Hey hey! I can’t believe it’s November already! November always gets me excited for the holidays, seeing all of the Christmas stuff at Canadian Tire yesterday just warmed my heart. I don’t know why, but I’m super excited for the holidays this year. I’m excited to have a house of our own that we’re settled in to have family over at, excited to bake Christmas goodies with my mom, and just be around the ones I love.
I’m also pretty excited because Steve and I booked a trip to MEXICO last week!
Yes, on December 15th we will be jetting off to beautiful Cancun for 8 days of sun and sand. We got an awesome deal and we even get to fly out of London. Score for for not having to fly out of Toronto! We’ve been to Cancun before, but with a large group of people for spring break. It’ll be nice to experience it just the two of us. We haven’t been on vacation in a couple years as we’ve been busting our butts getting our gym up and running, so needless to say I’m really looking forward to a week of pure bliss with my guy.
Knowing that I’ll be in a bikini for a week straight is also good motivation to make sure I don’t go nuts after my competition and balloon up from eating too much junk! I already mentioned that I do have a 4 week plan to transition off my competition diet. It’s just as important to have a plan for after as it is to have one for before!
Now that that’s out of the way I thought I’d share some things that I’ve noticed these past few weeks of my prep so here it goes:
- Losing weight when you are person who is always cold sucks! I have a mild case of Raynaud’s phenomenon which means my extremities get cold easily and stay cold/discoloured for extended periods of time. I’m almost to the point where I need to wear mittens indoors right now.
- Having proper Tupperware is key! I have a bunch of different shapes and sizes (I LOVE tupperware) and I think it’s important to have the right size for the right meal. It looks kind of depressing to eat 1oz of almonds out of a 16oz container. It may just be a mental thing but a lot of prep is mentally taxing so do yourself a favour and get some assorted tupperware. (I recently scored a 30 piece kit w/lids for $9.99 at Costco).
That’s not all of it, just our main stash
- Be prepared to deal with people who just don’t understand competition prep. Don’t get angry or mad when someone taunts you with food, or tells you your diet is unhealthy (which hopefully it isn’t). They don’t know you and they don’t know how your body works. People see me eat one thing and judge my entire diet based on that. I try and educate people about my diet but if they’re just out to prod or make me feel bad, I shrug it off and move on.
- When you lose weight, you really notice how vascular and sharp your body is. My veins have been popping like crazy lately! I must say, I’m pretty impressed with how my oblique’s are coming in, I have that nice ‘V’ shape right now, but I also have these veins I’ve never noticed before! Also, when I do dumbbell side bends, my hips feel really bony and sharp, lol.
- Be prepared for clothes to not fit properly. I’m lucky that I’m in workout gear most of the day and that stuff is pretty stretchy and adapts with you, but even some of my favourite under armour capris are really loose in the bottom (I have lost 1 1/4” from my legs so it shouldn’t be surprising). It is frustrating though when you put on your fave pair of jeans and they just kinda hang there.
- Take shortcuts where you can! As I’m eating a lot of the same foods over and over I’ve found a couple of ways to make things easier. I’ve always been a fan of batch cooking and regularly roast a giant pan of veggies so I can just measure my protein, add a side of veg, and go. Recently I bought one of these from Costco:
These roasts are awesome! They are meant to serve 6-8 people and are so easy to prepare. You just cook it straight from frozen in an oven for 4.5 hours. Or you can do what I did and just toss it in a slow cooker in the morning and come home to a lovely cooked turkey roast (if you cook it in a slow cooker you obviously won’t get the lovely crispy outside). This makes slicing and weighing out my protein easy and fast. The meat stays really moist if you do it in a slow cooker and it’s easy to season after slicing it so you can enjoy it in a bunch of different dishes. If you have a Costco membership one of these bad boys will only run you about $15, and one will last me the whole entire week!
- Be patient with yourself. Not everyone leans out the same way so don’t freak out if you’re not where someone else is at in your prep. Follow the course and have faith in your programming! You don’t want to go screwing around with things that don’t need fixing simply because you’re getting antsy.
Well that’s it from me. I did make Steve a pretty killer dinner last night which I’ll share with you guys soon. For now I’ll just tease you with a picture of this deliciousness (it was a tease for me too – I just kept smelling it, haha)
Super simple chicken fajita casserole…..mmmm…..23 more days!