Deja wanted to see the new plate. Here it is. It's a tupperware. Tilapia poached in lemon juice, 1/2 cup buckwheat, 1 cup green beans. Doesn't sound too bad does it? Everything is PLAIN though. I originally thought I could add different herbs each time, etc. to mix it up, but frankly, it's salt and fat/oil I miss on everything. I admit I cheat a little with season salt once in a while. I figure when I'm 5-6 weeks out from the contest I can cut it all out.
For those of you wondering what I'm talking about, I'm planning on entering a fitness competition this fall. Do you know what that is? It's like bodybuilding. I decided that at least one time in my life I'd like to look like this:This is Sandy my personal trainer. By the way, do you see the competition suit she's wearing? Those guys cost like 1500 dollars. Maybe I can find one used (eeew)? I don't think I can buy one for my competition that's that much. Anyway, so I've got 7 meals a day, 2 of which are egg whites, 2 of which are protein shakes (with ground oats mixed in), and three are like the ones in the picture up on top. These are the high carb days though. On the other days (3 a week) you cut out the brown rice or yams, and the oats. I can have half a grapefruit on the low carb days, otherwise there is no fruit. It's around 1800 calories, so I'm nowhere near hungry, I haven't had a day yet where I could eat all the food. I'm trying, but usually I miss 1-2 meals. A gallon and a half of water a day. --Interesting side note, I asked my trainer if it gets easier to "hold your water" later, if you get used to it or something. She said you get used to going to the bathroom more often. Sigh.
Training (lifting) is five days a week, broken up into body parts (each workout is about 50-60 minutes), and cardio is 6 days a week for about an hour too. Luckily she said it's OK to use my kickboxing teaching time as cardio. I'm pretty good about doing my whole routine with the class (unless I forget something in the middle --I can tell there's no sugar in my brain beacuse yesterday I had to go back and look at my class plan like 4 times).
No cheat meals, no cheat days. Also no alcohol, which, as I told my friend shouldn't be a problem, but some days....(just kidding). I've kind of avoided social situations so far, and food hasn't been too bad temptation wise. The hard part is all the time I spend cooking and prepping food. Then yesterday we added in all the suplements (fish oil, flax seed oil, glutamine, BCAA-- branch chain amino acids, plus all the calcium, vitamin c, vitamin e, minerals etc. that I'm already taking some form of), and I swear to get them ready added another 20 minutes to my morning.
The best thing though, and I should have mentioned this at the top, is that Jeff is doing it with me. Jeff hasn't gotten hungry. He's done better than me with eating all of it, but still- that shouldn't be enough food for a man 20 pounds heavier than me, and lifting and stuff too. Jeff's super cheerful (as opposed to my Eyeore-ness) about it all, and super supportive. Anyway, we'll see where this goes. She's going to change it after three weeks, and I'm betting it means she's just going to cut the calories. We'll see. I miss fruit.
Everyday life in a small Italian town
5 weeks ago