My Journey Training for a Fitness Competition

A couple of months ago a friend of mine asked, “Have you ever thought about doing a fitness competition?”  I had never thought about doing this kind of competition, I was always a runner and loved it.  I was kind of in a funk, my workouts weren’t great and I was struggling to get up in the morning and jump on the bike and ride.  I had always rode in the morning  as it gave me focus first thing in the morning and was a balanced start to my day.  So, this “figure thing” started to sound like a great thing to give me focus and something to work towards.  I did some research and came up with a program and a “diet” to follow.

On March 21st I started playing around with my workouts and eating.  The only problem, I was not ready to give up alcoholic beverages, so I drank the the first week.  On March 28th I was “all in” and have not had an alcoholic beverage since.

The first week of the diet was hard, I didn’t feel like eating all 5 meals which consisted of protein, veggies, and a carb and fat thrown in there from time to time.  I was hard to eat all that protein and on one occasion I almost threw-up my tilapia dinner.  After the first week it got a bit easier to eat each meal.

On March 8th I hired a coach to help me with my training.  Coach Brittany has competed herself and knows the bodybuilding world and what to expect on “game day.”  She started me on a new diet that I could mostly chose the proteins, carbs, fats and veggies from a list of approved foods.  This new diet included more protein, so once again it was hard to eat all the protein the first week.  On this new regimen I still eat 5 meals a day, spread out evenly, I eat a protein and a veggie at every meal and two of the meals have a fat.  On the days I workout I also get a carb before I workout, a protein shake and fruit upon completion of my workout.  I was extremely tired the first week of this new routine, but last week and this week I feel great.  I have more energy throughout the day and I’m a little less grumpy.

The workouts are hard, but I feel great through out the workout and when I’m done.  I have found that I love the challenge of attempting to lift a little heavier every week.

Here is what I have learned about myself…

  • Days off from exercise are hard…I want that carb, but can’t have it!
  • I do in fact have self control, have gone to 2 movies and not one piece of popcorn crossed my lips!  Made chocolate chip cookies and didn’t even like my fingers!
  • Cardio used to be an escape for me, now it seems like work, 15 minutes of intervals and 15 minutes of steady state at 75% max.
  • I get excited about the little things, finding another almond in my bag that I missed, plain oatmeal, plain Greek yogurt, lifting heavier, etc.
  • With a clean diet I’m sleeping better.
  • I don’t need to drink to have a good time or relax.
  • I like lifting heavy weights.
  • When I find the right thing to motivate me I can be “all in” and nothing seems to derail me.
  • I’m doing this for me.  To be successful.  To accomplish something that is totally out of my comfort zone.  The time is right for me to be successful.
  • I can’t run anymore and miss that “runners high,” but my current workouts are a near perfect replacement for running.
  • Even though it is a lot of work and takes up a lot of time I’m truly enjoying myself.
  • So far I’m successful with planning my meals for the day and packing food when I need to.

I keep reflecting daily as to why I decided to go on the journey and there seems to be new reasons everyday.  The #1 reason, I needed something to strive for, a goal that would keep me from eating the kids chips!  :)

Until next time!

2 thoughts on ““My Journey Training for a Fitness Competition”

  • Melissa J

    I love that you are blogging about this! I hope you keep writing and sharing. It’s motivating and inspirational on so many levels.

    • Misty Post author

      Thank you Melissa! I believe that everyone has it in them to accomplish anything they want, so I hope to inspire people to go for it!

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