Time to reveal my abs!

So I’m officially going into a mini-cut to lose 5lbs. I have not purposefully tried losing weight since October. My metabolism and hormones were out of whack due to extreme dieting. In the span of 2 years I competed in 5 bodybuilding competitions. Losing fat for each competition became more and more difficult and the amount of cardio I was doing toward the end was ridiculous. The same drama happens a few months after each show where I start hating my body and can’t stand the way my clothes fit. Typically I go right back into a cut to shed some fat and then the cycle happens again. I’m no longer able to maintain a lean physique (this references my personal standards of “lean”) with just eating healthy and exercising daily. This kind of sucks and I’m ready to get my body and metabolism where I want it. First thing I did when I decided I wanted to shed some fat was not cut calories or add much cardio. Instead I kept calories up, continued to exercise regularly (~ 1 hour per day of strength and stability) and maintained my weight. This allowed my metabolism to adjust to the higher calories and gave my body a break. I try to track my macros each day using myfitnesspal and I’ve been consistently weighing myself and checking my percent body fat bi-weekly for the last few months. Things have been pretty stable and I’m ready to lose a little fat. I will be doing a mini cut that will be 3 to 5 weeks depending on the rate of my fat loss. Once I hit my goal of 5 pounds and maintain it for a couple weeks I will increase my calories up a little bit and come out of a calorie deficit. My ultimate goal is to have my abs back for summer (Vegas trip in early June to be more specific) without being on a crazy restrictive diet. I have zero plans of competing again in the next year and would like to get to a comfortable bodyweight that I can still enjoy red wine with. If it takes me 6 months to achieve I am okay with that.

I’ll post regular updates of my progress via Facebook and Instagram.

3 thoughts on “Time to reveal my abs!

  1. Hi Nicole!

    I stumbled across this post while I searching the internet on how to prep for a comp, when my hormones always become imbalanced. I am at a dead stop with being able to lose any fat. I was only able to compete in one competition, and now every time I try to prep, my hormones go into the ground and I am unable to lose any fat. My last prep I too, was also doing insane amounts of cardio with little results. Now that I have stopped doing so much cardio, I have noticed a “pooch” in my stomach- which i have NEVER had. I am upset about it, and I am not sure how to lose it. I dont eat unhealthy, but I cant seem to find my nitch. I would LOVE if I could talk with you more. I have been through A TON of prep coaches, and just cant figure my body out. My dream is to get my pro card, but I am pretty discouraged right now.

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