Sunday, July 25, 2010
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
I haven't really liked running in the past, but I'm working on improving my mentality and performance. Thus, I've got the motivation, discipline, a pair of running shoes, running shorts, but not the diet...yet. From what I can see and what I've been told the marathoners' diet is quite different that of a fitness or figure competitor.
As a marathoner the energy to perform during the training sessions comes primarily from the glycogen stores in your muscles and blood system. As a fitness/figure competitor we use the same theory to apply to intense weight lifting sessions and, sometimes, frequent or long cardio sessions. This is because the more glycogen you have stored, the better you will perform.
The definition of good performance for these sports, however, are not the same, so the pre-competition diet is different. The runners' goal is to have enough energy to finish the race; to have and maintain physical and mental endurance. Therefore, the runners' typical daily intake or meal is comprised of 25% proteins, 25% fats, and 50% carbohydrates. Whereas, the fitness/figure competitors' goal is to have muscle and be lean on the day of the competition, so the diet is more like 50% protein, 15% fats, and 25% carbohydrates.
As I get more involved in running I will have more to share about it because I'll be learning more, so if you are already a runner please share your thoughts and suggestions.
In the meantime, I'm a figure/fitness competitor that is working on my goal of inspiring you and others while I push myself to be in the best shape and condition of my life.
Let's all be fit & fabulous at whatever we do!
Monday, July 12, 2010
At the Branch Warren Classic 2010 that I participated in this past Saturday I was blessed to place 1st in Fitness and 2nd in Figure. That is in addition to being blessed to meet some fit and fabulous women from all over Houston and Texas and having gained some more fit and fabulous friends along the way to the long awaited day.
So now you are asking: "what is a fitness & figure competition?" and "what did you have to do?"
Definition: Fitness and figure competition is a class of physique-exhibition events for women; while bearing a close resemblance to female bodybuilding, it emphasizes muscle tone over muscle size. These competitions are frequently held as part of the same events as bodybuilding contests.
To get my body ready for the competition I, along with other fitness and figure competitors, use the following general strategies to increase muscle tone and decrease our total body size:
- Strength training through weights, plyometrics, or elastic/band resistance
- Specialized nutrition that includes manipulating the daily caloric intake by changing the amounts of protein, carbohydrates, and healthy fats taken in
- Cardiovascular training (cardio) that varies in frequency, duration, and intensity to burn calories eat during the day and body fat.
- Adequate rest, including sleep and recuperation, between workouts
- Proper water intake because it is very important to stay hydrated before, during, and after workouts since the workouts are longer, more frequent, or more intense than usual.
To see pictures of what the strategies listed above did for me go to my website: www.fit2befab.com
I'll be competing again August 14th in Dallas at the Europa Supershow, so stay connected to my blog to see what I'm eating, how I'm working out, and to hear my healthy (sometimes wacky) thoughts.
Remember you are Fit 2 Be Fabulous!
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
"The only way to keep you health is to eat what you don't want, drink, what you don't like, and do what you'd rather not." ~Mark Twain
To all who are fighting and striving to start or maintain a healthier life: you are not alone. I'm striving to be an IFBB Fitness or Figure Pro, and I'm eating, drinking, and doing things I'd rather not. You say "Stacie you are already a health nut, what more are you doing?"
1) Drinking water without added flavor (i.e. Crystal Light)
2) I'm eating fish for breakfast
3) I'm at the gym doing cardio before and after my aerobics classes when most people are sleep or comfortably enjoying something at home. (Above is a picture of 24 Hour Fitness Supersport in Houston at midnight on a weeknight from a stair mill looking down on other champions or insomniacs)
4) I am running when I would rather be on the stair mill or on the elliptical
5) I trading trips to a restaurant for their healthy dish for trips to the grocery store so that I can ensure that my food doesn't have additives by cooking it myself; sometimes at midnight when I'd rather be sleep.
Keep working. We are all Fit 2 Be Fabulous...whatever our sport or goal.
Friday, July 2, 2010
1) Drink plenty of water. If your hand always has a water bottle in it or if your stomach is full of water then neither will have a chance to indulge in too much soda or alcoholic beverages.
2) Stay active. If your friends or family are looking for fun while you wait for the firework display opt to play games like volleyball, kickball, or softball. Perhaps, go to the park or go swimming. Plus, if you are too busy having fun you are less likely to sit down and have a heavy meal.
3) Snack. Eating numerous small proportioned foods/meals will contribute to both proper eating habits, as well as, your energy level so that you can enjoy the day and weekend. Large meals, especially with beef, may cause you to feel heavy and bloated. Indulging in too much sugar and alcohol will also slow you down or put you down (i.e. sleep) before you get to see the light show.
4) Grill everything. Instead of barbequing a brisket, ribs, franks, or beef patties, which are naturally fatty and greasy, grill some fish, chicken breast, lean turkey patties, or bison. Reaching for chips as your side may be easy, but grilling some zucchini, bell pepper, onions, or other veggies will be less greasy and easy on the stomach and the waste line. You can even grill fruit to make for a warm tasty dessert(see www.fit2befab.com for this and other grilling ideas).
Have a safe, happy, and healthy 4th of July!