Why Having No Expectations Brings Inner Peace

We have a tendency to impose our own expectations on others and situations. It can cause discord, instability, emotional stress, anxiety and disappointment. We must stop having so many expectations of others for our own mental health.

When I stopped having expectations in certain situations, it always felt like a weight had been lifted. It is amazing how much more you can enjoy just being or doing without being attached to specific outcomes. It allows you to savor the moment(s) without prejudice!

4 Lifelong Tips to Keep a Balanced Diet

  1. Keep a food journal
  2. Outline your goals
  3. Surround yourself with health-oriented people
  4. Keep making small changes


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How Many Calories Do You Burn Doing Your Favorite Activities?



11 Foods for Healthy Hair

  1. Asparagus
  2. Garbanzo Beans
  3. Lentils
  4. Hops
  5. Tomatos
  6. Hemp Protein Powder
  7. Avocado
  8. Blueberries
  9. Raw Honey
  10. Cilantro
  11. Aloe

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Strenght Training for Busy People

Here’s the link to a great QUICK 20-MINUTE WORKOUT!


More about this workout:

”Canyon Ranch: Strong & Sculpted” DVD ! All you’ll need is a pair of dumbbells and a mat.

  • Type of Workout: Strength training (toning) and stretching
  • Muscles Worked: Upper and lower body (biceps, shoulders, upper back, triceps, chest, glutes, quads)
  • Fitness Level: Intermediate
  • Impact: Low-impact

Me at the 2012 Steel Valley Classic!

2012 Steel Valley Classic

My 2nd Figure Competition

Hi All,

I finally got through the day. This year I competed in two divisions: Masters Figure and Open Figure. I placed 2nd in Masters Figure and did not place in Open Figure.

It was a very enlightening experience. I realize I still have a lot of work to do if I want to compete again. Right now, I am contemplating that. I will think about it and get back to you on that!

Stay tuned…


Well, it’s almost here!

The training has been grueling. Two workouts daily for the last month has kept me busy. Needless to say, I’ve been unable to blog as I once had been.

Here’s what my routine has been:

  • Morning workouts at 5 AM, Monday through Friday
  • Working 8 AM – 5 PM Monday through Friday
  • Evening workouts 6PM – 8PM

In between all of this, I have to cook and prepare my meals daily. I try to cook enough to last me at least 3 days. Then, I have to cook for my family, who eats differently than I do. Then, there’s cleaning house, laundry, feeding and walking the dog. After all that, I actually have to make time to sleep, so my body can recover, and I can start all over again each day. (LOL!)

I have so many things that I do want to share in this blog site. Thank goodness for being able to save drafts until I am ready. So, I’ve got lots of great information stored. After this show, I hope to get back on track. 🙂 I say ‘hope’ because I am looking to do another competition in October, so we’ll see!

Now that I am 7 days out, I need to start preparing my “D-day” checklist. Most things I have from my first figure competition, which is great – plus will save some expenses! My registration form was received and confirmed, SO THERE’S NO TURNING BACK NOW!

Although preparing for a figure competition is very time-consuming, takes lots of dedication, but can be very exhausting, it is still very rewarding! I’m getting very anxious, nervous and restless. I’m looking forward to getting this show over with, so I can take a mini workout vacation, get some rest, and catch up on some long over-due projects. Then, it’s on to the next one.

I enjoy watching my body change, even when it doesn’t always cooperate with my expectations. It’s challenging, but gives me a REAL sense of accomplishment.

Peak week is the time to give it my all in my workouts, posing practices, and nutrition, in order to tighten up my physique. This means lots of posing practice, total body workouts, cardio, removing excess water, fat, and the dreaded carb-cutting. Cutting carbs makes a person a little wacky, so I don’t how much I will post during those few days. I will not be able to concentrate or think too clearly during that time – just a warning – but I’ll definitely touch base the day before and day of the show!

This has been a very enlightening experience. I’ve learned a lot about myself and training. I’m always reading and researching.  I should be certified personal trainer at this point 🙂 It has also increased my self-confidence and will to do more and be better.

3 Weeks Out!

In my posing suit! Almost ready!!!

Natural Hair Dolls! Awesome!

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