2017

WHAT A YEAR. I can’t believe that 2017 has come to an end and 2018 has already arrived! I wanted make a post about what this year has taught me and what I can take into this year with me. I know that you don’t necessarily need a ‘new year’ to make big changes but I feel like the new year does push people to reflect on their lives and see where they need to make improvements. So, in regards to that, let us not make fun of people’s ‘new year, new me’ mentality because it may just be their way of expressing that they need to make some serious changes in their lives.

JANUARY:

I rang in 2017 in Florida (I generally do with my family!) and was excited to get the ball rolling. I was in my sophomore year of college and excited to hustle through the semester into summer. This was the month that I decided I wanted to start prepping. I knew I wanted to make a big change in my life but I was uncertain of what it was going to be at the time. I’m not going to bombard this post with pictures from prep because I feel like I’ve exhausted them already in other posts!

The far left photo is me in front of our home in Florida, the second one over is me with my beautiful sister visiting this ‘super good’ seafood restaurant in Fort Meyers, third from the left is me and Taylor at my friend’s ‘Christmas party’, and (of course) a picture of my cat, Wallace.

For the most part January was just another month. It flew by quickly and I’m sad to say but I don’t remember too much of the month itself.

FEBRUARY:

February, I remember being happy. I remember taking the photo above and the joy I felt at the time. This was my first month onto prep and I felt that I finally was doing something for myself in a positive way. I had Invisalign at the time I had just gotten my brackets off and was over the moon. I try to find happiness in the smallest of things; but just like everyone else, I sometimes struggle with doing so.

MARCH:

My friends and I had a girls nights planned for quite sometime. I remember going to dinner at The Fieldhouse and having an amazing time with great company. Following the show, we went to go see Jeff Dye (he was super funny!). I love when we plan things like this because it constantly gives you something to look forward to. I think it is extremely important to always be excited about something. It keeps you happy and it keeps you sane.

APRIL:

Well, well, well. Three months into prep and THIS HAPPENS. I was bartending and a bar glass shattered in my hand. Needless to say I needed some serious stitches. After this happened I realized that it was just a setback, that these things happen. I had to take a MONTH off of lifting in the middle of prepping and I WAS UPSET. I really had to refocus my mindset and learn that things come out and sometimes you just have to redirect your goals to what is achievable.

MAY:

In May, my good friend Haley graduated college at MSUB. Woohoo! Looking at that I see the end is near and that I just need to keep my head down and keep working towards my goals. She is an inspiration to me and I’m lucky to call her a friend! The other pictures are just randoms from the month.

JUNE:

June was BUSY. One of my best friend was getting married in July so we had a bachelorette party in Chico and then a bridal shower shortly afterwards. I posted pictures from prep on this month because I remember feeling proud of myself. Proud that I stuck with my plan, proud that I was accomplishing what I wanted to. This was also the month that I started becoming very close with one of my good friends, now. Her name is Natalie, and through Natalie, I met Sidney. Both are extremely important to me and this was the month that I started hanging out with them more and more.

JULY:

WEDDING TIME. Boy, that was an amazing day. Thank you to Amanda for allowing me to be apart of it! This month was full of hiking and outdoors. I really got to enjoy the summer and I wanted to take full advantage of great weather. This was also the month that I quit a job that I was at for SEVEN years. I need ‘new’ and so I took a leap of faith.

AUGUST:

The month I started my blog! After quitting the job I was at forever I decided to start something else that was new, my blog! I wanted to write a blog for as long as I could remember and I decided that the time was now. Just do it! Who cares!

SEPTEMBER:

To Bozeman we went! I had another bachelorette party to attend we had such a fun time! After that came bridal showers and wedding bells. Bozeman is so beautiful and I wish I was able to go up there more often. I was closing in towards the end of prep and I was totally ready to be done and be able to eat great food again.

OCTOBER:

The busiest month of them ALL. We went to Jimmy Eat World at the pub station, I was in a wedding the following weekend, competition the weekend after that and then .. HALLOWEEN! My friend Nat and I celebrated a little too hard since we were having a pumpkin carving party at our house the next day. What I remember from October the most was having a great group of friends surrounding me through a really rewarding time in my life.

