Ah, The Chive, always good for a little motivation…


Inspiration: Justine Munro

Justine Munro is not only built, she’s Canadian!

 Just a few accomplishments…

  • 2012 IFBB Greater Gulf States Pro – 2nd Bikini
  • 2012 IFBB Toronto Pro Supershow – 6th Bikini
  • 2012 IFBB Musclecontest.com Pro Bikini – 2nd Bikini
  • 2011 IFBB Olympia – 10th Bikini
  • 2011 IFBB Toronto Pro Supershow – 3rd Bikini
  • 2011 IFBB Pittsburgh Pro Figure and Bikini
  • 2011 IFBB Arnold Classic – 8th Bikini
  • 2010 IFBB Fort Lauderdale Pro – 2nd Bikini
  • 2010 CBBF Canadian National Figure, Fitness & Masters Championships – 1st Bikini Tall & Overall (Pro Card)
  • 2010 OPA Ontario Provincial Championships – 1st Bikini Tall & Overall

And this weekend, Justine placed 8th in the Las Vegas Olympia.


I feel like such a monster!

I’ve been cutting my calories and carbs so I can get super lean and I’ve been making every workout my best workout. I’m tired and hungry. Tired is actually an understatement, exhausted is more apt. All I can think about is the competition–I’ve booked my hair appointment, I’ve been getting my tan on, I’ve been consistent with supplements (and workouts and diet)…but I feel frustrated, nonetheless: what if I’m just not ready by October 20?

I’m so moody and bitchy. I don’t even want to be around me, I can’t imagine how everyone else in my life must feel. Sure I am looking good, but I’m a cunt of the highest order right now.

5 weeks ago, I felt like October 20th was so far away–now it’s around the corner and I’m freaking ou

Also: Nathalia Melo is the new bikini champ, Olympia 2012, Las Vegas.

6 Weeks Until Showtime!

I’ve been crazy busy this week doing competition prep, in addition to my visits to the gym. Competing isn’t so much a hobby as it is a lifestyle…

I went to a custom swimwear designer and we collaborated to make my bikini; it’s the nod to Wonder Woman I was looking for, but it’s not kitschy or over-the-top. The suit is costing me $195, but based on the discussion and the work this woman has done for other people, I think it will be well worth it. Also, she had the great idea that down the road, I can order a blue and gold top and red and gold bottoms, so I have three different bikinis for the price of two.

I also got my shoes! They are typical acrylics, but they are not crazy high and they have a very elegant slingback/peep-toe look to them. They were $95, but I think they should be good for any future competitions, as well.

I also got weighed and pinched by my trainer this week. Good news! I am up 2lbs, but down 1.2% body fat. As of Friday, I was at 145lbs, 13.5%. We discussed the new program I’m starting the last week of September and the carb cycling that I’ve begun, as well as the supplements I’ve been taking.

This week I had a perfect gym and near-perfect food week. There was a cheat snack in there (one half of a grilled cheese with fried egg, avocado, and tomato, on white bread). Today was leg day and I felt very strong, did not miss a single rep and I kept up a good pace–no extra breaks. I also  made and packed-up some very healthy eats for the next few days:

Cobb salad (spinach, hardboiled egg, avocado, chicken breast, cherry tomatoes, light feta cheese)
Cajun salmon fillets with steamed broccoli and a very small portion of roasted sweet potato
Chipotle chili ( lean ground beef, diced tomatoes, pinto beans, black beans, kidney beans, mushrooms, onion, green and red pepper, chipotle pepper, garlic)

I’ve started tanning and using a serious bronzer. I haven’t had time for the past two days to go tanning, but I’m going t make it part of my routine through the week. I will mystic the week of, at least twice.

