Friday, April 11, 2014

The big day!

Saturday was show day! It was a LONG journey! 15 weeks of prep - tough workouts, specific menus and posing.

As my first show, I am pretty happy with what I brought to the table but I think there a few areas I could have improved in my prep and for the next show (which IS happening - Operation Pro Card!).

Areas for improvement;
1 - carbs! I started low on carbs and calories. In between shows and again in the off season, I plan to improve my metabolic capacity and ability to handle higher carb levels through reverse dieting (more on reverse dieting to come!)

2 - posing. More practice is always better and although I practiced, I would do even more next time. I felt nervous as I headed on stage and I think if I'd felt more confident in my posing, I could have hid that better. 

3 - sleep. I suck at sleep! I love it but I'm bad about actually going to bed, often dozing on the couch while Sean plays video games and then finally going to bed way later than intended. Sleep is critical for fat loss and muscle growth and since I can't change that my job involves weird shift work, I can manage my sleep better at home.

What I am happy with:
1 - I didn't meal prep. I know some people might not agree with me but I live out of a lunch kit for 4-5 days at at time for work. I didn't want pre-cooked meals at home too and I have the luxury of not working when I am home so I cooked and I didn't eat the same thing every day. I know that works for some people but the nutritionist side of me believes in a diverse diet.

2 - I didn't use any crazy supplements. Never have, never will. What I did use was a natural fat burner, protein powder, multi-vitamins and in the last week, a natural diuretic. 

3 - I didn't try to make my husband or anyone else eat the same as me. Two days before the show he had a pizza. I won't say I didn't give him a bit of a hard time but when he offered to eat in the bedroom alone as punishment, I definitely insisted he get his butt out to the dining room and eat his pizza while I ate my fish and aspargus. I love being around Sean more han I love not smelling pizza I can't eat. (no, I chose not to eat - I hate "can't" bcause I chose this journey!)

4 - I never skipped a workout. I didn't think I would but I am still proud I didn't.

Stepping on stage was terrifying and exhilarating. I can't wait to do it again! There's tons I want to improve but I'm also incredibly proud of how hard I worked and the package I brought to the stage. Now it's time to grind for the next one! 



7 comments:

  1. Wow Julia, I'm in awe of what you've achieved!!

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    1. Thank you! I don't think it's totally sunk in that I did it yet!

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  2. We're all very proud of you too. Lots of hard work that you obviously enjoyed. An inspiration

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    1. Thank you! I don't think you can give a better compliment than saying I inspire others! Thank you!

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  3. Julia, your determination and hard work are obvious. Your balance and candor are envious. Your future is bright! Congratulations!

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    1. Thank you! You inspire me - your ability to stick to your plan regardless of what we're eating/drinking at family dinner played a huge role in my belief that I could stick with this!!

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