The weather is absolutely beautiful today so the last place I want to be is sitting inside...hope you forgive me but I'm gonna make this super duper quick! So, what do you think of my banana protein pancakes?! MMMMmmmmsoooo yummy. One of my competitor friends gave me the recipe last year and I got hooked!! I top them with "I can't believe it's not butter" spray and a teeny bit of sugar free syrup. I used BSN's dessert protein in banana creme but they're also tasty with vanilla, cinnamon vanilla, and even a chocolate protein powder. They definitely take the edge off when I feel like eating something "carby." Try them out and let me know what you think!
PROTEIN PANCAKES 3 egg whites 1 whole egg 1 serving (usually 1 scoop) of your favorite protein powder 1 tsp baking powder 1 tsp vanilla 1 pkg stevia or splenda Cinnamon and/or apple cinnamon pie spice (as much as you want) 1 tbsp peanut butter (when it’s allowed in the diet) 1/8 c. oatmeal (if you want it to have carbs- this will give you about 8 g carbs for the whole recipe)
Mix all together and cook like regular pancakes… it’s about 38-42 g protein (depending on your protein powder) and about 8 g carbs if you add the oatmeal. I can make three pancakes using a small skillet pan. Top with "I can't believe it's not butter" spray and sugar free syrup. Enjoy!!
Tomorrow is measurement day! I'm a little apprehensive this week because I don't feel or think I look any different but we'll see exactly where I stand tomorrow morning! I'll be sure to post a front, side, and back pose shot to track the progress.
Here are this week's back and shoulder workouts:
Feb. 4, Wed. BACK High row on machine 70x10, 90x9, 115x5, 90x9 One arm row w/ DB 50x10, 60x8, 50x10 Front lat pulldown on machine 45x10, 70x7, 80x5 Pulldown (behind head) 40x12, 60x12, 90x9, 105x7
Feb. 5, Thurs. SHOULDER Shoulder press 40x10, 50x7 Shoulder press on machine 80x4, 90x1, 95x1 Lying side raise on incline bench 15x9, 10x10, 10x10 Upright row with barbell 45x10, 65x10, 75x7 Rear side lateral on freemotion 15x10, 20x10, 25x5
One of my friends sent me the photo above this afternoon and I just had to show you. No wonder why Kansas City is in the top 25 fattest states in the nation!! It's almost mind boggling what is out there to eat as a "convenience" thing. I asked him what the nutrition (or lack of) content was on the back but fortunately he was smart enough to know that it's a heart attack in a bag!! Right now, I know my nutrition is on the other spectrum of extreme but no one has died from an extended amount of binging on chicken and broccoli! Dad always said "you're either the solution to something or the problem." Ha, I would just nod and smile when he said it...secretly thinking it was such a cliche and lame statement. I laugh now because even though I still feel the same way (the cliche part) doesn't make the statement any less true. So, (this is for you dad!) I hope to be part of the solution of this obesity crisis by sharing (and inspiring) with you my lifestyle and passing along the plethora of information that I have discovered. If anything, that's my goal and of course to kick some ass on the way!! :)
Today we continued with our second day of the "oh so fun" strength training with a chest work out. I felt strong and actually excited about the little change in routine. As I mentioned yesterday, there are only one or two exercises per body part that really counts as a strength movement. Incline bench press was the lucky one today!! A lot of people don't realize how much weight I'm capable of training with until they actually see it. I get a kick at seeing their amazed expressions. Today, I'll honestly say that I impressed myself! 185lbs. with three reps...ohhhhh yyyyyyeah!!! It's those small feats that I look forward to. Of course, I was pretty weak on every exercise after but that's to be expected after putting in everything I had for the strength exercise. Below is my entire workout today.
I think it's bedtime. 5am is calling my name. Sweet dreams!
ROOOOOCK CHAAAAALK!!!!!! Wheeeeeeew, the game was A LOT closer than the final ten point spread. As many of you already know, I'm a huge KU fan (considering I'm an alumni) and try to watch my boys play every chance I can. They're a young team this year but still very fun to watch...even though they can give me an anxiety attack! On to Oklahoma St. this Saturday!!!!
