CHECKING IN (10 Weeks Out)
That’s 68 Days, 15 Hours and 26 Minutes for those of you who also have a count down on your phone.
Here we are…time is not stopping for anyone! Good day, bad day, happy, sad…time keeps coming and coming. Everyday something new is happening; new muscles are showing up, new emotions, new abilities…this has been the coolest learning experience of my life! Losing weight is one thing and even living healthy is relatively easy if people just put their mind to it, BUT, this is different. This is delicate. It requires a type of finesse. Hear me out on this one! I know what the general public thinks about bodybuilding, every sub culture has their own set of stereotypes that they battle, some are accurate and others are just bullshit. However, the grunting and sometimes unnecessary caveman screams that come from picking up heavy things and putting them down is coming from a place in the imagination where that person sees something that isn’t there yet and is creating this vision with the tools that build it. Some other creatures of this liking might also include; artists, musicians, writers…they are also creating, sculpting and making what once was just a vision, a reality. This one just happens to be sweaty, stinky and sometimes dirty.
This is a whole new world for me. My body is different, my lifestyle is different and my passions have all changed…but deep down I’m still just a funny fat girl. I get all flustered and awkward when I talk to a hot guy, I still wear clothes just because they fit me, not necessarily because they are cute and I still laugh at myself more than anyone else (Mom and John have so lovingly named it…fat girl syndrome). I have NO idea what I’m doing…I’m just listening to my body and together we are pushing through this prep , going as hard as possible for as long as possible and leaving the gym every single day knowing we gave it everything we have!
So what kind of shenanigans have we been getting into? I thought you’d never ask!
There was some issues last week and this week with feeling really bloated after eating and it was really bugging me! I decided to remove everything that it COULD be to maybe find the culprit. First went the broccoli, then the eggs, then fish, then spinach and lettuce…nothing was making a difference. Then I cut out coffee and all warm liquids, all cold liquids…still nothing. Then I stopped taking all supplements. So there I was…my chicken and olive oil. I was driving myself crazy and there was NO way that this was what I had to eat for the next 10 weeks! So I had to reboot. I thought that maybe it was something that WASN’T in my diet instead of something that WAS in my diet.
SO! I decided to have a modest cheat meal, take a day off, get a really good night sleep and start fresh the next day. I started with my first meal of egg muffin with oil and greens, slowly during the day I took my supplements, I ate my food and made sure that I was eating a little bit but often. I decided to add a digestive enzyme as well just to help my body digest the foods I was eating. I didn’t track every single thing I put in my mouth but I made sure every calorie was a quality one. This has actually been working for the last three days…I’m nervous to change anything else for fear of scaring this good feeling away!
My body just digests food differently and I need to be conscious of that. With all of the digestive issues I’ve had in the past…I’m going to call digestion as the asshole causing the issue (haha get it?)
I’m going to stick with the foods that I know my body tolerates and instead of cutting things out right away, I need to keep an open mind that I could ADD something into my diet to help. For now…we are in the clear!
I know this won’t make sense to everyone and I’m sorry for the confusion but for some reason, my body responds so much better when I’m not tracking every calorie. I don’t know if that is because I absorb things so differently now or what…but yesterday….after being at 140 for TWO WEEKS I got on the scale and was 139!!!!!!!! YIPEE SKIPPY!
Training has been going AMAZING!! I was REALLY tired two days last week due to the lack of diet and supplements but once I got my groove back…oh I was groovin! Workouts have been strong! I am still training the way I was before starting contest prep but I am just more cautious. I enjoy starting my workouts with a warm up but getting my compound lifts in at the beginning of the session and following up with all the supportive muscles. I have also been finishing up with 2-3 rounds of what I call 10x10s which are pretty self-explanatory!
I have been using a lot of cable moved and machines. I feel like I get such a good squeeze on some of the machines and cables that I just don’t get from the dumbbells. Of course the bar and the bells are always my most favorite but I’m sculpting here…not splatter painting.
AM cardio is not my best friend but we are slowly getting to know each other! I have been doing 40 minutes of cardio on the stairmill every morning and 20 minutes of HIIT every other day after my lift. I started this last week so I will keep doing this until my progress stalls again. I will then increase the 20 minutes to 30 and so on. I might also get up to 1 hour on the stairmill in the mornings as I get VERY close!
After cutting everything out I put everything back in that I was taking before. I have added a fat burner and the digestive enzyme. Same players. OH! But I did increase the number of BCAAs I take.
Below are the progress pictures from today. My abs are going to be the death of me! I’m doing them every three days. I’m doing heavy rope pulls, heavy wood choppers, heavy leg lifts…EVERYTHING I can think of to make them show up! PLEASE ABS PLEASE COME TO THE PARTY! They are like the hot guy you invite who you HOPE shows up because you really really really want to see him and hope that maybe at the last minute he will show up….that’s my abs right now.