Peak Week – 5 Days out from my Competition

October 20, 2014

Goooood morning!!! Happy Monday. I’m ready for this week, to kill everything I need to get done, and then get ready to compete THIS SATURDAY. Holy cow.

This prep seems like it has lasted a long time, but it also seems like it flew by. I can’t believe I’m only 5 days out from my first competition. I’m so glad I decided to do this. I have learned so much, and I’ve honestly come to many awesome realizations that I probably wouldn’t have if I hadn’t decided to compete. That’ll be saved for another post, because I have a lot to say on that topic of “what prepping has taught me”.

For now, lets talk about peak week, shall we?

When you hear about competitors talking about the week before their show, it sounds AWFUL. I’ve heard so many horror stories, from only being allowed to eat asparagus for carbs and zero carbs otherwise, tilapia at every meal (even breakfast, ew), loading up on water and then cutting it out when they got close to the show, taking diuretics, no sodium, NO water on show day, etc. The list goes on. I can happily say thatΒ my peak week looks nothing like that.Β And it shouldn’t! If it does, you definitely got guru’d.

Of course I can’t show you exactly what my coach has planned for me this week, but I can give you an idea of how it’s different and the right way to do it.

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Best part about low carbs – fats.

The first three days I had a carb depletion (lowest carbs yet this prep) with a little extra cardio.. they were hard mentally, not going to lie. I just wanted some freakin carbs.. Your girl loves her carbs πŸ˜‰ but I survived! I woke up feeling lean and flat this morning which is what is supposed to happen. Then today, I get 100 more grams of carbs!!!! Basically, I’ll be in carb heaven and pretty much swimming in them today WOO! It’s sad how excited I am hahaha.

Then we slowly taper them down, then bring them back up again the day before show day to fill out my muscles! Cardio gets slowly reduced as well, the two days before the comp I only have 15 minutes of cardio to do with a small circuit workout. HECK YEAH.

Best part? NO tilapia. NO asparagus (if I don’t want it, but I actually like it). NO diuretics. NO sodium depletion (still having my normal amount which is a lot). NO water depletion (drinking a gallon everyday and can drink what I want on show day).

Oh, and I get to eat this right before I hit the stage for prejudging and finals.

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HECK. YES. Definitely going with the reeses and twix. YUM.

I also have plenty of meals ON she day, with a substantial amount of carbs. I can drink water when I need to, and I’m not reducing sodium at all. That’s the way to do it, people. I won’t be a walking zombie on stage, and I’m so happy I have an amazing coach that does things the right way!

More about peak week and what I’m doing to get ready for my show is on my youtube channel!

Here’s to the next 5 days! Ready to KILL IT.

 

If you have competed, what did your peak week look like?

What is your favorite candy?

32 Comments
    1. I’ve competed three times. I ‘ve had fish for breakfast, lunch and dinner (and meals in between). I’ve always had plenty of carbs during my prep including peak week BUT the day of was little to no water (UGH).

      Good luck! It sounds like you’re ready to go!

      1. Ahhh yuck! I would die with no water either! Thank you πŸ˜€

      1. Thank you!!! I love dark chocolate as well πŸ˜€

    1. GOOD LUCK in your competition! The diet is pretty much the reason I’ve written off the idea of ever competing, haha! I’m sooooooo bad with food! Favorite candy: junior mints!

      1. Thank you!!! Exactly the reason why I chose to prep using flexible dieting. i’ve been able to eat what I want! πŸ˜›

    1. So impressed with your coach and your attitude about this whole process! You are definitely a great role model looking to do prep the healthy way. Can I ask who your coach is? Also, I’m curious, on days you reduce carbs, do you reduce overall calories or just fill them with other macros? I’m so uninformed when it comes to this stuff!

      1. Thanks girly! It is William Grazione with metabolicevolution.com. He was recommended by Layne Norton and is one of his great friends, which is why I hired him! I reduce carbs and overall calories on low days! The calories naturally get reduced because protein and fat usually stays about the same.

    1. Your prep has gone by SO fast to me too, I swear it was just yesterday you were announcing this! I can’t wait to see your pics from show day, I know you’re going to KILL IT and you look amazing. Also am glad you are doing this in a more sane way than I have seen on other blogs, ahhh reading some of it kills me! You’re still a stronger woman than me but what you’ve got going on this week at least seems do-able πŸ˜‰ I’ll have some carbs/cocktails for ya.

      1. Right?! IT’s nuts!!! Thank love!!! <3 Definitely have some cocktails for me, and soon we will be reunited and drinking them together πŸ˜‰

    1. This is the first time I’ve read about competition prep and actually thought, that doesn’t sound to bad! Best of luck and have a great time these last few days. Can’t wait to see pics!

    1. Wow, okay. I knew and liked the way you approached competition prep already but this is probably the most surprising. And so SO good to know. I admire you for your relaxed way of going about this but from what I’d read in magazines and on blogs before I was convinced the last days were the same for every competitor. Low carb, low sodium, low water intake – in other words: hell for me. I’m curious: why does this work? Or: how can two approaches -that- different from each other work for the same desired results?? This is so intriguing. I’m already looking forward to the post of your experiences and results post-competing!
      And sorry but: Twix??? Are you kidding me? If I had to choose just from your picks I’d go with Reese’s [though we don’t get them over here] or Snickers [hello, caramel + peanuts + chocolate]. But Twix are so … unexciting. Woops.

      1. Yup, that would be hell for me as well!!! I’ll be happily hydrated on show day πŸ˜‰ WHAAAT twix are the best!!! Snickers are pretty good too though πŸ˜€

        1. Could you go into why both of those approaches work in a post? While I could never imagine competing myself – I think I wasn’t made for lifting in general – hearing snippets about it all over the blogging world has made me curious. I would really like to understand the science behind why both the exteme and your – in my very subjective opinion . much healthier and relaxed approach give the results looked for.

          1. Do you mean approach as in clean eating vs. flexible dieting?

            1. The two different ones you described, yes. The “horror stories” versus your flexible approach. Only if it’s not too much to ask for. (:

            1. I’m not really familiar with the other approach since this is my first competition! If I knew more about it I would πŸ™‚

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