The Coconut Oil Miracle by Bruce Fife is a must read....
Sharon's "Unleashed" Program
Off Season Super Camp
WBFF Super Camp
40th A Birthday Worth Remembering.
Montreal Pro/Am Recap
So this is it the decision has been made
Announcement - Competing in 2013
The Road to Show by way of Palm Springs and RPM
3 months...and we are now on it.
Sharon's January Meals...change February 1st
My Adventures @ The LA Fit Expo
Why is the first program identified as November/DecemberBecause Sharon Unleashed was launched the last weekend of November, which is Thanksgiving week, many people were unable to take advantage of the new programs. Therefor the initial program will be identified as November/December... Starting in January each program will loaded on the first of the month and will be for 1 month only, not joint or consecutive months. If you have any questions regarding this please email me at email@example.com
The Coconut Oil Miracle by Bruce Fife is a must read....There are many benefits to including coconut oil in your diet and your skin care.... Here are a few slides that demonstrate those benefits, but if you really want the 411 on all things Coconut Oil then The Coconut Oil Miracle and Coconut Oil Cures by Bruce Fife are must reads!!!!
Sharon's "Unleashed" ProgramI am so excited to launch my new Sharon's "Unleashed" Nutrition and Training Program.
What is unique about this program is that it is dynamic and will change every month.
This program includes: Meal Plan, Weight Workouts and Functional Training Workouts...... A completely new program will be loaded on the first of every month.
Starting January 1st: It will also include a fully functioning app and youtube channel to help with exercise descriptions.
I just feel like their are too many BS programs out there and people are falling victim to them. Yes this is a generic program BUT it is safe and very helpful and very affordable for only $9.95 per month because I know that not everybody can afford a custom program. The best part about this program is that people don't have to pay for expensive supplements and powders. You will just eat REAL FOOD!!! So their aren't any hidden costs.
My goal in 2014 is to really bring health and wellness to the masses...
Off Season Super CampWe are gearing up for an incredible Off Season Super Camp with Coach Nathan Harewood and Oxygen Magazine Cover Model Lindsay Messina. December 14th and 15th in Long Beach California. You won't want to miss this event.
WBFF Super CampI am so pleased to announce that my amazing coach Nathan Harewood is coming to Southern California for a 2 day WBFF Super Camp.... - Aug 3 and 4
You won't want to miss out on this 2 day prep experience.
Hosted by WBFF Pro and Ambassador Sharon Polsky with Special Guest Coach and WBFF Judge Nathan Harewood.
In addition to the agenda below, you will have 2 great workouts per day.... both in the gym and bootcamp style.
Training and Nutrition for Competitors
WBFF Categories and Judging Criteria
Branding Yourself, Graphic Artwork & Social Media.
Photoshoots, Posing for the Camera and Getting Published
Beauty Basics: Hair, Makeup and Tanning.
Theatrical Stage Presence
What Not to Wear: bikinis, evening gowns and costumes
Walking, Posing and Quarter Turns for the Worlds Stage
WBFF Pro Jen Jewell - Team Domin8 Member.
WBFF Pro Alissa Kress - Team Domin8 Member.
WBFF Pro Nadia Lopez.
Graphic Artist and Social Media Specialist Traci Durfee.
Published World Class Photographer - Noel Daganta.
WBFF Beauty Icon - Denise Hart Larsen.
Professional Dancer and Choreographer - Bill Lett
40th A Birthday Worth Remembering.WOW what a whilrwind of a weekend I had.......
I am not one for spending an entire month celebrating my birthday but that is exactly what I did, but it was my 40th so it was well worth it.
There are favorite things we all have... For me it is spending time with my family and friends, favorite places and specific experiences... Well this birthday was chalk full of all of them.
I got to see mexican wrestling on cinco de mayo to kick off my birthday month.
I was spoiled my an amazing guy friend of mine that took me to Vegas for one night to see my favorite DJ, Armin Van Buuren and took me shopping and my new favorite dress store Cusso.
I flew home from Vegas to be greeted by all of my friends at La Descarga a Cuban Speak Easy in the heart of Los Angeles for drinks, dancing and plenty of laughs.....
