Welcome back! On today’s Fitness Friday installment, we will discuss Mia’s story as a mother who decided to enter a body competition just a few months after having her second child. Also, Mia, Cosette, and myself included, will share our favorite go-to healthy snacks and meals that are both easy to make and won’t break your pocketbook. So sit back, relax, kick off your shoes and get comfy. This post is jam packed with awesomeness! Yup, just used a word from the urban dictionary. 🙂
My interview with Mia (mother of four):
Gladys: Hello Momma! What’s the name of the body competition you were in?
Mia: It was called “Forever Natural”
Gladys: How did you find out about the competition and what made you sign up?
Mia: I was working at a local gym in Albuquerque, New Mexico. While working, a couple, which I had not previously met, walked up to me, complemented me, and told me I should enter a local body building competition. I had always had an image in my head of what a competitor looks like and it was definitely not me! They explained that it was an all natural show which means all competitors are drug tested and that I would do good. I decided to enter because they offered to pay my entrance fee plus they helped me train for it!! I was also curious about these bodybuilders.
Gladys: What types of exercises did you do and how often?
Mia: The training part was like nothing I had ever done before. I did light cardio every day for instance on a bike or elliptical machine (no running because I didn’t want to lose muscle). I lifted heavy with low reps and high sets and also burnt out my muscles with high reps until failure.
Gladys: Did you workout mostly from home or at a gym for the competition?
Mia: I worked out 99% of the time at the gym. I stretched and did abs at home.
Gladys: How hard was it to make time to workout and eat healthy meals all while being a mother of two little ones?!
Mia: Because I had two small children (ages 6 months and 6 year old), it was very hard. I basically changed my entire schedule and diet over night. I would go to the gym at 4am when it opened, and kids were home sleeping. Then, again during my work lunch break which was convenient because I worked at the gym… and after work for an hour. I also took my kids to the daycare gym. I did my meal prep on Sundays, which meant I made all my food for the whole week so it was not too hard to eat healthy; however, keep in mind, I still had to feed my family so I had to cook them their daily meals too! It was very hard especially when all you want is a bite of anything and you can’t have it!
Gladys: What did you eat? Any specific snacks? Did you give up certain foods entirely?
Mia: A body building diet is not easy at all…. I went from eating a healthy clean diet to just eating oatmeal, chicken, green beans, brown rice and protein shakes. Lots of vitamins and no sodium, no sugar… hahaha no fun!!! Not even splenda which I LOVE.
Gladys: What kept you motivated?
Mia: What kept me motivated was the fact that I was doing something I had never thought I could. I was just a mom, who worked out, not someone who could wear a bikini and perform on a stage in front of people!! I had family and friends who were excited for me and the feeling of all that support and encouragement everyday made me feel on top of the world !! It’s amazing how people can lift up one another, and I was so determined to make everyone including myself proud! My outcome results: I placed 2nd in women’s novice, 5th in women’s open and won best woman poser!
Gladys: Is there anything else you’d care to share that’s important to note?
Mia: One thing I learned from doing a competition is that those women and men you see on stage are just like you and me. They have jobs, families, good and bad days, and are not perfect like I had imagined!! I made lots of friends and met a lot of great people who inspired me to love my body and believe in myself. I’m so glad someone believed in me before I did, and took it upon themselves to encourage me to compete. I certainly would not have done it on my own! I now complement, encourage and try to help others with their walk in getting fit and eating healthy! Sometimes we just need that little reminder that someone believes in us and it makes a huge difference!! I challenge you to make someone’s day today and let them know you notice how hard they are working, or how far they have come!!
Mia, thanks so much for being so candid and sharing your story with us. You are definitely inspirational!
Here’s Mia’s before and after pictures for reference. So inspiring!
With that said, here are a few healthy go-to snacks & meals Mia, Cosette and myself (Gladys) like to make and eat. Be sure to tune in on Friday’s to check out new healthy recipes that won’t break your pocketbook.
