Saturday, April 20, 2013

10 weeks out

Shout out to the SJSU Powerlifting Team--you all are like a second family to me. Thanks for all the encouragement.

Height: 5'10". Current Weight: 134.4 lbs. We are 10 weeks out from NPC Bikini-San Jose Fit Expo. 5 solid weeks into cutting. We are 1/3 of the way through the cut ALREADY! I cannot believe the progress I'm making and the fact that I still have a lot of my strength in tact. Coach doesn't want to change anything about my diet or training at the moment because everything seems to be working for me. I truly believe that taking those 8 weeks off in between my weight loss and this competition cut to BULK and eat 2400-2500 calories a day was a GREAT thing for my body. I'm really leaning out and STILL eating 1900-2000 calories a day with only a fat burner and 3-4 days of cardio (mostly HIIT workouts). I know that weightloss will really slow down after this (until I cycle off the fat burner of course) so I'm just going to be happy that I reached my goal weight! I can't believe it! On stage I'd like to be about 4-5 pounds LESS than where I'm at currently, but this would be the weight I'd like to stay around after prep because the powerlifting weight class I'd be in is 132 lbs (something I could easily cut down to from this weight before a competition of that nature).
I decided not to eat oatmeal for breakfast this week and have an apple if I'm hungry instead. I just wanna switch it up (exciting, I know). I've also cut back on veggies, as I've mentioned before, because I'm so bored with them and I'd rather just have quinoa or sweet potato. I'm excited to eventually start carb cycling and see my abs pop on the day after lo-carb days! Speaking of abs, I guess it's just my genetics that I develop obliques first and maybe abs will come in eventually. No matter--everyone's body is different and it's fun to watch it change over time.

Feeling: Good! People have noticed that I'm really starting to lean out and that is encouraging. You can tell from the pictures that I'm starting to get lots of fat loss on my hips/love handles which is encouraging. I just wish my arms and legs would catch up HAHA! I want to keep as much of my shrinking boobs as possible but beggars can't be choosers :( My roommate has decided to make some changes in her lifestyle and workout schedule and so it's been really encouraging to pass the knowledge I have on to her. Yesterday I helped out with a Woman's Lifting Event at the gym that a friend put on, and I loved helping out other girls who were interested in lifting heavy. I can't believe just a few months ago I was sitting on my couch eating horrible foods and getting fatter every day...and now I'm becoming a bikini competitor who inspires other people. It's SO encouraging...thank you all for the support. I've realized that it's time for me to see MYSELF as my only true competition. Sure, there are girls out there training RIGHT NOW who I will be on stage with in 10 short weeks. But I need to look to myself for inspiration and find the drive inside of me to push through the next two phases of the cut. If other people are inspired by my story, why can't I be inspired by my own story?! I worked so hard to get to where I am today, so instead of fawning over photoshopped bodies of fitness models and wishing I had abs like some of my (amazing and wonderful) instagram fitfam...why don't I just focus on the encouragement around me and fuel my mind with that sense of accomplishment? I am my own worst enemy; I nitpick...I'm never satisfied...and THAT'S OKAY. But, I need to love who I am every day so that at the end of this I can look back with an overwhelming sense of pride.

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