Yes the end is in sight. Like the last time I competed, this is when I start to think of life after the show. And by that I mean wine. Well, not just that, but I have been thinking about it an awful lot today. Probably the best friend for a fitness competitor is a pregnant woman. As I was visiting with my soon-to-be-mom-again sister I realized the one thing we have in common is we really, really miss wine. Plus her belly makes me feel super thin. That was a bonus and I started to think maybe we should hang out more often, until she joked about replacing wine with ice cream as her go-to stress relief.
After 10 or so weeks of restrictions, I can’t say there’s any one thing I’m craving; just the idea of being able to eat whatever I want without weighing it first is appealing. The morning after my last show I went to a breakfast buffet with my husband at the King Edward Hotel. Not cheap but holy heck, best breakfast in town! I didn’t go because I wanted to stuff myself, I just wanted to be able to enjoy all that choice. Well, it turned out not to be such a good idea as my stomach was clearly not ready for so much indulgence. This time around, a little butter on my Ezekiel bread and a real milk latte sounds perfect.
But: it’s too soon to start thinking of all that just yet as I still have work to do. I feel like I’m on track and just need to stick it out for two more weeks before peak week. Peak week is the days leading up to the competition when things change a lot, and in some ways, get easier. The day before the show there is no training at all, and the few days leading up to it are mostly cardio and some light upper body training.
Right now however, I’m in the thick of it: my gym sessions are at their longest and I work out ever single day. Here’s a break down of what a week of training looks like for this week:
- Monday: 1 hour bootcamp
- Tuesday: 40 minutes stepmill
- Wednesday: 1 hour bootcamp
- Thursday: 1 hour and a bit of lower body weight training and 40 minutes of cardio
- Friday: 1 hour of upper body weight training and 40 minutes of cardio
- Saturday: 1 hour of lower body weight training and 40 minutes of cardio
The week after that is pretty much the same, but with longer cardio sessions.
My diet is big time into cycling so measuring and weighing is more essential than ever to make sure I’m getting my macros right. On some days this is great because by the end of the day I may realize I need to eat more. But usually I just need more of one specific thing so my snacks get a bit weird, like straight up white fish or just rice, for example. Here’s an idea of what I’ll be eating next week:
- Monday: Starch carbs with breakfast, lunch and dinner, two snacks with just protein
- Tuesday: Starch carbs with breakfast only
- Wednesday: Same as Monday
- Thursday: No starch carbs, a little higher in fat
- Friday: Starch carbs with every meal (about 250 grams) very little fat
- Saturday: Same as Tuesday
Starch carbs refer to what most people consider carbs, i.e. rice, sweet potatos, oatmeal. Of course carbs are found elsewhere like in fruit or vegetables. I do count the carbs in my vegetables, but refer to them as fiber carbs since, as you may have guessed, they’re a little higher in fiber usually. Every single meal has protein but I do have to be very careful about the fat content. I’m sticking pretty much to white fish and chicken, with occasional salmon or bison on higher fat days.
So what’s my indulgence these days? It may sound ridiculous but I am really loving apple cinnamon tea. I was never a big herbal tea person, but since I can’t do caffeine or protein shakes late at night, this has become my evening treat. It would be nice if I could make a life long habit of this but no. In three weeks it’s going to be wine biatches! And I am really excited about it!