“The best way out is always through.”
For those of you following along, we are less than ✌🏼 weeks out!!! This prep has definitely taken some unexpected twists & turns, but I’m so close to the finish line. It’s time to give this everything I have left in me. 🍕T-11 days until pizza🍕
Everyone keeps asking me when I’m competing again and the answer is still this: I have no idea! I’m shooting for maybe summer/fall 2019 but I’m not rushing this. I spent literally 3+ years in a caloric deficit and didn’t allow my body and mind to R E S T and R E S E T!
Something I wish I listened to earlier (but I’m stubborn 🇮🇹) was I should’ve taken time to BUILD in between shows. Hey I mean we all have to learn somehow and I just choose the hard way apparently 🤷🏽♀️.
Currently I’m tracking macros and working on slowly increasing them, slowly decreasing cardio, and lifting 5-6x a week. It’s hard for me to not stay super shredded year round because that’s what I’m used to but I’m learning to be more comfortable in my own skin. Oh, and I have 1-2 cheat meals a week and if I really am feeling it I indulge.
I have a good feeling about 2019 though 🙃.
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A perfect fall day with the parental units. 👪
It’s so amazing to throw on a sports bra and a pair of short shorts with confidence.
I can smile at the new person in the reflection and know that I ACTUALLY DID THIS.
After many years of training and experience I know I can change my body to look the way I want.
I can control my body.
I can sculpt it the way I want it to look.
I can eat ALL the foods I love while expecting the results I want.
I can walk into a room with other beautiful women and TRULEY be happy for them, their successors and accomplishments knowing that my glass is still full.
The persistence and dedication I’ve built through my fitness journey has carried throughout my everyday life and business endeavours.
And the best is still yet to come. 🙏🏼
You are just as capable as I am.
If you are serious about change, then make the decision TODAY that you will no longer accept mediocre.
No more excuses, if you want GUARANTEED results email me saying ‘I’m ready!’ ✉️ email@example.com
This woman!! Where do I start?! Competing and dieting is not easy, ask anyone. I think one of the biggest pieces to my success is having this incredible coach in my corner. What other person do you know would make time for their clients when they need it the most? She’s not just interested in the physical status of her clients but also the biggest key- the mental game. @amyehinger
has talked me through some difficult stuff and has had incredible patience. Not only has she built an incredible business on her own, she still competes and maintains her own goals so she is able to relate to her clients and talk about challenges because she’s living it!! On top of being a wife, mom, daughter, CEO, coach, competitor...she started her own podcast. Like, what?! Check out The Prep Life now for all things lifestyle/bikini competition/health. Available on itunes!!
oreo pumps... ammi right? 🙌🏼🤦🏻♀️
My biggest supporter💕
Promise you we gonna have a nice dinner together when finish comp🍝😂
Transformation tuesdaaaaaay 🤩🤪 -
Shook to the core. -left photo: 3 weeks into my prep -right photo: today after my legs were murdered ok thx - OFFSEASON GAINS>>>>> -
I’m the strongest I’ve ever been
I can lift a shit ton more than I ever thought I would be able to 💃🏻
Drinking basically every weekend (whoops sorry but #life
But you betcha I’m puttin in ALL the work. -the next time I step on stage I’m going to look like a different person.
I’m going to blow my old physique out of the fucking water.
I am willing to put on a little more body fat in order to gain some muscle because I know it will pay off when it comes stage time😈 -
Until then I’ll be eating all the good food ✌🏼😎
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It doesn’t get easier, you just get better 💯
I’m about to get real personal with y’all. For me, this is what the majority of this sport looks like. Just you, grinding away silently, putting in the work one day at a time to get one inch closer to your goal. It’s not the glitz and glam of show day or the sparkly bikinis or the makeup or any of that. The reason I love this sport so much, is right here. You can’t cheat it. It doesn’t give you anything you haven’t worked for. It’s one of the only things in life where you have absolute control over how much you effort you put in, and what you get back from that effort.