NOVEMBER:

Thanksgiving. If that isn’t a good reason to realize what you’re thankful for then I don’t know what is! This month I spent a lot of time with my family and ended the month by setting up our Christmas tree with my awesome roommates.

DECEMBER:

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME! Ringing in 24 like a champion with all my wonderful friends. We got brunch and later that day we threw a White Elephant Christmas Party! After all the holiday commotion I ran off to Florida with my family to catch some Vitamin D. I made sure to be home for NYE so I could roll into 2018 with some of the best.

 

Thank you to everyone who has been there for 2017. Cannot wait to see what this year brings but I can only assume great things.

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POST SHOW RECAP

Hi, hi.

There has been so so much going on in my life lately that I felt like my next post NEEDED to be a recap of what I have been up to!

I am going to start with I COMPETED IN MY FIRST COMPETITION! I was over. the. moon. I will never forget walking off the stage and the feeling that I felt. I was ready to eat. That was for damn sure.

Rolling back just a few days, me and some friends drove up to Spokane (where my show was going to take place) a few days early to get settled in and actually make a vacation out of the whole ordeal. I felt so fortunate to have these people come and support me as I pursued something that I have been working towards for months.

We got in around 1am on Thursday morning and went straight to bed. We were so exhausted from the drive and most of us had a long day on Wednesday. From Billings to Spokane is about 7 hours and we didn’t make it out of town until late afternoon. Going from waking up at 6:30am everyday to being able to sleep in was amazing. A not-so-secret about me is that I loveeeee to sleep. It’s a problem.

ANYWAYS! Thursday evening we went to Scarywood. Ooohhahhhh. If you have never heard of Scarywood before, it is just Silverwood but the employees dress up and walk around and scare you. Turns out, I do not really like haunted houses … I like a lot of scary and gory things but being scared ‘shitless’ is not something that I am interested in partaking in.

Friday we woke up pretty early and I got in my last workout. We were staying with my friend’s aunt and so we were able to cook some food for the next day since we knew that we wouldn’t be at home all day. I wasn’t staying with them that night because I was going to get my supppper dark tan and then hit the rack and prepare for the day ahead of me. I guess the biggest thing that I was nervous about was having my dad and sister coming to my show. I know that they will support in whatever I do but I always have a thought in the back of my head that I want to make them proud. So for me, this was a big deal.

Saturday was exhilarating. People can tell you what it is going to be like backstage and what poses you need to strike onstage but no one can prepare you for the feeling that you get once you are up there in front of all those people. You feel like you accomplished something that many feel they cannot (I believe everyone can achieve anything that they set their minds to but many don’t want to). Although I didn’t place. I came off stage with the biggest smile and I was ready to eat.

 

If you don’t know me then you really don’t know the struggles that I was having about competing. About a month before I was set to walk. I was having serious doubts. I feel like people don’t understand how I felt unless they have actually been in my position. I felt too ‘fat’, my posing wasn’t ‘good enough’, I wasn’t motivated etc. The list could go on and on. I pushed through because people would tell me that I would regret it if I didn’t. I pushed through not entirely for myself but for my friends and family that had given me such kind words of encouragement. And because of them, I chose to be at the most vulnerable state that day.

We came back on Sunday and boy did life not stop. My Coach wanted me back on a reverse diet by Wednesday and at first I really wanted to follow it. But now, after two and a half weeks.. I haven’t been eating the best or working out. It is hard because you go hard hard hard for eight months and you really don’t feel like you get time off. So I took the time off that I wanted and I’ll be going back to the gym this evening. I don’t and won’t ever maintain how lean I was that Saturday and I am ok with that. But since a few of you have followed this journey, I have decided to share my progress photos with you. I don’t look ‘cute’ by any means but these are my transition photos from start(ish) to finish.

