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10-26-2009, 07:02 PM #1
Off season into the Emerald Cup 2010
This year was a toughie for me. Had a lot of personal things going on. Finally got somewhat on track enough to do a couple of shows. Still not coming in hard. I have GIANT food issues. I end up viewing food as the enemy when I think "diet". I will overcome this and am on the right track starting NOW!! Planning on staying under 135lbs this off season.
This was my second year competing. It wasn't any easier than last year, I packed on more muscle but still coming in too soft. Judges would like to see more glute and hamstring devlopment, as would I. I hold fat in my belly, back and arms so this is where my muscle tends to get bigger as well. My boyfriend tries to help with my nutrition but I'm thinking about using a different coach for prep this year. May do my own diet pay he/she look me over every week or two and discuss adjustments to the plan.
I am using this journal mostly to help myself keep on track w/ nutrition and I'll also log my training and prep into the Ecup. Not sure what other shows I have in store yet, focus on the cup first.
I've been doing photoshoots with local photographers every other week and will post pics as I get them.
10-26-2009, 07:07 PM #2
Height: 5'4 1/4"
Weight at contest this year: 120lbs
Areas I feel need work: Lower lats, LEGS all around. (I am open to input)
Goal: To step on stage over 120lbs with a visibly positive change in my conditioning.
I don't want any judge telling me I need to come in leaner.
10-26-2009, 07:17 PM #3
Here are pics from my last show. I was disappointed in myself for slipping off the wagon every other day. I had no reason not to come in harder. Still had fun and was happy with the muscle I packed on from last year. I took second and was happy with my placing.
10-26-2009, 07:19 PM #4
10-26-2009, 07:25 PM #5
Last year first and second show. The rose, kinda weird, they had us walk out with them at the night show, WA State.
10-26-2009, 10:30 PM #6
Darn!! Those are some fantastic pictures!!!
I actually think the rose idea is cute and very flattering.
It's been several years since I've visited the Portland area, but I remember the area as really nice and really walker-and bicycle-friendly.
I think maybe to build legs, try one of these on cardio days (30 min or so) when the weather is reasonable -
1. Short bicycle rides that include hills. Can you commute by bike? I'm aware that Portland is one of the most bike-friendly cities in the country, except when it's raining...
2. (Only if you really like winter/weekend possibility). Cross-country skiing.
3. Short uphill hikes. Several years ago, I did a real grinder that went up the Columbia Gorge. There was the most awesome view up there and you could see Bonneville Dam.
I assume you're doing weights for legs already.
Hope ideas are helpful -
10-27-2009, 12:07 PM #7
Thanks! I do have a mountainbike, used to live in WA and used it quite a bit more, haven't used it as much since moving to Portland. I should try that!
I can't commute by bike, takes me 45min in my car, wow I would have to get up pretty early and the hwy isn't a great ride in for bikers. I am swimming now for cardio, joined a masters swim team, used to be a great swimmer in high school. It's slowly coming back to me. I am planning on doing a meet in Jan and Feb. so I could bike one day a week but I must swim 5 days a week in the morning.
11-03-2009, 11:41 AM #8
Hey girl! Looking forward to following along in your journal, you're gonna do great this off season.
11-10-2009, 02:20 PM #9
Thanks Sandi, the little off season I do have!! Looks like the Emerald Cup will be at the casino this year after all, bummer. over 21 only. Bummer. I need to get this journal going!! I am going to buy a training journal this weekend. Matt and I are going to start recording our lifts because we never do. I am getting stronger and I love it!!