SiS: Adventures in Competing – Week 8: Lifestyle

In our eighth episode of our Adventures in Competing Erica, Stephanie and I give you some insight into the lifestyle of a fitness competitor who is less than 4 weeks from the stage! In my case a fitness competitor who got SICK less than 4 weeks from the stage! I give you all the details of what happened, how I dealt with it (both the good and the bad) and what you can do if it happens to you.

Rose Blackman – Young Professional – Eat Clean, Train Dirty, Think Nerdy

Stephanie Laurendeau – Stay at home Mom – Decide, Commit, Succeed

Erica Willick – Finance Exec & Mother – Strong Body-Mind-Life



Taco Salad and Stuff

From my inspired title you can probably tell I’m still feeling pretty (very) under the weather. But I managed to get my butt into work today and even got in a decent workout. I did a very short chest and tri’s workout that got me a great pump and then hopped on the elliptical for 30 minutes, followed by the stairmaster for 30 minutes. Yes I did an hour of cardio.

Evidence of the wonderful pump I got :)

Evidence of the wonderful pump I got 🙂

If you have been following me you might recall that I was not planning on doing hours of LISS (low intensity steady state) cardio. Well turns out trying to do circuit style workouts AND HIIT cardio puts a hell of a lot of strain on you central nervous system and makes you want to crawl in a hole and sleep forever. Who knew? It’s also most definitely NOT recommended for you to do high intensity anything while you are sick because it puts stress on your body and will make your recovery waaaaay longer. So I will be doing between 45 mins to an hour of LISS cardio until I feel back to 100%, then I will start alternating and doing 20 minutes of HIIT 2-3 times a week and LISS on the other days.

This is much more cardio than I had planned, but I’m really struggling to drop weight so “needs must”. Because I know that this much steady state cardio will have an impact on my metabolism I have to make sure that I don’t just stop doing cardio cold turkey after my competition. Just like a reverse diet, I will have to reverse out of my cardio too. First by dropping the duration, and then the frequency. Hopefully by doing so I will not gain a lot of weight back and will be able to build back my metabolism.

Anyways, that enough whining for one day.. on to food!!!

I wanted tacos the other day… actually that’s a lie, I wanted nachos because the cheese to everything else ratio on nachos tends to be a million times better, or maybe that’s just the way I make nachos. Regardless, nacho/fajita/taco/mexican type food was wanted and I needed to make it low carb. So I asked my boyfriend to pick up some ingredients like ground turkey, bibb lettuce and taco seasoning so I could make tacos and wrap them in lettuce… voila low carb tacos. And he graciously agreed… and then proceeded to forget to do that entirely, haha, happens to the best of us. So when I got home there were no makings of tacos to be had, but gosh darn it I wanted something mexican tasting. So I made this salad and it hit the spot perfectly, so sometimes things work out just fine 🙂 And now you can make this taco inspired salad even when you don’t have anything that you would normally make tacos with.

Low Carb Taco Salad (serves 1)


  • 6 oz chicken breast (or whatever amount you need based on your macros/diet)

    Taco salad number 1 with cheese

    Taco salad number 1 with cheese

  • Some sort of taco/buffalo/spicy seasoning – I had buffalo chicken seasoning in the cupboard so that’s what I used
  • 2 cups salad greens
  • 1/2 red pepper
  • 1/4 cup non fat greek yogurt
  • 2 tbsp salsa
  • 1/2 oz grated cheddar cheese


  1. Season Chicken with taco/whatever seasoning you are using to imitate taco seasoning and cook either in a skillet or the oven (I assume you all know how to cook chicken breasts – just cook ’em!)
  2. Mix greek yogurt and as much of the seasoning as you want together to your tastes, mine was pretty spicy!
  3. Cut the red pepper into strips and arrange on top of salad greens, then slice up the chicken and top with the salsa, greek yogurt and cheddar cheese.

Super simple, but so satisfying!

Low Carb Taco Salad number 2 without cheese and not as nicely arranged because the first was so yummy I wanted it again!

Low Carb Taco Salad number 2 without cheese and not as nicely arranged because the first was so yummy I wanted it again!

Nutritional Info:  Cals – 345  Carbs – 12 g    Fat – 9 g    Protein – 50 g!


The dreaded cold

Well, after a long weekend of moving in, Andre and I are mostly set up. There have been a few hiccoughs here and there, the major one being that our fridge doesn’t work. It’s funny that my last post was about staying on track while moving which is hard enough… try doing it without a fridge! I have mostly managed, but my diet has definitely not been up to the standards that it usually is, and I am sure I have not been getting enough protein.
Another pretty major problem is that I am extremely sick. This cold from hell started on Saturday night and seems to be getting progressively worse. As a general rule, I recommend listening to your body and doubly so when you are sick. Yesterday I felt up for some exercise and managed a pretty tough leg workout, but my cardio was pretty pathetic given that breathing is rather difficult.
There is a lot of conflicting information out there about working out while you are sick, a good guideline is that if you are sick above the neck (like a head cold, sore throat, ear ache, headache etc.) you should be ok, but maybe take it a little light in the gym. If you are sick below the neck (anything to do with your lungs, stomach, digestive system etc.) you should take a break. Yesterday everything was confined to my neck up but today I have had the pleasure of having things move into my lungs… so no gym for me today. 😦
So for tonight I am ordering in Japanese food (teriyaki chicken and vegetables, rice, salad and miso soup) and watching the Princess Bride, which is my movie of choice when sick. A note on eating take-out food when on a diet: I don’t recommend it. However, there are times when you need to and there are a few good options:

Miso Soup

Miso Soup (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

• Swiss Chalet – quarter chicken dinner, white meat with a baked potato
• Greek food – chicken souvlaki (not the kafta) either in shawarma or on a salad with rice
• Japanese – pretty much any sushi roll that doesn’t have fried food components and ideally brown rice, edamame, soups, teriyaki and rice dishes and salads.
• Thai – stir frys… but make sure you ask them not to use too much oil!
Those are the main ones I stick to because I try to avoid bread, but there are a lot more options for sandwiches if you can have them.
Well this post kind went off in all directions, which is probably a product of my brain feeling all foggy from being sick, so I apologize if this didn’t make any sense. Until tomorrow, train hard… unless you are sick!