Sometimes you just have to push yourself outside your comfort zone and go for it. I had been looking around for a competition for awhile and stalking the IFBB pros Facebook pages and reading up on what it took to be a bikini competitor. After enough looking, I started to just go for it. I thought that if I didn’t at least give it a try, then I really would regret it looking back.
It has been almost 3 weeks after deciding to compete. I am a certified personal trainer, but I decided that I was going to need some insider knowledge to help me through this preparation. After all, I really don’t have any time to screw this up. The competition is now 46 days away. Normally, people give themselves at least 12 weeks to prepare. I hired a trainer to coach me online and she sends me my meal plans and training every couple of weeks based on my progress. I like this because it takes the stress away from deciding on how to train and what I need to do. It also gives me some accountability to not slack off or go off my meal plan. Sometimes we can be more lenient on ourselves then a complete stranger is.
Things I have done so far to prepare:
Order my heels and bikini(International order so had to do it sooner then later)
Start practicing my posing and walk
Started going to the tanning bed
Registration paid, hotel booked
Booked my hair makeup and tanning for both days
A look into my diet(Everyone is different so this is tailored for my goals)
Meal 1: 4 Egg whites, 1/3 cup oats
Meal 2: Protein shake with water and 4oz 0%greek yogurt
Meal 3: 4oz chicken, 1/2c rice and 1c veggies
Meal 4: 4 oz Ground turkey/chicken 7 almonds
Meal 5: Protein shake with water and 7 almonds
Meal 6: 1 whole egg, 4 egg whites and 1c veggies
Training: I am doing 4x week interval cardio for 30 minutes and 5 days a week lifting.
Feelings: The first week I had some trouble adapting to all the changes. Although I ate pretty healthy before, this was a new level of clean eating. I had to even take ketchup out, which I used on my eggs before so it wouldn’t be so boring. I also had to give up some social events to keep me on track. I just keep reminding myself that it is only short term and that I can move to a more moderate diet after the competition is over. Having the competition so close has helped me keep a clear vision of my goals and really helped me focus on staying on track. Sometimes I can get a little more emotional then normal because of the added stress of competing. I am most scared of being on stage and not knowing what to do. So to conquer this fear I just want to prepare the best I can so I can give it everything I got. Stay tuned for the next weeks preparation changes and challenges I may have. Gotta go hit the gym, Cheers!