Bikini Contest Prep

Once upon a time, I competed in an NPC bikini competition.  It was a goal from my 20s, but I never thought I had the discipline to stick to a strict diet and exercise plan for 3 months, so I avoided it for years.  I finally committed to a show and entered my first competition in 2014, and then did a second one in 2015.  I didn’t realize it until the week before that show that I was 5 weeks pregnant with Jordan!  It’s amazing how you can change your body in such a relatively short period of time.  There’s also a huge mental component of bikini prep that I found surprising, but very rewarding.  If you are considering competing, I say go for it! You will make yourself so proud and be amazed at your physical and mental capabilities. You can do it!

 

 

Bikini Contest Preparation // One Week Out!

Bikini Contest Preparation // One Week Out!

Hi friends!  If you’re reading this, you may have stuck with me from the very beginning when I started training for this NPC Bikini Competition.  Thank you so much!  I have felt the support and it has encouraged me all the way to this point- with just one week to go.  I’ve mentioned before on my Facebook page and Instagram that I often read my Instagram comments and respond while I’m doing cardio.  I can’t tell you how much it helps to feel like people are rooting for you.  The day of the contest,

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Bikini Contest Prep // 2 Weeks Out

Bikini Contest Prep // 2 Weeks Out

Hi friends!  Now we are only two short weeks away from my first NPC contest.  I’m excited and TIRED!  Of course now that the contest is almost here there is lots of other home and family stuff going on, but I’m still managing to get my workouts in and stick to my diet.  I just ordered Muscle Egg (chocolate caramel flavor) and cannot wait to get it.  It’s going to replace my shake as my last meal.  I’m just not digging drinking a shake, but I think this will be more like chocolate/caramel milk.  We’ll see . . . I’ll let you know how I like it. 

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Bikini Contest Prep // 3 Weeks Out

Bikini Contest Prep // 3 Weeks Out

With just 3 weeks left until my bikini contest, I’m finally feeling confident that I’ll be able to hold my own on stage.  This is such a big relief!  It just goes to show that over time, with the right diet and exercise, how much you can change your body.  Of course, I’d love to win, but in reality, just changing my physique to this degree and making it to the contest without chickening out is a big win in my book!  And eating clean for so long is a big deal.  I’m a girl who LOVES her sweets!  Chocolate, ice cream,

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Bikini Contest Prep // 4 Weeks Out

Bikini Contest Prep // 4 Weeks Out

We’re in the final stretch now, and I’m really starting to look forward to the end.  This last two weeks I had to kick it into high gear to try to lose more weight and body fat.  I did it by upping the intensity of my cardio and staying as strict as possible on my diet.  As of today, I weighed 106 (at the gym, 103-4 at home) and am at 17% body fat (down from 109 gym pounds and 19% body fat two weeks ago).  I started this journey at 25% body fat and 110 pounds (at home).  Go here to see my pics at 15 weeks out.

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Bikini Competition Suit

Bikini Competition Suit

Last week, I went to order my bikini competition suit at Stakked Couture in Houston, at the recommendation of my trainer and posing coach.  Lining the walls when you walk in is a sample of the type of bikinis they make.  It was explained to me that for the “bikini” division, the women wear bikinis with “connectors” (the blingy side things) as opposed to a “figure” or “bodybuilding” suit, that has the high “V” sides that connect with the bikini top in the back.  I had no idea. 

I had to fill out a form with my measurements,

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Bikini Contest Prep- 6 Weeks Out Progress Update

Bikini Contest Prep- 6 Weeks Out Progress Update

I went for my bikini consult to order my suit and I’ll share that with you next, just off to the gym now and wanted to post my latest progress update. Although things are coming together, and if I hadn’t committed to this contest, I’d be very satisfied with where I am now, but I still have lots more work to  do to get “competition ready.”  

My body fat is 19% right now, but it only came down from 19.75 in the last two weeks.  We are looking for it to come down at least one point a week,

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Bikini Contest Prep (6 Weeks Out) My Daily Meals

Bikini Contest Prep (6 Weeks Out) My Daily Meals

I’m FINALLY in a really good groove with my meals.  Now that I’ve learned that I can actually season my food, I’m so much happier with the taste!  I (sorta) joked with my trainer/nutritionist that he could have mentioned that about 7 weeks ago!!  I eat the same thing over and over, but since I like it, I don’t mind.  I still struggle with my last meal of the day (a protein shake or egg whites with side salad) because at that time of night (about 8pm) I just want a bowl of cereal.  I have caved and had cheerios several times. 