I don’t look super lean in any of these but I was also pumping 2 gallons of water into my body each day with a crapton of veggies. I was constantly bloated and doing soooo SOOOO much cardio. On show day I thought it was a MIRACLE how lean I looked and even though I could have been leaner. I was so happy with my progress.

Since next weekend was Halloween weekend. I was DTP. I haven’t been out with my friends in so long that I was ready to dress up and have a good time! I was Pooh and my friend Nat was Piglet. We had a lot of fun dancing and enjoying each others company.

 

Unfortunately, we had so much fun on Saturday that we disregarded the fact that we were having people over to carve pumpkins on Sunday. Ohhhh no. We were not in the mindset that we needed to be to be cleaning our house and decorating. Even though we all weren’t feeling ‘too hot’ we had a heck of a time carving pumpkins with all of our friends.

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Can anyone guess which one is mine?

 

 

I know that this post was long awaited but it took me awhile to decide what I wanted to write. Thank you to everyone that supported me along the way of such a long journey. I will forever hold you all close to my heart.

Did Someone Say Stress?

 

Good morning!

I was having some serious struggles on what to write about this week and my good friend, Joseph, mentioned that I should do a post on stress. dun dun dun DUN.

I feel like I am a professional at stress. During school, I am constantly stressing about my next test, my next workout, my next nap etc. I know I have mentioned it many-a-times but it took me quite some time to find the balance that I am at today… and even now I am still working on it. So today I am going to share some things that stress me out and how I choose to fix them!

1. Stressing about tests at school

UGH, this one is a stinker. I hate when I have to study and have to blow off plans with my friends. But, honestly .. NO ONE LIKES TO DO THAT. Sometimes you have to pick at what is more important in your life in that moment and what will take you farther in your future. Sometimes you need to stay home to ‘hit the books’ instead of ‘hitting the club’. No one said that paying someone $5000 a semester and then having them test you would be easy but they did say it would be worth it.

2. Stressing about sleep

8 hours? What is 8 hours? Generally I sleep around 5-6 hours a night. I know that isn’t the healthiest but I have a guilty pleasure to confess. I love watching television. And I know that probably isn’t what you were expecting that was keeping me up all night but I before I go to bed, television relaxes me quite a bit! I don’t binge in the evenings by any means but 1 episode of my favorite show and I feel sleepy and ready for bed. Because of my evening job and my early morning classes though, tv can really affect my sleep patterns at night. I definitely need to work on just showering and going straight to bed and not turning on the tv at all.

3. Stressing about being ‘good enough’

I can’t be the only one that feels this way .. I feel like I am always struggling with who I am and who I want to be. I feel like no matter what the situation is, I don’t always feel ‘good enough’. If it is with friends, health, my competition coming up, etc. I just feel like I am constantly competing with myself in the worst ways. I overthink every situation and think of every possibility of how it may go wrong. I would say that to an extent, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing but sometimes when you stress about one thing, you just stress about everything.

4. Stressing about money

I feel like I do this more often than not. I’m always worried about how much money is in my checking account, how much cash I have on me (server life), or how much money I’m saving. I always feel like I save, save, save and live so frugal that I miss certain events just to build up my bank account. I know that life isn’t all about money but for some reason it tends to be the center of my mind. Just always remember that memories will last longer than a check.

5. Stressing about the future

WHY. Why not live in the moment? Be present. Sometimes I’ll find my train of thought thinking about ‘the next best thing’. Why don’t I focus on the now? I always picture the future as being this wonderful thing and I get anxious. I need to understand that there is something positive about every moment. I need to be grateful for how far I have come in the ‘right now’ and not focus too much on where I am heading. It is always good to set goals but just make sure you don’t have tunnel vision in the process.

Feeling pretttty productive with two posts this week and can’t wait to share the next couple weeks with you!

Knock, knock

Wellll helllloooo,

Yes, I am still alive and yes, still blogging. I did take a slight hiatus because school and my competition prep has kept me busier than usual! But, I have some fun recaps to share as to what I have been up to!

