I Can’t Count and Bikini Pictures
So, you know how yesterday I was doing my weekly check-in for the 30 Day Challenge and I said I was ready to start “peak week” which is also known as “hell week” or perhaps more appropriately described as “the” “week” “my” “trainer” “won’t” “let” “me” “eat” “carbohydrates” “except” “for” “green beans” “and” “asparagus” “while” “still” “having” “me” “lift” “heavy” “weights” “and” “do” “cardio.”
But then I flipped the page on my calendar and noticed that I’m not actually one week from my competition, but two (2) weeks from the competition. Part of me was like, “Yay! I get more time to practice posing!” That part of me was like 20%. The other 80% of me was like, “NOOOOO!! An extra week of fish and asparagus! For the love of God, let me eat pancakes again!”
It also did not help my mood that my husband, Henri, went grocery shopping before he ate dinner, and whenever he goes shopping on an empty stomach he brings home stuff like this:
Also, he made popcorn for the kids. The old-fashioned-popcorn-maker-delicious-smelling kind that permeates the house and through the process of osmosis removes my willpower entirely. ‘Cause, my completion’s in two (2) weeks now, not one, right?
I have since removed all the popcorn kernels and coconut oil from the Man Cave so I cannot be sabotaged again. I am also mentally noting this incident so that when Henri finally decides to enter a bodybuilding competition for the first time, I will eat a giant bag of chips and ice cream cones in front of him during peak week.
I don’t even care that I should be loving and supportive; f*** that, I want revenge. So if by chance you see my husband tell him that he should really enter a competition next year. Don’t explain why.
He’s lucky that he’s a good dad. He has been teaching our son, little Henry, how to sell overpriced popcorn (again with the popcorn!) to random people trying to shop at CVS as part of the Cub Scouts fundraiser. Fortunately, they are good salesmen so I don’t have a ton of extra popcorn bags laying around the house.
Last week my trainer, Robin, told me not to be complacent because I won runner up at the last show. If anything I’m anxious and not complacent. You would think that moving up the bodybuilding food chain would make your competition prep easier; if anything it makes it harder because more is at stake. My strength training is the heaviest I’ve ever lifted in my life.
Only one person walks away with her pro card and it’s the details that now separate who walks home a winner. Probably not the gal chomping on popcorn.
So, I’m going to look at this extra week that I found as an opportunity. Here are my bonus week goals:
- Eat Clean and stop whining about it.
- Work on those posing transitions more
- Focus on recovery. My legs and glutes are so sore, I need to really concentrate on ice baths and foam rolling to get the muscles growing back faster and stronger.
The photographer from the Poseidon competition, Jeff Kutscher, sent me my show pictures, so I’m going to post them up for a little motivation to remind myself to stick to my meal plan. Carbs are coming back. It’s only two more weeks.
Also – I’d like to give a quick shout out to all of you who have been working on fitness goals this month. You guys are killing it!! Reading about your successes has been so motivating to me. Keep up the good work.
Lisa Traugott is a Mom’s Choice Award winning writer, fitness blogger, wife and mom of two.
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