So, today marked the first day of a four week strength training period. After five weeks of hypertrophy, it's going to be a good change up but let me make this clear...I ABSOLUTELY DESPISE STRENGTH TRAINING!!! What is strength training you ask? It's just that...training to increase your strength! We cycle through three different training stages in order to prevent a plateau in workouts. Hypertrophy: sets of 3-4 with reps between 6-10. Hypertrophy is the only phase where you actually build muscle mass...that's why we usually do it for 5 weeks. Strength: sets of 3-5 with usually a warm up rep of 10, 2nd set doing 3-4 reps, and last 2 reps "maxing out." This cycle allows you to purely increase muscle strength. There are only a couple of strength exercises for each body group so hypertrophy is generally incorporated into it. Lastly, endurance: 4 sets with reps between 12-15. In this phase, you not only improve your muscle endurance (duh!) but I also think it increases your vascularity which is important in order to maintain oxygen going to the muscles. Strength and endurance last for 4 weeks and hypertrophy for 5. So there it is...my training cycle. Today's leg workout wasn't entirely an honest strength session but shhhh don't tell ok? :)
Last Friday's measurements are also here for you to view! Lucky you!! I had big losses in my quads (probably thanks to box squats) along with my midsection. Can't complain there! And my weight is finally beginning to budge...wooohooo! I'm right on track with 12.63% BF. Kristie still has not changed my in nutrition or cardio sessions which makes life easier. Overall, I'm a happy girl. :) You'll be happy to know that I found my digital camera (don't ask me where because I'm a little embarrassed to tell ya) so I'll try to get some shots tomorrow morning at our 2nd posing session! The good news keeps coming... I'm on a roll and enjoying the ride right now.
Gonna try to make this a quickie since I'm a little tired from this weekend. They really should start thinking about making the Superbowl a Saturday thing! C'mon, doesn't it just make more sense?! We had a great time watching the game though; I would say the most exciting in years!! The only thing that was NOT fun was eye balling all the yummy bowl food. I swear the three layer velvet cake (my favorite kind of cake!) called, no screamed, my name a few times. And the brownies...there's nothing better than warm gooey big chocolate chunk brownies. But, I was a good girl and focused on my veggies, hummus, and SF jello. Sometimes I really don't know how I do it. I blame it on my "all or nothing" personality and a touch of stubbornness. When my mind is set on something, it's extremely hard for me to deviate from it. That isn't always a good thing but in this case it helps an endless amount. My two mantras: it's only food and it's not as delicious as the body that I want to achieve..and I only have to be strict with my diet for four measly months; food is always going to be there. In reality, resisting the temptation of food is superficial but stems from a deeper root of issues that are not so much.
My friend, Justin, likes giving me a hard time about my nutrition and rolls his eyes when I tell him I can't have this and that. He eats on a pretty healthy basis but nothing comparable to what is required for my training. Since the majority of social functions are based around some kind of eating and drinking, it has put a strain on our relationship and I know he gets frustrated about it. "Why do you like putting yourself through all this Lis?" he has asked repeatedly. He then goes on to say that I'm beautiful as I am and bleh bleh bleh. It's not about wanting to look pretty...in fact, it goes way beyond that. Justin isn't the first and I'm sure he won't be the last person to ask me this question though. Going to bars and clubs, eating out, meeting up with friends for happy hour, baking for special occasions etc. are just common things that people do. Usually alcohol and not so healthy foods are involved....it's part of life....I get it. Right now, the lifestyle I've chosen is completely opposite and it has created a sense of distance with some friends. Most of them don't look forward to me training because of it. Very sad. It's something I think about almost everyday. Not the junk food and alcohol aspect but the relationships and interactions with my friends. But, at the end of the day, my answer remains the same. My countless hours at the gym, my precise clean eating, my overall lifestyle is my own choice. I do this for myself...for my own good health...for the "high" of an accomplishment...for no one else. I do it because I'm young and able. When I look back in 10, 20, 30 years, I will have stories of discipline, dedication, and purpose through these competitions to share. They might not be for everyone but it is MY path. And I just hope that one day, my friends will fully understand.
