NPC Prep Diet

I survived my upper respiratory infection. 10 days of antibiotics and more plain Greek yoghurt than anyone would ever care to eat.

I also made it through my work trip. For 7 of the 10 days, I did great with the diet portion of this fitness plan. Last three days, not so much. BUT when I got back, the damage was not reflected on the scale, so I can’t complain.

It’s been about 6 weeks now (depending on whether you count my week of sick days) and I’m down from 136 to 129. I know because I weigh myself like my life depends on it. Luckily, morning, noon and night I’m still consistently under 130, which is a pretty big deal.

(Also, you can hold off on the lecture about the scale not mattering and how muscle weighs more than fat and all that. I will do me, you can do you. If it’s my prerogative to obsessively weigh myself until I hit 124 then that’s what motivates me. If you want to hide your scale for 3 months so be it – who am I to judge.)

Everyone says the last 5 pounds are the hardest so I’m nervous. I’m nervous that I won’t lose it and that I’ll have to start cutting calories like crazy and it won’t be maintainable and then I’ll want to binge like crazy and develop some kind of eating disorder like I see so many of these other fitness models posting about all the time.

But maybe that won’t happen.

Maybe I’m overanalyzing.

Because that’s what I do.

So for now, I’ll stick to the diet plan: meal prep on Sunday. More protein than I can shake a stick at. A ton of green vegetables. No processed carbs. A gallon of water a day. Picking up really heavy weights. Setting them down. Repeat…

Getting Sick While on Prep

I am a huge wimp. I firmly believe that God made man to become doctors to cure people so we can always feel 100%. When a cold comes on, I can’t get NyQuil in my system fast enough. My parents on the other hand are the kind of people who don’t even take a baby aspirin for a headache. 

But since I started this crazy fitness routine I figured I should probably toughen up a little. So last week when I started feeling sick, I gave myself a pep talk and decided to “push through it”. After all, in high school I swam doubles even with a cold. 

After a week with 9 hours of sleep every night, a perfect diet and even taking one extra rest day, I was still feeling really sick. 

As it turns out, I have a pretty severe upper respiratory infection. Yay. Bring on a 10-day round of antibiotics. Also had to take off the next 3 days (doctor’s orders). 

Of course, when it rains it pours. I am about to leave for a week-and-a-half work trip around central Florida, which means long days, little sleep, lots of tempting food choices and little to no gym options. 

So, I’ll just keep repeating the Serenity prayer (I am a Catholic girl after all) and do my best to get through these next 2 weeks!

“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, And wisdom to know the difference.”

The most important part, is staying on track with the food choices. Diet is 90% of it. So, as long as I can stick to my diet while being sick and on the road, I’ll be fine.

Are Bodybuilders Really Athletes (Plus a Lesson in Patience)

When I was in high school, my art class was assigned a project. Through any art form we chose we had to create an image of either our greatest strength or our greatest weakness. I sketched out a rendering of a bracelet on graph paper. Using tiny glass “seed” beads, I spelled out the word PATIENCE. I got half way through creating the bracelet and decided it was much too time consuming and turned in the sketch instead.

Patience, as it turns out, is not my greatest virtue. And yes, I’m a millennial. Furthermore, all you boomers and Xers out there, feel free to judge.

I freely admit that I fit the stereotype to a “T”. First of all, I am not patient. Second, I expect instant results. Third, I don’t want to wait in line, wait for a movie to be released or even wait to find out the ending of a book. For instance, I sometimes read the last chapter first. In my defense, you never know when you’re going to drop dead, so really this is quite practical.

However, training to be a bodybuilder is all about the long game. Every morning for the past two weeks it’s been the same routine: I wake up and weigh myself. Then, I go to the gym. I lift. After, I come home and my abs are so sore it hurts to laugh and I look in the mirror and guess what? I still don’t have a f***ing six-pack.

Indeed, corporations, the media, consumers – they’re all about instant results. “Drop 20 pounds in 10 days!” “Cleans soap scum in seconds!” “Pay .99 a month to skip the commercials!” Everywhere we look we are told we can get instant results.

Becoming a Bodybuilder Takes Patience

Generally, becoming a bodybuilder (or changing yourself — mind, body or spirit — in any way, really) it’s about persistence. It’s about patience. It’s about consistency every single day. I knew it wouldn’t be easy. However, I didn’t realize how all-consuming “the grind” would be. Every workout, every meal, every hour of sleep means something. It ALL counts toward the end goal, which, for me, is 10 long weeks away.

Body builders aren’t “real” athletes….or are they?

I always sort of had the impression that fitness models and bodybuilders weren’t “real” athletes. That is to say, the competitions are more like beauty pageants than athletic endeavors. However, after starting this journey, I’ve got to give them more credit. I found this quote on Pinterest the other day, and I have to say, Ashley Horner describes the process in the the most accurate way:

“A well built physique is a status symbol. It reflects you worked hard for it. No money can buy it. You cannot borrow it. You cannot inherit it. You cannot steal it. You cannot hold onto it without constant work. It shows discipline. It shows self respect. It shows patience, work ethic and passion. That’s why I do it.”

Above all, wish me luck as I work toward this athletic achievement. In conclusion, grant me patience.

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