Also, near tragedy: I burned my stomach (not tanning, read on!) taking roasting veggies out of the oven. I know what you’re thinking “wear a shirt when you cook, hillbilly.” For the record, I was wearing a shirt, it was just disheveled. I put a cool cloth on the wound and then spread Polysporin on it (and have reapplied with gusto)…I really hope it doesn’t scar and it’s all healed up in time for October 20…fingers crossed! It’s about 3 inches long and 1/4 inch wide.

I’ve also been researching stage makeup and have purchased a few items for the big day (fake lashes, some much needed new brushes, contouring colour, brow pencil). To be honest, I’ve been watching drag queen videos: they are great at contouring and concealing for stage! I figure these guys are the authority on how not to get washed out by bright lights. My plan is to go for a Sophia Loren a la “Marriage Italian Style” look. I need to wait until my mystic tan colour is complete before I can shop for foundation.

I also started pumicing and moisturizing my feet and grooming my finger- and toe-nails. I have a few shades of red that I’m considering for my toes and I will go neutral with my finger-nail polish.

I’m feeling really good about competing. I know I can win; I believe I will win.



Fitness Adventure: Tristar MMA gym, Montreal PQ

Today, my partner and I drove into Montreal; we had a private jiu jitsu lesson with Alex “The Nightmare” Garcia at Tristar Gym (the very gym where a certain George St. Pierre trains). He gave us a really thorough, patiently executed, fun class. I sat back and let the boys roll at the end (not wanting to incur any unnecessary bruises, pre-competition), but it was definitely a great way to spend an hour while in Montreal. We’re going back tomorrow for a muay thai class and a jiu jitsu group class.

The private class cost us $146 in total–that includes instruction for both of us and a day pass at the gym (full use of the facilities and any group classes included). I think it was a really unique experience and totally worth the dosh.

Alex was really welcoming; he had a great sense of humour (I’m very new to jiu jitsu, so laughter is requisite) and he answered all queries patiently, as well as taking the time to correct form and execution for each move. Really, a great teacher.

It’s nice to get away, but to still feel active and on-track; we’ve packed all sorts of healthy snacks, all my supplements and vitamins, and brought all of our running gear so we can tour the city on foot tomorrow morning. We may or may not be renting a tandem bicycle on Friday morning–it will go nicely with our tinfoil hats.

Bad Gym Days

We all have them: those days where you feel like you aren’t strong enough, fast enough, or good enough. I had one of those yesterday. I completed every set, every rep, and even did a few extras to show-off. I challenged myself and pushed hard. The wheels started spinning during my last set–I couldn’t stand being in my own skin for another minute. I started thinking about all the little cheats that I’ve been allowing myself here and there…the near 15-year love-affair with cigarettes…the booze…the wasted hang-over days…the overall pollution to which I’ve subjected myself.

Yeah, it was a real bummer.

Instead of loving myself for making positive changes and being dedicated, I was beating myself up for the things in the past that I can’t possibly change. This was totally counter-productive; I know this innately, but hearing it from my partner, during a much-needed pep-talk, helped.

I’ve decided that I need to be proactive when it comes to combatting a negative outlook during this journey to competition day, here are a few strategies I’m going to employ:

1. Yoga. I find yoga makes me feel connected in mind and body and I am able to shut out nearly every thought that doesn’t have to do with my immediate physical situation. Karma classes at Moksha are in order.

2. Organization. I’m feeling cluttered on a lot of levels right now. I’m going to pare down my worldly possessions and find a home for all of them. Keeping my stuff in order will maybe help me feel more prepared to compete.

3. Present-mindedness. A conscious effort needs to be made to stop planning for the future, quit reflecting on the past, and just stay in the moment. This applies to all areas of my life.

4. More fun. Why so serious? It’s time to do a few pelvic thrusts in life’s general direction, get the lead out,  and shake the cobwebs out from betwixt my ears. I have a trip to Montreal happening this week, I think it’s just what the doctor ordered.

Today was a better gym day; I kept picturing myself on stage and imagining the feeling of accomplishment that will wash over me when I win first-place.