Monday, April 16, 2012

A day in the life of Christy Clark

First off- I hope you guys have had a wonderful weekend and a chance to see some of my new photos on my facebook page ( Thank you for all of the nice compliments- it makes me feel so nice to see all this hard work paying off. I am also SO excited for my friends who competed this weekend, and a special shoutout to feelow OhYeah! Girl Kelly Smith for getting her WBFF Bikini Diva PRO CARD this weekend! So exciting and she is SO deserving- what a sweetheart!

I get a lot of questions about what my typical day looks like so I will share with you what today will look like for me (and all training days that I work)

0415: Wake up call! Grab my coffee, take my am supplements/vitamins, and head off to the gym
0500: Arrive at the gym (alternate arm and back day with lower body and abs). I have exactly one hour to workout before work. I have begun to lift heavier for 4 sets and do a drop set on my last set of each exercise. BRING IT!
0600: Shower get ready for work
0630: Stop by the galley and grab 4 hard boiled eggs and 1/4 cup of oats (yumm)
0645: Report to the unit, take report on my patients, get the day started (NICU Nurses ROCK)
0915: AM snack- today I had 4 more egg whites, 1/2 cup green yogurt with a spoonfull of granola, banana
1215: Lunch- Today I will be having left over salmon, brown rice, and asparagus
1515: Snack- Today I will have 4 oz grilled chicken, rice, and broccoli
1815: Protein shake & 10 almonds  prior to getting ready to leave work
2015: Dinner- Usually I have fish but today I will have the remainder of my grilled chicken and broccoli
After dinner, and while making dinner, I relax with my girlfriends, skype with friends who are far away, and play with my puppy!
2130: Quiet time then bedtime! I take my PM supplements, a casein shake, stretch, and then spend a little time in God's word!

So as you can tell... I have like an hour of free time on the days that I work, and by that time I am BEAT tired from my day. It is all worth it though. When you want something bad enough, you make time to train and follow your dreams. My schedule this summer is hectic and crazy but I wouldn't trade one fun second of it!

Training: Like I mentioned above, I am starting to lift heavier for more reps, 4 sets, then 1 set of drop sets with each exercise Jen gives me


Love: ;)

Faith: Feeling so thankful for all of the Lord's blessings!!! I am feeling really really appreciative of my family and their love and support. I truly got lucky with amazing parents, awesome, smart, and talented siblings, and the most supportive and proud extended family a girl can ask for!

Daily Devotional Prayer:
Lord, I want to be your woman... a woman who loves and serves You. Give me the wisdom and perseverence to grow in my relationship with You. Thank You for giving me this opportunity. Amen.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

"Waiting, Wishing...'

My newest Satio shot:

Good morning!!! So its my my last 12 hour shift before the weekend and I feel just AWESOME! I am so excited to go to Zac Brown Band tomorrow with so many amazing people and then celebrate my amazing friend Kara's birthday on Saturday. Its actually a brewery tour.  Both events involve alcohol which I will just say no to and enjoy the entertainment of others :)

I might have had a beverage or two saturday but then it hit me... which is where the "waiting, wishing" comes in...if my dream to compete at FIT USA Competition comes true, then I am 8 weeks out from competition. Oh my bagezes! An internal pan of judges only picks 10 females and 10 males to compete at this event so I am just going to keep my thoughts positive and train as though my wish came true! "May the oddddds be ever in your favor..." (Pop culture, circa 2012 lol) I feel comfortable walking a stage right now, I make sure I maintain year round so that I can be a well-oiled machine, prepared for any opportunity that might come my way :)

However things turn out, I am shooting with Wendi Satio again on June 1st which is a week before the show! I will be feeling confident and ready to kick butt at this shoot. I am definitely starting to get more comfortable in front of the camera but I hope you guys understand that this is all BRAND NEW for me. I grew up very, very insecure and lacked true happiness, confidence, and faith until the last few years. Feeling healthy and happy is something that should not be taken for granted. So with that being said, everything is happening so quickly, its the best whirlwind of my life, but know that I am learning and growing in the fitness industry every day. I haven't been in shape my whole life, hence going from "skinny fat to skinny fit", but I always wanted to be right where I am now. There is so much more to my story that I will slowly share with my followers but I'd love the opportunity to share my full story on stage in June.

Training- WBFF Pro Jen Jewell, as always, takes the reighns on my nutritition and training. She looks at my progress pics and then tweeks things from there. So far my training is pretty steady... no big gains right now but planning on pushing my little bikini booty to the limit this month.

