12 Things You Didn't Know About Adrian

If you’ve been here at Buckaroo Barbie for very long at all, you’ll know that Adrian is my little sister, best friend, business partner, and confidant. If you’re new, Adrian is my little sister, best friend, business partner (we have Buckaroo Barbie together), and confidant. She’s blonde, crazy and smiles constantly. What you see is basically what you get. But here are 12 things that I know you don’t know about Adrian.

1. She hates Gene Autry. She holds him almost soley responsible for the demise of women’s bronc riding in rodeo. I find this hysterical for some reason.

2. She buys lots of high heels that she never wears. The Bonds or moccasins always end up on her feet.

3. Dolly Parton is her favorite artist.

4. She can read ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics. Yes, she has cursed me and threatened to turn me into a Lotus flower before. Sometimes, I do feel afraid.

5. She rarely eats before a show.

6. She once told a state Senator when she played for his campaign and was asked whether she wanted to be paid upfront or after the show, that her daddy taught her when dealing with politicians or prostitutes to always get your money up front. OHMYGOD.

7. Never make a bet with her. She will win. I’m not even kidding. I wish I could tell you the back story.

8. She’s addicted to Christmas. She starts listening to Christmas music in August. I love her. Sometimes around November I start hating Christmas music. 

9. She would rather eat a loaf of sourdough bread than a bar of chocolate.

10. Every time she has gotten off a bucking horse onto a pickup man’s horse, she has closed her eyes.

11. She special ordered leopard wallpaper for her mobile home trailer. BAM.

12. She has chronically itchy teeth. Meaning that she bites me all the freaking time.

xo xo Liz

Adele inspired

I'm not 100% sure that Adele has the same make-up,  I just liked the way she has her wing. So, here we are
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2. Smog
3. Half Baked

black pencil by NYX
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Week III: Buckaroo Barbie Body Challenge with Lacey Arbaugh

Slowly but surely, my way of thinking about fitness and health is changing. 

In the past, I'd always enjoyed my ability to seemingly eat whatever the heck I wanted and get by with an OK bod. But since I got Lyme disease, I've had to change my eating habits so that I can do things like, well...live a normal life unassisted, and do the things I love, like ride and rope. Since I met Lacey, ok virtually met Lacey, I've been so inspired to become the cleanest, healthiest, strongest version of me that I can be! I've always shied away from taking supplements in the past because I have the attention span of a gnat and forget to do things like that, but the last 2 weeks I've actually been taking my vitamins consistently! Whoop whoop! :) 

I think for us cowboy-girls/Buckaroo Barbies, we need to take special care of our bodies because the better shape we're in, the longer we'll be able to do what we love, right?! So take a look at all this amazing information that Lacey has put together for us and put it to good use, dolls! 

xo xo Liz 


Deciding on the right supplements can be a frustrating task, but I can assure you it is not as hard as it seems. Don’t get me wrong - it can definitely be overwhelming to walk into a supplement or health food store and see the endless supply of vitamins, minerals, fat burners, proteins, weight-gainers, pre-workouts, etc. Oh, and not to mention, the usual super-ripped guy who throws the most expensive supplement at you to “try out.”

I have done a bit of research to find which supplements actually benefit me and which ones we do not necessarily need, depending on our goals. I have a few staples that I feel everyone should use plus a couple added boosters that will help you grow and repair after all your hard work in the gym.

Multivitamin – I think everyone needs (I emphasize need) to be on a daily multivitamin. The foods we eat today do not give us the daily-recommended vitamins and minerals our body needs to be fully nourished. Be careful when looking at vitamins; make sure that the USRDAs (recommended daily allowance) are high enough to meet the needs of your new active lifestyle but safe from toxicity. A safe zone I recommend is from 100-500%. I am currently taking GNC Women’s Ultra Mega Active Vitapak and highly recommend it.

Calcium – Calcium is the essential mineral found in our bones and teeth. In most multivitamins, there is not enough to get the full amount of calcium our body requires. I suggest getting a separate calcium supplement to add to your multivitamin. It will help reduce the risk of osteoporosis and weak, brittle bones.

