Saturday, May 26, 2012

Hello everyone!

I will only be blogging on my website: from now on. It is still very plain looking for now but it's a start! You can"like" my page on facebook to stay up to date as well!/pages/Rachel-DavisFitness-Model/194886853916002 :)

Thanks and have a great weekend!

Friday, October 14, 2011

My First Audition

In previous posts I had mentioned that there are certain things I’d like to pursue, things I have never done before. And it's a little nerve wracking, because it’s different. I’ve been wanting to get an agent for a few months now. I have booked all of the jobs that I have done (projects and photo shoots, workout segments etc) without one and thought hey…..what if someone was actually looking for things for me? *Light Bulb* Lol! And that’s how it came about. Her name is Teresa Poanessa and her agency is R.E.D Lifestyle Management here in Toronto. (note: I am no longer with R.E.D Lifestyle Management. I am too busy with my new job to commit to auditions right now :) ).

The story on how we FINALLY met is quite funny….. long story cut WAY short….I got lost in the heart of down town Toronto, with no GPS, no AC (broken), it was hot and muggy, I was stuck in bumper to bumper traffic in a construction zone, then it started to rain and I had to keep my windows down because it was so hot. Hahah. As you may know, I have curly hair. …..mix in humidity, rain, exhaust pipe pollution and stress…..I was lookin like this ------------------------->
 And to top it off I had to pee soooooo bad!!! So…..with no other options other than peeing my pants, I thought no, not today hahah. I throw my car in park and climb over to the passenger side to get out to the side walk (remember I’m in major traffic so I couldn’t even get out my side if I wanted to). I am hunched over running for the royal thrown at Tim Hortons only to find out you need a special key to unlock it. PLEASE KILL ME. The people working could tell I was in dire need and they quickly handed it to me no problems. Ahhhh SO much better. To sum it up; I was so lost, late, sweaty, tree haired (frizz ball of the century) that I decided to call Teresa and said we had better re-schedule Lol. Luckily she was laughing and totally cool with that.

Well we FINALLY met over brunch and we totally clicked! She is awesome. Not even 2 weeks in and I have already booked my first audition for a hair infomercial (Not even fitness related!) and had 2 other auditions. I'm proud to say I've booked 2 out of the 3! Not bad for my first time out lol! I’m really excited and looking forward to trying new things and getting out of my comfort zone yet again. The audition of course was nerve wracking…..some of the women in the waiting room weren’t the nicest. We were to come with little to no product in our hair. This product is a curling tool. One woman in particular pipes up and says “oooh I thought we weren’t supposed to come with our hair done…..” with kind of a snarky look on her face. And the 2 others beside her starting saying “Yeah, yeah” all looking at me. Like seriously?! What the heck.hahah I was like “oh my hair is naturally curly…” the main woman again says “oooh (kind of laughing) really…..” not believing me. I proceeded to show her the tight little ringlettes and dreadlocks underneath my hair lol….. all I can do is just laugh it off. It just caught me off guard. Women can be so catty. I’ll never understand. On a side note, I went to another audition and met a SUPER nice, gorgeous and down to earth woman, who’s name was also Rachel lol! She was very kind and informative (I was asking questions about what we would be doing, how do these things work etc). A little friendliness can go a long way and can make or break ones day…so why not try and make someones day as opposed to break it?

This morning I was on set in downtown Toronto filming for the hair tool infomercial and it was super fun! The ladies (and gentlemen) were all very nice and easy to be around. It’s a lot like photo shoots where you try on many different outfits, see how it looks with the camera lighting etc. I was nervous about "speaking" on the camera, but all turned out well! I also may have booked another job with the same company on the spot! That’s pretty cool. Still waiting to hear more details though.

Well that’s my latest update for now. :)

Friday, September 9, 2011

Four Letter Word....

I am about to wonder into uncharted territory..... something I don't feel is really touched on that often or spoken about candidly. Fasten your seat belts! (Or unfasten your belt buckles Lol!!)