Fitness modeling- SO excited that HTFU reached out to me to shoot in May. I have been so fortunate to work with photographers that believe in me and that take the time to understand who I am as a person and what my goals are in the industry. Talking with Mark Gingrich, the founder of HTFU, has been excellent- what an awesome person. I love his work and the brand, he said to me "HTFU is honestly a personification of my life. A continuous effort to overome what sometimes feels like the impossible". I love that and feel that.  The nicest thing was that he took the time to read my blog and understand what is important to me and he made sure I knew what the letters "HTFU" stood it ;)... I stated that I did but that I just think of it as "Harden The 'Freak' Up". I am about what the company and brand stands for and I think this will be a really really fun shoot! Oh yes did I mention my fit pals Cherish and Jen will be joining?! Trouble in Hollywood!

Also, FMI Spring Conference is NEXT WEEKEND! I am sooooo pumped and excited to learn and grow and meet and shoot with so many wonderful people! My fit pals and role models Jen Jewell and Chady Dunmore will be attending as well so I can imagine it will be a fun weekend!

Love- Let's just say the love of my life is the gym this summer. I have to stay focused on my goals and my keep my faith at the forefront, the rest will fall in to place! In this department I am also "sitting, waiting, wishing..." but enjoying life's little surprises.

Faith- Last blog post I was saying how I was feeling a little distant. It was important for me to take more quiet time this week... sometimes I wonder if people think I am being antisocial if I am keeping to myself a bit but when I am alone I am mostly meditating in prayer and thought (ok and also a little bit on facebook, blogging, and twitter lol). I am learning so much about myself, God's plan for my life, and trusting it. I am growing so much in so many ways :)

Ending with our next devotional prayer from A Woman After God's Own Heart (the daily devotional was titled "The Perfect Diet"- how appropriate)

Lord, my love affair with food will be hard to break. Although everyone needs food, help me to see that Your Word is what is truly life giving. Today I purpose to spend some time each day in Your Word. Amen.

I love that for so many reasons. Obviously that it pertains to "diet" but what I really got out of this is that the the Lord IS my daily bread and it is important to my own personal faith that I spend that quiet time in His Word and in prayer and worship of Him.

Thanks for following~ I have been flooded with kind, inspiring, and supportive messages and it's just incredible. I don't know what I have done to be so deserving of so many wonderful and healthy opportunities and relationships, but I certainly count my blessings daily.

Christy LeAnn
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Sunday, April 8, 2012

Happy Easter! Recipe: Angeled Eggs

Happy Easter everyone! I am working the holiday away and taking care of my favorite little preemies (I even stuck cotton balls on their diapers so when their parents come in they will see their little cotton tails). I love my job and am so thankful for it, I dont know if I mention that enough :) So I was bad today. Parents brought us an easter basket and I had a few pieces of chocolate. I had my healthy breakfast and my OhYeah! Protein shake and almonds for a snack, but at lunch I had my grilled chicken, green beans, AND mac n cheese and mashed potatoes that were ordered for our unit for Easter lunch. I feel totally guilty BUT I will consider it my cheat for the week. Easter, and the meaning behind it, is definitely a reason to celebrate :) Maybe I will do my first round of cardio since September tomorrow! lol

In the spirit of Easter feasting and how to make use of all your leftover dyed Easter Eggs, I wanted to share a recipe for clean eating deviled eggs.... ANGELED EGGS. Also, enjoy the protein packed egg whites for quick on the go fuel :)

Angeled Eggs
6 eggs, hard boiled
6-oz can tuna
4 tbsp Greek yogurt
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
1 tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 tbsp fresh chopped dill
Paprika, to garnish

1. Slice eggs into halves lengthwise. Scoop out yokes and set aside.
2. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, finely mash 2 egg yolks with a fork. Discard remaining yolks.
3. In another bowl, finely mash tuna with a fork.
4. Combine tuna and egg yolks into one bowl. Add remaining ingredients and mix well.
5. Spoon mixture into hollowed-out egg whites. Sprinkle with paprika. Serve immedietly or chill to allow flavors to meld.

*Recipe from Oxygen Magazine, "Eat Eggs Get Lean," October 2011.

I hope yall are enjoying the holiday with your family, friends, and loved ones. Cherish every second you have with these special people and make every moment count. Being in the military and now working for the military, I do not get very many holidays off to spend with my family. It really makes me treasure the small amounts of time we do share together.

To end with our daily devotional prayer from A Woman After God's Own Heart:

Lord, I hesitate to dream because I'm afraid of commitment and failure. What if I start out and then get tired or forget? But, Lord, I want to grown in You. I want to become the person You want me to be. Give me a dream...and the strength and passion to carry it out. Amen.
God Bless, and Happy Easter!

Christy LeAnn

Just for fun- Some Cute, Some Sweet, and Some Awkward Easter photos: