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I Am Ready For My First NPC Bikini Competition

Plan. Practice. Dominate.
Plan. Practice. Dominate.

I am ready.

Last week, I wasn’t. I was kind of a mess, actually. Stressed, nervous, comparing myself to everyone on Instagram. Worried my abs wouldn’t show up and that I’d be the “fat girl” on stage. 

And I might be. But I can’t control that. 

What I can control is me. And what I know is, I have put in the work. 365 days of work. 

I was told by 3 different doctors that I would “never be thin” but I am now. 

Over the years, I have had dozens of people say to me in surprise, “oh, you’re an athlete?”. Well now I look it – I don’t have to say it. 

I didn’t miss a single workout during prep. Not one. 

I stuck to my diet. In spite of birthdays and office parties and holidays and hormones (yes, I’m over sharing – some weeks are a LOT harder than others to say “no” to chocolate). 

I have built a willpower stronger than anything I’ve thought was ever possible. 

Do I want to win? Hell ya, I’m competitive AF. And maybe I’ll deserve it, maybe I won’t. There will be a lot of girls on Saturday who busted their asses, just like me. 

But either way, I’m not going to stress this week. Because I’ve put in the work. I’ve done everything in my control to be the best I can be. To be as prepared as I can be. And I am ready. 

I even created a run of show. Because that’s how I roll. 

Nerd at heart…but nerds. get. shit. done. 



(GET IT?! #micdrop)

What I Eat on NPC Bikini Prep

Berries and broccoli are both great snacks to eat while on NPC Bikini prep because they are low carb

Here’s what an average day of eating during prep looks like (NOTE: since I’m 4 weeks out, this is all about to change, but for now, this is what I’ve been sticking to):

Meal 1: protein shake with glutamine powder (post-workout)

Meal 2: protein pancake (click here for recipe)

Meal 3: 5 oz. protein (I like this recipe but I substitute the pineapple juice for low sodium chicken broth and use chicken breasts, not thighs), 1/2 cup carb (brown rice, oatmeal or sweet potato), 1 cup green vegetable (roasted with olive oil, steamed or raw).

Meal 4: 4 oz. protein, 1 cup green vegetable 

Meal 5: rice cake with peanut butter (if I’m hungry, if not, I skip it)

Meal 6: 4 oz. protein, 1 cup green vegetable 

Meal 7: 1 piece dark chocolate with sea salt (1-2x/week) and herbal tea

If I get hungry in between, I’ll eat a handful of mixed nuts or some berries.

Eating Out While on Prep

Sometimes I eat out because I have a life. I order grilled chicken or fish, a green salad with no cheese or dressing (or get basalmic, if I’m really feeling crazy) and steamed vegetables. 

Meal prep requires a lot of advanced planning. I was cooking a TON of stuff on Sunday and eating it all week but by the end of the week I was almost gagging trying to get it down because I was so sick of it. Now, I do half on Sunday and half on Wednesday, which is more time consuming but worth it as far as flavor goes. 

Lastly, I AM NOT A DOCTOR. I don’t know you (or maybe I do) or your body. This is what works for me. People have asked, I give the people what they want. Use the info as you see fit (no pun intended – seriously, that was a very fortunate coincidence). 

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.