Nothing like a good breakfast to make you think about your life…
^^ Google image, not mine. I wish I had that type of skill with a smartphone.
Anyway I went to the GarageGames in Cranston, Rhode Island to watch my close friend John compete. He did great- placing 6th out of probably over 40/50 people or something like that on his first day- with today promising to be even better. When I was there I was feeling so inspired by the team spirit in the box that day- I want to start doing competitions and pushing myself harder at Crossfit. I didn’t really push myself much for the first 6 months- because I was seeing changes and my focus was much more on my body than on my strength. This has definitely shifted.
Also having the support of people that I admire (like my friend Johno) in my fitness goals is pretty exciting. We were talking yesterday about how I need to build out my shoulders. Normally I would be super defensive about parts of my body that need work- but John gave me advice on some workouts that I should do and I was more excited to try them than anything!
Next week begins Erin and my intense gym step ups- 2/day training with fasted cardio at 630-7ish before work and Crossfit after or an iso workout at the gym. I’m feeling pretty excited. I can’t wait to see the type of strength gains that are my new goals!
Train insane, or remain the same- right?
I’ve started the ‘bulking’ period of my training for this competition. I’m eating alot, and lifting heavy, and loving every second of it. However, I’m having a real problem cutting out certain foods that I’m sure I’ve developed some kind of addiction to at some point in my life- namely sweets. I seem unable to resist chocolate- in all forms but especially small forms like M&Ms. Also- I’m having a hard time resisting certain types of fruits.
Its a good thing that I love protein so much, but keeping a food journal is so disheartening! I had a minor step backwards with the no drinking a few weeks ago, but its been smooth sailing since.
I think I’d like to do a fitness photo shoot as well, as I get closer to my competition date so that I can memorialize this process. So much fun but it really doesn’t feel real yet either.
Does anyone have any advice on how to tame these sugar cravings?
Today I had my body consultation at BodyRock. Essentially this entails getting in a swimsuit, having a personal trainer take your measurements and weight/height, and then take a bunch of photos of you in various poses.
I really like my trainer- her name is Nicole and she competed in WBFF shows for 5 years- she’s even on their website on the cover of a fitness magazine. She’s really outgoing and funny, and obviously also totally gorge. She has a lot of confidence in me already- she says that I have a great body for competing: unsure if this is something she says to everyone, or not- but it made me feel pretty fucking pumped to hear it.
^^ Oh yeah, NBD but thats totally her.
Anyway after she took my measurements, she told me that she could get me ready in 8 weeks if I wanted, but since we have so much more time we’re going to focus on building muscle. This is going to be a bit like my own personal ‘bulking’ phase. In the words of ‘Nic’, I’ll be “eating alot, and lifting alot”. Luckily those are my two favorite things…
i did express my concern about gaining weight- she said not to worry because I’ll be eating super clean. This is going to help me put on muscle now to get lean later. I have between now and the last week in December before ‘Phase 1’ of the leaning out happens.
Gah! I’m so excited to start my meal plans and training program. Nic is going to give me an overview for both until I start phase one- starting on Monday.
Exciting stuff happened today- I went for my first consultation at Body Rock, Inc. After talking with Nicole at Team Body Rock, we decided that I would be a good fit for their training program (!!!!!). The specialize in training girls for WBFF shows- these shows are clean shows and (according to Nicole, who has been competing for 5 years) the nicest shows to compete in- very professional and well organized. This is also the type of show to gain the most exposure- though that’s not what I’m totally focused on at the moment, maybe when it gets closer I will be.
Anyway- I’m going in next Tuesday to get my figured ‘checked out’ for lack of a better phrase- so we can identify what I need to work on before ‘prep’, and get a customized plan in the works. Intensive meal planning and workout planning begins the last week of December. There are 4 phases- one for each month before the competition.
So much to be excited about! My very own competition swim suit, photo shoots, Team Body Rock swag, and a ton of other stuff- including a goal. I’m the type of person who NEEDS a goal to focus on or I begin to feel lost. This is exactly what I need right now. And I have the support of a bunch of amazing people behind me, including but not limited to my parents, my little sister, and my best friends.
Can’t wait- I’ll update next week (possibly with pictures) so we can track my progress. I say we because, shit, why not. In like 5 months there will be plenty of pictures of me in a swimsuit on the net, might as well start early.
"All the variety, all the charm, all the beauty of life is made up of light and shadow."
— Leo Tolstoy