Friday, 27 December 2013

Catch up time!

Dum, dum, dum.....
Next Friday is official beginning of new season planning with coach...
Exciting, yet nerve-wracking to say the least, I tell ya.
The past few months, we've been increasing my clean food intake and have changed my workouts to try and keep building.
Really, I hope that come that show next year that I will be able to see great changes.
It will officially be 2 years since I last competed!

Tomorrow, I see her for group working out.
That, too, is nerve-wracking, good but oh so hard.

Oh, I guess the competition gods heard my pleas because I have been inundated with work.
This is good because I can stash away the extra funds.
Yet, I'm TIRED.
Oh well, I can't get everything easy, breezy.

Wanna hear a funny?
There are our gym regulars, you know, you see them pretty much every day.
Many of my regular guys are probably in the late 40's to mid 60s range.
I trade greetings and small talk with them.
They are all very nice.
However, I had to giggle because one of them told me that I looked great, but wait for it....

basically, don't get too big because female body builders are just not attractive, hahahaha.
I only wish that I could get big.
I just thought this was hysterical because there has been so many memes going around with just this sentiment.

Who'd have thunk it?

On the crafty side, I have been playing with making my own posing suits.
It's hard to tell on the fit though because I'm in "improvement" pre-season!

And for some visual fun, I leave you with pics from the country where we are still working on the the caravan between -15 temps, snow, and the crazy Colorado weather!

Garfield, one of the most awesome kitties that I've met.  He is a totally crazy, love muffin, and will climb up your leg and torso just to perch on your shoulder. That actually happened shortly after I snapped this pic!
 Putting on the roof panels.
One side is finished.
 Picking up our pallet of beetle kill siding.
No one was there so we unwrapped it and loaded it up, brought it down to the farm and unloaded.  Yep, it was snowing during the end trip!
I was bundled even more after this!
 Now, we keep day dreaming of the road trips we will get to take!


Thursday, 19 December 2013

It's that time of the year!

I'm not a huge sweets person, but there are a few things that I filp for!
These are Italian fig cookies.
Once a year, at Christmas, my mom pulls out my great-grandma's recipe and makes a batch.
She boxes them up and sends them to us.
S thinks they are only for him, but I have to sneak a few.
They are decadent, I tell you!

Then, usually on Christmas morning, I like to fry up a batch of beignets!
Mmmmm, fried dough with powdered sugar and a cafe au lait....
It's what is for Christmas breakfast for these Louisiana folks.


Then, I will sometimes make a pecan pie from a mix of Emeril's recipe and my own flair.


And you know what?
I will not feel guilty about it.
I do this maybe once a year, so 
nom, nom, nom, nom, nom!!!

Now, the actual food, food for Christmas?
We haven't gotten that far yet.
We're trying to see what restaurants are open.
We're also tossing about the idea of ordering some food and picking it up on Christmas Eve then just heating it up Christmas day.
I have to tell you that I really enjoy not having to worry about any cooking or cleaning on holidays!

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Picture Palooza & Some Flashback Fun

I'm going to share a little something with you all.
I have always, always had this desire to be a strong, muscular woman.
However, I didn't have a clue how.
I mean, I grew up in a city with less than 10,000 people in the boonies.
I was surrounded by true coon-asses.
Hell, I'm one.
I remember when we got cable, gasp!
ESPN used to televise all of these bodybuilding competitions and, of course, the Olympia.
I would sit in awe with my dad and watch.
That's when I first saw these two women.

 Carla Dunlap and Cory Everson!
After I saw them, I just knew I wanted to look like that.
I was clueless though.
I remember when my dad got this home gym setup.
It had the square weights and benches and it switched all over the place.
(He still has it sitting in his workshop now, but it's not set up)
I used to watch Cory Everson's workout show and go try to replicate that.
In my sophmore year of high school, my P.E. teacher even allowed me to use the girl's weight room during class instead of playing the team sports.
I tried and tried to build myself some little muscles, but to not much avail.
Hey, there wasn't that much available information back then in the early/mid-eighties, especially in BFE.
I had no clue about nutrition.
Our library did not have much on the subject.
Magazines were not as plentiful.
And the horror! 
There was NO INTERNET!!!

Oh well, better late than never to have started the journey a few years ago.
Heck, I still didn't have much of a clue even then, hahaha.

Anyway, today at the gym, I was super excited because I spotted bumps!?!
Yeah, I'm sure it was the shadows and my positioning, but I was setting up the hanging straps for hanging oblique twists when I noticed.
There was no one else in there, so yep, I snapped these selfies.
I'm giddy.
I know they are not really, anything, but they are something!

I still have a long, long way to go, but progress is progress!

Monday, 2 December 2013

Crazy, chaotic, fun

Well, hello there.
It has been a little chaotic around the LPM household.
Crazy, but good, I should add.
I have been in purge mode. It's not only me, but hubs too.
We've been going through stuff, giving away, throwing away, cleaning.
We've also still been working on the Peanut.
I definitely have to get some updated pictures up of it.

How was ya'll Turkey Day?
Since we had no one come up this year, and we were just us, we decided to have a 
"Fra, ra, ra, ra, ra" Thanksgiving.
You know, like "A Christmas Story."
So, we headed on out to sushi where we were pretty much lone Caucasians in the packed Japanese restaurant. 
Delicious, and one of my treat meals for the week.
 We shared that along with some sashimi.
Yum, yum, yum!

I've been working, working, working, both through freelance work and doing my assigned workouts at the gym.
I hardly ever am out of gym clothes.
Heck, that pic from Thanksgiving?
I was wearing workout leggings, hahaha.

Here was one of my outfits that I was simply giddy over last week.

So, here's where my head has been.
I take pictures and just look skinny to me.
I mean, when I'm actually lifting I can see stuff.
Then, I have to stop and say, "patience."
I think about the spaced out photos that I've seen of Sara Hurrle and Dana Linn Bailey that are like 9 years apart.  I know it will not happen over night, but darn, I'd love it to go faster.
The plan is still to compete next year.
It will have been 2 years since my last competition.
I am excited to see the changes from then.
Oh yea, I'm still eating and eating and eating and it seems every week, the amounts are growing and growing and growing.
I'm sure that I will eventually pop.

I've also started playing with making my own posing suit.
One of the perks of a former burlesque performer?  Many remnants of sparkle-y, stretch-y fabrics to test my skills out.  These test runs aren't too bad either.
I think these would be suitable once they are really blinged out too.
We'll see!  What a great way to save some $$$ in competing, no?

Other ways that I'm making extra for next year?
Yep, collecting aluminum cans and bringing them to the recycle place.
You know what pays really well there?
Broken Christmas lights?!
Yeah, apparently the copper in the wires or something.
I will be hitting up friends for their strands that don't work, hahaha.
I've learned some other little tricks from watching "Extreme Cheapskates."
Like Tim Gunn says, "make it work."