It has been quite awhile since I wrote a blog, but don’t let that make you think I’ve been sittin’ around watching Real Housewives of Orange County (actually I did watch a few episodes of that after my law school finals were over, because my brain was tired and needed something mindless… mission accomplished! Those ladies are NUTS!).
Here’s what’s been going on since my last post: …I’ve been WORKING MY A** OFF!
I knew that turning myself into a Figure girl would not be easy or quick. But good lord, this has been a journey.
Trying to Enjoy the Process
I have experienced moments of pure joy as I strutted around my apartment wearing my Figure suit and clear heels, pretending I was Erin Stern—then fifteen minutes later I’m in tears as I overanalyze at my progress pictures and wonder why my efforts do not seem to be translating into the body of an IFBB Figure Pro. With terror in my heart I send my progress pictures to my wonderful Team Bombshell coach Gennifer Strobo, and she says…
“Good job. Your shape is great.”
… I think to myself, “WHAT?!”
This is exactly why having a good coach is so vital—she can see changes happening long before I can. She knows when I am not sticking to my diet 100% (whether or not I fully disclose the spoonfuls of peanut butter I ate the night before when I couldn’t sleep). I know my coaches see the ‘bigger picture’ and will have me looking my BEST ever in 7 weeks when I step onstage.
The Current Routine + Facing Diet Demons
I’ve been weight training intensely 5-6 days a week, as always, plus doing 45-60 minutes of cardio 5 days per week. I’ve been eating a lot, as sufficient food is necessary to sustain energy levels and allow muscle to grow. I have no problem eating lots of food—my problem is cutting out the extra nibbles that seem innocent in the moment, but when you’re trying to achieve your ideal physique, they add up!
It’s been difficult for me this summer diet-wise because I’m doing an internship in my home town and living with my parents. I love my mom—she is my biggest fan in everything I do in life—but she stocks the pantry with cookies, sugary cereals, etc. In my own apartment, I simply do not buy any food off my diet plan, which makes it easier to remain on track. Now I am in ‘the real world’, as Coach Gen called it, where I’ve got to figure out ways to face my food demons.
I have been working on this a lot, and realized that I stray from my diet when I am seeking comfort, either because I’m anxious or tired. My worst moments are when I wake up in the middle of the night and can’t go back to sleep. At 1:00 AM I want to eat carbs because they make me temporarily feel better and help me sleep. So I am working on a plan of action to replace food in those moments: I listen to a relaxation/meditation track on my iPod, or look through inspirational fitness pictures on Instagram, or just take slow, deep breaths and think about something that makes me happy. It seems to be helping, but I am not perfect by any means, and I’m always working on being better.
What About YOU?
I hope you are having a great summer and you’ve set a fitness or health goal of some sort—a 5k, a competition, a triathalon… or you just have a very small bikini hanging from your closet that you want to rock! Send me a message/comment with what you’re up to—it helps me stay motivated too!
See my shoulder cap peeking through that first picture?! Gotta drop body fat over these next 7 weeks so I can SEE my hard work!