Life During Bikini Prep – Day 1
Well it’s that time again for me…time to start prepping for my next bikini competition!
Now that I’m doing the blog thing, I thought it’d be fun to write a weekly/bi-weekly post about how things are going in order to show a little insight into what it’s like getting ready for a show both mentally and physically.
I’ll be talking about the foods I’m eating, workouts I’m doing, cardio performed, struggles I’m going through (both mentally and physically), the successes that make it worth it and just the overall mental state that I’ll be in.
If you have any interest in following bikini competitors or if you’ve been thinking about trying it out yourself one day, this probably isn’t the first article you’ve read about what to expect while in prep mode.
What I want to make clear is that there is no one particular way to diet for a show and there are many many more ways than one to “skin a cat”…or some fat 😉
If you decide to follow me along this process, please keep an open mind and remember that just because one way works for me, may not mean it’s the best approach for you.
This will be my third season competing in the last 4 years therefor I already have a good sense of my body and how it reacts to certain factors. I also know and understand what is to come on this journey in terms of sacrifices and rewards.
My Starting Point:
Well in terms of calories I’m in the best spot I’ve ever been in before going into a competition diet.
I ended my reverse diet eating about 2,250 calories every single day. Those calories came from about 140 grams of protein, 285 grams of total carbs, and 60+ grams of fat.
Yes…that’s a lot of food. I actually wanted them to be quite higher but the move to Oklahoma was a big speed bump and made it hard to keep up with. Shit happens.
So to put it simply, the higher your calories are going into a prep, the easier it will be.
For cardio, I’ve been doing absolutely none/zero/zilch.
Similar concept as the calories…the less cardio you’re doing going into prep, the easier it will be. You always want room to add a little more.
I’ve been lifting an average of about 5 times a week that includes: 2 leg days, 2 all over upper body days, and 1 arm & core day. I will be switching this up and adding one more day to my schedule that will be an emphasis day (the areas I feel need the most improvement which are glutes, delts and abs).
As far as my weight on the scale, I have about 10+ pounds to loose.
Last season my stage weight was 107lbs, and I’m currently 122. I would estimate that I’ve gained about 4 pounds of muscle since 2014 (after a woman’s first initial year of lifting weights, it’s very hard to add muscle quickly, which is why “lifting weights will make women bulky” is a big ‘ol lie).
This does not mean that you need to get under 110 pounds to compete or anywhere close to it.
I have friends who are very similar in size to me but their stage weight is in the 120-130lb range and they look fantastic.
Everyone’s body is different, and the scale honestly doesn’t mean crap.
I actually wanted to start off with my weight being higher hoping I had added more muscle, but my priorities last year were fixated else where. Again, shit happens called life.
Tomorrow marks 15 weeks out from one show and 17 weeks out from another that I plan on doing.
Yes, that’s a pretty hefty amount of time to be dieting.
However, it’s better to not be rushed and to coast into peak week than it is to be stressed out the last month not knowing if you will have enough time to come in the way you’re wanting to or not.
Even though this is a “competition”, I’m going into it with the mind set that I am my only competition.
I know that I can not control who shows up or how the other girls will look.
All I can do is focus on myself, doing my best and beating my best.
I would say my #1 goal I have this season is to qualify for a National level show (in my last season I was 1 spot away in 2 different shows). It may or may not happen, but I’m sure going to try my hardest.
Something else I’ll be focusing on more this time is my walk and overall presentation.
Last time I would say I wasn’t bad…for smaller shows.
But if I’m wanting to compete with the best I have a lot of work to do here.
What would you like know?
As stated above, I will be keeping up with this new blog series about every other week, if not every week.
My question for you is what do you want to learn and hear about?
Comment below what some of your questions are regarding life during bikini prep and I’ll do my best to incorporate the answers.
Wish me luck on week #1.