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    Default ~Curvy Girl~ Moving Forward in 2014! ~

    An Introduction ~

    Hi Y’all! My name is Elise (aka “Curvy Girl,” a nickname given to me by guys at my old gym). Well, I finally decided to own it and get my butt up and accountable here on RX Girl! Thank you Gail (the Prodigy) for the encouragement! I am thinking this will be the place I can ask tough questions and get good information from other gals living, breathing, eating, dreaming and doing it in this strong and healthy lifestyle.

    A little backstory… 2 years ago May 2010, I was an unhappy 41 year old woman still struggling with obesity since my teen years. And I had had just about enough! The flip switched in my brain and all of sudden I was on a hardcore mission to get it together and get my butt healthy and strong!

    Fast forward to a year ago, May 2011. One year on a healthy M.E.P. (modified eating plan. I only use diet when it implies the start & end of a set goal.) and consistently doing a variety of fun and challenging training and exercise, brought me down 40 pounds! “Hey Slim! Looking good!” was a call I often heard across the cardio theater from “Mr. Cool Bodybuilder.” (aka my “Gym Crush!” now known as “Bossman.”) And others were taking notice too, giving me a ton of encouragement and support! I was invited to volunteer and work at a few NPC competitions. I met even more cool people, many with inspirational stories and extremely passionate about bodybuilding. I was catching the fever for sure.

    By the end of July 2011 I decided to “give it a try.” That is the quote Bossman recalls. I talked with a lot of people living the lifestyle. I researched diets, supplements and training. I started following NPC shows, various BB forums and joined RX. And then I put my plan together and into gear with my eye originally on Figure…but my secret passion and love was for Physique.

    I trained hard. I ate clean. My body changed! By Nov 2011 Bossman said “Slim, you’ve got some great muscle going on there! Physique would be perfect for you.” My heart sang with happiness! Physique it would be!

    My first ever contest prep began December 1, 2011, 20 week out, giving me plenty of time to continue the body composition switch and lean out. I really began following WP, gathering posing image, looking for posted posing routines, and practice, practice, practice.

    And to my surprise, after a two year break Bossman decided to pull it together and hit the 2012 stage! He said he caught a hold of my enthusiasm and excitement and could not resist. By the end of December 2011 we had become very good friends and training partners. I also refer to him as “Coach” because he was now keeping a close eye on my diet and training and sharing his vast knowledge and experience to guide my prep.

    Bossman took the stage first at the NPC Simmons in March 2012. He took Heavy Open and got edged for the Overall. He was happy, but restless. Then it was my turn. By April 2012 I was down a total of 73 pounds and ready to take the stage at the NPC Kalamazoo. With WP still being new, the turnout was very small. But I did what I set out to do…bring a beautiful, well prepped, well-practiced, happy Curvy Girl to the stage! It was a pure celebration of 2 years of hard work, determination and discipline! And to my pure surprise and joy, took Overall. The KZOO was the warm up for the big dance 7 weeks later, the NPC Grand Rapids. And again taken by surprise Bossman decided we should do the show together. And we did! May 19, 2012. I took 1st in Short Class and got edged for the Overall…”too much badunkadunk in my natural athlete trunk!” But Bossman…Smashed It!!! Heavy Masters, Masters Overall, Heavy Open & Overall! What a night! What a way to end my novice season as an NPC WP competitor. I now feel I can say I am a bodybuilder!

    So there you have it…a little back story…

    I am starting my training journal in my first ever “off-season," 2012 - 2013. It has been almost 3 weeks and honestly it took a couple just to adjust to having a little more freedom. It also took two weeks for me to "calm down" and not try to jump into doing another show this year! Having been training and “dieting” for almost two years I felt lost! BUT a new friend and “Sister in Iron” strongly advised to take the rest, eat and heal. BUT to keep my eye on the prize and my body in striking distance. So the goal right now is to build up some muscle all the way around with emphasis on improving the all mighty gluteus maximus and keep an eye on the weight. My next competition season will be spring 2013, when Bossman and I take the show on the road and try out some competitions outside of Michigan!

    Thank you for welcoming me and following me on my journey. I probably won’t post every workout I do…too much on any given day for me and for all of you to follow. Please feel free to give any feedback, constructive criticism, information, ideas, tips, tricks, techniques, etc. you may have to offer. I welcome and love the opportunity to hear and learn from multiple perspectives. Any education has to be well rounded!


    All my best to you, my Sisters in Iron! Hoping you are having a great competition season! And if you are off season too, keep on killing it! Peace!
    Elise

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    Good on you Elise! I look forward to reading more about the 'curvy girl on the move'

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    OMG! I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE it!~ WELCOME ABOARD RX GIRL!!!!!

    Post some pics...

    Where does a nice Jewish girl find her "bossman"?

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    Welcome sister in Iron from one physique competitor to the other!! I LOVE the "striking distance" phrase, friggin exactly where I want to keep my body after Jr Nationals!!

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    Welcome, Elise! Congrats on an awesome novice season! Definitely keep that bod in striking distance, LOL!
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    Thank you so much for the welcome! I am so happy to be a part of this sisterhood...feel like I found a place that I fit!


