Wednesday, June 19, 2013

1.5 weeks out



Height: 5'10". Current Weight: 128.4 lbs. We are 1.5 weeks out from NPC Bikini-San Jose Fit Expo. 13.5 solid weeks into cutting.

Today's Topic: The Final Countdown
So now we are 10 days out. This means I can officially count DAYS until I compete. I'm sitting here, drinking my coffee, and reflecting about the incredible experience this has been. I have learned and grown so much, spiritually and physically. I've learned that I CAN push the boundaries of fitness and I CAN be that girl with the rockin' body I never thought I would have. I'm not going to say I have been able to let go of enviousness (girls like Jessica Arevalo are the bane of my existence--in a good way haha!) but I have been able to learn to love my body and truly see the value of good nutrition and a lifestyle focused on fitness. Positivity breeds positivity. I'm hoping that so much good comes out of this...even if that means competing 6 months down the road because I have so much to work on to bring a better package. I'm hoping that you all, my regular readers, have gotten a positive glimpse into the world I live and I truly hope I've inspired at least one person to go get after their fitness dreams.

Today I'm eating a 2 quest bars (I know I know), oatmeal, coffee, a banana, PB2...a greek yogurt! SAY WHATTTTT...4 oz ground turkey and egg whites...4 oz chicken breast 1/2 cup broccoli...1/2 cup cottage cheese...4 oz chicken breast 1/2 cup broccoli, 6 oz sweet potato...and then 2 mini protein cheesecakes. I have 127 calories left over to use how I please. I benched / did upper body training this morning at 7:30 followed by 22 minutes of a brisk walk on the incline treadmill. Coach said that instead of decreasing my calories, I can do small amounts of REAL cardio every day this week. I know I say all the time that I do minimal to NO cardio...but I'm trying to keep my calories high enough to function throughout the day, so I'd rather do some traditional bunnyrabbit training to help me with that. I'm hoping to walk across stage at around 126-127 lbs.

Tomorrow I'm going into the city to practice yoga with a friend at Urban Flow. It's been a hot minute since I got to flow at that studio so I'm super excited to get back to it. Woke up this morning and did some sun salutations before benching to get the blood moving. The bench workout was AWESOME and I think my stability is getting so much better. Would LOVE to bench 135 some day...had a dream I did the other night and then woke up and was so sad :( Meh. Gotta get that 275 deadlift first...I'll be crazy happy the day that happens (well over 2 times body weight). Speaking of powerlifting movements: I think the next phase of this blog (after the results updates of course) will be a bulking update / strength update. I'm most likely going to stop taking pictures of my scantily clad booty and upload videos of lifting days. Of course, I will still show some progress pictures but because I will be in a bulking phase, it won't be nearly the amount of pictures I've taken during the cut. How many of you would be down to still follow my strength gains? PLEASE don't be afraid to comment on my posts either! I'd love to hear feedback from you all.

I don't really have much to write other than that...keeping my head down. Super excited...though not so much for Saturday when I start cutting carbs. EEP.

12 comments:

  1. I really hope you continue to post during your bulking period. I'm bulking for the first time after years of obsessing over losing weight, just so I can gain some real muscle mass. It would be nice to follow someone who has some similar goals. What strength program are you going to go on after your show? I know you do the core four, but what's your rep range?

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    1. I work within a 5/3/1 or 5/3/AMRAP range with hypertrophy work to follow :D

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  2. 10 days out!! You nervous? :p You gonna have to cut before the event? Good luck!! See you Saturday

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    1. So nervous! Thanks for following me!

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  3. Love watching your progress! You are going to kill it on stage! And congrats on working with SNS! Are you still taking the tta500? I'm looking for a new FB - nonstim- also training for a NPC competition. Do you like it? Did it help you? It's hard to find. Just was curious as to what your thoughts were .. and if you'd rec it. Thanks!

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    1. I am obsessed with SNS. I'm not sure if TTA500 is available on the market anymore. There is pharmaceutical interest in it. I loved it though.. I cycled off it about 4 weeks ago.

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    2. I did get some tta500. ;) Looking forward to trying it. I may possibly stack it with SNS Reduce XT .. did you stack it with anything? Any side effects that you noticed? Bloating I've heard .. what about skin? I do skincare for a living and I need to make sure my skin stays as flawless as possible. I worry about some sups causing break outs. Anyways - can't wait to see the pics from your comp!! Almost there!!! I have a feeling you're going to kill it!!

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  4. I would LOVE to follow the strength stuff. You're an inspiration and if you put the same dedication into gaining strength then it will be a pleasure to follow.

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    1. Thanks so much! That's really encouraging. I will definitely keep up the updates.

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  5. My wife loves your site and its because of you that I finally got her to lift weights with me! Please continue to do what you do. The only way I convinced her of doing Wendler 5/3/1 with me is I said FanOfPawl does basically the same thing ;)

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    1. Wow that means so much to me. Wish your wife good luck for me! Thank you!

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  6. I would be even more interested to follow your bulking phase than your cutting phase! I love your progress so far and it'd be interesting to see what you eat and lift to build muscle mass. I'm nowhere near doing anything to try to be in a competition or anything but I've lost 30 lbs and kept it off for a year and a half, now I want to lose 10 more and then try to build up muscle mass. I'm already pretty strong but I'd love to be even stronger and look more muscular :)

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