𝗛𝗮𝗹𝗳𝘄𝗮𝘆 𝗧𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗙𝘂𝗹𝗹𝘆 𝗖𝗼𝗺𝗺𝗶𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝗕𝘆 𝗡𝗶𝗸𝗸𝗶 𝗟𝗲𝘄𝗶𝘀
I’m halfway through my journey to the stage and it definitely feels like it. I’ve been tested mentally, physically, and emotionally beyond what I had prepared myself for. I’ve cried and wanted to give up. This journey has even caused a couple of binge eating episodes and they were not pretty. However, I set my mind to this and I will continue to pick myself up from bad decisions. For those that are interested in competing hopefully, this can help.
For starters, lets’ start with my diet. This is what an average day on a competition diet looks like.
MY DIET JOURNEY
MEAL 1 includes DIVIDED LABS Previde pre-workout. Most days I try to work out in the morning to get it out of the way, protein (eggs, chicken, etc.), carbs (oatmeal), and fats.
MEAL 2 is at 10 a.m.
MEAL 3 is around 1:30 p.m. I usually eat this meal at my desk or in my car on the way to clients.
MEAL 4 immediately upon coming home from work between 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. It is my favorite and I love this meal because I get more food. Not only that, but I also get oatmeal which I love. It fills me up and tastes delicious. I am literally a don’t-talk-to-me, grumpy, emotional wreck until I get fed. However, after I eat I am functional again. then I start to make dinner for everyone else. This was really hard in the beginning, as I love to cook, but now I can’t enjoy the food with the rest of the family.
MEAL 5 is sometimes a pre-workout meal for me depending on the day. It is a smaller meal without oatmeal. I usually eat this around 7:30 p.m.
MEAL 6 is one of my favorites, too. It’s a smaller meal, but I don’t like to have a completely empty stomach before I go to bed because it is harder for me to fall asleep.
MY JOURNEY TO THE STAGE IS A…JOURNEY
Nothing about this is locked in stone. At times I’ve had to stack meals or eat whenever and wherever I can but, I always try to be prepared ahead of time. My coaches Cole Holmberg, Lifetime Natural, LLC, and Stephanie Engevold, Engineered Fitness and Training remind me that consistency is key. This schedule also doesn’t take into consideration all the times I’ve eaten in my car, while shopping, at sporting events, and even in bed.
I take my food with me everywhere. Vacation, ball games, shopping, you name it, I have my food with me. It’s easier for me to turn down other food when I’m prepared on my own.
A JOURNEY OF UPS AND DOWNS
This journey to the stage has had a couple of fails, but for the most part, I have been rock-solid. I’ll admit I am not proud of my last episode. I can laugh now at how funny I must have looked. I was literally shoving food in my mouth with one hand while scooping peanut butter straight out of the jar with the other. Not to mention dipping my peanut butter in chocolate chips before reaching my mouth. I guess when I do something, I take it to a whole other level. But beating myself up over it won’t do any good. I just need to push on and call someone the next time I feel that way.
MY JOURNEY IS BADASS MENTALLY
My journey to the stage has helped me develop some pretty badass mental toughness, though. I have always been comfortable doing my own thing, but during this training, I have really felt like a loner. I’ve stayed away from social events or going out to eat. It just sucks to have to face the temptation or feel like the odd one out all the time. If I had a dollar for every time a well-meaning person offered me something “healthy” at a social event, I’d be rich.
On top of turning down food, making time to train two hours a day can be tricky especially on weekends. It is especially hard on days when you get home from work and don’t want to do anything.
𝐌𝐲 𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐫, 𝐉𝐮𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐧 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐈 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐚 𝐦𝐚𝐧𝐭𝐫𝐚, “𝐍𝐨𝐛𝐨𝐝𝐲 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐤𝐬 𝐡𝐚𝐫𝐝𝐞𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐧 𝐦𝐞”
I have to remind myself of that often. Especially when I don’t want to go to the gym or I’m in the middle of a tough lift. There have been many times when I want to quit. But I know I have to keep pushing through the tears and burning muscles.
SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF
This ride has really forced me to appreciate little changes. Whether that means in life or my body. Hard work doesn’t always exude great, noticeable changes right away. Over time, these little changes are what turns into the goal that I have been working so hard for.
It is also great for my children to see me work hard for something I don’t get instant results from. My family has been great. They’ve helped me say no to food that’s not in my plan. My older kids have watched their little brother so I can get to the gym. They are always excited to see my muscles when I flex for them…I mean, how could I ask for more?!
𝐈 𝐥𝐨𝐨𝐤 𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐰𝐚𝐫𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐬𝐡𝐚𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐦𝐲 𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐠𝐞 𝐞𝐱𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐚𝐥𝐥!
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Article updated April, 2020