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Don’t Flatten Yourself Out…Fitness Friday 37

My friends, today…actually, scratch that, this entire week has been exhausting. So much for Reading Week eh?

So what was I doing running all over the place? Graduate school interviews…thats what I was doing. I had the MAN program (combined master/internship) at Guelph U on Wednesday, phone interview with London Health Sciences Internship yesterday and trekking it all the way to London for my interview with Brescia’s department for their combined program today.

I’m exhausted. The face-to-face ones were intense, but the Brescia one was a bit more casual and relaxed due to the group setting rather than one-on-one, which I had the pleasure of doing for the MAN program.

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Overall, its 2-2.5 hours of them probing your head with scenarios in timed stations. One after the other after the other and that is all on top of the fact that you are super nervous because these will dictate the future of your fall semester. Catastrophizing much?

Ugh.

I did it though. I didn’t die and I feel overall they went well. Now to try to relax for this weekend to let my stomach come back to normal (hello camel belly thanks to cortisol overload…)

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Anyways, I wasn’t planning on doing this today because, I’m sorry, I’m tired, but I was listening to a Youtube collab between Steve Cook and Layne Norton on contest prep myths that I just had to share.

It’s not only because right now is cutting season for the spring and summer shows, but also because so many people still fail to turn to science and simply follow some of the engrained procedures (dogmas) of the final stages of prep that really have no evidence to support their benefits.

So, for your education and entertainment, check out the video link below for the full discussion and head to my lil summary below so that you too can work at bringing your best ‘package’ to the stage if thats in the future for you.

They also discussed flexible dieting on prep, but I was more interested in the sodium/water cuts.

Cutting sodium is a no no.

Cutting water works against you.

Overall, these two things alone will leave you looking flat on your day to shine. Meanwhile, the next day you look the best you have ever looked because, well, you ate some salt and drank some water.

Why?

Quoting Dr. Norton, lets see his explanations on why these things really work against you, despite the fact they are seen as ‘common practices’ for the competitors.

So, as we all know, our body likes ‘sameness’ and it works hard to keep the body in a state of homeostasis. So, if you start to try to take things away, it has ways to bring you back to normal. Although this ability is great for situations where you are not in control and needing to ‘survive,’ these compensatory mechanisms are often NOT what you want when you are trying to look your best…aka shredded.

So one, you cut your water. When you cut water, the water is often intially lost from the extracellular space (i.e. outside the tissue/cell/muscle), not the intracellular space. That being said, when you loose that extracellular water, your body needs to re-balance that because volume is important to keep the same. So, to do this, you will end up loosing water from the intracellular space and adding water outside the cell. So a deflated muscle cell is what you end up with.

You than add to this problem by also cutting sodium because, once again, the body needs certain amount to maintain functionality. So what does it do? Your blood levels have been shown to stay the same and it’s mostly due to a few more compensatory mechanisms. Overall, if you’re not getting any sodium your body gunna loose any either, meaning you are not going to excrete ANY sodium. This is because another hormone (ADH) starts getting upregulated due to water volume changes and that causes you to reabsorb sodium and also hold water (because you cannot reabsorb sodium without water).

So these two combined simply lead to flat muscles and a watery appearance as all that water goes right to the extracellular space, which is where you want the least amount of water. Great for stage eh?

“If your muscle is not pressing against the skin, you will appear watery and not as tight as you want… Muscle tissue without water is spongy, shrivelled and just doesn’t look good”

Other issues that come along with your body being stressed…

~Bloating and general gastric upset that can lead to you not being as tight and shredded. This may be partially due to the fact that the transporters of carbohydrates in the gut are dependant on sodium. With these not working as efficiently, malabsorption of some carbohydrates can occur. Unfortunately for you, in many cases, those are than fermented which causes gastric issues. This also means that you are going to be absorbing as many of those carbs are you are eating.

~Low sodium often makes it really hard to get a pump or any vascularity going

Other interesting things he said…

~You should add carbs SLOWLY. The traditional notion is that you carb up with a huge amount in 1-2 days pre-show is not smart. It takes a bit for those carbohydrates to be digested and absorbed, so it therefore also takes time for your body to refill those glycogen stores and for you to see if you need more. You want to be in the ‘add more’ category, not the ’emergency repair mode from spill over’ category… yes?

