Me VS Salad. I got this.
It’s Sunday morning. Feeling like I’ve been hit by a mack truck for a few days and what to my wondering eyes doth appear…..an email from my coach! I wasn’t expecting any good news anytime soon, but this removed all of my fasted cardio dread.
I get a REAL reload meal. From my photos I looked as though I was flattening out and my coach made the call. Thank sweet bejeesuz for the that.
I headed to my only option in YYC for a whole foods vegan meal – The Coup.
Euphoria doesn’t even explain it. I am SO sensitive right now to feelings and food that I get goosebumps all the time. I had to post this picture of my goosebumps while eating a “real” meal.
Now it’s less than 4 weeks out….and I’m starting to get a little nervous. But not too bad. Being on stage for over 20 years I’ve got a bit of confidence which I think is a huge edge over my competitors….I think.
So, some interesting stuff happened in the last couple of weeks. I started to have really sore boobs just 2 weeks after my last period. Jeff managed to con me into thinking that I was pregnant…and I even did a test. Negative – pfew. By the next day it was certain. I managed to get my period twice in two weeks – apparently this type of mixed up cycle is perfectly normal when you’re on this program, some gals lose theirs all together. Nothing like that surprise when you’re least expecting it.
I am still new to the process of how carb cycling actually works in athletic situations. I did see how muscles do start to look depleted without a good balance of food AND I noticed how they perked up after eating a big/good/carb-fueled meal just 24 hours later. That was truly an interesting process.
Travel and planning meals
I am traveling 2 out of 4 weekends in October. I also was JUST in Vancouver for posing training camp. What I really didn’t have any time to do while flitting around was grocery shopping and cooking. I ate 50% of my meals in Vancouver on the road. Glamorous.
I found / was provided with 2 resources for meals.
Vancouver I used Fitness Foods out of Vancouver proper. One downside was that they do not provide any vegan protein so I had to order all a la carte and re-organize meals to make it work. Still better than a kick in the ass. If you do eat meat, you’ll be fine. They have a competitors line that is specially crafted for athletes in training. My coach also provides meal plans through their services.
You pick up from varying locations if they do not deliver in your area. I picked up in Langley at Total Fitness and got my fasted cardio in as well. Great drop in gym if you’re in the area. Hammer Strength equipment onsite.
I took my ISO bag with me this trip and they confiscated my damn ice packs. Be forewarned, you can’t take ice packs over 100ml on the plane unless you are refrigerating medication.
San Francisco – ICON Meals. Now these guys are actually out of Texas. I know, carbon footprint out the wazoo. However, no personal chefs were willing to help me for under $150/day (the cost of 5 days of meals) and the only other company I contacted there that was mealprep aligned never called me back.
The other pro with these guys is that they actually have a Vegan protein selection. Nearly 100% of all other places don’t and you need to order a la carte and then go shopping for your own protein – that really sucks when you’re already hitting the gym twice per day and trying to make a good trip out of it.
ICON has been professional and as of today (1 day prior to travel) I have gotten my confirmation of my order. They even walked me through step-by-step getting food in the US from Canada. Jennifer there has been great – lets see if the meals arrive/stay put!
The TSA doesn’t seem to mind the powders packed up like this to save room:
As you can see I packed my glutamine, greens, BCAA’s, coconut butter, oatmeal, salt and Flavor God here.
They do however hate ice packs unless they are for medication. Don’t forget that. I recommend using these little ice balls to travel with. They pass the requirement.
For links to ISO or Flavor God check my post from Episode 6.
Travel and gym drop ins – Vancouver/SF
This round of travel to Vancouver I dropped in at a few places:
Maple Ridge Leisure Centre
Total Fitness Langley
Pitt Meadows Rec Center
I also used the spin bike at my parents house for HIIT sprints one morning. If you think it’s all about the treadmill – this is pretty tough too. Proof:
I will be working out at Live Fit gym in San Francisco starting October 1st through 5th. Their manager Elyse has been nothing but absolutely amazing to me. She’s gotten me into the gym on a weeks pass, unrestricted times and has been nothing short of an angel. I’ll be reviewing their gym in a separate post. So far, I love them….and all the folks of SF that have made my life easier!