Cosette’s Guilt-Free Banana Split and Lemon-Rosemary Salmon: Hello friends! I am about to share one of the sad truths about me. I truly do not enjoy ice cream at all. Because my husband does, I have developed a way that allows me to join him when he has the munchies, feel refreshed and to be honest, satisfy my sweet tooth while staying within my healthy standards. In addition, I believe that a snack must be easy to prepare and with ingredients that you already have in your pantry or fridge. Without further due, here is how I prepare my Guilt Free Banana Split.
Guilt-Free Banana Split Ingredients: One ripe banana: The more dark spots the more anti-cancer cells. Three to four strawberries: well washed to get anti-oxidants. One tablespoon of your favorite seeds: I am using flax seeds here but I also love it with Chia. Your favorite granola: I used Chia Coconut. Your favorite Greek Yoghurt: I love it with strawberry flavor but in this case, I used peach to show you.
Preparation: Mix all ingredients together and enjoy! Why mix these ingredients together? The yogurt provides protein, Vitamin D and the probiotics you need. The strawberries Vitamin C and antioxidants. The seeds fiber. The granola that spike of sugar. I love to enjoy this snack when I feel very hungry at night. When I am feeling short for time and in need of something that satisfies me, tastes delicious, and it’s healthy I love to prepare myself and my husband salmon. Now, I understand salmon is sometimes out of the budget but all you need is two pieces per meal (for two people) so you can economize by buying in bulk or freezing what is left over from your pack. These recipe utilizes very few ingredients and you may even have some in your pantry.
Lemon-Rosemary Salmon Ingredients: Two pieces of salmon (one piece per person) Rosemary Lemon Capers: 1 Teaspoon per piece Garlic Powder Salt Pepper Olive Oil Foil Paper
Preparation: Cut out pieces of foil paper that will cover the salmon. Season salmon piece with garlic, pepper and salt to taste. Cut lemon wedges and place them on top of the salmon piece as to make a bed of lemon and then season with rosemary. Sprinkle olive oil through the foil paper and place salmon piece on top. Bake in oven for 20 min at 400 F. I love to pair up with Cilantro Brown Rice
Cilantro Brown Rice Ingredients: One cup of minced cilantro 1 cup of brown rice 1 table spoon of Knorr Chicken Seasoning Salt and pepper to taste plus 4 cups of water.
Preparation: Simmer rice with cilantro and then prepare as you normally would your brown rice.
Mia’s go-to snack:
1/4 cup fage yogurt, 1/4 cup low-fat cottage cheese topped with 2 tablespoons granola and your favorite fruit.
This snack is a perfect balance of protein and carbs! Plus it’s so easy to make.
I’ll end this post with my favorite chicken dish.
Spicy-Lemon Chicken Ingredients:
3-4 lbs Skinless Boneless Chicken Thigh Fillets (I like buying the Foster Farms packs from Costco. I also buy their organic chicken packs)
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil (I am now cooking with Coconut oil but this recipe taste better with EVO in my opinion)
1/4- 1/2 cup lemon juice (I love my grandma’s Myer’s lemons so I tend to go crazy with it on my chicken but you can modify to fit your taste buds.)
1/2 tsp cumin
1 tsp hot red pepper flakes (Yup, the kind you sprinkle on your pizza…surely you must have some left over packets stashed in your pantry, right?)
Freshly minced garlic (add however much you prefer but I like using a couple cloves)
1 tablespoon coarse sea salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 tsp parsley
Clean chicken and add it into a large ziplock bag. Throw in all the ingredients listed above into the ziplock bag. Yes, everything! Let marinate overnight. You can do this the night before while preparing another meal. 5 minutes tops since the chicken is already skinless and boneless!
The next day. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. Add chicken into a baking casserole. Broil for 40 minutes or until fully cooked. I also suggest flipping the chicken over half ways during the broiling process. Done and done. The chicken is so flavorful and juicy!
Thanks for sharing Cosette & Mia. Everything sounds and looks delicious! Be sure to follow these mommas. Mia’s instagram account @mamma_aguilar & Cosette’s instagram account @ilovingvictoria and blog www.ilovingvictoria.com.
Cheers to eating healthier!