Monthly Archives: May 2013

I promised more posts on how I’ve been getting in shape for Miss USA and today is my first guest blog post!! My personal trainer Josh Rogers from Results Fitness put this workout together for me (and now all of you!) Enjoy! I apologize for the lack of quality in these photos – I came ultra prepared with my camera… which had a dead battery, so we resorted to cell phone photos!
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Do you want a ROCKING body like Miss Tennessee USA, Brenna Mader?! Well, it takes a lot of hard work and dedication, but here are four of her favorite exercises to perform in the gym. Each exercise requires very little equipment and can be performed in the comfort of your own home, in a hotel room, or outside in the park. Let’s call it…”Brenna’s Buns!!!”

1- Hamstring Rolls (Equipment–Physioball) Muscles Worked: Hamstrings, Glutes, & Lower Back
* Lie on your back with heels on the ball.
* Keep your hips up off the floor/mat.
* Roll the ball in @ a 90 degree angle and then back out to the starting position (make sure to keep your hips up off the floor/mat the entire exercise and roll the ball in/out with your heels).
* Perform 2 sets of 25-50 reps

2- Sumo/Plie’ Squat w/ Dumbbell Curl (Equipment–medium size set of dumbbells) Muscles Worked: Inner Thighs, Quadriceps, & Biceps
* Stand with your feet a little wider than hip with apart w/ your feet turned out; dumbbells will be on the inside of your legs w/ elbows locked by your side.
* Keeping your weight in your heels, squat down in a 90 degree angle (avoid leaning forward–keep your back flat and upright, and your rear-end back).
*As you return to the starting position, you will perform a bicep curl (make sure to keep your elbows locked by your side as you perform the curling exercise to isolate the biceps).
* Perform 2 sets of 20-25 reps.

3- Charlie’s Angles (Equipment–NONE) Muscles Worked: Quadriceps, Glutes, & Core
* Make an imaginary gun with your hands (yes, you read that correctly); keeping your weight in the heel of your lead leg, lunge down 90 degrees.
* Once down in the lunge position, rotate your imaginary gun (upper body) in the same direction of the lead leg (ex. if you lunge on the right leg, rotate to your right side).
* Return to the starting position and repeat on the opposite leg.
* You can perform these static (stationary–not moving) or as moving/walking.
* If performing these as walking lunges, perform 2 sets of 50–100 yards; for static/stationary lunges, perform 2 sets of 15-20 reps on each leg.

4- Low Plank on Physioball (Equipment–Physioball) Muscles Worked: Core, Abdominals, & Lower Back
* Using the ball, get in a low plank position on your elbows on the ball (if you have trouble balancing, place your feet against a wall or sturdy surface).
* Make sure that your elbows are right under your shoulders and feet are hip width apart. Once in the plank position, make sure to keep your rear-end down, back flat, and core tight. Keep your chin in a neutral position.
* Hold the plank for 45-60 seconds.
If you want to make the exercise a little more challenging…try these two variations on the ball in the plank position:
1- Make 3 small circles in one direction and then reverse for 45-60 seconds.
2- Rotate your elbows forward and back (elbows are the only part of your body that moves) for 45-60 seconds.

ENJOY…Jane Fonda ain’t got nothing on “Brenna’s Buns” Workout!!!

In closing, I would just like to wish my Boo, Mader Tater, the best of luck at Miss USA!!! Brenna has been a dear friend of mine for the past five years. I know without a doubt that she would make the perfect Miss USA, take note Mr. Trump. Go get em, sister! I can’t wait to watch you rock that skimpy bikini on stage! WERK Gurl, WERK!!!

Today’s Miss USA OPTX Eyewear Fan Vote Video is brought to you by Wayne Pacelle, President and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States of America! You may remember seeing him on The Ellen Show recently advocating a ban on the Ag-gag bill here in Tennessee. As an animal lover, it was a no brainer to help out on the campaign. I am so excited about his video so without further adieu:

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Being the product junkie that I am, there are lots of hairsprays that I use. The absolute best for flexible hold and shaping curls is Working Spray by Aquage. It’s called working spray because it has a workable dry-down period so that you can continue shaping your look while it dries. It also adds a ton of shine to hair and will never stick to your curling iron in addition to smelling great! Aquage is only sold in salons, but it seems to be everywhere. I’m confident that this hairspray will become one of your staples too!

This is a spray that I recommend for use during the styling process. I usually use Aquage finishing spray to polish off my look.

