I’m two weeks away from finishing my second year of law school and 15 weeks from stepping onstage as a figure competitor!
Although this may be my “offseason”, I’ve been working extremely hard because I want to succeed as a figure competitor SO BADLY. I had a fun time competing in the Bikini division, but my dream has ALWAYS been to have more muscle. One of my law school friends commented on my last progress photo that he “wouldn’t want to get in a fight with” me, and I LOVED it (thank you Chris G.!!)! Ha ha! The ironic part is that I’m a very peaceful, non-confrontational person… for pete’s sake, I meditate, do yoga, and read nerdy self-help books at home on Friday night. But the idea of LOOKING LIKE a girl you wouldn’t want to mess with… that’s pretty cool :-)
The Tougher Moments
Every day isn’t rainbows and sunshine. I have moments where I look at my progress pictures and think to myself, “Nothing. Is. Happening! I look exactly the same!”, or even worse, I’ll start criticizing myself: “You need to be more diligent on your diet plan. You had an extra piece of gum, remember? How can you expect to win if you don’t cut that out?” I am extremely self-critical, and I have to watch myself or these thoughts will ruin my day.
It’s also sometimes difficult when not everybody understands or supports my goals. Not every guy out there thinks an athletic/muscular woman is attractive. I’m sure there are people looking at my progress pictures on Facebook thinking, “Yuck, she looks manly.”…
… but my new experiment in life is called “What If I Didn’t Care What Anybody Thought?” This is a radically new concept for me. I spend way too much time fearing that others are judging me.
A few mornings ago, I decided to see what would happen if I pretended like I truly didn’t care what anyone was thinking. This idea made me happier and more relaxed. I wasted less energy pretending to be someone I’m not. (I’m actually getting tears in my eyes writing this, because it feels so freeing.) My challenge is to start living this way EVERY day.
Current Training Plan
My current routine: cardio first thing in the morning 5-6 days per week. Weight training 5 days (lifting as heavy as I can). I follow the diet plan my Team Bombshell coaches give me, with one moderate “treat” meal per week. I eat clean, unprocessed foods every 3 hours and don’t take any weird supplements (you don’t need them!). Don’t fall for gimmicks. Marketers/advertisers are very good at getting your hopes up, but don’t fall for their nonsense. You’re smarter than that.
I absolutely LOVE hearing about others’ fitness goals, accomplishments, challenges, setbacks, etc. etc. Please write to me anytime on Facebook or this blog (also Instagram: katiedaysully).
My shoulders in 2010 vs. 2013: