BodySpace Member Of The Month
January 2008: Kathy Marcos (KatNap)
The BodySpace Member of the Month for January 2008 is Kathy Marcos (KatNap). She was chosen because she is using nearly every applicable feature of BodySpace, and is making it look impressive! Check out her blog, videos, current supplements, BodyAnswers, stat charts, photo gallery & more!
Congratulations to KatNap for earning herself $75.00 USD in Bodybuilding.com Cyberstore credit just for having an awesome profile, blog, and photo gallery on BodySpace!
To View KatNap's BodySpace Profile, Click Here.
To View KatNap's BodyBlog, Click Here.
To View KatNap's Progress Charts, Click Here.
To View KatNap's Photo Gallery, Click Here.
KatNap loves visiting Bodybuilding.com and BodySpace, the photo galleries, adding YouTube videos to her profile, and updating her BodyBlog regularly. She has been a registered Bodybuilding.com member since Sep. 24, 2006.
[ FBlead40 ] First of all, congratulations on the steady progress you've been making all along.
KatNap: Thanks so much!! What a delight it is for me personally to be honored by Bodybuilding.com in such a way. As I have always said, "Bodybuilding.com Rocks!!" You have changed people's lives, including my own, and have opened up some doors for me that would have not been possible without BodySpace.
[ FBL ] Where are you from, and how long have you been working out?
KatNap: I am originally from Queens, New York and presently reside in Rockland County. I started working out in January 2003, taking Boot Camp Classes at XTREME Fitness. Fellow BodySpacer
Tom Jimenez is the instructor and owner of the gym.
[ FBL ] How long have you been visiting Bodybuilding.com and using BodySpace?
KatNap: I have been an official member since September 24, 2006. I was a "lurker" before that, LOL. I hadn't put up an actual profile with pictures until about a month later.
[ FBL ] It says in your profile that you're a registered nurse in the Emergency Trauma Department. Is it hard to combine this with eating healthy and working out regularly?
KatNap: Honestly, in the beginning,
yes!! And as that saying goes, "Fail to plan, Plan to fail!" It takes careful planning in terms of preparing food, etc.
For instance, I get my lunch break when "management" tells me that I can go. I have to turn over my assignment to another RN that will then cover me for the half hour that I am gone, and if I don't have coverage, then I try to eat while I am working. Most of the food that I prepare is portable in containers or Ziploc bags.
As far as my training, it is always after work. I make the time, tired or not (I am very disciplined that way.) I work from 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM, and I am awake at 4:15 AM - sometimes doing cardio on my treadmill! (Not all the time, maybe once or twice a week.)
[ FBL ] You mention in your BodySpace profile that you started training seriously in August 2006, with competing as your goal in mind. What or who motivated you initially to do this?
motivation was "the mirror," as I didn't like what was "looking back at me" (remember I was 165 lbs and almost 40% bodyfat) and BodySpace was definitely a
big motivation for me!!
BodySpace gave me hope when I thought there was none. Seeing women my age (I'm 48!) and what they have accomplished totally amazed me! I was able to look at their progress pictures, their gallery and graphs of their weightloss and goals. I could follow their progress!!
It helped me develop my own personal plan of action to finally realize my goals. The first BodySpace transformation that I saw was Ellie Hart! She is amazing and I wanted my body to look like hers, what an outstanding transformation, and that page really motivated me to submit my own Transformation Of The Week 7 months later.
|KatNap's Awesome Transformation, Pt. 1!
|KatNap's Awesome Transformation, Pt. 2!
[ FBL ] Are you still planning on competing? If so, when?
KatNap: Yes, my plan is to compete this coming April 2008 at the
NPC New York Metropolitan in New York City. I just hope that I will be ready by then - I want to be in the best shape of my life for my "debut" onstage! The other show will be October 2008 at the American Bodybuilding Championships.
[ FBL ] When looking at your weight chart, you can see a steady downward trend. What does your diet like? Do you keep track of everything?
KatNap: I track my weightloss here on BodySpace - in fact, I keep track of everything here on BodySpace!! The
BodyStats and Charts section tracks your current progress, your goals and also shows a full history. I also write
blogs about how I lost the weight, training programs that I use and the ever-dreaded cardio.
- Meal I: 2 scoops of Gaspari IntraPro Double Chocolate with 12 egg whites (from Egg White International.)
- Meal II and Meal III: Cottage Cheese/Plain Yogurt with 2 Tbs. of Milled Flax Seed by Spectrum Essentials.
- Meal IV and VI: 6 ounces of chicken or fish with steamed veggies or salad or both.
- Meal V: Same as Meal I and Gaspari SizeOn (Arctic Lemon Ice) on my non-training days.
My diet actually is pretty boring and the same, but I 'tweak' it here and there because I don't want to plateau. My current diet is as follows:
Sometimes I may add yam to my main meals and brown rice as well. Once a week I have steak. Sometimes if I need a change from all that chicken and tuna, I will replace 4 of my meals with sashimi!! My advice is to just "Listen to your Body" - it knows what it needs from you.
[ FBL ] Your bodyfat goal is 6%. That's pretty low, especially for women. How are you going to drop another 1.8%, when it gets harder every percentage below 10?
KatNap: I want to get at 6% body fat by the time of my show - this will be my first show and I want to look that best that I can, and as lean as possible. Yes, it's hard but I think doable.
I have come so far from a year ago. I feel like anything is possible if you want it bad enough. How will I do it? Lots and lots of cardio with my heart rate monitor. I was up to almost 90 minutes a day split into two session (AM and PM.)
