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Bridal Biceps

So some of you know this, but Ryan and I are engaged. We got engaged on April Fool’s Day…2011.

We’ve been engaged for over a year now and I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve been asked, “So when are you getting married!?!”

Well we’ve finally set a date…sort of…Fall 2013.

I feel like if I write this somewhere public it will force me to finally start planning and actually get my act together.

And honestly the thing I think I’m most excited about is planning a perfect diet and exercise program to help me survive this next year, meet all of my fitness goals and look my best on our big day. (Am I a fitness nerd….of course!)

While many women spend 6 months to a year planning out their wedding (heck some women have even planned the wedding before they’ve met the groom! :-)), few spend more than a few weeks really focused on their workout and exercise program.

NOT ME!

As soon as I start the wedding planning, I’m going to start working on my Bridal Biceps. I’ll have a nutrition and workout program all laid out not only so that I look amazing on my big day but also so that I feel great and energized throughout the entire planning process!

So ladies if you would like to follow suit and really look and feel your best not only on your big day but throughout the entire process, I suggest you stay tuned for the Bridal Biceps page launching this week!

This is Jamie Eason’s wedding topper which I saw on Facebook…I was trying to link out but couldn’t soooo here it is…

Top 6 Motivational Women – Soon to be Top 10!

Yesterday while I was standing in the check out line at Whole Foods with an array of delicious food in front of me (pork shoulder, pork belly, macadamia nuts, salami) I gave in to an impulse buy – Oxygen Magazine.

I can rarely ever resist buying Oxygen Magazine or Fitness Rx or Muscle and Fitness HERS for that matter. There is something about those beautiful muscular women on the cover that I just can’t resist even though most of the time I’m disappointed with the nutritional information that the magazines provide.

BUT the articles don’t bother me. I didn’t buy them for their nutrition or fitness tips.

I bought them for the motivation those awesome fitness models provide. They are beautiful, muscled and strong. They are everything I work everyday to be!

I know this sounds strange…most of the women I know hate looking at pictures of models because those perfect women make them feel inferior. But the pictures have the opposite effect on me. Seeing those beautiful women means that my goals are possible. They motivate me to keep working hard so that I can be as fit as them!

I’ve even hung pictures of fitness models on my refrigerator to remind me of my goals (Jamie Eason specifically!!!). Of course I’ve stopped doing this since I’ve realized that house guests find it a little strange….

Two years ago one of Ryan’s roommates from college came to visit Boston and stayed with us. He saw the pictures of skimpily clad fitness models up on the refrigerator and asked Ryan if he put those up there. He had seemed confused by the pictures of half-naked girls.

Ryan said no that I had put them up. I almost think that confused Ryan’s old roommate more…

Anyway, I loved seeing those girls every time I went to the refrigerator…They definitely kept me from grabbing bad food out of the fridge! πŸ˜‰

But anyway, I haven’t put them back up since. BUT here is a list of the TopΒ 6 Women that motivate me to lift heavy and eat clean!!! (They aren’t in any particular order) πŸ™‚

1. Jamie Eason – She was the first fitness model that really motivated me to get super involved in heavy lifting and I have a huge girl crush on her (sorry Ryan). She is strong and beautiful.

2. Annie Thorisdottir – She is the fittest woman on the planet at the moment. DUH she’s motivational!

3. Angie Pye – She looks amazing and she’s one of the fittest women on the planet. What isn’t motivating about that!?!

4. Lindsey Smith – She’s a top crossfit competitor and a super sexy mother. Another bad-ass, motivational woman! (AND Candy’s favorite!)

5. Margaret Diubaldo – A fitness competitor who has been on like a bazillion fitness magazine covers. Obviously muscular and beautiful!

Plus I love the short haircut! πŸ™‚

6. Natasha Peay – A fitness competitor and boxer, she is one super sexy strong woman who isn’t afraid to kick a little ass!

These 6 women don’t include the most motivational woman of all – the Man Bicep Mom. She inspired me to lift heavy and has always supported me (not to mention she is one super sexy muscular woman herself!!!)

What women motivate you?

This is where fear stems from

Women like this make women not want to lift weights. I mean who wants to have overdeveloped pecs like this!?! BUT lifting weights didn’t give this woman 6 boobs – steroids and boob implants did.

I saw this on Tosh.0 the other night and understood why everyone was laughing and making fun of her even while I cringed. Her body isn’t what most women want to look like or what most men want women to look like. BUT her body is what most Americans associate with women who lift heavy weights.

The idea that she was what women thought they would look like if they lifted weights made me cringe.Β  YOU WON’T LOOK LIKE HER IF YOU LIFT HEAVY WEIGHTS!!!

If you are lucky, you will look as lean and muscled as Jamie Eason.

Getting more muscle than her is very unlikely. If you read any article about her or any other fitness competitor, you will realize how much they micro-manage their diet to gain even as much muscle as she has.

The idea that lifting weights will make me look like Jamie Eason is motivation enough for me!

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