A little over 3.5 months. That's it. It doesn't sound like much time, but 110 days means 110 opportunities to take a step in the right direction. Every day counts. 🙌🏼 (This is about a 12 lb difference.)
1 week out... from mine and @michael_buro's 26th birthday 😇 I usually don't wear makeup (just lash extensions), but I got this @tartecosmetics lip paint for free with my @sephora order and I actually like it 💋
Repost from @acadiasplit (thanks @babymolly for the mirror) ✌🏼 Guess who's finally looking at competition dates? Thinking about late October 👙
🙃 Offseason: omg I'm so muscular Offseason mirror: lol no? Prep: feels like my muscles have completely disappeared Prep mirror: omg muscles
Be the driver 🔥 Bad things will happen to you in life – really bad things – and it's up to you how you choose to keep the inner peace, to make it to the next day, to continue to find meaning and balance amidst the crap. I think that in order to succeed and to be happy and find meaning in life, you need to build up this foundation within yourself, this overarching driver that can overcome the negative things that happen to you or to the people you care about. Don't stop for anyone or anything. Always keep going. ------- I know that for many this process doesn't come naturally, so my advice there is to take the time to learn about yourself and learn how you operate best. Look inward. I think before you can be happy/successful, you really need to understand yourself. Self-acceptance and that inner peace is really the first step that a lot of people overlook. We often look to external guidelines and explanations for how and why we should act, but none of that stuff realty matters. ------- Look inside yourself and see who you really are. This is your life - no one else's. You're the driver. Be the driver.
Throwing it back to that offseason softness 💖 Photo taken by @luisx_com exactly 6 months ago 📸 #transformationtuesday
Two more weeks of dieting and then a one-week diet break. 10.4 lbs down since I started prep 14.4 weeks ago. I always hear dieters say that training is easy, while sticking to their diet is the hard part. For me, dieting is easy peasy. Just a few minutes of daily planning and it's effortless from there. Training while dieting is tough for me. I don't take any pre/intra supplements except for electrolytes when I remember them. No placebo to grasp on to during my workouts - just my own grit. ------- What's easier for you to stick to? Diet or training routine?
Toilet Selfie, 2017
Tfw glycogen stores are full (relatively) 🙌🏼 Leg day but → delts are always stealing the show. Back, delts, and quads have always grown easily for me. I think I might finally see a glute though. What are your strong points? ☀️
Things I love: 👨👩👧👦 Family 📈 Scientific progress 🍪 Cookies Needless to say, I was stoked to connect with @alwheysgood, a mother-daughter company that supports scientific research AND produces cookies that taste amazing. The brown and blue packaging matches Grayson's eyes too. ☺️ Check them out if you haven't already! Peanut butter chocolate chip: 8f/20c/20p per serving Vanilla chocolate chip: 7f/22c/8p per serving
I often doubt my decision to prep again. I felt great at a higher body weight. I don't want to be small. But in the right lighting (with the right amount of carbs) I remember exactly why I started prep again: this is my art.
might delete soon but I felt cute in this pic ☺️😋😝
Almost forgot to do a side-by-side comparison. I am now 3 months into my first contest prep in 2.5 years. Left: 4/30. Right: 7/26. Still a long way to go. ------- Started out on approx. 300g carbs per day, and now I'm at 90g with one weekly refeed at 185g. How's that for an adaptive metabolism? My body really likes to stick at one body weight, and it takes A LOT to get it to move in either direction. ------- Some weeks go by, and it feels like no progress was made at all. But progress isn't linear. Blips are normal. Plateaus are normal. Just keep making changes - not excuses - and the results will come. ------- P.S. Dieting is a means to an end. It is not a way of life.
Morning progress pics after getting in late last night from London. Weighed in 2.6 lbs lighter than last week. It's pretty typical for me to lose weight while traveling because: ✖️I tend to undereat, as I overestimate nutrient content of meals at unfamiliar places ✖️I walk a lot more ✖️Training sessions are not as long, frequent, or intense ✖️I don't drink enough water So I tend to drop water weight while traveling. We'll see where things settle after I return to my normal routine. 👍🏼
Taking care of your mental health during contest prep: Remember your why. There's a difference between dieting with no endpoint or focus and dieting for a competition. After I compete, I'll go back to normal life #gains. I'm honestly most comfortable 5-8 pounds heavier than what I am now. Last weigh-in I was 9.2 pounds down after prepping for 3 months so far. We'll see how I weigh in after traveling when I get back on Wednesday morning. ☺️ No food scale while traveling, and I'm staying active but not sticking to my usual workouts. Yolo.
A little bit different than our normal breakfast routine! 😁 Working on client plans for an amazing online coaching platform that I'm excited to be a part of. ------- Coaching my own clients is my greatest passion. I spend hours making sure I understand each client's needs and goals and writing personalized nutrition and training plans for each one. I prefer to keep a very small group of clients so nothing is compromised. However, I also like to keep my rates as low as possible, which means that coaching my own clients will never be a sustainable full-time career option for me. ------- I have to work multiple jobs to be able to pay the bills (and keep my schedule full 😇), but I'm grateful that I love each one of them. I don't have any jobs that are just busy work. Each of my jobs allows me to do what I love and what I excel at. I have this luxury because of my education, which is something that I will never take for granted. In fact, I'm going back for more. 📚💕
You know the feeling when you get home from a long day and you can finally just relax? My whole life is just me trying to never reach that feeling. 😅 #thrillofthechase
Between the left and right: approximately 6 years of looking inward instead of outward #transformationtuesday
Lifting weights makes you manly.
Contest prep, i.e. my chest getting leaner and leaner while the rest of my body stays the same #ThanksGenetics