~During peak week, there really isn’t anything special to do. You are essentially just trying not to screw up what you have worked for. DONT GO MESSING WITH MULTIPLE VARIABLES! If you’re not shredded at this point, you’re just not shredded enough. Tweaking a bunch of things during that tiny time period can either not do nothing for you or it can make you look worse simply because your body is stressed out. 

~Peak week should be about rest and loosing external stress. Yes it’s selfish, but your appearance is also the result of your emotional and psychological state. To a much more minor degree as the rest of prep, but it does count. 

Overall, these things make perfect, rational sense when you think about them and about how the body works to survive, but most don’t challenge the old and traditional ways.

Learn to go to the literature and do your own research. When you get up on stage and look better either the week before or day after, its time to get off the ‘bro-train’ and actually suffer less to look your best.

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Hope you enjoyed this lil video post. Happy Friday friends.

-Chelsea

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Friday Fitness Fives…Fitness Friday 30

Before we begin, let me just link you to my excitement of the day. I literally almost cried. I was so proud of myself. That was a big EF you to all my body and health struggles this year.

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Anywho, onto the main topic..

Fitness Friday! 

Wow number 30 friends! I hope you enjoy this random survey I decided to do for todays topic.

5 Fitness Myths That are not the obvious…lifting makes you bulky…

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  1. You don’t need to pile on massive amounts of weight to put on muscle mass. This is really not beneficial as that makes your cut harder/longer and probably your muscle losses greater.
  2. Not all squats look the same. Don’t look at someones squat and tell them they are doing it wrong if they are more forward than you are. Bodies are different and that means that lifts are going to look different.
  3. More is not better. Doing squats on a boss ball to hit your legs and your core and your balance, etc, etc is not better. You are not able to give your all to any one of those components and probably not really doing much as a result.
  4. Heavier is not always better. Yes, lifting heavy is great and progressing forward is part of getting stronger, but if you start doing half the lift as a result of upping the weight than you are not benefiting optimally from it. Form than weight ALWAYS
  5. Not everyone is made for the stage. Just because you’re into fitness doesn’t mean you have to compete. Competing is a special thing that not everyone is good for. Dieting, genetics, dealing with body image issues and having a goal at the end for yourself not for a win are all parts that torture people during prep. Really think about it before you go into it.

5 Body Parts We Tend Forget About But Shouldn’t…

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  1. Rear Delts –> Required for a fully defined and balanced shoulder.
  2. Core –> Not really forgotten, more like purposely ignored because most hate core work. This will help you with all your compounds friends because all lifts start with a strong core.
  3. Glutes –> Guys this is looking at you because you know that girls don’t have an issue with this part. Strong glutes help with a ton of lower body movements. Do them.
  4. Chest –> Turning those looks back on you ladies. Benching is so empowering and if you train one body part, don’t neglect others. You won’t loose your boobs from benching (that is overall fat loss) and you won’t randomly sprout pecs…
  5. Heart/Lungs –> Yes, these are muscles you aren’t supposed to forget about. Again, females tend to overdo this, but many guys go into bulk season and completely stop any form of cardio. It’s not just about aesthetics friends.

5 Workout Gift Ideas

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  1. Hip Circle–> do it for them glutes!
  2. Bands –> also great for glute activation and low impact stimulation. You can use bands and recover quickly and not really interfere with weight training while they still activate and get some blood flowing into the glutes.
  3. Foam Roller –> They may hate you while they are rollin, but they will come around when they see the benefits of adding daily rolling into their routine.
  4. Massage Gift Certificate–> What I would give for a massage…
  5. For the Guys–> A solid pair of straps. This could totally be a for a girl as well, but was trying to come up with something appealing for a guy..

