Reinvented Fitness Foodie

Trying to navigate life and the fitness world on a clean diet

Is it REALLY Worth the Effort?

She's Losing It!

It’s been five weeks now since I’ve eaten clean and exercised consistently.  Next week all fitness restrictions from my surgery come off and while I’m excited to begin training for my next bodybuilding competition, I also feel a bit overwhelmed, like I’m starting over again.  It feels like I’m at the bottom of the mountain, doing mental calculations of exactly how much mental and physical exertion it’s going to take to climb up the stairs to get there again.  And there’s this little nagging voice in the back of my head asking…

Is it really worth the effort?

There is a reason why bodybuilding is a niche sport:  it’s hard.  While your friends are drinking margaritas and eating nachos, you’re pulling out Tupperwear with homemade lukewarm tilapia, green beans and brown rice.  Co-workers talk about how much fun a 45 minute Zumba class is and you’re pumping iron 90 minutes…

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Banana Protein Muffins

These taste amazing and smell amazing 🙂 it totally satisfies my craving for sweets, breakfast muffins, carbs 🙂

Banana Protein Muffins

1 cup Gluten-Free All Purpose Flour
1/2 cup Almond Meal/Flour
2-3 scoops protein powder (I use Pea protein)
1 tsp baking soda
1 tbsp sugar/substitute

3 bananas peeled and mashed
1 individual cup of natural unsweetened
apple sauce
1/3 cup ghee melted
2 eggs/substitute
1/3 cup Almond Milk

Mix dry ingredients set aside.
Mix wet ingredients. Combine dry and wet ingredients. Fill paper lined muffin cups 2/3 full. Bake at 400 for approx 20 mins or until golden brown.
Let cool and enjoy!

TIPS: first batch I used 2 scoops protein powder and muffins much sweeter moister. If using 3 scoops powder might increase to 4 bananas.

I added blueberries in some of the muffins and that was amazing! So I recommend fresh berries in these!!


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Noodles!!! Sort of

A new find for me! Anybody try these before? I heard they are best in Asian type recipes…tomorrow is cooking day!


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First INBF Competition…Complete!

WOW! That’s how I sum it up! In every aspect of this journey it has been a “WOW”. From the decision to venture down this path to the training and meal planning, all the way to week of beauty prep and SHOWTIME…WOW!
I am so glad I made the decision to compete. For me it was never about the competition or the outcome of that day. For me it was about the journey I was embarking on. A journey and transformation I have wanted for so many years, a transformation that I had started and quit so many times, a journey to the “ME” I always felt I was inside but never matched my outside. I mean this in more than a physical beauty type of way. To be totally honest, I start 10,000 things and finish 2, I have 10,000 thoughts but remember 2, I’ve had 100 excuses why I quit but 0 were valid. I was tired of hearing “you never finish anything” but I knew they were right. I CAN DO THIS! SO…I DID!
My goal was to stay on track, follow through with the long process of training and proper diet, gain new good healthy habits and transform my body through eating clean/healthy foods and working out smart and hard. The competition was my goal date and in my mind it was just about showing off my hard work. I became addicted to the gym (I feel in a good way). I love the feeling of a great day at the gym. I formed new habits of early to bed, prepping all meals and self-control (OMG CHIPS AND PEANUT BUTTER I LOVE YOU!) and the ability to say “NO THANK YOU” without some sort of uncomfortable guilty feeling I always felt.
My dietary restrictions sometimes made me look like I was obsessed with my food but the few times I got sick were horrible! I’m down for a good week plus another week or two or residual effects like feeling sluggish, bloated and hair loss. I trained with minimal supplements. I used BCAA (Branch Chain Amino Acids) and Glutamine Powder in my water for flavor and to help with recovery that’s it. No fat burners or anything like that. As usual my diet was Gluten-Free, Casein free (no dairy), corn free, rice free, soy free, cocoa free, egg free (no oats either). It took me a few weeks of trail and error to figure out what my body worked well with but when it clicked…there was no stopping me 🙂
Show day was an interesting experience to say the least. I thought being in that itty bitty bikini and 5 inch clear heels 🙂 lol would be uncomfortable but it was not. I felt amazing showing off my hard work! What was uncomfortable surprisingly…the TAN! I was dark! On stage it looked nice but walking around for 24 hours with that tan was so nerve-racking. That was the most difficult part for me, trying to not get blotchy in the sweltering heat but the inevitable happened and I was a mess the next day. We tried fixing it but it just made me darker. It really didn’t bother me that much because I was so excited to be there and proud of myself, I just wanted to enjoy the day. (Results after pictures 🙂

6 months or nothing but hard work!

