Friday, May 31, 2013

8 weeks out, gofundme, and body fat test...

I am officially at my 8 week mark. Wow. It is pretty intense to think I only have 8 weeks left to achieve my physical and mental goals for this comp.
This last week I have been working on adjusting my mindset a little- the key focus being "letting go". As I get closer to competing I feel an increased urgency to lose fat and keep muscle, and get my posing perfect, and make the money I need to compete, and promote what I am doing to help animals... all of that and constantly stopping myself from reaching for my food and trying to ensure I get enough sleep. For the first week or so of cutting I wasn't seeing any difference in my body. I was having some digestive issues and was really bloated and that week led straight into my pms week so again I was bloated and basically giving up on ever having abs at that point. It's hard to not get panicky when you aren't seeing results for a period of time this close to the deadline. I was really starting to stress it- which doesn't help to lose fat. I had to take a step back and say "It isn't my job to worry about this. It is my job to do what my coach tells me and report my results accurately. It is her job to worry about my body composition. That is why I have her, to stay sane." I am making a major effort to genuinely commit to that mindset. Then today I was talking to my dad on the phone and he asked how my workouts were going. I told him I kinda had a bad week for workouts this last week. I have added more cardio, I am on a caloric deficit, and I always feel hungry and tired. He said "yeah, from this point on it is going to be like this. You just need to accept that the workouts aren't about the number on the weight right now, or having one of those big gain days. You are there to work your body, and as long as you are struggling to get the weight up you are having a good workout. You are going to feel weak and you may not make any increase in weight from here on out but as long as you are working you had a good workout."
So letting go and acceptance are my lessons this week. I just need to focus on each day as it comes. Do my best to stick to my meal plan, get my cardio, posing practice, and weight lifting in, and get good sleep at night. The chips will fall as they may but as long as I can say I did my best I need to be happy with that and just use my experience to learn for next time.
I did get a body fat test today since I am 8 weeks out- and that seemed like a good time. I have not lost as much fat as I had hoped to in the last few weeks but I blame that on the first two rough weeks of cutting I had. I feel like the last week and a half I have seen visible results every few days including a few new visible veins and more abs. The one good thing about my body composition results was that I seem to have gained a half pound of muscle... which apparently makes me a genetic freak. Everyone seems a little confused about how I can have decreased my caloric intake, added cardio, and still gained muscle. Fuck if I know... I just do what I am told.
The last thing of note is that I put up a GO FUND ME to help me raise some funds for myself, and Plant Built as a whole to get to Austin. If you enjoy my blog, and have a few dollars kicking around please toss me a few bucks. Even $5 is rad. I put up some incentives, like cookies, and dinner catering... so check it out!

Monday, May 20, 2013

Why YOU need a coach!

ok, so this post is directed to YOU! You know who you are... you've been working for months to lose/gain fat/muscle and it's just not happening... or not happening as fast as you think it should. You tried this one plan your friend told you about and after a few weeks you lost faith in it and moved on to another one. You missed a few weeks of workouts cause you hurt yourself, or got sick, or lost motivation, but you're gonna start up again next week and hopefully do a better job sticking with it this time.
You think you are eating ok... I mean if you want to lose fat you need to reduce calories, right? So you've been eating before work and before bed, and trying to stick with veggies and rice cakes. It's hard, but it will pay off! Conversely, you're trying to get huge- all the big guys in the gym say they eat like 5000 calories a day. It seems like a lot, but your are eating a cup of peanut butter and as many french fries as possible to hit that number every day!
You just have no clue what you are doing. You know that you need to do something, and you know you aren't happy, but you just feel lost and powerless to change anything. You would get a trainer at the gym but they probably wouldn't understand your dietary needs... plus aren't trainers expensive??

YOU need help.
YOU need a coach! Here's why:

- Having an expert to help you make a plan that specifically meets your personal needs and goals is invaluable! Stop wasting your time with plans that don't quite work for your needs.

- A diet coach can help you to figure out exactly what your nutritional requirements are and how you can meet them. Abs are made in the kitchen right? Or at least our ability to see them under the layer of fat on our tummies is... Eating is over half the battle in reaching your goals.

- Most importantly a coach can offer you motivation, accountability, and confidence in your plan. No matter what your goals, you will see faster and better results when you have the help of an expert and you have someone to report to.

Here's what you CAN'T expect from a coach:

- Someone to erase the bad eating choices you made over the weekend.

- A physical transformation if you don't follow the plan.

- Free services or advice- after all this is how they make their living.

I know I would not have been able to reach my goals without the help of my diet and training coach- who I highly recommend. Now that I am preparing for competition I am going to a posing coach as well. Look around and find the right person for YOU. Someone you can relate to, who will understand your goals and support you but also push you when you need it. Someone you feel you can trust with your personal health- because that is really what your diet and fitness equate to!

Friday, May 17, 2013

10 weeks out!!!!

It is oh so close, yet so far away... I was due for my back progression shot on wednesday so I have kinda been getting antsy and excited for it the last few weeks. It is really hard to see my progress on a daily basis, I see little changes all the time- a new ab muscle showing, or veins becoming more prominent as my layer of fat beneath my skin melts away but overall I don't see change. That is the best part about the back progression series I have been doing- I actually get to see the change, and on an area I don't see daily. Without further ado:

Pretty cool right? Helps me to fight the grazing urge when I look at that. Now since I have 10 weeks left you can kinda use the panels to gauge where I will be in 10 weeks based on the change over every 6 weeks shown above. Smaller and more lumpy mostly ;)
I go to my first posing class this saturday. OH! I guess that is tomorrow! I am nervous and excited. I found an ideal posing coach, a female body builder with years of competing and judging experience in natural shows and a pro-card in the organization I will be competing in. I can't wait to meet her!
I haven't been posting as much as I should because I have had a busy few weeks trying to sort my finances, but I promise I will be better.
As the date looms closer I have been starting to have to make some sizable purchases for the competition. I am gonna ask you all for some help... 
Here's the scoop!