well well well…we meet again! For those of you who do NOT have the count down clock on your phone (…rude) we are now 19 days, 13 hours and 30 minutes… oh wait…29 minutes from this very moment. It hasn’t even hit me yet that this is reality. I am SO beyond excited! This whole process has been such a great new adventure…I’m having a total blast! Yes, it is the hardest thing I’ve ever done. Yes, it is getting harder to juggle everything I do. Yes, I have my days where I find it a lot more challenging to motivate myself than others…BUT who said that every adventure had to be smooth sailing? who wrote the book that states that in order to have a “blast” you have to be having a jolly old time every second. I never heard those things so…never happened.
I knew this upcoming weekend was going to be a doozie with events going on. Friday, I took a half day from work to get everything organized for a road trip to Indiana for my beautiful friend Steph’s bridal shower of which I offered to do all of the food for. After the shower I had to drive back to Chicago for my family friend Cori and Monze’s wedding reception and then first thing Sunday morning was a posing seminar for UFE so… I spread myself a bit thin.
Friday morning I did an hour of cardio; 30 minutes of sprints on the stairs and 30 minutes of steady state on max incline and 3.7 MPH on the treadmill. After work I went to a new gym location for some back and bi’s. (I like going to different locations…keeps things exciting and fresh)
Wide grip pull ups on assisted pull up machine
Wide Grip lat pull downs behind head
Close Grip pull downs with iso hold
Seated cable rows with underhand grip
Arnold Curls superset with barbell curls
Isolated bicep curls superset with hammer curls
Shrugs with squeeze
Bent over rows
Machine bicep curls 10×10
Finished with 30 minutes on the elliptical
HAPPY FLEX FRIDAY
After my workout it was time to go grocery shopping for all of the food and get home to get cooking. I ended up pulling an all nighter and had to leave early to get to the gym for AM cardio before my long ride to Indiana. I got 1 hour on the treadmill at 10 incline and 3.0 speed in and headed for Indy! On the long ride, I found myself getting bored and realized that I don’t know too many exercises I could do while sitting in a car and decided on Kegels…the trip TO indy and BACK has made me the worlds strongest vagina!
I planned ahead of time that Saturday was going to be my day off from lifting and so I kept calories a little lower than usual, kept fats a bit higher and cut all veggies but the lettuce with lunch salad. The shower was absolutely BEAUTIFUL! Steph looked gorgeous, there was a lot of laughs, gushing over the beautiful bride, stories of when we were all in college and an over pouring of friendship, love and hugs.
Beautiful bride and her maids
Quick costume change and I was heading home for Cori’s wedding reception. Singing at the top of my lungs, drinking my water and…..TRAFFIC! No, not just traffic…a PARKING LOT! FIVE hours later…I made it home, missed the wedding and was absolutely exhausted so it was a blessing in disguise.
Got some sleep, woke up this morning and got in an hour on the stairs with the first 25 minutes being sprints on the 2 minute for 30 seconds. I started watching Frankie and Grace on Netflix…OMG! people probably think I’m CRAZY for the cracking up I was doing on the stairs!
The seminar was AWESOME!!! My whole experience with UFE has been so wonderful! Everyone from the PRESIDENT, to the Pro level competitors and the fellow newbies have been so warm and friendly and welcoming. There is NO sense of competition but of camaraderie! Everyone encourages, supports and motivates each other. I love it! It was amazing to have one-on-one help with my poses since that is the one thing I really haven’t been as disciplined about and KNOW that that is SO important, but I haven’t been quite sure WHAT to practice. Getting the input and feedback I got today was AMAZING! I feel like I’m MUCH more prepared to really practice posing in a way that will make me feel prepared on stage!
UFE posing seminar crew
After the seminar I went home for a little birthday bash with my dad who my mom brought home from his home. My uncle came over which was so special that he took the time to come see my dad. I always love hearing stories about my dad when he was younger…makes me miss him even more but feel so grateful that I was blessed with such a wonderful man.
Today was LEGGIES!!!!! I was behind on my meals and Lo and I were a little pressed for time but we put in some good work
Hack Squat- Front and Back
Laying Leg Curls (wide legs and legs together)
Home to take the leg humper for a long walk. Later will be posing practice and EARLY crash!
This week, my calories will stay the same. I will still do the same split and increase cardio to 1 hour in the morning and 40 minutes in the afternoon after my lift. I am going to make my workouts more focused so I am there for an hour of an hour and a half TOPS so I’m not there for 3-4 hours and burn myself out.
Progress pictures coming tomorrow for this week. SLOWLY coming together. I’m feeling INCREDIBLE! Every now and then I feel tired or a little moody but I think I have been pretty good so far during this process. Only TWO emotional breakdowns! I consider that a HUGE success!
These next three weeks I have made myself the promise to not plan ANYTHING. I REALLY need to focus on training, posing and rest. Those are my priorities for the next 19 days.
Let the week begin!