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Full Day of Eating: NPC Bikini Prep Meal Plan

This week sucks. I’m tired. I’m hungry. But I’m following my meal plan and cutting calories because I REALLY wanna lose 3 pounds. Not a Mean Girls reference. More like a “I bought a Halloween costume that’s awesome AF but I can’t wear it unless my stomach looks like Maria Menounos from E news (because that’s what I’m watching)”. Which, BY THE WAY, they’re featuring super fit women over 40. LIKE SERIOUSLY?! I am already suuuuper irritated and then I have to see how great Halle Barry looks at 50. HINT BETTER THAN ME AT 29! 

And to be honest, even if I do lose 3 pounds my stomach is NOT going to look like Maria’s by Halloween…but it’s not a competition, right? It’s about being a better you, and competing against the person in the mirror and blah blah blah; all true but I don’t wanna hear it right now. 

So I’ll just be over here watching Rob & Chyna (spoiler alert: it is ghetto and lameeeee), sitting on my heating pad because my glutes are on FIRE and feeling sorry for myself. 

Daily Meal Plan

Oh and in case you want to be as miserable as me, you can start by following my meal plan for this week, instead of eating goldfish and poptarts (to be honest though, I would highly recommend the poptarts):

Breakfast: 

  • Natural Whey chocolate protein shake (with 1 c. Water and 1 c. Almond milk)
  • 2 hard boiled eggs (but only eat 1 yolk)

Snack:

  • Chobani nonfat plain Greek yoghurt
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla whey powder
  • 1/3 c. strawberries

Lunch:

  • 2 grilled chicken tenderloins
  • 1/2 c. Brown rice (made with salt free  chicken broth)
  • 1 c. steamed green beans
  • 1/3 c. black beans

Snack:

  • Protein shake with water

Dinner:

  • Grilled boneless skinless chicken breast
  • Peas
  • Carmel flavored rice cake 
  • Herbal peppermint tea

Repeat Monday – Sunday for infinity and beyond. 

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.

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.