Holy cow! These past few weeks have been insanely crazy for me! I’m getting back into the swing of things with new classes this semester and a nearly full-time job on top of my competition prep.

So, I’ll just jump into the meat of things and get down to business on the more important and most recent changes. I met with my trainer this past Saturday so that he could do a full physical evaluation on me before I ordered my suit (more on that to come I promise!). His verdict? We changed my diet… A LOT. Now, I get my choice of lean protein (eggs, chicken, turkey, beef, fish) but I have to get 20 g for each meal, and I am up to 7 meals a day now. Also, I get 2-3 cups of greens (asparagus, broccoli, you get the picture). I get 1/2 an avocado with breakfast and meal #4, 1/2 cup of cream of rice (weird right?) before my AM work outs, and protein shakes on Saturday and Sunday only at breakfast before my workout. I pretty much get my choice of food for the next few weeks. Keep in mind, I’m 8 weeks out!

Also on Saturday, I got to work with my posing coach for the first time! She has competed in both bikini and figure, so she’s the best person to help me prepare! We made it through my entire posing routine, from stage entrance to sign off and exit. She seemed super impressed with how much I already knew (and my quads lol), and was very pleased with my ability to catch on and my confidence. We did not, against popular practice, work in front of a mirror. It is best to physically learn where your body needs to be without visual cues. This will make it easier to land the poses on stage when it really counts. I’ll have to try to set up a YouTube account so that I can share my videos with you! John was such a trooper helping me out with taking videos!

As far as my suit goes, I’m waiting another two weeks before ordering for money purposes. With Valentine’s Day and me and John’s anniversary coming up this month, money is a little on the tight side at the moment. BUT I FNALLY settled on a color, cut, connectors, and everything! I also purchased my jewelry! Next step, I have to start working on a base tan and talk to a potential make up artist up in Dallas. EEK! Everything is coming together!

I’m still doing my leg day every three days and my hamstrings have made incredible progress. I can actually see them now! I’m still nursing a shoulder injury in my left shoulder, but it doesn’t seem to be getting any better so I may resort to having to make a visit to a sports physician if I don’t see improvement in the next few weeks. I’ve been trying to take it easy on chest work since that seems to be when it hurts the most. I’m starting some rotator cuff exercises and added regular icing to my shoulder throughout the week to see if it helps. I’ll keep you posted.

Tomorrow is cheat meal day, and I have selected funfetti pancakes and a caramel cappuccino from Starbucks for breakfast before work as my cheat meal! In case you were wondering, theres a pre-made funfetti pancake mix you can get at the grocery store. All you do is add water (because I’m a lazy cooker)!!!

How are your NY Resolutions coming along?

Happy lifting!