One girl's journey into the world of Figure competition

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The Little Food Scale That Could

If you’re a competitor, you know the importance of tracking your food.  Eyeballing portions won’t cut it (or so I am told) when you’re weeks away from the stage.  You have to know exactly what is going into your body so you can fine tune your nutritional needs up until show day.

As soon as I decided that I wanted to compete, I decided that I had to get into the habit of measuring and tracking my food so that it was nothing more than a habit when it started to really count.

After quite a while fussing with an analog model, I quickly found a scale that works amazingly well: The Ozeri ZK011 Precision Pro Stainless Steel Digital Kitchen Scale ($19.95).

It’s not too fancy and not too simple.  It will measure weights up to 11lbs and changes from grams to ounces to fluid ounces to pounds with the touch of a button.

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I have yet to experience this feature, but I am told that it even tells you when it’s running low on batteries.  This baby has made Sunday night meal preparation a breeze.

What do you use to measure out your meals?

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The Low Down Dirties

I’ve been feeling kind of low lately.  Work has been dragging me down.  Long hours at the office and continued hours at home after work.  

Bottom line: I need to let go.

For the past three weeks I feel like I have been dragging a boulder around with me.  I have been schlumping around this city and my life like nothing good is going on.  While I know that’s not the truth, I haven’t been able to see anything but blah in my life.

Adding onto the craziness of work, I was told the other day that I will need to travel to India and then to Korea and then to Hong Kong in a few weeks.  Although I’m excited about the chance to reach those parts of the world, traveling to those places poses a whole other set of challenges as far as working out and eating is concerned.

But what is life without a little challenge and do I really want my only interest to be working out?  I’m more than this and more than only that.

My boyfriend told me to let all the bad energy go.  To not misunderstand opportunity in disguise.  To see the good things that are around me.  

I am a positive person at heart.

Today we decided to go to the gym.  I went to my gym, he went to his.  Before we left he said to me, “Christina: What have I told you before?  When you are in the gym, let it go.  Don’t focus on relationships, love, work, your boss, family, the city, the apartment.  All those things have positives and negatives.  Everything has two sides.  Focus on you.  Inside.  Let everything else go.”

And so I did.  I worked out in my gym.  There was hardly a soul there and so I could focus on my own.

By the time I got home, I figured I would do some grocery shopping and found someone had put a little something extra on the bottom of my list:

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I’m not crossing this one off because I am still shopping for it – everywhere.  I should always put some of it in my basket, but I should never have enough.

Stay focused and true.