Show day is approaching! We are now at 5 weeks out and I am just recently starting to really feel the effects of prep. I had a few days here and there all throughout my prep where I felt tired or sore, but nothing too bad. The past week I have felt a little more tired than usual, despite sleeping relatively well. I'm not recovering as well and I'm just sore overall.
I have been making sure to stay on top of my Excellence Nutraceutik supplements to make sure I am getting all the nutrients necessary to keep my body in check. I do not want to fall sick in the next 5 weeks! The important thing is that it has not affected my motivation at all and I have been trucking along as usual! Needless to say, I have especially been benefiting from my deep tissue massages at Tx Therapies these past weeks. My body is still reacting great to the diet and cardio and I'm always very happy with my condition at this point in the prep. I saw my coach earlier this week and he is beyond happy with how things are going. I am still progressing much faster than we expected with little to no changes in my plan! My body is reacting wonderfully this time and we are feeling pretty confident. I even get a refeed!!! I also spent quite a few hours on a project I decided to take on. Although I already have my suit for Nationals, I wanted to make sure to have a good back-up suit. I decided to take last year's suit and add more rhinestones to make it shine more on stage. In total, I added close to 1400 extra stones and it is absolutely beautiful! I really enjoyed doing it and it looks incredible in the light. I might even keep it to wear it again at a future competition!
A before and after comparison of my suit!
I am starting to really see the veins in my shoulders and abs these past few days... It's getting serious!
The power of the mind is incredible because let me tell you, my body wants nothing to do with cardio these days but I have not missed one session since the beginning of all this, over 12 weeks ago. It's crazy to think how many weeks I have already done and how it's coming so soon that I am counting down the days. I have had my mind set on nationals since I won provincials over a year ago and there is no way I am not giving my 110% til the end. I really think a big part of why this prep has been so smooth and "easy" for me is the mental side of things. My first prep last year was during my university semester and I was dealing with a good load of stress from that. I was extreeeeemely lucky and even had all my finals during peak week and almost missed registration because my last exam was on the Friday before the competition, yay! It's easy to say that school was a major stressor during my first prep. To add on to that, I was dealing with some pretty intense personal problems. Without getting into details, I was completely and utterly disrespected, humiliated and hurt by the one person I thought would support me through anything and especially my first competition prep. It was a very tough period emotionally and I chose to carry on my prep because honestly, it kept me focused on something other than the pain. I'm so proud of myself to have pulled myself through that and even surpassed my goals because it was the hardest weeks of my life both mentally and physically. This time I am in such a good place and I have grown so much as a person since then. I have the right people surrounding me, I'm doing what I love and I have a routine that truly makes me happy. Over the past year I made it a point to better myself and be happier with who I am as a person. After everything blew up last year I felt like I had lost myself in the process and that really wasn't a good feeling. Now, I couldn't be more proud of my accomplishments. I don't remember the last time I was this happy in every aspect of my life and that translates into my prep directly! Cortisol, a hormone that is over-secreted when we are stressed/anxious is a massive antagonist when it comes to either fat loss or muscle gain. We overlook and underestimate the power of cortisol and how much it can negatively affect our bodies. I am walking evidence, honestly! I was so stressed and emotionally drained last year, and we had to dig much deeper to get my body to be stage ready. Your body begins to run on adrenaline when it is stressed and the metabolism takes a back seat to make way for the ''fight or flight'' response, amongst many other systems. There have been devastating discoveries in the past years and to sum it up, stress leads to a much higher mortality rate (some studies finding up to 50% higher mortality rate in the stressed population!). It blows my mind that we admire people who are extremely busy, stressed and overworked. Stress is a silent killer and there are tons of studies proving it. I believe we should admire those who lead a balanced life and organize themselves properly, because to me that is part of being successful. Stress management is an incredibly important skill that we overlook. Take a breather, meditate, relax and realize that your problems probably aren't worth stressing so much over.
I also have added excitement because my parents are DRIVING, yes I said driving, across the country just to see me on stage. They are looking at around 40 hours on the road to get from Sudbury to Vancouver.. Ok, how spoiled am I?! My parents have always been my biggest supporters in absolutely anything I did and my bodybuilding competitions are no different. They never underestimated me for a moment in my life and they know how hard-headed I am. When I set my mind on a goal, I go balls to the wall. Even if I outweigh my dad in offseason, he puts his pride aside and encourages me (LOL sorry Dad). It's really important for me to make them proud because they are the ones who taught me to be the ambitious and determined woman I am today. I know that they are proud of me no matter where I place, but I would love for them to see me reach my goals. My parents are my best friends and I am so fortunate to have them to lean on whenever I need to. If I have a bad day, I know my mom is always there to cheer me up or to ''talk me off the ledge'' as she likes to say. She's my sounding board and I value her opinion so much. It's fun because my parents are always interested in my training/diet and even if they think I'm crazy for following such a strict regimen, they try to understand. When I go home my mom always cooks me meals according to my diet and she puts so much effort to keep me on track. It changes everything to have a good, positive entourage during prep and I am so thankful to have such great people in my life.