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    22 days...counting days now. Never had a sweet tooth before but all I can think about is cake, suzie q's and twinkies. Had a dream I was about to eat ice cream and waffles and my stepdaughter ate it-woke up mad! dreamed last night it was the morning of the show and I forgot to pull my water out...

    gotta love it!!!

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    ^LOL! I experienced the same crazy never-had-a-sweet-tooth cravings all through my prep for my show. Stuff I never craved in my life like sick-sweet cake frosting! And I had the same sorts of dreams, like forgetting to pull my water, some family member raiding the fridge and eating my cheat meal, getting up and going to the gym instead of heading to my show, etc. Glad they were just dreams. Who needs drugs?

    22 days out - good luck asmina!
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    Quote Originally Posted by True Iron Chick View Post
    holy sunshine rays! that must have heart like HELL.. lol!
    LOL.. It sure did hurt like hell.. I had these little Nike shorts on and I had bruises all the way up my right quad.. haha.. It looked like someone beat my ass! I fell on the right side of my body, so I was sore for days, and my hand was even bleeding everywhere.. and guess what? I was still crazy enough to go do cardio afterwards!! Beauty is pain! I wanted to look good for his show..

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    Quote Originally Posted by asmina View Post
    22 days...counting days now. Never had a sweet tooth before but all I can think about is cake, suzie q's and twinkies. Had a dream I was about to eat ice cream and waffles and my stepdaughter ate it-woke up mad! dreamed last night it was the morning of the show and I forgot to pull my water out...

    gotta love it!!!
    I'm right there with you I'm 20 days away and all I can think about is cold stone and mexican food!

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    5 more days and I can OD ON NUTELLA!

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    Quote Originally Posted by True Iron Chick View Post
    5 more days and I can OD ON NUTELLA!
    Nutella isn't enough, spread it on shortcake cookies!! Eat your heart out! I'm sure you will since you will be the CHAMPION at Southern.. I'm cheering you and Walt on from faraway!

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    Quote Originally Posted by raychulj View Post
    I'm right there with you I'm 20 days away and all I can think about is cold stone and mexican food!
    Mexican?? Ahhh love it!! I actually tortured myself the night before my last show, and baked an entire dufflebag filled with brownies, cupcakes, redvelvet cake, and cookies.. Stayed up late to bake and as soon as I got off the stage, my friends and family waited for me to finish almost half of the bag before we even went out to eat.

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    11 days out and I'm in so much pain I have the worst shin splints and can hardly walk. Don't know what to do, I can't get through my cardio. Very discouraged

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    I'm just about growing gills. One week until my first competition of the season.

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    Default 7 weeks out

    ....and I'm already starving, here we go again LOL!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LLAKE62 View Post
    I'm just about growing gills. One week until my first competition of the season.
    This is funny!!! As for the shin splints....try biofreeze...works for me!

    I have BAD sulfur gas.......really bad...any suggestions? (I can't believe I am admitting this!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Prodigy View Post
    This is funny!!! As for the shin splints....try biofreeze...works for me!

    I have BAD sulfur gas.......really bad...any suggestions? (I can't believe I am admitting this!)
    Beano works for me with any kind of gas.

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    Okay I need some help/advice, my trainer wants me eating 1 tbsp of peanut b4 bed! Lol ya sounds yummy but I can't stop at 1! It's so weird cause I can control myself with everything else but that :s I'm thinking I should eat something different to avoid the problem ha

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    7 1/2 weeks out from my 4th show, the North Americans. 1st week of getting back on schedule is such an adjustment! Feeling great though! But I miss peanut butter ALOT! I asked my coach to take peanut butter out. I love these cocoa-roasted almonds from emerald! They are awesome for a sweet fix! That is now my healthy fat source!

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    UGGGHHHH dieting is the worst!! i thought i was gonna go insane dieting or my first show, 3 wks ago!!! and now, the 2nd one is april.......HOPE I MAKE IT!!! I will need all your support ladies!!!

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    OMG!!! i totally craved/cheated on diet w/ peanut and soy butter...agghhh if i could give it up, i would be 20lbs smaller!! hahaha

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    I just started my prep and new training for the Arnold . It is already hard getting started once you get off track so I will for sure be on this page . Thanks

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    No cheating! It makes contest dieting harder!

