Portion Control…

is like the Spanx of eating. It keeps your portion within reason and helps you to not feel like a total pig.

2 Cups of Taylor Farms Salad – 30 calories

1 cup of low fat Daisy Cottage Cheese – 180 calories

4 tablespoons of sunflower seeds – 60 calories

2 tablespoons of bacon crumbles – 25 calories

Kraft Thousand Island Dressing – 130 calories

“My bowl runneth over.”



WTF Did I Just Eat!?

I wanted to live dangerously this weekend so I decided to try a healthy option of ice cream. The last time I tried an ice cream that was “sugar free” I came close to blowing a hole through my toilet. All I could remember was how my bowels boxed my colon for about three days.

As I started down the ice cream aisle I found a brand called Enlightened. This ice cream claimed their pints were high in protein and high fiber with low sugar and low fat. What the hell?! I bought two.

I’m proud to say that I made it through the weekend without any explosions from ANY location. To be honest, this ice cream is fantastic! The mint taste compares to the mint chocolate chip at Baskin Robbins. The only difference is after eating THIS ice cream I don’t want to punch myself in the face.

Guilt free ice cream is a dream come true. So stop dreaming friends! Get Enlightened about eating good for you ice cream. (See what I did there?)

BTW: I am not getting paid for this. Although I should! 😂🙌🏼👊🏼

Eggcellent Weight Loss Secret!

A few weeks ago I was home scrolling through my Instagram when I saw my friend Tamara Mack holding a container and flexing her muscles.


Intrigued, I clicked on her post and read about the product that sponsors her called, Egg Whites International (No, they do not sponsor me or have paid me for my opinion.)

I went to their website https://www.eggwhitesint.com and checked out the FAQ section. I couldn’t stop reading about “egg whites” and weight loss. I decided what the hell, I would order some and see how it goes.

For my first drink, I added a little of the egg whites to my juice and shook it up. I couldn’t taste the egg whites at all, but it still grossed me out a bit. It was just the thought of egg whites that I couldn’t wrap my head around. These are flavorless liquid egg whites that are 100% pure. There are no additives, preservatives, artificial ingredients, flavorings, or food colorings. They are gluten-free, lactose-free, odorless, tasteless, USDA inspected, and Kosher approved. It was just my mind playing tricks.

So I decided to blend the egg whites with a morning coffee drink and holy egg whites Batman!! This stuff is really good.


Im only on day 2 but so far, I think I have met my weight loss prince!


Portions Shmortions!


I will say this…portion control is the fat person’s chastity belt.

It’s cruel, it’s mean and it’s something that I have struggled with for a long time.

Until now.

My friend Christy started on a program where she learned about portion control and how to eat right. When I saw her latest Facebook posting of her before and after picture I quickly messaged her to find out what her secret was. When she first mentioned  “Take Shape For Life”, I was thrilled at the idea of drinking milk shakes for the rest of my life. She quickly spelled out S-H-A-P-E not shakes and sent me to her website.

I scrolled through the website. I read the articles. But the proof I needed was that my friend, who I had known for several years, had taken back control. She wasn’t selling me anything. She wasn’t pushy and demanding. She was just simply Christy, minus (at that time) about 80 pounds.

I signed up for the program and I waited for my box of chocolate happiness to arrive. I explained to Christy that there might be a good chance that I would eat all of the boxes of chocolate bars within the first few days and could possibly die of my rectum bursting from constipation. She laughed and simply told me to print out the articles and read them over the weekend. For some men the article titled, “Lean Shrinkage Chart”  might make them squirm for a moment. However, the information is great and easily accessible.

I am happy to say I made it through the first week on Take Shape For Life, and survived eating the bars without my rectum exploding. I’m down 12 pounds which is really a no brainer since I’m cutting back my freak show way of eating and pounding more water than Niagra Falls.

Thank you Christy for being so brave in telling your story and inspiring change!

More posts and pictures to follow…





If I Eat Oatmeal Will I Look Like This?

When I say I want to look like “Lincoln”, I didn’t mean this…

But if I eat oatmeal for breakfast, will I look like this?

Lincoln Stebbins, trainer at Better Bodies, 3122 N. Campbell Ave., does lat pulldowns.