I am two weeks out from my competition in Spokane and I couldn’t be more pumped. I have struggled a lot this prep with staying motivated and on track but these past few months have been really eye opening. Once I got my suit I realized that it was all becoming real. As much as I would love to share progress photos.. I think I will save them until after I come back from my show.

 

(This is actually my favorite gif right now)

Last week, Sidney, Lindsey and I decided last minute that we wanted to go the Jimmy Eat World concert. We had soooo much fun. I think we only knew like two or three songs but we danced in the crowd and had a great time anyways. I love that we were all able to share this experience together even though we didn’t know any of the lyrics.

 

On Friday, MY BEST FRIEND GOT MARRIED. Helllll ya. Not only did she get married but I was able to be apart of the big day. It was so beautiful to watch her and her (now)husband tie-the-knot. Not to mention that her maid of honor and I cut a freaking rug on the dance floor (if you didn’t know already – I LOVE to dance).

On Sunday evening, my friends Nat, Jess and I went to the pumpkin patch. ‘Tis the season! I love Fall. I love the weather, the smells, the food. We took a hay ride up to the top of the corn maze, walked through and then picked out which pumpkins to carve. I was especially excited because we are having a ‘pumpkin carving party’ when I get back from my show on the 29th! I love to celebrate the holidays surrounded by friends and family.

Even though this post was ‘short and sweet’ I will definitely keep you guys in the loop of my last two weeks of cutting! Stay tuned!

-Christine

5 Life Improvements

Helllooooo!

I can’t believe it has been over a week since I have posted last! I have been so busy with school that days mesh into each other and I didn’t even realize that I have been so MIA from blogging!

Lately I’ve been working on trying to improve my life and trying to make the best of prep, school, work, etc. So sometimes when I’m laying in bed at night I have running thoughts on what little changes I could make that will make me happier.

Here are the 5 life improvements that I have come up with:

  1. Why am I on my phone all the time? I sometimes will be driving and checking Facebook at the same time. Not only is that super illegal it is even more unsafe! I decided that I needed to take one day out of the week to detach from social media and take time to enjoy people’s’ company around me. EVEN IF IT IS JUST WATCHING TV. I will spend endless hours sitting on my phone like a potato and not even know what is happening around me. So, one day a week .. no phone.

2. During prep I have struggled with my weight. I will hop on the scale every time I enter the gym and noticed I either gained, lost or remained the same. That killlllssss me (and I’m sure it kills many of you too!) DITCH THE SCALE, PEOPLE! At the end of the day it is what you see in the mirror and if you are happy or not. The scale shouldn’t control your life but sometime I let it! I will leave the gym unsatisfied and unmotivated. If you don’t weigh yourself and only focus on how you feel. Your attitude at the gym will guaranteed be more positive.

3. STOP EATING OUT SO MUCH. Up until recently, I was the worst about doing this. I love to eat out, who doesn’t? But often times I find that the food I was eating wasn’t worth the money or even wasn’t that great for my body. When I’m at home I have limited options and have to cook what is in my fridge. SO OFTEN I will let food go to waste in my fridge, therefore, I bought food that went bad and then bought another meal on top of it. HOW EXPENSIVE?! WHO AM I! THE QUEEN OF SHEEBA?! Just focus on making more food at home and if time is an issue prep food ahead of time for the week.

4. Start adjusting your goals. So often people make these crazy goals that aren’t obtainable for the ‘right now’. If you adjust your goals to your existing life and not the other way around, you will find that the opportunities may become endless… I want to lose 30lbs in two weeks. OK, let’s be realistic here. Maybe, lets start by making it to the gym 3 times a week and eating healthier meals. THAT IS OBTAINABLE. I too also make goals that aren’t realistic at this time in my life. My goal, to save up one billion dollars to go on vacation over Christmas, WELL, I am a full-time student with a FAT car payment and barely work right now. So, re-analyzing that .. I guess!

