Competition journal 13 weeks out - valuable things I learned
as you may know by now, I'm preparing for my first bodybuilding contest in April as a bikini athlete.
This is my third entry, make sure to read the first and second as well.
Last week I hit a plateau and I was starving. I was hungry literally all day. It was terrible. I felt totally weak and tired the whole day. Every second of the day I was waiting for my next meal to come, just to be hungry again right after I ate it. To be honest, I thought about quitting. Not just once, but nearly every hour. I asked myself "why am I doing this" and if it makes sense when I have to feel like sh** all the time. You get the idea: There were more 'downs' than 'ups' last week.
If I can tell you one thing I've learned so far: Never ever give up! Change always comes with struggles. You can not develop strength without resistance, without a challenge. Courage, strength and compassion are made from your pain, will and hustle. Handle it!
Learn to embrace the change. Learn to change your perspective.
We have a choice in how we view things.
We slightly changed my competition diet this week. Plus, I increased my calories and protein intake a bit.
So far, this weeks is amazing. I hit the gym and get my workouts done with a good feeling. I'm focused enough to get a lot of work done.
This is the best I have felt in days.
Diet consists of
- 180g protein
- 150g carbs
- 37g fat
As I said I had to increase my calories to 1800. My diet is pretty much a classic "oldschool bodybuilding diet" now. You guys know I'm a vegetarian, therefore no chicken for me. But I'm rocking egg whites, cottage cheese, basmati rice, oats, whey, lots of greens, sweet potatoes, broccoli and tuna. Basically, I have become a Pescatarian and I love it. I function better on this assortment of protein sources and it makes my digestion going well and efficient.
My diet is 6 meals per day á 300 cals per meal (Pre-workout, post-workout, 12pm, 3pm, 6pm and 9pm).
I also will have a weekly "cheat meal". This is crucial as it kick starts my metabolism. I have one meal on Thursday as my fifth meal of the day, consisting of whatever I want (in the range of 800 extra calories and not too much fat).
Let's see how it works!
Training split remains the same, but I added 3 cardio sessions per week. Depending on how the weightlifting went that day, I'm doing steady state or HIIT.
- Monday: Active recovery/cardio
- Tuesday: Back (high volume) + 30min cardio
- Wednesday: Legs (high volume)
- Thursday: Arms/Shoulders (high volume) + 30min cardio
- Friday: Back (high weight)
- Saturday: Legs (high weight) + 30min cardio
- Sunday: Arms/Chest (high weight)
Yes, we also changed some things in my supplementation. So here is the new summary:
- Vitamin C (twice a day)
- Vitamin D3 (5000 IUs per day)
- Whey protein powder
- Magnesium (1g per day)
- Fish oil
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See you next time.
Until then, train hard and eat right!