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Bikini Contest Prep (8 Weeks Out Recap)

Bikini Contest Prep (8 Weeks Out Recap)

This Saturday will be 7 weeks until my bikini contest.  Seven weeks sounds so much shorter than 8 weeks, less than 2 months away.  I’m getting a little freaked out because, up to now, I’m mostly just thinking day to day with my food and the training, not really focusing on having to get on stage at the end of this all and be judged.  The scariest part of this is the posing that’s required at these bikini shows.  It’s not traditional flexing, showing of biceps, but there is a certain way of standing and doing some turns to show off your body from every angle.

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Bikini Contest Prep // 8 Weeks Out // Sample LEG Workout

Bikini Contest Prep // 8 Weeks Out // Sample LEG Workout

Hi friends! Thank you so much for following along on this fitness journey of mine.  This Saturday marks 8 weeks out from the bikini competition.  I guess this is where the rubber meets the road so to speak because I have more tweaks to my training and diet.  I weighed in today (May 8, 2014) at 108 pounds and 19% body fat.  We will be measuring every 2 weeks. 

Back on April 1, he measured me at 25.5%, so I’ve lost about 6% body fat in 6 weeks.  I was also 113 pounds, so I’m down 5, but I’ve gained muscle I’m sure.

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Bikini Contest Prep: 10 Weeks Out

Bikini Contest Prep:  10 Weeks Out

Just popping in to share a progress picture I snapped today- 10 weeks out from my bikini contest.  I am seeing good progress, but I also am standing tall and “sucking in”! 😉  I hope that in the next few weeks, I won’t have to try so hard! 

I’m happy to be back home so that I can stick to my eating and training routine.  Last week I was off my game with the trip to Dallas and then the Gala on Saturday night.  But, being home, I can eat my food and on schedule.  It’s a lot of food to eat,

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12 Weeks Out // My Bikini Contest Meal Plan

12 Weeks Out // My Bikini Contest Meal Plan

This week we’re turning it up a notch in both the workouts and meal plan.  I still have fat to lose so, right now, there will be no fat in my diet, no sugar, no dairy.  I have to say that the meal plan is not very exciting, just a balance of lean protein, carbs, and veggies – 5 times a day.  

This is similar to how I’ve been eating, but there are things I’m cutting that I previously had been enjoying:  coffee with creamer (I can have coffee but don’t like it without a lot of creamer, so I’m trading it for black unsweetened tea),

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Sample Bikini Contest Prep Meal Plan

Sample Bikini Contest Prep Meal Plan

I know some of you would appreciate a bikini contest preparation meal plan that includes the nutritional breakdown of the food, so I snagged one from a friend of mine who is a bikini competitor. She is in her early 40s, about 5’3 and this is her second year competing.  She gave me permission to post the meal plan here, so it’s all yours!

Have a great WEEKEND!

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Bikini Contest Prep Training Schedule // 14 Weeks Out

Bikini Contest Prep Training Schedule // 14 Weeks Out

Last week was my first full week with my trainer.  We worked out three times for one hour, I did 5- 30 minute cardio sessions on my own (3 on the treadmill, 2 on the stair mill) and also did an ab routine (3 exercises) 4 days.  That’s hard work so I felt pretty proud of myself.  So, I think I’ll be keeping the schedule below for now, until he changes it up.  I’ll probably end up doing longer cardio and abs every day by the end.

On Friday, my trainer measured my body fat using calipers and the skin fold test.

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Bikini Contest Prep // THE PLAN

Bikini Contest Prep // THE PLAN

I started working out with my trainer this week and it’s been very challenging.  I’m training to enter a fitness bikini contest that is just shy of 15 weeks away- July 5.  This post is a brief overview of the training plan so that you can get started too.  If you want a bikini body this summer, you need to start working on it now!  As the weeks progress, if the plan changes, I’ll let you know.  I will also break down the exercises into more specific details in future posts.  

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For now,

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Bikini Competition Prep (15 Weeks Out)

Bikini Competition Prep (15 Weeks Out)

I have always wanted to enter one of those fitness bikini competitions, but never have.  My first one will be July 5, 2014!

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Jamie Eason has been my inspiration because she is short like me and I admired her physique, thinking mine could look similar if I really dedicated myself.

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I know that to get in that kind of shape, you have to train hard consistently, but equally as important, you have to eat in a very regimented way (5-6 small meals a day with a specific balance of protein,

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