Good morning everyone! Can you all believe it's already mid-February? I know I can't. Mid-February is scary, but exciting, because... I'm just over a month out from my show! To be precise, 4 weeks and 5 days. Eek!
I really do want to apologize - I had every intention of writing a weekly update about my progress, however I've been running even lower and lower on time. Literally the only things I have time for right now are:
3. Working out
4. Prepping food for eating.
Not the most exciting eh? I suppose if anything, it's preventing me from spending a ton of money on extra things. Although, while in my last post I mentioned just how expensive doing a show is, the costs kind of continue to pile up. In the last week I've had to start tanning, which is something I've never done before, in order for my spray tan to NOT turn me orange. There's $170 for the tanning access, $80 for tanning lotion, and then the priceless cost of getting a burn on the parts of my skin that have never seen the sunlight before (topless tanning = burning, apparently).
At this stage in my prep, I've also bumped up my workouts to 2x a day - morning cardio, nightly lifting, pretty much every day. Add in a sauna, my Drip Fit and I'm in extra fat melting mode. The working out isn't so bad... but I am getting up pretty much at 5:30am every day and not going to be until after 10:00pm at night. I don't really have time to see anyone... which I feel bad about. When I do have time, I also just don't really feel like it. All I want to do is sleep. I'm really, really looking forward to the day where I actually have energy to do things.
This stage of prep also my diet now at zero carbs. That's right, zero. What am I eating? Pretty much everything green, a whole heck of a lot of fish, and cauliflower for breakfast. I've been working on perfecting "cauli-oats" i.e. riced cauliflower cooked with egg whites/protein powder and mixed with stevia and the little bit of fat I do get (coconut oil/peanut butter) to try to mock oatmeal. It's really not the same, but I suppose it's liveable for the next couple of weeks (before I have to give up cauliflower too!).
Mentally, I'm finding this part of the prep to be the most challenging. I'm still far enough away from the show that I'm not crazy lean, but I'm close enough that I constantly feel like I'm not ready in the slightest. I think I figured in my mind at this point I would already have a six pack, but my body hasn't really responded the way I expected it would to cutting out food. While I'm definitely down in inches (I'm wearing belts on all of my pants!), I'm no Instagram model of fitness. In fact, unless I'm wearing workout clothes, the people around me probably would have no idea that I've lost almost 10lbs and I'm entering the danger zone of lower body fat percentage.
Am I exhausted? Absolutely. Am I running out of clean sports bras? You betcha. Am I quitting? Hell no. I only have 4 weeks and 5 days to go, then I can finally have a bag of boom chicka or some yogurt and I won't have to worry about doing cardio twice a day to burn it off (though I will have to be mindful of reverse dieting).
Thank you so much to everyone for your support and understanding so far and I'm looking forward to being able to share my final transformation with you!