Day By Day
So this weekend I had one of those brain teasers again that I posted about last week. “Why I do This”. This time it was more “why do I do this to myself”.
On Saturday we went over to my parents house and my Dad and Tony had Maryland crabs. I would’ve liked to sit and pick a few if I’m being honest, but I’m not one of those people who will sit there for hours and do it. Plus I usually get a belly ache and salt overload from all the Old Bay!
With it being Saturday, Tony had treats after, which is PERFECTLY OKAY. He’s not on prep. He works his tail off all week long with his diet and the gym, so he deserves one meal to have what he wants. I obviously cannot do this, and boy does it… well I’m being honest here… SUCK!
Phoebe didn’t get any either… 😉
G-Mama had sent me a few texts later that night about how she knows how hard I work on my preps and that any other person would have said “oh screw this I’m having something”. But she’s also told me before that I seem much happier on prep. Not that I’m not happy off, but I’m more confident. Now I know this blog isn’t coming across as “she’s so happy!”. However, dieting is not all rainbows and butterflies. I will never be the girl you scroll past on Instagram who says “clean eating shouldn’t be boring” or “I love how I fuel my body with these leafy greens!”. Sorry folks, newsflash… I’d rather have the piece of cake with sprinkles. If I wasn’t on prep, I’d find a way to make a healthier cake with those sprinkles, but right now that’s not in the cards for me.
We did however put some things on the grill on Sunday because I like a different taste sometimes. Zucchini on the grill has to be my favorite way to eat it.
The point of THIS prep for me has zero to do with getting on stage. I’m trying to teach myself HOW TO LIVE. How to live a healthy lifestyle and maintain a good figure without rebounding so hard. I’m working with a fantastic coach who has taught me so much already. This prep is totally different than anything else I’ve done. As you can imagine previous preps went a little something like this:
- Wake up crack of dawn or before 7 days a week: FASTED cardio for an hour
- Work all day and eat low carb to no carb
- Lift after work for 60-90 minutes
- Sleep 3-4 hours
- no rest days
Now it’s something like this:
- 5 days a week Fasted cardio for MINIMAL time <30 mins
- Eat high carb with a few days of still moderately high carb with higher fats
- Lift for 60 minutes or a little more depending on muscle group
- Sleep 8-9 hours
- one complete rest day, and one day off from lifting
Can you see the difference here? I sure as heck can! The new one is definitely more manageable to living every day life. The results are not as drastic, but I am seeing that even high carb and low cardio I can lean out some. It’s been EYE OPENING for me. Once I’m off prep, I know what to do without going extreme after eating a few treats.
But anyway back to the food. Yes, food does make me happy. It doesn’t define my happiness, but I do love to eat yummy things. Food brought Tony and I together, so it’s a part of our relationship that’s not front and center right now. We will get there again though.. in moderation this time. 😉
Some people reading this may think “wow, this girl needs to get her act together”, while others may be sitting there thinking “girl, I feel the same sometimes”. Whichever it may be, I just know that I’m myself when it comes to writing these blogs. I write my feelings, I share my troubles and my dips, and I share my successes. Maybe one day I’ll get my “act together”, but for now I’m just going to continue being Minnie!
As G-Mama always tells me “Just take it day by day” 🙂
XOXO With a Cherry On Top,
I’m so glad to see you having a schedule that will be more realistic long term. The schedule you’re keeping up now is similar to mine during the summer and is my goal during the school year, even though I rarely get that much time with teaching and coaching. Can you explain a little about what fasted cardio is?
Fasted cardio is cardio when you first wake up without anything in your stomach. The idea is that it burns fat instead of what you’ve been eating throughout the day.
Love your realistic tone and that you’re telling the truth! Who may I ask is your coach this time?
Yes I work with a local coach in Maryland, named tammy. If you want her info just email me!
I applaud your honesty and openness about your relationship with food, and the inherent struggles with the competition lifestyle. I wonder, though – is begin on a prep diet (even a less strict one) really the best way to heal your relationship with food? Have you thought at all about giving yourself a break from all the food rules, “cheat meals”, etc and just taking a chance to learn to eat intuitively? I know this is easier said than done (believe me, I’ve been there!), but at least for me I found that removing my food rules – rather than sticking to them – helped me have a much healthier balance. And now I eat treats all the time (in moderation!) and my mind and body are much happier for it. Just my two cents.
I have tried that and failed miserably. I know prep is not the answer to getting my life back, but this time it is because my diet is SO different than previous preps. No depriving certain things. Higher calories.
I always love how you just tell it like it is!! ehhh I have yet to try fasted cardio…..I really need to – I think it comes down to laziness lol
Hey girl! I came across your blog as I was searching bikini prep online 🙂 love your outlook on life!
I also have a question over fasted cardio. Do you feel it is more effective to do fasted cardio vs cardio post lifting sessions? This is something I struggle with on a daily basis-getting up for my cardio :/ and I was just wondering if it REALLY does make a difference doing it fasted!
I’m beginning a long 5-6 months to prep for my first bikini comp in January and I’m very excited!
Would it be possible to get your coach information?