Chocolate Chunk Banana Bread

Delicious, simple, and it freezes well…what more can you ask for in a quick bread? This is one of my all-time favorite banana bread recipes, and one of my most requested. The good folks at Barndad Nutrition sent me some samples of their FiberDX to play around with, and I thought it would be a good […]

Why Dana Linn Bailey Is Not Competing at the Olympia This Year

Dana Linn Bailey will be at the Olympia this year, but she won’t be competing. I’m sure it was a decision that surprised many, considering her reputation as a competitor. Happily, she made a video (below) explaining her reasons for not stepping onstage at the O. Whether or not you’re a fan of DLB, if you […]

The Hungry Games: Gauntlet of Desire

Four weeks out from competition day, my life has become a series of Hungry Games: “The Gauntlet of Desire,” “None For Me,” “Dirty Refeeds–A Glimpse of Heaven,” etc. Long story short, I’m hungry. All day, most of the night. Thinking-about-food-every-waking-minute hungry. I go to bed fantasizing about what I’d most like to eat for breakfast (though I […]

Bad Yellow

Heat Wave Cardio: Tasting Yellow

When I woke up this morning, the first thing I did was check the weather app on my cell phone. 6:23 a.m. and 90 degrees. In the context of a heat wave in Las Vegas, that constitutes suitable weather for outdoor cardio. I threw on my gear, drank a bottle of water, strapped on the […]

Diet Brain Is Real and It Is Not Pretty

This morning I went to grab a can of cat food from the pantry and found that I’d been putting lidded half-empty cans–among other items (a spatula, two forks)–back on the shelf instead of in the fridge. If mold were a salable commodity, I could finance my competition spray tan. A few days ago, I left […]

Stripper Heels and Questionable Life Choices

Fun fact about me: I HATE wearing a bathing suit. The very thought makes my back sweaty with dread. So, I guess it makes perfect sense that I’ve decided to step onstage–in LAS VEGAS, no less–this August, in 5″ stripper heels and a Bedazzled string bikini to have my a$$ets judged, individually and in comparison, […]