Thursday, December 20, 2012

The Plan for 2013

Hi friends! I bet you all thought I fell off the face of the earth! I'm still alive; I've just been swamped with work and the holiday season.

A few weeks ago, I did an informal poll and asked people if they'd be interested in following my prep journey for 2013. I got an enthusiastic and overwhelming response of "Yes! We want to know what you do!"

I have to admit that this baffles me. While I have a positive self esteem, I don't think that the things I do are particularly interesting. I mean, c'mon. I sit at a desk all day, eat 4-5 times a day, go to the gym, and then go home to my fur babies. That's about it! I fail to see how that routine can be exciting and interesting to someone, but who am I to judge? I'm more than happy to share and overshare with you if enjoy reading about it.

2013 Plan

The plan for 2013 is to make May a memorable month. It's already my favorite month because I'm a May baby. But I have some big competition plans for May 2013. My first show will be the Pittsburgh at the beginning of the month, and then a couple weeks later, I'll head down to Charleston, SC to do the Jr. USA's. Two very competitive shows.

I've been sort of dieting since November, but have allowed for some off-plan indulgences. I'll turn on the heat and kick the prep-mobile into gear after the holidays. Last year I did a 20-week prep, and it was extremely effective (see also: I Won Some Swords and Miss Maryland Figure 2012). This year, prep will be a few weeks shorter, so my diet may have to be a bit stricter. By "stricter," I mean zero carb for a longer period of time. Last year, I had carbs in my diet for quite a few weeks.

2012 Maryland State & East Coast Classic

My workouts the past few months have been very different than what I've done in the past. For the first time in 15 years, I'm not trying to build more muscle. I really like the size I am, and we discovered that when I add more size, I lose my shape and begin to resemble a brick. NOT a good look for me. My workouts are a combination of plyos and weights. I like the variation because I feel like an athlete again. I've always been athletic, and sometimes I'd get frustrated because weight training for shows didn't allow me to do other athletic things that I also enjoy. The gym isn't my only passion in life; I simply love to be active.

My training schedule has remained the same for quite awhile: I train Mon, Tues, Thurs, and Fri. Wed, Sat, and Sun are cardio-only days. I do cardio twice a day: in the morning before work and immediately following my workout in the evening. I've gotten some grief about the fact that I do cardio twice a day. But think about it this way: I sit at a desk for 8-9 hours a day. Walking on the treadmill for a total of an hour a day is barely a sufficient level of activity. I do what works best for my body to get the results I want.

What Else?

What else would you like to know about my prep? I'm more than happy to answer questions or dedicate blogs to a specific topic of your choice.

Do you enjoy following other people's preps? What aspects interest you the most?


  1. Yay!! So excited to follow along!


  2. Excellent, I look forward to your continued updates, Kari!

  3. Awesome! Go get 'em!!

  4. I love following your journey! I absolutely love seeing what people do and why they do it! :)

    So question, do you ever have a pure rest day?

  5. It's always fun to see a sample "day in the life" log of nutrition, workout, etc. It's interesting to see the differences in what we're doing compared to what you're doing. I like when I see a figure athlete putting up the same weight I do or eating the same things I do. Makes me feel proud of myself or, on the flip side, helps me to see what I could aspire to. We realize that what one athlete does may not ever compare or should never compare to what we do, but it is nice to see where we may excel in certain areas and where we have an opportunity to improve in others, relatively speaking. Throw us a sample glimpse into the specifics from time to time...that would be cool. Whatever you do, DON'T STOP BLOGGING :)

  6. I would enjoy reading about your prep - this is something I'm newly interested in, so any inside perspective I can gain is great.

  7. I would seriously like to know everything! From what you do first thing in the morning until you hit the pillow at night. I'd like to know more about your feelings & emotions, your cravings ever binge eat!? You seem so surreal to me!

  8. Yay! I loved getting this email in my inbox first thing this morning. I'm also in the DC area and truly enjoy hearing about your story. For your cardio 2x a day.. do you walk on the treadmill first thing in the morning for an hour and then do some type of HIIT cardio at night? I'd also be interested in finding out exactly what you're eating to prepare for this competition.

  9. Well I can't wait to see how your prep goes and even more so to root you on in the Jr USA's!!!!! Take care and stay well!