I’m pretty excited to be posting again. We’re finally moved in to our new house and I feel like I can get back in to my training again. Sadly though, I won’t be competing September 7th at the Superbody. After a discussion with my coach and reviewing my progress pictures, we realized that 8 weeks wouldn’t be enough time for me to feel comfortable on stage. I’m ok with that. I blame the moving activities which have disrupted my lifting schedule and the fact that my eating habits up to this point haven’t been the greatest. We’re aiming for October 5th in Boston, followed by November 9th in Syracuse. I feel some relief that I have more time, but I’m still sad to not compete with the Saratoga Girls I’ve made friends with. Oddly, my diet has been better: something clicked and I am not snacking at night, woop! If I do eat crappy, I almost immediately get a stomachache, thank goodness!
Prior to the past 3-4 weeks which have completely disrupted my schedule and sleep patterns, I was happily making 6am gym sessions and getting all of my workouts in. My diet sort of sucked (well, in terms of how an athlete should eat) but I felt strong. Since moving began, my fitness has taken a backseat when it still should’ve remained a priority.
My husband would become decidedly angry at me for taking time to hit the gym instead of packing/unpacking/cleaning/general moving. It’s not just the gym, it’s the downtime associated with it. I push so hard that I basically collapse when I get home and feel like jelly for the rest of the night. I don’t blame him: he’s working his cute little butt off while I’m having fun at the gym or napping. Gotta be fair!
My sleeping pattern has changed for a few reasons: I no longer teach 8am classes on weekends at the gym, so I sleep in. I go to bed later (like, midnight) because I’m unpacking/organizing/cleaning. The kitten still harasses me at night. The humidity makes me groggy 24/7 so I nap during the day on weekends. I haven’t woken up early enough to workout in weeks, so I end up lifting at night which keeps me up later: it’s a cycle I need to break. I’m constantly sleepy and I don’t want to have an accident during my hour-long commute to work! Fortunately I was able to get my booty up at 4:45am this morning – I was pretty pokey/zombie-like while getting prepped for the day and didn’t leave until 5:30am, but I’ll take it!
My coach has me doing an additional shoulder day again, and the bikini workout includes an extra leg day. Well, there are only so many days in a week so I’ll be doing splits to get it in:
AM: Slept-in. Again, gotta break this!
PM: Teach PiYo, Food Prep
AM: Shoulders & Cardio (Stepmill)
AM: Spin Class & Abs
PM: Chest & Back, Cardio (Stepmill)
AM: Arms & Abs, HIIT Cardio
PM: Functional, Posing Practice
Here’s what my food looked like yesterday:
• Oatmeal, protein powder, blueberries, natty PB
• Isalean shake with spinach
• Grilled chicken salad (no dressing)
• Isalean Pro shake with spinach
• Tuna, celery
• Lean hamburger, grilled zucchini, steamed broccoli, EVOO
Here’s what my food looks like today:
• Pro workout: Oatmeal, IsaPro, strawberries, Want More Energy?
• Post Workout: Isalean Pro shake with spinach
• Lean hamburger, grilled zucchini, bell peppers, sesame oil
• Isalean Pro shake with spinach
• Grilled chicken, celery
• Turkey-zucchini burger, steamed spinach, EVOO
Fun book I just bought off Amazon: Eat Clean & Follow Your Dreams by Kelsey Byers. She had a pretty amazing transformation. I have to say, though, that it’s got to be a lot easier when your significant other has the same goal. I find this to be common with a lot of the transformations I find online…that and girls who just had babies in their before pictures.
And can I rant for a moment? Why, yes I can, it’s my blog I’m increasingly irritated by “Gluten Free” labels on items that are obviously gluten free. I saw it on a bottle of juice for goodness sake! Are people that dumb that they need to see these labels to know that there is no gluten in it? Or are marketers just cashing-in on the gluten-free lifestyle like it’s a fad diet? Same goes for the “Cholesterol Free” label on non-animal-products like PB – seriously?
Overall my mental state is pretty good and I’ll be chugging along for October!