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The Transformation Happens in the Kitchen

At the end of June, I decided I would start competing in the NPC Women’s Physique Division next year. I made the announcement on this blog on July 3rd. Since that time, I’ve been hard at work transforming my body. It’s been 7 weeks and the progress is right on track – I’m very proud of the results I’m seeing/getting.  Sometimes I have to pinch myself when I look in the mirror, so I know it’s really my body reflected back to me. People I meet and especially people I know are also taking notice and I’m starting to get the question: “How did you do it?”

I wrote this in my July 3rd blog post: ”Dieting has always been the missing link for me”.  I’ve been training since I was 16…going hardcore in the gym has never been a problem for me but I have never, EVER, reached this kind of leanness and muscularity because I never followed a true diet. I didn’t have the discipline or real desire to do it.

However, the truth is, it’s mostly ALL DIET.  My first diet was a strict 1,145 calorie diet for five weeks.  Now, I’m on a carb cycling diet.  I pretty much eat the same exact food day in and day out.  I spend many of my days starving…although I’m on a 1,300 – 1,450 diet now depending on what carb day I’m on. Let me be clear about this I’m not starving myself – I end up starving because my body has become very efficient at using the calories I provide it and tapping into fat to get the remainder of the fuel it needs.

I take far burners with all my meals, and I’m also on NO now.

I train 6 days a week…and one of those days is a cardio only day.  I train for about 1.5 hours and I really only do two a day on days that I cheat on my diet which is once every two weeks now.  I do a lot of high intensity interval training and I lift from light to medium weights.  I want to go heavier but I have to be careful about my elbows. I hate taking a day off but I must also be careful to not over-train.

I don’t want to avoid helping people…but I want to be clear about what I’m going through. There’s nothing easy about it. Yes, it’s incredibly rewarding but it’s also incredibly limiting. I have to plan all my meals and I don’t go places where I can’t take my meals with me.  Everything I eat is measured and “accounted for”.  I drink a gallon to a gallon and a half of water a day. I have to eat when I’m not hungry and I have to stop eating even when I’m still hungry. You have to be committed and absolutely dedicated to getting the physique you envision.

A six pack is made in the kitchen NOT in the gym.  It’s just a fact.