This is the fun stuff 🤓
A peak weekin' pumpkin 🎃 #peakweek #halloween2017 #bobblehead
What I love about this comparison is the effort I put into posing and finding a good selfie angle on the left vs. the fact that I'm just too tired to give a shit on the right 😂
A peek into my peak week food choices: •Easily digestible (notice the riced veggies and slaw instead of whole veggies) •Familiar foods •Variety of nutrients (not necessarily foods) •Easy to prepare and bring on the go •Fairly inexpensive (just bought a house lol) •Reese's are for show day •Not pictured: table salt, almonds, water, coffee, electrolyte supplement, iron supplement
[Not exactly the same angle and lighting, I know] I think the changes in my microexpressions are much more poignant than the obvious normal face to diet face though 💔
Full set of lash extensions at one week out 😍👙 I barely recognize this face 💀 Tomorrow means time for peak week groceries, and then starting Monday it's go time. But first - moving day! 💕🚚🏡 (i.e. occupy Grayson while my dad and Michael load the U-Haul day 🐺)
Goals: back up, glutes tight, clean transitions, and don't be such a noodle 😝😝😝 just about 1 week out!
When you're at your night class but then you get distracted taking selfies in the bathroom for several minutes bc wtf is this diet face and chest action #peeled #weirdbodyfatdistribution #justleanthings #justskeletalthings #halloween2017
Among the people who do not already know that I'm competing, ZERO have mentioned my weight loss to me. I have lost over 20 lbs (about 17% of my starting weight) in 6 months. I lost 30 lbs from my highest weight this offseason. As a public health student with a graduate degree in nutrition, I know that we live in a society of supersized food portions and sedentary lifestyles. Obesity is an epidemic that I devote a large portion of my work to. But let's stay alert to the other end of the spectrum as well. When it comes to health, any extreme can be dangerous. What if I lost 17% of my body weight and it wasn't just for a competition? How much do you think I could continue to lose until someone says something?
More morning progress pictures because I'm interested in daily changes from now until my show dates. 🤓 10 days out from my first competition in 3 years! 😱Oh, and we bought a house today. My heart is so full 😊💕🏡
Filled up the tank with popcorn and rice cakes on Sunday 💪🏼 and for now it's back to lower carbs. Here's a super easy (as always) low-carb staple: lean ground beef (or meat substitute), spinach, butter lettuce, pickles, mustard 🍔🥗 #KrabbyPattySalad
Just a gangly noodle. Completely switched up posing with the help of @laurinconlin last week. Still needs a lot of work, but at least this lighting is good. 🔥 P.S. @michael_buro and I are 1 day out... from buying our first home 😻
The photo on the left was taken 2.5 weeks before I started prep. I was very comfortable with my weight, appearance, strength, energy... everything. Now that I've spent 5+ months dieting, my mind is so warped. It's easy to get stuck in this prep mindwarp after the diet is over, but dieting for the stage is just for the stage. I think it helps to focus on how good it feels to be at a healthy body weight, to be able to move heavy weight or run for miles, and to think deeply about things that aren't food. This is an amazing process, but it's for a competition - not for life.
2 weeks out from my first show in 3 years. According to today's weigh in, I've officially lost over 20 lbs since April 25. (High carb day tomorrow is much needed. 🍿) That also means I'm currently 20 lbs below the weight at which I feel and perform best. I've lost nearly 16% of my body weight this prep. I hope you can see how this is not sustainable for me. If you listened to my @higherhealthmedia podcast, you know that I keep a healthy mindset during prep by framing it as a means to get from point A to point B. Dieting is NOT a way of life.
I just need to document this in my feed so I can look back at the striations I achieved when the season is over and I'm knee deep in bananas and almond butter 🍌🍌 #EvenThoughIGMakesItBlurry #IGotAHaircutAfterThis
Same passion, same work ethic, same sense of self worth. Just a different number on the scale. My best advice for contest prep? Do not start unless you are comfortable with your body and mind. Love your before pictures. Only then are you ready to consider prep.
2.5/3.5/5.5 weeks out. At this point everything is a mind game. No change in weight since last week. Not lean enough. Not muscular enough. My legs are just way too long. Paranoia about nutrition labels and my food scale sets in. Everything seems to affect digestion. I don't drink enough water. I can't sleep. Good lighting, bad lighting. Posing is never right. I think I look like Pennywise. Am I insane? Or am I just on contest prep?
OBSESSED with quick to-go meals made up of any protein source + a whole bag of frozen veggies. This is just chicken with the Steamfresh cheesy broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots. Other protein faves are eggs, tofu, salmon, tuna, veggie burgers, and beef. For veggies, I love the Steamfresh packets or the Green Giant riced veggies. I add avocado, nuts, or nut butter if I want more fat. (For more volume? Just add some spinach.) SO EASY.
Great lighting at @ampedfitness727 I didn't even diet this is just an illusion #3WEEKSOUT i.e. when I start supersetting each exercise with a brief nap 😴