5 Cool Fitness Circuits

5 Favourite New Exercises

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  1. Rack Pulls. Back day has never been so exciting. These are so satisfying and a core killer as well.
  2. Squats. It’s a love-hate thing. I’m so driven to get my numbers up that I really want to squat, but do I truly love squatting when I’m doing it…
  3. Sumo Deadlifts. I have mentioned before that deadlifts are one of my weakest lifts. Damn hammies. I began to do sumos a few months back for my glutes but than stopped for a bit to switch over traditional as I thought that felt more comfortable (sumos were hurting my knees). BUT I came back because I’m stubborn and hate to say I don’t do something. Tweaked my foot position (I can’t have my feet pointed on an angle, they have to be straight) and voila, much better.
  4. Barbell Hip Thrusters. I was doing these on the leg extension machine for a while because I felt like I got a better feel that way and I was annoyed whenever I had to set it all up. Guys, these are worth the set up and practice if you want to build them glutes and the first time I went back to barbell I got up to 125lbs. #Shocker
  5. Plank Side-To-Sides. These are just fun. Even my housemates like them.

5 Favourite Foods That Are Stereotypical GymRat

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  1. Rice Cakes. These are my love. Recently, all main-chain grocery stores in Guelph were not receiving ANY of my rice cakes and I didn’t know what I was gunna do. Dramatic eh? But because of my dietary restrictions right now, these are a major carb staple for me. I eat pretty much half a bag every day… #GimmeAllTheCarbs
  2. Peanut Butter. Duh! Natural obviously and #TeamCrunchy
  3. Cream of Rice. This used to be oats, but after my parasite treatment my oats tried to kill me (too much fiber for my poor tummy) so COR it was. I missed the texture of oats at first, but now I really like it.
  4. Whey. Diesel all the way. Lactose and all things chemical and sugar free. Plus amazing flavours! Favourite flavour is the peanut butter chocolate OR the salted caramel
  5. Egg Whites. We all love our fat free egg whites. So versatile and you can than add whatever you want to them. Sorry I just can’t get on the sweet egg train. Yuck.

5 Favourite Fitness Juuu-Tubers

These are always changing, with some exceptions, but here’s my list of top tuber’s

  1. Amanda Bucci –> Just entertaining to watch. She offers lots of advice, is straight up about everything and is consistent with her quality and material.
  2. Taylor Chamberlain–> Lots of tips and tricks and I love her positive and happy personality.
  3. Emily Duncan–> Love her perspectives and thoughts on life. She gives great fitness tips and her videos offer great variety.
  4. Valentina Esteban–> Cannucks say Hhhheeey. I love her perspective on just about everything. Think positive, follow your dreams and work towards your goals even if they are hard at times. Stay objective.
  5. Jeff Nippard –> hello science backed training advice and his video quality is amazing! It’s interesting how he’s serious but so entertaining at the same time.

I hope you enjoyed these 5 fitness lists. What is a fitness related 5 list for you? 5 songs? 5 Foods?

Christmas Eve is tomorrow.. are you ready?

-Chelsea

 


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It’s Coming…Currently

School is starting in a few weeks.

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It’s really not that bad, you see I know that we all go through the period of being so happy that school is over due to exam stress but two weeks in we are officially bored.

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Then once school starts, you are all excited to see all your friends again and then one week in you’re waiting for Christmas Break again.

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In light of this, I thought it would be a good time to give an update on life in one of these currently posts. So, I hope you enjoy and please, comment below and let me know what’s going on with you! I miss chattering more with you guys as my comment section has been quite silent over the summmaa months. I totally get that it’s summer and you all are crazy busy with jobs and just trying to still have a life, but I miss you my friends. ❤

Anyways, onto the update.

Currently

Totally snagged this from Amanda cuz it’s cute. Hope you don’t mind 😉 

Current book Youtube watch: Cuz you all know I don’t read…I have recently been following Mr. Nick Tong Strong more closely for his knowledge and expertise in bodybuilding and nutrition. He’s the prep coach of two ladies I follow on YouTube, Emily Duncan and Taylor Chamberlain, and I have just been spending some time getting caught up on his talks. Interesting stuff.

Current music: A few goodies off of the new album for Suicide Squad. Haven’t seen the movie itself, but I really liked some of the music!

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~Purple Lamborghini -Skrillex and Rick Ross

~Sucker For Pain-  Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa & Imagine Dragons w/ Logic & Ty Dolla $ign ft X Ambassadors

~Heathens – Twenty One Pilots

Love these 3 for the gym.

