My last taste of freedom…

This past Thursday I did a trial run of what it is going to be like enjoying my new daily diet.  I figured I should get a taste for it before it officially kicked into gear today after my return from my weekend voyage.  To say the very least, Thursday was tough.

Getting my breakfast down was hard.  I just couldn’t eat it all at once, so I split the eggs and oatmeal 45 minutes apart.  But before I knew it an hour later I was eating again!  By the end of the day all of my coworkers were convinced I was a glutton always stuffing my face (little did they realize it was all fish and veggies).  My stomach felt like it was going to burst.  It was way too much food and not very enjoyable to eat.

Knowing that I was going to be enjoying this style of eating for a while I took full advantage the next two days.  Maybe even a little too much.  I kind of felt gross about it.  But, I am proud to say that I have had my last glass of wine, last brownie and all that other yummy stuff we all enjoy so much and today I am officially into the swing of things!

I know I was going to decide on a debut competition after tracking my progress for a bit, but I think that if I don’t give myself a target date- a way of saying just so many more days of this- I will be dooming myself to failure.  However, I’m not really sure how I am supposed to go about picking an event.  Most events I found in-state during the spring months were championships and pro-qualifiers, which obviously wouldn’t help me very much.  I did come across the 2012 NGA North American PRO/AM event on May 19th in Amsterdam, NY.  It does say there is a debut division for Bikini so I’m going to look more into it.  Is 5 months too much for me to handle?  Do I even need that much time to cut down to where I need to be?

A trainer at Body Blocks was telling me another member has been competing for a few years now.  I’m hoping I will have an opportunity to meet her.  It would be nice to have someone with experience point me in the right direction.  After all, I don’t think this is really something you want to walk into blindly.  I have a bit of stage fright and the last thing I want to do is go up there and make a total fool out of myself.

The more I think about it, the more excited I am to see the changes in my body.  I am already noticing my pants fitting a bit differently (in a good way) and can’t wait to see what happens now that I’m going to be 100% dedicated to both my workouts and diet.

Speaking of workouts.  Even though I took my last two days before buckling down my eating habits, I did make it to the gym Friday morning before my trip.  You should be impressed.  I went at 7am and I am definitely NOT a morning person.  All things considered I got in a decent little workout.

:: 4 Minutes Arc Trainer @ incline 20 resistance 70 ::

Bench press – 6 rounds – 5 reps – weight started at 55lbs and increased each round until we reached 120lbs

“Athletic Warm-up” as my trainer called it – I’m not sure how to lay the sequence out but it reminded me of how we started field hockey practice everyday

3-rounds of the following:

  • Walking lunges with kettle bells – 16 reps
  • Push-ups (chest to floor) – 15 reps
  • Kettle bell swings – 15 reps
  • Squat thrust – 12 reps w/ 20lbs dumbbells
Finished up with some nice hamstring stretches (they’ve been a bit tight lately)

Wasn’t a bad little circuit.  I felt it (especially in my shoulders) the next day.

I’m back in the gym tomorrow…see you then!

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