Six Weeks Out!! I cannot believe it!
Where to even begin…
I have to start out by saying that I am 100 percent in a complete different mindset this prep than I have ever been with previous shows. For one, I am not a new comer to this sport and second, most importantly, I prepped for this prep. I knew coming into this journey this time around, that I wanted it to be positive and stress free and I wanted to feel confident with my progression each week. I have been on the other side. The side where you are constantly in the mirror doubting, and full of fear. That is a horrible place to be and the stress and worry is not only detrimental mentally, but it can reek havoc on your physical progress as well.
As for training, I have definitely kicked up the intensity. My sessions in the gym are usually about an hour and a half in length. Each session begins with around 10-15 minutes of cardio for a warm-up (mental prep) and then I begin with warm up sets of my base movement. My base movements are either olympic lifts or compound lifts. I generally complete 5 to 10 working sets of my base movement (reps vary), then follow up with isolation work focusing on the muscle group being trained that day.
My cardio timing is dependent upon my day and varies with each day.
My nutrition generally leaves me satisfied. There are days of course that I am hungrier than others and at times wish for more calories at the end of the day, but that’s part of being in a deficit. If you aren’t hungry, you body isn’t burning fat, it’s that simple to understand. While my nutrition focuses primarily on macro tracking, I also pay close attention to meal timing. I plan for most of my higher-glycemic carbs to be taken in pre and post workout, and the remainder of my carb sources come from vegetables. My protein sources come from lean meats, casein protein powder (at night) and branch chain amino acids (bcaas) throughout the day. My fat sources are coconut oil, organic peanut butter, avocado and olive oil. I am on a slight carb cycle where I ingest higher carbs on my lower body days and less carbs on my rest and active rest days.
The last measurement check I did was when I ordered my competition suit and I ordered it according to where I “should” be for show day 😉 So, rather than take measurements each week, my suit bottoms will be my guide. I estimated a full inch and a half off of my hips and glutes within six weeks, so I had better get to sprinting 😉 My weight dropped below 130 last week and next week I will be having my body fat tested using the bod pod method to see for certain where I’m at.
Overall, everything is great- Physically, I see improvements everyday and mentally, I remain in a positive mindset (and that is a blessing in itself).
Cheers to the next six weeks!!! It’s GRIND time!!!!!