Life During Bikini Prep – Week #6 Recap
Officially down to the single digit week count down (less than 9 to go).
This prep is going by miraculously fast and I couldn’t be more ecstatic about that!
Last week I saw another 1.5 pound drop on the scale and a half inch loss around my waist.
This all happened after a long night of some much needed sleep.
I went to bed earlier than normal, knowing I’d get to sleep in a bit the next day, and woke up 11 hours later with a new low on the scale.
Sleep is soooo important people! It’s just as important as eating right and exercising regularly.
If you’re someone who averages 6 hours or less a night, you could really be limiting the proper recovery that your body needs to continue making progress.
Nothing has changed with macros or cardio since my last blog (which is awesome), just consistently continuing to put in the work day in and day out.
Training: This is definitely the most relaxed I’ve been about my training during a prep, and I really think it’s working to my advantage.
In the past I would be very strict with my schedule.
I would have a set heavy leg day to where no matter how tired or fatigued I felt I’d try to just push through it. I’d have my set cardio days where I had to get it in no matter what so that I’d stay on schedule.
This time, I’m taking things one day at a time instead.
As described previously, I’m still hitting each muscle group 3x a week with a heavy, moderate and light weight day with different rep schemes according to the amount of pounds lifted.
I have my set workouts and certain exercises that I focus on for each workout, but I’ve also been switching those up when I feel necessary.
For example, Saturday was suppose to be my heavy squat day, but my legs were still extremely sore from my 2 previous leg workouts + my hips weren’t feeling their best so I decided to do leg press instead because I knew I’d get more out of the workout overall (this is not the most optimal way to gain strength on a particular lift, but that’s also not the ultimate goal at this point in time).
I’m not worried about having set cardio days, I just do it when my body feels up for it (while still making sure I get in the proper amount at the end of the week).
I’m basically following my own workout split outline, but modifying things when needed in order to get the most out of the workout rather than just going through the motions on a lift that I might struggle with because I’m physically feeling out of it.
How I’m Feeling Physically: It really depends on the day.
Some days I feel great and I hit a new PR in the gym, other days are much more of a struggle and it’s all I can do to at least maintain the amount of weight lifted.
When your body has been in a caloric deficit for this amount of time (6+ weeks), you’ll eventually notice your strength begin to suffer a bit so it’s important to mentally push through and at least maintain strength at this point.
One way that I help ensure my muscles recover properly is I do a consistent job at keeping up with drinking my BCAA’s.
Currently I’m hooked on the flavor Blue Hawaiian by Nutrithority (for free shipping use code dani at checkout).
I drink 1 scoop upon waking and 1 scoop after my workouts.
Appetite: Nothing has changed here since my last check in.
I’m not miserable, but my tummy rumbles as I lay down for bed at night, even though I’m still averaging over 1,700 calories a day.
At least I know that since I have an appetite, my metabolism is running and fat is being burned.
What a lot of people don’t realize is that being hungry is actually a good thing, and you should not be afraid of that. It means your metabolism is working the way it should be!
The real problem you should be afraid of is not being hungry.
If you lack an appetite often, that’s usually a sign of a damaged metabolism. To learn how to overcome this problem, check out my blog on reverse dieting.
How I’m Feeling Mentally: I’m doing much better this week then I described last week. Seeing some change in my measurements was very encouraging and motivating. It was a good reminder that I just need to continue being consistent and trust the process.
I’ve also got a lot of social evens coming up that I’m looking forward to which is helping pass the time.
Oh and here’s a big one…we’re finally home owners again! We close on our new Tulsa home in less than 20 days so I’ve got lots to be excited about there.
I recently told my husband that in my prior preps when I would avoid all social encounters on purpose so that I wouldn’t be tempted to fall off track, I think I was doing myself more harm than good.
This time around I’m keeping myself occupied which is really helping me stay sane and not feel like such a robot counting down the days until I’m done.
I’ve recently switched from having snap peas every day to butternut squash.
I bake it in the oven on 375 degrees for 25 minutes sprinkled with pepper and sea salt.
*When dieting for a fitness competition, it isn’t just about eating “healthy” foods. It’s about eating an exact amount of proteins, carbohydrates, and fats consistently each day. Every gram of food must be measured out throughout the entire prep.
What I love about the butternut squash is it reminds me a lot of sweet potatoes, but I get a lot more volume for my carbs therefor it leaves me feeling much more full and satisfied.
Another new meal I’ve been having is turkey wraps.
The tortilla I use is by Mission called Carb Balance and is high in fiber.
I fill it with hummus, deli turkey, low fat swiss cheese, and any veggies I feel like or have around. It’s a quick and easy snack that can be prepared in minutes or even taken for on-the-go since no microwave is required.
What a lot of people don’t realize is just how important the overall stage presentation and package is.
The judges don’t just go by how “toned” or lean you look, they look at literally everything.
If they don’t think your suit color compliments your skin tone or hair color, they will doc you for that.
If they don’t think your makeup was on point, they’ll doc you for that too.
If you’ve got big muscular legs and a tiny chest…(yes, that) than they’ll doc you for lack of proportion.
I remember last time when I asked some judges for feedback, one of the male judges told me he liked how my toe nail polish and lipstick matched my suit.
Really?? THAT’S what he was looking at??
Apparently that’s just all part of this sport.
They’re looking for the best overall package, walk and body proportion.
Therefor I’m already planning out how I’ll be doing my hair, makeup, making things “appear” more proportioned (wink wink)…and apparently toe nail polish as well!