I really didn’t mean to neglect this little blog for about… a week. That’s not a lot to some people, but it feels like forever since I last blogged!I have had so.much.going.on and I am so blessed but a little overwhelmed at the same time.
I started back at school on the 6th, and with all online classes, I am ALWAYS on the computer. Literally. People think online classes are easy, but I personally think they are harder. You have to watch the lectures, be self-motivated and self-disciplined to concentrate, then you have discussions, group projects (yeah, cray), individual assignments, quizzes, studying, reading, and exams. It’s like they purposely give you stuff due all the time so that you’re forced to stay on top of things, which I guess is a good thing.
Not only that, but I’m trying to blog and post youtube videos, working as a promotional model, going on castings, doing extra/acting work, and trying to find another job that’s a bit more steady with a steadier income. And trying to find time to workout, eat, sleep, breathe… ok, that’s a little dramatic, but you get my point 😉
ANYWAY, that was a long-winded introduction. I wanted to update ya’ll on my reverse dieting progress and how I’m doing post-show! I wrote about this a couple of times, but it’s officially been about 3 months, so I figured another update was due.
Obviously the lighting and the tan is a huge difference, but this is where I’m at right now. I’m not currently working with my coach, especially since I know how to reverse diet and help others do so. I’ll definitely be working with him again next prep though! But for now, I’m taking this reverse into my own hands.
Weight wise, I’m up about 4-5 lbs only from when I stepped on stage. Initially when I increased, I lost a couple of pounds and was under stage weight for a while. So now that leveled out and I’m maintaining around 5 lbs above stage weight. I’m glad I gained, because the weight I was on stage and after the few pounds I lost was way too low! I don’t want to gain a ton of weight though and do a legit “bulk” so I’m not. The weight I’m at is actually a really comfortable weight for me. I don’t think you should gain 20 + lbs after a competition anyway, unless you NEED to for health reasons. But doing extreme yo-yo dieting isn’t healthy either.
I’m not super lean, but that’s okay and that is healthy! I like that my butt is filling out more, I’m seeing more muscle growth, and definitely feeling much stronger with more energy which is so important to me. I compete because I LOVE TO LIFT and I love bodybuilding. I don’t lift solely to compete. Still training the same, and doing basically no cardio. I’m supposed to be doing one HIIT session a week, but uhhh haven’t done so. Oops! Just been warming up on the treadmill for about 5-10 min before I lift.
My macros are at about 210 g carbs, 70 g fat, 150 p. I slowly increase fat and carb macros based on how my body is reacting. Some weeks I just keep it all the same, some weeks I increase – it all depends. Also, I have NOT been tracking everyday. In fact, I’ve been taking a lot of days off from tracking at all and just eating intuitively and listening to my body. Some days I loosely track to make sure I’m getting enough, because I tend to underestimate and not eat enough when I don’t track. It feels really good not to track sometimes. I’m so balanced lately, I absolutely love it and I’m so proud that I am even more balanced than I was before my show. When I don’t track, it doesn’t bother me. I’ll take rest days when I need to and not get anxious or feel like I have to do something. I don’t bring food with me when I travel, at all. I go out to eat or out for drinks if I’m invited or if I’m out and we want to stop somewhere. Just living life and feeling good 🙂
You can be balanced post-show, but I really do attribute all of this to flexible dieting. It has changed my life dramatically – for the better.
If you have any questions about reverse dieting or post-show, feel free to post them below!
ALSO, anything in particular you want to see on this blog? Or on my YouTube Channel?