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It is 5 weeks till my bikini competition and my coach has removed pretty much all carbs apart from 50g of rice and increased my fats slightly. I’m now left feeling hungry all the time and my moods are horrible. I think it’s harder for women due to our hormones.
Where am I up to?
It is an emotional roller coaster and I find myself being unable to tolerate things that I would normally be able to.
I feel physically & mentally drained and cannot even have coffee to get me through. The reason that my coach has removed caffeine is because I am holding a lot of water weight. I now have to replace this with green tea supplements. Caffeine is also know to increase oestrogen levels making it harder to lose fat from the body. To further help, I am now eating asparagus which is a natural diuretic as well as dandelion tea.
Training for a bikini competition
I am training twice a day, 6 times a week. Bikini competition training consists of fast cardio sessions before my regular job and followed by evening weight training sessions. My strength training sessions consist of legs, back, shoulders & trivers , glutes & hams or chest & biceps. On top of my training I must also include posing practice which is so important for stage presence and confidence. I work on my abdominal muscles for 10mins every day as I am weaker in that area.
My appearance is critiqued and monitored on a weekly basis by my coach. It’s sort of like project managing something to make sure milestones are being achieved.
I love training and the process & challenge of it all. For the bikini completion training, I have struggled a bit with energy so I have had to replace a strength training session with a posing session until I regain some energy.
I am a member of a lot of social groups. These act like ‘help groups’ and, trust me, they do make a difference. I would highly recommend doing this if you start training for a bikini competition. You get to be open about how you feel and generally most people are going through the same emotions. It makes you feel less isolated from the world. It also helps having others understand and appreciate what you are going through as they are struggling just the same. The groups can be very motivating because if you have a down day then they can boost you up & vice versa.
Life goes on around you
Added to this, from Friday to Monday, I had a holiday to Center Parcs schecked with a friend which was booked prior to entering this competition. I love socialising and especially with some of my closest friends but I am not feeling myself anymore and all I wanted to do was sleep, eat, train, pose & repeat!
Instead I watched everyone eat very unhealthy food (as that’s what people do on holiday) and drink alcohol. I was trying to fit in meal prep and training still. Sunday I was left in the apartment on my own for nearly an hour while everyone went to Pancake House (my kryptonite) but there was a chocolate caramel cake left and it took every ounce of my willpower not to eat it. I am not kidding about this, the cravings are unreal!
My good friends are very understanding. I have always been very determined to achieve my goals and have the passion & motivation to set life challenges for myself. If you enter a bikini competition, make sure you surround yourself with people who respect what you are doing, even if they don’t understand. Especially if you have a partner. They have to live it with you and they have to be completely on board as it does effect your life for that period of time.
Next week (4 weeks out) I will be giving an even harder push (if that’s possible). Keep reading as I will be trying on my bikini, changing up my training & focusing on abs a lot this week.
Let me know what you think of the blogs so far and if you would like more of my view on what I’m going though. I would love to hear from you! Check back regularly as I will also be adding pics and some more information on food, training and of course posing. If you would like to watch me compete, you are able to purchase tickets here.