5. Don’t be too hard on yourself! If you do something that you regret. Don’t sit there and kick rocks. Get up, dust yourself the hell off and keep going in life. Life is too short to be so concerned about every bad thing that you have ever done. WE HAVE ALL DONE BAD THINGS. NEWS FLASH : WE’VE ALL SAID THINGS WE REGRET. WE’VE ALL BEEN A BAD FRIEND AT ONE TIME AND WE’VE ALL BEEN MEAN TO PEOPLE THAT CARE ABOUT US BECAUSE WE NEED FOOD AND COFFEE… okay, maybe that last one is just me. But at the end of the day, either apologize or move the heck on. If you sit and dwell it will affect your mood and can make the situations worse than you already have made them.

Lately, I’ve been really to follow these improvements. Not allll the time do I realize that I need to make a few changes in my life but I always feel that if a few small changes could potentially make me happier, then why not try?

What are some improvements you have made to improve yourself?

Chat soon!

-Christine

My Advice on Dating

Hi, friends!

Sorry about this post but I’m about to get opinionated real quick. WHY IS DATING SO HARD IN YOUR 20’s? Like, we really need Tinder and Bumble to meet new people? I know that dating can be hard but I am here to share some tips that I feel like I have acquired over the past few years. CAUTION – I am by no means a dating expert and am definitely not in a relationship myself so if you do not care to know my opinion.. just scroll right on to the next post!

  • TRYING TO ASK SOMEONE OUT. I feel like this specific point is directed towards men but can also apply to women, if you want to get a woman’s attention. Like, really get their attention. Walk up to them and introduce yourself. Do not walk up to them and say a cheesy pickup like ‘did you fall from heaven?’ or comment on how beautiful they are (you can after you introduce yourself but if you walk up to me and immediately tell me that I’m pretty.. all that I am thinking is ‘who is this guy?’) INTRODUCE YOURSELF.

  • MEN and WOMEN, if we are at the bar and you ask if me if you can buy me a drink and I say no. PLEASE DO NOT PROCEED TO BUY ME A DRINK ANYWAYS. I won’t drink it and it was a waste of money. I never want to feel obligated to have a drink when I went out with the intention of not drinking that night. I don’t think that you need to buy me something for us to have a conversation.

 

  • Day dates – I think that all first dates should be day dates. They are so much fun and definitely less pressure. Coffee, walks, breakfast etc. SO MUCH FUN. There is so much pressure put on dates in the evening and if someone is not having a good time it feels like it lasts forever.

 

  • Do not get drunk on the first date. Yes, it can totally be nerve-racking to meet someone new but unless you are in the bar and getting ready to take someone home; don’t plan on getting wasted. You wasted = a wasted evening.

 

 

  • MAKE SURE YOU AREN’T BEING RUDE. Being rude to a person is not a form of flirting. I know that people think that degrading the opposite sex can be humorous BUT I AM HERE TO TELL YOU THAT IT IS NOT FUNNY. Sarcasm, to me, is funny. But when you start to be rude and ‘play hard to get’ .. it isn’t funny anymore. Yeah when I was 16 I was all about ‘playing hard to get’ but now, in my 20’s .. not into it.

 

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  • WHAT NOT TO ASK : Why don’t you have a boyfriend? Why do people say that. Have you thought.. maybe, just maybe, I DON’T WANT A BOYFRIEND. It isn’t because I can’t find a boyfriend (hold up, lemme run to the boyfriend store real quick) it might just be because I enjoy life as an independent. I enjoy being single. You don’t always need someone to be happy.

 

  • ASK QUESTIONS! So many dates are consumed by one person talking the entire time. AND, you want to know what the other person is doing? Probably not really listening. Make sure it is a two-way street and that both parties are learning more about each other.

 

  • DO NOT sit on your phone the whole time. How did you live before you had a cell phone? What? Ring ring? You had conversations with people. Put the phone down and concentrate on the person you asked out or that asked you out

 

 

GUYS, I know that this post was all about me venting but does any of this get you riled up as well? I just want a normal human with a normal conversation. I know that these points are just thrown together but I wanted to share my thoughts on the whole thing. What do you guys think? Do you have any good tips to share as well?

