Today is the official start to our summer vacation! We don’t have any major plans, maybe a quick road trip or two after bikini prep is over. Our son is signed up at a few day camps and also swimming lessons and we’ll just be doing some fun stuff at home and around town. I’ll be sharing some of our quick and easy summer routines and organization soon too. Nothing too crazy or rigid, but just enough structure to keep mama from losing her mind! I had a chance to get caught up on cleaning and organizing over the weekend, so I’m starting this week out feeling refreshed and ready to go!
Last week was kind of crazy with the holiday and then all the major rainstorms, which meant we had two days off school, then Friday was a half-day for the last day of school. One of the days home from school my son wanted to make homemade chocolate chocolate chip cookies, and I’m not going to deprive him of that goodness because I can’t eat the cookies, so we made a batch of the best cookies ever. Of course I know because I ate . . . nine of them! Three the first day, right out of the oven, and six the next day. I blame my weakness on being so very sleep deprived, having not gotten much sleep and because I just couldn’t resist! We ended up taking a bunch of the cookies to the school for an event and leaving the rest for my husband and son.
It’s not that eating cookies in and of itself is bad, it’s just that on prep, when you are working so freaking hard, it feels like it’s a waste to eat all those extra calories and sugar. Not to mention I got a major stomach ache. So, even though I messed up, I just had to start again.
I’m happy to say I’ve been perfect! on my diet since then and it’s paying off! My bikini competition is now 6 weeks away, so I’m halfway there!
7 WEEKS OUT
Here’s my 7 Weeks Out picture, snapped on Sunday, May 24, 2015.
I put the heels on since that’s what I’ll have to be standing/walking in on stage soon. It’s best to be prepared to look graceful and I still need to start practicing my posing.
I’m loving the SPRINTS I’ve been doing for cardio and even though it always feels like I won’t be able to finish when I first start, I just keep going and use the music and any other mental toughness I have to pull through. I’ve even started running faster and on Sunday, did what I consider to be “true sprints” where I sprinted at 9.0 speed for 45 seconds, then walked at 3.8 for 1 min 15 seconds. I did that for 25 minutes. I upped my speed because I found that I am started to be able to run faster for a longer time and the sprints should be more of a cardio that gets your heart rate up high for a short amount of time, then bring it back down and back up and so forth.
When I’m spending so much time doing cardio, it also gives me some time to think and I’ve been asking myself, “Why am I competing again?” I haven’t known the answer. I’ve already done one last year, so it’s not the “bucket list” thing this time and I couldn’t really articulate (even to myself) what makes me want to go on prep again. It’s not for the faint of heart! But, I love seeing my body transform. I love the challenge. I love a setting a goal and going for it. I love the stress it relieves and the “therapy” it is for me. I love being on a team with my trainer. I love working hard physically. I love pushing myself, really pushing myself beyond what I think I can do and then doing it.
And I always think that since I’m capable of doing hard physical exercise, I should. There was a point in time when my Dad couldn’t walk or do many things for himself, so I feel like I need to take this privilege and use it.
Of course, the outward physical appearance is what gets judged at the contest, but there’s a lot of inner mental and physical stuff going on too, that only the competitor truly understands.
I reported last week that I was using one small scoop of a pre-workout supplement (Formulation 1) for added energy during my workouts since they typically go nearly 2 hours on days I do cardio and train with my trainer. But, I’m stopping that now because, like I mentioned at the beginning of this post, I haven’t been sleeping well and I’m not sure if the pre-workout had something to do with that since it has caffeine in it. (It only lists the combo of ingredients and a total, instead of breaking it down individually, so I can’t tell how much caffeine is in it). I already drink two cups of coffee per day, so I don’t need any more caffeine. I find I can fall asleep better without it, so I’m just going to have to muscle through those long workouts.
I also take BCAA and a scoop of glutamine after my weight-training sessions and a daily mulit-vitamin. And this week, I started taking a nighttime post-recovery supplement that I had left over from last year. I’m stretching now too after my cardio since my legs have been super tight.
Monday Memorial Day:Cardio (1 hour combo running and sprints on treadmill) – even on a holiday!
Tuesday:Train Chest, Tricep, Arms (on my own at another gym since trainer’s gym lost power) + Cardio (45 minutes on treadmill- 25 minutes run at 6.0 before lifting, then 20 minutes sprinting, 7.0 for 1 minute, then 4.0 for one minute, alternating for 20 minutes)
Thursday a.m.: Train Legs with Trainer + Cardio (45 minutes on treadmill – 26 min sprints alternating 8.5 1 1/2 min, 4.0 for 2 min & 20 min walk at incline 15, speed 3.0, turn incline down to 0 in the middle for 1 min break, then back up) Thursday p.m.: Cardio (26 minutes jogged neighborhood)
Saturday:Cardio (1 hour on treadmill: 20 min run at 6.0; 30 min sprints 8.0, 3.8 or 4.0, 7.5 one min on/off; then 10 minute run at 6.0)
Sunday: Train Shoulders and back on own + Cardio (45 minutes on treadmill) 20 minute run at 6.0-7.0, then 25 minute sprints alternating speed 9.0 for 45 seconds, speed 3.8 for 1 min, fifteen seconds.
Let me just show you those damned cookies! Ahhh! They are just the Nestle Tollhouse bag recipe but with dark chocolate chips.
I did resist Marble Slab on Memorial Day while these two guys indulged.
And on Friday, when we went to a Mexican restaurant to celebrate my brothers’ birthdays, I stuck with my mindset “I’m just gonna order grilled chicken” and did. A little pico and pickled jalepenos gave it some added flavor. I usually avoid restaurants on prep, but sometimes you can’t help but go, especially if it’s to celebrate a birthday or another occasion with friends. I really wanted the queso or nachos! And a margarita! This chicken really wasn’t that good, but I woke up feeling proud of myself for sticking to my diet.
This week, my coach adjusted my meal plan (starting on Saturday- so it’s only been a couple days), where he cycles my carbs. It’s just a small adjustment of reducing them by one ounce or eliminating them from one meal each day. It’s a small change, but it makes a big difference. With my coffee and creamer (creamer is not on my meal plan but I do it anyway), it comes out to about 1275 calories each day.
I made a big batch of chicken and rice (just use package directions) this week and my eating is on auto-pilot more now. It’s super hard at the beginning to eat this way, but by now, it gets much easier. As you see the results and your body begins to change, you just want to fuel it with protein and energy to keep up with what’s been working.
I like to butterfly the chicken so it’s thinner and cooks more evenly. I just grilled these on the stove with a spray of Pam and some Mrs. Dash. Each one is close to 4 ounces, but I still measure with my food scale to get the measurement exactly precise.
And, yes, I did bring a meal with me to the pool since I knew it would be time to eat while I was there. Cannot (and do not want to) skip a meal!
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6 WEEKS OUT
My 6 Weeks Out picture was snapped yesterday, Sunday, May 31, 2015 and I’m seeing progress! I figured I better put a bikini on to see where I’m at since we’re halfway there now. I still think I want a new red bikini, but haven’t looked around yet.