I ordered and received my competition heels recently and I’m starting to look at competition suits. I’m meeting with my posing coach for the first time soon, and I have a few more training sessions under my belt.
The funny thing about these heels is that they’re also marketed towards strippers! My coach told me to buy them from a stripper shop, but good old Amazon came through for me and I found these at a great price with lots of good reviews. My first posing session with my posing coach is coming up this week so I’ll definitely need to practice wearing them around the house, while meal prepping, vacuuming, etc. just to get used to wearing them. At only 5’3″ I frequently wear heels when going out never this high!
As I’ve gotten further along, my sweet cravings are nearly gone (and I had always had a major sweet tooth!) and I’m able to go to a birthday party and pass on a slice of cake without feeling a major test of my willpower.
What do I miss most? Wine! And the social part that goes along with it. My coach said I can have the occasional glass as long as I adjust my carbohydrates down appropriately, but I still feel just a little deprived. I suppose it hasn’t been that bad, and I really don’t mind just drinking water, but I love hanging out with all our friends on Sunday night eating dinner, drinking wine, and catching up after a busy week. Luckily, they’re all pretty interested and supportive of my goal which reinforces my choice to abstain from wine those evenings and keeps my willpower strong.
Two weeks ago I got sick so getting in all my workouts nearly didn’t happen. I felt fine to do weights, my energy was totally zapped for cardio. On Thursday, I was dragging from the minute I stepped into the gym. I struggled through my leg workout and then stepped onto the treadmill to run but just couldn’t do it. Instead of giving up and calling it quits, I decided to walk on an incline for 20 minutes, and even that was exhausting! To distract myself from the cardio, I tried to watch a video on my phone but it kept buffering. I think I glanced at the timer every minute wondering if my time was up! Sometimes I’m not sure what’s longer… a treadmill minute or a microwave minute!
The next day, I texted my coach to see if pushing myself through cardio was a bad idea. I was hoping he would say I could skip it, but instead, he said to do something less intense like a recumbent cycle. So on Friday after work I went to the gym at my country club and sat down on the last recumbent cycle available between two old men with their sweatbands and white Reeboks reading the newspaper! <– I hope that’s me when I’m 80 😉
Bikini Training Program
- Strength x 6 days (mostly 5 sets)
- Cardio x 4 days (15 minutes HIIT)
- 1 class per week (for fun if I want to)
Monday: PM Legs/Abs
Tuesday: AM Back/Biceps + 28-minute treadmill run
Wednesday: AM fasted 18-minute elliptical HIIT + PM Shoulders/Abs
Thursday: AM Hamstrings/Abs + 28-minute treadmill run
Friday: AM Chest/Triceps
Saturday: AM fasted 33-minute outdoor run + later morning Back/Glutes
Sunday: Rest, 15 minutes of yoga and 20 minutes foam rolling
Here’s what a typical day of eating looks like for me (please keep in mind that this meal plan customized for MY specific dietary needs for my height, weight, workout intensity, AND my caloric needs for breastfeeding). This may not be appropriate for you.
Breakfast 4:30 am
Protein shake with half a banana and 1 cup spinach
1 slice Ezekiel toast with 1 Tbs almond butter
AM Snack 8:00 am
5 Egg whites, spinach, red onion + half small avocado
1/4 cup (dry oats) Oatmeal + ½ cup blueberries + ½ oz chopped walnuts
Lunch 11:30 am
4 oz. Ground turkey
4 oz. Baked sweet potatoes
1 cup Steamed broccoli
PM Snack 3:00 pm
1/2 cup Plain Greek yogurt + ½ small apple (~45 grams) chopped + ½ oz chopped walnuts
Dinner 6:00 pm
4.5 oz Salmon
1/2 cup Brown rice
Salad with a small amount of dressing (~1 tsp)
Bedtime Snack 8:15
1/2 cup Cottage cheese + ¼ cup blueberries + 1 Tbs granola + cinnamon
Or Chocolate covered almonds 2 days a week as a treat
My coaches said I could still eat the chocolate covered almonds as an evening treat twice a week, but I found I was having a difficult time limiting them to an appropriate serving. Even if I counted out 10, I kept going back to the pantry, grabbing a few more, and popping them in my mouth before I could even think about what I was doing. Sweets are definitely my weakness, so I think I’ll be better off just eliminating them entirely instead of eating the small amount that’s more of a tease.
Journey to the Stage: Bikini Competition Series
If you missed any of my Journey to the Stage bikini competition prep posts, you can get all caught up here: