In case you missed the BIG news, I placed 2nd in the Bikini Tall category at the OPA Ottawa Championships. I am still a little in shock but sooo pleased with the results. This also means that I qualify for provincials in the spring and I am beyond excited about that.
Now, it is 4 days after my first competition and I feel HUGE. As many of you are aware, fitness competitors and fitness models lean out significantly to get that great muscle definition in the couple of weeks prior to a show or a photo shoot. However, I have found regaining those last few pounds – a totally healthy and normal thing – to be really hard psychologically. I know in my head that maintaining such a low body fat percentage is not healthy or reasonable but that doesn’t mean I don’t wish I could have six-pack abs every day of the year!!!
My other struggle has been food and by food I mean eating too much of it and not the right balance. After being on such a regimented diet leading up to the show, the idea of being able to eat whatever I want has been a little overwhelming! Tonight for instance, I ate about half a pint of ice cream… and I feel really sick. Sigh!!! However, to combat this cycle, I have created a detailed meal plan for myself for tomorrow. It is posted on my fridge and I can check the meals and snacks off as I go. I like to check things – it fills my heart with joy.
On a more positive note, my workouts this week have been amazing!!! Having more carbs in my diet has made such a difference in both my strength training and cardiovascular workouts. I feel like superwoman -- I am killing the intervals on the treadmill and pushups are my friend again. May God bless rolled oats and Ezekiel wraps for making my life such a happy place once more.
Just for your entertainment, here is the aforementioned meal plan for tomorrow:
Breakfast: ¼ cup quinoa, ¼ cup steel cut oats, 2 egg whites, ½ cup cranberries plus black coffee
Snack: 1 cup Greek Yogurt, 1 cup mixed berries, 1 T flax, 1 T hulled hemp hearts plus black coffee
Lunch: mango-chicken Ezekiel wrap, asparagus
Snack: 2 hard-boiled eggs, ½ cucumber sliced
Dinner: whole wheat chicken, spinach no-cheese Pizza (home-made), mixed salad greens with Balsamic Vinegar
Snack (If Hungry): 1 scoop protein, 1 cup pumpkin puree (not pie filling), and cinnamon to taste
3 L of water throughout the day plus extra during cardio training