What To Do, What To Do…

29 Sep

Source: findmefrugal.blogspot.com

I have spent a lot of time thinking over the past week or so about what comp I want to enter next year.  Originally I was going to go for the International Federation of Bodybuilding (IFBB) comp in March but after talking to a few people (Nat, Charlotte and my ever-supportive husband, Justin) I realised that it probably wasn’t the right comp for me.

You see, the IFBB comps are untested which means that the girls could be using all types of supplements and drugs from speed-like fat burning substances to pro-hormones.  This is something I would NEVER consider doing.  I take too much pride in my natural and holistic approach to weight loss and health so I would prefer to be amongst equals and enter a natural comp.  Obviously,  I want to give myself the BEST possible chance of winning!

BUT the natural comps aren’t until mid next year.  So therein lies the dilemma! DUN, DUN, DUNNNNNNN!

I’ve spent about 8 weeks in a muscle-building stage.  I’ve been eating LOADS and lifting heavy in an effort to increase my lean muscle mass.  I think I’ve done a pretty good job at this but the fact remains that my body fat percentage is still too high.  So, I have ditched the muscle-building plan (for now) and have entered into a fat loss plan to get my body fat percentage down.  I’ll go have another dexa scan in a couple of months to assess and then I’ll decide if I need to add more muscle mass (most likely) and go from there.

So!  The new plan!  DUN, DUN, DUNNNNNNN! (that probably wasn’t even needed there, but I like to build suspense)

Workout-wise I will be placing more emphasis on cardio as previously I was only doing 2 cardio sessions a week and 6 weight sessions.  Now the plan will be to do 4 cardio sessions and 4 weight sessions.

My week will now look a little something like this:

Monday: upper body + cardio

Tuesday: lower body + cardio

Wednesday: cardio

Thursday: upper body

Friday: cardio

Saturday: lower body

Sunday: off

Food-wsie I will be following the, uh, following principles:

  • High protein
  • Low fat (no more oils, nuts or avocado so will be now taking 3 fish oil caps, daily)
  • An obscene amount of fresh and steamed vegetables
  • No grains or starchy carbs after lunch
  • Low dairy

It’s not EXTREMELY low-calorie but it’s low enough for me considering I was just eating about 2000 calories! The focus is just being as clean as possible and hitting my macro-nutrient needs.  I will have one “cheat” meal per week as well.  I’m already dreaming of my first one!

Now, usually I would lay out my meal plan for you guys now but unfortunately I can not do that this time!  I consulted a professional to help me with my cutting diet so therefore the diet is not mine to share.  I have posted my meal plans before and I can say that this is very similar, so do a search of the My Progress category and check them out!

I’ve just completed 2 days on this diet and it’s like I have forgotten what it’s like to be on a weight loss plan!  Oh, the hunger pangs!  Oh, the irritability! Argh!  But I’ve done it before for MONTHS on end (and on much lower calories!) so I can do it now.  Just need to take a big cup of concrete.  Oh, wait, that’s not on the plan…

I manage the hunger by consuming copious amounts of herbal tea as the warm liquid is soothing and filling.  And of course I drink lots of water too.  Last night I was so hungry about 20 minutes after eating (and my dinner was not small by any means) that I just had to go to sleep.  Apparently this is a good sign as it means by metabolism is firing on all cylinders!  Excellent.

Well, that is about it from me.  I’ll take some progress pics in a couple of weeks to let you know how I’m going.

Also – have an awesomely inspiring interview coming up with a weight loss sensation turned sports model so don’t miss that one!

9 Responses to “What To Do, What To Do…”

  1. AshMac September 29, 2011 at 11:42 am #

    Why don’t you enter the comp anyway? For kicks?

    And it’ll help you get into the idea of competing. Right?

    • Amanda September 29, 2011 at 12:09 pm #

      Hi Ash! Well, firstly, there’s a lot of costs associated with entering a comp – entry fees, membership costs, spray tans, shoes, swimsuit, waxing, nails, hair, makeup… the list goes on and on! Not only that, as I said above, I can not place myself in a comp whereby my competition have the added advantage over me. I want to compete against girls that have the same ‘natural’ values that I do. I will never step on stage until I am 100% ready and in a position that I am on par with the rest. 🙂

  2. Alexandra September 29, 2011 at 12:44 pm #

    Omg I hate being hungry! Can’t wait to hear about your results on this plan! 🙂

  3. AshMac September 29, 2011 at 2:57 pm #

    I see your point! All the best with your training and new eating plan! 🙂

    • Amanda October 4, 2011 at 2:16 pm #

      Thanks Ash! 🙂

  4. Ali @ http://alliejwood.blogspot.com September 29, 2011 at 3:00 pm #

    all the best making the shift back to weight loss, not building muscle! At the moment I’m looking to loose a couple of KGs then start building muscle. having to never have ‘dieted’ in my life, i stuggle to avoid sweet, sugar treats – but am looking forward to eating a much ‘cleaner’ and healthier way! I’ve written myself a plan, which Im starting next monday!

    all the best

    • Amanda October 4, 2011 at 2:16 pm #

      Hurrah! Good luck with your plan too Ali!

  5. Catie September 30, 2011 at 1:06 pm #

    I’m constantly amazed by the dedication and willpower needed to undergo comp prep – knowing a few girls who compete, I think the mental stamina to train & diet is incredible. And if anyone has it, it’s you Amanda! From what i’ve heard, it’s pretty heartbreaking to have to compete against girls in the IFBB who have clearly used ‘enhancers’ to get where they are – I say, go the natural comp, take time to prepare and know that the win is fair & well-earned! Luck luck luck x

    • Amanda October 4, 2011 at 2:16 pm #

      Oh thank you sweetness! And I agree whole-heartedly about the comp choice! 😀

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