My Official Cosplay Line-Up for Florida Supercon!

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heroes & villains My official Cosplay Line-Up for Florida Supercon! Come find me Thursday only at Heroes & Villains – Comics & Games booth 620/721! I will be selling prints for the first time. 😀 Cosplays: Thursday: Maxwell from Scribblenauts Friday: Little Mac from Punch out and Super Smash Brothers Saturday: Rainbow Dash Sunday: BMO dress from Adventure Time Sunday Night: Freakazoid

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Thursday July 3rd I will be a guest at Heroes & Villains Booth 620 & 721 at Florida Supercon!

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Thursday July 3rd I will be a guest at Heroes & Villains Booth 620 & 721 at Florida Supercon!

I have an exciting announcement! I will be a guest cosplayer at the Heroes & Villains – Comics & Games table at FLORIDA SUPERCON!

This is my first time ever selling prints at a convention. I will be there all day Thursday, July 3rd at booth 620 & 721.

Come by and see me!!!

Also, if you are going and there is a print in my store you would like, let me know! I’ll make sure to hold one just for you!

Please come on by and say hi to me guys! You don’t have to buy anything! I JUST WANT TO HUG ALL OF YOU FOR BEING AMAZING FOLLOWERS!!! I can’t wait to meet you all!

you guys!!! So much. You have all helped me get this far!

If you’d like to see more of me at more cons, let your con staff know or local vendors who have guest cosplayers.

Please please please, go stop by Heroes and Villains facebook page and tell them I sent you! And please send them a big thank you for getting me to be a guest at their table. They are the first people to ever give me such an amazing opportunity, and I want them to know how much I appreciate it!

Full Length Portrait Tips by Ian B Photography

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Full Length Portraits Tips by Photography by Ian B

Check out this stellar posing tutorial from Photography by Ian B.

Final Cosplay Lineup for Megacon 2014

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Final Cosplay Lineup for Megacon 2014

My MegaCon Convention 2014 line up.

Friday: Melfina from Outlaw Star
Saturday: Kyoko Sakura from Puella Magi Madoka Magica
Saturday Night: Super Secret Superhero Cosplay!
Sunday: Meru from Legend of Dragoon

Come check out my first radio interview! 3/1/14 @ 11:00 am EST

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Come check out my first radio interview! Photo courtesy of UMO Photography

I have exciting news. Tomorrow at 11:00 am EST I’m doing my first radio interview with KAMP Student Radio located at the University of Arizona. I’ll be talking about my upcoming cosplay  plans for Megacon  and Dragoncon . You guys can listen to it here.

I’ll be posting the interview afterward. 😀

You can’t get to your destination without putting gas in your tank.

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You can't get to your destination without putting gas in your tank.

I feel little has been said about nutrition in the cosplay community.

It’s all about eating less and working out more. My hardest struggle was my increased appetite from working out. I couldn’t figure out why having a subway sandwich after going to the gym for 2 hours was getting me nowhere. I just didn’t understand it was a numbers game at that point. I was putting more in that what I was taking out.

You can count calories, but those calories you eat have to be nutritious and healthy. Say you are eating 1600 calories a day, those calories could technically be all Twinkies. Those Twinkies are not giving your body the proper nutrition to fuel properly. Instead fill it with healthy foods. As my title says, you can’t get to your destination without putting gas in your tank. You wouldn’t dump oil into your gas tank and expect it to run efficiently. Now I know it’s a silly comparison and we aren’t cars, but if you don’t maintain your body like your car it is only a matter of time till it breaks down. We all know this but why is it so hard to follow? The answer to that question is up to the individual. Why did I overeat and become overweight? I really just sought comfort in food and being a stressed out college student that freshman 15 turned into a freshman 50. I really did gain 50 lbs my first year in college. That said, it took me years of yo-yo dieting and working out to finally get control and find out what worked for me. Regardless of what exercise routing works for you…. Nutrition and an emphasis on clean eating is critical. It’s a must. There is no way around it.

So I’m going to give advice to you on what to do when it comes to those hunger pains and carvings you get right after you work out.

What I recommend (and other heath professionals and nutritionist have told me):
Have a small snack with natural sugars and a tall glass of water about an hour before working out (fruit,granola bar, yogurt are some examples), during your workout keep hydrated, and after your workout have a full glass of water and a snack. Eat before and after lightly. Simple as that. Starving yourself and working out is just telling your brain to store the reserves. Ratio the fat, because who know how long this battle will be! You might not feel hungry, but on a nice balanced diet you should really not wait till you feel like your starving to eat. Eating throughout the day isn’t so hard. I also work rotating shift work every week, so no excuses! 😀 If I can do it you can too!

Oh and don’t forget your protein! 😀 Protein acts as the building blocks of muscles, the stronger your muscles are, the more your body burns fat in order to maintain that muscle.

I attached a simple graphic as a reminder. 😀

Also, don’t fear it, cook at home! You’ll save a little money, and learn some real life skills. Keep track of everything you eat and see how much you are putting into the tank. We gain weight because we are eating more than we need to. It’s simple eat less and workout. Just working out and not watching what you eat is not healthy.

Since you are looking to be on the right food track, start a food diary! I highly recommend the app MyFitnessPal. If you don’t have a smartphone, and you are reading this you have a computer. So go check it out you can also update it online! But If you do have the app it’s even easier because there is a built in UPC label scanner which will automatically grab the exact item from it’s database. You can also add your friends and help motivate each other.

I plan on doing a video review of the app in the near future. 😀 In the meantime go check it out! 😀

Well I could go on for hours about this stuff, and I need to get my ZZZZZ’s in. Have a great night and thanks for taking the time out to read my blog. Hey if you’d like to support me please feel free to share my blog with friends.

Once again, thank you for your time,

Liz (Leaping Lizard Cosplay)