I did a Body Building Competition!


Hey hey!  Yes, I am still here.  I’ve simplified my life by putting everything on Instagram now, but I’d like to share a few extra details about my 10 week competition training that I  did!  Let me just say, I’ve loved exercising forever and over the years I’ve been enjoying weight training more and more.  When I was in college and my early years of marriage all I ever did was run (very little) and classes at the gym.  I overheard someone talking one time at the gym that the people that were in the best shape were not in the classes, but in the weight room.  That stayed in my subconscious I guess and I thought well I want to be in the best shape!

Years after years you see the same people at the gym.  Do they change their bodies? Not really, and maybe they don’t want to.  One of the most important things I have to say about this whole adventure of mine is that it was what I wanted to do.  It’s not for everyone.  It’s o.k. if I want to lean out and see how far my muscles can take me and it’s o.k. if someone else doesn’t want to be that way.  We all have different health and fitness goals and we shouldn’t compare ours with someone else.  There is also a time and a season for intense exercising.  I had 5 kids over a 10 year span.  I could NOT have done this 10 years ago.  I ran with my baby jogger, did videos and the treadmill at home, and went to the gym maybe 2-3 times a week and I was happy with that, but fitness has been my passion for a long time and I wanted to see what my body could do and get in the best shape of my life.  So, here goes:

I’d heard of a well-known trainer in my area.  Both him and his wife train people for competitions.  They were known as being the very best.  I had a few changes in my life over the summer and I needed something to strive for…a new CHALLENGE, the biggest one I’d ever done.  So, I looked up my calendar and realized a local NPC (national physique committee) show was in a few months.  I only had 10 weeks.  Luckily, I was already pretty fit.  I’d already been running and lifting weights for years so I figured I could do it.  I was looking forward to following a plan and being held accountable, and for seeing what my body could do!  I paid for a 16 week program.  I filled out a questionnaire about food and exercise and my trainer Shane customized a diet and exercise program for me to help me be ready for a competition in 10 weeks!  I can’t really disclose the exact program since I feel that wouldn’t be right, but I’ll give you the basics and what I learned.  First of all, him and his wife Tiffany are seriously the very best at what they do.  They win.  Testimonials after testimonials are written of people’s successes.  It was not easy.  It took a lot of determination, drive, patience, and HARD WORK.  I’ve heard Shane say several times about the work involved with this kind of training and that not many people can do it.  That of course made me want to succeed even more!  He’s big on communication.  He never trained me one on one.  It was all done by texts and emails.  We did meet several times as a group to go over posing and other things that were very useful.  The diet and exercise plan changed three times over the 10 weeks.  The other thing is that Shane has to give you the go ahead about whether or not you can even compete in the competition.  Training with him is being on a team.  I think I was 2 weeks out when he gave me the go ahead with still a big emphasis on leaning out more.




Day before the competition

The first plan I received told me to lift 6 days a week and to do cardio for 30 minutes 6 days a week.  Lifting should be slow and controlled, heavy, and to failure with each rep.  Cardio was 2 minutes at moderate pace and 1 minute fast.  I trained shoulders and legs twice a week, abs every day, and did a glute exercise every day.  My workouts took an hour and 1/2 the first 4 or 5 weeks.  The cardio kept going up from 30 to 40 to 60 minutes during the last 3 weeks.  The time involved was the hardest for me.  It was 2 plus hours 6 days a week.  The food plan wasn’t too bad to follow.  The greatest secret to my success were sending in weekly pictures.  I knew I had to send in pictures so why would I mess up the eating?  The first few weeks I followed it mostly thinking a few substitutions here and there were o.k. and then I was told the diet had to be 100%.  So I got crazy and really did follow it 100%.  I ate 5 meals a day and drank at least 128 oz of water a day.  In the beginning, I ate more whole grains like whole wheat tortillas, rice, potatoes, and oats.  Protein was a huge factor.  I ate protein with every meal: turkey, chicken, fish, shrimp, protein powder, egg whites, and tuna.  I realized it was pretty low fat as well.  It didn’t allow meat with much fat.  Dairy was o.k. in the beginning, mostly yogurt, but was taken away near the last few weeks.  The whole plan was very simple.  I would make sure I was stocked with my protein, veggies, fruit, and fat and then just rotate around what I ate.  Fruit was o.k. in the beginning too, but that was decreased near the end.  I felt great.  I wasn’t hungry.  I had tons of energy.  Yes, I still had cravings, but if I kept on top of my eating, they went away.  I have a HUGE sweet tooth and once a week I was allowed a treat meal.  For about 1/2 of the time I didn’t even have a treat meal, but when I did, that’s where I caved.  I know I ate WAY more than I should of.  That was my biggest weakness.  I only did it once a week though so it didn’t throw me too far off.

The diet can either be a meal plan or macros.  I chose the meal plan since I don’t know much about macro counting, but I’d like to learn more.  My 5 meals were listed out by ounces.  I also took daily supplements that I think only help when you’re exercising and eating well.  I never counted calories or turned in my weight although I lost about 7-8 lbs.  I love how I look and feel right now.  All my clothes fit great and are even too big and I have tons of energy.  My next goal is to improve in some of my weak areas.  I want to lean out more, work on my legs and glutes, improve the quality of my cardio, and be better with my sugar attacks on my treat meals (:


One week out

The day before and the day of the competition were insanely hectic and stressful for me.    Minutes before I was to walk on stage, I thought to myself that this was not something for me and that I would not like this.  I’d never been more scared in my life.  I smiled the whole time, flexed my entire body, walked up tall and faked that I was confident.  My lips were shaking.  I was lucky to have been the first one to walk out in all three of the groups I entered because I didn’t have much time to worry about it.  I have to admit though, after the first walk on stage and hearing my number called out in the first call outs, I was hooked.  I loved it!  I wasn’t nervous for the other 3 times I went on stage and I enjoyed everything about it.  I met so many wonderful people and enjoyed the entire day.  I’ve never felt such an amazing feeling of accomplishment, not even from running the Boston Marathon.  Many people can say they’ve ran a marathon, but how many can say they’ve done a body building competition!  I’m hoping to do it again in March and take what I learned from the first go around and be even better, like 1st place! (:


If you’re interested in training with Shane I highly recommend it!!!  He trains people all over the country.  Look him up online under Team Heugly or contact me and I’ll give you their number!!

Work Hard Forever!


Back on Track

Hello!  I’m back!  Here I am on Day 1 of my Back on Track plan!  Not that exciting and kinda a bad pic, but at least it’s recent since it was taken 5 minutes ago (: I’ll be better at posting more of my favorite workout clothes and fashion stuff in the near future.


So far this summer has been a whirlwind.  The last 3 weeks I’ve been on vacation and at girl’s camp.  My exercise routine hasn’t been happening for about a month.  I’m not too worked up over it.  It’s o.k. to take a break from life for awhile.  Sometimes it’s just the motivation you need to get back on track.  So, when I received an email that Jamie Eason was doing another DietBet challenge, I jumped all over it.


It starts today and goes for 4 weeks.  All you do is pay $30.  Then you have 4 weeks to lose 4% of your body weight.  For me, that is 5.5 lbs.  If you achieve this, you get your money back AND then some.  The grand pot is divided up among the participants.  Last time I did it, I got $50 back.  So, it’s not a money issue but more of a commitment issue.  Jamie’s challenges are even better than anyones because she sends out a 4 week workout and meal plan!  It’s amazing.  I’m excited to get started.  Check it out and JOIN me!!!  Click HERE to go to the challenge!

She also sent an email about how many calories you should be eating to reach your goal.  To do this, multiply your goal weight by 10 to get your resting caloric expenditure (RCE).  This is the number you need if you don’t move at all.  For someone looking to lose weight you would typically add anywhere from 300-400 calories.  So, my goal weight is 130.  I multiply that by 10 and get 1300.  I’m going to add 300 to that and so my daily caloric intake should be 1600.  I’m pretty active and it said you could even add up to 600 calories if you’re extremely active and looking to build muscle.  I want to build muscle, but I need to lose a little too so I’m going to keep my calories at 1600.  I’ll be pluggin everything into MyFitnessPal to help me out with that!

Sorry I’ve been pretty flakey lately with my posts!  I’m here to say that I WILL be posting more often!  I’ll be giving updates on the challenge and sharing parts of the workouts and meal plans.  I’m also ready to train for another 1/2 marathon in September.  I’m putting together a 8 week training plan that I’ll share SOON!!  Running has been put on the back burner in my life right now.  I still really enjoy it, but I’ve grown to love weightlifting more.  My body likes it better too.

Today I’m going to get organized with everything!  Check back in a few days and I’ll give you more details of what I’m eating and working out.  I’m so excited to get back on track and lean up my muscles.  Endorphins are my favorite and I need them in my life (:  I’ll end with a few of my favorite pictures from the last two months (:  Alaska was one of the places we visited.  These pictures do not do it justice.  I really need a real camera!!  Everyone should see Alaska.  It’s the most beautiful place I’ve seen.  I loved it!


Still In It Challenge

Hey there!

Anyone up for an 8 week Sexy to Summer challenge!!  While I was on vacation I received an email from bodybuilding.com about an upcoming challenge that fit right in between two of my vacations!

IMG_1557I’ve been wanting to get seriously strict lately with my eating and fitness and this is the perfect time for me.  I’ve always toyed with the idea of competing in a body competition and I’m taking this as a trial run to see if I have what it takes to stick with it!  The challenge starts on Monday, April 25 and runs through June 19!  I’ve invited many of my friends and family to join me!

Here are the details and my official “rules” that I will be following:

  1. 100 oz. water a day
  2. 7 hours of sleep each night
  3. At least 30 minute workout 7 days a week
  4. Keep a daily food diary
  5. No eating past 8 p.m.
  6. No white sugar or white flour

I’m also asking everyone to ONLY weigh themselves at the beginning and at the end. I am honestly going to tell my husband to take the scale out of the house.  I think it’s great to take before photos and progress photos along the way as well as measurements.  Seeing a dumb number on the scale can be a downfall to progress.

Also, many times I let myself have treat meals or days and with this one, I will be having ZERO cheat days or meals.  I am a sugar addict and to get where I really want to be I need to cut out SUGAR and WHITE FLOUR completely.  I’m also suggesting that everyone choose 1 0r 2 other personal goals that they’d like to work on as well during the 8 weeks!

I’ll be checking in LOTS more often over the next 8 weeks!!  Let’s do this!


Lower body love

Hey!!  We just got back from a long Spring Break!  I always love the time off from school and having the kids home, but I love schedules and order too.  We went to St George.  It was colder than normal and very crowded (: We still got in some beautiful hikes, a little time by the pool, a few great workouts, and we ate at an amazing new restaurant!



The restaurant we went to was called Viva Chicken.  Their specialty is Peruvian rotisserie chicken.  Best chicken ever!  I got a salad with kale, romaine, quinoa, mango, edamame…etc.  I need this place by me!!



Best salad ever!


At my gym in SG

Next up!  Lower body workout coming your way!  I love working legs and butt.  It’s harder than anything, but if you want to see results you MUST train lower body.  You will burn more calories, up your metabolism, and strengthen your knees and core!  Win, win, win!  I combined two workouts I found.  Over the next few days ever angle of my legs and butt were sore!  I’ll be doing this again this week!!  Here ya go!  I added a few pictures to help (:

Lower body barbell circuit #1  I’m using dumbbells in the pictures since I was at home.  At the gym I use a 50 lb. bar.

1-Sumo Deadlift

2-Back Squat

3-Curtsy Squat

Complete each exercise for 5 reps (each side).  Set a timer for 8 minutes and see how many times you can go through it.  Do this for 3 rounds.

Lower body circuit #2

SUPERSET: 5 SETS (Yes, 5!!)  I use a 40 lb. bar.

Dumbbell or barbell step ups-10 each leg

3 Jump Squats and 3 Push ups

One leg dumbell or barbell squat-10 each leg


P.S.  I added an ABS exercise at the end of each round in both circuits.  I did in and outs on the bench and bicycles.  Killer!  Make sure you stretch after!

