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.
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 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?