Journey to the Stage - 3 Months In
I'm officially 90 days into my journey to becoming either a figure or physique competitor and boy did these last 90 days fly by. I've lost 24 pounds to date, my bras don't fit anymore, and some of my smaller clothes are starting to fit again. So much progress has been made and it hasn't been too difficult, to be quite honest. Sure, the workouts are tough but the pain doesn't last forever and sure, occasionally I have a craving for a big pasta dish, pizza or tacos, but my commitment to reaching my goals keeps me on track.
To give you a glimpse into my diet, here's what I eat every day:
- Whole eggs, egg whites + turkey bacon + oatmeal
- Rice cakes + peanut butter + chocolate protein shake
- Lean protein (chicken, tuna or fish) + veggies
- Yogurt + granola
- Lean protein + veggies + complex carbs
I eat like that every day. Every. Day. I enjoy it too. I don't have to sacrifice flavor in my diet. My coach and I have started working on recipes together so I can be more creative in the kitchen and therefore, post on a more consistent basis for you all. So far, I've had one cheat meal. I had it when I went to Jamaica in September. I ate 2 chicken patties, 1 beef patty, 3 pieces of cocoa bread, 1 bottle of Ting, and 2 huge ice cream cones in 90 minutes. I felt terrible for a good few days after that but I have no regrets. I get to have another cheat meal this weekend to celebrate my 25th birthday. It's going to go down.
I train in the gym 5 days per week. I lift weights for about an hour to an hour and a half and then hop on the elliptical for 30 minutes right after lifting. I also have an extra day of cardio for 30 minutes.
The best part of my plan is that I check in with my coach every week on the same day. This helps me focus on small goals rather than big, unattainable ones. If I have one week of workouts that don't go so well or where my diet is slightly off, then my coach and I will focus on correcting those things the following week.
Speaking of my coach, I'm certain I wouldn't be where I am without her or my friends who keep me motivated and support me every step of the way.
First, my trainer is amazing. She's a physique competitor herself, an R.N. and a nutritionist. I don't think I could've chosen a better person to help get where I want to be. She challenges me every training session and keeps me encouraged. I don't just train for myself, but I train to make her proud too. I want her to be proud of the competitor she puts on stage because it's her reputation on the line too. She's attentive and helps me focus when I crave something not on my plan. I can text her when I'm in the gym struggling with an exercise and receive a quick response on how to adjust my workouts. My coach is just a wonderful person overall. She's genuine and understands everything I'm going through during this prep.
Next, I have to dedicate part of this post to my cousin. She's my number one fan. Her mantra to me is "Unlimted veggies! Mmm, mmm!" She says that whenever I'm craving junk food. I'm proud to say she's my coach's new client! I gave her my coach's card, told her how awesome she is and my cousin took care of the rest. She's made great progress so far too. It's also cool that we're working on becoming our best physical selves together with the same trainer. We hold each other accountable by sending "selfie checks" to show we've made it to the gym. Now a lot of our conversations revolve around our respective diet and training plans.
Then I have friends who inspire and motivate me to keep pushing. Some of them are competitors and some just go to the gym to remain in good health. I appreciate their recommendations for chicken breast and vegetables when I post a Facebook status about wanting a big, bacon cheeseburger with fries and a milkshake. They never put me down, purposely tempt me with bad food and never waiver in their support. I love them.
I have a long way to go, but I will get on that stage. I will become my best self and give this sport my all. I'm nowhere close to even considering a show date, but I'm in love with this sport already.
My progress photos mainly consist of the ones I send to my trainer every week and I don't feel comfortable posting those yet. But below is a before and after picture of me when I first started training at the gym on this plan versus a couple of weeks ago with my trainer.