Strong to the Finish Challenge – Week 7

Readers, I will be the first to admit that I am not the best at following instructions. That is why I have always found baking to be much of a challenge – it so often needs to be precise, and I have never been one for looking at the details.

ALL that being said: I realized this week that this challenge I am doing actually turns out to be a 12-week challenge! and not an 8 week one.  You see, there was a 4 week period in which you could submit your “before” photo. Me, being as eager as I was, submitted on I believe the second possible day. If I had submitted my photo on the last day, the challenge would have been 8 weeks, but because I did it so early, I have to wait to submit my “after” photo that extra 4 weeks.

At this realization, I couldn’t be happier.

Although I feel overall that the challenge is going very well, change takes time. I can do so much more in 12 weeks than I can do in 8. Having more time to play with is gonna be awesome. I thought I was going to have a pretty amazing before/after comparison already, but now I am like MAN, I am just gonna smash this!!

Week 7 was great. This week I have had some of the best workouts in the challenge so far. It’s interesting how the more progress you see, the more motivated you become! It helped that I had my boyfriend and workout partner along for the ride a couple of times. Having anyone to workout with that shares the same passion and drive as you for a healthy lifestyle is so beneficial, and this has been one great part of the adventure I call life this past year for me.

Matthew and I

This week I ate well. Keeping up with prepping food is hard – firstly because I almost never eat out anywhere, and secondly because we just go through SO. MUCH. FOOD. It’s insane… the appetites in this house!!

I enjoyed a break yesterday out with family and friends to enjoy waffles and a movie. The waffles were BOMB but I honestly could have eaten two of them as the serving wasn’t too crazy huge. Also had some freshly squeezed OJ.

But you guys know me – I will always love my fresh healthy food!

Smoothie bowl with ALL the fruit!

Last week I actually started an Instagram account specifically for the food that I post – check it out here: standingstrongwellness

Nutrition has become such a huge part of my life, and it is an aspect of health and wellness that I intend to move forward with professionally –  but more on that to come another time 🙂


Thanks for reading! FIVE more weeks to go now!


Strong to the Finish Transformation Challenge 

As much as I enjoy sharing my thoughts and nutritional information on my blog, I have to say, sharing my personal journey has been a blessing to contribute since I began writing here last summer. Which makes this post all the more special, as I have an exciting announcement to make.
But first, I must admit, I have neglected the calorie deficit I promised to start a few weeks back. It is because I knew that this was coming. And while I’m admitting stuff, I have to say I have been desperate to have a fire lit under me for some time. And as the universe works, if you concentrate on something long and hard enough, it will find its way to you.
And here it is:

I am competing in the Muscletech “Strong to the Finish” 8-week transformation challenge. Now because I work for Popeyes Calgary I will be entering my name into a special category of the competition specifically for employees.

I am truly not competitive by nature, but I do continually strive to be the very best version of myself possible. I have reached many goals in the past two years of my fitness journey, but putting an 8-week time constraint on it is definitely going to heat things up!

Every day is do or die.
Before learning of this competition I often wondered where my fitness journey would take me next. As I’ve written about before, motivation comes and goes like the tide, and often we have to create our own. I guess you could say that this motivation found me, I am grateful.

What I really want out of this is to basically be thrown into the pressure-cooker. I know that the difficult challenges are the ones that make us grow. I hope to find a strength within myself that I’ve never known before. I hope I can bring a passion and enthusiasm to this competition that makes me excited to get out of bed every morning. I’m doing this for me. My mind, my heart, my goal, my soul.

Of course, there are some great cash prizes as well. I have applied to go back to school in the fall, so if I do happen to win any money I will be putting it straight towards my tuition, as the school I am trying to get into cannot except any government loans.
The beauty of this competition is that it’s a win-win. Even without placing, the worst case scenario is that I met a challenge and I saw it through, thereby resulting in me being in the best shape I’ve ever been. That’s a prize in and of itself!

More than that, I want to prove that with some serious hardwork and determination, anything is possible. And I truly believe that. You want that job? Go get it. You want to improve your skills? Figure it out. You want to save for that car, house, trip? You got this. You want to blow this 8-week transformation out of the water? Give it everything you got.

Hardwork beats everything. It beats talent. It beats excuses. And it damn sure beats just sitting around dreaming about it!

Of course, it’s so easy to talk about this right now with a casual optimism because I am not yet down to eating plain egg whites for breakfast and using mustard on everything. So I’ve decided to do weekly updates here just to check in and let you guys know how my progress is going.
I really look forward to having you all with me on this challenge!

Enjoy your beautiful existence today!