CHEATING! I am going to share some fun facts about myself with you. I love to eat! I know everyone says that, but I really do love to eat. Fact: I have the appetite of 300lb man. hahah Cute right? One of my finest qualities. Haha I really do though. All of my closest friends can easily vouch for that. I have had a hearty appetite since I have been young. I really wish I was one of those people who could take "one bite" or just a "small piece" and be satisfied. Nope. I need the whole thing! I can't have just one. Or I wish I could be one of those people who thinks "pizza is disgusting, chips are nasty (because they are high in fat/salt) and chocolate is too sweet." I have heard friends, competitors and fitness models alike say things like that. Which really is great...for them lol. And it would be even better if I was like that. Truth: I'm not even a little bit like that. I love it ALL! People also say that life throws so many opportunities to cheat, that they don't plan out theirs. That is totally a fair statement, a great motto to live by. Unfortunately, this approach doesn't work for me personally. If I know an opportunity is coming up, I will organize myself according to the event.

Here is how I manage. I pick 1 day week for a cheat meal, which is usually Sundays to relax and eat whatever I feel like. Now, this doesn't mean a complete shmorgesporg gong show from dawn til dusk (though I won't deny that's happened...once or twice. OK thrice hahah). But being serious, I am right on the money with my diet Mon-Sat. No straying away. When Sunday rolls around I usually pick a time like 5pm to "start" the cheat but it is strictly clean eating up until then. My cheat usually includes dinner with friends or family that I don't get to see during the busy week. I will usually go for sushi, or get a hamburger and of course I have desert. Lately I love my Moms home made deserts! She makes this pimped out oat-carrot cake thing and it really is to die for. Also, sometimes we go see a movie after dinner....and yes I get the movie theatre popcorn. Call me gross whatever I don't care. I am a popcorn LOVER!!! With my cheats its whatever I feel like. If I want pizza, I will get pizza. If all I want is a nice cooked steak with potato, then that's what I'll get. It's not always "dirty".

People ask me if I feel bad or guilty afterwards, and the answer is NO! I diet hard and train hard during the week, so I feel like it is deserved, or my reward to myself for being disciplined throughout the week. I think people feel bad for cheating because they do it unplanned, they don't want to but do anyways which results in guilt. You have to EARN your cheat meal! Be disciplined and strict with yourself throughout the week. This way you wont pick at things because you know you will be able to have it in X amount of days. I realize that everyone is different, in terms of age, metabolisms and what have you ,so this approach is what works for ME. I have gone weeks and weeks and weeks without having a cheat meal and let me tell you.....I was not a happy camper. Cranky pants were on very securely 24/7. I highly recommend you find a way that will help keep you on track with your daily goals but wont make you miserable either. I'm not saying my way will work for you, or my way is the only's just what works for ME.

I also want to touch on this subject. Every winter I tend to fall off the wagon a bit, especially in December (my Birthday, Christmas, New Years) and this season I making it my mission to not. Lol! I am used to "dieting" for specific dates like competitions, where as now I am trying to in cooperate more of a lifestyle approach to my nutrition and be in great shape all the time. I know I don't need to be in competition shape year round, but there's no reason I can't maintain a healthy, fit physique. And I will say this as well, if I have a photo shoot or some type event coming up and I feel I want to look a little tighter, I will skip out the cheat meal. Same thing applies if I am not really progressing by the end of the week, I will have to skip the cheat meal and wait another week until I see the results I am wanting. But more often than not, I have a cheat meal every Sunday! Again, they are not always dirty!! You can have a hearty cheat without being ridiculous. But I do think it's ok to be ridiculous once in a while ;) .

So there you have it. A true insight into what my cheats look like and my little "rules" that I apply to them. Cheat meals keep me on track throughout the week and it's a day for me to relax and enjoy myself, and the company I share it with! :)

Is it Sunday yet?!


 McRachy please see other blogs to learn the meaning behind that nickname if you cant put it together by now. Lol.