 

PS – Here is a legit sidenote. My sister took my cover photo for this blog and she is super talented. Check out her page here.

23

Well hello!

Seems I’m a day late with this post right now but the way yesterday was going (super packed) I had a feeling that I wasn’t going to be able to get the post out in time. Today I wanted to discuss something different than another recap of my week. Because, honestly. Recaps definitely aren’t my most favorite to write and I’m sure they aren’t your most favorite to read.

I always do a reflection of my life at the beginning of each semester. I determine how much I want to be working vs. how much I need to be working and how both of those will affect my school work. I make sure that I am on the right path in my fitness journey and also make sure to keep my mental health in check. Unfortunately I can be known as the queen of taking too much on and sometimes that can get me in some trouble.

I always try to find balance in my life and sometimes it comes easy, and sometimes not so much. I feel like 23 has been a very awakening stage in my life where I truly found who I was as a person and 2017 has definitely been the year to make things (goals) happen. I used to be the girl that talked ‘big’ but never committed to something fully. So, one day, I decided not to be that girl anymore.

I feel like the first thing that I committed to was my majors in college. I couldn’t decide what I wanted to do for the longest time. And I knew that it wasn’t a race and I wasn’t ready to be at the finish line anyways. It’s funny, because when I tell people that I want to go into forensics they always ask, ‘Like Dexter?’ What’s funny about it is that I was watching Dexter when it clicked what I wanted to be. So, no. I don’t want to be a serial killer; but yes, I do want to do blood analysis. Got it?

That brings me into my junior year of college. I had a challenging sophomore year (to say the least) but I think that goes back to ‘taking on too much at one time’. Early Spring was my second big decision. I have always been a ‘talker’. Yeah, I’m going to do this or that and never really made it happen. WELL, that is annoying. What are you waiting for? Just say you’re going to do something and just get. it. done. Don’t hesitate. I decided to enter my first NPC competition (oh, here she goes again .. we get it, you work out). It wasn’t a tough decision because I literally thought about it for two days and signed up for a Coach and here I am. Although there are struggles with my prep, I am the happiest and healthiest version of myself at this time in my life. I found that I don’t need to drink or be the life of the party to keep friends or to have a good time. I have officially been two DD’s this summer on two different bachelorette parties and each time I was still able to enjoy myself. Yes, I do like to drink. But, no. I don’t need it to have a good time.

Which brings me to my third big decision. STARTING A BLOG! I didn’t wait too long before I decided to launch .. I was just so excited! I have never been the girl to put her entire life on the internet, but here I am! Allowing people into my life an open book. I knew if I waited too long, then it would never have happened. And I’m so happy for the way things have turned out.

This year I have learned that being alone is OK. I don’t have the FOMO that other people have lingering over them. Sometimes at the end of the day, I just want to curl up in bed and watch a good tv show, alone. And I love that. For a long time I did feel dependent on other people (to the point where I didn’t want to even run errands alone). It feels good to know that I am self-sufficient but my friends are also there when I need them as well.

I know a few posts ago I mentioned friends come and go. And I feel like that came with age as well. When you’re younger you want to hold on to as many friends as you have because it feels like almost quantity over quality. You soon find in life that it is all about quality. I got a good dose of that at the age of 23 as well.

Like I said earlier, 23 has taught me so much and as December rolls around .. I’m excited to see what 24 has in store. Because I know that it can hold nothing but greatness if I go into it with the right attitude. Every so often there are years of learning and growing. So yesterday, when I was reflecting upon my life. I see how I have changed and progressed so much within the last year, cool! The point of this post is to just be proud of who are you are, because you should always be your own number one cheerleader.

Well, besides my cat. He’s probably my number one cheerleader for sure.

 

Anyways! I hope you all have a good weekend and check back soon for new updates. Let the good times roll, people!

QUESTIONS:

Who is your number one supporter?

Do you have any animals?

 

PS – Since I haven’t posted a workout in forever. Here is a quick booty-crusher workout to get you through the weekend!

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