A Solid 8 Days

I have a solid 8 days left to put in whatever juice I have left in my body to get ready to hit the stage on the 19th.  I still have a few pounds to go.  This is when we see what I’m really made of. (I know you’re probably thinking to yourself that I can’t count and there are more than 8 days left, but with tanning and travel on the 18th there is no room for a workout, and the 19th is show day!)

8 days.  Doesn’t sound like much.  You’re probably thinking “Hell, that sounds like a piece of cake.  I don’t know what this chick is complaining about”. Yes, I’ve come a long way.  Well, I won’t sell myself short… I’ve come a very long way and I am extremely proud of myself.  But these last few weeks have been more of a mind game than anything and I haven’t quite won every battle.

I already shared with you that I have not been the best about my diet.  I made some mistakes and definitely paid for them.  I had some ground to make up, and I did.  But putting me back where I started a few weeks ago still gives me a little ways to go.

It’s also the the point where I look in the mirror and feel like I’m fat and gained back all of my weight.  Or I have no muscle definition at all.  I have to stop and telk myself “Stephanie, you are wearing an XS shirt and your size 2 jeans leave you with a few inches of room around the waist… You’re not fat!”. Then everyone else tells me I look jacked so that should be a little reassuring about the definition part right?

Mentally, I’m fried.  Physically, I’m running on fumes.  Ya know I actually cried during a workout yesterday.  Like real tears running down my face and actually whimpering… Not just my typical “I’m going to whine about something just for the fun of whining about it” attitude.  My trainer had me doing some Lat pull-downs, 90lbs 12 reps.  I made it 7 reps before I just couldn’t go anymore.  Normally these are a piece of cake, but I feel exhausted.  Every fiber in my body feels depleted.

My goal is to squeeze in as much cardio as possible these last couple of days and really crack down in my diet.  Treadmills, ellipticals and my digital food scale are my new best friends.

I must say that I’ve met some pretty incredible people throughout this process.  In the short time I’ve been working with Terry Stokes at Stokes Fitness some of the women have really come to term almost like family.  They understand things that a lot of people don’t.  They can joke about this process and relate to it in ways the majority of the population couldn’t.  To top it off they are so encouraging.  Everyone has a little piece of advice to help you get to the end.  What I see as an impossible task, they assure me it can be done.  I don’t know how I would make it through without such wonderful women keeping me going.

I’m going to count on you to help hold me responsible these next few days.  I will post every morning my meal plan and workout plan for the day.  Every night I will give you an HONEST outcome for the day.  I will share every bite of food and every step on the treadmill.  Maybe if I feel like someone is watching my every move it will keep me from trying to run to the nearest Cold Stone.

Day 1:
Meal 1: 4 egg whites, 1/3 cup oatmeal, 1scoop whey protein w/ water
Meal 2: 125g spinach & green peppers, 4 eggs whites
Meal 3: 125g broccoli, 4 egg whites (I forgot to cook up chicken last night), 1 scoop whey protein
Meal 4: 125g veg, 60g chicken
Meal 5: 125g veg, 60g chicken

Workout 1: 15 leg extension, 15 hamstring curl, 10 Bulgarian split squat (each leg), 15 straight leg deadlift, 30 min intervals on elliptical level 12, 45 min treadmill 4.0 mph incline 15.0
Workout 2:  personal training sesh with Paul @ Body Blocks 6PM
Workout 3:  15 minutes stair climber, 60 min treadmill 4.0mph 15.0 incline

Get ‘er done!

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