This app is so mean! But I can't help it... hahah

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Paul Buceta Photoshoot & Cottage

Last Wednesday, I ventured down to Paul Buceta's studio in Mississauga to do a quick photo shoot. We sat around and chatted for a bit then got down to business. We nailed our first shoot so fast I was actually surprised! We got so many great shots within the first 5 minutes! The theme was a raw 70's type of feel with a collage background. As soon as I layed eyes on the background I fell in love with it. I used to put collages like that all over my books, and I make my cards like that too! (Yes, I love to hand-make cards, crafts and what have you haha). I'm a sucker for anything with a 70's-80's type feel so I loved the theme. Some are a little Especially for me. But I really do love the way they turned out! I wish I could shoot with Paul whenever I felt like it haha And anyone who has had the pleasure of working with him probably feels the same.
After we shot the 2 other looks we had the afternoon to just hang out, go over some of the photos and chat over a sub. I actually had my first sub in a loooong time. Years I think. Yum! I polished off a 12" like it was no ones business. Don't judge me. hahah

I always love going to Paul's studio because every time I leave I always feel amazing and learn something new. Whether it be about modeling, photo shop, photography, anything iphone/mac related lol, or life in general. It's nice to have someone with more experience and knowledge give me direction and advice that helps guide me along the way!

If you'd like to see more from our set, click here --> and for the story behind Paul and I, click here -->

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Nationals 2011

This was a very eventful trip lol! Allow me to start from the beginning:

We (Dorian, Jodi, myself, and Dorians Dad) arrived at Pearson International Airport about 10am, hoping to catch the 11am flight to Saskatoon. We were on stand by and came early in case we didn't all make it on the 11am, and then would try for the 4pm. We were in line ready to sign in and Dorians Dad forgot his passport/ID at home (they live 45mins outside of Toronto....and longer with traffic!!). So we decided Dorian should get on the 11am and Jodi, Mr Hamilton and I will try for the 4pm flight and hope we make it on.
4pm rolls around everything seems to be going smoothly, we all get on the flight. It's late taking off, but no biggy. About an hour and half in the air, the PA system turns on and they announce "We have turned around and headed back towards Toronto for an emergency landing because there is a crack in the wind shield". OMG! Ok, not so bad, we'll be landing in 20 mins. Literally 5 minutes within the announcement, the plane is nose diving at full speed towards the ground! It starts shaking (think major turbulence), with no lights on and I thought the oxygen masks were going to pop out at any second. I start to feel HOT AIR all in the plane which was heavily air conditioned and Im thinking "OMG!!!! THAT IS NO CRACK THERE'S A FRIGGIN HOLE!!!" and I am soooo scared lol. I can't even look out the window! There is not one PEEP from anyone. Everyone was dead silent. Apparently we dropped from like 18 000ft to 10 000 or something like that in less than 10 mins to ensure we were at the right altitude if the window burst. We finally landed, (thank the Lord, seriously! I was praying the whole time!!) and we get to see the windshield, and its completely cracked everywhere!! Jodi got a decent pic with her cell phone, they let us go into the cockpit!

Next, we wait in the airport for a few hours for another plane. I packed 3 extra meals in case of delays on top of my regular meals. By the time we are getting on the next plane it was 8pm. Then Comes 9pm we're still just sitting on the plane waiting for them to load our bags.....then the Captain announces since we've been waiting so long, we have to top up on fuel again before we leave. Another half hour. We FINALLY leave at 9 30pm!! I ran out of meals because I checked in the bulk of my food. Such a bad idea!! Luckily Jodi had an extra 2 meals for me......not exactly what I was supposed to have, but close enough. Not a great feeling 2 days before your show lol.

We finally arrive in Saskatoon at about 2am our time (they are 2 hours behind us). I was worried that all my food that I pre-cooked was going to be rancid from baking in the heat all day (it was a record high in Toronto), but it actually was fine! Thanks goodness!

The day before the show I go for my spray tans, which is great. Super easy and stress free! .....I go to the athlete's meeting that evening...and yup. It's raining. I get water droplets all over my quads and some on my shoulders. Awesome, anything else? Lol!! So at that point I was starting to feel a little stressed, but surprisingly I was very calm and relaxed with everything that was happening.