I've misplaced my digital camera so no weekly front and side photos to post right now....so sorry. I will post as soon as camera decides to be nice and turn up. In the mean time, here are my shoulder, tricep, and bicep workouts from this past Thursday, Friday, and today.
Jan. 29th, Thurs. SHOULDER Military press w/ bar bell --65x10, 85x7, 85x7, 95x5 Leaning one arm lateral raises on freemotion machine --20x10, 25x8, 25x9, 30x7 Peck deck --90x8, 130x7, 130x7 Incline front raises w/ dumb bells 10x10, 15x10, 15x10, 15x10
Jan. 30th, Fri. TRICEPS Rope pulldown --50x10, 70x10, 90x8, 100x7 Two hand extensions --40x10, 60x8, 65x6, 65x6 Kickback w/ dumb bell --10x10, 15x10, 15x10 Underhand pulldown --100x10, 120x9, 130x8
Feb. 1st, Sun. BICEPS One hand preacher curls on machine --25x10, 35x8, 45x5 Curls w/ bar bell --45x7, 45x10, 65x4, 45x10 Curls w/ dumb bells --20x10, 25x10, 30x6 Cable curls on freemotion --30x10, 30x8, 30x8
5:00am has become the magic hour...at least it is three days a week now! Tuesday: posing session, Wednesday: cardio class, and Friday: cardio class, strength training, and measurements. Truly, one of the hardest things about training is getting up that stinkin' early for me especially when it's three degrees outside!! Who wants to get out of their warm cozy bed into a frrrrreeeeeezing car...NOT ME!! It's those kinds of mornings where my dedication and willpower HAVE to kick into overdrive. Sure, I'm fine and ready to go when I'm actually at the studio but, man oh man, it's tough!
This past Tuesday marked our first 5am posing session. It was the first time all of the competitors have been together....a huge group! It was great to see the new faces. Many filled with overwhelmed expressions but that's to be expected at this period. I knew EXACTLY how they felt since it was only last year I was in that very spot of confusion. "It gets easier," as I repeated myself to several different girls only to be met by apprehensive responses. Trust me, it really does. If you've never seen a figure show before, learning how to pose correctly while making it appear effortless is sooooo EXTREMELY difficult. The walk must be smooth yet display a touch of your personality. The transitions between front to side to back poses must be seamless while keeping every muscle from head to toe flexed. It's not one of those things where you can just "wing it" and hope for the best. Like anything, it takes practice practice practice.
NANBF holds a comparison round where the girls from each category and height class walk out on stage together. They are then judged on front, side, and back poses. There is also a "relaxed" pose for when the judges are deciding who to compare and what not. But don't be fooled, the relaxed pose is just as hard as the other poses!! The girls can be on stage for as little as five minutes to thirty minutes all depending on how many participants are involved and comparisons the judges are making. After the line up round, the next segment is the T-walk presentation which I'll mention later. We only focused on the four basic poses in the first session. Oh, and if trying to remember how get into those poses correctly wasn't enough, try to do it in five inch heels!
Jessica and I are the two veterans out of the group and demonstrated all of the poses for the girls. Putting on a suit wasn't as horrible as I imagined; it actually made me excited. Wearing a suit always makes everything more "real." It's funny how natural all of the poses came back to me(took me awhile to do them correctly last year..hell, I flubbed my back pose the first time ON stage)...kind of like riding a bike. Unfortunately, Jessica and I were the only ones wearing one that morning. Michelle and Kristie wanted to hold off until they had enough suits for everyone. They will be buying a few new ones at the Arnold Classics in the beginning of March. Kristie asked me what color I preferred this year and wanting to be completely different from last year, I'm leaning towards red. Can't wait to see what she can come up with!! I'm not required to attend every posing session until really six weeks before show but I think I might just go here and there to help the girls in anyway I can.
Enough for tonight..sweet dreams. I'll list my shoulder work out tomorrow for ya!
