My journey to get stage ready and compete in a figure competition this spring has officially started. I am targeting mid-April for the competition based on past schedules that I have seen for 2016 and in talking with my coach, Emily Neis.
During the past three weeks, the most challenging aspects were adjusting my body/system to this new way of eating- small meals every 3-4 hours. I eat six small meals and drink at least one gallon of water daily plus take a Glutamine supplement with meal 2. Just to topline what Glutamine is, it is a supplement that prevents catabolism which means losing mass, density, strength and definition. Therefore Glutamine promotes muscle growth.
The nutrition plan is precisely and scientifically crafted by Emily and will change every three weeks. Below is the total daily calories and macros (carbs, protein, fats) from the first three weeks.
My protein has come from eating a lot of egg whites, tuna, and a little chicken (2 oz), fats have come primarily from avocado and almonds, and carbs primarily from red potato and a little roasted red pepper. I only had one protein shake daily just before bed.
Another big adjustment is increased cardio and weights. While I teach group fitness classes (in addition to my full time job in marketing) ranging from Spinning, weight/cardio/core, and Tabata interval formats, I am definitely raising the bar on my fitness. The past three weeks, my cardio workouts varied from treadmill, bike and stair mill. The cardio workouts, especially the stair mill have pushed me and my endurance is being tested. Currently, I struggle with the stair mill, but as my endurance improves I’ll be able to achieve the levels my coach is requesting. During my weight workouts, I push myself to lift heavier each set and definitely week to week because I think (and know) that somewhere someone is lifting heavier than me.
As I journey to the stage, every 3 weeks I will take pictures tracking my progress. Below are pictures 27 weeks out (or 3 weeks into the nutrition/workout plan).