Show day! I felt really good, well rested, I was happy with how I looked, I LOVED my new suit and felt I did everything that I could have done up until then. During the pre-judging I got the second call out (which means they called out the top 6 girls) then they'll call out the next 5. So I ended up getting 10th place. Youch! Not exactly what I hoped for lol.....but in all honesty I was half expecting it. I have seen these girls and they are HUGE! SO heavily muscled! I looked like a pip-squeak next to them lol. I also had my suit sitting too low; on my hips as opposed to above them creating a wider looking waist (this is due to my emergency pee run a few minutes before stepping on stage lol...guess I didn't pull them back up high enough). I am content and ok with my placing. I know I did everything I was supposed to, and there's not much else I can say! I feel that I looked better than last year, and so did my coach, Mindi O'Brien and Dorian too. Not that I was any bigger (which I needed to be I guess lol!), I just felt more crisp and even looking. I understand why I received my placing, and like I keep saying, Im ok with it :) Top 10 in Canada is still a great accomplishment, and looking better than the previous year is even better in my books! I currently have misplaced my camera, but will post some pics we took in the hotel room when I find it.

Before this show even happened I told myself that if I don't do well, maybe I should take a break off competing and focus more on fitness modeling etc. It seems like I have a better body type for this direction! I don't have a crazy V-Taper (wide clavicles, narrow waist) and I'm not extremely muscular either. It seems you need either or to place well at the National events! But I truly did have a great time. It was amazing to see (and be onstage!) with Tami Beckers who received 2nd place! She'll always be number 1 in my books. She is someone I have looked up to for a long time and gave me the initial push of confidence to compete in the first place. Congrats Tami!! You deserve it! Can't wait to see you kill it next year! I also got to hang with some great girls and fellow Team O'Brien athlete Meni M, and fellow Oxygen Model Fran Dennis after the show. We all pigged out at very oddly decorated Earl's Lol! Good times!

I just wanted to thank a few people who helped me get there and try! Dorian Hamilton, Mindi O'Brien, Jodi Boam, my Parents, Jeffrey Bell, Mr.& Mrs. Hamilton, and Pur Nutrition. I am so thankful for each and every one of you. Without you guys I couldn't have gone and experienced the 2011 Canadian Nationals! I'm so glad I did!  It was definitely a trip to remember. I now have a new perspective and goals and can't wait to pursue them!!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Shoots & Shows!

Hey everyone! Time has literally flown by and I am 1 week away from my second Canadian Nationals. Yipes! I feel fine in terms of my energy and feel my body is where it should be. I just received my beautiful suit today by Competitive Edge Designs and I can’t wait to wear it. The show is in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan so this will be my first time flying anywhere to compete.

I sort of scared myself by creeping on other competitors or attending shows hahah this always seems to be the same issue with me when getting close to a show. I am not as heavily muscled as most of the girls and the girls that I’ve seen (aka been creeping lmao), so I don’t know how the show will go….. but I’m going in optimistically and with a cloud free mind. Regardless of my outcome I really enjoy the competition itself, my prep, and the challenge. I have my fiancĂ© Dorian coming with me and my best friend IFBB Fitness Pro Jodi Boam to cheer me on so I know I’m going to have a great time! Dorian especially has been such an amazing help and my #1 supporter :) Couldn't do it without him. I am so glad Jodi decided to come! Competing without her around would be....weird. I have a feeling she might sneak that dang video camera of hers and record some stuff lol.

The last 2 days have been very fun, eventful and draining at the same time. I had a video shoot with Oxygen Magazine at RKP Headquarters…. and let me tell you that they were making me work up a sweat lol! I had to perform a series of exercises that will be posted on their website, .

The following day I had a photo shoot with Oxygen Mag again on location at Wynn gym in Mississauga. I’ve never shot “on location” in a gym before so it was fun! At one point I was supposed to be "speed walking" on the treadmill, really moving my arms, and I just couldn't stop laughing because I apparently forgot how to walk... I was stomping on it like a cave man, same hand and foot going down at the same time. Everyone was like wow wow wow whats going on with these pics hahah I guess that's what you call diet brain.
Paul Buceta was the photographer for the day and he always keeps me laughing! Here is a pic I took of him from where I was sitting, climbing all over the gym equipment to get “the perfect shot” LOL! I was worried for him……but luckily, there were no spills. hahah

Well that’s my update for now, don't forget to check out Pur Nutrition Online for amazing deals! 
Also, check out this video with me and Six Star Pro Nutrition if you get a chance!