Sorry for the tiny hiatus....this week turned out to be a little stressful! Happy Friday, not quite the official weekend for me but oh so close. So measurements this morning were pretty uneventful. My results were more of a trickle this week; not nearly as drastic as the week before but I can't always have huge gains (or I should say losses) every week. I'm continuing the same nutrition ratio and cardio schedule as the last couple of weeks. Kendra's cardio sessions are pretty awesome! Waking up at 5am will NEVER be easy for me but it sure feels good afterwards. Call me crazy, but I love getting soaked shirt sweaty...getting to that point just solidifies all my hard work and the feeling of that tiny accomplishment is so worth it. I'm adding on a Wednesday morning cardio session next week to ramp things up. Hopefully I can drop a couple of pounds doing so.
Next week's a BIG week. It's the 12 week mark...we'll be getting our show suits Tuesday morning (you guessed it at 5am!) at our first posing session. Since I'm familiar with the poses and T-walks, I won't have to attend until the beginning of March again. The idea of getting into a teeny tiny suit is a little daunting....it definitely humbles me since I'll see exactly what I need to work on.
Tonight my friend, Chris, and I are going with Allison and her husband Craig to the AVP (I'm guessing it's American Volleyball Professionals) pro beach tournament at the Sprint Center complimentary of my best friend Shane. I'm an avid volleyball player and fan so I'm super excited to see some great play tonight! Pictures to come. :)
I'll leave you with my chest and back work outs from Tuesday and Wednesday. I forgot my journal at home when I did my shoulders and arms work out so I'll post those next week! Have a great week!!
Nutrition: 170g protein 100g fib. carb 100g starch carb
Cardio: 30 min. 3 days/week.
Measurements: Jan16...Jan16...Jan23 4.0---1.0---1.0---Pec 8.0---6.5---6.5---Sub scapular 4.0---2.5---2.5---Bicep 6.5---4.0---4.0---Tricep 19.0---17.0---16.0---Kidney 15.0---10.0---10.0---Suprailic 19.0---15.0---14.0---Abs 11.0---11.0---11.0---Quads 6.0---5.0---4.0---Calf 92.5---72.0---69---Total 142---142---142---BW 17.58%---13.69%---13.11%---BF % 24.96---19.43---18.61---BF lbs. ....-5.52...-.81...Change in BF from previous week 117.03---122.57---123.39---Lean muscle mass
One week closer to goal...13 weeks and counting! My nutrition ratios are the same as last week but I suspect they will change next week. Mondays are always the hardest day in terms of working out since I'm technically still "on weekend" mode. Compared to everything else to consider when training, gym sessions are the easiest part of the pie! Cardio is a different story for me but I'll get to that later.
One of the most important things for strength training is a great work out buddy. People simply think a good work out buddy is a person that can lift close to the same weight as you and be present in case you need help. In my experience, there is sooo much more involved in finding the perfect work out partner for efficiency and maximum gains....it's harder than you think!! Aside from holding each other accountable to sessions and "spotting," they need to push you to your threshold physically but, more importantly, there HAS to be a psychological trust involved. A trust and understanding of how far and precisely how much the other person can endure...especially on weak days. I've found that person in Greg...he has been the absolute best work out partner! With his personal training experience and medical background, he has taken me to a whole different training level during the off season. I'd like to think I've pushed him just as hard and chuckle every time we get comments from any of his former clients. "It's good to actually see someone else making you work so hard," one of them said as he was struggling on his last reps of rear delt flyes and red in the face....ya gotta love it! haha. Even though we lift different amounts of weight, we do exactly the same routine and exercises. I personally don't believe in "girl exercises" (let's-try-to-balance-this-while-pushing-that-while-standing-on-your-head kind of thing) and laugh when I see those movements featured in an article or magazine. Men and women aren't very different so why try to complicate it?
