Yesterday was my grandma’s 91st birthday celebration and my family went to a nice restaurant to celebrate. Even though I am 1 week away from my competition, some things are more important than dieting and I decided to go and just be the ridiculous person asking for a million modifications to my meal. I really wish I got a picture of my meal but I didn’t feel it was appropriate. I had asked for the pickerel meal which came with a rice pilaf and chorizo sausage. I asked them to instead bring me just vegetables instead of the rice and sausage and cook everything in as little oil as possible. They kindly agreed and were really good about it. So I am thinking, great, that was easier than I thought it would be. Then the food came out. My uncle had ordered the same dish and his was brought out first, sans modifications and looked delicious. Then mine came out… I had MAYBE 3 oz of pickerel along with:
- 1 tbsp of spaghetti squash
- 1.5 tbsp sauteed red cabbage (which was delicious, but I’m pretty sure had sugar in it)
- 3 green beans
- 1.5 small carrots
I kid you not, I actually laughed at the portion. It was ridiculous. I asked the waitress if I could maybe have more food and she had the manager come over and he pretended like it wasn’t a laughable portion of food (especially at the price of $26) but did agree to bring me out more vegetables, which ended up being exactly what I described above, with 2 additional green beans. So in total I got about double that amount of vegetables and a very small serving of pickerel. Delicious, but I was definitely not full. Oh well, better than going over board I guess.
The point of the night however was not the food, but instead to celebrate with my grandma and she had a great night, so that is what is important! But always keep in mind that it is so important to have balance. A lot of people would not have gone to a restaurant this close to the competition where you don’t have control over the food you are eating, but you have to decide what is more important. I don’t know how many more birthdays my grandma has left so I think that is more important that sticking to my diet 100%.
With that said, my diet for this week SUCKS. There will be no recipes this week, sorry. The list of food I will be eating is extremely short. I have been talking to a trainer who has a lot of experience with training both himself and others for competitions and he designed a peak week program for me. He is still working on the final product but the list of foods I will be eating is as follows:
- sweet potato
- chicken breast
- lean fish (tilapia, red snapper or basa)
- protein powder
- egg whites are allowed only in the morning
- 1 tbsp of fat per day (either nut butter or olive or fish oil)
That’s it. I will be having 40 g of carbs starting today (from sweet potato, the veggies don’t count) and I am not to add any fat to anything during the week. I am supposed to have all my carbs before I workout, spread over 2 meals and then no carbs after that. I dislike this, but it’s for 6 days. I can hate my diet for 6 days.
My breakfast this morning consisted of 4 oz. sweet potato, 5 egg whites and half a green pepper (because I haven’t purchased my other veggies yet). Pretty sad 😦
If you have read my blog up until now you know that I do not follow the typical bodybuilder’s diet of broccoli, chicken and brown rice. I like variety and I like enjoying my food so I am not happy with this plan, but I will do it because I want to look the best I can on stage.
The trainer (Norvic) didn’t have all bad news though! I was anticipating just carbing up the day of the competition with a combo of good simple and complex sugars and getting in some good fats from nut butters, egg yolks and oils. Apparently I missed the memo on one of bodybuilding secrets. I am supposed to have a glass of red wine accompanied with chocolate (not dark chocolate, the normal kind) 30 minutes before stepping on stage while I pump up for the show! Why didn’t I know about this?! This is the best plan ever! I already went and bought a nice bottle of Folonari Ripasso (one of my favourites) and I will be buying some mini eggs for the chocolate portion because the are my absolute favourite.
If you are wondering why this would be done I will tell you! \Wine (or any alcohol) increases blood flow to your muscles which helps to deliver the sugar to the muscles. Additionally, alcohol sugars do not need to be digested, they are absorbed into the blood directly through the lining of your digestive tract and can go straight to you muscles as well. The chocolate needs to be cheap so it has enough sugar and fat content. Fat helps make you more vascular and the sugars make you muscles look bigger. So it’s not just random, there is some science behind it. Plus the alcohol will hopefully help calm my nerves. So that is how I will be getting through this week.
Another plus side and some motivation is the fact that my abs are looking pretty awesome. Look!