| AGE 25
WEIGHT 165 lbs
| AGE 30
WEIGHT 105 lbs
Why I Got Started
I gained sixty pounds after I gave birth to my son in 1998. It wasn't until he was 2 that I decided I had to do something about my health and weight gain. I began working out and ever since then, I have been dedicated to my fitness.
How I Did It
When I graduated from college in May 07, I decided to make my dream a reality. I researched all of the upcoming figure shows and decided to train for the NGA Southern Rockies Bodybuilding and Figure Competition held on 9-29-07. I started gathering all the information I could get my hands on about how to prepare for a figure show. I did not have a trainer and thought that I could do this on my own just researching and dedicating myself entirely. I started diligently training 16 weeks out from the show and stuck to a 6-day on - 1-day off- training routine. I would train each body part twice weekly. I would do cardio (elliptical machine or treadmill) about 3-4 times per week for 30 minutes. When I was 6 weeks out, I would kick up the cardio to 5-6 days a week for 45-60 minutes (sometimes 2 sessions per day)! I also stuck to a strict diet plan. Egg whites, chicken breasts, oatmeal, yams, broccoli and protein shakes were the staples of my nutrition. I gathered a plethora of information from bodybuilding.com.
I have always been a go-getter. I like to challenge myself by setting personal goals and competing with myself to reach them. When my mind says to quit, I push myself. I am constantly testing my drive and I force myself to face what it is I fear and think that I can't do. These are the reasons that I find fitness so fascinating ... your mind and body are always at war! But it's important to always make time for yourself because without helping you, you can't possibly be effective for anyone or anything else. Nurturing yourself emotionally, spiritually, mentally and physically is essential.
I fulfilled my dream and have competed in many shows since! To my surprise, for my very first show, I came in 1st in my class - short division - and also first overall. Wow! I had no expectation of winning! The entire experience from beginning to end was more than I could have ever prayed for. Thanks to all of the articles, training advice, and inspirational stories I gathered from Bodybuilding.com, I was able to bring my body weight down to 105 pounds and 9% body fat by competition time. I have done well in all the shows I've been in, placing top 5 or higher in every one I entered - NPC, OCB, MuscleMania/Fitness America.
There is a lot to be said about competing in a figure competition, but there is even more to say about the support you get from individuals in your life. I thank God and my family for all the support and encouragement to fulfill my dream. It wasn't easy on my family putting up with my "low-carb" edgy days and endless hours of training at the gym. They are truly a blessing in my life. My son is my inspiration. I plan on doing more shows and helping others fulfill their dreams. The knowledge I acquired from training for my show will improve the quality of my life, and I plan to take it as far as I can. My life goal is to be remembered, to teach, and to be a good example. I want to be happy and fulfilled. Thank you for being a part of my journey, Bodybuilding.com!
I usually eat clean year round. Off season I have 2 cheat meals a week. Usually on Friday and Saturday nights. Also, offseason I have a bit more carbs and calories for lean gains. On-season is much more strict. I weigh everything to the gram based on my current body fat percentage. I use a digital scale and calibrate it for grams. I also weigh everything dry/uncooked.
Here is my on-season diet. Basically, the diet is laid out like this:
- 2.42 x lean body mass = carb saturation, 100 minus that number for training days and 150 minus that number for non training days.
- 1.25 x lbm for protein needs
- 15% of the total caloric intake will equal fat calories that I add to diet. Then divide that number by 9 for fat grams per day
Weight Lifting Days
Non Weight Lifting Days
With EVERY meal I have 1/8 tsp of sea salt. Because of this and the added potassium from the white potato, I'm harder and drier and my electrolytes are much more in balance. I always know my calories and my macros are EXACT for my needs.
In season - Cardio is twice daily - low intensity - 45 minutes in the am upon rising and 30 minutes after weight training in the evening ... also low intensity. Weight training is 2 days on 1 day off, 2 days on, 2 days off.
Note: Do the Hack Squats as One and One Half Reps. This means go all the way down below parallel with your quads, then come half way up, then all the way back down, and then all the way up. This equals 1 repetition.
Suggestions For Others
Working out is a key that helps unlock the door to opportunity and success. Hidden within each of us is an extraordinary force. Physical and mental fitness are the triggers that can release it. A workout is a form of rebirth. When you finish a good workout, you don't simply feel better ... you feel better about yourself! Keep pushing forward and each day will bring on small changes. Small changes add up quickly. Great wealth begins with a penny. The daily pursuit of your fitness goals will give you the clarity of thought, the energy and the discipline to take deliberate action in other areas of your life. The quality of your life will improve as a result. Trust me on this.