I did it!!

So it’s official! I competed in my first bodybuilding figure competition and I can proudly say that I am a Nationally Qualified NPC Figure Competitor!  I ended up getting first in my height class and second in novice! I am so proud of my accomplishments and I had an amazing coach and team supporting me the whole way through!  I will post more pictures once the official pictures are posted.  I have already decided I will be competing again in April! As for now, I have to continue training for my half marathon November 8!!

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SO NOW I have to start figuring out my post-show diet in transition with my half marathon training! Not gonna lie, it’s a bit of a challenge.  Any suggestions?

Michelle

The Final Countdown

THIS has been my theme music since Monday… I am currently 9 DAYS OUT from my first ever NPC Figure Competition.  I’ve been training for the past 11 weeks and I have one week left! So crazy that my journey has brought me to this point.  My suit came in the mail today and everything is coming together! AHH!

Anyway, I just wanted to throw in a quick ab circuit to give those abs a little burnnn (hense the abs pic):

REPEAT X3 :30 crunches–> Pause and squeeze abs at the top for 5 seconds–> Pulse abs x10, hold :5

Russian Twist x25 ea side

Jack knives (V-Ups) x20

Leg Huggers x 20

Bicycles x10 ea leg–> Hold ea leg for :2 and switch slowly x10–> Fast x10ea leg

Situps x 25

Leg Raises x25

Plank: As long as you can!

Repeat this circuit 2 or 3 times depending on your intensity- trying to beat your plank time.

What’s your favorite ab exercise? Mine are definitely Russian Twists because they burn so bad!!

Have a wonderful day!

Michelle

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…

Good evening! 🙂

If there’s one thing that you should know about me, at all, it’s that I am a basic white girl.  And I say that in the most adoring & positive way possible.  Not only do I need to get my daily Starbucks fix, but I also start celebrating the month of October in August.  That means that as soon as the pumpkin spice label hits the store shelves, I own it.  This year these purchases have included pumpkin spice coffee, decaf coffee, tea, decaf tea, air fresheners, gum, peanut butter, the list goes on.  I also keep canned pumpkin the house year round.  That’s because I like to make pumpkin protein pancakes whenever I have a free second.  Why? Because they’re super easy, healthy, and make me feel like I’m having a fall-filled treat every time I get a chance.  There’s also like a million ways to make them and I like playing around with different protein powders, toppings, etc.

This morning after a beautiful scenic run complete with picturesque autumnal foliage (I’m really into this, guys) I made Cinnamon Walnut Protein Pancakes… SO DELICIOUS!

RECIPE:

1/2c old fashioned oats

1/4c canned pumpkin puree

3/4 scoop Cellucor Cinnamon Swirl protein powder

3/4c egg whites

1/2tsp cinnamon

1/8tsp baking powder

~7 walnuts

TOPPING: Cinnamon, 1/4 scoop Cellucor Cinnamon Swirl protein powder and add unsweetened almond milk to fit consistency

MACROS: 500CAL- 38C/14F/52P

I eat them all, BUT if you’re not into that, you can always save half for later, they’re good in the fridge or freezer with some almond butter. yummm!

Enjoy!

Michelle

The Unveiling… Welcome!

Hello! By some rare coincidence you have stumbled upon my blog, Michelle Works Out.  By now I assume that you’ve assumed that my name is Michelle (which you’re right, you get a sticker) and that I work out (which you’re right again, you get another sticker).  During the past few months I have been training for both an NPC figure competition and a half marathon (and if you know anything about either, it’s kind of counter-intuitive, especially for the former, and that’s my own poor planning I have to blame). But go big or go home, right?!   Anyway, I have been asked my people in the gym, clients, friends, etc. about my workouts and my diet so I figured I might as well share.  Because sharing is caring.   I hope the information I have to offer is valuable and I also hope that your comments and questions help you and me (I always want to learn more!)

Thanks for reading and hope to hear from you in my comments section!

Michelle