Thank you for checking back in on my progress as I prepare for my second NPC bikini contest July 11, 2015. What a difference a week makes! After being on prep for the last month, I feel like I finally turned a corner in my eating and workouts this week and it felt great! The previous week was a reality check (having gained body fat) that if I’m really going to compete in two months, I needed to buckle down and get serious. It took some time to get going, but now, I’m starting to gain that momentum that keeps you going and makes you want to work harder to reach your goals. Seeing the small but significant changes to my body has me excited to press on. But, there’s still a lot of work to be done!
9 WEEKS OUT
Here’s my 9 Weeks Out picture, snapped on Sunday, May 10, 2015.
I exercised 5 days this week, but am supposed to do cardio 6 days, 45 minutes each. I trained with my trainer 3 days. On days I only do cardio, I go to another gym closer to my house, and get on the bike. I put it on “quick start” at 7 and then make sure to keep my heart rate in the 70-75% range using my Polar heart rate monitor.
Monday:Train Legs + Cardio (45 minutes on treadmill) Train Chest & Arms + Cardio (45 minutes on treadmill) 640 calories burned
Tuesday: 0 I took this day off since my son had a dentist appointment and needed to stay home for the rest of the day. Then, that evening he had a Spring concert at school.
Wednesday: Train Back and Chest + Cardio (40 minutes on treadmill) 535 calories burned (coffee and pre-workout) – I woke up really tired, and put a scoop of Formulation 1 pre-workout in my water bottle and ended up having a great workout with lots of energy. I think I might start using my pre-workout on the days I train and do cardio since it’s such an intense and long workout session.
Last week, I shared how I prep my meals for the week and it has made the biggest difference in a positive way! Being able to just grab a meal from the fridge and heat it up is so convenient. I continued to eat 5 meals a day: protein pancake for Meal 1; Muscle Egg for Meal 5; and for Meals 2, 3, and 4, I usually had for protein a 5 oz. turkey meatball or mahi mahi, with green beans or brussel sprouts, and a combo of sweet and white potatoes.
Twice I ate flank steak and peppers/onions with rice.
I just chop the peppers and onions Julianne style and sauté them up in a pan over medium-high heat with cooking spray. I add a little salt too. Closer to the competition I’ll have to cut salt, but for now, it’s okay in moderation.
My only “cheats” this week were 3 chocolate Ghiradhelli squares over the weekend and some laughing cow cheese wedges with Ritz crackers. And, I’m still drinking my damn coffee with creamer!
I had to pass up the fancy wine served at a wine-tasting event for my husband’s work on Thursday evening (I literally only had one sip- just to taste!) and also passed on the best smelling pizza ever at our son’s T-ball party on Saturday. That one was hard! I had to just walk away from the pizza. There were also cupcakes:( I just keep telling myself it’s not like I’ll never get to have pizza again, just not right now!
8 WEEKS OUT
In real time, I’m now 8 Weeks Out, and here’s how I’m shaping up currently, as of Sunday, May 17, 2015. I can tell my waist is coming in more and my legs are just starting to tone up. 8 weeks feels like such a short amount of time to prepare for a contest, but a long time to continue to eat so clean and train so hard! In the big picture though (which is what I try to focus on), 8 weeks is nothing! And I’m excited to see what we can accomplish in the next two months!
I definitely need to start practicing my posing and plan to hire a posing coach this week. My previous coach isn’t doing lessons anymore, but she referred me to someone who, conveniently, trains at my gym. You’d be surprised how hard posing actually is. I remember from last time, after a 30 minute posing class, I’d be sweating and so very sore, especially in my back. But, it’s an important part of this whole thing, so I need the practice.
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Are you out there wanting to jump in and see what changes YOU can make to your body in the next two months?! Even if you have no interest or desire to compete in a bikini contest, you can still lose weight and see a big difference in how you look and feel by mid-July. I promise you, come July, you’ll wish you had started now! Small steps day-by-day add up!