We work out six days a week (Monday to Saturday) focusing on a specific body part each day starting with legs. I incorporate a cardio session immediately after my strength training three days a week generally Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. I also add an abdominal routine after my non cardio days. This is week three (of six) of the hypertrophy (the phase of actual muscle building lifting heavy enough weight to do three-four sets between six and ten reps) cycle. This was my leg work out routine today:
Hack Squat machine --90x10, 115x8, 115x8, 115x8
Hamstring movement on Calf raise machine --10,10,10
Leg Press on machine --450x10, 540x8, 630x8
Box Squat with barbell --45x10, 95x10, 135x8, 185x8
Calf Raises on machine --70x15, 90x15, 110x15 ----raises on leg press machine ------270x10, 270x10, 270x10
Good snowy morning people!! It's just powder so don't worry. :)
Kendra, one of the TF trainers, said it perfectly this morning in our cardio session...."There will ALWAYS be someone prettier, more muscular or stronger than you but just deal with it, move on, and work harder!" Damn straight Kendra...as I'm gasping for air after a series of long jump exercises. Fitness and a healthy lifestyle is beyond what anyone else thinks of you..it's about you! It's about pushing yourself to the limit and sometimes even beyond what you ever imagined...and at the end of the day, being happy with who you are. Hard work pays off...it certainly did for me this week...
The end of week 14 has gone. I'm a little fanatic about weighing myself so I was a little disappointed that I remained the same weight but dropped drastically in my measurements. Kristie was pleasantly surprised with my results and it's exactly where she wants me to be. The first couple of weeks of training are always just about getting back into the groove of things and experimenting with nutrition and work outs until we hit the week 12 mark. That's when it's really down to business. This week I dropped 5.52 lbs. of body fat lowering it to 13.69%. It's all about the nutrition I tell ya!! Maintaining my weight but lowering BF means that I did not lose any muscle mass which is always a good thing.
From the full body photo, I still have a ways to go (I hate seeing myself in pictures!) but last week was a good solid step on the right path. Also wanna leave you with a few extra photos from this morning's session. Have a fun and safe weekend!!
Sub Scapular 8.0--- 6.5
Bicep 4.0--- 2.5
Tricep 6.5--- 4.0
Kidney 19.0--- 17.0
Suprailic 15.0--- 10.0
Quads 11.0--- 11.0
Calf 6.0--- 5.0
Total 92.5--- 72.0
BW 142--- 142
Body Fat% 17.58%--- 13.69%
lbs. in BF 24.96--- 19.43
Change in BF lbs. -5.52
Lean mass 117.03--- 122.57
p.s. CONGRATS to Kristie on her engagement last week!!!!!! :D
You can guess what I'm going to talk about just by my photos above right? :) But more importantly on my mind right now...six degrees outside...are you kidding me?! I don't know about you but I've been half frozen all day long. It's funny how weather effects my workouts as I'm sure it does yours also. I just finished at the gym and so ready for a HOT shower! But first, I'm going to try to make this a fairly short and quick entry tonight.
Like I mentioned yesterday, food is the number one fundamental component to transforming a physique. Only then will the addition of supplements be effective to a diet in maximizing the results but always remember they NEVER REPLACE proper nutrition. Last year, I got to a point where I felt like I hit a wall with my workouts but with the aid of supplements, I was able to continue progressing on a higher level. I'll also say that these supplements are not cheap!! I actually have not started taking any this year since I just now was able to buy all of them. I plan to start the beginning of next week. All my supplements are either vitamins, minerals, amino acids, or other dense nutrients that aid the body on a cellular level for growth. These are my core supplements...a few more will be added next month (such as a thermogenic) that I'll mention later. You can imagine the chemistry of the body is always a complicated thing to explain...I don't even know if I can elaborate very well but here's my best attempt.
Multi-vitamin: one of the most important vitamins you can take! It ensures that you receive all the necessary vitamins and minerals your body needs for proper efficiency.
CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid) 800mg: It is proven to build muscle, reduce body fat, and induce an optimum cellular environment for improved health.
CoQ-10 (Coenzyme Q-10 ) 50mg: Plays a very important role in the production of energy throughout the body. Helps the body convert food into energy in the form of ATP (the energy of your muscle cells) and is also an awesome antioxidant and fat burner.
