I went to Katy this past weekend as a last ditch attempt to have a little vacation before starting school again, and I got to see my trainer on Sunday. He was VERY happy with my progress thus far, saying, “You look harder”, which is Keith-speak for, “You’re leaner”. I’ve lost about a pound so far, and I need to be losing half a pound a week; I think with my combined method of weight training, losing weight faster will be difficult because I’m still building muscle. He also suggested that I focus more on building my hamstrings up. I know they’re lacking which is why I have split my two leg days into quad-specific and ham-specific days. I touch on my hamstrings a little on Thursdays with a greater focus on my quads, and then Sunday I focus on my hamstrings with a little quad work. This may seem like I’m over-doing it, but to get the legs and but it’s what I have to do. I have to be careful not to make my calves too much bigger; they barely fit in my jeans and riding pants as it is, unfortunately.
So, now the big announcement…. I’M COMPETING NOVEMBER 14, 2015 AT THE NPC LACKLAND CLASSIC IN SAN ANTONIO, TX!!!!!! This is the show Keith has picked for me, and I couldn’t be happier! The only people that know so far are my boyfriend and my roommates, and now YOU! Seventy-four days and counting!!!
School has been incredibly stressful already and it’s only Day 2. I’ve been able to keep up with my eating and work out schedule, barely, so far. People give me weird looks walking around with a cooler in my hand. I forgot my fork at home today, so I had to eat my egg whites and spinach with my fingers… I felt (and probably looked) like a total weirdo. I’m so tired, I don’t know how I’ll survive the rest of the semester like this, but I’m damn sure going to try!
I’m still on the same diet, but I’ve made a change in my supplements. When I signed up to work with Keith, I had to take a personal nutrition assessment which identified what I could be lacking in my diet based on energy levels, sleep quality, etc. I used www.idlife.com/BONAFitness for this assessment, and was given the following recommendations (all descriptions provided by IDLife):
- Basic AM: Basic AM is a multivitamin mineral formula which provides complete nutritional support with full range of water-soluble vitamins (B-vitamins, vitamin C) and minerals (including magnesium, calcium and zinc), utilizing chronotherapeutic dosing providing the right nutrient at the right time of day. ID Nutrition has also included the more advanced Co-Enzyme forms of Folate ( as 5-Methyl Folate) and Vitamin B12 (as Methylcobalamin) to enhance solubility and cellular uptake.
- Spirulina Complex: The Spirulina Complex is a unique combination of the biologically active component of Green Tea and the Super Food, Spirulina. Spirulina is a species of green algae that grows in fresh water and is a rich source of chlorophyll, antioxidants and phytonutrients. It provides high levels of Zinc & Vitamin C, and the natural blue protein Phycocyanin. The major carotenoids are beta-carotene, alpha-carotene, cryptoxanthis, and lycopene. The addition of the EGCG component of Green Tea magnifies the antioxidant activity of The Complex by a multiple of 100 times that of Vitamin C in providing added protection of cells and DNA from free radical damage.
- Anti-Oxidant: The new and improved Antioxidant Plus formula provides a unique free radical protective net of powerful antioxidants such as C0Q 10, Alpha Lipoic Acid (the Universal Antioxidant), Vitamin C and the exceptional liver detoxifiers’ selenium and N-Acetylcysteine (NAC). New studies on Tocotrienols demonstrate additional cardio support resulting from improved cholesterol levels, lower blood pressure and reduced atherosclerosis yielding smaller Cardiovascular Disease risk. In diabetics, the antioxidant effect of N-Acetylcysteine has been shown to help protect the eyes from retinal damage (retinopathy) and the Tocotrienols decreasing blood glucose levels and tendency toward abdominal obesity. These additional antioxidants are added to compliment the body’s own defense mechanisms by maintaining cellular health and slowing cell aging
- Basic PM: Basic PM is a multivitamin mineral formula which provides complete nutritional support with full range of fat-soluble vitamins, (vitamin A and D) and minerals (including magnesium, calcium, zinc and trace minerals), utilizing chronotherapeutic dosing providing the right nutrient at the right time of day. ID Nutrition has also included the Co-Enzyme forms of Folate ( as 5-Methyl Folate) and Vitamin B12 (as Methylcobalamin) to enhance solubility and cellular uptake.
- Omega-3 Complex: The Omega-3 Complex provides a natural source of the essential fatty acids docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). Omega-3 fatty acids play many important roles throughout the body; cardiovascular maintenance, anti-inflammatory agents; triglyceride control;skin health; and healthy joint and mental function.
- Osteo Advance: Designed to support healthy bones, OsteoAdvance provides calcium and other essential ingredients for healthy bone growth and density. In addition to calcium, that plays a significant role in reducing the rate of bone loss or bone thinning and promotes bone strength, Vitamins D and K2 helps your body absorb Calcium and supports healthy bone growth. Strontium, Magnesium, Manganese and Boron are complimentary minerals involved in bone formation and/or support bone density.
- Probiotic: Probiotic Complete is a combination of 10 active “friendly” probiotic bacteria strains and has been designed to support gastrointestinal health and improve digestion and immune system function. The active bacterial strains include L. acidophilus, L. plantarum, L. reuteri, L. fermentum, L. salivarius, B. bifidum, B.longum, B. breve, B. infantis and S. thermophilus.
- Vitamin D 1000: Vitamin D3, also known as “the sunshine vitamin,” enables the body to retain calcium and phosphorus. It is also essential to bone formation and aids in the absorption of vitamin A. It boosts the immune system and helps maintain efficient blood clotting and a normal heartbeat. The human body can produce vitamin D in the skin, using a chemical reaction that requires sun light (specifically ultraviolet radiation from sunlight.) Studies show significant deficiencies in our Vitamin D levels as we age and can also be caused limited exposure due to use of sunscreen.
These supplements come in daily packets organized by meal in a dispensary box! It’s neat!
I’ll continue to try to keep you up-to-date with all that’s going on and my progress as much as possible. With school starting and my job searching and my work out schedule, it’s really difficult to find some down time. So, I apologize in advance for my busy-ness!