Monday, August 29, 2011

My Fitness Journey - Emily Slape

I want to share with you one of my best friend's success in her own fitness journey, Emily Slape.  Emily is my cousin's GF of 8 years.  We met back in 2007 at Jason and I's wedding.  To date, she has been my clean eating "sistah" and together we have shed over 85lbs!  We are each other's support, motivation and even a shoulder to cry on.  Through determination, perseverance and hardwork, she is several steps closer to reaching her goal.  Most importantly, she has paved herself a path to a lifestyle of healthy change that will benefit her throughout life.   Great job, Ms. Emily! ....
"You must begin to think of yourself as becoming the person you want to be." - David Viscott ...
I have never been the “skinny” girl. Growing up, I was always the bigger girl… or so I felt. I was always active in some type of sport growing up. It started with gymnastics, then softball, basketball, and finally volleyball. I played volleyball in Jr. High and High School. This is when I feel I was in the best shape of my life, but I still felt bigger than the other girls. In reality, yes I may have been “bigger”, but I was wearing size 4 jeans. I look back now, and I was in amazing shape weighing 130lbs!

Aug. 2008
            Once I hit college, I was in a different environment, and hiding my parent’s marital issues took a toll on my weight. I gained the “freshman 15” In October, my parents just made it official they were getting a divorce, and the following week I had emergency surgery. After these two events, I sunk into a deep depression (adding on to my freshman 15) I walked by TCU’s amazing Rec Center day in and day out typically with my coke in my hand.  My weight came on like nothing!
            In the spring, I felt like I needed to get my butt in gear, so I turned to Bryan’s cousin, April for advice on where to even start. She told me about the Oxygen Magazine, and told me some ideas on what to eat. Well, I ordered my subscription of Oxygen, and then my motivation quickly ended. It was VERY hard to eat healthy in dorm life, with no kitchen! I still did not step into the rec center, but I did “try” to choose healthier choices in the cafeteria. I ended my sophomore year of college at 180.

Aug. 2010
            I moved into my apartment, and looked back at pictures of the summer, and I was in total shock on how big I was. So I once again turned to April for advice. At this time she just moved back to Texas, and was starting to eat clean, and work out again. This helped motivate me to get my butt moving! She bought me the clean eating book, and I renewed my subscription to Oxygen Magazine.  I ate clean about 80% of the time and tried to work out (in-between being a full time student and part time work) about 3-4 times a week.


Aug. 2011
            Now 12 months later, I have lost 33 lbs, and I am down to 147lbs. I am still working out, and eating clean! I will be attending the fitness classes at TCU Rec Center! My next goal is to be 135 by Christmas time! ... 
Emily Slape, 21
Fort Worth, Texas

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

MaxMuscle Rockwall and Adam Gilbreath

... Adam and I at the 2011 Europa Supershow and Supplement Expo ...

Growing up in the Filipino culture, food was an integral part of our parties.  Much of the celebration revolved around enjoying my ethnic dishes, while chatting away about cultural jubilee.  If you have ever seen My Big Fat Greek Wedding, multiply that by 3 and that’s my awesome Filipino family.

Unfortunately, those delicious infinite buffets encouraged overly indulgent servings.  So, I was always the biggest AND shortest girl in class. Growing up, I would actually borrow large polo shirts from my Dad to hide as much body fat as I could.  I often wished that I was more involved in sport, and perhaps that would have encouraged a healthier lifestyle.  It wouldn’t be until age 24 that I discovered the benefits of clean eating and strength training, but by then my childhood had passed. 
At age 24, my then kickboxing teacher introduced me to Oxygen Magazine and asked me to attend a Cathy Savage Camp in Boston, a preparation camp for figure, fitness and bikini women aspiring to be future competitors.  There, I learned how clean eating was 80% of the equation and cardio/strength training 20%.  I went to two fitness shows and fell in love with the sport!  At age 25, I married my prince charming, Jason, and at age 29, we had our first child, Alexander Lee.  However, despite the knowledge I had gained about clean eating, I still manage to gain 65lbs in my first pregnancy and day of labor was at 210lbs, my heaviest. 

