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
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!
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.
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.
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!