Lecithin 2400 mg: The most important health benefit of lecithin is its role in the breakdown of fats in the body. On a cellular level, Lecithin aids in regulating the flow of nutrients and waste materials in and out of the cell. It has also been seen to prevent the build-up of fats and bad cholesterol in the walls of the heart, the arteries and the veins, and thus enhancing cardiovascular health.
Fish Oil 1000 mg: Natural source of Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids. Contributes to healthy heart functions and joint flexibility as well as supporting brain, nerve, and visual function. Improves hair, skin, and nails.
BCAA (branched chain amino acids) 1mg: Considered the building blocks of amino acids. Aids the body from building and repairing tissues (especially in muscles,) to producing chemicals that enable our brains to function optimally.
Glutamine 5mg: The body relies on glutamine as cellular fuel for the immune system. Scientific studies suggest that glutamine can minimize the breakdown of muscle tissue and improve protein metabolism.
Off to the shower for me!!
p.s. The cheapest supplement websites that I've found so far:
Before I start in, Heather had commented and asked yesterday: "I'm guessing you do additional workouts throughout the week at your own gym? Do you work each muscle group one day a week or more often?" Besides TF, I work out six days a week at 24 hr. Fitness mostly at Shawnee Mission Parkway. I do focus on a single muscle group each day and now have added about 30 minutes of cardio into the mix. By doing just a body part a day allows me to really hit it hard and devote my complete attention to that one specific area. I also try to incorporate an ab workout three days a week...it's one of my weakest muscle areas right now. I will get more into detail about my workouts a little later and will also post my actual workouts starting next week! Thanks Heather!! :)
Soooooo, people are always wanting a magic pill or supplement. We live in a society that wants a quick fix to see immediate results. I don't know if there is such a thing as over night results but I DO believe there is a perfect supplement to reach all the fitness goals you desire and could ever imagine. Wanna know what it is?! It's called food!! Nutrition is the NUMBER ONE foundation above anything else....it makes up 85% (10% in strength training and 5% genetics, thanks mom and dad!) of desired results. With that being said, a big part of my training is focused on the combination, calculations, and timing of every meal.
At TF, we go by a food guide called The Parillo Performance Food Composition Guide (http://www.parrillo.com/ has been very helpful not only on nutrition but overall fitness)...my food bible as you could call it. It is broken up to catagories: lean proteins (ie. chicken breast, turkey breast, fish,) starchy carbohydrates (ie. corn, carrots, sweet potatoes brown rice,) and fibrous carbohydrates (ie. broccoli, zuchinni, squash, green beans.) The proper combination and measurement of these three is the key to reaching my goals. Everything is weighed on a food scale by grams. I'm very familiar with all the foods I'm allowed. Towards the end of the last show, I could eyeball my portions out but now, with different measurements, I'm weighing all my food once again. Right now, planning and making sure I always have available food is the biggest concern. Portions are divided into five small meals with the last meal no later than 8pm. I can not have: bread, pasta, fruit, or dairy. My freebies are sugar free jello, rice cakes, and diet soda.
This is what Kristie has determined I'm allowed for this past week:
170g Protein 200g total Carbs
broken into five meals:
I try to switch up the variety of food so I don't get too bored with anything....sample of this weeks foods below. This week, the oven has turned into my best friend. I've used it to bake chicken, fish, and roasted an assortment of zuchinni, squash, and other veggies. I don't think my roommates have seen me in the kitchen so much!! Boiled eggs and oatmeal are my favorites to start my mornings. Protein shakes are a HUGE part of my daily intake. I try to drink at least two a day to supplement them as my snacks. From the photo, I like to carry a variety of different flavors. Some of my favorites: Multi-Pro Whey in chocolate belgium, BSN Dessert in banana cream pudding, BSN Syntha-6 in mochaccino, and Lean Body in chocolate ice cream.
I know my blogs are a little long winded right now but I promise they will taper off. :) There's just so much I want to say without being too overwhelming. Hope you understand. I'll "see ya" tomorrow friends!
