Beginning my Journey to Becoming a Competitor
First things first, thank you all for the great feedback about the new design of the website! I really appreciate all of it!
Now on to today’s topic..
In my last post about Rediscovering My Purpose, I mentioned how a competitor friend of mine suggested I follow through on becoming a bikini competitor. So with her encouragement and another friend who competes, l recommitted myself to achieving my goal of competing in a bikini or figure contest. I started a couple of years ago but my interests changed and I wanted to focus on developing my cooking skills rather than train. However now that I’m looking to reach a new fitness goal, this is the perfect opportunity to train to become a competitor. I want to share this journey with you, so it made perfect sense to blog about it.
I found a great coach after another friend recommended I attend a posing class. I was perplexed the entire time, but I was also fascinated seeing how great the figure and bikini ladies looked up close. That same week, I was given a training plan, meal plan and booked my first training session.
It’s been a little over a week since I’ve started this meal and training plan and adjusting my lifestyle again hasn’t been difficult, but it’s definitely been an adjustment. I have to eat the same five meals a day, with some allowances on the type of protein, carbs and far I can consume. I aim to drink a gallon of water each day, a feat I have yet to accomplish. I also do HIIT cardio after every lifting session, 5 times a week. I’ve had two intense training sessions with my coach which have left me sore for days, but she’s testing my limits and encourages me with every set. She also told me about the ups and downs of training to become a competitor.
Though the meal plan has been simple and has been a huge time and money saver, I’ve barely begun to get creative within the parameters of my plan. For someone who runs a food website and loves to cook, I’ve been hesitant. However, I’ve considered a few key things from those guidelines – vegetables are unlimited, I can use non-caloric spices and I have fresh herbs at my disposal. I had to go back to the basics. What vegetables did I like? They’re not limited to only lunch and dinner, so how about using them for breakfast? I recently made a frittata with asparagus and onions and that was delicious. For my third and fifth meals for the day, I prefer to eat chicken breast rather than fish. I know how to make it taste like it belongs on my plate, so simple methods like pan searing and baking or using the pressure cooker to have always resulted in tender, juicy chicken breasts. Adding a little salt and pepper and some of my favorite herbs such as rosemary, thyme and bay leaves always provide a ton of flavor.
I have to keep in mind that this is a marathon, not a sprint. I’m going to make mistakes, but I’m also going to make great progress if I stick to the plan. I lost 4 pounds in my first week of training and my coach said she could see I’m slimming down! This is the result of taking things one meal at a time, one workout at a time and one day at a time. Stepping on stage is the primary goal, but getting into my best shape and challenging myself to do so means much more.
As I conclude my second week in this program, I’m going to write down some recipes that fit within the parameters of my meal plan. I started with the frittata, but I know there’s so much more I can make. It’s a challenge for sure but I’m more than willing to step up to it.
Here's to kicking ass and changing my lifestyle..again!