Name: Lincoln Stebbins,Trainer at Better Bodies

Breakfast: a cup of oatmeal

Morning snack: protein shake

Lunch: Chicken breast with broccoli

After-lunch snack: string cheese with a piece of fruit

Dinner: fish, baked yams and a small salad with vinaigrette. If I work out in the evening I will have another protein shake. I also make sure I drink a gallon of water a day.

I work out seven days a week.

> For three days of the week I spend one hour lifting weights. I will usually work one large muscle group along with a small muscle group at a time (for example: chest muscles with triceps).

> When I’m not lifting weights, I do an hour and a half of cardio, usually hiking. I like the stimulation.

Weight when you started bodybuilding: 125 pounds (21 years ago)

Weight when not competing (offseason): 118

Weight during a competition (in season): 106

Health/Fitness accomplishment: Brought my body fat percentage from 20 percent to 13 percent. Taught myself to eat right and stay healthy while increasing my lean muscle mass, allowing me to compete in bodybuilding competitions including the Team USA Amateur Bodybuilding Association’s Junior Masters Short division.

How long did it take you to reach your goal: I competed in my first amateur competition seven years ago. After taking first place, I wanted to do more competitions.

Background: I moved to Tucson from California in 1994 to be with my mother, who was sick, to take care of her. I have four daughters; 8, 14, 17 and 20.

What finally got you motivated to work out and then bodybuild: I wanted my daughters to see their mom do something different. I bartended for years and I wanted to do something more with my life. I have always been interested in fitness and the benefits that being healthy can give me. It started out as a preventive measure because of my mother’s illness, but it soon led me to bodybuild competitively. After I saw that first muscle, I thought it was so cool and wanted to continue.

How did you start? I started by finding time to wake up early and go for a run and eat healthier. I then began to lift weights, but not at the maximum amount I can lift. The goal was to lift 80 percent of my maximum weight to break down the muscle so it can rebuild itself, giving me a more toned look.

When I first started, I could do a 15-pound bicep curl; now I can curl 25 pounds. The most important thing for me was the consistency of my workouts; I even worked out during each of my pregnancies!

Did anyone help you reach your goals? I taught myself the majority of my training. However, I was lucky enough to meet Johnny Peña at APEX Hardbody Nutrition. I asked him tons of questions about bodybuilding and he mentored me, teaching me the poses I needed to compete. I couldn’t have done anything without his help.

Were you intimidated entering this male- dominated field? I was a little intimidated at first. But I finally bit the bullet and went to the free weights in my gym and started lifting. I came to realize that while I can’t get as big as a man, I can work just as hard and I have more passion because I have something to prove.

What was your first competition like? I was panicky and excited. It’s difficult to be on a stage and in the spotlight. I couldn’t wait for it to be over, but the energy was good and I knew everyone else was feeling the same way. I loved it!

Do you take any supplements? I take a daily multi-vitamin, vitamin C and flax seed oil or hemp oil if I didn’t get enough good fats that day. I absolutely DO NOT take any bodybuilding supplements. They’re not healthy and the Amateur Bodybuilding Association drug tests excessively. The only thing I can take for a competition is a diuretic.

How would you encourage other women to start bodybuilding? First, you need the dedication, the discipline and the passion to accomplish this goal. Commitment is the key and any woman should first research the changes that bodybuilding will have to their body because once you gain the muscle, it won’t go away. It’s very important to find a gym with a nurturing atmosphere and if you’re really serious, get a personal trainer who can mentor you and motivate you. While there is some intimidation, it is best to work with it. It can’t hurt you, only make you that much more dedicated.

What is your new goal? A personal goal of mine is to gain 2 to 3 more pounds of lean muscle mass and possibly moving on to compete in professional competitions.

What is the difference between amateur competitions and professional competitions? The only difference is the size of the trophies. The same passion that goes into an amateur competition is the same found in a professional competition.

Any food weakness? Oh, god, yes. I’m normal and when I crave something, I will eat it. I love Flaming Hot Cheetos, cheese, wine and sometimes, fried chicken!

Stebbins in competitive mode.Stebbins in competitive mode.

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