Body fat: do you REALLLLLY want to know what yours is? It's one of those things that you're curious about but never really sure if you want to know right?? Me too. Its one of those kinds of "ignorance is bliss" things. Definitely not the case in my instance though...body fat is one of the most important things to consider. It sux but very true. Most gyms offer to calculate your body fat if you ask but I've found that the majority of them use a four point (measured at the abdomen, shoulder blade, bicep, and tricep) skin fold caliper body test. These calculations gives a person a rough idea of their body fat but not as accurate as the nine point exam that is also available. The nine point exam not only determines body fat more precisely but determines how much body fat to lean muscle mass a person has. My goal for this show to is to be around 120-125 lbs. with 2-3% body fat. At 5'8" with a medium build, that weight is haaaaard for me to maintain....too skinny for everyday living but not for competition. Since I placed so high at last year's show, I will only be eligible to compete in the open tall division...although I'm going to ask Kristie if I can be in the middle height class too since I'm on the clusp of both. I should tell you that the overall winner of the open division earns her pro card where she then will be able to compete in shows for prize money. I told you I was setting my standards high this year!! :) I'll be posting my body fat chart each week for you to view.
I'm about a week behind in telling you about my training progress (due to my slowness in developing this blog) but hopefully will be all caught up by the end of this week. My first official training day with Twin Fitness (TF) was last Tuesday, Jan. 6th. I was wide eyed and bushy tailed at 6am...with the help of a couple cups of black coffee and splenda! EARLY workouts: one of the things I'm going to have to readjust to since I prefer late afternoon or late evening work outs. I orginally was going to attend every Tuesday mornings but found out that my friends Allison and Jessica were in the Friday morning session....no harm; no foul on switching days for me. TF also added intense cardio classes that I'll be attending so from now until show time, I'll be at there every Friday mornings from 5am-7am...doing cardio class from 5-6am and strength and measurements at 6-7am.
It was soooo nice to see Kristie and some of the old faces that I saw last year. It brought back great memories and made me pumped up about this year's training. Allison isn't training for show but she will be working out again at TF the end of this month. Jessica, a competitor that I grew close to last year, has been working out there for a couple of months now. Jessica and I are veterans this year with over 20 competitors...a huge group of girls; more than last year!! Many of them are beginners just as I was last year...I'm VERY excited to share my knowledge and help anywhere I can.
Getting my first set of measurements made me just a tad nervous. I knew I had maintained, if not increased, my muscle mass on the off season but didn't know just how much. I always feel more out of shape then I really am but Kristie was happy with my starting measurements. If she's happy, I'm happy. :) My shoulders are more rounded and my legs are more muscular this time. I'm starting at 142 lbs with 17% BF with 15 weeks to go. I'll be right on track with my goal if I can lose a pound and percent body fat a week....a very reasonable goal. I'm going to try to take a full body photo every Friday and list my measurements. The numbers might not mean anything right now but they will after a few weeks of comparison. No photo for last week but definitely will have one this week!!
Til tomorrow, LM
JAN. 6TH, TUES. Pec: 4.0 Sub scapular (under the shoulder blade): 8.0 Bicep: 4.0 Tricep: 6.5 Kidney: 19.0 Suprailic (above the waistline): 15.0 Abdominal: 19.0 Quadriceps: 11.0 Medial Calf: 6.0 TOTAL: 92.5 Body Weight: 142.0 Total/BW: .651 Total BW x 27=BF%: 17.58% BF% x BF= BF lbs.: 24.96 BW-BF lbs= lean mass lbs.: 117.03
It's inevitable that I get asked this question right after I tell someone what I do as a hobby. There's really no short answer to the question and I'm always very careful to use the word "bodybuilder" in fear of getting a wide eyed oh-my-gosh expession. I don't blame people because the thought of men flexing their gigantic muscles and slathered up in several layers of self tanner and oil is not exactly the most appealing picture to me either. The bodybuilding industry has been around for decades (even before Arnold Schwarzenegger) while the figure division only started around 2003....naturally the two are very much alike since one stems from the other. Figure is similiar to bodybuilding but unlike bodybuilding which is judged on a person's muscle mass, figure is based solely on muscle tone and symmetry...more of a "softer" side of the extreme muscle look. It's easier to see the difference in a photo.
