Friday, March 19, 2010

What's Next?

Lately I've been getting a lot of questions about how my post-Arnold transition is going, if I'm going to do any more shows this year, and if so, which ones. Here are the answers as of today ...

How's my post-Arnold transition going? It's going very well! It's not so much a transition as a return to my contest diet. It's not the exact same diet I was on right before the show; it's closer to the one I was on about 8 weeks out. We increased the food amounts just enough for me to still maintain my leanness, yet still feel good.

We cut my cardio in half, so I'm only doing an evening cardio session after training. I could do the cardio in the morning, but I'm liking the whole sleeping in thing! I haven't been able to sleep in since December, so it's such a treat to wake up at 7:30 am and still be out of work before 5 pm. :)

My training has changed a bit too. I'm no longer doing triatomic training; I've switched back to straight muscle groups on different days, mostly sets of 3, with 10-15 rep ranges. I'm finally lifting a bit heavier again. It took a week for my strength to come back. I was so depleted before I left for the show, the 10 lb dumbbells felt heavy! Jerry and I made a deal that I'm his 5 pm client on the days he doesn't already have clients scheduled. I was frustrated because the times I was able to lift, he already had clients scheduled, so I was ending up trying to work out by myself, which wasn't what I wanted. So we're trying this whole slightly more formal approach to my training.

My smaller clothes still fit!! We just moved into a new place together, so we're both going through our clothes and pulling out things we don't wear or that don't fit anymore. (Well, we're BOTH supposed to be doing this, but I haven't seen much pulled from Jerry's closet yet!) I made up my mind to get rid of things I haven't worn in 2 years, even though I may like them and they're super cute. I figure that by giving them away, I can help someone else have super cute clothes too. :) Plus, I've been slowly getting new super cute clothes, so I'm wearing those instead, and don't feel so bad about getting rid of things that "I might need."

I'm happy being this size at this weight. My weight has been fluctuating a bit between 105-108 lbs, which is a good weight for me, I think. I'm holding a bit of water this week because I'm a girl, so hopefully by next week I'll have dropped a pound or two and be feeling even better.

Am I going to do any more shows this year? YES! This is my year!

Which shows am I planning on doing? Well, that depends on the day. LOL There was a big dispute about whether the Arnold was a National Qualifier or not. One source said yes, one said no, and back and forth. I left voicemails and sent emails to the promoters and judges, trying to find the answer. I finally heard back from Mike Davies the other day that the Arnold is NOT a National Qualifier because it's put on by the IFBB, not by the NPC.

Why did it matter whether it was an NQ or not? Because I need my NQ to compete in National shows this year, and if I already earned the NQ, I could do the Jr Nationals in Chicago in June. If not, I need to select another show, do well enough to earn my NQ, and then select a National show. Jerry and I were trying to get my NQ in time for me to compete at Jr Nats with him, but we don't have a lot of extra money to travel to the shows within the next month. Registration for Jr Nats is due by May 28, and the show I was thinking of doing to earn my NQ is on May 29. D'oh! We went back and forth about different shows, schedules, finances, and family visits ... trying to figure out how we could manage it all before June 18.

And then it came to me last night ... instead of trying to mash everything in for me to Jr Nats, why don't I just focus on a smaller show to earn my NQ (as planned), and then do Team Universe in July. Voilá! Problem solved!

So the plan (as of today) is to do a show at the end of May, do well enough to earn my NQ, and then do Team U at the beginning of July. Since I'm a Natural competitor anyway, Team U is a great show for me to do. It's at a new venue this year, so it'll be new for everyone.

So the original plans of doing the Metropolitan on April 3, the Pittsburgh on May 1, and the Jr Nats on June 18 are now completely revamped. All those shows are out now. And I'm looking forward to spending some time unpacking our new place, visiting with both my parents and Jerry's parents, focusing on Jerry kick ass at the Jr Nats, doing a small show at the end of May, and then hitting the stage at Team U in July. Phew! Glad we got that settled!

On another note, I'm SOOOOO looking forward to resuming our weekly trip to Asahi for all-you-can-eat sushi tomorrow! It's been over a month since we've been there, and we're both so excited, we can't stop talking about it! We'll be hitting up cardio tomorrow morning, taking some progress pics, and then heading to our favorite restaurant. It's gonna be a great weekend!


  1. Great Post Kari! All you can eat sushi? You are a girl after my own heart. HOw much does that cost? I would totally get my money's worth! :)

  2. Every Sat around noon all the way till a couple weeks out from the Arnold, Jerry and I would go to this little place called Asahi in Laurel, MD for all-you-can-eat sushi. It's a bargain cuz we each eat 3 (me) to 5 (Jerry) plates for only $13.99 each. Can't beat that!