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Oct. 22.

Introducing IIFYM: Flexible Dieting

There’s a science behind food that “fad diet”gurus won’t tell you!

First off, what is IIFYM?  This is an abbreviation for a new way of life, a way to eat what you want and get results (lose fat, gain muscle, get lean etc.)! Yes I know, sounds too good to actually work but this is no diet, no fad and honestly is the only way the majority of Americans will actually succeed, not at weight loss but living the rest of their lives in a healthier body they love.

The fitness industry is deceiving. Sure… do the diet where you go to the grocery store, buy a bunch of foods you dread eating, cut out your social life because everything revolves around food and honestly know in the back of your head you’ll fail. The low carb, the beach body, the paleo, the herbal life, they are all momentary diets! It may feel good to be part of something where you feel like you belong and are motivated but it does not make sense to me why an individual would start a weight loss diet they could not do forever?

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IIFYM (flexible dieting) has no diet. There is no catch or multi level marketing gimmick. It has no restrictions. It can take you from obesity to a bodybuilding stage and actually let you keep your abs after the show! It loves pizza and pop tarts. It does not lie. It allows you to have your cake and eat it too.  It cuts nothing out of your life including gluten, sugar and alcohol (unless directed to by a physician.) It is, what all areas of your life should be, BALANCED! It saved my life.

What is a macro? Macros is short for macronutrients. There are two types of nutrients that regulate body processes, macronutrients and micronutrients.  Macronutrients are the larger part of your diet containing carbohydrates, proteins and fats. Therefore IIFYM does not restrict any of the 3 macros. Micronutrients are that of vitamins and minerals which make up less of your daily diet but usually come from more whole foods.


What fits?  There are several considerations on how to establish what your macros should be. Namely your goal, your age, your output and your life in general.Everyone’s diet unless directed by a physician should contain a certain amount of carbohydrates, fat, protein and fiber.  Once you know your allotted amount of macronutrients you can eat what you want in moderation as long as it fits in your macro profile.

As someone who was diagnosed with anorexic, then went to restrictive clean eating with binging days on “cheat meals,” IIFYM  was my life saver down a path of self destruction.  If your method of getting fit entails : a short list of foods you are allowed to eat, cheat meals,  is a “21 day fix,” it requires you to buy a certain brand of shakes or supplements, is 500-800 calories,  or if it requires a shot from a doctor;  I don’t need to tell you for you to know that these never truly promise a happy flexible way of living your life and maintaining your weight.


I challenge you today if you know your diet is not the way you want to live your life to LET IT GO! In future blogs I will discuss more about IIFYM (flexible dieting) as well as share my progress and diet on the posts in my Operation Fit Mom articles.


Everything Great Takes TIME!

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Apr. 13.

The Mind Behind the Magic

 The Mind Behind the Magic

Bodybuilding, figure, physique, bikini competitors

132As  a teen I would look at figure competitors in such awe! “That is possible??” I’d say to myself as I surfed online looking at contests and photos of some of the best women in the industry. At about 18 I decided to start pursuing this dream. I competed a few years later at 21 years old then again at 22 and 23 years old. Over the years of competing there is a certain mindset I had to learn to have that not everyone has if they have never gone through this journey of competing. Here are 6 tips to effectively keeping your mind focused on the stage!

1. Envision it from day one! If you do not envision it every week you will be unhappy with the results every week. Find a competitor online who may look similar to your body type and DON’T STOP posing, training and dieting until you are there. Mirror practice from day one. Start to learn the posing and envision yourself on that stage…Winning! The more your body gets acclimated to the movements on stage the easier posing will be and the better your muscles will begin to form in that way.

2. Step by step. Do not worry about what your diet will be like in 2 months or how much cardio you will be doing. Take it day by day because your body may end up and surprise you!

3. In it to Win it but Focus on You! What I mean is when competing you must find a balance because you may not win but to be disappointed it is almost silly. Stepping on stage after months of hard dieting and training to be JUDGED is a huge accomplishment! Train, eat and pose to win but make sure you are on that stage at the end of the day for your own sense of accomplishment, only you know where you have come from!

0504. Have selective hearing. My first year in the industry I was pulled in so many directions because every trainer thought they knew the best way to prep me for a show. Every body is different in this sport and sticking to one trainer and one trainer only is the best way to get results! Many competitors do not diet or do cardio in a healthy manner so I would watch out for that but sticking to one trainer regardless, allows the trainer over that season or over the years to learn your body and what works to you.

5. Learn. Though you may be shredded don’t get stuck in a know it all mentality. There is a lot of knowledge and new studies out there and you will miss it if you think you know it all.

6. Prioritize. Competing used to absolutely rule my life, or the life I didn’t have because I competed. Make sure while coming in to a show you plan ahead so you make time for other priorities in your life.

Bodybuilding is a mind, body and spirit journey. Never give up and never stop learning!

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