NPC bodybuilder Isabelle Turelle and one of my favorite figure competitors Alicia Marie
I've also realized that there are as many fitness associations as there are acronymns for the military! NANBF, NPC, AFAA, WNBF, IFBB, and the list goes on and on. I've learned that not all organizations are the same...regulations wise. Either associations allow certain supplement use or they not as stringent on drug testing. I'm very adamnent on only competing in shows that are strict on drug testing and follow a zero drug tolerance. At the end of the day, I want my hard work to show through...not what kind of supplements I can take to look good. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying any of them are bad....there's just a preference for everyone.
The Southern States Classic in Liberty, MO sponsored by NANBF (North American National Bodybuilding Federation) is taking place on April 17th this year. That gives me 15 weeks to prepare. Technically, I already officially started training last Monday and I'll be posting my first measurements tomorrow for ya!!
I'm sooooo happy you're going to be with me on this year's journey to the NANBF Southern States Classic figure show. This whole blog process is still very new to me so please be patient while I iron out the kinks. As a lot of you already know, I'm not the most technically savvy person but you gotta love me for trying right? :) So my life in figure competitions and training....where do I even begin?! Before mentioning the present, I think it would only be wise to tell you where my journey started and how it's led me to be where I am today.
In August 2007, after moving back to KC from living in San Francisco for about seven months, I was honestly a little lost in life. Grieving a break up and trying to once again find my niche in KC took it's toll on me not only emotionally but very much physically. I craved stability and was itching to find something that would ressurect focus in my life. In walked Allison.
Before I had moved away, my friend Allison who I play volleyball with, had told me about her process of training for a figure competiton. I didn't know exactly what a figure show was but from the moment I saw her competition photos, I knew it was something I wanted to do. I told her I wanted to train for the next show with her. Never mind I was at my heavist weight and worst shape in my life. I'm sure you're thinking I was crazy (trust me, I got A LOT of are-you-out-of-your-mind looks when telling people) about setting a challenge so unrealistic. Maybe I was since I was so naive to the actual process, but my new goal brought back excitement and drive within me.
Allison trained with a small studio called Twin Fitness (http://www.twinfitness.com/) in Overland Park, KS. Owned by identical twin sisters (duh, hence the name) that train people from all walks of life but specialize in training girls for figure/fitness competitions. Both were nationally ranked competitors but have since retired and now have trained hundreds of girls for shows. They have brought home more than 25 first place trophies and more than 75 top five finishes. On average, Twin Fitness places over 85% of their competitors, at every show....clearly they know what they're doing!
My first meeting was on Dec. 5th, 2007 with Kristie Harbaugh, one of the the twins. We discussed my goals and she took my measurements. She was honest and said it was going to be a long road but she could get me there. I had total faith in her....and so it started. With a very strict nutrition plan and working out six days a week for sometimes three hours a day, I finally got there on April 18th, 2008. I won't go into my whole transformation but I dropped a total of 42 lbs. and 21% bodyfat. At show time, I weighed in at 120 lbs with 4.3% body fat and took 3rd place in the beginners and novice tall class. It was easily one of my proudest accomplishments thus far. I'll post some photos below as soon as I figure out HOW. ;)
So here we are today...clearly a completely different person from just a year ago. I've learned so many different things that I can't wait to share and discuss with you!! I've continued to work out just as hard in the off season and have gained more muscle mass. I'm hoping it will help me appear more proportional this time around on stage. I know that my physical changes wont be that drastic this time around but that doesn't mean I haven't set my goals any lower. New year and show only calls for another great goal: To place first at show!! :D And so it begins....
This blog is for my family, friends, and even complete strangers who are interested in my journey into preparing for a figure competition including ALL the sweat and gritty tidbits inbetween. There is certainly more than just countless hours in the gym and looking pretty on stage. It's hard to update everyone on an individual basis so I hope this will ease your curiousity on what I'm really doing. :) Please enjoy and I would love to hear any comments or suggestions. Thanks!