Julie's Figure Competition Blog- Week 4


I can’t believe we are now 12 weeks out!!!  This week we booked our hair, makeup, spray tanning appointments and hotel room so everything  is starting to really set in that we are JUST 12 weeks away…To most people this would seem like an eternity but to any one competing this is when every little thing matters and your mind starts playing games with you about if you are going to be ready to get on stage and win…
This week was challenging in that I really started to feel run down and low on energy. I could tell in my workouts that I was struggling, I was falling asleep on the couch every night by 8:30 and I was sooooo hungry all the time!!! This week was also very busy for me at work which made it challenging to get everything in but I did it! Like Nicole hit on last week in her blog, if you want to achieve your goal bad enough you will find the time to get everything in… Everyone has the same 168 hours a week so plan out your schedule and meals a head of time so that you are not put in a tight spot! This sport, and weight loss in general, is so much about planning planning planning. I plan my workouts and cardio for the week ahead of time and block them out in my schedule so I have no excuse for not getting them in. Each night I plan out my next days meals and when I will be able eat them throughout the day. Also, I log all my meals ahead of time so I know where my macronutrient ratios are at so at the end of the day I am not sitting there going “oops! I’m over on my calories, or oops my fats are way too low and my carbs and protein values are too high”. This may seem like a lot of work to some people but once you get the hang of it you will know more of what you need each day at every meal and it is not such a time consuming thing. If your goal is that important to you, you will find a way to do what needs to be done… I’ll go ahead and step down off my soap box now…
Like I was saying earlier, we had been feeling low on energy and so the end of this 4weeks could not have come at a more perfect time. On Friday, we bumped up our calories by 200 (keeping our macronutrient ratios the same) to help replenish glycogen stores. We had increased our cardio to 5 times 40 minutes this past week and will continue to increase it by adding in a 30min high intensity interval training session this coming week so the extra calories that we are getting will help out a ton! I can tell my energy has increased already allowing me to have great workouts fri and Saturday and as I sit here writing this I am very excited to leave for the gym in an hour to kill my legs!
To Follow up with last week, Matt took our measurements on Tuesday and I am excited to report that from 1-3-12 to 1-24-12 I am down .75 inches in the chest, 1 inch in the waist and .5 inches in the hip and .5 inches in the thigh. My skin folds show I am down 2.7% body fat and a true steady gain of 4.5lbs of lean muscle (the lean muscle gain has been tracked from 11-17-11 to 1-24-12). These figures go to show sometimes the scale is not the most accurate way to assess progress :)

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