O.K. That’s all for today!  Time to sit with my little girl who’s home with strep today ):  Keep working hard.  Set goals.  Exercise. Eat for fuel.



Motivate myself

Hey!  Spring is in the air.  I’m hoping to recommit myself to what I love and believe about exercise and fitness.  I’ve been off on my blogging for quite awhile now and last night after caving in on the Easter candy, I once again decided I needed to get my butt in gear.  I looked up my own blog for motivation!  I’m not even close to knowing how to make my blog look all sweet and professional, but I know how to find stuff by typing in key words or remembering when I did something.  About a year and a half ago (I can’t believe it’s been that long) I did a super strict 21 day Les Mills Grit Challenge with my good friend.  People may say this is a fad diet and too extreme, but as I reread my posts and feelings about how I felt, I couldn’t believe I did it!  It makes me happy to do something hard and achieve it.  So, for the next 21 days, which happens to be how many days I have until my trip to Key Biscayne, I’ll be following this program to a T!!!  ABS will be my goal (:  To stay on track and for my own reference, I’ll check in often to post workouts, recipes, and more.  I can’t wait. DAY 1 starts tomorrow!


Love your body

O.K.  I did not fall off the planet.  As I look back on the last three months, I realize there is no way I can recap everything!  Here is a quick summary since December 18.  I had a birthday!!  I love birthdays and I hope to always be happy and not care about my age with each passing year.  Live it up!  Here we are on my birthday run to Sunshine Cafe.IMG_9933January was long, cold, and snowy.  My sweet sister came out to stay with me for 2 1/2 weeks with her 3 kids while she had a surgery.  I was Doctor Holly for awhile.  Her 7 year old was recently diagnosed with diabetes and that made everything a little more complex, but I loved having her visit.  She lives far away in Connecticut! IMG_0296 I’ve skied, but not nearly enough.  Here are a few pics. from a trip with my brother and another with friends!  Love to ski (:


IMG_0541IMG_0543Then, my 10 year old daughter has been in several too many cheer competitions.  One of them taking us to the beautiful city of Portland!  We had such a great time.  A few of my friends came with their daughters too.

IMG_0820IMG_0830IMG_0739IMG_0742We saw many sights including Pittock mansion, Old Town, Portland LDS temple, and my favorite, Multinomah falls!  We ate at wonderful local restaurants trying everything.  I should have taken pictures of the food!  We had gourmet salads, sushi, curry, thai, mexican, italian, and of course we had to try the famous Voodoo doughnuts and the best ice cream store in the world, Salt and Straw.

We even made time to teach a HIGH class and go on a dreamy, rainy run!  It was tough to go home! 

Right now, I’m keeping busy with kids plays and activities.  Hopefully I’ll be more consistent on posting from here on out!  Spring is in sight and has given me new energy.  My healthy topic for the day is this:


A friend of mine sent this to me and said it reminded her of me.  I’m so glad!  This is why I work out.  Of course I have my own body image issues, I think everyone does, but focusing on the positive is always my motto.

Quick story!  My heart just broke in a million pieces this weekend.  I came home Saturday night and went to talk to my 15 year old daughter in her room.  I could tell something was wrong.  This week we decided to start a healthy challenge together with some of our friends.  We made many wonderful goals and rules to follow.  Some of them were exercise 30 minutes every day, no eating after 8 p.m., 3-5 fruits and veggies a day, and no junk food such as cookies, candy, chips, etc…Well, when I asked my daughter what was wrong, her eyes filled up with tears and she said, “I just want to eat what I want, when I want, and not worry about it.”  Oh my complete sadness to hear her say these words!  Our precious daughters are in a world of high body image ideals and expectations.  Media and people all around them tell them they need to look a certain way and what they should be doing to look prettier, be skinnier, and have everyone like you.  How I hope and pray she continues to grow up with confidence and happiness when it comes to her appearance.  We had a good talk and both cried and I told her to stop the challenge right then and there and that we would modify it to fit her needs.  I’ve been doing things like this for years and I didn’t realize that it would be too much for her to take all at once.IMG_0176  Remember as you embark on your own fitness journeys to make a plan just for you and only you and to set realistic goals.  Don’t compare yourself to anyone else.  If and when you mess up, do not beat yourself up about it.  Start fresh the next day and keep going.  I’m a pro at starting and restarting (:  If you can find one small thing to improve on each day then you’ve made your goal.  Love your body.  Eat.  Focus on the positive.  Never give up.  Smile.  You are unique, beautiful, and perfectly perfect just the way you are!     