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    13 weeks out tomorrow from my first show of the year April 28th.

    Do any of you ladies include weekly cheat meals through prep? I'm considering skipping mine this weekend since I'm 3 weeks in to my prep and am up a pound from where I started. Trying to give it time.... just getting frustrated already.

    I am working with a coach, he is worried about me losing muscle size in my upper body and keeps telling me I am still so far out. at the higher level weight is not everything (which I know), but it has to start going down at some point slowly, I'm not noticing any changes in pictures either.

    I just needed to vent some...I'd love to hear other competitors opinions

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    I get a weekly cheat meal until I stop losing weight. If your coach says you are not ready maybe pick a show further out. It is still early in the season.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LiaVT View Post
    13 weeks out tomorrow from my first show of the year April 28th.

    Do any of you ladies include weekly cheat meals through prep? I'm considering skipping mine this weekend since I'm 3 weeks in to my prep and am up a pound from where I started. Trying to give it time.... just getting frustrated already.

    I am working with a coach, he is worried about me losing muscle size in my upper body and keeps telling me I am still so far out. at the higher level weight is not everything (which I know), but it has to start going down at some point slowly, I'm not noticing any changes in pictures either.

    I just needed to vent some...I'd love to hear other competitors opinions
    If you are with a trainer do what they say 100% dont' skip cheat meal or decide that trainer is not for you and go with someone you will follow 100%

    Refeeds and cheats have a very important purpose of keeping your metabolism running and the hormones involved at theri proper levels. When you are plateaued that if often the time the refeed/cheat is most needed.

    3 weeks is not much time to notice changes especially this far out the leaner you are the more noticible changes will be

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    My training partner and I often say that things become "clearer" the closer we get to competition. I think that as the focus becomes more intense, things around us seem less important, and we don't have time for things unrelated to completing our goal. That probably has a lot to do with it!

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    Training for my first ever show. Have lifted for several years and finally decided I want to try this competing stuff!!! But the diet has been the hardest..... I find on my days with zero carbs I crash early in the day and have a hard time staying focused and not getting completely irritated at everyone around me. I know this is normal, but i'm normally a very easy going and happy go lucky kind of person. Not used to this type of behavior out of me. Any tips for you ladies that have gone through this a ton of times? Thanks so much for the input. I really appreciate it!
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    11 weeks out from my second figure competition. I was prepping for a competition on March 31st but didnt feel ready so Im shooting for NPC Atlantic States on June 2nd.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cheddar cheese View Post
    11 days out and I'm in so much pain I have the worst shin splints and can hardly walk. Don't know what to do, I can't get through my cardio. Very discouraged
    Keep icing your shins, use Cryogel on them; and intermit with hot baths.
    OR, do what I did in the same position and use the handbike for your last few days cardio.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LiaVT View Post
    13 weeks out tomorrow from my first show of the year April 28th.

    Do any of you ladies include weekly cheat meals through prep? I'm considering skipping mine this weekend since I'm 3 weeks in to my prep and am up a pound from where I started. Trying to give it time.... just getting frustrated already.

    I am working with a coach, he is worried about me losing muscle size in my upper body and keeps telling me I am still so far out. at the higher level weight is not everything (which I know), but it has to start going down at some point slowly, I'm not noticing any changes in pictures either.

    I just needed to vent some...I'd love to hear other competitors opinions
    I'm 12 weeks out and only put in cheat meals if I plateau 2 weeks in a row (after changes have been made to CV/diet)

    How much do you think you have to lose still?

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    New here 15 days out from my first bikini comp and have a carb-up day today. Ate cottage cheese and fruit for meal 1, trained back like a beast, hit 50 mins of cardio, then devoured ezekiel cinn raisin french toast like I've never seen food before. MmmmMMM! Hopefully just coasting through this next week then peak week! Diet is tough but bearable for sure. Thank god for roasted green beans...

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    Quote Originally Posted by srs1285 View Post
    New here 15 days out from my first bikini comp and have a carb-up day today. Ate cottage cheese and fruit for meal 1, trained back like a beast, hit 50 mins of cardio, then devoured ezekiel cinn raisin french toast like I've never seen food before. MmmmMMM! Hopefully just coasting through this next week then peak week! Diet is tough but bearable for sure. Thank god for roasted green beans...

