Sunday, January 17, 2010

Numbers Game

As of today, the Arnold is in 44 days!! Which is about 7 weeks left of prep. Time seems to be flying this time, perhaps because this is the earliest in the year I've ever done a show. Or maybe it's because my prep is going so well. I can see my progess from week to week, and sometimes from day to day. It's so motivating to look in the mirror and see my body changing. I'm the girl who practices posing in between sets, making adjustments and checking out progress. I'm glad the people at my gym are used to that kind of behavior! I can only imagine the odd looks I'd get if I did that at some ritzy "athletic club"!

Despite my boyfriend's reluctance, we calculated my body composition on Saturday morning using cheap plastic calipers (you know the free ones you get from bodybuilding.com when you place an order of $75 or more :) ). We both knew the readings wouldn't be completely accurate, but I wanted a measurement nonetheless. I like knowing my body comp at various stages of prep, just for comparison and baseline purposes. I'm well aware the judges don't care about my weight or my body comp; however, it's good info for me to track just cuz. I'm also well aware that some people don't track those measurements because they feel it's unnecessary or because they get too caught up in the Numbers Game and focus on that instead of how they look. That's not the case with me.

I'm at about the same body comp I was when I won the Contra Costa 2 years ago; however, I look very different now. I have more muscle on my frame, and I have a picture in my mind of how I want to look on stage - and I'm not there yet. I know the areas I want/need to improve, and the areas that are coming along nicely.

My workouts are going well. I train 5 days and do cardio 6 days a week. I have one day that's completely off. Reason for that is to let my body have one day to fully recover, and also because any training doesn't fit into my schedule that day. Gotta love working 2 jobs! As I get closer to competition time, I'm sure I'll have to add in another day of cardio, because that's been the trend in the past. Then again, this prep is different than any others I've done (it's better!), so I guess we'll see what Jerry decides for me.

For those of you who like numbers, here are my current stats:
Height: 5' 1.75"
Weight: 113 lbs (as of 1/12/10)
BF: ~12% (as of 1/9/10)

My starting number were:

Weight: 121 lbs
BF: Guessing bout 17%

So I've lost about 8 lbs and bout 5% body fat in 6.5 weeks. My progess should pick up a bit as we tweak the diet and training.

Jerry and I feel I'll look best on stage at about 102-103 lbs and ~9-10% bf. Those numbers are just guidelines; it doesn't matter what they are as long as my phsique looks like we think it should look.

I've been really tired this week because I haven't been able to get the amount of sleep I need due to my job and life in general. I started taking Hot Rox Extreme to help keep me awake and functional during the day. Not really sure if they're effective for fat loss (as they're marketed), but they work to keep me functioning at work. I also swear by green tea and BSN's Endorush.

I was thinking of getting a new suit for this season, but I really love the one I have, and I haven't been able to find a reasonably priced one that I like better. I'm still keeping my eyes open for any used ones on sale, but for now, I'm just planning on wearing the one I have. It's all sparkly and blinged out, PLUS Mary Elizabeth Lado won the Arnold Figure International wearing it a couple years ago, so I'm hoping it's gonna be my good luck charm at the show. :)

I'll post progress pics and another update tomorrow. I promise a back pic will be posted this time!

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