    Gail ~ Yay! I am an RX Girl! Thank you so much for encouraging me! And girl! If you only knew...The only thing not a convoluted mess in my world over this past year has been being so focused on competing this season. Now that that is done I have to sort the mess…As for Bossman it has taken 20+ years, weird, 1.80 failed marriages, and some seriously funky and funny ass times to find him. I say 1.80 failed because marriage #2 is speeding along at a breakneck pace to failure… BUT it is for the best. If nothing else, it is just sad. Have faith & keep “doing you!” With that banging body, sunny blonde hair and braniac intellect your “bossman” is out there!

    I just took a peek at your journal and promise to go back and read in-depth…I am fascinated with your shift from gear to natural, especially because I am new to the sport & intend to stay natural…despite all the challenges that will come with that. It is like we are at opposite ends of the spectrum hoping to meet in the middle…the newbie on one side and the experienced competitor on the other. I warn you ahead of time, I will probably pepper you with questions a plenty!

    Audrey ~ You “Mother Funkin' Fierce & Fabulous Woman!” I have been following your trials & tribulations on FB. And you have steady been on my mind! I know you have been through the ringer & back! But stay focused mama! 8 days & counting til your big dance! All of us following are pulling really hard for you! I cannot wait to see what the day will bring you! Rock the stage! Much love & peace!


    Sunnyday ~ Congrats on training journal of the month! Woot woot! Serious dedication & discipline! And speaking of BF% throwing this question out there…What is the most reliable / accurate way to measure BF%? I did have my original coach doing caliper measurements but that fell to the way side when we kind of fell apart.

    Okay y’all! Got my RX fix and gotta get back to work. More to come…

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    p.s. I am a little lost on the posting of pictures...*scratching head* I went to the FAQ page and it talks about the "user control panel" and the "pictures & albums" link, but I am not finding that link. Could it be because I am still such a newbie (pencilneck...lol)? Help?

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    Ah Hah! Figured out the photo thing! Here are a couple shots of me with Bossman! 2012 NPC Grand Rapids Bodybuilding Championships!
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    nice story and pics! good luck in new season!
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    Thank you Bronwyn! You too have an amazing story! I am enjoying reading your various posts. Hope training is going well for you

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    Default Big Back Thursday

    Thursdays tend be Back Day! One of my favorite body parts to train! Now that I am eating a bit more, my
    strength is definitely coming back and I am able to lift heavier. I love it! I alternate weeks either starting with
    rows or pulls.

    Barbell Rows -2 Warm Up Sets x 15 Reps / 3 Working Sets x 12-15 Reps
    Hammer Strength Rows - 3 Working Sets x 12 Reps
    Dumbbell Rows - 2 Working Sets x 12 Reps, 1 Drop Set x 18 Reps total
    Wide Lat Pulldowns - 2 Working Sets x 12 Reps, 1 Drop Set x 24 Reps total
    Close Grip Pulldowns - 2 Working Sets x 10 Reps, 1 Drop Set x 14 Reps total

    Cardio - 30" Uphill Climb

    Attached is a shot of my back from the 2012 NPC G.R. ~ May 2012
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    Quote Originally Posted by curvygirl View Post
    Thursdays tend be Back Day! One of my favorite body parts to train! Now that I am eating a bit more, my
    strength is definitely coming back and I am able to lift heavier. I love it! I alternate weeks either starting with
    rows or pulls.

    Barbell Rows -2 Warm Up Sets x 15 Reps / 3 Working Sets x 12-15 Reps
    Hammer Strength Rows - 3 Working Sets x 12 Reps
    Dumbbell Rows - 2 Working Sets x 12 Reps, 1 Drop Set x 18 Reps total
    Wide Lat Pulldowns - 2 Working Sets x 12 Reps, 1 Drop Set x 24 Reps total
    Close Grip Pulldowns - 2 Working Sets x 10 Reps, 1 Drop Set x 14 Reps total

    Cardio - 30" Uphill Climb

    Attached is a shot of my back from the 2012 NPC G.R. ~ May 2012
    I hate dieting cause I lose strength! I love lifting heavy!!!

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    Default Lethal Legs!

    Sundays are Leg Day! Still shifting from high volume to moving heavier weights. For some reason I love doing lots
    of reps... I am def stronger than I think. So plan to work on increasing weight & dropping rep ranges. That being said
    if I cannot keep strict form for my reps I will drop back to a weight where I can properly perform the exercise.

    Leg Ext/Leg Curl (SS) - 2 Warm-Up Sets x's 15-20 Reps
    Leg Press - 6 Sets, wrapped knees for heavier sets - Last set 320# x's 25 Reps.
    Hammer Strength Uni Lateral Press - 3 Sets x's 20 - 25 Reps
    Romanian Dead Lifts (aka Stiff Leg Deads) - 3 Sets x's 18 Reps
    Leg Ext/Leg Curl/Calve Machine (SS) - 3 Sets to burn things out


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    You look amazing. Good luck in your journey!!!

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    That being said if I cannot keep strict form for my reps I will drop back to a weight where I can properly perform the exercise.





    This is SOOOO important!!!!!!!!!!! Glad to see you choosing form over weight!!!!!!!!!!

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