Y’all today’s Miss USA OPTX Eyewear Fan Vote video is a special one for two reasons:
1. um she is rapping, need I say more?
2. she’s my best friend since the 6th grade

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I am officially on a post send off party high! My party was better than I even imagined and I want to give special thanks to Josh Smith and Lauren Wulf for letting my have my party at the Standard and for everything, to Emily Angarole for doing the most beautiful and delicious cake I have ever seen, to Steven Fields for screwing my head back on and organizing my life yesterday, and to every single person who came and has been supporting me in any way during what has been the best year of my life! (Yes, I know that’s a terrible run on sentence but I’m too tired to restructure it! haha) Here are some photos from my special night:

Um is this cake amazing or is it amazing?

Um is this cake amazing or is it amazing?

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With my second family, The Wedertz’s, with Lauren, with my two amazing roommates and friends, and Emily Suttle, Miss Tennessee Teen USA and Ray Sells.

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How gorgeous is the ballroom at The Standard? I’m pretty sure I told every. single. party guest last night that the fireplace on the left is the same one that Andrew Jackson got married in front of!

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Love my friends so much!

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With Kim Greenwood my incredible director, with Steven Fields my amazing wardrobe sponsor (and friend ;)), with Dale Smith Thomas – motivational speaker extraordinaire, and with Catherine Nail my co-fashion consultant.


With Melanie, you may remember her as my political PR Agent! 😉


With Craig Allen Hurst, the most loyal supporter of the Miss Tennessee USA program who came all the way from Knoxville!


With Kristen Motil, Miss Tennessee USA 2009


With my boyfriend Matt who should win an award for being so supportive this year! And cute. While we’re at it, he should win an award for that too.

And finally, today’s video comes to you from former Miss Illinois USA, Christina Ryan’s daughter Audrey. I can’t help but crack up every time I watch it! I’ve been babysitting Audrey since she was probably 3 and she has always loved singing and making up songs… next Taylor Swift??

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There are so many misconceptions in the United States about healthy food. One of the most disturbing things I’ve learned in recent years is how harmful soy can be to your health. It’s everywhere and in so many foods. Most commercial coffee shops offer only soy milk as an alternative to dairy. Here are some of the top reasons why you shouldn’t consume soy and why you should switch to almond milk, coconut milk, hemp milk, etc.

  • Over 90% of soy in the United States is genetically modified (GMO) making it a highly allergenic food.
  • It has been estimated that infants who are fed soy formula exclusively receive five birth control pills worth of estrogen every day.
  • New research potentially places soy in the category of a powerful cancer promoter of the breast, prostate, lung and colon.
  • Contributes to thyroid disorders, kidney stones, and weakens the immune system

There are few soy products which are ok to consume and those include organic, non-GMO miso, tempeh, soybean sprouts, and natto since they are fermented.

Today’s video comes to you from David Nail who has a BRAND NEW single out today called “Whatever She’s Got” call your local radio station and request it!

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There are some mornings (Memorial Day, for example) when a green smoothie just doesn’t sound good. While the smoothie is one of the healthiest possible options, I have perfected a vegan gluten free banana pancake recipe that has 100% clean ingredients, in addition to being delicious and easy!

These are even boyfriend approved! You can top them with fresh fruit if you like, but I usually don't put anything on mine! They are just that good!

You can top them with fresh fruit if you like, but I usually don’t put anything on mine – they are just that good!

  • 2 bananas
  • 1 cup of oat groats (or any gluten free grain)
  • 2 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup almond milk (or coconut milk, rice milk, etc.)
  • 2 packets of stevia
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • (optional)a few chocolate chips if you’re feeling bad – I literally add 2 to my pancake… BIG DEAL
  • (optional, but a good idea if you are trying to get ripped lol) a few Tbsps of chocolate or vanilla vegan protein powder (I like Garden of Life)
  • (optional) A Jack Johnson record

Blend the banana and almond milk in a high powered blender (all hail king Vitamix) until smooth. Add the rest of the ingredients (minus the chocolate chips) and continue blending. Then heat the stove top to medium, put some cooking spray in your pan and shape the batter into something cute like a heart (also optional). Drop a few chocolate chips in if you please. Enjoy!

Today’s Miss USA OPTX Eyewear video is brought to you by the beautiful Kristy Belcher – an extremely talented photographer based here in Nashville! She happens to be the same photographer who did my official Miss USA head shot! Check out her sweet video!


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Hope everyone has a safe and fun Memorial Day!