We will be attending the Naturally Fit Super Show in Austin, Texas on July 26th and 27th. So I have 26 weeks until I step on stage. 6.5 months... Which means 2.5 months of mass building phase. That cutting phase is looming and I don't like it...
*** warning, women issues and boob talk below... not for the feint of heart male ***
First up on the agenda, boobs. I have been meaning to write a post about this for a few weeks but my friend Davin mentioned it on a FB Group forum today and it kinda reminded me to post. So I was trying to prepare myself for the inevitability of loosing some of my "womanly" figure. I knew it would and will continue to happen as I get closer to competition time. It doesn't change the fact that it is kind of an emotionally challenging thing to deal with. I have no idea why honestly... They are just boobs and they don't really do anything but sit on my chest and look cool, but somehow I had a psychological attachment to them. Well they aren't like completely gone yet, but I am beginning to lose some body fat (down around 4% since I first started) and I have noticed them getting smaller and mostly that I am losing fat from the upper portion of my breast, so they just don't look as full. For some reason it feels like a threat to my sexuality or feminine being, but mostly they just don't look as cool. It's fine and luckily my awesome boyfriend is super positive and reassuring about my body changing but it has been a little tough to accept. At least I still have the child bearing hips and butt, and I don't think those will leave even when I am at 10% body fat. So I retain some of my goddessness. Oh and I am getting a cool muscle cleavage line down my chest, it's kinda sexy really.
*** returning to the brozone ***
One thing I have been super grateful for over the last 2 and a half months are my gym bros. I haven't had a hard time staying motivated to go to the gym, I love going, but where I definitely notice my gym bros help is the encouragement to lift BIGGER and HEAVIER. I have made some awesome strength (and I am sure mass) gains over the last couple of months in no small part due to the motivation and gentle prodding by my gym bros. I need some female gym bros too, but I like these ones even though they are boys :) So gym bro appreciation post:
"Metal" Mike Chinn... Long time workout bro. Always hanging out with the weight bench while I do my circuits. J/K... He lifts some times too. Thanks Mike for always telling me to lift heavier and texting me to work out.
Boyfriend gym bro... Coolest thing ever to have a boyfriend who wants to lift with you and is down to spend 10 hours plus per week in the gym. Always pushes me to lift heavier, stretch, warm up (ick), and do one more rep. Understands that I need to eat every three hours and makes me protein shakes when I am in a hurry. Can not stress how rad Trevor Bebee is enough, even though he always wimps out on core stuff ;)
*** And now a progress update... ***
As of yesterday: