Cutting Diet 7.5 Weeks to UFE Showdown

7.5 Weeks to Bikini / Fitness Model Competition

UFE Showdown
Centennial Hall London Ontario
Competing: Masters (35+) Fitness Model & Masters (35+) Bikini
June 21, 2014
Height: 5’8”
Current Weight 136 lbs

I get asked this all of the time.  My last two shows I played with my diet just about weekly to figure out what was working and what was not.  Problem was that I also was not sticking to it routinely, was not sticking with and generally just flip flopped through it.  Thought I would be very open about what I am eating this time around.  Please note, that I am not a nutritionist, and this is only what is working for me currently.  It gets re-evaluated if I hit a plateau, or about every 3 weeks.  This occasionally includes upping carbs, or fats for a few days, upping calories or adding cardio (trying really hard not to do that).  It is also not good for your metabolism to eat below maintenance levels for extended periods of time.  This diet is to prepare for a bodybuilding competition and is extreme.  At this point I also am still indulging in a cheat night every week because it is not hindering my progress.  I am actually ahead of my planned schedule.

Weeks 12 to Current I ate 1500 calories a day and lost approximately 7 lbs.

7.5 Weeks Out this is what I am eating.
I work out fasted first thing in the morning for an hour.  The only cardio I am doing is active rest periods of 60 seconds jumping rope.

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Fit Girl Problems

 Fit Girl Problems

7 + Weeks to competition

Hands

My hands are a disaster.

I wear my gloves religiously at the gym, but lift heavy enough and often enough and they don’t really stop all of the wear and tear on your hands.  I moisturize constantly, and I use a pumice stone on the callus’s when they get really bad.  Right now… they are a wreck.  To top it off its spring in Ontario and the wonky weather with warm one day and icy cold the next combined with all of the damp and quite a bit of time spent trying to get my new garden up to snuff for planting season means my arthritis is full blown.  The last few days they have been swollen to the point that I cannot get my rings off, I can barely bend them and they ache all the time.  This is not really conducive to competition prep, tried to go easy at the gym and give them a rest.  Even my straps were not going to help this one.  However I do not enjoy going easy and probably pushed a little too hard.   Either way Aleve or a bit of a break and I will hopefully be back to going hard soon.  (Ok, who are we kidding, I am likely going to go hard anyways… just hope my hands survive.)

 

Clothing

I love getting dressed almost as much as I like being naked.  My problem right now.  If it’s small enough to “fit” it likely doesn’t fit my frame.  Size small shirts depending on the style fit my waist, and arms, but not my shoulders.  Stretchy pants in xs are lose by part way through the day.  Jeans may fit your waist but are too tight in the bum or calves.  This is a good problem to have I suppose.  But it certainly makes getting dressed interesting.   Dresses and tanks are easier, however I work in the office of a distribution warehouse.  Not really appropriate most of the time.

 

Tired

Restricted calories, early morning workouts, food prep, cleaning, kids, and boyfriend.  Ya.  I am tired all of the time.  Plus I am an incredibly light sleeper so even when I plan on sleeping in if my early rising boyfriend gets up early, so do I

 

Over-Doing it

Sometimes you need to let stuff slide.  Let’s face it.  Life on a good day is a lot of work, doubly so for us Mama’s.  I am not so good at letting it slide.  I need to work on this.  I kind of did this Sunday, by playing in the dirt in the garden instead of finishing the laundry and cleaning the house.  I don’t even remember going to bed Sunday night and think it may have been involuntary and I just fell asleep however when I got up yesterday  morning I realized that the laundry was in the wash from two days ago, so had to be re-run, somehow there was enough laundry created in 2 days for 2 more loads.  The kitchen was an absolute disaster and there were dishes, glasses and garbage everywhere.  I did a quick tidy and left big kid a note for some chores to do after school.  I’ll bloody well pay him as long as it gets done right.  I need a maid, or really a mom, or a wife to look after my house!

 

Meals

This takes prep.  If for some reason I am not prepared, like yesterday morning.  When I realized I had no Tupperware, hadn’t been grocery shopping and hadn’t prepped my meals yesterday (see being lazy and playing in the dirt above) I was at a complete loss.  No idea what to do, and so yesterday not only did I sleep through my work out because I fell asleep involuntarily Sunday night, my food sucked.  I improvised but it’s not really according to plan, I didn’t bring enough with me and well… ugh.   Eating the same boring stuff all the time is not fun, eating a crappy improvised version of it is even worse.

Ok… whaaa waaa waa.  I’m went grocery shopping on the way home.

 

I can comment on my arse, you can’t!

Boyfriend made the mistake while I was working on posing practice to comment that I need to shrink my backside to look like the girls in the show that win.  Well Duh!  His comment, I love you’re bum, but these girls have much smaller bums.  Gee Thanks Darling!  I know he wasn’t being mean, just trying to help.  I compete, he races cars.  (Talk about not feeling guilty about my hobby, his is far more expensive hee hee)… He also races to win.  And yes, I want to win, but really my first goal is to look and feel better than my last competition.  My arse is much smaller than it was 3 weeks out from my show last June and I am still 8 weeks out.  Plus, this is like the absolute last place that I lose weight.  I know all of this, he made a comment.  Still it bugs me.  Advice to boyfriends out there, especially when you’re girl competes in bodybuilding contests, unless you are her coach or trainer, keep it to yourself.   “You look fantastic!”  should be the only words out of your mouth, or “Gee I’ll do the dishes and clean the bathroom”

Ha Ha!  Loves him.  But I didn’t even ask “does this make me look fat” You’d think every guy knew this. Apparently not.

 

 

 

 

A post from my better half….

My guy sent this to me unasked for.  He’s such a sweety.

 

 

Hello all, I’m not a regular blogger, nor scholar. I am a mechanic by trade, and own a small but busy auto repair shop. I bet your wondering why I wrote this for my loving girlfriend. Well, it is to give you perspective, from the other half looking on. Kelly always writes, on achievements, and losses in her blog. So, I will try to do the same for her. As most of you know, she is focused on competing this summer, and I could not be more proud. Here’s why.

I used to a heavy gym rat, and have lost my way. I peaked at 196 lbs. and was extremely cut. Being I was always a small framed guy, hitting 180 was tough, let alone 196. I will not lie, vanity quickly became an issue, as did paranoia of losing the shape I had pushed myself to. But as with many along the way, I succumbed to pressures of life. Not going regularly, and diet slipping. Even though my diet was odd… I ate everything to keep the levels up. I do not retain fat easily, and many would be jealous of that. But once I quit a regular regimen, i shrunk gradually back to mid 170s, and that’s where I am now.

I eat like a spoiled heavy southener, seriously if it has sprinkles on it, chocolate icing, or a fat content above 3%… I’m attracted to it like a moth to flames.

I still to this day have not routinely returned to the gym. This is something I need to change. I have loads of bodily injuries, from racing cars, and creaks/groans from my body that make old schooner ships sound brand new. This was the main reason I started going to work out.

So now that I have pointed these things out, it must be hard to my pretty lady not to be tempted. I have all the symptoms of lazy written everywhere, and she still persists at the gym. I get tired just watching her, at the gym. I’m proud of her drive, and hope some of it will finally rub off on me. I have taken measures to hide my odd food addiction, and occasionally hit the gym, with her. But really, you have to admire a person, who perseveres with it. It shows her drive, which is obviously higher than mine. You can be sure, when she makes it to the stage, her family will probably be one of the louder ones there.

Thanks for reading, and have a good day!  Dougy

Why I Relay

Its that time of year again.  Canadian Cancer Societies –  The Relay for Life.

This is again one week out from my competition in June but I would not miss it for the world!  Please consider donating.  This walk is 12 hours over night to raise money for cancer research and care.  You can donate HERE.  Every penny helps.

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Over the years I have lost many important people to Cancer.  My Uncle Tom was taken far too young.  My son’s grandfather again lost his battle and last year my son Jacob walked with me.  Robin, Lissa, Kelly, Pam, the list goes on and on.  All of these people have battled, some survived, some lost that battle.

This year will mark my 4th year walking with the Freedom Fighters Team.  two years ago mere weeks before the fundraiser I received the news that I had a malignant tumor in my right breast.  The walk took on new meaning.  Over the previous year I had lost close over 30lbs and many inches when I had enough of being over weight and decided to get fit.  I took on bodybuilding, lifting weights..  Despite a return of this dreaded disease I am and remain cancer free.  I will compete in my 3rd bodybuilding competition the week after the relay.  I would not miss this event for the world.  Weather it be a donation, joining us during the survivors lap and opening ceremonies or the purchase of a luminary on your loved ones behalf.  This cause is one worth supporting.

  I will run for my health and the hope that everyone’s fight will someday end with the same outcome.

This year we lost one of our captains. A truly amazing and inspirational lady that I came to love and admire.  Two years ago she arrived at the relay mere hours after getting “new legs” having had hers amputated.  During the survivors lap she walked! |It was amazing! unfortunately the organizers had not seen her still making her way around the track. As a team, The freedom fighters screamed her on.  She was so strong, so amazing and so inspirational, not just in her fight but in her heartfelt love of life.  She did not die directly from cancer, she was strong, a teacher and back at work.  Liss taught at my son’s school.  Her deteriorated immune system around so many kids had a deterimental effect on her health.  She ended up with complications from pneumonia and a stroke.  She was so young.  It was the worst blow I can imagine.  This year we walk in her memory.  We walk in her love.  And I can almost garuntee there are going to be butterflies and warm weather courtesy of our beautiful angel.

