It’s Wednesday, and on Friday I’ll be flying to Florida for the Ft. Lauderdale Cup. It’s an awesome event featuring both IFBB pro and NPC competitors—and it’s all-girls! They even have a red carpet at the night show—it’s really fun.
Here’s a picture of me on my birthday last weekend, which was wonderful. I know what you’re wondering–did I eat birthday cake? NOPE! I am determined! (But I will definitely be having some after the show this weekend!)
Progress From January to October 2012
This will be my 5th show of 2012, so I’m pretty used to the contest-prep routine by now. My first show was in March, and 7 months later, I know I’ve improved a lot—physically and mentally. I’m much calmer. And I did much better sticking to my diet. I’ll be totally honest—in every prep before this one, I cheated a little bit—just little bites here and there. I didn’t think it really mattered, but it does! I can see the difference in my photos this time. I had to take drastic measures—I cleared out my apartment of extra food. I had nothing in my cabinets/fridge except my meals I’d prepped for the week—which were frozen so didn’t I pick at them (yes, this is extreme—but bad habits are hard to break).
My wonderful coach Vanessa Campbell told me she thinks I look the best I have so far this year. That made my day, and gave me the motivation to push through til the end—only 3 more cardio sessions and 2 more weight sessions now!
Improvement Season Begins
After this show, I think my 3-month “improvement season” will begin. Essentially I’ve been in contest-prep mode since January, when I went to Bombshell Camp in Daytona Beach, FL and they kicked my butt into gear. That’s pretty tough on your body! I’ll cut it down to 1 cardio session per day, and lift heavier weights to create some more shape in my shoulders, glutes, back, etc—and eat more! (Yessss!!)
Are You Better Than You Were Yesterday?
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how dangerous it can be to compare myself to other competitors. I can really bum myself out if I spend too much time wishing I had someone else’s abs or arms or whatever—the truth is, in this sport, the point is to be better than your previous ‘version’. And I know I am getting better as time goes on. As I lean out during this prep, I can see muscles emerge that I didn’t really know were there! It’s exciting.
I hope you are having success working toward your goals—do not give up, even if you’re having one of those days where you just want to throw up your hands in frustration. (If you ARE feeling like that—email or FB message me! I’ll try to help!)
I’ll post pictures and updates as the weekend goes on—follow me on Twitter, too (@LegallyFitKatie).