My first competition is a mere 11 weeks away now so I decided to document the rest of my journey here, online for feedback, criticism and most of all - motivation!!! I will be competing in the Figure class and I have been working with a trainer (online)who is also a fitness competitor (and champion)so I know I am in good hands. I just have to "follow through" on my intentions and stay on my diet and training regimen.
I started dieting at 16 weeks out. Admittingly, I've had a few cheats but still made good progress. I know I need to go from loosely following the program the best I can to following it to a tee..that has been the challenge.
Although my bodyweight has only gone down by a half a pound in the past 5 weeks, I have been losing inches, thus replacing fat with muscle. The progress has come to a halt so I am going to start carb cycling next week (at 10 weeks out). Since I began I have noticed the biggest change in my legs. Leg strength is way up and I feel how BIG they are under the layer of fat. My shoulders are a weak point so we are going to switch up my routine to emphasize them more. A few weeks ago I hurt my shoulder so I was doing rehab-only (weightless) delt exercises for 2 weeks to let them repair. Now I am doing my regular shoulder routine with lighter weight and the rehab. This will change soon so I will post it once I know exactly what I will be doing.
I will post what this week looks like even though it will change next week:
S 2/22: 45 cardio
S 2/23: 45 cardio
M 2/24: 45 cardio
T 2/25: Chest/Biceps/Abs
W 2/26: Legs/Abs
T:2/27: 45 cardio
I've been doing the same split all along but started out with 3X30 cardio and built up to 4X45. All cardio is done first thing in the morning before eating. (No thermos)
6 meals a day - 7 on training days (Post w/o meal)
Averaging 2000 cals...185 C, 185 P, 62 F
Meals vary day to day but usually I only have starchy carbs in meals 1,2,and 3 (and post workout)...that is if I am good!!
Relaxed Waist: 29.75"
Waist sucked in 28.5"
Narrowest Part of Waist: 27.5"
L Bicep: 10.88 -11" (unflexed)
R Bicep: 10.75" (unflexed)
Updates will be every Saturday until showtime!
Oh yeah, here's my pics taken 2/13/03..about 12 weeks out.
If anyone has any input - please comment. I can use all the help I can get.
I am not using bodyfat % testing to track my results as I have had widly varying results with it in the past. I would appreciate any competitors who would help me figure out: HOW MUCH MORE LBS OF FAT DO I NEED TO LOSE, in your opinion?