Quick – Easy – Spin On Fruit Tart

This is super easy! Fruit tart is one I my favorite desserts! I have found that you can make this dessert super clean and have it still taste super yummy! For the crust: whole almonds, bit of quick oats, oat flour, 1 packet stevia, and a bit of olive oil, blend in food processor and put into muffin tin and bake for a few minutes until brown. Let cool. For filling I take one individual size plain Greek yogurt, add in  vanilla extract and one packet stevia. Add the yogurt to the crust and toss on some berries or fruit of your choice and then enjoy!

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1st NPC Competition

 

Although I have not divulged on the fact that competing has been a goal of mine for the last four last four years when I accidentally discovered Oxygen Magazine at Fred Meyer’s Magazine section, as soon as I saw the women, fit and strong I became interested with following and reading as much as possible. This last year it progressed from a dream to a goal. This was a crazy journey, a ton of hard work and dedication, a ton of being scared and not knowing, researching, and talking to as many people as possible.

Last December (2011) I was at a point where I said okay, enough it enough, I have got to change something with my body. I re-upped my subscription to Oxygen, and a few more (Muscle & Fitness Hers). I cleaned out the pantry, and went overhaul grocery shopping, luckily at the time Oxygen had a month-long meal plan that I followed at first. This got me in the groove. One issue I have always had, and I feel like this was a huge hindrance to my success over the last few years was relying on others to assist me in my workouts. With my headphones in tow I finally got enough confidence in the gym to navigate myself. I relied heavily on bodybuilding.com and YouTube.com to learn how to properly perform my strength training routines. Once I knew enough to do it on my own I knew that I could do this, I knew that I could set a goal to complete. I started my workouts last December, was on my own by January and set the goal to complete in my first competition that June. I bought my heels, and took a posing class….after the class I realized I was in way over my head. I did not feel ready after looking at some of the other girls, I also was not sure if it was something I would be able to do, step on stage. As a result, I dropped my date, decided to just concentrate and work on developing my body.

A few months later I set my sights on a show again, October 13th 2012, I printed a countdown calendar, and decided to do it no matter what. At about 13 weeks out something really great happened to me. I met a girl at the gym who happened to be training for her first show also, she was also planning on her first show being the same show as me, AND we were in the same height class. We connected instantly and I cannot tell you how much support she was. All of the details we worked out together, and learned together, and researched and shared information with each other, and we found a posing class to take together.  We both were very successful at our first show, we took the first and second place spots in our height class. I will be sharing information that we learned for anyone who also has the dream or goal of competing. It’s a tough journey, it is very intimidating, and there is a ton of information to be learned.

NPC Bikini Division Rules

NPC MEMBERSHIP

  • Each competitor must be a member of the NPC.

COMPETITOR RULES

  • Competitors will compete in a two-piece suit. The bottom of the suit must be v-shaped. No thongs are permitted. Competitors can compete in an off the rack suit. All swimsuits must be in good taste. Athletes will be warned about improper suits and are advised to bring two (2) suits to check in. The fronts of the suits are too low and must be constructed higher. Athletes will be scored down if the suit is not up to standard
  • Competitors must wear high heels.
  • Competitors may wear jewelry.
  • National level contests do not permit competitors to crossover into Bodybuilding, Fitness or Figure at the same event. All other competitions are permitted to have crossovers at the discretion of the promoter with appropriate approval.

HEIGHT CLASSES For national level contests that are professional qualifiers:

  • Up to and including 5’1”
  • Over 5’1” and up to and including 5’2-1/2”
  • Over 5’2-1/2” and up to and including 5’4”
  • Over 5’4” and up to and including 5’5-1/2
  • Over 5’5-1/2” and up to and including 5’7”
  • Over 5’7”

A promoter  can choose to have fewer height classes for non national level contests as follows:

For all contests with two (2) classes:

  • Up to and including 5’4”
  • Over 5’4”

For all contests with three (3) classes:

  • Up to and including 5’4”
  • Over 5’4” and up to and including 5’6”
  • Over 5’6”

For all contests with four (4) classes:

  • Up to and including 5’2”
  • Over 5’2” and up to and including 5’4”
  • Over 5’4” and up to and including 5’6”
  • Over 5’6”

CHECK-INS

Bikini Division competitors will be checked in and measured the same as Fitness and Figure competitors

COMPETITION JUDGING

Presentation

  • Competitors will walk onstage alone and perform their Model Walk (personal preference)
  • The Model Walk consists of the following:

Walk to the center of the stage , stop and do a front stance – hand(s) on hip front pose – then a full turn and do a back stance – hand(s) on hip back pose –  then turn to the front again – hands on hip –  and face the judges as directed then proceed to the side of the stage.  No lewd acts are permitted. Length of time allowed is 10 seconds.