HIIT rocks and fight inflammation

Sunny Mexico, Happy Birthday, Merry Christmas!  Hello!  Where does the time go!  This has been a wonderful month.  I’ve been from 80 degree Mexico weather to 2 feet of snow in a week!  It’s amazing!

We had a wonderful time in Mexico.  Lots of sight seeing, laughs, so-so food, not too many workouts, sun, and fun!  We rented cars and got to drive all over the place climbing ruins, swimming in Cenotes, going out on a fishing boat and snorkeling (my favorite!), ferry rides to Cozumel, beach time, motorcycle riding,  biking, playing cards, etc…good times!  Here are a few pictures!


I have to say the humidity was out of this world and I felt so puffy and water retention like for most of the trip.  I thought I’d gained 10 lbs. when I got home, but as soon as I got into my normal routine, by body chilled out!  It did cause me to look into foods that cause inflammation and foods that fight it!!  I’m there!  Also, I’m doing a new program by Amber Dodzweit that I LOVE and she mentions that GLUTEN and DAIRY are big water retaining foods.  So!  I’m avoiding them!  Two of my favorite fitness websites are greatist.com, and blog.myfitnesspal.com Greatest.com has a great article right now about that.  Click on the website above to read it.

Next, I am loving my AD workouts.  Here is a video clip of things I’m doing right now:

I don’t have much time today so I’ll hopefully be back soon to talk about my birthday and more Christmas fun!  Have a great day.  Work Hard Forever! ***

Eat smart be happy!

Well!  It’s been a few!  I have so much good stuff this might turn into a long ramble.  It’ll be good though.  Thanksgiving has come and gone.  We had a wonderful weekend.  It’s my favorite holiday!!  I did fall into a food coma/hangover on Thanksgiving night.  Too many pies to choose from.  Here are a few pictures I took.  Me and my daughter have a tradition going on with this one!  Here we are on Thanksgiving last year and the year before:


And here we are this year!  She’s getting bigger.  Thank heavens I’m not (: ha ha!!  It was pretty cold this year too!  Brrrrrr!


We also took a quick family picture for the annual Christmas card!  Cuties!


Next up, ski season started!  Yay Yay Yay!


I’m looking forward to a great season.  The kids love it!

Now, on to my healthy side, I finished my Jamie Eason Dietbet challenge and I won!  That means I lost 4% of my body weight and won $47.00.  So what’s next, you wonder??  I’m going to try a new program by Amber Dodzweit.  When it comes to anything I want to do well at, I copy what someone else has already done successfully.  She has the most amazing legs.  My focus will be on that.  Her method is about having lean muscle and not the bulk.  She’s not into lifting super heavy but more HIIT workouts.  It’ll be a nice change!


Of course I do have a small injury to report and this one is such a dumb one.  I slipped and fell on a slippery deck down a few stairs and landed on my tailbone.  It’s thrown me out of whack and is such a PAIN! (: It is slowly healing.  This Friday we’re going to Mexico so I’ll have plenty of time for R & R.  I’m so excited and need this in a big way.  I’ll take lots of pics.

I need to say a little bit about FOOD too!  It is everything.  Get used to eating less and cutting out the crap.  No matter how hard you work out, you will be spinning your wheels if you can’t get over your food addictions.  I still fall back many times, but I get back up and keep trying.  When I get back from Mexico I’m going to start this new training program.  One day a week I’ll have a treat meal.  That’s it (: I found a great quote that makes me laugh:


Here are a few of my favorite food staples.  I have them almost daily!


PROTEIN POWDER.  This time I made pancakes with it!


VEGGIES and CHICKEN (or another protein source) and food that is HOMEMADE!  This tomato soup was the BOMB!

My favorite SNACKS.  These are seriously a must for me.  I eat the apples and Quest bar as a one of my meals and the protein balls and fudge bites are usually after lunch or dinner and I need a sweet treat.  I eat one or two.


