Friday, December 28, 2012

It Begins

And so it begins ... prep is now in full swing! After a few weekends of enjoying lots of Christmas meals and goodies, it's time to buckle down and make some progress!

On Saturday, I will be 18 weeks out from the Pittsburgh show. I'm starting with a week and a half less time than I did last year, and will have a week-long interruption in January, so my diet will be very tight, and training will be intense. Not that my diet and training aren't usually intense; it's just that we had some wiggle room before if something didn't work that we don't have now.

We took progress pictures yesterday morning and we definitely have some work to do! Instead of crying or getting upset about the pictures, I'm actually kind of motivated by them. They're going to be a great contrast to my "after" pictures in May! I'm excited to shed the layers of water and fat and see what's underneath. I think that's the most rewarding part of prep for me: seeing physical results of my hard work in the off-season. One of my friends compared prep to unwrapping a present to discover the beauty underneath. I love that description!

We're starting with a keto diet again. My body responds very well to a high fat/zero carb diet, so that will kick start my metabolism. I'm eating five meals a day; eat meal contains protein and fats. Most of the meals also contain green veggies. I won't feel very good for a few days until my body adjusts to the diet and re-learns how to burn fats instead of carbs for energy. After a few days, I should be feeling just fine again.

As I mentioned before, my workouts are plyo-based and high intensity. I just started having regular training sessions with J so he can push me a little harder than I usually push myself. Last year, I didn't train with him very often because I felt I could focus better when training on my own. Because my workouts are so different now, it really helps to have him there to keep the intensity high.

I'm excited to start this prep journey! Each year is a little different and I learn new things about myself. I wonder what this year will bring?

What's your favorite part of prep? For how many weeks do you typically prep?

9 comments:

  1. I am so excited you are doing Pitt!! It's on my radar for 2013 because it is such a great SMOOTH show. I really went overboard this off season, so I don't know if I realistically have time to be ready, but maybe we'll get to do the show together! :)

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    1. Cool! It'd be fun to meet up again there!

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  2. Good Luck! Can't wait to see the finished product. Take care,
    Crystal

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  3. This is my second prep and I am doing things completely different. My favorite part of prep is the excitement, watching my body change, and just mentally preparing to step on stage.

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  4. Yay how exciting! I started my on season prep 16 weeks out last year, but this year i am starting at 20 weeks out because of a surgery in January and a week long Mexico vacation in Febuary (wedding..eeek!)

    Looking forward to following!! :)

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  5. Hi Kari, would you be willing to share some of what you're eating on the keto diet? I am trying to work my way into a lower carb lifestyle and don't want to get stuck eating the same things all the time!!

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    1. Sure, I'll be writing a blog about my diet soon.

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  6. I feel like I haven't visited you here in years...good luck with prep and I know you're gunna kill it in pitt. I LOVE that you and J train together.

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  7. Yeah for a new competition. I'll be cheering you on!!

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