8 weeks out…..eeek!
Well, I’m now 8 weeks out (and bricking it!). It’s really, really tough – the food, the training, fitting it all in around family and work – but I’m focused and although there’s times in the gym when I think, “I can’t do this”, I get through the session and do it all again the next day!
This week has gone well in terms of eating, training and progress – my body fat (according to my tanita body composition monitors) is down to 13.6%…..muscle mass percentage is at 83% so I’m pleased with that! One thing about the low body fat (sorry if you’re a guy and grossed out by the next bit….!!) is that not only am I cold a lot, but it’s seriously messing about with my menstrual cycle – which is a little disconcerting to say the least! I mean most of us girls HATE that “time of the month” – the pain, the mess, the bloating, the moods!! However, it’s comforting (in a way) knowing that your body is functioning as it should be! Whether it IS the lower body fat, or the intense training who knows – but it is messing with my hormones – this type of training isn’t for the faint hearted.
I take my hats off to all the girls who do this – it’s THE hardest thing I’ve done yet. I thought the half ironman I did last summer was hard, but my cardiovascular fitness was good enough to be able to almost “wing it” (didn’t do THAT much training considering it was a 1.5 mile swim, 60 mile hilly cycle followed by a 13.1 mile hilly run). With this, you’re on a strict diet which makes you feel rubbish at times throughout the day, you HAVE to train – cardio pre-breakfast plus some “bonus” abs and leg exercises and THEN fit the 2-3 hour weights session in around working and family. As well as that you’re prodded and pulled at EVERY week, your coaches scruntinise EVERY last millimeter of muscle/fat/water/skin, so there’s no room for error (or very little!) because, let’s face it, up on stage wearing a skimpy bikini and heels – it’s ALL out for ALL to see – the only thing helping you is a good tan and that glimmer stuff that gets painted on your skin.
Posing is getting a little easier – although still have to work on those “graceful” transitions between the moves and get my bloody shoulders down – overactive traps – that’s the problem!! Oh and the routine…..OMG THE ROUTINE! Me and “dancing” (which is what it kind of is) just don’t go that well – unless there’s gin and champagne involved! The song is awesome though and hopefully I’ll be able to manage a 60-90 second routine without too many mess ups! That said – it’s my first time doing this, so I don’t expect to be perfect…..
That’s it for this week – hope you’re enjoying reading my blog – progress pictures below (please forgive the dodgy hair in all pictures and the bikini top which needs altering…..!!)
Eat well, train hard, sleep well.
Photos from 26th January 2014
and from 16th March 2014
Photos of me at 6 and at around 10 (top row, far right)