A lot of you have been asking how I’ve been making out in my competition prep so I thought I’d take the time to answer some questions people had. I’ve got dinner on the go so let’s not waste time and jump right into it.
How much weight have you lost?
This is probably the most popular question I’ve been asked and to be honest, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to address it on here or not. I’m really not about the scale most of the time as I tend to stay within about 3lbs of my normal weight year round (the bonus of having lot’s of lean muscle mass is that it makes weight maintenance so much easier). However when I started this journey Steve and I decided it would be a good idea to journal and track my progress so that if I decide I like competing and want to do it again, I know what works and what does not.
Long story short I have lost about 10lbs so far, some of which is water weight of course.
What area is taking the longest to lose from?
My legs! While they are definitely leaning out they are the slowest to make progress. You really don’t realize how much extra fat you carry there until you are trying to cut. Tara over at Sweat Like a Pig has a great article on bulky legs, as most women assume that when they begin lifting weight that their legs magically bulk up.
What major changes have you noticed?
Everything! Especially within the past week and a bit. I went to put on some leggings this weekend and they were a little loose, my leggings were loose! Also my abs are making some lovely progress, I can’t wait to see how they look on stage!
Is your diet super boring?
To some people my diet may seem a bit boring but I am having no issues sticking to my plan. I love oatmeal and eggs so eating that every day for breakfast is something I’m used to anyways. Also I do change up my veggies and the way I prepare them to keep things interesting. Spices and seasonings are definitely my friend right now.
If you aren’t already a clean eater, contest prep might be a little much but for me it’s been awesome so far.
How has your training changed?
Well I’m training more now than I was before. I went from training 3-5 times a week to training 10+ times a week. I’m still lifting heavy 3 times a week but am doing tempo training 5+ days a week now. I absolutely love training and wake up every day looking forward to hitting the gym.
In terms of my heavy training days I wasn’t sure if my weights and performance would suffer once I got further along into my prep. However I am happy to report that I am still making progress in the gym and even setting some PR’s!
Last week was my heaviest week out of my 4 week training cycle and here’s what I managed to lift during the week:
Box Squat: 190 x 2
Bench Press: 130 x 3
Deadlift: 230 x 5
Chin Ups: 4 w/ 20lbs of chain
I feel like things are moving along right like they should be and am really excited to see more changes happen.
Tomorrow I have to practice my walk some more and will take some pictures to show you.
If there are any other questions you have about training or nutrition just click HERE to email me, I’d be more than happy to help!