Those of you who hang out in the gym like I do, know that sometimes you’ve got the mojo and sometimes you don’t. Not having the mojo doesn’t mean you don’t show up at the gym but it does mean that it’s more of a grind and not as much fun as when you’re “in the groove.” Over the last 22 years I’ve noticed that it’s a cyclical thing. Most of the time I feel very strong, energetic and I look forward to my time lifting but inevitably there are those times that I have to drag myself in the door and I can’t seem to muster the kind of intensity that I like. That’s what I mean when I say I’m suffering from low mojo…and it must be battled. When that feeling steals over my inner landscape, I look for new things to peak my interest, get the juices flowing and challenge me. That’s why I’m going to use the next few months to prep for my first competition. November 1st is the day…and I’ll be prepping for the bikini division!
I said I’d be prepping…and that’s exactly what I meant. I have absolutely no intention of actually setting foot on any kind of stage in my tiny bikini, posing for a panel of judges BUT I have a good friend who is actually going to get up on stage on November 1st. We decided I could tag along on the journey as a cheerleader…not the kind with pom-poms but the kind who keeps you company even if only in cyberspace. I know from experience it helps to know someone else is suffering…I mean, working along with you. I’m going to do the workouts and the nutrition plan just as if I was going to let a panel of judges have a look at me. I think it will be fun and it gives me something to work towards. It will be interesting to see what my physique looks like on November 1st.
I chose to prep for the bikini division instead of the figure or physique because I don’t think I have enough muscle for figure or physique unless it was a local, small competition. I don’t have time to gain the mass I’d need to really be competitive so I’ll concentrate on just getting good and tight for the bikini division. In reality, I’d probably get marked down in bikini since there are parts of my body (shoulders and back) that typically show some striations which is not what bikini judges want to see. It would be safe to say that as my physique stands now, I’m not a great candidate for any of the divisions.
Now that I’m going to prep for a competition, I have to eat like it. This was my breakfast this morning. See how you have to suffer to prep?
Ha! I just put this photo here to horrify some of you. I know it looks unappetizing but this is what I eat for breakfast almost every morning. I LIKE IT! It has nothing to do with competition prep. It’s a 4 egg white omelette (with nothing inside) and a piece of sourdough toast with butter. Later in morning I had a half a peach and .620z almonds (100 calorie pack), Lunch was two chicken tacos on flour tortillas with guacamole and pico de gallo. Afternoon snack was a peach (I love them) and buffalo jerky…yum! Dinner will be an 8oz beef filet, three large shrimp, broccoli, and a big salad (no dressing…I don’t like it). This represents a normal eating day for me although I often eat green veggies with my lunches. I have no idea how many calories I typically take in.
I won’t change my diet until about 8 weeks out from the competition and then I’ll be more strict with my planning. Until then, I’ll just eat sensibly as I always try to do and keep working hard in the gym. I won’t start a lot of extra cardio until about 8 weeks out either. I’ll just stick with my 15- 30 minutes, 5 days a week.
Gee….all that talk about stricter food intake and more cardio made me hungry….I want a dark chocolate truffle…and some potato chips!