Wow! It’s the end of July and I have finally sat down to write. So much has happened in my life since I last posted anything. I wanted to be a motivator and write something everyday but life happens and work happens. Even though this blog site is part of my career I have concentrated so much on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter that I almost forgot about the most important form of social media I have…my blog!
Back in January of 2013, I started my contest prep for my bodybuilding shows that occurred in June 2013. I was so excited to get started after a fantastic off-season! I hired Ron Partlow once again and together we worked hard building my best bodybuilding physique to date. I had some bumps along the road, I’m not going to lie. I was injured in the beginning of prep, a small injury to my quad that quickly went away after working with my chiro and doing ART (active release technique.) About 8 weeks out I was sick for about a week which was probably the worst week of contest prep to date. I managed it and was a bit nervous that it put me behind but I listened to my body and Ron and I got thru it and came back to the gym strong and determined to kick ass. My first show was June 8 which I placed a respectable second. I was very pleased with my physique and could not wait til the following week June 15th where I was able to show case my best package, with an unbelievable side chest, ham sweep pose and back pose that people still talk about today. At this show I placed second and I could not be happier with the results!
It’s now 6 weeks later and I am doing incredible! I’m proud to say I did not rebound! My coach Ron never ever had me on low calories and did not have me doing endless bouts of cardio but I still decided weeks prior to my show that there is no need to go crazy with food after. I rebounded really bad way back in 1999 gaining almost 30lbs maybe more the WEEK after the show. Not this time and since I’ve been under Ron’s watchful eye I have yet to rebound. I did decide to create my own plan after this show and focus on the knowledge I have gained by working with Ron plus I am currently enrolled in a nutrition certification that is basically university level that has taught me so much. I chose to reverse diet and in my opinion has been very successful. It is not for everyone but I am disciplined and set goals so to me it is not difficult. Since the day of my last show I have added increments either carbs or fats plus include a good hearty meal out at least once or twice per week and reduced my cardio to max 4 days per week aiming for 20mins-30 mins HIIT each time. I can honestly say I am very happy and as strong as ever in the gym! 🙂
People have asked what my next show will be and I have set my sights on Nationals….date to be determined! I am anxious to see a couple of friends compete at the 2013 National bikini/figure/physique show in August followed by the North Americans where my coach Ron Partlow and “steel sista” Liza are set to kick ass!
With my goals in mind I am set to work hard this off-season. I need to tweak and build and maintain a healthy physique. I plan to train hard and train smart to avoid injury.
I want to be the best I can be…Do It! Dream It! Believe It!
Stay focused and determined, be consistent and get the job done!