This weekend gone was my last weekend of relaxing :-)
My coach, Big H assured me that he would be watching my every move now and that my training is going to be intensified to a whole new level. He said this with a big smile on his face!
Very exciting weeks ahead!
I was asked what does prep time mean to me....
Well, this is the point where I baton down the hatches and socialising doesn't exist other than to banter with the other gym goers up until after my show.
I won't go grocery shopping now - only ordering on line in order to avoid any unnecessary temptations whilst walking down the aisles. Or I will sit in the car and send a friend into the shop with a shopping list :-)
No birthday or celebration invites being accepted.
I don't even look at the news feed on twitter or Facebook once diet prep starts as I don't like my attention to shift.
I set my alarm so that I eat bang on time and through the night.
I keep to definite sleep patterns.
On rare occasions when I sit in front of the television it will only be for movies as I won't watch tv ads (most ads are food related so not a good idea).
I make a deliberate point of not following the progress of any other fbb's - I only focus on my own path. I won't read or listen to anything about any other female competitors.
Even though this is the end of my bulk season/start of my diet season I was pleased to see the vascularity in my arms while I was doing my hair this morning.
Iv put on some quality muscle while keeping a very good shape with a lower fat perecentage. I don't think you need to lose condition off season - it only means you have more work to do when you're dieting down.
The Arnold Classic Show, Columbus Ohio - Muscle everywhere!
What an amazing weekend. At my hotel I saw big names like the man himself - Arnie, Kai Greene, Jay Cutler, Ronnie Coleman, Lou Ferrigno (the Incredible Hulk) just to name a few. The Expo which went on for the whole weekend was impressive - maybe a bit too crowded though.
British Champion Daz Ball won 1st place in the amateur heavyweight class. He looked phenomenal! Well done!
Unfortunately I didn't get pics of all the big ladies. I didn't see as many as I thought I would. I must've kept missing them? I'm told they were there as I was interviewed 3 times and saw some footage.
I did meet loads of athletes over the weekend and I was also humbled by the amount of bodybuilding fans who came up to me to say hi and called me by name. Wow, that's pretty cool :-)
I was also impressed by the menu at the Hilton hotel which catered especially for bodybuilders which meant that if you were a competitor or an athlete in diet mode you could easily get food prepped.
Life goes back to normal now - eat, train, sleep and grow some more!
Its blog time again. I have to be honest - I've not been feeling too enthusiastic about writing my blogs as of late since I discovered that certain people from my past (who I prefer not to associated with) have been using my blog as a way of prying into life. I don't understand this at all. Speaking for myself - I want nothing to do with the past and certainly wouldn't pry into someone else's life, so I would expect the same in return?
Also, I've heard a few conversations in bodybuilding circles of late (and experienced it first hand) that there are some false people out there who pretend to be all lovely to your face but then criticise you behind your back. If you don't like someone, why waste your precious time preoccupying yourself with their business?
Anyways despite this undesirable blip - I've decided to continue the weekly blogs. I've been inspired by someone I met recently to do a short video blog each week showing my week to week progress through my 12 week diet up until the show that I'm going to compete in. I'm quite excited about this! So watch out for this from beginning of March.
This week will be different and interesting for me. Monday I've been asked to appear in a music video for a fantastic artist. Once it's been released middle of next week I can spill the beans. It will be a really beautiful cinematic video - going out on music channels, music blogs and going over to the states. I have include a pic from the shoot, but the quality isnt too great, but I think you get the idea :-)
Then I leave for Columbus mid week to watch the Arnold Classic and see the expo for the first time. I'm only interested in seeing the big girls on stage though. It's all about the heavyweight fbb class for me. I read an article by the amazing IFBB Pro Wendy McCready in the latest Beef magazine pretty much about just this. Female bodybuilding is about BIG, muscular, yet feminine women. I agree!
I will make sure I get some great pics for my gallery of the big ladies :-)
Have a great week. I will!
New York... Bright lights, big city, great people and fantastic steaks! What an amazing experience.
Being away from home means my routine is disrupted. That is no excuse not to train and to eat the food that is part of my structured diet plan.
It means that in my luggage I have to pack a set of scales, a blender, bags of protein powder, protein shakers and of course my gym kit. Oh, and not forgetting my cafetiere and special ground coffee. By the time iv packed this, there is not too much space left for much else and it also makes for an interesting time through customs control at the airport!
I had the pleasure of training at some amazing gyms - so well kitted out. I felt like a child in a candy store - so many different and exciting pieces of equipment available - I wanted to try out everything!
Preparing food each day is a bit of a challenge when you're doing it from a hotel room but after a while you get used to improvising. I've even been known to take a travel kettle and a small hotplate with me when I'm dieting for a show.
I visited an amazing steak restaurant which is renown for being a "meat eaters paradise". I feasted on first class cuts of lean protein of all sources. Fantastic.
Check out my trip to NY in pics..