17 days to go before my bikini competition, the the NPC Natural Western USA in Mesa, AZ (and then one week later, the NPC Atlantic States contest in Atlanta, Georgia — more on that later).
It’s been a very busy contest prep as I learn how to balance law school with training and dieting. I’ve got a routine down that works pretty well for right now:
4:15 AM: Alarm goes off. I half-consciously get up and take my supplements before morning cardio in the gym in my apartment building.
4:30-5:30 AM: Cardio Session #1. Right now, because it’s so close to competition, I’m doing it on an empty stomach. But normally I prefer to have a bit of carbs and protein in me beforehand.
5:30-7:00 AM: Breakfast (happiest meal of the day because it’s not eaten out of a plastic baggie, and it’s HOT!), get my cooler of meals and gallon of water ready; shower & get ready for the day
7-8:15 AM: Studying for the day’s classes
8:15-2:45 PM: Catch the shuttle to the law school and attend classes. During the lunch break I study.
2:45 – 3:30 PM: Catch the shuttle back home, grab my gym bag and head to the gym.
3:30-5:45 PM: 45 min-1 hr of weight training, a 10 minute break to eat/rest, and then Cardio Session #2 (by this point, I’m not a happy camper and I have to really push through it!).
6 – 8 PM: Eat last couple meals; get gym bag packed for the following day; study (if I have any energy left!); practice my posing for a few minutes (very important – you’d be surprised how tough it is!) and wind down. Usually I’m in bed (zombie-like, skimming Twitter) by 8:45 PM.
So that’s it. By the end of the week, I’m grateful for a day to sleep in. But at the same time, I don’t want to complain about any of this. It was MY choice to compete while in law school, so it’s up to me to figure out how to balance everything. So far, so good :)