I even went to Los Compadres for Chilps, Salsa and Margaritas.....
But best of all was throwing my Dads 80th surprise party at our house with life long family and friends with the taco lady making anything we wanted.....
I have an amazing life I really am blessed....
Montreal Pro/Am RecapI am so excited to announce that I was able to compete in Montreal a couple of weeks ago with one of the best physiques of my life.
As you may or may not know during the end of 2012 and beginning of 2013 I was battling with complications of Addisons disease. I was unsure if I would be able to compete. With the help of my amazing friend and coach Nathan Harewood I am healthier then I have ever been. I also have a new attitude about life and competing.
This competition renewed my faith in myself and my ability to compete in the future...... I will keep my eye on the prize and bring my best physique yet to the stage on August 24th at The WBFF World Championships.....
So this is it the decision has been madeAfter struggling with my Addison's for the last 5 months I have decided to compete at The WBFF Montreal Pro Am.... Since the end of last year I have been working with a great new coach Nathan Harewood and for the first 5 months we focused on getting my health in order. Which we have. Then in February we prep'd me for a photoshoot which was successful and I stayed very healthy through that process and looked great. So now its time to put my little body to the test.... I will be competing at The WBFF Montreal Pro Am on April 27. I have 6 weeks to get done what I have always taken 8 weeks to do in the past; but I am up for the challenge. I will be bringing and entirely new package to the stage and I have to thank Nathan Harewood for leading me on this journey. Over the next 5 weeks, on Fridays, I will add some information about my journey in the hopes to motivate those of you that have always wanted to take the stage.
Announcement - Competing in 2013On the heals of a successful weekend in Palm Springs last weekend I have decided to tackle the stage one more time.
As many of you know my health at the end of 2012 was very poor and it became apparent to me that I needed to do some personal housekeeping. As part of that personal housekeeping I decided to make my health a priority. I had already been speaking with Nathan Harewood from Define Fitness about coaching me in 2013 and I asked him if he would be willing to go on a slightly different journey with me, one of Health first and Stage later. He agreed to do it and the process was frightening. He was my anchor over the last 6 months but it was well worth it.
Last weekend we did a practice deplete (for a photoshoot) to see if my body would respond after our hard work; and the results were not what we expected. To both of our surprise, especially mine, my metabolic system kicked in and despite the rocky start the first 2 weeks of the deplete the results are very promising. Not lean enough to hit the stage but for the first deplete of the season not bad......
So, it is with great pride that I get to announce that I will be competing in 2013..... Not sure if I will be competing in Bikini or Fitness Model and not sure if I will be competing in April or August.... but I will be seen on the WBFF Pro Stage.... in 2013.
Thank you to Nathan Harewood for your patience and knowlege.... and thank you to Rich at Paul Marcus Photography for the great shoot and jump starting my 2013. Lastly, a huge thank you to Paul and Allison Dillett for everything that you do for your athletes. I am very proud to be a WBFF Pro.
The Road to Show by way of Palm Springs and RPMSo last weekend I was the host of the Palm Springs Classic bodybuilding competition. As part of that competition I had the amazing opportunity to shoot with one of my favorite fitness photographers RPM at Paul Marcus Photos.
He has an amazing talent of mixing fashion with fitness and that is what my brand is all about. Over the last year I have worked really hard at evolving my brand to be more who I really am...sexy fit with with a little flare. I knew that Rich (from Paul Marcus photography) was the man to help me take this branding to the next step.
As part of this opportunity Nate Harewood (my amazing coach) and I decided to use this as a test to see if my health would allow me to prep for any competitions in 2013 or if I would be forced into retirement. The beginning of this journey was quite frightening for me because not only was this my first cut and deplete with Nate, but was my first cut and deplete since my Addison's relapse at the end of 2012..... Let the Games Begin!!!
(FYI: this one was made more challenging because Nate was in South Africa and having to coach me via intermittent wifi connections in the middle of nowhere. I have one word for this FAITH!!!!)
