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Today I’m 5 weeks out from my first contest of the season and I honestly don’t have much to say. I don’t have anything “planned” to write about like I usually do, so I’m just going to type and see what comes out.
I’m tired. I’m really tired. I’m hungry, too. I’m at the point where I have to take it meal by meal. I’m constantly watching the clock and counting down until I can eat again or take my appetite suppressants. I’m not the first to realize that 1200 calories isn’t a lot… because it’s not – especially when you’re doing an hour of cardio a day and you know it’s only going to get more and more rigorous. My body is started to hurt and my brain cognition is starting to take a major hit. I’m washing my hair with body wash, washing my body with shampoo… putting pepper instead of cinnamon in my oat meal… and I know it’s just beginning. I’m doing what I can to stay awake, stay focused, and stay positive, but it’s coming at expense of a nasty habit… caffeine. On a low day, I take it about 600mg of caffeine, but recently it’s been about 1,000mg. I drink a Bang in the AM when I wake up (Greg’s coffee maker isn’t the best) and then some days I’ll drink one the PM for my pre-workout. Each one is about the equivalent to three cups of coffee – about 300 mg. I also take two 200mg caffeine pills/day with my other supplements. Before you come to me out of concern for this, I never claimed competing (or the process) was healthy. My coach knows of my caffeine intake and I’m aware of the problem as well. I’m going to work towards getting it under control… but like any “drug,” it comes with withdrawal symptoms. For me, that means life shattering migraines. I’ll have to slowly ween off of it.
I’m trying to think if anything “eventful” happened this past week… I mean, I colored my hair and I’m a brunette now so there’s that, lol. I colored my hair for a couple reasons and I’m going to be completely transparent about them. 1) I needed a change. I was blonde for a long time and the upkeep was really tough since I’m naturally brunette. 2) Blondes aren’t as successful on the bodybuilding stage. Seems messed up, but it’s just straight up true. You’ll rarely see a blonde win a pro show. If you look at first calls outs in a national or pro level show, 80% of them are brunette or have black hair. My goals are incredibly important to me – so I’ll do what I need to to make sure my presentation is exactly what the judge’s want.
All I’ve really done this week is hang out and focus on my prep, diet, and training. It’s literally all I do. It’s nice, but at the same time I get bored. I’ve watched a lot of Netflix and done a lot of writing ANDDD I’m getting hella good at Solitaire! I’m taking each day as it comes with this prep.
I woke up this morning 2 whole pounds lighter than my previous low that I hit yesterday – 120.0 on the dot. This known as the “whoosh” phenomenon. I was 122.0 yesterday and here I am! Last Saturday, I checked in at 123.8 and now (one week later) I’m checking in at 120. So crazy. I took pictures and sent them in the Red and now I play the waiting game to hear his feedback. Overall, I’m pleased with them. My legs and glutes are really coming in – just waiting on my core. It’s so stubborn. Once I get new protocols (if I even do) I’ll update them here. Thanks for reading! Be sure to check out the other post I published today about the cost of bodybuilding competitions for women.