Peak week- the last week before you compete, during which time you try and optimize your appearance to hit a temporary “peak” on show day- is probably the most discussed, hated, and easy to fuck up piece of any contest prep. Glycogen depleting workouts, sodium manipulation, water loading and restricting, tilapia and asparagus for breakfast because… Read More Peak Week Part 1: Input
It was the week after my first figure competition. March of last year. I was still tinged orange, full on yam status, from the spray tan, and trying my best to cover it up at my new job- a long term substitute teaching gig in an independent studies classroom. Having completed the training from the… Read More A Diet is Not the End of Your Social Life
So there it is. I’ve completed my last heavy lifting day until Saturday, the day of my first powerlifting meet. I went in for a second session of coaching- yes, my second EVER, excepting the posing lessons I had before my March figure competition- again on bench, my weakest lift, and arguably the most complex. We… Read More Bored, but NOT Hungry: Peak Week, Powerlifting Edition
Yay, food! This is my favorite part! Unlike setting up proper programming leading up to my December 5 meet date, I didn’t have to do any research to set this part up- nutrition has been and will continue to be my favorite aspect of any training optimization that I do. The most awesome part about… Read More Step 2: Eating for Powerlifting
Oh my goodness I made it. In the last two weeks, I’ve faced death multiple times, and yet here I sit with the kitty, studying the doughnut menu for the day and making decisions over delicious coffee. I’ve made it. I mastered my masters, I had an awesome photo shoot, I slept on a forest… Read More The Sisterhood of Perpetual Deficit Eating
What is it that makes a person’s diet successful? Of course, I don’t mean diet in the vernacular “Jenny Craig/Weight Watchers/oh no, I’m on a diet,” sort of way, but the “this is what I eat,” way. I mean some people are successful in meeting their goals with Paleo, some with intermittent fasting, some with… Read More My Recipe for Macro Adherence: Carb Cycling and Intermittent Fasting
I’m the worst blog poster. I get all jazzed and tell you I’m embarking on this epic journey of doughnuts and muscle growing, then I disappear for the duration. What a jerk. Let me backtrack a little and fill you in on the past two weeks. The first four days or so were great.… Read More The Results Are In! (Alternate Title: Oops)
I was doing, as I am wont to, some light (read: heavily scientific) reading on the internet today, basking in the remaining pump from today’s back and shoulder day, fueled by last night’s incredible sushi date, when I came upon a novel idea. Now, this is sort of a big deal. When I say I am… Read More And For My Next Experiment!
Hi. I didn’t forget about you. I still love you, I promise. I’m just sitting over here on the struggle bus. My last post was pretty confessional, and I have to say, I’m still struggling with the same stuff. Without a contest date in my focus I’m really finding it harder and harder to… Read More Moving Forward… Positivity Returning Soon!
So reverse dieting. It’s stupid hard. Especially when you don’t do it right because of reasons. Reasons being prioritizing photo shoots and idiot vanity. I’ve had photo shoots booked since the show (in various states of yam-ness… I’m totally back to normal colored as of this morning, though!), so I’ve been trying to stay… Read More Setting Up for Success if Pointless if You Ignore the Plan