14 months later, June of 2010 at 170lbs, I decided to give clean eating another shot and the whole 80/20 equation.  I joined a gym, hired a personal trainer and visited my local MaxMuscle Store.  In just 10 months, I had lost over 45lbs!  After losing the 45lbs, I decided that I was ready to set my next goal, which was to compete in my first fitness competition.  Well the timing was just right because in April of 2011, while working out one Tuesday afternoon, I met Adam Gilbreath of MaxMuscle Rockwall.
Through 13 weeks of training/dieting, I was able to get down to 8% body fat at 115lbs day of show.  During the preparation stage, I learned more information on how to eat "clean" (I was not consuming enough protein nor eating enough) and how to effectively manage my time so that I could allocate time to my career, family and workout schedule.  It was an incredible experience, and I enjoyed working with Adam along the way.  I chose MaxMuscle Rockwall and Adam because of their professional approach to customer service and exceptional focus to each and every client.  I had the option to select other nutritional competitors, however at the end, MaxMuscle was the one who took the time to speak and walk me through what I needed to know to compete in my first NPC show. 
MaxMuscle Rockwall location has always been professional, whether I come in for measurements alone or with my 2 year old son and husband; I always felt welcomed and never pressured to buy products that I did not need.  I especially like the fact that I can taste the product before purchasing and I must say strawberry MaxPro and chocolate Iso-Extreme rock!  Come to think of it though, I have not yet tasted a product at MaxMuscle that I actually didn’t like.
Many thanks MaxMuscle Rockwall, John Hagaman and Adam Gilbreath for being a part of my fitness journey!  I am looking forward to working with you again for my 2nd competition in the near future.  I am still training hard and maintaining my clean diet during offseason and even my two boys, Jason and Alexander are reaping the countless benefits of eating clean.  MaxMuscle Rockwall, you will always be a part of our family.
April P. Chilcoat, 30
Dallas, Texas

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Clean Eating Starts Now ....

What a proud Mama I am. Throughout my dieting/training for my first fitness competition, Alexander has decided to try what his Mama had been eating for the last 10 weeks. Sunday, he lunched on baked tilapia, steamed brocolli and a sweet potato! This boy also loves baked chicken.

Even though I didn't place or get a trophy, I still feel a winner ... a winner in the sense that my son has absorbed clean eating at the early age of 2 and Mommy hardly struggles in getting him to eat clean foods. Monkey see, monkey do, right? ...

I am fortunate and blessed to be a WAHM (work-at-home-mom) that I am able to cook him a hearty breakfast that consists of 1 scrambled egg w/ 1% milk, homemade oatmeal w/ cinnamon and fresh fruits. I make his scrambled egg every other day and the days he does not have an egg, he has a small bowl of cheerios w/ sliced mangoes and greek yogurt.

Clean eating is all about balance, moderation and not depriving yourself of the healthy foods (dairy, whole grains and fruits). I always say that our plates should be colorful. At our house, I strive for my boys to eat as clean as possible and we cheat 1 to 2 meals on the weekends. A balance of lean proteins, complex carbs and healthy fats is maintenable, sustainable and realistic for my family of 3.

I LOVE being a Mommy ... so rewarding. Alexander's healthy journey starts now! ...


Mama Chilly

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Tuna Melts

Here is a meal I cook for the family and kids I have made this for seem to love it:
Set oven to low broil.
Makes 4 slices. For 8 slices, double ingredients.
2 cans of chunk white albacore tuna, drained
1 stalk celery, chopped
1 medium carrot, chopped
3-4 green onions, chopped
3 tbsp light mayonnaise
sharp cheddar cheese, low-fat
4 slices of wheat bread, toasted
For my serving: chop veggies and mix with tuna (after draining), put 1 teaspoon of light mayo and mix thoroughly. Take two slices of toasted wheat bread and scoop tuna mixture on slices. Layer with one thin slice of low-fat sharp cheddar cheese.
After my serving, I add about 2 tablespoon of light mayo and mix thoroughly. This is for my husband's serving ... I put a little more light mayo in his. Top with two thin slices of sharp cheddar cheese.
Put tuna melts on cookie sheet or baking pan and put in oven under low broil for about 4-5 minutes. Just monitor until cheese melts. Take out and sprinkle a dash of Tony's seasoning. Enjoy :)) ...
I make mac and cheese for Jason and Alexander every other week w/ this meal and serve with 1% lowfat milk. I don't eat the mac and cheese when training for competition, but will eat a small portion once in awhile.

Monday, August 1, 2011

My Poor Husband :) ....

So my hubby took this last Friday off from work ... and this circulated around his office via email:
Employees now taking Fridays off to avoid donuts
In an unprecedented move, Jason Chilcoat decided to stay home Friday because of the temptation presented by the box of donuts supplied every Friday morning by his manager, David R. Chilcoat, who is usually found at his desk with no less than 5 tupperware containers of food said, "You know, my wife has me on this diet and if she found out I had 1, sometimes 2, donuts on Fridays it could be the straw that breaks the camel's back." Those 5 containers spread around Chilcoat's working environment consist of healthier foods like sweet potatoes, broccoli, and a grilled chicken sandwich the size of his head. Those meals usually start around 10:30 AM and a donut at 9:00 AM could throw his blood sugar levels out of control for the entire day. We'll continue monitoring this breaking development to see if the Friday donut boycott picks up more support.
Thought I'd share because it cracked me up! - yes, I pack his meals in various tupperwares for every 3 hours, but DO put little treats in his lunchbox thank you so he is not deprived. So it's not as strict now! As for the grilled chicken sandwich, the bread is rather large b/c I buy it at the bakery so it's one of those special baked multigrain bread that is larger than your typical Mrs. Baird's and his chicken I marinate w/ sea salt and paprika every Sunday evening for him to grill on Monday evening - it's called LOVE! (Steve) :) lol - this made my day ...