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How Much Sleep Do You REALLY Need?

For top performance, sleep is required because it's needed for healthy brain function.
I need more sleep

I need sleep. I’m exhausted. I keep seeing all these posts about people getting sick and having to take a week off. It’s making me paranoid. But I still can’t seem to get everything I want to get done in just 16 hours (or 17 or 18).

On Thursday, I went to see Beauty & the Beast, which was amazing, by the way. Despite this, I fell asleep for at least 5 minutes at some point and kind of did that old-man-in-church-head-bob thing. Then, I dug these Listerine strips out of my purse. I kept eating them because they’re MINTY FRESH and they “shocked” me awake.

Now, it’s Monday. A new week, a new (more rested) me. My goal this week, more than anything else, is to get enough shut eye. I only have 40 (yes, FORTY) days to pull everything together. So, I cannot afford to spend a week of that recovering from a cold.

I wish this post was more hilarious but priorities, people. I’m off to sleep for at least 9 hours.

Will try to post mid-week with a “what I’m eating” meal plan since I’ve received a lot of questions about that.

Peace out ✌🏻and sweet dreams 😴

The Importance of Teamwork During NPC Bikini Prep

It's important to build a support team while you're prepping for an NPC Bikini Prep.
My biggest cheerleader during NPC Bikini Prep

47 days.

Less than 7 weeks to go.

Right now I would NOT be comfortable stepping on stage in a bikini. Well, maybe this really cute target bikini that I bought the other week. But not my competition suit, for my first NPC Bikini Bodybuilding Competition.

I was practicing posing 3-4 times a week for the first 6 weeks because it’s the part I’m most nervous about. I have literally no background or reference point for this. Wasn’t a pageant kid. Never took dance. Clapping on beat is often a challenge. (I seriously don’t get it – like, why am I always clapping when everyone else is pausing?)

Anyways…

My suit arrived the other week and I didn’t try it on for an entire day because I felt like I was going to hate the way I looked in it. So finally I did try it on, and it actually looked better than I had imagined but (here’s the weird part) it made me want to practice less because I don’t LOVE wearing it.

I feel like it should be the opposite. Wearing the suit should motivate me to want to practice twice as much and work twice as hard so that I do feel confident when I get out there.

But every time I replay the video of me practicing I just stare at my stomach and think “holy f$@&, how is my body going to change enough in 7 weeks for this to not be embarrassing?”

My Biggest Cheerleader During NPC Bikini Prep

Luckily for me, I have Thomas to hold me accountable. Before I leave for work I tell him “tonight I’m going to come home and give you the following 3 excuses on why I can’t practice posing tonight. Don’t listen to them and make me practice anyway.”

And then I get home and tell him I’m tired and feel bloated and my feet hurt and then he makes me practice anyway. But only after I stall for at least an hour. I have now watched 8 episodes of The Bachelor in less than a week. But I have also practiced my posing.

Yay, teamwork.

P.S. and the picture – ya, he’s my cameraman and my stylist πŸ˜‰

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.Β 

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.Β 

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.Β 

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 πŸ™‚