Comparison Round, Two-Piece Swimsuit:

  • Competitors will be judged wearing a two-piece swimsuit and heels.
  • The competitors will be brought back out in a group and directed to do a full front and back stance.
  • Judges will have the opportunity to compare competitors against each other in half turns. (No side judging permitted, front and back only.)

Scoring Judges will be scoring competitors using the following criteria:

  • Balance and Shape
  • Overall physical appearance including complexion, skin tone, poise and overall presentation.

NATIONAL LEVEL CONTESTS

  • NPC Junior USA Championships
  • NPC Junior National Championships
  • NPC Masters Nationals Championships
  • NPC USA Championships
  • NPC Team Universe Championships
  • IFBB North American Championships
  • NPC National Championships

Who Qualifies for Bikini National Level Competitions:

  • Competitors that place in the top five (5) in each class at national qualifying contests are qualified for the Jr USA, Jr Nationals, Team Universe and North American Championships. Competitors that place in the top three at a national qualifying contest are eligible for the USA and Nationals.
  • One-year qualification for the top five (5) places in each class at national-level contests previously listed.

ENTRY INFORMATION: the following must be provided with your entry:

• NPC Bikini Contest You Entered • Date Of Contest • Contest Promoter • Your Height Class & Final Placing

 

Apple Cider Vinegar

Have any of you used apple cider vinegar?

I was looking around Tosca Reno’s blog one day and stumbled upon an area where she talks about ACV. She recommended an all natural brand and I learned that Bragg’s is a common brand. You can find it at almost any health food store of vitamin shop. Its pretty cheap also. http://toscareno.blogspot.com/2011/05/raw-apple-cider-and-ab-definition.html For information that Tosca lists view her blog. I started with 1/2tbs at breakfast and at dinner. Be careful if you have a sensitive stomach during the morning hours, I found that it could make you feel a little nauseous, so I would eat and then have the ACV. I did notice it helps with digestion. I started doing some research also and found that ACV helps raise the alkaline levels…a good thing. I would drink my glass through a straw to prevent any tooth damage. Has anyone else tried ACV? If so did you find any changes? How much were you taking and for how long?

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip

This weekend I discovered a awesome recipe: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip. It is truly health! I found it on Pintrest and have to credit: http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2011/05/23/want-to-eat-an-entire-bowl-of-cookie-dough/for the awesome recipe. Its actually good and truly healthy!

Cookie Dough Dip
  • 1 1/2 cups chickpeas or white     beans (1 can, drained) (250g) (I used chickpeas and will give white beans a try next time just to see the difference)
  • 1/8 tsp plus 1/16 tsp salt – I did not add any salt
  • tiny bit over 1/8 tsp baking     soda – I did not add any baking soda
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup nut butter (You can get     away with using only 3 tbsp. If you use peanut butter, it’ll have a slight     “pb cookie dough” taste, so if you don’t want this, try the recipe in this link instead. Just don’t bake it.) – I used almond butter.
  • up to 1/4 cup milk of choice,     only if needed – I added a bit of unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • Sweetener (see note below, for     amount)
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips – I used the darkest chips I could find at Fred Meyers, 8g of sugar per serving, I think you can find even darker at stores such as Whole Foods.
  • 2 to 3 tbsp oats (or flaxmeal)     (You can omit for a thinner dip.) – I didnt add any oats, might add some next time just to test the difference.
  • I added in a bit of coca powder and three packets of stevia
Add all ingredients (except for chocolate chips) to a good food processor (not blender), and blend until very smooth. Then mix in the chocolate chips.
 
 

Chocolate-Peanut Butter Protein Balls

This is about the best thing ever! I have seen posts on Facebook about these and for some reason today I decided to give this a try. It’s super easy, all I did was take a scoop of protein powder, and added in all natural peanut butter, I started with a little peanut butter and kept adding until I got a good doughy consistency. I mixed with my hands but next time I am going to try a mixer. I rolled small balls with the dough and lightly rolled them in unsweetened coca powder. All I can say is wow, these are seriously good!!! I will say that I would not have done these with just any chocolate protein powder, I specifically choose MHP chocolate because this is one of favorite tasting proteins and I felt it would make a good protein to eat raw and I was right! If you try these and don’t really care for them try it with the MHP protein, it’s pretty affordable also. Under $25 online at Super Supplements (you can get free shipping if you do site to store and just go pickup at your local retail location.)