I’m airing it all out for everyone to see, right here: exactly what I do to get ready for a competition. I’m kind of nervous about doing this because I’m afraid something will happen — as it has during the past two years — for me not to follow through and I’ll look like a quitter. I don’t like to be a quitter. Part of my head isn’t even IN the competition game, truthfully. But I want a goal, I enjoy parts of the prep process (I do not enjoy forgoing the occasional cookie and bucket o’ popcorn), and I feel as if it’d be good for me to push through my comfort zones and fix some things that discouraged me about the past shows I participated in. Plus, let’s face it, I’m not getting any younger, and I think it’d be awesome to rock the figure stage at this age. 🙂

I have a couple (few? several?) shows in mind, but I’m not yet committing to any of them. One is 8 weeks away, others are deep into the summer/fall. Financing the competitions — hotels, fees, travel, tanning, etc. etc. — is part of the deal. No credit cards for this chickie!

I’ve blogged privately — for a small circle of close friends — for years, but this is the first time I’m laying it all out for the public. I’m kind of freaked out by it. Warning: contest prep is boring. heh. But I’m going to be doing some new/crazy things this time to get ready, which should be fun.

Here’s a quick wrap-up of the week so far.

Monday: I trained legs … high volume, moderate reps (12), supersets: squats, romanian deadlifts, stepups, leg extensions, leg curls, not necessarily in that order. And then I ran 10 incline sprints on the treadmill, which I do not love. It was the first time I’ve used my “barefoot” shoes, and it took a couple of sprints to get the hang of running in them. I like them a lot. My sprints were not so fast as I am not a runner — I think 5 percent incline at 8 mph? It was the first time, I’ll get better. 🙂 Mostly, I was worried about falling off the treadmill. Heh.

Tuesday: Chest and shoulders day. My strength is finally starting to get back to where it was before I got sick last fall (I didn’t work out for about 7 weeks after developing pneumonia). Yay! Another superset/volume day. Then, later, I got to teach a bonus BodyCombat class. For the record, teaching classes throws a bit of a monkey wrench into my training, and bonus classes throw machetes at it.

Right now, my biggest challenge is getting my meals in order. (Isn’t that EVERYONE’S biggest challenge? LOL!)

Meals (I will only bore you with Monday). There are a few problems with this configuration that I have to figure out, but I’ll get it.

rising: Cleanse for Life/Ionix Supreme. Coffee, vitamins/product B
M1: 1 egg, 4 egg whites, 1/4 cup black beans, 1/4 cup salsa, 2 tbsp. lowfat shredded cheddar cheese
M2: scoop Isalean, scoop IsaPro, greens
M3: 3 oz lean ground beef, 1/4 cup quinoa, 2 cups green beans
M4: 2 scoops Isalean, .5 ounce almonds
M5: 3.5 oz ground beef, 2 cups spinach, 1 orange, 1 tbsp. flax oil
2 tbsp. natural peanut butter
Vitamins/Product B

On tap for Wednesday: Zumba and BodyFlow. No weights! It’s a recovery day. Sort of. heh.