There’s an obvious weight difference and amount of muscle here, but even more so, is the difference in mentality. The reason I love this sport is not about the bikinis or the heels, or even show day at all. It’s about moments like these, where you prove to yourself what you’re really made of and how much you are truly capable of. I love the grind, as weird as that sounds. The harder it is the better. Because to me, I’ve already been through so much with my own personal and physical transformation, that I know there is nothing I can’t handle now. I’ve struggled through more than most people know about, or care to know about. Eating disorders that literally ruled my life for years, relationships with cheating exes, stuff that no one should have to go through and I wouldn’t wish on anybody. But guess what- I’m here. I survived. And I’m a stronger woman because of it. When I found bodybuilding, my life changed forever. I finally found my rock. Nothing in life is certain, but I learned that the one thing you can always count on is the gym and the opportunity to better yourself everyday. And the grind will always be there. This sport has changed my life in so many ways and and I am so blessed to have found my therapy, my safe place, my peace. These moments where you realize your true strength, are everything. I am blessed to call myself a bodybuilder ❤️🙌🏽😌 #transformationtuesday #ifbbbikinipro #wonderwomanmentality
On my way to beat this person this prep. 7.5 weeks to go! Sippin @nutrifuelsmoothies @nutrabio
BCAAs throughout my cardio session and training hard! 💪
Arguably the most crucial aspects of competitive bodybuilding are stage presence and posing. Many people inaccurately assume that training hard and following a meal plan will guarantee success in a bikini competition. However, the judging panel can only score what they see. So, the time invested in your overall stage presentation and posing is time well spent. After months of preparation, you have 15-30 seconds to make a lasting impression on stage. If you don't know how to showcase your physique, your hard work may go unnoticed. Link to a complete article is in my story and Tips Highlight 😊
When did you feel most confident on stage and what did you do different? Comment below 🤗
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Wasn’t sure I was going to post this but my abs are TOAST today! Burnt toast!!☠️
▪️Alternating Starfish V-Sits (ss w/👇🏼)
▪️Pulsing Hip Tap Planks
3 rounds of 20&30 reps
▪️Oblique V-Sits (ss w/👇🏼)
▪️Unilateral Bicycle Crunches
2 sets of 20&30 reps
▪️Knees-up Crunches (ss w/👇🏼)
▪️Weighted Flutter Kicks
2 rounds of 25&30 reps
If you’re anything like me, save this for your next “rest” day 🤣
So I did something this past weekend that I’m pretty excited about. Y’all are going to laugh, but this is a real accomplishment. I cheated on my diet. But not realllllly. Let me explain why I’m excited.
Being a competitor requires extreme dedication to your workouts, sleep, water intake, supplement regimen, & most of all DIET. Most of us go to extremes & if you’re serious about your sport, you eat clean and exactly to plan, with zero cheat meals. Bodybuilding is a discipline & we put ourselves through 10-15+ weeks of rigorous training and dieting.
Coming out of a show or a season & allowing flexibility back into your diet is not easy. Yes, reverse dieting helps, and I am absolutely NOT saying competing gives you an eating disorder. But naturally, we tend to over eat the things we were restricted from. I happen to find myself binging. And binging harddddd.
After dieting for 10 straight months with only a handful of cheat meals before prep, ending my first season of competing, I went straight into an offseason with the mindset that I had to stay rigorous because “champions are built in the offseason.” Yes, this is true. Staying on point with a diet is crucial for a successful improvement season. But I was allowed one cheat meal a week. Well I went HAM fam. I mean I would eat myself sick. I couldn’t just have “one bite,” I would eat whatever it may be until that shit was GONE. Not. Good. I ended up being a walking bloaty floaty & spent each week trying to deflate from the shit I ate on my Saturday cheat.
So this past weekend, a friend brought me a s’mores bar from the best bakery. I avoided it for hours, knowing that it would completely throw me off and I’ve been KILLING my program the past 5 weeks. But I told myself, one bite. And guess what, I had one bite. One bite and that was it. I got to try it, I felt satisfied & didn’t feel any guilt. For the first time in liiiike a YEAR. The next morning I was down .2lbs soooo eff ya🤷🏽♀️😛
Moral of the story. Food ISN’T GOING ANYWHERE. Don’t “cheat” like it’s the last time ever. Have a bite, a meal, stick to your program, die in the gym, drink your water & continue to watch your body & mind evolve.
Don’t be afraid to take charge. Of your life, of things that you don’t like and especially of things you think you can’t control. You’re the only one in your way. Now GO!