    How do you cook your green beans? Roasted?

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    Defrost them (I buy frozen), pat dry, spray w/ pam, sprinkle w/ salt, pepper, garlic powder. Use a dark pan with (or without I guess) foil for the best results. Roast at 450 for about 5-7 mins then toss around, roast for another 5 when they start to get crispy-ish. Tastes like french fries, especially w/ low carb ketchup I could eat an entire bag at once cooked like this!

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    Great tip with the roasted green beans! They are the only veg I get during prep.

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    Same here! I have to put chocolate in the plastic eggs for my son's school and buys all of the stuff for his basket! 11 weeks left!

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    Quote Originally Posted by srs1285 View Post
    Defrost them (I buy frozen), pat dry, spray w/ pam, sprinkle w/ salt, pepper, garlic powder. Use a dark pan with (or without I guess) foil for the best results. Roast at 450 for about 5-7 mins then toss around, roast for another 5 when they start to get crispy-ish. Tastes like french fries, especially w/ low carb ketchup I could eat an entire bag at once cooked like this!
    I am going to try this! I hope I don't burn them!

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Prodigy View Post
    I am going to try this! I hope I don't burn them!
    I tried it and they came out soggy..no matter what I did!

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    Awesome! I'm less than 4 weeks out of my first show of the season, trying a few new things with the diet!

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    Am less than 7 weeks out from my first show. Woke up this morning on a rest day, felt full of beans. Now it's 3pm and I want to cry and eat. Really feeling like another 40-something days of this is the stupidest idea I ever had...

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    Ahhh! Dont give up! what about all the days you have already put into this?! Nothing will be more rewarding than when you get on that stage, looking your personal best. Trust me

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    Quote Originally Posted by Athenaroa View Post
    Ahhh! Dont give up! what about all the days you have already put into this?! Nothing will be more rewarding than when you get on that stage, looking your personal best. Trust me

    ^Truth!!

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    Still feel like sh1t today. I've genuinely no idea why! I'm not pre-menstrual, I'm not worried about how I'm coming in... I'm just genuinely fed-up and miserable! I got a good night's sleep last night so that's not it either! I just want it all to go away
    AARRRRGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHH!

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    I feel you ladies, my metabolism is burning through everything I'm feeding it. I heard there is a supplement that stops catabolism, but can't recall what it is. I think it's in the product Vertiga or something like that. Has anyone else heard of this???

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    Ugh i could use a kick in the ass. How do you all cope with personal issues during prep?? Ove been an emotional eater in the past but trying to behave

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    Haha!! I get tired of looking at my self too...but that's just bc my mind starts playing tricks on me....

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    Quote Originally Posted by ashlibbie View Post
    Ugh i could use a kick in the ass. How do you all cope with personal issues during prep?? Ove been an emotional eater in the past but trying to behave
    I am one of them too ; ) sometimes I go hr to hr to get through issues and not eat. You think about your long term goal and realize how bad you want that. The food that you think will help you get through the issue, will only help till another issue arises, then you'll want food again. You need to find another way to get through issues and THEN, your goal will not have been ruined. Stay strong girl! It's totally worth it!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ashlibbie View Post
    Ugh i could use a kick in the ass. How do you all cope with personal issues during prep?? Ove been an emotional eater in the past but trying to behave
    It starts w/ changing your associations w/ food. If its your go-to when you start feeling stressed out, find something else. Even if it means you pick up a deck of cards and play solitaire until your stress levels drop and you can get on w/ the next thing you need to deal w/ instead of heading for the fridge. Find an alternative to your knee-jerk urge in response to any point of frustration, boredom or stress and make it anything other than food.
    "The only way you can hurt the body is not use it. Inactivity is the killer and, remember, it's never too late."
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    15 weeks and counting til Nationals and Im heading in for that time of the month when I needed to prepare for a photoshoot in a month too! What us a girl to do when she seeks those familiar food comforts and your body is so heavy feeling and blah blah at the gym you rather stay home and watch reruns of Army Wives :-/

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    I go through this too. But with a few happy days here and there. I feel like I isolate myself so I don't have to watch people eat and drink and have fun! And I'm a bitch when I'm hungry!

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