Alright, things are getting super serious now. In just two short weeks, I will take the stage. I alternate between being confident and positive, congratulating myself on my hard work and results, and incredibly negative and anxious that I will look absolutely stupid and people will think “why is she on that stage at all,… Read More A Riddle: How is Prepping for a Competition Like Home Ownership?
I’m going to be honest- this week had been rough. So far, it’s been the roughest since I started preparing for this contest. Mentally, physically, emotionally, I’ve been pretty well wrecked. I’ve been stressed about deadlines for my masters thesis and work stuff and making sure I’m eating right and lifting hard and leaning out,… Read More Every Part of You is a Piece of the Whole; Listen
Well, things just got real. Yesterday, I booked my tan, ordered my posing suit, and began eating at what will hopefully be my lowest macros. Today, I finally feel like it’s ok to say I’m, as so many eloquent Instagram bikini competitors hashtag, “on prep.” Bring on the tea and Extra Dessert Delights, this… Read More What To Wear, and How Much and How Little of It
Five weeks out. Five pounds to lose. Zero problems with that. Well, I did it: I successfully made it through more than week without screwing with my macros, just like I’d promised! Even on days I was bloated or felt like I’d gone over on carbs (numbers were on, but body said it was… Read More Programming- My Switch from Power to Aesthetic
Today marks 8 weeks out. Here’s a couple more stats for you- I met with my coach for a formal check-in and measure today: (Important- remember that until just a few days ago, I was eating above my TDEE for nearly 7 weeks) Since my last check-in with measurements, I have significantly upped my calories,… Read More It’s Official- I’m an NPC Figure Competitor!
“I, Stephanie Pio, will be competing in the San Diego Championships contest dated for March 21, 2015. As of December 21, 2014 I have thirteen (13) weeks to prep for the show.” And with the press of the “send” button, I just made an agreement with a coach, and with myself. For the past three… Read More A New Adventure