If this is your first visit, welcome to my blog! I have been writing it since 2011, which is crazy! A lot has changed since my first post. Although the blog has been called “Legally Fit Girl” since day 1, I am definitely not a lawyer (law school was fun though!). I am a nutrition coach for the most amazing company ever, Working Against Gravity (WAG) and I love it!
My training and nutrition have changed so much since 2011. Originally my goal was to compete in bikini & figure competitions, and I achieved that. I reached nationally-qualified status. Then, when it started to feel repetitive and my body wasn’t responding very well, I decided it was time to find the “fun” in fitness again. With my husband’s help, I discovered CrossFit and learned a million new things – Olympic lifting, gymnastics, powerlifting, aerobic capacity, and more!
Then, a few months ago, upon noticing that the only things I wanted to do in CrossFit involved lifting heavy things (and knowing that my strength numbers need to go up, to be competitive in CrossFit), I am now specialized in powerlifting. For my friends who aren’t familiar with powerlifting, it composes three lifts: bench press, deadlift, and squat. So I need to get super-strong with these lifts! 🙂
I just hired my first powerlifting coach, named Ben Pollack. He was recommended to me by a fellow WAG coach Kate Hart (who is like Wonder Woman and you must follow her on Instagram!). Ben has given me a very structured strength program with the aim of competing in my first powerlifting meet in February 2018. I am so excited! For the last decade I have been obsessed with being strong and looking strong, but I don’t feel that my training or nutrition have permitted me to expand to my full potential until now!
Speaking of nutrition, that has changed a lot for me too in the last few years. When I began training for bodybuilding competitions, I followed strict, structured meal plans. I learned how to weigh and measure my food with a food scale, but I had no knowledge of how many calories or macronutrients I was consuming. Now, I subscribe to a flexible dieting philosophy (which is how we coach at WAG). This has been life changing for me, and I still check in every week with my own coach at WAG. Coaches need coaches too! You can read more about flexible dieting and counting macros at this blog from WAG.
So currently, I am consuming around 130 grams protein / 240 grams carbs / 56 grams fat (plus fiber of course) and working very, very hard on gaining strength and muscle size. Eating this amount of food is
a huge accomplishment for me because, less than two years ago when preparing for a figure competition, I was consuming about half that amount! I had horribly low energy, did excessive cardio, and was obsessed with the scale. Now I comfortably maintain a body weight of around 145-148 lbs and I feel awesome, with plenty of energy to lift heavy and enjoy life!
So follow along with my journey to my first powerlifting meet in a few months! Thanks for reading! I post often on Instagram so follow me if want to see my day-to-day stuff! #SkinnyToStrong