Sunday Ramblings

I hope you guys liked this mornings post! I can’t wait to keep you guys updated throughout my competition prep. Speaking of competition prep, you are all probably wondering what I am talking about. So let me fill you in on what I have been working on over here.

I decided about a month and a half ago that I wanted to train for my first National Physique Competition in the Bikini Division. I have been lifting weights for about a year and a half and thought I should set this goal. Most runners set marathons and races, I weight lift and thought that it was an appropriate challenge. I debated between the WBFF New England Classic up in Rhode Island in November 2013, but ultimately decided I wanted to compete in the NPC Federation. I liked the date of October 26, 2013 better because that meant I could go out on Halloween and have some fun. 😉 Jokes, the real reason I picked NPC is because it’s my dream to one day end up on the Olympia stage. That means that I have about a year to get ready for this competition. I originally wanted to be ready for the Texas Shredder, which is in April. But due to money and wanting to make sure I was 100% ready, I didn’t want to choose such a close time frame.

Since I started my prep a year out, which is unheard of, I started with the cutting phase to lose body fat. I want to try to get down closer to what I would be competing at so I have less work to do once the competition gets closer. Once I hit my goal of weight loss I will then continue to cleanly put on muscle until I again have to cut down on body fat 3 months out from the competition. This probably sounds extreme to a lot of people and some days I can’t even believe I am doing it. But it’s actually a lifestyle that I am starting to fall in love with. The idea of competing and pushing my body farther than I ever thought possible actually sounds like fun. It really pushes me to get out those extra reps, not skimp on cardio when I am tired, and really keep those treat meals a meal and not a binge. I have a binging problem from time to time when it comes to sweets. 😉

So now that you know what competition I am doing I will fill you in a bit on my diet and training plan. I am going to try to start working with a personal trainer at the gym I work at to really help push me to the next level. There’s actually an NPC competitor that works there and I am hoping he has some killer tips for me. My training split schedule doesn’t fit neatly into a week, which is fine with me since our bodies do not care if our workout plans fit nicely into one week increments. The 10-Day split is as follows:

Day 1: Back/Chest/Cardio (Couch to 10K)
Day 2: Shoulders/Biceps/Triceps/Cardio
Day 3: Legs/Stairmaster
Day 4: Couch to 10K
Day 5: Rest
Repeat Day 1 etc.

I wrote all my training plans that I am currently doing, which is what I have always done. But I am starting to use more of my knowledge from my CPT studying, which is actually helping so much. I cannot wait to share with you guys more on that when I actually become certified. Speaking of which, there are some changes coming to this blog in the next couple of months. I will be changing the name and potentially buying my own domain name. 🙂 Another exciting thing that happened was that I was accepted to the most elite NPC competition team, Team Bombshell. Unfortunately, I couldn’t afford the coaching right now so I am going to reapply next year and save up for it. Nonetheless, huge accomplishment after all the work I have put in over the past year and a half.

Onto diet! I am keeping it pretty clean and listening to what works for my body. This seems to be 3 substantial meals with little snacks in between. I know most people eat 6 smalls meals a day when on prep or trying to lose weight, but this works much better for me and as Powercakes always says, be true to YOU! My diet is 1600 kcal, 45% carbs, 30% protein, and 25% fat. I try to stick as closely to my macros as I can, but some days my carbs and protein are over. I am rarely ever over my fat macros, mainly because my tough workouts make me crave carbs and not fat. But it’s more important to pay attention to calories in and out versus being spot on with your macros. Within 10g, I think is totally fine. This is not a plan I would recommend for most people trying to lose weight or make this a lifestyle. It’s pain to always count and keep track, but I have to do it for a competition. If you are eating clean and working out without preparing for a competition there’s no reason to obsess over these numbers. If you fuel yourself properly you will notice changes. 🙂 I wrote this plan for myself based off of what I have researched and tried with my body.

^Any questions on recipes or what they are just ask in the comments section and I’ll tell ya!

Now for the scary part of this blog post, which I was tempted to leave out. I want to show you guys the progress that’s been going on over here. I really didn’t want to post these until I finally hit where I want to be so I could show you the big difference, but I want to be completely honest with y’all and show you over the months how I am changing. Versus just the wow. Sometimes seeing the small changes can be more motivating. So here goes nothing with putting myself out there. I will try to show these pictures once a month.

This is an 11 week back progress picture:

This is a 6 week biceps progress picture:

As you can see the tops were before and the bottoms are current. I think you can tell that I am getting more defined and losing some excess fat in the process. 🙂

This is the hard one to show you guys…

This is an 11 week stomach/abs in training progress picture:

So yes, I am not perfect or any where near where I need to be. 😉 I hope that y’all can respect and accept that. 🙂 I am still a normal girl that enjoys a treat of frozen yogurt bowls the size of small planets and a burger and fries. I never wanted this prep or my life to be so focused on food that I wouldn’t enjoy going out with friends or that I would miss things. Life is too short to miss anything. So even throughout this prep I am not depriving myself or being crazy until three months out where there has to be a strict schedule. For instance, my last treat meal was a week ago at the best burger place in Austin, Hopdoddy. This is what I ate and I split the fries with my roommate. 🙂

I am starting to realize in life you can have everything you want. You just have to be willing to get up every day and work your butt off to get there. Life is waiting for you to make yourself whoever you want to be. I am not going to be that out of shape girl any more with no self confidence. Over the past year and a half I have had my ups and down with weight and have finally started to figure out what works for me. I hope you guys come with me on my journey and I cannot wait to show you pictures from my competition in a year.

Till then have an amazing relaxing Sunday,
Meghan Nicole

 

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