Current [non]-guilty pleasure: Foam Rolling! I have been rolling every morning without fail and I found out the hard way that my legs and hips are not the only things that need some more roller love…

Despite being painful sometimes, it’s actually relaxing and its something I’m trying to do for my body to perform at it’s best. I’m falling more and more into “what would an athlete do for their kingdom” type of mindset and if you break your body down day after day, it needs some self care too for it to keep doing what it does for you.

Current drink: Can I say ACV shots? These have really been helping my tummy lately (although it’s still being stupid regardless). Shoot those things back before you eat and it helps to digest your food!

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So many benefits! I got my Mom doing it every morning (the she started a night shot on her own!) despite her hating it. The face she makes is awesome 😀

Just make sure you get a natural one with the mother. Take a tablespoon or so and water it down and take your shot!

Current food: Creature of habit, I don’t tend to change that much as I love every thing  that I eat, but kabocha, now that I found a nice dry one, is a serious love recently.

…not that it really left, I mean all other foodies know the feels when it comes to this golden treasure..

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Current obsession: 90210. Yeah summer is a snooze feast for shows so I started re-watching 90210 and …I’m hooked again.

Current craving: I think it’s the heat but I have seriously been craving a slushy for some strange reason. I tend to put my BCAA’s in my bottle and then right in the freezer for like 2 hours to sip on during my gym sessions. When you take it out and shake it, it’s like a Blue Raspberry slushy and I just find myself wanting more after I finish that one. Haven’t caved yet to get the real sugary thing (my stomach would probably hate me for it) but I need to give in at least once during the last few weeks to ice cream or something. Brave face on and accept the crappy feeling for a few days. It’s been far too long.

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Check out Elle’s Recipe HERE

Something similar catching my eye constantly (and always fuelling an inner struggle) is those smoothie bowls/protein ice cream bowls on IG. I want one so bad but I’m afraid because of a few reasons. My body hates digesting large amounts of liquids at one time. You will never see me eating soup, slurping down a smoothie or having a protein shake for that reason. Too much liquid makes me nauseous. Secondly, the thickeners (xanthum gum) that really give it the right texture will probably leave me on the floor.

Can I please incinerate my IBS ridden stomach and get a new one? -_-

Current need: I don’t need it but I kinda did. This is the Back At It Again Tank.

On zee card…Opps. I blame the “What’s New” Lululemon emails they taunt me with..

Current indulgence: Being done work 😉 not that my work was breaking my back or anything..

 

Current bane of my existence: The humidity. I love the heat and will never ever complain that it’s too hot, but the muggy, buggy and gross “I go outside and feel instantly wet and my hair turns into an afro” feeling, not so much.

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Current procrastination: Looking into Masters/Internship programs. I want to do it because I want to be ready, but despite having the time to do it, I just tend to sloth when I actually sit down for the day. Oops.

Current confession: I hate to be that girl…but I’m kind of looking forward to the new school rush at the gym to see if anyone interesting shows up. No no, no early 20’s sillys, I’m done with the early 20’s. Can someone mature and have a goal in life…oh and lifts…walk up to me and be my swolemate yet?

Current quote: Just something to think about

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Re-Posted from here 

When you do something, are they truly for you? Are they something to make you happy. Are they something that makes you excited?

..Or are they something that some force has told you is what you should want or how you should behave?

Current excitement: Working with my new client! I met up with her today for nutrition consulting and both of us are excited to begin our sessions together. She actually happens to attend my gym and live right in my area so I can have our meetings face-to-face which is really nice.

Current mood: Trying my best to keep happy afloat. I know I know I need to stop complaining about feeling sick, but it really does affect my mood. I have a lot of things to be happy about and to enjoy so I’m trying to keep those in the forefront while my stomach and I are at war.

Well that’s the update on moi, so tell me something about your life!

Much love! 

-Chelsea


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YouTube Trends & Thinking Out Loud 5/12

Hey Friends!

I decided to jump into the Thursday funfest, Thinking Out Loud, at Amanda’s blog this week because I had an interesting topic to comment on.

Well, not really a topic but just some things I notice when watching my favourite fitness YouTuber’s. If you’re a fellow fan of the fitness world on YouTube I want to hear what you think! Do you notice these things too?

Let’s start thinkin out loud shall we?

Face Framing

Super Random…Do you ever notice how many female YouTuber’s do the whole “straight hand under the chin like a frame” thing when they are talking straight to camera?

