I will be ready! Have a Powerful weekend!
Saturday, June 30, 2007
I will be ready! Have a Powerful weekend!
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
I also wanted to point out that in addition to doing no cardio, no abs, drinking wine every day and eating red meat everyday, I also eat FRUIT (oh, the EVIL fruit!! ;) ) everyday, all the way through contest prep - AND peanut butter (I just now ate a TBSP)... and I don't practice any of that "no-carb low carb high carb" rotation that seems to be ever so prevalent in contest prep these days. Every bodybuilder I talk to or hear talk is always on a no-carb day...OY VEY!!! Carbs are what fuel your brain, why would I want to purposely cut my brain power down? Sorry, I'm starting to get on a roll here - no, I haven't placed very high YET in a BB contest, but you canNOT dispute the fact that my conditioning has always been among the best in the show. I was very much overlooked last year - and this year...HAH!!!! Let us not forget that I did my first national level show with only a year and a half ot training under my belt, and I held my own. This year is only 3 and a half years into training, so I still have lots of gains to make, both in bodybuilding and powerlifting!
Monday, June 25, 2007
Friday, June 22, 2007
When it comes, it comes in vast quantity. But then, thankfully, it slips away... we do need to get a handle on that though.
I don't think I will be coming in much leaner than last year, at the Nationals, as I had previously thought I might. I have worked hard at creating a fuller rounder look, and coming in leaner may cause some of the fullness to disappear. I was pretty lean last year anyway. At this point is looks like I will weigh in a couple of pounders lighter than we had planned. Current projection is 150-152.
Monday, June 18, 2007
Thursday, June 14, 2007
There is nothing of excitement to report. This go 'round finds my body feeling the lack of fuel (read - FOOD!) more severely than the other times I have prepped for a BB contest. Strength is down a bit, determination and drive isn't though. I was 157 yesterday. I increased my calories just a little bit yesterday, by about 250, because I don't want to be a stick on stage. I figure I'll be around 152 or 153 at weigh-ins. I plan to be just a smidgeon leaner than last year.
I was just thinking how ironic it is that I have more of an hourglass figure now than at any other time in my life, and the curvy result is from building muscle...so there yah go you ol' naysayers who insist that muscle makes women blocky and masculine!
GW and I have picked up pace in our training sessions, they are becoming just this side of aerobic...burn that adipose tissue!!!
The weather here sucks - it's about 60 or less today, grey sky - long sleeves are donned and I even have the heat on. It is expected to go up to the low 90's this weekend...whacky! It makes me tired.
Methinks it's time to throw a big juicy steak on the ol' George Foreman...red meat every day during contest prep, and wine. Cannot live without wine, so I don't. :)
Saturday, June 09, 2007
6 weeks to go - I have dropped some of that awful water weight I had been carrying around. I don't know what made me puff up so, but at least it is starting to dissipate. I am still a bit more watery than I would like to be.
The clean and pressing contest...One guy got 10, 0ne got 9, most got 5 or 6, two guys got 3 reps...I stopped at 11 only because I was so winded. I knew I didn't have to do anymore, so I didn't. The first rep was so bad I thought for sure that I'd be lucky to get 5 reps. I finally started to get the hang of them around the sixth rep, at about the same time my breathing was beginning to get labored. Obviously my conditioning has waned. I will need to focus on bettering that. I think that implementing clean and pressing into my training will be beneficial.
Hanging at about 159 pounds now.
Wednesday, June 06, 2007
I took Monday off from training legs - I was so beat up and EXHAUSTED - going through another insomnia phase (SUCKS) and was very beat up from the cleans and presses last Friday. I cleaned and then I pressed. I didn't clean and press yet. I make my attempt this Friday. All of the other competitors have made their attempts. I am the only woman, the lightest, and the oldest. The wieight to be used is 135, and the goal is 10. None of us have clean and pressed before, nor done any Olympic lifting for that matter. One out of ten so far has acheived the 10. One acheived 9. The others all fall between 3 and 6. Go Kate Go!!!
Today was chest and shoulders. I did not do triceps because of the plan for Friday - saving them to be fresh. The new method of benching is proving to be the way to go. I did 275 for two good pauses, and in a friggin' exhausted, beat up and also worn out from dieting state. Go Kate Go!!! 225x8 and a half. 265 x 6. Go Kate Go!!!
Yes, insomnia - it's the kind where I keep waking up for long stretches several times every night, fragmented sleep,worse than no sleep in my opinion. I've suffered from sleep problems off and on all of my life, and truthfully, it is worse than most anything that I can think of. If I had to choose between $100 million dollars and 6 hours of straight sleep every night for the rest of my life - I would choose the sleep. Honest, I would. I really, really would.
Sunday, June 03, 2007
Back to training- I was slyly entered into a "clean and press" competition by none other than my dear friend Paul Timmons, owner of the Firm...I had never done any type of Olympic lifting, so why me?? I dunno. Anyhooo, I got a lesson on clean and pressing Friday evening from B, who is quite knowledgeable.
All I want to say is I hate Olympic lifting. No, I wasn't bad at it, I just don't like it. However, that being said, it is good from time to time to learn new things.
GW and I did some good ol' fashioned T-bar rowing, with the bar stuck in the corner of the room(of course you have to put a towel down there to keep the bar stable and also to keep it from marring the wall). I lovelovelove T-bar rowing. I hadn't done those for ages. They hit my back in such a place that I don't feel from any other back movement. As the gym doesn't have dumbell higher than 125's, I will probably be doing more T-Bar rowing in the near future than dumbell rowing, cuz we all know that I like to row really heavy.