We started this little journey 6 weeks ago with a very specific nutrition plan and weekly check in photos. After a 900 calorie refeed meal on Sunday the program started and we were on our way. There was no room for error if we were really going to see if my body would respond.
It was a very rough start to say the least. My body was very slow to respond and I was really concerned that not only would I not be able to do the shoot but worse I would need to take the year off from competing and maybe even retire. After week 2 I was doubtful that my metabolic system would actually kick in but Nate kept me calm and by week 3 we started to see very small progress (eventhough the scale did not change at all).
By week 5 (headed into peak week) it was apparent that my body wanted to play ball.......and we headed into peak week with a full functional metabolic system and I was ready.
This is what we got. :)
But the day of show or day of shoot is only half the story. For me the scariest part is the week after and the aftermath of what could be a horrible rebound and a lot of unwanted weight gain. If that happened we knew that I would not be able to compete in 2013......
This is one week after.
So this is what competing means to me.... testing my body but always keeping it healthy.
3 months...and we are now on it.So exactly 3 months ago I embarked on a frightening journey with Nathan Harewood. For the past 8 years , since I started competing, I have been on a constant starch cycling program with no reset. The reason I avoided this reset was because the thought of gaining any weight and doing the unkown work of figuring my body out was more then I could emotionally handle. Like most fitness models, I am fundamentally an insecure person; and my weight is my number one insecurity. I have 2 obese parents so I know I have the genes to be obese and I have a metabolic metabolic conditions that causes me to gain weight quite easily.
With all of that said and as frightening as I knew it would be I decided to dedicate the end of 2012 to my health.
I have known Nathan Harewood from Canada, for a couple of years now. He caught wind of my journey and reached out to me and explained to me that he didn'nt think I should do this on my own. He encouraged me by telling me that it will be far less scarey if I had somebody to lean on; and he was right.
3 months ago Nate and I decided to embark on this journey together. His entire concept is "Dominate the Stage" but in my case we decided to "Dominate my Health". The process was actually very difficult. We needed to figure out exactly what my baseline number of calories per day would be. What my baseline number of grams of protein, starch, carbs from fruit, carbs from greens, and grams for fat would be. We had numerous bumps along the road but we got there...somehow.... It is now 3 months later and we know these numbers and I am now ready to put the to the test. Over the last 3 months I went 3 weeks with only doing yoga and maintained weight. Over the last 3 months we cut my cardio to 25 minutes a day 5 days a week and I maintained weight. Over the last 3 months I only lifted 3 days a week and 1functional workout day and I maintained weight. And even after getting hit with the flu and not being able to workout for 3 weeks I maintained weight. So as frightening as this process was it was well worth.
During these 3 months I had to pass up many opportunities. I didn't shoot with reputable photographers, I didn't do video's I was asked to appear in and I didn't perform once on the pole. All of these things would have ruined my reputation in the industry if I would have arrived less then 100%,
Well today I am proud to announce that I am ready and will be making my debut at the Dennis Dennis fasion show in Palm Springs and will also emcee that event. I also have an amazing opportunity to shoot with one of my favorite photogs Paul Marcus....
So, this is what I have to say to all of you. I know striving to be the healthiest you that you can be is VERY frightening but you can do it. And don't try to do it alone. Break the destructive cycle of jeopardizing your health for a minute of fame in a magazine or on stage. It doesn't have to be like this and it is not too late to make a significant change. Don't live in a place of fear because it will make you weak. You can live in a place active particpation in your life and it will give you power.
Ciao For Now
Sharon's January Meals...change February 1stMon, Tues, Fri and Sat
Meal 1 - 6 egg whites, 2 cups spinach, 2 TBSP Almond Butter
Meal 2 - 3 Egg Whites, 2 TBSP Hemp Hearts
Meal 3 - Canned Sardines, Canned Green Beans
Meal 4 - 3 Egg Whites, 2 TBSP Hemp Hearts, 2 cups asparagus
Meal 5 - 4 oz Tilapia, 2 TBSP Coconut Oil, 1 Cup Broccoli, 1 Cup Kale
Meal 1 - 1/4 cup quinoa dry, 3 Egg Whites
Meal 2 - 2 scoops Fighters Diet Greens, 3 Egg Whites
Meal 3 - 4 oz bison, 2 cups green beans, 2 tbsp coconut oil
Meal 4 - 3 oz Egg Whites, 2 TBSP Hemp Hearts, 2 cups asparagus
Meal 5 - 4 oz Tilapia, 2 cups kale, 2 TBSP coconut oil
Sundays - These are open food days. I can have anything from the grocery list below, not to exceed 1500 calories.
