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1 Week Out from NPC Bikini Contest


I’m torn between “holy shit, I wish I had three more months” and “holy shit, I cannot wait to eat something besides chicken, fish and spinach“.

I can definitely feel the effects of eating low carb during this NPC Bikini prep. Long term, this is not a sustainable diet for me. My energy levels are rock bottom. 

The plus side is that I give zero f***s about 90% of the things going on around me, which is probably the first time in my life. 

You want to cut me off during my morning commute? Don’t care. 

You want to show up 10 minutes late to a meeting you called with no prepared agenda? Whatever.

Basically all of my energy is spent standing upright, so I have nothing left for any bullshit. I feel like I’m living in someone else’s body. Not only because my body doesn’t LOOK like my body, but also because normally I am SUPER passionate about basically every little thing there is to be passionate about. This includes (but is not limited to) a proper way to put spoons in the dishwasher. However, with this mood altering low carb diet, it’s like I get to try out being someone else. 

I bet my blood pressure levels are great right now. 

.Except when I remember I’ll be on stage in 7 days. Then a lightening bolt of fear strikes through my body. The hairs on my arm stand up and I think “probably should have gotten laser hair removal there too”. 

But since I don’t have the energy to care, I don’t. 

Why Train for an NPC Bikini Competition?

Since I announced that I would be doing an NPC Bikini competition on April 8, I’ve gotten quite a few questions from friends, family and colleagues. Here are a few of the more frequent ones, with my responses. 

Why are you telling everyone? 

I’ve read arguments for and against telling people. For me, there are two things I value the most: hard work and honesty. So if I tell people I’m going to do something, you better believe I’m gonna do it or have a damn good reason why I’m not (including but not limited to: death, dismemberment and death…you get the point). So, telling people is a way to hold me accountable and keep me on track. I’m using you #sorrynotsorry

What exactly are you doing? A bikini contest? A pageant? 

It’s an NPC Bikini Competition. NPC stands for the National Physique Committee. It’s the largest amateur bodybuilding organization in the United States. 

Similarly to other sports, you must register for an annual card, in this case, your NPC Card. This allows you to register for and compete in shows throughout the year. For a point of comparison, triathlons work the same way – you sign up for a USTA card and then you can register for triathlons. 

A bodybuilding contest; but won’t you wind up looking like a man?

There are 4 levels: Bikini, Figure, Physique and Bodybuilding. The bikini level, for lack of a better explanation, is the “lowest” level. Or the least “manly” looking. This description from getfitgofigure.com explained the scoring the best:
“Bikini women are judged on their lean and firm physique scored on proportion, symmetry, balance, shape and skin tone. Abs and glutes are important muscle groups.”

But is it a sport? 

(Usually I get this as a statement from people, and not a question)

Well, here’s the definition of a sport: a contest or game in which people do certain physical activities according to a specific set of rules and compete against each other. 

So one could argue bodybuilders (and some dancers) aren’t competing in a sport because they aren’t necessarily competing in a PHYSICAL ACTIVITY. Re: flexing in a bikini, swaying on stage in a tree costume for 2 minutes because that’s the role you landed etc. 

So then we turn to the definition of an athlete: a person who is trained or skilled in exercises, sports or games requiring physical strength, agility and stamina. 

I’d say bodybuilders (and ballerinas) definitely meet that criteria. 

Maybe not as clear an answer as you were hoping for and maybe I haven’t convinced you of squat (pun intended) but if you don’t consider it a sport and you don’t consider these people athletes, i’d encourage you to try it out for a few weeks. Maybe your quads, back and biceps will convince you of what I cannot 🙂 

Use Body Fat Percentage to Measure Progress

Varying Body Fat Percentage Levels

I wasn’t feeling very motivated this week. It was a struggle to get up and get my butt to the gym every morning and I REALLY wanted lobster mac and cheese (which is weird because even before I started training this wasn’t something I craved). Anyways, I finally made it to the end of the week and decided I should get my Body Fat Percentage tested and GUESS WHAT?! I’m down from 33% to 26%!!!

Motivation back.

I’m learning that this is why you can’t use just one form of measurement. It’s not just about scale, or BMI or inches. This is why progress pics are so important. I didn’t lose any weight this week, which is part of the reason I was feeling so bleh, but as it turns out, even though the scale didn’t reflect it, I’m still on track.

According to builtlean.com, I am now in the “average” category of the Ideal Body Fat Percentage chart. It took 6 weeks and a pretty significant lifestyle change to get there, but I did it! Safely and on my own.

Now I’ve got my eye on the 18-22% body fat percentage range…and then a coach to get me to those bikini competitor dreams.

Dream big, train hard.