2009 NPC Oregon State Contest Prep
Part 3: Eight Weeks Out... It's Been A Long Couple Of Weeks.
From the last time that I've written I've gauged my progress on pant size rather than weight. My size eights are feeling a bit loose now and I'm seeing more and more definition in my midsection. I am now seeing changes every day. I was getting discouraged with the lack of movement on the scale, but really it's a good thing in the long run.
As long as my pants are getting loser and I'm looking leaner I know what I'm doing is working. There's a photo of me in jeans and a white tank top... then three days later the picture of me in a bikini were taken. See!!! It's crazy how much someone can change in a few days when their diet and cardio are totally locked on.
I have been doing great on my diet. The only thing that I've changed is that I'm eating more fish at night. I'm sticking with green veggies, chicken, and fish only. In the morning I get my oatmeal or sweet potatoes. Lately I've gotten bored with grilled or boiled chicken, so I found that putting things in a blender and then putting them in a pan with Pam makes for a great new change of texture. Sweet potato and ground chicken make great patties!
I have upped my rep range to around twenty per set. I can feel myself getting weaker as the diet begins to affect me more. It has become more and more difficult to keep good form with the higher rep ranges but I stick to it and am sure to stop the set as soon as I feel myself failing. This is when a good spotter comes in handy.
I'm doing at least an hour and a half a day. HIIT before breakfast and then an hour of moderate intensity cardio in the afternoon. I have missed a couple days, and I KNOW that I need to do all of my cardio. It's time to hunker down! At the six week out mark I do 2 hours per day, no excuses!
Multivitamin: Universal Animal Pack
- Take one pack in the morning.
- 1000mg with every meal.
- Three times a day.
- Morning and Night
- I take this three times a day.
- 1 scoop when I wake up.
- 1 scoop before working out.
- 1 scoop after working out.
- 1 scoop before bed.
Vitamin C: NOW C-1000
Kre-Alkalyn: SciFit Kre-Alkalyn 1500
Acetyl-L-Carnitine: NOW Acetyl-L-Carnitine
Joint Supplement: NOW Glucosamine & Chondroitin Plus MSM
Krill Oil: Olympian Labs Krill Oil It's like fish oil for your omega-3's, but if you have to burp it doesn't taste like fish. And it's cheap!
- 3 pills at bed time to help me sleep.
- 4 pills before breakfast.
- 4 before workout.
- Berry super food to help keep my immune system strong.
(Watch out, this stuff gives you crazy dreams!)
On Saturday, I had a record 23 minute posing round with Andre "Bam Bam" Scott in the group posing class. It was two hours of standing and sweating. I've been going to posing classes regularly and have gotten even better at sweating within the first five minutes. Just about every day I'm taking time to practice my mandatory poses.
I went to Indiana for the Indy 500. It was carborator day and the sun gave me a wicked new set of tan lines. I really should have brought something that was "tan through" or something. It's going to be interesting trying to hide these tan lines!! Luckily they're not too bad.
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I have done a lot of traveling lately and would like to share with you the items that you'll need with you if you plan on keeping on a contest diet while out of town.
- Food Scale
- Foreman Grill (unless where you're going has one or a stove)
- Ice Packs for the lunchbox
- Salt Substitute or Seasoning
- Zip Lock Baggies or Tupperware
- Supplement container for the whole week
- A list of the raw ingredients you'll need to cook food for the time you're gone. I've calculated mine out to about 1.5 pounds of chicken, 1 pound of fish, 1 medium sweet potato and 4 cups of green veggies per day. You know you're on contest diet when your grocery list fits on a sticky note!
Be prepared! Whenever you go out of town be sure that you've packed your supplements, workout clothes, iPod, and anything you'll need to be sure that you're sticking to your diet. I've got a week long pill container that I use to keep everything I need ready for the week.
Don't be discouraged by the scale when you're out of town. When you fly you hold on to a bunch of extra water weight so it's nearly impossible to be sure where you stand as far as weight loss goes.
I've made progress so far and feel like I can still do well at the show. I'm working really hard on cardio and resisting temptation. I haven't had a cheat meal in ages and I really miss eating tasty food. The diet makes me cranky when I don't eat right on time so I'm sure to have my trusty lunch box close by. This is the hardest part of the diet. Making time for cardio, weights, cooking and attempting to live a normal life too.
Although it's a lot of work getting ready for a show it is incredibly rewarding. I can't wait to see how I have improved this year and place in the show. So to all of you competitors out there, keep up the hard work! And remember... If it was easy, everyone would be doing it.