|omg... is that a cut starting to show on my hip??|
You might be saying- but sara, you've been vegan and straight edge for over 14 years, what do you mean you've never fully committed and put in genuine effort for a long time before? Let's be honest here, that stuff wasn't hard for me once the ball was rolling. Those are things you just don't have to do... I don't have to drink, I don't eat certain things, but it doesn't take effort for me to not smoke a cigarette. At least not after a month or so... This is something I have to consciously put effort into everyday, and I am in the EASY phase still for another 2 weeks... once I have to add cardio and make my diet even more strict it will take a lot of forcing myself to do things I don't want to do... Oh willpower, how I don't have you... but I will.
The downside of this process is that nothing comes easy and nothing comes fast. So now I practice patience. I go weeks sometimes without noticing any real change to my body. Weeks of practicing a strict diet and spending 10-15 hours in the gym... but then I get the little reward of noticing a new muscle showing through or some contours in my body I didn't have before. Right now I am going through a period of riding the wave. I have 2 weeks til I start cutting, I am making very minute bf losses, I am in a strength building focus of training so not much mass gaining, and I just have to keep plugging along having faith in the fact that the effort I put in is paying off in small small ways that will add up over time. Sometimes when I need the reminder that things are happening and I just need to be patient I look at older photos of myself and I think "yep, BIG changes". That is reassuring. I am getting antsy to start cutting just so I can see things pop out more!
So I am proud of myself and the mental and physical determination I have been giving to this process. I think I am going to learn a lot and grow as a person from this experience- definitely more than I ever realized when I took it on.
Next wednesday I am planning on going in for the dunk. My body fat test at the gym with calipers measuring just my upper body read at 18% last week, so it will be very interesting to see what the reality is and just how much fat my juicy booty contributes to my overall fat percent. I am so thrilled to be spending time with my coach Dani and her fiance, my fellow competitor, and encourager, Giacomo, when they come to town next week for the Seattle Vegfest. It is going to be so awesome to work out with them and get a chance to have Dani assess me in person and give me some extra focus on my areas of weakness.
Oh! Exercise of the Week... hmmm this week it is tough. I am going to go with CALF PRESS. So I am doing seated calf presses twice a week right now. I am seeing way more size and definition in my calves and starting to (OMG) like my legs. I know right?!