. She just calmly followed around behind me eating (ya, you probably guessed it) organic white cheddar cheese puffs

Every time I would get to where I thought I needed to be, an old lady knitting circle would appear. One of the ladies would tell me “no dear, you need to go the other way”. Then off I’d go again. 

So really, it was like three nightmares in one: not being prepared, being lost and someone eating my favorite snack in front of me. 

Other than the nightmares (and continuous daydreaming of every possible thing that could go wrong) it’s been a pretty great prep so far. 

I keep losing about 1/2 to an inch a week in my stomach, the diet is boring but tolerable and the weightlifting has been fun. I definitely miss cardio but I love a routine, so the fact that this plan is so rigid (almost) makes up for the lack of running I get to do. 

31 days to go! 

P.S. For more cheetos pics (and an occasional video) follow me on Snapchat: lporterfit 

The Importance of Teamwork During NPC Bikini Prep

It's important to build a support team while you're prepping for an NPC Bikini Prep.
My biggest cheerleader during NPC Bikini Prep

47 days.

Less than 7 weeks to go.

Right now I would NOT be comfortable stepping on stage in a bikini. Well, maybe this really cute target bikini that I bought the other week. But not my competition suit, for my first NPC Bikini Bodybuilding Competition.

I was practicing posing 3-4 times a week for the first 6 weeks because it’s the part I’m most nervous about. I have literally no background or reference point for this. Wasn’t a pageant kid. Never took dance. Clapping on beat is often a challenge. (I seriously don’t get it – like, why am I always clapping when everyone else is pausing?)

Anyways…

My suit arrived the other week and I didn’t try it on for an entire day because I felt like I was going to hate the way I looked in it. So finally I did try it on, and it actually looked better than I had imagined but (here’s the weird part) it made me want to practice less because I don’t LOVE wearing it.

I feel like it should be the opposite. Wearing the suit should motivate me to want to practice twice as much and work twice as hard so that I do feel confident when I get out there.

But every time I replay the video of me practicing I just stare at my stomach and think “holy f$@&, how is my body going to change enough in 7 weeks for this to not be embarrassing?”

My Biggest Cheerleader During NPC Bikini Prep

Luckily for me, I have Thomas to hold me accountable. Before I leave for work I tell him “tonight I’m going to come home and give you the following 3 excuses on why I can’t practice posing tonight. Don’t listen to them and make me practice anyway.”

And then I get home and tell him I’m tired and feel bloated and my feet hurt and then he makes me practice anyway. But only after I stall for at least an hour. I have now watched 8 episodes of The Bachelor in less than a week. But I have also practiced my posing.

Yay, teamwork.

P.S. and the picture – ya, he’s my cameraman and my stylist 😉

The Best Healthy Protein Pancake Recipe

The best healthy protein pancake recipe

Five people have now seen me eating this protein pancake and have asked for the recipe, so I figured it was time to bring it to the masses (10 people count as masses, right?!).

There’s a lot of protein pancake recipes out there, but I combined a couple of my favorites to create the “perfect” one. Mostly, because there’s nothing better than chocolate and peanut butter. Especially if you’re on a diet, because it doesn’t feel like diet food at all.

– 1/3 c. oatmeal

– 2/3 c. egg whites

– 1 tbsp. special dark cocoa powder

– 1 tsp. cinnamon

– 1 tsp. vanilla

– 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper

– 1 scoop chocolate protein powder

First, blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth. It should be the consistency of pancake batter (maybe just a little more liquid-y).

Next, set stove to medium heat. Spray a nonstick skillet with coconut oil cooking spray (or use olive oil). Wait for the skillet to heat up.

Then, pour the batter into the skillet. Cook until the edges are hard and the inside begins to firm up (about 3 minutes). Flip and cook a minute on the other side.

Finally, remove from the skillet and top with honey, peanut butter, Nutella or another favorite spread.

Protein Pancake Cooking Tips

I use about a 10 inch skillet and pour all the batter in and make one giant pancake. Usually I’ll make 2 or 3 in a row, let them cool and throw them in gallon zip locks so they’re easy to grab and take to work in the morning.

You can also omit the cocoa and cayenne and sub chocolate protein powder for vanilla. If I do that I add 1/2 tsp. cloves and a handful of nuts and blueberries. I call this a “Fruit & Nut pancake”. So creative, I should win an award.