[ FBL ] You are adopting the "100 rule" in your workout program. Can you explain what that is?
KatNap: The 100 Rule is plain and simple and looks easy, but is not. You work out 'only' two body parts, 100 reps total in three sets. Using the poundage that you normally would for that exercise, and you
must do most of your reps in the initial set - you cannot split it evenly (that would be too easy!)
My boyfriend, Azifukared (a BodySpacer as well!), is a personal trainer, he gives me all of my workouts, most of which he calls "The Beat Down Workouts." That's why I have to be nice to him, LOL, because my workouts get "harder" if I am mean to him!! LOL, J/K!
[ FBL ] A lot of women's favorite bodyparts to train are abdominals and arms or legs. Why is the trapezius muscle one of your favorites to train?
KatNap: I love training my traps because this always gets my heart rate up and I definitely feel the burn and so pumped afterward. Also, I like the way people stare at me while I am doing them, LOL.
I use the Smith Machine with a total weight of 110 lbs for 15 reps x 3 sets. People at one gym that I went to once were like "WTF?!", LOL. I also use dumbbells for traps, two 40-pound weights but they're not as fun as the Smith Machine.
[ FBL ] You mention on your profile in your 'favorite healthy foods' section that you put tuna in your shakes. This grosses a lot of people out! So, where did you get that idea from? What flavor shakes you mix it with?
KatNap: I know it sounds really gross, but it isn't all that bad, really. I was carb depleting as a test for 2 days (I wanted to bring my abs out) and I was eating tuna and aalmon six times a day! After the first day, it was getting to me, so I decided for a different texture and taste (at 4 a.m. it's tough eating
So, I just put it in my morning shake (chocolate flavor), and drank it. It was more palatable eating tuna that way, for me. I actually sort of got the idea from Tommy (Jimenez). I have been working out at his gym for about the last 5 years, and he once said to try something different and put tuna in a blender and drink it, LOL - so I just added a little 'twist' to the recipe.
It all goes to the same place, and trust me, if you're hungry, you'll do it! I train hardcore, and my eating habits are similar! I don't even mix my glutamine anymore, I eat it straight out of the container, 2 tablespoons, dry and then 2-3 gulps of water!
|KatNap Rocks Her Pullups!
[ FBL ] What caused your barbell overhead press to increase so fast? Are you keeping track of your lifts?
KatNap: Yes, I try to keep track as much as possible, but I really do need to update my lifting stats on my BodySpace since I have made some serious gains that deserve posting. The reason for the increase is the workouts that I have been doing have become
more intense!! (Thanks Azi, SuperPump250 and SizeOn!!
That is what really did it!)
[ FBL ] Any final comments or anything else you want to tell other people on BodySpace and Bodybuilding.com?
KatNap: I just want to thank everyone on BodySpace for the wonderful comments and motivation that you have given me over the last year. Also Bodybuilding.com for making this possible, and a special thanks to my wonderful boyfriend, Azifukared, who continues to believe in my dream, for putting up with me during my injuries, my cranky carb-depleted days, and daily rants!
- DawnMelanie (for her sense of humor, positive attitude and outlook on life)
- Donintucson (for helping me "hang in there" when things were rough, thank you so much Don!)
- Frogprincess72 (my "froggy," you're the best <^^>)
- jwall1057 (my hero!)
- MissTransformer (a beautiful person with always kind words to say)
- Ninjabill (whose blogs crack me up!)
- oldschooliron (for his sense of humor and "candy issues" LOL)
- srombado (my very first friend here on BodySpace!)
- thgirlnxtdr (beautiful person, inside and out!)
- and Gaspari Nutrition!!
A special thanks to (in alphabetical order):
Oh gosh, I could go on and on and on!! I love you guys!! BODYBUILDING.COM ROCKS!! >^..^<
[ FBL ] Thank you, Katerina, for your time and your great profile on BodySpace! I hope you'll get a ton of hits and positive feedback because of this feature. Best of luck on your goals and at your upcoming contests!
|BODYSPACE: STRENGTH IN NUMBERS|
As of Thursday, January 17, 2008 at 5:24 p.m. MST, KatNap's profile offered up the following numbers:
- 105,765 - number of BodyPoints.
- 74,662 - number of profile visits.
- 149 - number of forum posts.
- 0 - number of
- 96 - number of BodyBlog posts.
- 6,782 - number of comments to others.
- 4 - number of people in her fan club (LOL)
- 1,560 - number of mutual friends
- 4 - number of people she's stalking (LOL)
- 1,564 - number of total friends shown in her friends module.*
- 6 - her bodyfat percentage goal.
- 7 - number of favorite videos on her profile.
- 12 - number of videos of herself on her profile.
- 5 - number of current supplements listed.
- 5,557 - number of visitor comments received.
- 31,175 - number of blog visits.
- 643 - number of blog comments.
- 22 - number of progress photos.
- 36 - number of photos in her photo gallery.
- 15,916 - number of times her gallery has been viewed, according to her gallery stats.
- 15 - number of stat charts shown in her progress section.
- 4 - number of workouts entered into her workout tracker.
- 0 - number of products she's reviewed in her supplement reviews section.
- 29 - number of questions she's answered in her BodyAnswers section.
- 2 - number of wiki portals she edits on BodyPedia.
*Your total number of friends is actually the number of people you've added, so it's the sum of mutual friends and people you're stalking.
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