I’m not mocking anyone, it’s just funny. It’s like “I’m being awkward but I kinda cute at the same time.”

But for real though, what do you do with your other hand when you have that camera pointed at you?

Donut Care, I’m Obsessed

What is with the fitness industry and donuts? Doughnuts…Canadian eh?

Annnnyways…

Yeah. I’m not really sure where this came from but people have gone from being obsessed with Poptarts to now donuts.

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Like, people actually macro hoard for these things…

There’s are companies thriving off this addiction:

Doughnuts and Deadlifts.

The Dough Bar donuts

To each their own, but now I feel old school with my ice cream obsession. Donuts just aint for me in that way.

Humpday is erryday

The butt pose is actually a thing now.

There are videos explaining how to ‘buttpose’ I’m not joking.

I look at it as funny (most times, if it’s consistent then I just think it’s sad) but if you’re feeling particularly feminist, it can be slightly insulting in the sense that the largest accounts are those that have constant booty shots.

Ladies, you are better then your booties.

Physique updates are one thing…if you’re feeling glute gains then say it! Embrace the gains and your hard work.

…but then there is this..

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Clearly NOT a physique update..

I’m sorry but posts like this have no use. There really is nothing you can say relative to fitness or health or anything…

All this says is:

HEY LOOK AT MY ASSSSSS—-EETTTTS

Gymsesh or Photoshoot?

This is not something I have an issue with, but just something I have noticed more and more as of late.

Fashion has become a huge part of the YouTube fitness scene.

Lulu’s errrryywhere! <– not that I’m mad about that

In almost every video, the vlogger makes mention of what they are currently wearing because humpteen thousand viewers will ask what pants are those, what brand is that, etc, etc.

It’s an interesting new side to the fitness Youtube world and it’s funny how it makes you want to go out and buy all the new fun gym clothes too.

My wallet is not impressed, but hey, don’t you workout better when you’re lookin on point?

My overall thoughts. I like this new side.

Speaking of looks…

Leg warmers in the gym.

Another trend is the leg warmer thing.

All year round.

Don’t you ladies get hot?

Another side note…

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Heidi Somers (Buff Bunny)

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Brittany Lesser

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Robin Gallant

Notice anything similar?

Current gym fashion movement if you haven’t heard is high waisted leggings and a crop top.

What do you think of this look? Girls? Guys?

Personally, I’m okay with it to some degree. I think that it doesn’t work for all body types but for us shorties, the whole cropped look can really help extend our lil legs and thus work well for our proportions.

Plus, I will say that crop tops make you feel all kinds of cool and free IMO.

Overall, in terms of style there are a few bloggers who have caught my eye for their taste.

Emily has it going on. Her style is casual yet sexy-chic with a touch of sporty. I’m in love!

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Link for her Instagram.

Side note…hair envy much?

 I also love Mizz Nikki B’s style…

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..both in and out of the gym.

And finally, Robin has a cute trendy thing going on as well…Lulu-Style. I want all of her clothes!

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Lulu-chic 😀

Side note…#BootyEnvy. She built up that booty with her infamous lower body days. Check out her channel for her workouts. 

Kitten-kats

The first time I heard someone say hi to their YouTube fam using the title ‘Kitten Kats’ it was Em Dunc’s channel. Ever since, I have heard quite the number of other YouTuber’s using the same catch-phrase when addressing their viewers.

My thoughts: I always think that the second and third person to say the same thing sounds almost forced. I’m not yelling:

“You a copy cat!”

..but it always catches me as second-hand ya know?

Well I suppose that is enough YouTube speak for the night. Sorry for this being super random, but I really love watching my fav ‘tubers and they give me inspiration so I wanted to share that a lil bit with you PLUS I wanted to see what you thought of some of the common occurrences/trends

So to finish off, I will give you my current top 3 guy and girl channels. I like a lot more (especially female channels) but as soon as these guys put up a new video, I always jump on it.

Not in a particular order

Girl Tuber’s

1. Emily Duncan–> Such a positive channel. Whether she’s in prep or not, she is very down to earth and positive. I really enjoy her videos and her take on even the tough situations plus she kicks ass in the gym and it shows.

2. Kara Corey –> I loved her prep series (not that I didn’t love her videos before) and all the info and tips she was giving.