Please join me in supporting this amazing cause.  I will walk for 12 hours and remember, believe and know that no matter what I will fight and so will the doctors, nurses, patients, volunteers, caretakers, family and friends of everyone who has been affected by Cancer.

Help us reach our goal

You can be part of a community that takes up the fight. Please make a donation to myself or my team in support of the Canadian Cancer Society Relay For Life- with your donation, you can help us make cancer history.

Online pledging is secure and it saves the Canadian Cancer Society money by reducing administrative costs.

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Thanks for your support!

8 + Weeks and Counting Update

8 + weeks or 61 days to go!

Wow.  8 weeks until I am on stage.   It will have been a year since my last show, and I am so excited to bring it.  Not only do I get to compete in the masters division this time (35 years and up) I am going to bring a package way better than last year.  Every training session between last year and this year is going to make my physique that much better.  Some of the little things I have noticed since I have started hard-core focusing on this show:

  • Morning workouts way easier
  • Still lifting heavy, despite cutting back calories
  • Losing more weight without cutting all carbs
  • More intensity in my training

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I have never been a “circuit” girl despite competing in fitness and bikini divisions where that is the norm.  I like to lift heavy.  This time around I am still lifting heavy but have incorporated circuits into every single workout.  3 exercises, 3 sets, no breaks.  Repeat 3 times and move onto the next 3 exercises.  In an attempt to add more HIIT and hating cardio with a passion I also have incorporated a 60 second of jump rope into each of these circuits as of this morning.  Results to come.

Progress so far

I began tracking on April 1.  My goal was to lose an average of 1.14 lbs per week between now and June 21st for UFE Showdown.  This seemed realistic, as once you are already very fit losing weight becomes far more difficult.  So far in 3 weeks I have lost 5.4 lbs averaged out to 1.7 lbs per week.  Higher than my goal, but let’s face it the last few weeks things will likely get much tougher.  The nice thing about being ahead of schedule.  So far I am not doing mass amounts of cardio, I am still eating carbs and dairy and I feel great.  No, no-carb brain going on here!
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Decisions

I have now officially registered for my show.  So there is no turning back.  I posted a link in the blog to suit decisions.  So if you have not already checked it out, please do and vote for your favorite.  I believe I have decided on the style of the pink one, but not necessarily the pink color (though I do love pink!  And being a breast cancer survivor I love it even more.  Perhaps a diamond ribbon on the bum?

I will be competing in 2 divisions.  Master’s Bikini and Masters Fitness model.  Which means 2 bikini rounds and one fitness wear round.  UFE is rather known for the ladies coming up with somewhat gimmicky fitness wear and I am undecided at this point.  Last year at showdown I made a last minute decision to go with the golf look I had brought, totally not taking into account that I do not play golf.  Hmmm… swinging a golf club on stage in 6 inch heels maybe not so swift when I’d only practiced a couple of times.  I made the decision since most of the sports / fitness wear back stage at the show was fitness wear.  Think sports bra and booty shorts.  Had planned on doing my sailor look but then felt too gimmicky and too close to my bikini wear.  Ugh.  Would love to do something to do with racing as it’s my sweetie’s big thing, hmm… going to have to give it some thought.  Suggestions welcome.

The kids will not be coming to this show.  They are home the weekend of the show, at least as of now.  Though I am trying to switch weekends with the one before because the Canadian Cancer Society 12 hour relay for life is the weekend before and I would like for them to come with me.   We will see if that all comes together or not (stay posted for the link on where to donate) It’s only a morning show so I will make plans for them.  I can still get pictures with them before or after the show but tickets aren’t cheap and I’m not sure it’s the right place for a hormone crazed 15 year old boy.

 

Epic Cheat

I had planned on a cheat night this past weekend.  My birthday is a little less than a month from now and knowing that I will be only 4 weeks out I did not want to set my heart on a big night out (it may happen, depending on where I am with progress at that point) So my sweetie took me to dinner on Friday night (hey, no kids is a mark your calendar event) So, What was the epic cheat?  Burger… loaded, French fries and an appetizer platter.  Couldn’t finish even half, but man was it delicious.

 

Note to self: when you have next to no-sugar in your diet, even a small amount of alcohol = major sugar headache the next day!

