So much happened this weekend which marked the 2 week point to my first ever competition, so I’m sorry for the radio silence, but this is going to be a lengthy post and you will probably see I didn’t have much time to write a blog.
Firstly, I would like to give a shout out to the beautiful Lisa of Figure911.com who I met at the KW Oktoberfest Natural Classic this weekend. She was competing in the Figure Medium category and Figure Masters. She placed second in both thought I thought she was definitely the best up there. It’s hard to know exactly what the judges are seeing and I was pretty far back. But if you pop over to her sight you can see the pictures of her on stage, she looks incredible.
We chatted while my boyfriend kindly took some photos and shared a mutual respect for each other’s awesome shoulders. I don’t know why, but having strong shoulders creates an unspoken bond that can’t be beat. I had started following her blog maybe 2 weeks before the show and am so happy I recognized her from her vlogs. Her site’s tagline is “A working woman’s guide to keeping fit”, obviously this called to me. If you are looking for some great tips and motivation, check out her site.
Secondly, also at the competition and the main reason I went to this show in particular was Tosca Reno (author of the Eat Clean Diet) who I am so inspired by. She has not competed in years, but the recent passing of her husband, Robert Kennedy, inspired her to compete again at 53 and boy did she look amazing. I got to chat with her for a quick moment before her coach pulled her away to eat (she literally grab her and pulled her away shouting “eating, now” which was kind of hilarious and awesome). She was really kind and wished me luck in my competition saying I looked very fit. I swear I’m not usually the type to get all excited about celebrities, but I was absolutely giddy about seeing her as you can probably tell by the goofy grin on my face.
Tosca competed in the Bikini Tall and Bikini Grand Masters, winning first in the Grand Masters category. I did not see a more genuine smile on any other competitors face. You could just tell she was so thrilled to be there and doing her husband proud, proving that age is just a number.
Thirdly (maybe I’ll stop numbering these because this could be a long list) I made awesome Paleo Banana Pancakes courtesy of Mark Sisson’s recipe plus a bit of baking powder to make them fluffier and egg whites instead of whole eggs. The combo I used was:
Paleo Banana Pancakes (for 2 servings)
- 2 ripe bananas
- ½ c. Egg whites or 2 whole eggs
- 2 tbsp natural peanut (or other nut) butter
- 1 tsp baking powder
- Spices to taste – vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg etc.
- Butter or oil to grease pan
- Mash bananas in a large-ish bowl with a fork or put it in a food processor if you have one
- Add the egg whites and peanut butter to the bananas and mix thoroughly, try to make the batter as smooth as possible. Microwaving the peanut butter for 15 seconds will make this easier.
- Add the baking powder and spices and mix to combine.
- Heat a large pan to medium heat and grease well with butter
- Add the batter to the pan (I made 2 batches of 4 pancakes) and cook for 2-3 minutes , or until you start to see bubbles on the top of the pancakes, then flip (carefully) and cook for another 2 minutes.
- Top with your favourite topping, I chose to grate 1 square of 85% lindt dark chocolate over mine, because chocolate, peanut butter and banana is an amazing combo.
Nutritional info (per serving): Cals – 250 Carbs – 35 g Fats – 10 g Protein – 13 g
These were made on a high carb day, but I still had a side of peameal bacon to add some lean protein to the mix.
Fourthly, my boyfriend and I carved an awesome pumpkin with some friends of ours after a great workout. The workout consisted of a 30 minute interval run in which I hit a max speed of 9 mph for a whole minute AND I didn’t get a single stitch. This is a big deal for me because I really suck at running, but my 11 year old brother has been trying to get better at cross country running even though he too sucks at running. He used to come dead last, literally, and he finished in the middle of the pack this year. So if he can do it, so can I! I ran a total of 3 miles in 30 minutes which isn’t half bad IMHO.
After the cardio we did a chest, shoulders and abs workout with some full body moves thrown in for good measure.
Chest, shoulders and abs workout
- Cable chest flyes – 15 reps, 4 sets
- Cross body cable pulls from low to high – 10 reps each side, 4 sets
- Crossover pushups on the bosu ball (one hand on the bosu ball and then pushup and transfer your body over the ball) – 12 reps, 4 sets
- Kettlebell swings – 15 reps, 4 sets
- Lateral deltoid raises – 15 reps, 4 sets, last set drop set 12 high weight, 12 low weight
- As many pushups as you can do in 1 minute, I did 54 but the last few were pretty ugly, so let’s say 50.
- Bicycle sit-ups – 30 reps, 4 sets
Then on to pumpkin carving! We did a dog howling at the moon and our friends made kind of a disco ball pumpkin by drilling a tonne of holes in theirs. We also toasted up the pumpkin seeds with some salt and butter and snacked on those while we worked. Yum. But I am definitely retaining water today from the salt (and the excess food which I’ll discuss below).
Fifthly, (told you I should have stopped numbering) we went to my parent’s house for dinner which is always both good and bad because my mom is an amazing cook. Her food is always healthy, but I always eat WAY too much of it. We picked up my grandma and headed over where the smell of roasting chicken and sweet potatoes was wafting from the house. I think I must have had about 8 oz. of chicken (with some of the skin plus homemade gravy) and maybe the same amount of sweet potatoes plus some lovely cauliflower, broccoli and green beans. I also had 3.5 of these little butter cookies that my mom had bought from a local store. They were way too good. FYI 4 cookies ran a total of 150 cals so it wasn’t that ridiculous of a portion size in case you were thinking 3.5 cookies! OMG!
Obviously this was too much food and so close to the competition it was not ideal, but I am just going to push on and do lots of cardio today and be as good as possible until the day of the show.
So that was the awesome weekend I had. I am going into my last 2 weeks of contest prep and will be doing the following:
- Cutting out dairy (other than whey protein) and grains entirely because these can be sources of inflammation and therefore hinder the look I want
- Adding more cardio to between 1 and 2 hours per day until the Thursday before the show
- Doing more full body workout sessions and while my last leg focuses day being this Thursday and just trying to tighten as much as possible
- Limit my sodium intake in the last week before the competition
- Drink lots of water!
Carb deplete and then load in the last 5 days leading up to the competition with clean carbs and not junk food.
So there you have it. What a wonderful weekend. I hope all of yours were wonderful too!