I’ve always been proud to tell people that I’m self-coached. Two elite powerlifting totals and a natural bodybuilding pro card felt like even greater accomplishments when I could add that little tidbit on the end. I did it, all by myself. The traiing, the nutrition, the accountability- those victories were mine, just mine.
What an arrogant asshole. … Read More Giving Up Control
Regardless of what competition I am getting ready for, or for which sport, about four weeks from the date, I start to have incredibly realistic and invasive dreams about the event, and in every single one of them, it’s going terribly, terribly wrong. This seems like a atrocious betrayal of my brain, in the weeks… Read More Pre-event Dreamscape
It’s been a long time since I tested myself really pushed my limits to see what I was capable of- for most of the past year… ummm, year and a half, let’s be real, I’ve been simply trying to survive, and there was no room for pushing myself beyond that. My last powerlifting meet… Read More What Are the Limits?
Edit: Clarifying the roles of White Knight and Mem after some confusion. First of all, if you’re one of the lovely people who chose to get butthurt about my use of the word “mansplain,” or thought you should lecture me about “not all men,” when I last talked about women being harassed on the… Read More Clicking “Follow” Isn’t Your Cue to Be the Boss of Me
I’ve had a challenging year- not only as an athlete, but as a human. If you’re a regular reader, you’ve likely noticed- and been disappointed by- my irregular writing and intermittent social media presence in the past 12 months. During contest prep, I typically do more writing, more posting, more sharing, more how-to-ing, but this… Read More I’m Super Glad 2017 is Over
Low carb. Keto. Paleo. IIFYM. Flexible dieting. Intermittent fasting. Calories in-calories out. *insert branded diet name here* OF COURSE you can eat donuts. OF COURSE avocados have magical fat burning qualities. OF COURSE grains will murder your pets in their sleep. OF COURSE you need to buy this disgusting shake. Dietary approaches are incredibly… Read More The Mystery of The Best Dietary Approach
This season, my first season as a professional bodybuilder, I’ve approached prep differently in a number of ways. “But Stephanie! Why on Earth would you change things when your previous approach has been so good?! For fuck’s sake you earned your pro card using those methods! They’re carefully, painstakingly documented and proven!” Yeah. Hear me… Read More Programming Discussion:Renaissance Periodization’s Female Physique Template
I spent the morning learning how to operate Final Cut Pro, experimenting with video editing, creating voiceovers, splicing together videos, adding titles and written commentary… though adding a background track underneath my speaking has thus far eluded me. Seriously. If anyone knows how to do that, hit me up, because my Google-fu was… Read More 2017 WNBF Worlds Prep- Now on Video!
This week, I acted like a massive asshole to one of my really good friends. In a fit of hunger and frustration, I acted like a jerk, and reacted in a hurtful manner rather than addressing my feelings directly with her. My friend is an incredible baker- like, should open a bakery kind of incredible… Read More I’m Sorry I’m Like This: Supporting Your Competitor
Heading into my third consecutive bodybuilding season, and my third season coaching myself through the process, I found myself reflecting a bit on what it is I’ve learned. From the very beginning, from the day I registered for my first show, I’ve used this space to keep track of, make sense of, and share my… Read More How to be an Unsuccessful Athlete