I hope you all enjoyed your Father’s Day. We celebrated my husband and made it his day, but this was also the first one without my own Dad and it was really tough. I was maybe taken by surprise at how sad I was because I’ve been doing relatively well accepting the loss. It reminds me that there are so many of us with Dads not around (gone or estranged) and that’s so hard to deal with. Sending lots of hugs to all of you in my same boat, many of my own close friends included. I shared some special photos on my Instagram if you want to check in.
Life goes on and it’s back to bikini competition prep recap today. I welcome the distraction. My son has let me know he’s not loving the day camp I signed him up for for these next few weeks (even though he asked to go there originally), so I plan to keep him home with me lots, which means he’ll become my gym partner. When I train with my trainer, he can hang out with his toys and iPad and at my other gym where I just do cardio, they have a “kids gym” he can play at. But, I like having him with me, so we’ll be good.
4 WEEKS OUT
Below is my 4 Weeks Out picture on Sunday, June 14, 2015. We measured my body fat via calipers on June 10 and it was holding steady at 19.5%. We are supposed to measure again this week and I always get nervous about that.
This week I trained 4 days with my trainer, but only did cardio 3 days and I’m supposed to do 6 (45 minutes each).
Monday:Train Legs + Cardio (53 minutes on treadmill, 30 minutes of sprints)
Tuesday:Train Back& Triceps (no cardio because I had James with me and I didn’t want to keep him at the gym that long). You can check out this video clip of us working out together. John had me doing jumping jacks in between this one set, so I asked James to join me.
Wednesday: Train Biceps & Shoulders (45 minutes on treadmill- 30 minutes of sprints, then walk at incline 15, pace 2.5)
Thursday a.m.: Train Chest (no cardio)
Sunday: Cardio (45 minutes – steady jog around neighborhood)
I almost didn’t workout on Sunday because I had a serious case of the lazies, but then I realized that would be 3 days in a row without any exercise. I don’t think I’ve done that since this prep started. For me, at 3 days I start to feel even more sluggish, so exercise (even when I don’t feel like doing it) actually invigorates and gives me more energy. I typically workout 5 or 6 days, then take one day off.
I’ve mentioned before that I enjoy working out in great quality clothes and recently got this funky zebra print sports bra and leggings from PrismSport. The fabric is the best material ever and so soft and the neon green piping on the top glows in the dark. When you live in workout clothes, it’s fun to change it up!
I wanted to share something with you though- the whole “loose skin after weight-loss” issue that I’m not immune from. Even though I’ve been relatively fit my whole life, I gained about 55 pounds during my pregnancy and got huge. Losing the weight took me about a year and my stomach has never 100% recovered. I still have a little bit of loose skin that I’m not sure will ever go away completely.
Last year, I bought Bliss FatGirl Six Pack and I’m still using it. I can’t really tell if the product works or my skin just improved because of diet and exercise, but since I still had it, I figured it wouldn’t hurt to keep using it. A little goes a long way.
As far as the belly skin goes, that’s one reason why the posing practice is so important in bikini contests. When you’re standing very straight, sucking in, and holding your body in the best angle to show off your curves, of course your figure looks better. That’s also the reason for the heels- shows off the leg muscles and booty better.
But, when I’m just standing/sitting there, it’s not as taut as it looks in the posed pictures. However, I will say that since I started training for this contest 8 weeks ago and I’ve lost fat and built muscle, my body looks more toned in general. I couldn’t even see my leg muscles when I started- even if I was flexing.
Thank you John Sherman! This guy knows his stuff, but is so incredibly humble it drives me crazy. The below pictures show my progression the last few months.
Gah! Every week I feel like I struggle so much with my food. My Meal Plan is basically still the same as when I started out. I am proud to say I did perfectly since that last cheat a week and a half ago on Thursday. But, it seems every weekend I lose my motivation to keep eating the SAME THING and I just want to taste something different! On Friday, my son and I went to Chipotle and I ordered a burrito bowl with just rice, chicken and pico.
Chipotle has an online nutrition calculator so you can add up your ingredients and see how they measure up. The calculator says my burrito bowl consisted of 4oz chicken, 4oz rice, and 3.5oz salsa. I compared that to my normal meal at that time: 5 oz. chicken, 1/2 cup rice, 1 cup green beans. The red numbers are my meal, and the numbers below are the burrito bowl. You can see the numbers are similar except for the fat and sodium.
I guess you could consider this a “better bad” choice.
Then, on Saturday, we were out and ended up at a restaurant for an early dinner. Although my husband pretty much eats like me, every once in awhile I know he would prefer to go out so this weekend I gave in. At the restaurant, I ordered the Mediterranean pasta. I’m afraid to even know how the nutrition stacks up on that one. I ate about 3/4 of this plate. A generic mediterranean pasta salad on MyFitnessPal said (2 cups) = 484 calories, 73g carbs, 16g fat, 13g protein, and 955mg sodium. Yikes!
My iced coffee would also be considered a “cheat” because I added a splash of half & half.
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I know those things are off limits on prep, but this week, they saved my sanity so I just have to live with the consequences. I have 3 weeks left now, so that’s actually still a good bit of time to see more results. But, it’s also so much closer now! The end of prep is near!
3 WEEKS OUT
My 3 Weeks Out picture was snapped yesterday, Sunday, June 21, 2015. I’m seeing definite improvement in my abs and legs. I’m really excited to see what the next three weeks hold.
Thank you so much for your encouragement over the last couple months! It means so much to me and helps keep me going!
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