Wish me luck! :)
Photo Cred: Paul Buceta ( Makeup: Valeria Nova (

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

.......Self Confidence??

A question and topic a lot of us seem to struggle with. At some point, I think everyone has had some sort of difficulties in this area, including me! I went to a photo shoot recently, and afterwards I was reflecting on the day..... (which was great by the way!) But just thinking back to certain situations and topics that were brought up, I'd like to be more confident and sure of myself. I am someone who gets uncomfortable when there is a lot of attention on me, or a bunch of people are watching me. I just get awkward, sketch-baggy lol and almost embarrassed! There are times when I've thought "oh I look stupid....I'm not doing it right" or "I'm going to DO something stupid" Lol!! And trust me, I know how weird that sounds coming from someone who steps on stage, in a bikini to be picked a part and JUDGED! To me the stage is completely different. On stage you have trained and practiced for that moment to do the exact thing you are doing (poses....and in my case actually walking in heels lol...I'm like a bull in a china shop).
But I'm really glad that I sat down and thought about this. It gave me a refreshing new outlook and state of mind. I think everyone needs more self confidence and self assurance! There is nothing wrong with being proud of yourself and taking pride in something you do or have done. However, arrogance really gets under my skin. Anyone who feels they are BETTER than someone else, putting themselves on pedestals for whatever their "reason" may be. I actually can't stand it. Now here is where we separate self confidence from arrogance.

To me, arrogance is an ugly of a trait as jealousy. Being too into yourself, putting yourself up above others or feeling like you deserve to be treated differently is nauseating. BARF! It is one thing to stand around boasting and praising yourself and the things you've accomplished as opposed to being PROUD of them. Again, to me, self confidence is being comfortable in your own skin, acknowledging your skills/accomplishments and taking pride in them in a positive way. Also accepting imperfections and not being afraid to take some risks....whatever YOUR risk may be. If I look back, each step I took to accomplish what I have so far was either a risk, a challenge, or over-coming a fear. I can honestly say that I didn't see any of my "end results" at the beginning. And I am so glad I tried and conquered them! I have some new ideas and challenges... things I'd like to pursue or put more of my time and energy to. In order for me to do so, I know I need to whip up a brand new batch of self cconfidence with a dash of assurance lol! It's almost impossible to not think, "what if I fail" or "what if I'm not good enough" or "what if I screw up"..... WHAT IF you don't?? WHAT IF you succeed? A great quote I found, "While one person hesitates because he feels inferior, the other is busy making mistakes and becoming superior."-Henry C. Link

I'm learning that you can't sit around waiting for all of your ducks to line up in row. You have to be a go-getter! "Too many people over-value what they are not and undervalue what they are" -Malcome Forbes. I dig this quote too. I believe that being surrounded by happy, positive people who genuinely care about you is so important and has a great impact on oneself. I am so lucky to have people in my life to help me believe in myself and achieve things I thought I was never capable of! Now it's time to pick up the old trousers and take that risk! Be PROUD of who you are and what you have accomplished. Be determined to conquer your goals, large or small and try new things. As the saying goes.... it's not who you are that holds you back, it's who you think you're not.

Go get whatever makes your clock tick! I am ;) TICK TOCK!

I'm not usually a "quotey" kind of person lol....but I also liked these ones, they were fitting for me....I hope you enjoy them too!
 “Laugh at yourself, but don't ever aim your doubt at yourself. Be bold. When you embark for strange places, don't leave any of yourself safely on shore. Have the nerve to go into unexplored territory.” Alan Alda quotes (American actor, b.1936)

"When you're young, you tend to believe what people tell you, and that's dangerous. As you get older, you learn that you're never as good or as bad as they say you are. If you understand this, you win." George Clooney (adapted)

"If you have no confidence in self, you are twice defeated in the race of life. With confidence, you have won even before you have started." Marcus Garvey

Photo: Paul Buceta MUA: Valeria Nova Model: Carol Lama