I know I've said this before, but I'm going to say it again: I want to look like a Figure competitor all year round, not just one day a year when I'm standing on stage. The past few months have been a learning experience for me as I tried different training and diet techniques.
I tried plyometrics for awhile, and they seemed to be working at first ... but then, I plateaued and fluctuated between 3-5 lbs. So it was time to change things again.
This past weekend's road trip provided a splendid opportunity to chat with Jerry about my current training and diet program, along with goals for next year (turn PRO). Since my metabolism got a bit screwed up when I was doing all the (fun!) plyos, we're trying to reset it again.
And since my immediate goal is to get to a certain weight, I need to tighten up my weekend treat extravaganzas. i.e. No more treats for two days straight ... just a couple of treat meals. We also agreed on the definition of a meal: Food consumed at ONE sitting. Not stretched for several hours. (Yes, I'm known for stretching a "meal" to several hours.)
When I looked through pictures taken this weekend, I can see a definite difference between Friday and Saturday evening, after I'd eaten carbs and "normal" food. And I really don't like the difference. My body seems to just soak up the carbs, which causes all my lines and definition to disappear, making me look like I don't even go to the gym.
Our bodies are always changing, and everyone is different. What works for one person may not work at all for another person (which is why I despise all the internet know-it-alls who proclaim their program is the "only one that works" or is "the best"). We've discovered that for me, carbs DON'T work, fats DO work, plyos DON'T work, and the treadmill DOES work (much to my dismay).
Since I want to look like a competitor and don't want to look like a "normal" person, I need to follow a competitor lifestyle, which is a lot stricter and more disciplined than a "normal" lifestyle. I don't mind this, because I know that the reward is greater than the sacrifice. I'm excited to see some results!