3. Amanda Bucci –> Just started her prep and she’s doing it powerlifting and IIFYM style which is very interesting.

Okay okay… I can’t limit to 3 for female channels. 4. Is Miss Nikki B and 5. and Heidi Somers. 

Guy Tuber’s.

I have recently watched less male channels, I don’t know why they just aren’t on my top radar right now but there are still a few that catch my attention and always watch quickly.

1. Rob Lipsett–> The new kid on the block. He’s from Dublin and he’s really rising on the ‘Tube lately. Love that he’s real and hasn’t let his appearance and quick success swell up his head. Great tips and just entertaining to me to watch.

2. Nick Bare –> Always, I mean ALWAYS informative. I get the same sense of education from his channel as I do with Jeff Nippard (who does amazing “Round Table” discussions with experts that I never pass up)

3. Travis S. –> Forever entertaining and always outrageous with his food porn.

For a final runner up for the guys, Chris Jones is always funny to watch and I have actually gained so many gym tips and exercises from him.

Oh and never miss a Powered By Ice Cream review. Blunt and to the point no matter how offensive. Hilarious to watch and makes me jealous that we don’t get half those amazing flavours/companies here.

Alrighty, donzo I promise.

So what did you all think? Thoughts on any of the trends I talked about?

-Chelsea


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Surprise!…I’m Thinking Out Loud.

Hey Friends!

So I have quite a bit of things to tell ya + of course where would you be without a side of my randomness to go along with that?

Yeah, you love me and my rambles right?

So without further ado

Thinking-Out-LoudThanks to Amanda for hosting! XO

1. Big News!

Did ya see my new lil page off to the side of my blog heading? That Work With Me! tab is now up and running and is a link to my page describing the next installment of this blog which is my meal and fitness plans that are now available. I want to reiterate that these will not take away from the blog at all, they are simply a way for me to work closer with those of you wonderful people who want some guidance.

If any of you are interested further, just email lil ol’ me at c_cross20@hotmail.com.

Please note that I have heard some of your concerns and dig yet more digging on what is around pricing wise and have adjusted my pricing. I hope I didn’t scare ya’ll off but I did some research before hand and with further researching have come to the conclusion that those brackets were too high. My apologies!

2. Colonoscopy

So I like to be real with you guys on this blog, but if this is TMI for ya, skip on down to numero three-ooo. So yeah, had that done yesterday. Felt like death.

One could dream…

So my Dad had a slight panic attack on Tuesday morning when he realized that my procedure was actually on Wednesday (yesterday) rather then today and so he came and ripped me out of the gym so that I could start the prep (which you have to start 1 day in advance) only a bit late.

Close call.

Without going into the nitty gritty details, basically you are unable to eat for 24 hours while simultaneously taking prescription “clear every possible morsel from your body” meds. Not fun.

Oh did I mention that you have to drink fluids like you’re trying to drown yourself?

So that left me quite nauseous and dizzy to say the least, as you are loosing electrolytes like no tomorrow, not to mention I was beyond exhausted from just not being able to eat.

That problem when you are dying to take a nap but can’t because that would mean you can’t drink more water…#TheStruggleWasReal folks.

Wednesday morning started off okay, but the nerves and “I’m so hungry I’m gunna puke” feelings started to kick in as I made my way to Guelph General for my noon, yes NOON appointment. Of course, we had to be there at 10am because sitting around waiting while experiencing those aforementioned feelings just adds to the excitement.

Afterwards was super fun too. They actually had to keep me longer then usual because I was too “out of it” to discharge. My body just really doesn’t do well with anesthetics so they ended up throwing me back in the bed with wet clothes all over me before wheeling me out about 20 minutes later to the car to slide me in. I was pretty off all day but the light headedness stopped by the evening once I had a bit of food in me despite it making my tummy gurgle.

Thankfully, other then a lil bit of a hyper sensitive tummy, I’m doing better this morning. Pumped to get back in the gym come tomorrow!

3. Dad Bod.

Where did this even come from?

When did the Dad Bod suddenly become the body that women drool over?

Screen shot 2015-05-14 at 11.48.02 AMI honestly don’t know when this became a thing but I think it’s stupid.