And lastly, this is a vitamin drink I give my kids every morning.  I swear by it for helping them not get sick.  It’s the best and they tell me they can tell the difference when they drink it.  It’s elderberry juice concentrate and liquid vitamin D.  Stay healthy!

O.K.  I also have a workout for you and a workout pic.  Most of my favorite clothes are exercise clothes (:  I loved this workout!

O.K.  I need to get going and organizing the grand schedule while we’re away.  Enjoy this new song by ONE D.  They have a new album out that my daughter and I listen to almost every day!

And I love this quote.  Live life happily.  Work Hard Forever*


Tips to stay motivated through the holidays!

November 10th and winter has arrived at our house!  Today I was thinking about what motivates me to exercise.  I know the way I think is not the norm so I was trying to think about the average person and what would help motivate them.  Two things came to mind.

The first was feeling good about your body.  You don’t have to be in the perfectly fittest shape to love your body right here and now.  When I feel good about myself I want to workout more.  Get rid of the negative thoughts about ANY body part.  Focus on what improvements you are working on and forget the rest.  For example, I thought the dumbest thing the other day.  Someone gave me a compliment on my arms and I instantly thought, “Well, what about my legs?”  They must not look good since they didn’t mention them.  OH!  Never do that!  I LOVE Demi Lovato’s new song, Confident!  Check it out:

Second motivator and almost more important than the first is to have a good support group or just ONE friend!  Today my friend and I taught our HIGH FITNESS class and we had our best turn out yet.  I looked around the room and almost every person had a friend there.  When it’s cold and 6 am, you need that!!

Crazy Fitness Friends!

Crazy Fitness Friends!

This one is from 3 years ago!  My besties on a cold winter run.  Why oh why would I want to run in the dark and cold if I didn’t have my friends pushing me along.


Here are a few other ideas to keep you from gaining the dreaded holiday weight!

  • Keep up with your workouts!  No matter how busy you get, don’t miss your workout.  When you stop exercising you start eating more and more of all the tempting food that’s everywhere this time of year.
  • Eat healthy food often!  Don’t let yourself get too hungry and whatever you do, never go to a holiday party on an empty stomach.  Drink a big glass of water and eat something small before you go.  A little bit of protein and veggies is your best option.

Lastly, I have an amazing lower body/glute and ab workout for you to try brought to you by my favorite fitness gals, Amber Dodzweit and Jamie Eason.  I’ll be doing this tomorrow with my friends!



Have a wonderful day and stay warm.  I’m off to make lunch for my son and his friend now (:  Work Hard Forever!

Take time to look at the leaves

Hi!  This will be short with lots of pictures and quotes!  It’s one of my favorite times of the year.  I’m so happy Halloween is over and we’re on to Thanksgiving time!  I am in awe every day as I drive around at how beautiful the leaves are.  This is right in my backyard!


Actually, I’ll show you a real picture of my backyard!


We have a lot going on at our house right now.  Sometimes it’s hard to balance everything.  Here are a few projects and activities running around in my brain:  Back yard remodel with lots of excavating and rock walls goin’on, new washer and dryer which means time to remodel the laundry room, installed a hood vent (finally) above our stovetop.  I love it, but that created a small mess!  Helping my senior with scholarship and admission applications, managing the busy life of my 14 year old daughter who is hangin’ on by a thread, listening to all my kids about what they’re liking and not liking and what they need and finding time to read to them, make them food, clean up after them, do their laundry, and get enough rest so I don’t get grumpy.  Keeping my hubby happy falls in line with all the kids too (:  I could go on for quite a while with even more things that occupy my brain.  While I promote healthy eating and exercising, it isn’t what runs my life.  There are far more important aspects of life that I love!  My cute daughter sends me texts daily about everything.  Today she’s tired.  Here are a few quotes I’m sending her:

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This is sort of a random post, much like all of them (:  I have two pics. to share from my Halloween dress up at the gym.  I didn’t get one of me in my daughter’s cheer costume though!

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And I’ll end with one of my favorite “Don’t quit” quotes by Michael Jordan!