Canned Tuna in Water
Lean Ground Beef
Vegetables and Fruits
Butternut Squash (frozen or fresh) - only use when the meal plan calls for it.
Berries (frozen or fresh no sugar)
Broccoli (frozen or fresh)
Green Beans (canned low sodium or fresh)
Mushrooms, Bell Peppers and Onions are free foods you can eat as much as you want
Brown Rice - Only use when plan calls for it
Quinoa - Only use when plan calls for it
Yams/Sweet Potatoes - Only use when plan calls for it
Spaghetti Squash- Only use when plan calls for it
Canned Pumpkin (no sugar)
No Salt Dry Roasted Almonds and/or Cashews
I can't believe its not butter spray
Crystal Light (diluted 2:1)Almond Milk (unsweetened to drop into coffee)
My Adventures @ The LA Fit ExpoSo I wanted to blog about my LA Fit Expo experience.
This has become the place to be if you are a fitness professional or enthusiast; and if you would have told me that 4 years ago I would have laughed in your face. Los Angeles has always been an amazing mecca of health and fitness but bringing it to the masses has been difficult because Southern California is just sooo spread out. I think what has really taken this expo to the next level is the Downtown Los Angeles revitalization project. As a native So Cal girl I love downtown and now it really is the place to be. It is so awesome to see my friends and I even got to go to dinner with Craig and talk to Wendy while there. So that rocks too.
I was working for my favorite protein company BNRG that makes Proto Whey and Power Crunch Bars; and although we have had a couple of small differences in our opinions over the years; I love them beyond belief. They have rebranded Proto Whey which is now called Power Crunch proteins, by the way....
What I love most about BNRG is that they don't make me dress like a prostitute and they encourage me to educate every single person on the benefits of their products from a health and wellness perspective. Unfortuantely this show was too busy for me to educate people much but lots of people asked me and I told them all about the benefits. We ran out of product by noon on the second day which is GREAT. What that means is that we were able to introduce more people to these great products then ever in the past and I live for touching lives!!!!
Look at my super cute power crunch outfit...and yes that is a chicken and my dog!!!
I also got to finally meet the brains behind my favorite slogan apparel company "Say I Won't" It is everything I embody both as an athlete and as a person in life. Tell me I can't do something and I am going to school you on exactly how it is done. These guys have supported me for a while now and it was so great to see them making the push into the fitness industry and thanks for hooking me and my buddy Craig Capurso up with gear.
The highlight of my Fit Expo was having little Jessie J with me on Sunday and realizing she has more fans then I do. Most of the fitness peeps have grown accustomed to having her with me and they were bummed when she wasn't there on Saturday. They all came by for photo ops with her and it was awesome. I even think that Bobby Ashhurst tried to steal her at one point but Dymatize might not have liked that very much when the kidnapping was caught on film. :)
Oh and she also got scared by the posters at Natalie Minh's booth...eventhough it was really funny to watch :)
Most Memorable Moment:
Kidnapping Dana Linn Bailey...
Not really, but when exiting the Fit Expo she and her husband couldn't get a cab. I offered her a ride to her hotel and in that short ride we talked about everything from her rise to stardum in the industry, her adorable pants she had on and the flower in her hair, and even how mean women are and we can't all just support one another. She is the most down to earth girl I had met in a long time.....Oh and Dana if you are reading this I would like your husband to start helping me with my marketing and the names of those cargo pants are called Lorna Jane and they come in pink camo.
All in all it was a great weekend for me socially, professionally and for Little Jessie....
Ciao for Now