Omegas – These are essential fatty acids our bodies need to build healthy cells for our brain and nerve function. The only way to get these fatty acids is through food. Omega 3’s come from salmon, mackerel, tuna, walnuts, or flaxseeds. Omega 6’s, CLA, or linoleic acid comes from plant oils such as corn oil, soybean oil, and sunflower oil. I recommend taking one three times daily or as instructed.

L Carnitine – This is an amino acid that helps the body produce energy. It is also important for heart and brain function along with improving muscle movement. Take with multivitamin.


There are now many protein options to choose from that will help benefit your fitness and dietary needs.

Whey – Whey protein is the fastest digesting protein and comes in multiple options: concentrate, isolate, and hydrolysate. Concentrates have higher levels of fat and lactose compared to isolate and hydrolysate that may be a little more expensive. The fast digestion of this protein makes it a perfect option for post workout, but I have also read it is great for increasing protein synthesis if taken before a workout as well.

Casein – Casein protein is a slow digesting protein that is separated from milk by ultra-filtration. This source of protein is optimal for reducing muscle breakdown especially at night while we are sleeping, releasing protein and amino acids for up to 7 hours. It is also a good source to use when meal replacing.

Egg – Egg protein is a fat and cholesterol free, medium digesting protein. It is usually combined with other protein sources but can also be purchased alone. It is recommend to be consumed throughout the day in between meals but not for post workout.

Soy – Soy protein is very similar to whey protein. It is a fast digesting protein source and is high in antioxidants, which makes it great as a post workout recovery shake. Soy is a great option for vegetarians and those who are lactose intolerant.

Hemp – Hemp protein is a very low protein source but is great if you have allergies to soy. It is a fast absorbing source like whey, but it is also very high in fiber. Hemp protein is also high in essential fatty acids, which will help reduce inflammation. It is recommended to use as a post workout shake or in between meals.

Rice – Rice protein is a great option for lactose intolerant or as a protein source for vegetarians. It is very closely related to whey protein other than the fact it contains more carbohydrates. It is a fast absorbing protein that is also gluten free. It can be consumed as a post workout shake.  


Pre-Workout – Taking a pre- workout before a gym session is designed to put you in the zone to improve your performance, increase strength and endurance, decrease muscle breakdown during training, increase protein synthesis, improve energy and focus, improve nutrient delivery and assimilation, increase metabolic rate, and create an optimal hormonal environment.

Amino Acids/BCAAs – These are the building blocks of life which help provide energy for the body and maintain and repair muscles, bones, tissues and cells, along with our hair, skin, and nails. It is recommended to consume these before, during, and after each workout to ensure that you are repairing and growing your damaged muscles.

Creatine – Creatine helps regenerate the body’s muscle energy source to help with longer sets and more reps during a workout. Supplementing with creatine increases the body’s creatine stores. Resulting in more phosphocreatine available for use by muscles which means more phosphate is available to ADP to help regenerate ATP. Creatine will help you gain in lean muscle and strength.

Fat Loss/Energy

Fat Burner – Fat burners are stimulants that help speed up the body’s metabolism to help shed extra unwanted fat. One of the most used stimulant is caffeine, which gives you and extra energy boost by elevating your heart rate. The stimulants work by stimulating body to produce adrenaline and putting the body into the “fight or flight” response. This reduces the feeling of pain and lethargy. There are many negative side effects that come with fat burners and they should be used in small quantities. They are known to increase blood pressure and stress levels, which can put a strain on your heart and immune system. They can cause dehydration and mess around with your sleep patterns. There are also fat burners that use growth hormones that can lead to side effects such as abnormal growth in organs. My recommendation for a fat burner would be consuming foods that contain fat burning substances. A lot of people I talk to get the impression that by consuming a pill that “burns fat” it will reduce their time in the gym and kitchen because this pill will do the work for them. That is 100% incorrect. If you consume a fat burner you need to make sure that your diet and exercise on point. My concept is if there is a pill that could make us fit and skinny then we all would be fit and skinny!

