Sure, I began my prep at 20wks out, but now sitting at just under 11wks out, I FEEL like I am prepping. Aside from seeing the changes in my physique...getting tighter, lines coming in, veins and striations coming out (all of which is my fave part lol), I am starting to have ups and downs as far as my energy goes, I definitely feel like I need to get more sleep at night and I'm beginning to get hungry :o) Anyone who knows me, can tell ya..Imma fat kid who can ALWAYS eat, but this is actual belly grumbling hunger. As sick as I am, I'm thinking "YAY I must be eating up all the fat on my body" LOL! I know, silly..but that's my mind for ya. Also, in the gym my strength feels like it may be finally taking a hit..BOOOO! I'm still throwing down, going to keep pushing myself but I'm not an idiot..Imma listen to my body and when it says to back off, I will.
Over the weekend, I had the opportunity to spend the day with some amazing ladies at Montanari's Powerhouse Gym in CT..Talk about a motivational kick in the ass! (*side note: Philly needs a gym like that, just sayin or I need to move lol) I was fortunate enough to get some great feedback and perspective on my physique, the progress I'm making (apparently, they don't think I'm fat either lol) and tweaks on my posing. The beauty of WP is that even though there are 'mandatory' poses, you can really put a personal twist on it and with Jaime and Rene's help I found the poses that help display MY best physique. I obviously have a TON of practicing to do, but I am feeling a new level of confidence that I'm hitting for the first time this prep. I am now really looking forward to posing practice and plan on getting in a few sessions each week and increasing as prep moves further along.
As I mentioned before, I am now doing check-ins with my coach 2x a week. I sent my pics and stats in over the weekend and there wasn't much of a change :( The scale was holding steady on Saturday, even though I feel like I can see changes..It's frustrating to say the least. I checked my weight again this morning and while a moved down a teeny bit, I was still expecting more. It's only moving a point here and there..I'm -->thisclose<-- to buying a new one cause that fucker is broken! I started cardio at the end of last week, so I'm sure it's still a bit soon to see much of a response from that, but I'll take any drop I can get. I'm just doing 20min sessions...but on the stepmill, it's no fuckin joke! I am dripping sweat and huffing and puffing...Holy out of shape bodybuilder, Batman!
This week was definitely one of the times where I am thankful for having a smart coach in my corner guiding me along. He gave me a nice little pep talk (but no hand holding or coddling bullshit) and we're pushing forward. Is my weight being stubborn? Yep, but I'm doing what I gotta do and we're making shit happen so on to kickin ass tomorrow!
And, for some bizarre reason NIN always seem to be a theme throughout my contest preps....