“When you get the courage to climb,  spread your wings,  because child you’re going to fly!” So today marks the start of my 32nd year on the earth!

Ambitions, Dreams and Goals
“I go zero to 100 real quick!”…lol! Just reading over the shower of birthday love and we’ll wishes from friends and family,  I am learning how my life has been a rapid fire lighting bolt of goal digging and dream chasing. Not a bad thing, just that it doesn’t go unnoticed.


My physical fitness level over the past year has sky rocketed. Half marathons,  full marathons,  winning fun runs and figure competitions! I went from “no place” to “first place” in a matter of 12 months!


Living Fit, Travel Light
“I live for the open road,  and the clear blue sky.” Travel is where my most creative being resides. The center of my creative heart, my intuition, the place where God speaks to me.  When I’m alone on the open road or in flight, free of distractions, this is when the seeds of the ideas and ambitions that are later manifested in my life are planted. I have found myself on this particular travel day to be very emotional,  with intermitent bouts of crying. Moments of joy and anxiety abound.  I haven’t traveled the friendly skies in over a year and a half,  and I’ve never been as fit as I am to date, plus all of this is taking place on my birthday.   So much has changed about my approach to travel,  my diet, the way I pack and prepare for a trip. When I worked as a travel nurse, I gained so much weight,  eating “conveniently” even when I thought it was healthy. I have always stayed active,  but the diet was too excessive that my physical activity level just wasn’t keeping up. Nowadays, to over indulge on food, whether healthy or unhealthy makes me nauseous.  I have found myself overwhelmed with emotions today because I have a whole new outlook my life now than in the past 30 plus years and I’m not looking back.


Calm in the Storm

“If you want to live a life above the clouds,  you have to have courage fly” I can remember my first introduction to the power of flight,  as a little girl, my grandfather’s favorite pass time to share with us was to park outside the airport and watch the planes take off. Oh if only my grandpa could see his baby girl now. ..can’t keep me out of the clouds! It’s no wonder I’m also the offspring of an air force veteran.  I still watch in awe when waiting in airport terminals for my flights, as other airplanes parade around the landing strip in preparation for their turn to stretch their wings and fly!


With flying high comes Turbulence. I once listened to a sermon from the profound TDJakes where he made the following analogy. “The devil doesn’t mess with you when you sit still, with your mouth shut, setting for less than your worth, but soon as you start climbing up, by your hands and feet and speaking words of faith, that’s when the enemy comes against you.”
Along this journey,  I’ve run across many set backs, distractors, commentators,  haters, and just down right devils.  But in sticking close to my small circle of people who care about my success the most,  I’ve overcome the traps and turbulence with grace and continue to live a life above the clouds, all because I choose not to care what people think of me.


As the saying goes,  “you must be doing something right if people are talking about you” Well I know I am,  because I’m living fit and loving it!


Grace for the Journey
“Live for today,  and ponder tomorrow,  but never ever look back”
Today I just touched down in the magnificent city of New York! Everything about this place is amazing.  So blessed to have made the contacts that I have made within the city. The founder of the urban obstacle race called City Challenge Race is so graciously hosting me during my stay here. I’m here for work and fun and love it! As a volunteer and intern for the City Challenge Race, I am embarking on a journey I would have never in my dreams imagined.


Also while here I will be able to meet my #yogisister Lara Land, and practice at her studio. Don’t forget,  I am still raising funds to journey with her to India in the spring. You can follow the link below to learn more: http://www.gofundme.com/eokl2k

~Until next time…Live in Love…Live Fit~



So many times I’ve had people half heartedly say to me, “I need you to train me!” or “Oh, are you a trainer, well I want to get rid of my stomach,  belly fat, etc…..” the list goes on.  However,  I never entertain such statements because they are empty.  Not that I’m so high and mighty,  but because my time and skills have a value.

Professional Personal Trainer

In this post I have outlined 5 Very Important Steps to gaining the serious attention of a professional personal trainer. These steps are as follows:

1 – Be serious about your health and fitness level and have pre set goals in mind that you desire to attain. I can’t stress this point enough. I will refuse to train you if you’re not serious about the work at hand and making progress.

2 – Approach the trainer with a sincere need for their services. Please don’t waste my time or your own with foolish uneducated banter, hence step number one, Be Serious!

3 – Tell the trainer what your goals are and be specific. Vanity is not a goal, and neither is spot reduction, that’s something you tell a cosmetic surgeon (ie. Liposuction,  tummy tuck,  etc). Professional Personal Trainers are not in the business of “quick fixes” true transformation requires time and hard work!

4 – Have a strong work ethic. I can give you a plan but a willingness to execute the plan,  I can’t give you that, that’s on you.

5 – Have a set a deadline. Goals are the object of a person’s ambition or effort; an aim or desired result. Literally a destination or point marking the end of a race. So not only do you need a goal,  you need a deadline for reaching that goal.

So with that said,  I don’t ignore people’s statements like the examples above because I’m being arrogant,  I’m saving space in my schedule for the people that understand my 5 Step Process!


Until next time. …#EatClean…#TrainDirty!



This month we celebrated my Dad’s birthday and of course there’s all sorts of non competition prep foods floating around our home!