I Included a HIIT routine for treadmills here if you’re looking for something new. I added 5 minutes to the front and back of this one for warm up and cool down.
Last minute purchases:
I needed a competition robe ( in black to absorb any tan staining) as well a set of loose PJ’s to wear to bed so I don’t wreck my sheets or the tan. My usual birthday suit will not work out so I’ve been told. I opted for black satin for both- Victoria’s Secret Online
Nails – found a gal via Facebook who will come to my hotel room Friday night before the show to do French Manicure on my fingers and toes – will be getting a set of false nails as per status quo. I’ll have to post cost and pics later.
Pre & post show travel schedule – No excuses!
San Fran – Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival – you should check it out!
Millennium – One of the BEST vegan restaurants in North America. I’m excited to have my reload meal on Sunday here. They blow my mind.
100 Mile House – The Hills Guest Ranch. Our annual family thanksgiving trip. This location is/was considered a “fat farm”….so, they have a lot of diet options and a pretty legit, albeit old, gym. No need to lose track on my last couple of weeks. I even ordered a Tofurky.
Cabo – The Resort at Pedregal – post competition & birthday bash time. Each year we travel to this amazing resort for a week of rest and relaxation. They have a great space for fitness and amazing views. I am SO blessed to be able to be recovering and restoring here post-show.
Below is a picture of the first time I tried on my new GREEN suit. The front of this thing is so small…ugh…I’ll fit it by d-day but JEEZUS is it small. I had to have the bottoms adjusted a bit…I tried on some other suits as well just for styles.
Michelle at Buttercream (see episode 6 for details) had the suit adjusted in 24 hours and I took it home with me! Stay tuned for more pictures as I practice posing in the final weeks here.
Holy abs. I’ve never had these things and I don’t want to let them go. Training is staying the same in terms of routine for now but I am pushing myself to go heavier and heavier every session.
Got a bit of a kick in the ass on Friday. All my tooty beans were cut from my diet. This is apparently the part where I need to prepare to cut and be hungry. I’m eating 6 times per day and having my 6 litres of water … but man oh man, the lack of carbs is apparent.
No big changes yet. BCAA’s added to all water is the biggest change. I suspect there will be a lot during the dieting back phase.
So far, only adding 15 minutes of medium cardio after weights and upping my Sunday session of fasted cardio to 50 minutes. My morning fasted cardio has changed slightly but is still completed on my treadmill which works amazingly for me at 5 am.
In what can only be called the best case of happenstance EVER, I managed to get a posing session in with Chris Kwan of the West Coast Executive Director of the INBF in Vancouver at her studio Core Ten PE.
All I have to say is, if I would have gone in by the BCABBA standards that my coach is familiar with, I would have been a total flop.
This woman had amazing energy and really got me jazzed about the federation (all natural) that I chose. She was supportive and even had another WNBF Pro stick around to practice with. The best hour I spent in the 5 days in Vancouver by far. I am so grateful to her for making the time to see me. Even if her studio is right next to Thomas Haas and I nearly died 1000 deaths.
We covered what the judges prefer, put on some great tunes and worked on removing the hook from my back pose. I have to say, this federation seems far more friendly and less “hookery” than the others so far. It’s about the bodies and the good attitude for sure – not catty competitiveness and negativity.
SO, I was inspired so much that I decided to throw my hat in the ring for the INBF competition in BC May 14th, 2016. It’s not posted on their site yet……gulp. Did I actually do that? Ya, I did.
What’s left? Well, probably a WHOLE lot actually…this is the ramp up time now. Questions still left in my mind at this point:
- what is peak week going to be like?
- what is the day of going to be like?
- will my hair/makeup/tan/nails etc…be a success?
- will my crotch actually fit into that suit???
- what is dieting “back” going to look like?
- will I be able to maintain a 5-6 weeks out body until my next competition?
- what will workout and diet maintenance be like?
- what are all of my future goals?