Down to the wire…

As of Saturday I will be officially 8 weeks out from my first bikini competition. Holy shit.

I have always felt like “8 weeks out” meant you made it. You have made it this far, the easy part is behind you, and now comes the tough stuff. The shit that proves you really want this. The uncomfortable stuff. And I am so ready for it.

I started carb cycling this week. For those of you that don’t know, that basically means on different days you cycle between eating lots of carbs or little carbs in order to rev up your metabolism. Get that fire burnin’ ya know? Tomorrow will be my first low carb day of this cycle. We will see how it goes….cause you know I love food!

I wanted to share my most recent progress picture with you all. Holy moly ya’ll. So many times we look at ourselves and can’t see the progress that we have made. We pick and focus on all the little things that AREN’T how we want instead of focusing on all the things that ARE changing! I am just as guilty of this. Here you can see my starting photo for prep and my most recent photo at 15 weeks into prep. I am down 12% body fat and 13 pounds so far.

15 side

I am feeling really positive on my progress. I tend to hold my weight in my legs and lower stomach, so those are always the last to lean out on me. But I am pushing my hardest and will do everything in my power to make sure I look killer up on that stage. In the end, as long as I know that I put my all into this prep, I will be happy!


Let me introduce myself…

Hi! My name is Samantha and I am the voice & mastermind behind “Sugar Coated Squats”. I wanted to start the blog off by telling you a bit about myself.

I am 24. I live in a small-ish town in Washington State. I love health and fitness. I REALLY love food. I live with the love of my life, Ryan. We have two furbabies, a chocolate lab named Cocomo & a golden retriever named Luna. And I have always had a passion for writing….so here we are!

I grew up playing all sorts of sports. Everything from soccer to golf to softball to volleyball to track and even bowling. I got my first gym membership when I was 13. I would tag along with my parents, not really knowing what I was doing, but knowing I liked it.

Fast forward 4 years and I got a job working at a local gym. I was still super active but now I was surrounded by it. At this point in my life I was doing 3+ hours of cardio a day and some lifting here and there. I was teeny, but not in a healthy way.

Then about a year and a half later, I met Ryan. He got me to join his gym and my love for fitness started again, but this time I was surrounded by knowledge. The more I learned, the more passionate I became about this field. Eventually I went on to get a job at the gym and have been there for over 4 years now. I have done everything from opening at 4am to closing at midnight, sales, director of training, etc etc etc. I now hold the two titles of Personal Trainer & Online Marketing Manager (both of which I love).


At the time I started at the gym, I had my AAS Degree but was still trying to figure out the path I wanted to go with my four year degree. With my growing passion for health and fitness, it became clear to me. I went on to graduate from Arizona State University with my BS in Health Sciences and double minors in Exercise Science and Nutrition. I then got my nationally certified personal training certification through NCCPT. And the rest is history to be made….

I also love food. A lot. I love to cook and bake and try new things. I love experimenting with different flavors and recipes. I just really love food.

I also love to travel and explore and adventure my way through life. Whether it is 5 miles or 5000 miles, I want to see as much of the world as I can. Hiking and backpacking and running and road trips and flights and new cities, it lights a fire in me like I have never known before


I am currently in prep for my very first NPC Bikini Competition. I am 9 weeks out for the show which will be in Bend, Oregon. I am also 15 weeks out from my second show in Seattle, Washington. I will be sharing my journey with you as well along the way.

So sit down. Hold on tight. And thanks for coming along for the ride!