6 months or nothing but hard work!

I had so much fun on stage and I can’t believe I just said that! 🙂 🙂 🙂

All smiles!

All smiles!

After judging photo shoot…another thing I can say I surprisingly ENJOYED! 🙂

No photo shop needed here :-)

No photo shop needed here 🙂

Overall results were I took 6th Place…
The feed back was…I was too lean for that category and I am just fine with that! I’ve been called worse LOL

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Can’t find myself…

I was so tired and beat down from trying to “find myself” all these years. Nothing ever seemed to fit so, I stopped looking and started creating who I want to be!


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Guiltless Italian

A complete Italian meal fix! The Spaghetti Squash came out perfect and Lidia’s Artichoke Marinara is all natural has no allergens and is amazing tasting. Love you Lidia Bastianich! Lol This meal (1 of my 6 daily) comes in at about 208 calories, 6 g fat, 29.5 g protein! Winning! Best part totally flavorful and delicious!
3 oz grilled chicken breast, 1/2 cup Spaghetti Squash, 1/4 cup Lidia’s Sauce.
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New show date! 3 weeks to go Progress Pics :-)

DSC04646DSC04636-001Switched shows and had to cut 2 weeks off my training but I feel ready! Now final touches and prep underway. Can’t decide on suit color Green, Pink or Red? Doing an INBF show June 29th in NYC so no blingy blingy this time. I’m super proud of my hardwork and progress!


On a getaway…now what?!?!

Ahhhhh! This is so not easy! Trying to balance training with family vacation is such a mind game. I precooked about 7 lbs of grilled chicken, brought frozen veggies and some fruit. The hubby super supportive cooking breakfast and lunches for kids so we don’t have to try and navigate the Jersey Shore restaurant scene i.e. EVERYTHING WE MAKE IS FRIED for every meal.
Went for a nice beach run this morning on the boardwalk (what’s left of it). The destruction from “Hurricane Sandy” when seen in person is so…numbing. I can’t imagine what it was like prior to clean up. But, we are here to support the rebuilding! Jersey Strong!
Back to my dilemma…food! Lol that’s all I can think of. Soon I will start clucking, popping out some feathers and laying eggs…that’s how much chicken I have been eating. I needed a break from poultry, at dinner we chose a nicer restaurant so I can get some fish…ended up with Sashimi which I’m sure was just white fish colored different colors to resemble what I had ordered. Im notorious for googling my food to double check it’s gluten factor and found out last night that “imitation crab meat” is FULL of gluten! Check out picture of the difference between hubby’s dish and mine. You can eliminate the crab on that plate as part my dinner. Hubby took them after we figured they were not real crab. I had tears in my eyes with disappointment! Tonight kids want to go to the Mexican restaurant WISH ME LUCK!
I can’t wait to get back to my gym and shakes…with a killer tan:-)



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POP Nutrition | Mango Key Lime Mini’s with a Hint of Mint

These look and sound AMAZING!


Hi guys,

I am all about desert: pecan pie,pumpkin tartlets, and so on. And now from my kitchen to yours I present no flour and no sugar while packing rich in Omega-3 and fiber – Mango Key Lime Mini’s with a Hint of Mint.

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Crust Ingredients:

  • 1 cup raw hazelnuts
  • 1 cup currants
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 3 tbsp. protein powder
  • 3 tbsp. flax seeeds
  • 1/4 cup sugar and alcohol-free vanilla syrup

Mango Key Lime Filling Ingredients:

  • 12 oz. frozen unsweetened mango
  • 5 fresh mint leaves
  • Juice of 3 limes
  • 1 whole lime
  • 4 dates | pitted

Cooking Steps:

  1. To make crust add all crust ingredients into food processor.crust
  2. Pulse the mix until it is finely chopped and even crumbly consistency. crust blend
  3. Use cupcakes paper molds, put then into cupcake pan, place 2 tbsp. of crust mixture into the molds and press them firmly until they take the…

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My not so secret weapon…food scale

I can’t live without my food scale! I eat almost same thing everyday yet I still weigh everything. Having that visual of my portion size keeps me from over estimating my portions.

A great article I completely agree with!