My new goals now that I'm pretty much leaned out is grow!
Getting some muscles is the plan.
This means way more food, more variety of food, way less cardio and a full day of eating what I want!
But more importantly, I want to know the in's and out's.
I love the way my coach works.
Really, I never cut foods out during my prep - except the last 3 days.
It never got extreme or unhealthy.
When reading other competitors' sites/blogs, I cannot believe the restricted and crazy diets they do for 12 weeks or more. Let's not even go into the crazy workouts like 2 a days (an hour of cardio in the morning, an hour of cardio at night, then weights squeezed in).
I just can't even imagine it.
Now, granted, I didn't "place well" in my first competition, but I thoroughly enjoyed my journey and knew going in what my weaknesses were.
I knew that I'd have to work on those for the future.
In fact, all the judges feedback so far has been exactly what I knew my weaknesses were.
Now, I want to learn more about nutrition, especially for athletes and body builders.
I want to know the science of what works for what.
I want to know more.
I'm very lucky that a friend of mine provided me with two pretty new science text books on the subject. I like facts. I like formulas and theories and actual labs and results.
My coach knows this and has begun to point me in the direction for more education on it.
She's giving me names, organizations, certification programs and such.
I'm hungry for knowledge.
I'm wanting to know more than the "typical" diets and "typical" proteins.
I'm curious about vegetarian, vegan and raw body builders.
I think if I can learn the macros and amounts and such, that playing with menus will become super fun and could have some different meals to introduce into competitors' diets.
I'm also toying with the ideas of giving fun classes to learn how to prepare the "typical" foods in fun new ways as to not be bored with the "typical" diets.
We've discussed doing something like that in the near future too.
In the meantime, I'm on the hunt for reliable and legitimate books on the subject -
You know, I've spent countless years scrutinizing photos and magazines of women's bodies.
Hell, I scrutinize the buff babes at the gym.
I am in awe,
a little jealous even.
I believe it's become even worse during this time of competition prep.
I compare how my abs are not as defined as theirs.
I long to have arms that look flexed even when relaxed.
I want a ba-dunk-a-dunk that is round and perky and firm...
like that gal over there.
Then, today as I was prepping even more 99% Fat Free ground turkey with less than 70 mg of sodium per 4oz, throwing in containers with 2 boiled egg whites and scurrying all around the kitchen, something hit me.
I will never be happy with the progress that I've made if I keep trying to compare me with them.
It stops now.
I'll be the way that I want and not try to conform or subscribe to what anyone else wants me to be.
I'll be the best me that I can be.
I've come a long way baby.
So this Saturday is the big day.
Screw all the pressures of "placing."
I just want to have fun and be in the moment and enjoy this experience.
I popped out my mirror, threw it in the kitchen and snapped a few pics.
so rocks!! Tomorrow starts my Peak Week. Still only 30 minutes of
cardio a day, in a lower Target Heart Rate Zone even, weights - but less
(she made me a super awesome plan),& of course, still practice my
routine. And I'm only really changing my diet slightly for 3 days next
week! Besides adding more & more asparagus. I'm going to smell lovely everytime that I go pee, lol Friday rest & reload (among 1st tannings, competitor
check-in and meeting). I feel so lucky in what I've been doing and
that my coach has made me go slow & steady. So freaking exciting!!!
Plus, one of my besties is flying in next Friday for the weekend too!!
I honestly never thought that I would be doing this or get here.
I'm honestly sort of amazed, lol.
Next week, another body fat check, weigh in, dress rehearsal of routine and posing. We'll see how I'm doing and see if any tweaks to diet need to be made. Of course, the whole "dehydrating" thing sort of freaks me out. But I know if I feel dizzy, sick, nauseous, etc., drink some! Plus, we don't start that until closer to the show date at the end of the week.
Ok, nerves are a little up, but it will be okay.
I am approaching this as a conservative burlesque show - even though during the posing, I have probably worn more on stage in burlesque! Even if I mess up my routine, the judges and audience don't know that. I will just keep on and make sure to get my strength and flexibility moves in and throw out dance choreography if need be.
99.5 lbs and down to 15.21% body fat.
I don't think that I weighed this little since the 90's!!