I felt really good when I was at Emily’s house and selected my suit. However after practicing in the suits especially the two piece, I realized that I couldn’t wear the two piece for the show.   It was way too big and when I walked I was exposing myself.  I already knew that I was going to be uncomfortable on stage since this was a new experience, I was being judged, and the poses could come off rigid.   I didn’t need to add to these feelings by having a suit that I have doubts about and think doesn’t fit well.

I had to do what I thought was right for me even if it meant spending more on a suit and possibly even not getting a refund from Emily for the two piece I rented from her that I wasn’t going to wear.   I went online and researched figure competition suits.  There were very few sites that specialize in figure competition suits, and Saleyla which was most prominent.  Some sites were for custom suits only where I would design my own suit (color, jewels, cut etc) but time was not on my side for that as I would need to get measurements and it would take about a month for the suit to be made. Additionally, custom made suits come at a premium in terms of investment.    I decided to purchase a pre-made suit from Saleyla.  I had many options to choose from and the price started at around $250 for a bedazzled suit with rhinestones.  It was more than I was prepared to pay but I didn’t have many options.

From my experience at Emily’s and what I learned about color selection, I was able to narrow down my choices by colors that I tried on at Emily’s.  I found a suit with dimensions that would fit me in a purple color.  I decided to move forward with that.   When I got it, it reinforced my decision and the direction I chose to take.

As for Emily, she was very cool and understanding of the situation.  While she still thought the purple two piece that I picked out at her house looked beautiful, she didn’t want me to feel uncomfortable and so we worked out something regarding the two piece that I rented.

When my new two piece arrived from Saleyla, I immediately tried it on and felt like it fit me just right.   The bottoms felt a little on the snug side but I could position them where I wanted the suit to lie by using adhesive spray.

For the next four weeks, I will begin leaning out in preparation for my first show, April 8.   During this phase, I will continue to eat high protein and low carbs.    When I’m hungry, protein drinks (protein powder and water) will be my best friend.

Below is the meal plan that Emily crafted for me.   As with every meal plan that she has crafted for me, she determines what to eat and when based on how my body responds.   This meal plan is not a weight loss plan, and I do not recommend anyone to utilize this for weight management or weight loss as it is not intended for that but for leaning out and defining muscles.   Additionally, due to the restrictive eating of this meal plan there are supplements that I will be taking (see supplements section).

My feedback to Emily such as how I’m feeling, energy level, irritability, and how my clothes fit  is essential to any adjustments she may make to the plan.

 

Meal Plan:

Wake up:  Drink 16oz of water and take vitamins (multivitamin, Milk Thistle, and Thermogenic)

Meal 1:  3 egg whites, 3 oz chicken, ½ cup tomatoes, 1/3 cup avocado as omelet and take Glutamin

Meal 2:  4oz chicken and 1 cup of vegetables of my choice

Meal 3:  4oz tilapia or cod, ¾ cup brown rice, and ¼ grapefruit and take Glutamine

Meal 4:  5oz flank steak

Meal 5: 3oz tuna, 10 banana peppers, and one plain rice cake

Eat 10 almonds with 2 strawberries prior to training.

 

One week into this meal plan, my feedback to Emily was that I was drinking about 3 protein drinks almost daily and that my energy level was low.   She tweaked the meal plan as noted below increasing the amount of protein I was taking in.

Wake up:  Drink 16oz of water and take vitamins (multivitamin, Milk Thistle, and Thermogenic)

 

Meal 1:  4 egg whites, 3 oz chicken, ½ cup tomatoes, ½ cup avocado as omelet and take Glutamine

Meal 2:  4oz chicken and 1 cup of vegetables of my choice

Meal 3:  6oz tilapia or cod, ¾ cup brown rice, and ¼ grapefruit and take Glutamine

Meal 4:  5oz flank steak

Meal 5: 3oz tuna, 10 banana peppers, and one plain rice cake

Eat 10 almonds with 3 strawberries prior to training.

Protein drink anytime I’m hungry.

What I found on this meal plan is that I am less hungry and need less protein drinks.  My energy level is also higher.