In 6 days I’ll be leaving Australia and flying over to the US for the competition that I’ve spent the past few months preparing for. My bikini arrived the other day (it’s beautiful), I’m going to go pick up my tanning machine from Black Magic Tanning this afternoon, I’m getting my eyelashes done on Monday and my hair done on Tuesday, I’ll pack on Wednesday and head off to the airport on Thursday. It’s going to be a busy week because, apart from working, university and other commitments, I’m also doing 5 weights sessions and 5 cardio sessions per week, I need to prep my food every night and feel like I haven’t had a sleep-in in years.
Despite this, I’m by no means complaining; I love what I do. I love the hustle and bustle leading up to competitions just as much as I love relaxing afterwards. I don’t mind doing this many gym sessions because it’s only temporary (there’re no way I’d be at the gym 10 times per week during ‘regular’ life) and they’re bringing me great results. Plus, how else would I get to watch ‘Girls of the Playboy Mansion’ at 6.30am? I don’t have E! channel at home 😉
And speaking of results, here are this week’s macros and measurements:
- 150g protein
- 45g fat
- 120g carbs
My current measurements:
- Previous week weight: 55.9kg
- Current weight: 54.75kg
- Previous week waist measurement (cm): 60
- Current waist measurement (cm): 59.0
Throughout the past week I have also lost:
- 2cm off my glutes (this may be due to a measurement error because it’s quite a big drop)
- 0.5cm off my biceps
- my thigh measurement remained the same
This week has quite smooth in terms of my eating. I haven’t had any sugar cravings or desire to stuff my face (with donuts). I think there comes a point in time during every prep where the competitor can “see the light at the end of the tunnel” and where the competition is so close that they’re completely focused. I’m there now!
I’m starting to see a lot more definition in my stomach and back which is very exciting. I’ve been working on these muscles for the past 10 months so it will be exciting to see them be revealed soon.
I’ve had a few questions about my current supplement stack so above are the products that I use the most:
- Scivation Xtend is an intra-workout that contains good amounts of Leucine, a BCAA that promotes fat burning and aids in muscle growth. I sip it during my workout and also throughout the day if I’m craving sweet things (the Raspberry Blue flavour is my favourite).
- Pharma Pure is a protein powder with outstanding macronutrient values. 1 scoop contains 27g protein (that’s 90% pure protein), only 0.5g fat and 1g carbs, so it helps me reach my protein macros without sacrificing too much of the others. I use the banana flavour.
- Beauty Whey is also a protein powder, however it contains less protein than the Pharma Pure. Nonetheless, the Sin-O-Bun flavour is amazing (tastes like a cinnamon role) and I normally blend it with a banana to consume post-workout. One serving has 15g protein, 8g fat and 6g carbs.
- AminoIV is an amino acid and electrolyte drink that also contains Leucine. I drink it during my workouts and sometimes sip on it throughout the day. I change it up between Xtend and AminoIV and I normally have one or the other each day. The Blueberry Burst favour is the one I’ve got and it tastes like the best lolly in the world. I have a massive sweet tooth and this cures my cravings. You need to try it to understand how delicious it is. If you go to my gym, let me know & I’ll give you a scoop of mine, you’ll fall in love!
- KeTrim is a herbal complex containing caffeine which gives me heaps of energy. I use it as a preworkout and it’s great because it is sweetened with Stevia. When you reach the end of your prep, you may find that you’re a little down on energy so a product like this can really help to counterbalance that.
Before this update ends I just wanted to reiterate something that I posted about in my last blog about my food choices. My food choices are 100% made by me. Nobody made me choose ‘junk’ over micronutrient-dense food. It was my own decision. I had become so used to being able to ‘fit’ these foods into my day throughout my off-season and I hadn’t quite “snapped out of it”. In my opinion, competition prep is different to regular weightloss. You need to take more things into consideration (the things I spoke about in my last post) because you’re aiming to look your absolute best for a few days on a set date. Your weightloss has a timeline and a due date; something which regular people on a regular weightloss diet don’t have. After my competition I’m hoping to maintain my weight at slightly above my stage weight and work on gaining more muscle. Not all people have these desires. So please note that I was never ‘bashing’ flexible dieting. I consider myself a flexible dieter and am still hitting my set macros. I am just, for the moment, choosing to eat sweet potato instead of bread, chicken instead of sausages, oats instead of pancakes and bananas instead of other high-carb postworkout foods. These are my choices influenced only by me.