Green Tea Extract – Green tea is a more natural way to speeding up the fat burning process. It is derived from the plant Camellia sinensis and is used to improve mental alertness and thinking. The extract contains 2%-4% caffeine and is even known to help treat diseases such as Crohn’s and Parkinsons, stomach disorders, bone loss, chronic fatigue, help lower blood pressure and also help prevent against cancer.

That is my list of supplements I am currently taking to help keep my muscles fully recovered and ready for action! I highly recommend looking further into each of these if you decide to try them out and always talk to your physician to make sure that they are suitable for you.

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- Lacey Arbaugh 

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Quote of the Week

Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead end. Failure is something we can avoid only by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.

-- Denis Waitley

xo xo Liz & Adrian 

Keep Your Chin Up High

I think part of the reason we all of us feel so close here on Buckaroo Barbie, is because I am brutally honest with you. Whenever I sit down to write a post, I imagine drawing my chair up to yours and topping off our coffee cups. It’s as if we’re all friends, offering each other advice, encouragement or even just a shoulder to cry on. So with that in mind, I feel like we’re all friends.

If you remember the other day, I posted how a fellow Lyme warrior died. It really upset me and thanks to that and some other contributing factors like accidently eating some food with preservatives in it, I’ve been down sick on the couch the last few days.

But that’s not the part I’m crying about. Yesterday our neighbor called and said he had about 42 head to brand. I was so excited. Surely I’d be feeling better by Sunday morning! I woke up this morning and the room was spinning so wildly it put any carnival ride to shame.  My joints felt like they’d been beaten with a hammer and I was so weak that Adrian had to help me so I could just sit up in bed. Long story short, I didn’t go brand today. And I was really kind of bitter about it. I had been doing so well! Why did I have to get to feeling crappy NOW of all times????

The mums got me cozied up on the couch with my Roo dog and a cup of coffee and headed off to the neighbors to take pictures. That’s her passion and joy, just in case you were wondering. J And while she was gone I might have indulged in a few tears of feeling sorry for myself and anger and frustration in my stupid, weak body. Then, while scrolling through Facebook, a friend’s status stopped me in my tracks. It said,

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. James 1:2-4

I know my trials are nothing compared to what some people are being faced with right now, but when you’re faced with your own baggage, it can seem very big and overwhelming at times. And in all honesty, I felt very overwhelmed and sad today. I spent the day, twisted on the couch in pain while my body alternatively tried to spin me to sleep, or freeze me into submission. At one point I woke up from a nap, scrolled through my Instagram and ran across this quote from Chalene Johnson:

“The only thing we truly have control over is our attitude. Attitude is a habit. Attitude is a choice. Things could be much worse! Hey…you have so much to be grateful for! Be happy. Be optimistic. Be giving. Be kind. Be grateful. Be humble. Be thankful. Be loving. Be generous. Be patient. Be nice. Be open. Be forgiving. These things create the habit of an unshakeable optimistic, positive attitude!”

That quote was like a shock of cold water to my system. My dad has always told Adrian and me that the only thing we control is our attitude, and through experience I’ve found that to be true.

I chose to forget about that today, so when my reminder came thanks to Facebook and Instagram, I felt somewhat ashamed and thankful.

I felt ashamed that I had wasted so much time wallering around in self-pity, and thankful for the reminder that even if I can’t control how I feel, I can control how I react to my situation. And that right there, ladies and gentlemen, is true control.

So no matter what tomorrow brings me, whether it’s joint pain, whirling rooms and not being able to ride my horse, or boundless energy, cutting strings and loping circles on Albert, I’m going to be thankful and cheerful. I’m going to work my hardest with the allotted energy and resources I’ve been given so that when the end of the day draws near, I can look back and be proud of my Try and attitude.

My two favorites, my little sister and my Albert horse.

I hope this encourages you in some small way, because these reminders did my heart a whole world of good today.

xo xo Liz 

Photo Credit: Alison Brannan