When I sa that, I’m not saying that everyone should strive to have the bodybuilder physique because, one, that is not attainable for all bodies and two, many people have no interest in tailoring their life around their physique. What I am saying is stupid is the fact that apparently women PREFER this ‘Dad Bod’ over a more muscular one.

Muscle is gross and makes me feel inadequate. I like a bit of chub…

I like the teddy bear look better…

These are the statements that have been made recently in articles and generalized to all women and I have to say that for myself, this is not the case. No, I’m not a shallow person, I just have my own taste if I was to be asked what what I’m attracted to, it’s muscle. I like the fit look because that’s what I strive for myself.

The other argument floating around relates back to that first statement. The idea that some women feel that a more muscular man is just too hard to attain and may outshine them, so instead, they ‘downgrade’ to a more soft look. These are the words of those articles not mine, but the bigger picture here is that this is coming from a place of low self confidence rather then pure preference.

Screen shot 2015-05-14 at 12.00.00 PMWhat do you think about this Dad Bod?

What do you prefer?

4. SkinnyTea Detox.

These things drive me nuts.

They are all over Facebook so even if I’m only jumpin online for a second, I see one of their ads.

They really are annoying.

Why?

Because they are totally ridiculous and I feel as if some people may still fall for their ads.

These will not make you look like the models that they present. Don’t fall for it. Not that you should be wanting to look like another person anyways. Detox teas (detoxes in general actually) are most often about starvation so the only detox your doing to your body is flushing it of all your electrolytes and fuel.

5. This YouTube channel.

I have been finding lots of fun new exercises to try out all thanks to the Online Coach.

The one guy who wouldn’t mind his name being in pink. Check out his channel here. He not only uploads a new video every day that includes workout footage, life and his flexible dieting lifestyle, but he offers a lot of surprise appearances and tons of tips too. Fun videos!

Specifically here are two things that I have found to test out and spice up some of my routines.

The first is for your lats (upper back)…

Straight-Arm Pulldown

Take your traditional straight-arm pull down with the cable and straight bar

Straight-Arm Pulldown

And add a twist to work the lats in a slightly different way while also hitting your serratus anterior (those beautiful cuts along the upper ribs) from the rotation.

Haven’t done that one yet as my back workout got interrupted by the aforementioned colonoscopy preppage…

One that I have tried though is simply doing pullups and chins using different cable attachments.

Try the rope

Or maybe even the triangle

Now if only I could do those clappin pull ups he was doing in his last video…

Speaking of cool exercises…

6. Booty-work Inspiration.

Screen shot 2015-05-14 at 9.45.36 PMI have tried this out, with my heel planted on the rounded part of a bosu ball because I have short-fart legs, and it’s a great thing to superset a larger exercise with to burn out those glutes and hams. Thanks to Lacey and her instagram page for constant workout inspiration.

Anywho guys, it’s a wee bit late and my rambles have come to an end. I hope you enjoyed and lets all say wassssup to Friday and the beginning of the May-24 weekend.

Doing anything special?

-Chelsea


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Video: Macro Counting

Hey Friends!

It’s almost turkey day, who’s excited? What are you all doing?

I headed home today and will be heading to my Aunt’s house tomorrow for the dinnah with my parents, Maggie and my Nana and Papa all stowed in the car. Should be fun times. FamJam Partay Bus!

National Lampoons reference anyone?

Anywho, this short lil post will just introduce a video I posted up on my still naked YouTube channel. I have gotten quite a few questions regarding macros and macro counting and I really wanted to get a video out it up on the topic plus a lil blurb on IIFYM. Sorry it took me like a year to do so, but here she is.

Just clicky on the screencap for the linkup to my channel.

Screen shot 2014-10-11 at 9.55.27 PMI’m sorry if this video is a lil bit scattered. I’m really bad at staying on topic…as you probably are aware of with my 400000000+++ word posts…Like I mentioned in the video, if you have any further questions post them in the comments and I will get back to ya with video part 2. 🙂

Here are a few links that might be handy to check out if you’re interested.

Layne Norton’s take on IIFYM

IIFYM Calculator and information regarding macros and counting

You guys are awesome.

One thing I’m thankful for every day is my support system in life, which includes all of you. Many thanks and much love. ❤

-Chelsea