Problem with the epic cheat was it carried over through most of the weekend.  While not awful for a non-competitor we visited family on Saturday in the sunshine and had a few pints.  Followed by a fire with the girls, and on Sunday after a great workout and watching the rest of the family eat their Easter Sunday brunch, and working in the garden for 3 hours I may or may not have had part of a pint.  (Hee hee oops).  Ah well.  Not going to beat myself up.  While I would have been even further ahead of schedule during weigh in this morning then I currently am, I am still ahead of where I expected to be at this point and I am going to continue with my plan.

Re-Evaluate

I originally said that I would re-evaluate my plans (diet, exercise etc) at 9 weeks.  Seeing as I am about at that point and still making gains, I am going to leave the plan as is, with the addition of my new jump rope addition to circuits and set another re-evaluation at 6 weeks.  This will be just before my b-day (BIG 35!)  So it may also be where I decide to plan for or not plan for another cheat…. Just so long as I can keep it from turning into an entire weekend!

 

Choosing a suit.

UFE Showdown is June 21, right here in London.

So, I need to make the decision as to what color suit I am going to wear.  My first competition I wore a lovely gold suit from www.suitsyou.com  I loved this suit, but I also knew I was taking a risk wearing it, unfortunately it did not pay off and it washed out on stage.  My second competition last years UFE Showdown I created my own suit which was bright yellow and blue.  I LOVE this suit.  It was different, colorful and a one of a kind.  I have also created a black one with some help of my sewing machine which I may wear for one of the bikini rounds at Showdown this year.  However since I am going to compete in both bikini and fitness model this year I have decided to invest in another suit.   A new one.  I am trying to go with the crowd a little this time and have looked at a tonne of pictures of what others are wearing this year, and last and what looks good with darker hair. Blue and purple are always popular, however they are two colors that I just do not like.  I have narrowed down my choices to pink, red or green.  So, help a girl out.  What would you pick for me

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Dear lord, I hope and wish every person I know reads this….

I heard of a few people talking about this post on facebook and the title appalled me, however I just read it and I agree completely.  I can think of at least one man VERY involved in my lil guys life who NEEDS to read this…. and stop doing what it says and stop giving me greif for not satellite parenting.  Well said.

 

 

Mom gives up on kids

A Typical Day

I have made the decision to compete at UFE showdown.  That makes it roughly 80 days.  What I am going to attempt to do in the next 11 weeks is go from about 20% body fat to 10-12% bodyfat.  I figure there is no point in competing unless I can be better then my last competition.

A Typical Day

5:00 am.

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Alarm goes off.  I get dressed, while stumbling around a dark bedroom.  Then I grab my gym bag and juggle cars in the single drive driveway.  I then drive to the gym and do an hour or so of weights.  20 – 25 minutes of cardio.

7:00 AM
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I get back home from the gym.  By this time my sweetie has generally already left for work.  I clean up the kitchen from whatever mess is left from the night before, make the kids lunches, eat my breakfast, pack my food for the day (I generally take 5 meals to work… that’s allot of stuff to get organized)….  I then get the kids up feed them breakfast, make my bed, clean up my room, chase the kids around to get dressed and try and get them to tidy up their rooms.  Big kid leaves for high school.  I then get about 20 minutes to get cleaned up, changed and ready for work.

8:30 am
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Drive boo to school.   Drive to work which is at the absolutely other end of the city and get to work just for 9AM.  At 10 or so, I get meal #2 in.  At 1 I take a lunch.  Except because I only have about 30 minutes, I generally spend this running errands, after my lunch break I eat meal #3 at my desk.  At 3 or 3:30 I eat meal #4.

5:00 pm

I get done work and fight traffic home.  I usually end up stopping at the grocery store, gas station etc.

6:00 PM

Get home.  Sweetie likes to cook, not so much clean.  So by the time I get home from work my kids have been home for 2 hours making a mess and usually sweetie is cooking.  So I get home and eat meal #6, cleanup after sweetie, clean up after kids.  Do grade 9 homework, read stories with Boo.  Hopefully finally shower or bath (ya, there is NO time for that in the morning… body spray and deodorant is my friend!)

Around 8:30 Boo goes to bed.  This is when I load and run dishwashers, do laundry etc.

11PM
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I am hopefully on my way to bed.  But unlike the boys in this house, first I have to wander around the house and pick up the mess, lock the doors, and turn off the lights.

 

I love my life! I really really do.  But I am forever hearing about people telling me that they do not have time, their kids are too important, they cannot fit it in etc.

Choose your priorities, if it is important, you will make time.  You can succeed.  In spite of how tough it seems some days I am soo proud of what I have accomplished.  This is my ME thing.  This is what makes me happy and proud.

So… What is your excuse