YAY FOR FRI-YAY! They say we shouldn’t wait for Friday to be happy but I can’t help but smile a little bigger! I hope it has been a fantastic week for you.
I am currently 4 weeks and 1 day out of my very first NPC bodybuilding competition. I have always had a passion for fitness but never thought I would put myself through this kind of challenge. Depending on what day you ask me, my answer will change of how it’s going! Currently, I’m tired and sore, but I’m still giving every ounce of energy I can find to this thing. For those that haven’t heard of NPC or not really sure what it is, it’s a fitness competition. Contrary to powerlifting competitions, which so many people thought I was doing (heavens no), you don’t lift any weights on show day. Show day you strut your stuff and you have 10 seconds to prove that you’re the best. No pressure! There are different levels you can compete in and it is for ladies and gents. I am personally competing in the Bikini level. Some people prep for months, some for a couple weeks, I chose to do a 12 week prep.
The meal plan
By far the hardest part.
I love pizza and I haven’t had it since the prep started. The self control is not easy but I’m proud that I haven’t cracked. I have 0nly had one “cheat meal” but my trainer told me to get it and I couldn’t even choose what it was. haha! So it wasn’t really even cheating. It was a hamburger and fries from Red Robin. It was delicious, but I’m not a huge red meat fan to begin with. I can’t lie though, I enjoyed every bite. I have had a couple cheat snacks, because well, I’m human. (Sorry Cody if you’re reading this!!) I have 6 meals that have set macros in which I eat the same meals. every. single. day. Yes, eating the same thing every day for countless days isn’t exciting and I hate it sometimes. The first meal is egg whites, which I drink because it equals 4-5 eggs and I can’t eat that many eggs in one setting. I’m still getting over the fact that I’m drinking egg whites. Just the sound of that is gross! I eat plain oats with blueberries after I drink the yummy egg whites.
Meal 2-chicken and brown rice Meal 3-Turkey and sweet potatoes Meal 4- Protein shake and almonds Meal 5- lean beef and white potatoes Meal 6- Turkey and white rice
Anyways, day 1 was probably the hardest for the meal plan. It was so much cooking and eating for one day. I was overwhelmed. Now it has become routine and I guess I have actually grown to like the feeling of eating clean. I still have cravings of course and once this show is over I plan on indulging in pizza and hot cheetos right when I walk off the stage. =) As difficult as it was turning down the “bad foods” in the beginning, my body has adjusted and feels better. ( I put bad foods in quotations because any food can be enjoyed in moderation. It is just different on a prep.) In the beginning I thought when I was done with this I would just go back to my old nutrition ways, but I am going to do my best to keep on track with this and make it into a lifestyle.
Just like day 1 of the meal plan, day 1 of training was also probably the most challenging for me. My trainer didn’t ease me into it at all. It was full force from day 1. I wouldn’t admit this then, but I appreciated it. I’ll complain and whine, but deep down I love challenging myself. (whine, kind of like wine. I can’t wait to have a glass of wine 🙂 ) If I remember correctly, it was a long shoulder/bicep work out that I thought was never going to end. After already feeling dead and ready to curl up in a little ball, it was onto the stair stepper for 30 minutes. 30 minutes ya’ll. I had not done cardio since, like, well I don’t even remember! So this was torture and I looked like I took a shower when I stepped off of that evil machine. I learned ways to entertain myself during cardio sessions so I’m not focusing on the time so much. When you watch the minutes go by, they creep by. The cardio sessions for me now are times to check emails, social media stalk, catch up on YouTube videos, you know, all the important things. Eight weeks in and four to go, the work outs have not gotten any easier, but I have definitely gotten stronger, both physically and mentally.
Overall there are days where I walk into the gym and “kill the work out.” Other days I feel like I might not live through it. Okay, that might be a little dramatic, but you get it. Good days and bad days, they all have made this journey what it is. The prep has gone by pretty quickly which makes me nervous but so excited and anxious too!
Happy Friday! Love yourself for everything YOU are.
<3 Lisa Elaine
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