There are a lot of questions regarding what it takes to be a figure or bikini competitor. This blogger did a wonderful job summerizing the diary of a successful figure competitor. Jackie is a friend of mine and someone I strongly admire. She is hardworking, strong, dedicated to health and fitness and shares her passion with others by being an amazing personal trainer.
It’s go time! I am officially one week from my first of two fall shows. This one is special to me because this time last year I competed for the very first time. I was scared, uncomfortable and so very overwhelmed. I placed well but was a nervous freak on stage who lacked confidence. I came back and competed again in the spring and brought home a 1st place in the Master’s Division (35 and up). I took 3rd overall and decided I wasn’t satisfied with that. I recharged, refocused and set my goals higher.
In 7 days I will step out on the same stage that scared the shit out of me 1 year prior with confidence and poise. I will beat her and that girl is myself.
Today is my low carb day where I only eat complex carbs with one meal. Well, I already ate that for breakfast and now I am off to the gym to build up my hamstrings. I need an energy boost and some protein to feed my muscles. Today I created a yummy low carb pre-workout shake that was worth sharing.
What you need:
8 oz water or unsweetened almond or cashew milk ( I used water becasue I am out of milk)
8 oz unsweetened cold brewed coffee (or left over cold coffee)
3 tbsp powdered peanut butter
1 tsp cinnamon
1 scoop Whey Isolate Protein powder (I used snickerdoodle but you could use vanilla or chocoalte)
1 cup baby spinach
1-3 packets of stevia
3-5 ice cubes
Add all ingredients to blender and mix well. Enjoy!
So I have only 17 days until the first of my two fall competitions (but who’s counting). I was feeling a little frustrated with the lack of weight loss and getting discouraged but today I finally saw the results I was looking for. My weight is still only down about 6 lbs from where I started but my body is much leaner. Today I put my competition suit on and practiced my posing. Posing is something I will practice daily from now until my show and is more important than people would think. The judges are looking for the whole package and poor stage presentation will prevent you from placing in top 5. Although I practiced a lot last year my nerves took over my first show and my stage presence lacked confidence. I rocked my second show and felt like a whole new woman on that stage. This one is going to be even better. My new coach tweaked my front pose a little and I’m ready to present my best package yet.
Although things are coming together physically, don’t be fooled by the title of this post. I still lose my shit a few times a day and don’t handle any stress well. My tank is running on empty and my % body fat is dropping below a healthy level for me. Basically my hormones are a little wacky and I’m acting f*cking nuts. My kids just stay out of my way after 7pm when my energy drops and mood swings kick in. I finding it easier now that they are back in school and I can get my work done during the day. I’m typing this blog while sitting at my middle son’s football scrimmage.
My diet is the same as my last blog with lots of lean protein and greens. I’ve been satisfying my sweet tooth with decaf coffee and stevia after almost every meal. Cucumbers have been my saving grace. I eat a whole one seasoned with Mrs. Dash and garlic powder twice daily. This keeps me full and prevents over eating at meals. They also help a ton with regularity.
This is a typical meal on my lower carb days. If I do add carbs it is tyipcally sweet potato or a plain rice cake.
Although there is less than a 10 lb difference in the scale I am pleased with the changes I can see
Here are my strippers shoes that are required for show day. Now you can see why I practice daily.
To stay full I eat most of my food over a huge bed of spinach.
Just another day in the kitchen prepping my greens and egg whites
Okay, there are only 22 days (but who’s counting) until my competition and I am kind of losing my shit (well, only 3-6 times per day). My weight is not flipping moving! I HATE the scale and wish it would just go to hell. I like the changes I am seeing in my body but the scale is f*cking with my head. I am supposed to be losing 1.5-3lbs per week. This stopped happening about 4 weeks ago. My coach keeps cutting my carbs and I am cycling them. THIS SUCKS! I love, love, love carbs and lose my shit when I am not eating them. On top of cutting carbs even lower, we are cutting out most of the variety in my diet. I like to think of myself as a bit of a creative wizard in the kitchen when it comes to making healthy ass food that tastes like unhealthy food (protein cookies, muffins, cauliflower not so fried rice, etc.). Well, no more of that either. Same food meal after meal, over and over. So basically, if you see me just go the other way.
Why the hell am I doing this you are asking by now? Well, because I want to push myself to limits I have never gone. I want to be leaner, stronger and better than that girl that hit the stage back in April. I found the below quote that says change is hard at first, messy in the middle and gorgeous at the end. It hit home for me and put things into perspective. I am officially stuck in the middle and a mess. I need to refocus my energy and thoughts to the end and why I am doing this. I have a lot more to gain than I have to lose.