My solution,  my homemade cashew mylk and non other than popcorn that I popped myself directly from the kernel.  No box popcorn,  no butters, no added salt, no added oils, just the plant itself with all its high fiber, complex carbohydrate goodness!

Homemade Plain Popcorn

Learn to have power over food, don’t let food have power over you! Kick the habit of unhealthy eating for no true reason!

Until next time. . #EatClean #TrainDirty



Have you checked your macros lately? Can you say off hand how many total fat grams, total grams of carbohydrates, and total protein grams you’ve consumed in a 24 hour period! I can and have to have 30 days worth of intimate conversations with and about them, with myself,  my body, my kitchen, and my coach. It’s a beautiful relationship,  because I know the end result is going to be amazing!


I have always been good about food journaling, but since i hit 30 days to the stage,  I have gotten so close with my macro’s relationship that we plan our futures together in black and white before the day even starts! Yeah that pic is my food journal macronutrient totals  for the next 24 hours, already planned out with total macros that I have already sent to my coach for his approval! Trust the plan, trust the process!

During all of this I reflect back on how i used to have to beg clients to send in food journals and on a weekly,  not even a daily basis,  and always got excuses. It would frustrate the heck out of me, because there’s no room to wonder why the results are not showing up from the workouts I would give some of them if they haven’t willingly changed their diets!


I write this and shake my head.  My how the tables have turned,  but needless to say,  nobody has to beg for mine, because I know how important it is to the overall process.


Yes, even trainers complete food journals,especially when we have our own fitness and athletic endeavors to achieve! It’s important to reaching your full potential in whatever you expect to achieve along your fitness journey,  regardless of your overall goal.


You don’t have to be prepping for the main stage to get to know the Macro’s intimately.  Heck just do it because you love your body and want to be mindful of what’s going into it everyday!


Until next time. ..#EatClean … #TrainDirty and #MeetYourMacros




WIN a FREE Month of Personal Training with my Spring 2014 “Share My Journey” Contest. Winners not only receive a FREE Month of Personal Training Sessions with me as I prepare for the NPC & SNBF 2014 Bodybuilding, Figure, Fitness, & Bikini Competition Season, but also winners will be invited to a front row seat to all of my shows during the 2014 Competition Season!  Along with other prizes as well as be featured on my Biweekly Blog Updates as an Ambassador for Wellness!

share your journey

Will you be 1 of 3 lucky winners in 2014!? Winners will be announced in February, Training begins in March!

*3 People will be selected, 1 person for each month of my Preparation Period: March, April, & May for Training!*


*Your story can be about any fitness goal you have. It does not have to relate to bodybuilding, running, or any specific sport I engage in. This is your journey as well as mine! Let’s reach our destinations together!*

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Contest available for Anytime Fitness-McCalla location ONLY!

Good Luck and Looking forward to YOU joining me on my Journey to the Stage and Beyond!




Hope everyone is excited about what 2014 has in store for them! I AM!


ANYTIME FITNESS – MCCALLA, 4955 McAdory School Rd, McCalla, AL 35111


YMCA of Tuscaloosa County, 2405 Paul Bryant Drive, Tuscaloosa, AL  35401

This Week’s Training, Teaching, & Event Schedule is As Follows:

Keeping Up with Candice Maria


It’s time to BOOST your Workout Routine!



with me


Anytime Fitness McCalla

JANUARY 1 – 27, 2014

Stop by the Information table by the Personal Trainer Office to select the class that will best meet your specific fitness goals for 2014!

*Look for your FREE Trial Session PostCard in the mail*

Get Ready for…..

28 Days that Will Change Your Life

The 28 ARBONNE Essentials Day Detox Boot Camp Launch

January 3 – 31, 2014

Set your intentions for a healthier NEW YOU in 2014! Lose old habits and build a foundation for success!

Visit the ARBONNE Store at Anytime Fitness McCalla or Contact me via phone or email to register!

Registration is ONLY $25 to receive my 28-Day Detox e-book and daily journal + the cost of your ARBONNE Essentials Kit!

Working out is ALWAYS Better with Friends!

TEAM UP to Lose 10 – in – 10 while competing for Cash Prizes from the

Alabama Dept. of Health!

It’s Scale Back Alabama at Anytime Fitness-McCalla!


Stop by the information table by the Personal Trainers Office to Register your Team!

I am looking for 10 People to be Team Captains! 

Official Weigh-In will begin January 18-24, 2014

and lastly….

The Launch of the Spring 2014 “Share My Journey” Contest

What’s your Story? Don’t forget to send in your submissions between January 1 – 31, 2014 to be considered for my Spring 2014 “Share My Journey” Contest. Winners not only receive a FREE Month of PT Sessions with me at either Anytime Fitness* or YMCA of Tuscaloosa County* as I prepare for the NPC & SNBF 2014 Bodybuilding, Figure, Fitness, & Bikini Competition Season, but also winners will be invited to a front row seat to all of my shows during the 2014 Competition Season!

*Membership at either facility is required to enter contest*

Share my journey to the stage and beyond by sharing your story with me so that I can inspire you to chase your dreams in 2014!

 ~ Blessings ~

Candice Maria

Amateur Fitness Athlete | USATF Running Coach | Personal Trainer | Writer | Creative Director of The CapoKinesis Method